礼拜三午睡时刻

我所有的自负皆来自我的自卑,所有的英雄气概都来自我的软弱。

一个关于EC初遇的原作向小剪辑


一直想为我爱的EC剪一个视频,又心心念念第一站里美貌的小教授,于是首剪献给第一战。

我超喜欢相遇的故事啊,因为一切都才刚刚开始,而未来还很长,还有无限的可能。然而最后视频里并不只是相遇,我还希望把他们的故事放在时代的大环境里,说说他们相遇相识的偶然和必然,如何成为相互信任和吸引的朋友,又是因为怎样自身经历导致观念分歧,从而不得不选择不同的道路,从Erik和Charles开始,成为了万磁王和X教授。

我相信你喜欢你,但我不盲目认同你,我有我自己的坚持。

所以为了说把事情清楚我加进了第一站中的其实角色,还把相遇剪得像个第一战的预告,,,,我内心戏有这么多,我我我也表达不出来,没有让大家从视频中感受到是我的锅,我会继续努力的。

总之,第一次剪辑,希望大家喜欢,感谢看到这里。。。

【X战警】第一站剧情向剪辑,关于EC相遇
up主:礼拜三午睡时刻
https://www.bilibili.com/video/av13528096/

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你为生存做些什么,我不关心
[英]达纳.左哈 伊恩.马歇尔

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

你为生存做些什么,我不关心;
我想知道,你的渴求,你是否敢于梦想,
那内心的渴望。

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

你的年龄有多大,我不关心;
我想知道,为了爱,为了梦,为了生机勃勃的奇遇,
你是否愿意像傻瓜一样冒险。

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!

我不关心,是什么行星使你的月亮位于方照,
我想知道,你是否已触及自己悲哀的中心,
是否因生活的种种背叛而心胸开阔,
抑或因为害怕更多的痛苦而变得消沉和封闭!

I want to know if you can sit with pain,mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

我想知道,你是否能面对痛苦——我的或者你自己的,
用不着去掩饰,使其消退或使其凝固。

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic,to remember the limitations of being human.

我想知道,你是否能安享快乐——我的或者你自己的,
你是否能充满野性地舞蹈,让狂喜注满你的指尖和足尖,
而不告诫我们要小心 、要现实、要记住人的存在的局限。

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trust worthy.

我并不关心你告诉我的故事是否真实,
我想知道,你是否能为了真实地对待自己而不怕别人失望,
你是否能承受背叛的指责而不出卖自己的灵魂。
我想知道,你是否能忠心耿耿从而值得信赖;

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty,every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

我想知道,你是否能保持精神饱满的状态,
——即使每天的生活并不舒心,
你是否能从上帝的存在中寻求自己生命的来源。

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!"

我想知道,你能否身处颓境,却依然站立在湖边对着银色的月光喊一声“真美”!

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money youhave. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

我并不关心你在哪里生活或者你拥有多少金钱,
我想知道,在一个悲伤、绝望、厌烦、受到严重伤害的夜晚之后,
你能否重新站起,为孩子们做一些需要的事情。

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

我并不关心你是谁,你是如何来到这里,
我想知道,你是否会同我一起站在火焰的中心,毫不退缩。

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

我并不关心你在哪里受到教育、你学了什么或者你同谁一起学习,
我想知道,当一切都背弃了你时,是什么在内心支撑着你。

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

我想知道,你是否能孤独地面对你自己,
在空寂的时候,你是否真正喜欢你结交的朋友。

【穆拉】习惯


短,一发完。日记体。

短的单视角。

【【主要角色死亡】】     如有不适抱歉。

不过就我而言读完并没有让人难过的感觉,主要是因为自己水平不够哈哈。

欢迎建议捉虫以及讨论。

希望喜欢。

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四月    日      
  
       我决定从今天开始,每天都写日记,养成习惯。
    
     我不打算在第一篇开头作自我介绍,为什么要向自己的日记介绍自己?只有托马斯会在每一篇都写“你们好,我是托马斯”,这很傻。但我在首行写日期的时候手顿住了,我不记得确切的日期。

         我没有记日期的习惯,或者说写日记也不像我会做的事情,是托马斯,他甚至连某天在新餐馆吃到了美味的菜都会记下名字。噢,那些名字总是又含蓄又难记。距离上次需要填写日期的情况已经太久,是吗,我记得在医院明明还填过的,仿佛还在昨天,又好像已经很久了,托马斯离开后时间像是变长了。

