Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – World champion captain Philipp Lahm wants the German national football team to take the lead as a role model in today’s troubled times.

“I see the national team as a symbol of society. It should be an example. Act as a unit,” said Lahm. “But that also has consequences for every club. They should radiate joy,” said the 36-year-old former pro of the German record champion FC Bayern Munich. Lahm led the national team as captain in winning the 2014 title in Brazil and has been a member of the presidency of the German Football Association (DFB) since September 2019.

The German national team will play a friendly against Turkey in Cologne on 7 October. After that, the Nations League matches will be played in Kiev against Ukraine on October 10, and again against Switzerland in Cologne on October 13 – it will be the second international game block during the coronavirus pandemic. “I think you’ve noticed that people are looking forward to the international matches. Football is an important asset in our society. It’s important that it continues. It gives us normalcy,” said Lahm.

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