Author: Philipp Lahm

As the host of the 2024 European Championship in Germany, I am naturally concerned about the appearance and impact of the home team. It is important for the atmosphere and aim of a tournament that Germany play courageously and spread optimism. That the team has characters in its ranks with whom the fans can identify. That it knows and that you can tell that it is playing at home. The public wants to measure players by the way they take responsibility and see a team grow in the course of the tournament. If, in addition, they develop a national style…

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A European Championship always reflects the way we in Europe shape our lives together. Four things in particular have stood out to me so far in this tournament. June 12 was a day when a continent felt close to a Danish football player. Christian Eriksen had to be resuscitated on the pitch. His team-mates, who immediately formed a circle around him, intuitively knew how to stand by him in this stressful situation. It was palpable how much his privacy was worth to them. They protected his dignity in this difficult hour. It was an enormously moving event. The collective sympathy…

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