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四 月
         今天我干脆只写月份了。

          现在四月,我很确定。大概二十天前还在医院里,托马斯还没有转到重症病房,邻床有个年轻的小姑娘过17岁生日,托马斯给她唱了歌。那是三月中旬,他还有精力胡乱讲一些只逗笑他自己的冷笑话,笑得整张脸皱在一起。最后的时刻来到得比我所预期的要快啊。

         不知道那个小姑娘现在怎么样了,她真的是个讨人喜欢的孩子。

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四 月

            两天没写了,想要养成习惯并不容易。

           今天第三天回去上班,还是一整天都手忙脚乱的,但其实大家已经在照顾我了。从长假里恢复状态还需要时间。 我敢保证曼努今天单是上午就回头看了我不下五次,欲言又止。他是在担心我。怎么说,事实上我的悲伤远比想象的要少。
           之前和托马斯刚确认恋爱关系的时候,他有次不经意地提到死亡,现在想来他是不是已经有所预感。“我不知道,不过除了想念你和你的电脑游戏还有没人陪我踢球之外,大概也不会和普通的生活有太多变化吧。” 他不知道的是我当时表面上轻描淡写,心里却咯噔一下像是掉进了冰窟,我无法想象失去他。
 
          最后的那些天,我每天晚上都会到河边跑步,给自己心理喑示,不要在托马斯面前表现出悲伤。很有效。

           但我不并想有第二次实践的机会。

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四 月

         到墓地看了托马斯,给他带了一束向日葵。是夏天该有的颜色,而且在某些程度和他几分相像。

         一出门,就和暖风迎个满怀, 虽说已是夏天, 但阳光还没到达令人讨厌的程度,慕尼黑的夏天是温柔的,善解人意的。

          我怎敢把你比作夏天,你不独比它可爱也比它更温婉。

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四 月

         我时常想起托马斯离开的那个下午。我坐在床边的椅子上,静静地看着他。

         那时他的呼吸已经很微弱了,时断时续。他艰难地抬起眼,向我投来温情的一瞥,睫毛轻轻颤动,像是一只小蝴蝶停在眼角。医院的墙很白,桌子很白,床单也很白,映得他漂亮的绿眼晴里有一层白雾,却是另一种好看,仿佛早春的阳光洒在积雪未融的山丘,托马斯总是好看的。

         我拉着他的手,等待生命全面崩溃的那一刻,直到护士进来确认了死亡。

         护士走后,我在窗边望了一会,然后最后一次吻了他的额头。这时我发现他的头发还是原来的气味。现在想来这并不奇怪,头发没什么理由会改变,但在当时,这使我震惊。就在刚才,我的生活发生了极大的改变,可有些东西又从未变化。他离开了,可我仍爱他。
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四 月

       原以为我已经平静下来,但我今天经过商场,看到橱窗里一条蓝白条纹的领带,和托马斯那件深蓝的西装很是相配,像是托马斯会喜欢的款式。想到这里不由得呆呆站定在玻璃窗前,在人来人往的大街上红了眼晴。

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四 月

    
        我不想再写下去了,托马斯说得对,记录就是把欢乐装进保鲜装里,但他没说,记录也会把悲伤刻在石碑上。

        也许是我仍不能习惯写日记,不能习惯在日记中给自己积极的引导。习惯的形成和改变,都是很难的,我不愿再尝试了。

         就这样吧,这本日记我不会再写了。

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  担心自己没写出来,所以解释一下

标题习惯的意思是,短想养成像托马斯一样写日记习惯失败,也无法改变自己爱他的习惯。你们感受到了吗?(。

四月没有特别的含义,就是因为“四月是最残忍的月份”

头发梗来自费曼和艾琳

如果喜欢,请让我知道。

【穆拉】不知道你的喜好

一个在雨天公交车上的脑洞,短,一发完

9岁左右的穆勒和短的一次会面,假装他们很小就认识

如有不适非常抱歉

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        刚刚看到穆勒在转角毛茸茸的脑袋,正准备喊他,他也看见了拉姆。

