Saturday, 20 May 2017

Bayern Bid Farewell To Retiring Stars Xabi Alonso & Philipp Lahm As They Play Their Final Game

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm, midfielder Xabi Alonso and goalkeeper Tom Starke were all given emotional ovation as they bid farewell to the German club before their final careers appearance.
 Former Germany captain Lahm, 33, and 35-year-old Alonso are hanging up their boots at the end of this season after glittering careers during which they have won it all with club and country.

Between them the pair have won 39 major trophies — including both the World Cup and Champions League — and before getting their hands on the Bundesliga trophy after Bayern's 4-1 win over Freiburg on Saturday, Alonso and Lahm were given a fitting send off by the club and their supporters.
The two retiring legends get their hands on the Bundesliga trophy at the end of the 4-1 win
Retiring legend Lahm got his hand on the Bundesliga trophy
Alonso has won three league titles with Bayern since joining from Real Madrid
Retiring legend Alonso also got his hand on the Bundesliga trophy

Lahm played his 652nd and final game for the Bundesliga champions.

The full-back or holding midfielder has won almost every major domestic and UEFA Champions League trophy with the Bavarian club, including his eighth Bundesliga title - a joint record with Bayern legends Oliver Kahn, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mehmet Scholl - this season.
The retiring captain poses with his wife Claudia and son Julian with the Bundesliga trophy
The retiring captain poses with his wife Claudia and son Julian with the Bundesliga trophy
Lahm fought back the tears when he was substituted with five minutes remaining, warmly hugging each of his team-mates before walking off to a standing ovation from the Allianz Arena.
Both Lahm and Alonso were handed mosaics of their time at the club by president Uli Hoeness
The 33-year-old former Germany captain salutes supporters ahead of the clash with Freiburg
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He blew kisses to the home fans, then embraced manager Carlo Ancelotti and Alonso - who had already been substituted - on the touchline.
Ancelotti hugs his captain as the 33-year-old comes off in his final appearance for the club

Lahm, who joined Bayern as an 11-year-old before making his debut in 2002, will be remembered as one of the club's all-time greats, said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

He will be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame after the game, the first player since Kahn in 2008 to be added.
Bayern fans' tribute to their captain read: 'From the child of our city to the legend of our club'
Lahm shares a laugh with the Bayern president Uli Hoeness as he receives his parting gift

Supporters at the Allianz Arena paid tribute to their skipper, holding up an array banners of the defender's finest moments with the caption: "From the child of our city to the legend of our club".  

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Alonso, who said in March he would retire when his contract ended, also ended a memorable career in both domestic and international football.
The former Liverpool midfielder embraces Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti after coming off
Alonso receives a parting gift from CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Hoeness before kick-off
Alonso waves to the crowd at the Allianz Arena before the final match of his illustrious career
Alonso is to retire at the end of the season at the age of 35
His triumphs include two Champions League wins, four domestic titles, including three with Bayern, as well as the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with Spain.

Alonso was brought off in the 81st minute to another emotional standing ovation from the Bayern fans.
The 36-year-old stand-in goalkeeper is also set to hang up his gloves at the end of this season
Departing goalkeeper Tom Starke was also rewarded for his services to the Bavarian club
Departing goalkeeper Tom Starke was also rewarded for his services to the Bavarian club.

The 36-year-old stand-in goalkeeper is also set to hang up his gloves at the end of this season.

Bayern clinched their fifth successive Bundesliga title last month and finished 15 points clear at the top of the table after a 4-1 victory against Freiburg.

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