Bundesliga - Loew and Lahm clear air over book

Tue, 30 Aug 13:45:00 2011

Joachim Loew has said that the row over Germany captain Philipp Lahm's controversial autobiography has been settled.

German national soccer coach Joachim Loew and captain Philipp Lahm (R) address a news conference ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifying match against Austria in Duesseldorf, August 30, 2011 - 0

Loew, sitting next to Lahm during the news conference, said team bosses had talked to the defender and cleared the air following the publication of his autobiography.

In his book 'The Subtle Difference', Bayern Munich captain Lahm sharply criticises past coaches and players, including former Germany coach Rudi Voeller and his training methods.

The publication of the book that has angered several top federation officials and coaches who said Lahm was spilling the beans on internal issues, triggered a Monday evening meeting between the player, Loew and other coaching staff.

"We were confronted with the fallout from this book non-stop in the past days," Loew said. "I personally told Philipp I do not think it is proper as a current player to judge coaches in public. You should not do this.

"I think this is unfortunate but we are all of the opinion that as a whole the book did not reveal any internal issues from inside the team. I hope the issue for us is now closed and we can focus on our next tasks, the important ones."

Lahm, who has since apologised for any "misunderstanding" his book may have caused, said no player on the team had a problem with what he had said.

"Obviously the last few days were not comfortable. I did not expect such a reaction. For me it is a great honour to play for Germany and I have not felt anything from the other players," Lahm said.

"The coach told me not to talk about other coaches and I will not to do this again.

"What we want to focus on now is to seal qualification and on Friday we have a huge chance at home against Austria to achieve this.

"It has never happened before that a German team wins all qualifiers. We will do everything we can on Friday to give the Austrians no chance."


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