         穆勒高高举起一只好像握着什么东西的手,欢快地跑过来。还没站定,他就对拉姆挤挤眼,迫不及待地说:我给你带了糖。说着张开手,手里是几颗糖,塑料糖纸闪亮亮的,就像穆勒现在的眼晴。

          拉姆在心里默默数了一下,五颗,并没有打算插话,因为没有人能在穆勒讲话的时候插嘴。

           “是这样的,”穆勒解释着“我临出家门的时候看见桌子上有一袋糖,就抓了一把想在地铁上吃,你知道的,坐地铁总是会想吃糖。但是我又想,你可能也会想吃,所以我要留两颗给你。但是当我坐在座位上摊开手,又一下子不知道应该给你留哪两颗。”

           穆勒抬起手,用短短的食指拔动另一个手心中的糖,“你看,这个是菠萝味,这个是草苺味,还有这个牛奶味。”他用两根手指夹起这颗糖,用一个很别扭的姿势让糖在空中转个体,给拉姆展示它包装上的一个浅蓝色牛奶瓶图案。“还有这两个都是苹果味,绿色的。”

         “我不知道你的喜好。”穆勒耸了耸肩,“要是我吃了你喜欢的味道怎么办。所以我一颗都没有吃,一直拿在手上。”

         拉姆眨眨眼,“你至少可以先吃两颗苹果味中的一颗,它们是重复的。” “我想到了!”穆勒很快地回嘴,“但是如果你很喜欢它,吃了还想吃一颗怎么办。所以,喏,现在五颗都在这里。我想你可以选四颗。”

         拉姆没有接,也没有回答,只是紧紧地抱住了穆勒。小穆勒有点惊讶地张了张嘴,补充说:“我要是知道你喜欢什么味就好了,我家里还有很多呢。”

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如果喜欢,请让我知道。

短短的食指是说小穆勒的手指短,并不是说是队短的手指,嗯。(短:???)

Bayern im Herzen:

是的,就这样了,我结束了我的职业生涯。本来我想要去美国大联盟体验一下不一样的足球,当时我也在和西雅图以及另一支俱乐部谈判。但是冬歇期时我的臀部伤势确诊,再说什么也无济于事了,况且今年我也已经37岁了。

拜拜,会再见的,对吧。

短有很多好看的照片,这张并不是最突出的一张,但是每次看到都觉得啊这个笑容这个时刻多么有深意。
终场哨响的激动和狂喜,颁奖举起金杯的骄傲自豪,欢呼掌声庆祝拥抱,这些时刻都过去了。现在只有他一个人,反复品味这如梦般美妙的一夜。
他站在高台上,烟火,灯火,往事像胶片一张张地过,那些好的不好的时光。他经历过许许多多事,他遇到过许许多多人,有悲有喜,有聚有散。这么多年。

整理了一下相册里托马斯的成长历程照片,当做生贺?没有褶子(划掉  穆了还真是蛮俊俏的呢(⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄)

人生赢家穆了今天26岁了,看到他职业生涯顺利生活幸福美满,教练喜欢队员喜欢球迷喜欢,看到他总是乐呵呵的每天都开开心心的,做着自己喜欢的事情还有所成就,粉丝还有什么所求呢?你开心就好。

最近各种事情又多忙到炸,身心俱疲,看到穆了的笑整个人都好了。既然兔总说过只要托马斯还在笑任何事情都不会太糟,那我也乐观一点,选择相信自己相信别人。能在困境和忧虑中给人带来温暖和动力,托马斯就是这样一个小太阳一样的存在。他的言行举止都可爱,我实在爱惨了他。

每到这样的日子就感觉到文字的无力,心里汹涌澎湃都说不出来,只变成四个字的生日快乐。

(照片到处搜的,存了挺久了,有水印的出处见水印,没有的,,我也不知道啦,侵删

少年气

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官宣,滴滴回多特了

如果我说,我对现状既是厌恶,又可以接受,你能够理解我吗

我真的很喜欢他

祝好

Why Philipp Lahm is the world's second-best player

宇怨怨:

Q晴空一鹤Q:



Xavier Myao:



看完实在是苏得腿都软了TOT,不知道有没有翻译版本,就顺手翻译了下。今天看到了小队的新图,虽然撑着手杖但是笑得很开心~真是太好了!


(字上划线是对图片的解说,第三张图片解说可以看出Uli先生已经开始了人迷的经典脑补→_→)


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为何菲利普·拉姆在世界最佳球员排行中位列第二?

