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Weidenfeller and Kehl
May 28, 2013Posted by on
While browsing the history of the German Men’s National Football Team, I came across a section about Philipp Lahm not wanting to relinquish the captain’s armband to Michael Ballack. This happened amidst the 2010 World Cup competition, when the long-time Die Mannschaft captain, Ballack, was unable to play because of an injury.
Still reeling from Borussia Dortmund’s tragic UEFA Champions League exit, the aforesaid squabble came into mind when I saw Dortmund’s Roman Weidenfeller beckon to Sebastian Kehl to come up front. Kehl refused the goalkeeper’s offer of the captain’s armband as the beaten finalists made their way up the stadium to get their second place medals. Kehl is captain of The Black Yellows but was an unused substitute in the final.
Weidenfeller’s attitude towards Kehl could not have been more different to Lahm’s treatment of Ballack. It’s refreshing to see such gestures of magnanimity still prevalent, even at the highest levels of sport.
By Joboy Quintos