Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm receives a beer shower from assistant coach Hermann Gerland.
Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm receives a beer shower from assistant coach Hermann Gerland. CHRISTIAN BRUNA

Fitting end for retiring Bayern Munich stars

FOOTBALL: Bayern Munich duo Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso have ended their careers in style, helping the club win a fifth Bundesliga title in a row.

Lahm, 33, and Alonso, 35, hung up their boots after the 4-1 win over Freiburg as Bayern giants ended up 15 points clear in coach Carlo Ancelotti's first season since replacing Pep Guardiola.

Germany's World Cup-winning captain Lahm played his 517th and final game in for Bayern, lifting the Bundesliga shield for a record-equalling eighth time.

"It was an emotional day for Xabi Alonso and for Philipp Lahm," said Ancelotti, who has now won league titles as a coach in Germany, Italy, England and France.

"I want to thank both players, they have played a fantastic season in fantastic careers, but now we have to look forward and try to find good replacements."

Ancelotti and Lahm were prime targets after the final whistle for the traditional 'Bierdusche' (beer shower) as his team hunted him down with three-litre glasses of wheat beer.

"There are mixed feelings, I must say," said Lahm before the beer hit him.

"This is very emotional today. I have experienced so much here," he added, having joined Bayern as an 11-year-old.

"My friends and family are there and it was the last time.

"It was my life to be here on the pitch and today it was the last time in this community - I've always seen football as a big community.

"You pursue goals with the fans and with all your teammates. I will miss that later."

News Corp Australia


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