为何菲利普·拉姆在世界最佳球员排行中位列第二……至少位列第二

一位德国人排名超过了梅西,你是否对此感到惊讶?Uli Hesse告诉你,请不要惊讶。

很多人都想知道德国人突然从“云端”坠落的原因。在这个神奇的夏天之后,世界杯冠军被阿根廷人彻底打败、史上第一次输给波兰、没能战胜爱尔兰,并且很逊地赢下了直布罗陀,被自家球迷在场外嘘声一片。

这当然是多方因素共同作用使然。但摆在国家队主教练勒夫面前最严峻的问题之一就是他在休赛期间至少失去了四个关键人物。

日复一日,他不得不面对失去世界上最好的后腰之一、世界上最好的左边后卫之一、世界上最好的右边后卫和他在球场上的得力助手——一位阅读比赛能力如此完美以至于被世界上最著名的教练称为“他执教过的最聪明的足球运动员”的球员。这四个关键人物有一个共同的名字——菲利普·拉姆。

如果“只有失去的时候才知道你曾拥有过什么”是真理,那么菲利普·拉姆会在明年夏天当选为“德国足球先生”,即使他将因为今年十一月脚踝骨折而缺席三分之一个赛季。

如果拉姆——他这一代中德国的最佳球员——在挂靴之前(拉姆现在31岁)没能获得这一奖项的话,那这将是这一最高荣誉的评选的失策。

(拉姆是勒夫的右边后卫、左边后卫、新闻发言人和得力助手)

当然你能够理解为何这类奖项会颁给杰出的进攻型球员——近几年获奖的是米洛斯拉夫·克洛泽、马里奥·戈麦斯、弗兰克·里贝里、阿尔杨·罗本和马尔科·罗伊斯——当然曼努埃尔·诺伊尔在过去四年间获得两次这一奖项另说。(这也可以说是德国的特色。历史上只有列夫·雅辛这一个门将获得过金球奖,而诺伊尔是这一奖项中第六个来自德国的候选人。)

“拉姆在17岁的时候已臻完美”

如果你同时考虑竞技水平和稳定性,那么在德国队的比赛中,没有人能像拉姆一样。发现他的才华的人叫赫尔曼·格尔兰。他现在是拜仁的助教,而曾经是拜仁预备队的教练,为俱乐部培训本土人才。他曾说过:“拉姆在17岁的时候已臻完美。他自己能搞定一切,我已经没什么可以教他了。”格尔兰又说:“菲利普从没踢过糟糕的比赛。他没有踢糟糕比赛的能力。”

2003年,当拉姆19岁的时候,格尔兰试着将他租借到另一家俱乐部,在星光熠熠的拜仁,他没法得到必要的上场时间。格尔兰打电话给当时斯图加特的教练菲利克斯·马加特,向他推荐一名“看上去只有15岁但踢球像30岁”的球员。将信将疑的马加特想知道他可以让这个神奇小子踢哪个位置。格尔兰的回应是:“右边后卫,或者左边后卫,或者右边前卫,或者中场。”

(小拉姆:2003年被租借到斯图加特)

租借之后两个月,斯图加特在欧冠比赛中遇上了曼联。通过格尔兰,阿历克斯·弗格森爵士看了眼拉姆之后就想马上签下他。

这已经是十年前的故事:拉姆适合你所有想让他踢的位置,甚至并非表现平平,而是立刻得到任何了解比赛的人的赞赏。但可能直到瓜迪奥拉的出现才让世人知道拉姆有多么优秀。

这个加泰罗尼亚人不仅在刚到拜仁三个月就将他称为他所知最聪明的球员,更是告诉所有听说过足球比赛决定于中场的人他将把自己最好的球员放在球场的这个位置(中场)。于是,他把拉姆——世界上最好的右边后卫——放到了中场,即使他有一堆其他的中场球员可以选择,即使他没有另一个顶级右边后卫。

这发出一个强烈的信号。实际上,这个信号让国家队主教练勒夫延续了瓜迪奥拉的设想,在世界杯一开始,将拉姆放在中场。这足以将德国队带入四分之一决赛,但随着赛事变得激烈艰难,拉姆在最后三场比赛中回到了他原来的位置。

