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Friday 7 September 2013 is a day that will live long in the memory for FC Bayern München defender Philipp Lahm (2nd r.). It was the day on which he made <br> his 100th appearance for German. He is now eighth on the all-time list of appearance-makers for Germany His 100th appearance came over 9 years and 6 months after his debut for <i>die Nationalmannschaft</i>, a 2-1 victory over Croatia in Split on <br> 18 February 2004. Lahm was on loan from Bayern at VfB Stuttgart at the time One of his finest moments in a Germany shirt came on 9 June 2006. Germany were hosting the FIFA World Cup and Lahm (m.) scored the tournament's <br> opening goal, a beautiful curler into the top corner, in a 4-2 win over Costa Rica Having now reached 100 appearances, Lahm is just one cap away from equalling the tally of Thomas Häßler, a World Cup <br> winner with Germany in 1990 a German international between 1988 and 2000 Sixth on the list of appearance-makers for Germany is perhaps the country's most famous footballer ever: Franz <i>der Kaiser</i> Beckenbauer. The self-styled <br> <i>Libero</i> played 103 times for his country, and captained to World Cup triumph in 1974 Jürgen Kohler was a staple of a Germany side that dominated world football between 1986 and 1988. The tough-tackling defender won a <br> World Cup in 1990 and a UEFA European Championship in 1996 during his 105 appearances His namesake, Jürgen Klinsmann, was with him for much of that triumphant spell. The Göppingen-born striker <br> captained Germany to victory in Euro 96 and scored 47 goals in 108 matches Aged just 28, Lukas Podolski is, quite remarkably, the third-highest appearance-maker for Germany. The former 1. FC Köln and Bayern <br> forward, now at Arsenal FC, has netted 46 times in 111 games for Germany since his debut in 2004 Miroslav Klose, formerly of Bayern, Werder Bremen and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, equalled the goalscoring record of the great Gerd Müller against Austria with his 68th Germany goal in his 129th match. He places second on the all-time list of appearance-makers, behind... ...Lothar Matthäus, West Germany's captain in 1990 and the man to have worn the DFB Eagle on the most occasions, 150 to be precise. Lahm has some <br> way to go to equal his record, but at the age of 29, not many would bet against him reaching that milestone too.
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