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Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm may well be an excellent defender, but Bayem Munich’s left-back is also a person who cares about his fellow human beings. Lahm, 24, who scored the opening goal of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ in the home team’s 4-2 victory over Costa Rica, recently set up the Philipp Lahm Foundation. Not content with allowing the foundation to use his name, Lahm also pumped 150,000 euros of his own money into the project, which aims to help children in particular. “I have had a lot of luck in life,” explained Lahm. “I had a wonderful childhood and today I have a fantastic job that I enjoy very much. That is why I decided it was time to give something back.” Lahm has also been campaigning and helping the less fortunate for the last few years. After being named as Germany’s sole representative in UEFA’s team of the year following his exploits at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, Lahm donated the EUR 5,000 prize money to SOS Children’s Villages, an institution that FIFA has also been supporting since 1994. Last year, in his role as a “FIFA for SOS Children’s Villages” ambassador, Lahm travelled to South Africa with two of his closest friends, Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United and England) and Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg and Germany), to take a closer look at preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and to visit the SOS Children’s Village in Ennerdale.