从那以后,德国队因为有了坚如磐石的防守而表现出更强的穿透力(多亏了拉姆的叠瓦式助攻),以仅失一球(在7-0领先巴西的情况下的丢球)的成绩最终夺得了阔别已久的大力神杯。而在“德国足球先生”的投票中,拉姆最终位列几何?第五。真荒唐。

聪明而乐于助人

所以,如果并且当我最终成为德国体育记者协会——颁发这个奖项的组织——的正式成员(你们知道格劳乔·马克思的事例,所以不要那它打赌),我将把票投给拉姆,不管他这个赛季怎么样。

在他做了这么多之后,没有人比他更值得这个奖项。虽然我不得不说从11月的某一天开始我在这件事上已经不能全然地不偏不倚。

(“干杯,Uli”:拉姆举起了一个玻璃杯)

在那天之前,对问我谁是最聪明、最友好和最乐于助人的职业球员的人,我给出的答案都是马茨·胡梅尔斯。(我第一次见到他并向他介绍我自己的时候,胡梅尔斯说:“噢,我认识你,我读过你的一本书。”你懂的,这让人很难抗拒。)

拉姆的2014

·拜仁(联赛):比赛25场赢20场平4场输1场
·拜仁(德国杯):比赛6场赢6场
·拜仁(欧冠):比赛11场赢7场平2场输2场
·德国队(世界杯):比赛7场赢6场平1场
·总计:比赛49场赢39场平7场输3场
·奖杯:联赛、德国杯、世界杯

但那一天,我坐在电话机旁边等一个电话,然后突然意识到这个电话永远不会打过来。或许我应该解释一下,以前的时候如果你有什么想知道的你得弄到球员的电话号码并且给他们打电话。当然并不保证他会接你的电话,但至少你是主动的那一方。而现在,拜仁的新闻官告诉你球员会给你打电话。我理解为什么俱乐部会选择这个方式,但这样一来将记者陷于不幸的境地:依旧没法保证你能听到那个球员的声音,而现在你还不能离开你的办公室或家,万一电话打过来的时候你在地铁上或者在超市收银台排队结账,那就太糟了。

所以11月11日,我坐在电话机旁边,因为被告知拜仁的队长将在下午1:30之后给我打电话。突然我惊恐地发现:今天是拉姆的生日。

新闻官在安排这次谈话的时候肯定没有考虑到他在这个日子绝对有比给德国另一边的一个陌生人打电话更好的事情要做。懊恼地叹了口气,我决定放弃在电话机边上一无所获地待一个下午。

下午1:35,电话响了。

“你好,”一个欢快的声音响起,“我是菲利普·拉姆。”



   

Elf:





via http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/why-philipp-lahm-worlds-second-best-player-least


Why Philipp Lahm is the world's second-best player… at least


Surprised that the German outdid Lionel Messi? Don't be, says Uli Hesse…


Many people wonder about Germany's sudden fall from grace. Following their magical summer, the World Cup winners have been soundly beaten by Argentina, lost against Poland for the first time in history, failed to defeat the Republic of Ireland and were so underwhelming against Gibraltar that their own fans booed them off the pitch.


Needless to say, there's a variety of factors at work here. But one of the biggest problems plaguing national coach Joachim Löw is that he's lost no fewer than four key figures during the off-season.


From one day to the next, he had to make do without one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, one of the best left-backs in the world, the best right-back in the world and his right-hand man on the pitch, a player whose understanding of the game is so faultless that the most famous coach in the world has called him the most intelligent footballer he's ever worked with. These four key figures are called Philipp Lahm.


If it's true that you only know what you've got when it's gone, then Lahm has to be voted Germany's Footballer of the Year next summer, even though he'll miss at least a third of the current season after breaking his ankle in November.


That's because it would constitute an absurdity of the highest order if the best German player of his generation should finish his career (Lahm is now 31) without ever having won this honour.



Lahm was Löw's right-back, left-back, anchorman and right-hand man


Of course you can understand why awards of this kind usually go to outstanding offensive players – Miroslav Klose, Mario Gomez, Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben and Marco Reus have been among the more recent winners in Germany – and there's even something to be said for the fact that Manuel Neuer has been awarded the trophy twice in the last four years. (Namely that it's a bit of a German speciality.


While only one goalkeeper, Lev Yashin, has ever won the Ballon d'Or, Neuer is already the sixth to be voted Germany's Footballer of the Year.)


