Philipp Lahm is Bayern Munich through and through.
The 32-year-old joined the Bavarian club as an 11-year-old and is close to reaching 500 appearances for the first team.
The full-back is also a man of intelligence and class, so it should come as no real surprise that he encouraged the Bayern Munich fans to stop singing an insulting chant about Borussia Dortmund during the team’s Bundesliga trophy parade earlier this week. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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According to 101 Great Goals, Bayern fans were chanting “BVB, sons of bi*ches” when Lahm grabbed the mic and began singing a pro-Bayern Munich song instead.
Because he doesn’t have the loudest voice, Lahm turned to Manuel Neuer to really get the chant going - and the world-class goalkeeper didn’t disappoint.
Video: Lahm stops the insulting BVB chant
The whole crowd began singing the same chant; the focus no longer on Borussia Dortmund.
Why did Lahm stop the chant?
Lahm, as Bayern’s captain, will have been acutely aware that such chants may have made Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze, in particular, feel a little uncomfortable.
Both players remain grateful for everything Dortmund gave them and wouldn’t dream of saying a bad word against their former employers.
The same will be true of Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund’s captain who has agreed to complete a controversial summer switch from Signal Iduna Park to the Allianz Arena.
Hummels the next BVB star to join Bayern
In a statement released after Bayern Munich confirmed the acquisition of Hummels’ signature, the World Cup winner said: “After my transfer to Bayern was announced today, I would like to explain it in a little more detail.
"As you can imagine, the last few weeks have been very unnerving for me because I had to make the most difficult decision in my life. In the end I came to the decision to take on a new challenge for me, moreover, in my hometown, with my family and many friends that live there.
"I realise that it is difficult for some to understand my decision. But after eight and a half really great years in Dortmund it was time for me to try something new again.
"With a heavy heart I now leave the team and the club with which I have grown and was able to celebrate great success together with. So I think all who have helped me. To you, the extraordinary fans of this great club, to all employees, the "behind the scenes" people. Of course, even with my three coaches that I experienced here and Michael Zorc and Hans-Joachim Watzke.
"And stressing even further to my team-mates, because they – despite the fact that these last few years would not have been possible without them – always had an open ear for me.
"Of course I have seen many messages, comments, and postings hoping to convince me to stay at BVB. And also the great response at our home game against Wolfsburg, whether in the stadium, the training ground or in the supermarket, I was very touched.
"I speak for the day-one BVB fans and I appreciate it very much."
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