"At 17, Lahm was already perfect"


If you consider not just class but also consistency, then there's never been anyone like Lahm in the German game. The man who discovered him is called Hermann Gerland. He is now Bayern's assistant coach but used to be the coach of the reserves, where the club grooms its homegrown talents. He once said: "Lahm was already perfect when he was 17. He could do it all, there was nothing left for me to teach him." Gerland also said: "Philipp never played a bad game for me. He is incapable of playing badly."


When Lahm was 19, in 2003, Gerland tried to find a loan club for him because the youngster wouldn't get the playing time he needed in Bayern's star-studded side. Gerland phoned Felix Magath, then coaching VfB Stuttgart and offered him the services of a player "who looks like he's 15 but plays as if he 30". A skeptical Magath wanted to know where he should play this wonderboy. Gerland replied: "At right-back. Or left-back. Or right-sided midfield. Or central midfield."



Little Lahm: On loan at Stuttgart in 2003


Two months after the loan deal, Stuttgart met Manchester United in the Champions League. According to Gerland, Sir Alex Ferguson took one look at Lahm and immediately wanted to sign him.


That has been the story of the last 10 years: Lahm fitted in wherever you played him, hardly ever put in even a middling performance and immediately earned the admiration of anyone who knows the game. But it probably took the arrival of Pep Guardiola to make the world realise how good Lahm really is.


The Catalan not only called him the smartest player he knew after barely three months at Bayern, he also told anyone who would listen that football games are decided in midfield – and that it follows from this that your best players should play in this part of the pitch. Then he moved Lahm, the world's best right-back, precisely there, even though the coach had tons of others midfielders to choose from but not another top-class right-back.


It sent out a strong signal. Actually, it was so strong that national coach Joachim Löw followed Guardiola's advice and used Lahm in midfield when the World Cup began. That was good enough to get Germany into the quarter-finals, but when the going got tough and the tournament hung in the balance, Lahm went back to his old position for the final three games.


From there on, Germany combined extra penetration out wide (thanks to Lahm's overlaps) with a rock-solid defence – and conceded only one goal (at 7-0 up against Brazil) to finally win the trophy that had eluded the team for so long. And when the votes for Germany's Footballer of the Year came in, where did Lahm finish? Fifth. Ridiculous.


Intelligent and accommodating


So, if and when I finally get around to becoming a card-carrying member of the German Association of Sportswriters (you know the Groucho Marx quote, so don't bet on it), the organisation which hands out the award, my vote will go to Lahm regardless of the season he may have had.


Nobody deserves it as much as he does. Though I have to say I'm no longer entirely impartial in this matter – not since a drab day this November.



"Cheers, Uli": Lahm raises a glass


Until that day I always used to tell people who asked me about these things that the smartest, nicest and most accommodating professional footballer was Mats Hummels. (When I first met him and introduced myself, Hummels said: "Oh, I know you: I've read one of your books." This, you'll surely understand, is hard to trump.)


LAHM'S 2014



  • Bayern (League): P25 W20 D4 L1


  • Bayern (Domestic cups): P6 W6


  • Bayern (in Europe): P11 W7 D2 L2


  • Germany (World Cup): P7 W6 D1


  • Total: P49 W39 D7 L3


  • Trophies won: Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, World Cup



But on that day I was sitting by the phone waiting for a call and suddenly realised it would never come. Maybe I should explain that in the old days, you'd have a player's number and could call him if there was something you wanted to know. Of course there was no guarantee he would answer your call, but at least you were the one taking the initiative. Today, press officers tell you that the player will call you. I can understand why the clubs prefer it this way, but it creates an unfortunate situation for a journalist: there's still no guarantee you'll ever get to hear the player's voice and now you can't even leave your house or office, as it will do you no good if the call comes when you're on the tube or queueing at the supermarket checkout.


So I was sitting by the phone on November 11, having been told that the Bayern Munich captain would call at some time after 1.30pm. Suddenly I made a terrible discovery: it was Lahm's birthday.


The press officer must have arranged the talk without realising that the player would have better things to do on this day than calling a stranger at the other end of the country. With an irritated sigh, I resigned myself to spending the whole afternoon by the phone for nothing.


At 1.35pm, the telephone rang.


"Hello," said a cheery voice, "this is Philipp Lahm speaking."