In June, one of the most decorated footballing careers in history will come to an end when Philipp Lahm hangs up his boots.

The 33-year-old left the international stage on a high, retiring days after leading Germany to World Cup glory in 2014, and how perfect it would be for him to bring a definite end to his playing career with yet another trophy – the DFB Cup.

On Wednesday night, Bayern Munich can keep that dream alive for the full-back when they host Borussia Dortmund in the semi-final and Lahm knows full well that if he wants to get his hand on what could prove to be the 23rd piece of silverware of his career – should this year's Bundesliga title become his 22nd - then only a win will do.

"Of course such a final to end my career with would be pretty nice," Lahm said at a press conference. "I've played so many finals in Berlin and it's always an amazing atmosphere there, and that is what makes the cup so attractive. It would be a beautiful ending."

Should Bayern succeed in beating Borussia, Lahm's career will have effectively gone full circle. It was after a 2-1 defeat to Schalke in the first round of the 2002/03 DFB Cup, playing alongside the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and current Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhüttl in a Bayern reserve team coached by the current assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, Hermann Gerland, that Lahm started to train more frequently with Bayern's first team prior to making his debut later that year in the Champions League against Lens.

Lahm has already lifted the DFB Cup six times and a seventh domestic cup title would be a fitting end to his career.

He has since appeared in seven finals, winning six of them. It would have been seven wins had Dortmund not denied him in the 2012 showpiece, and now he is seeking revenge against the side who also halted Bayern's progress at this stage in 2015.

Then, Lahm was one of the Bayern players who slipped when taking a penalty in a dramatic shoot-out which the Westphalians won. That will be one of the negative memories he will look back on when the time comes to pin his boots to the wall, but Lahm is not ready to start reflecting on his career yet, at least not when there are still trophies to be won.

"We want to be in every competition to the very end and that means winning on Wednesday and reaching the final," Lahm said. "Anybody who can't get motivated for that is in the wrong job. But now is not the time to get sentimental. I can get sentimental a few weeks after I've stopped playing - now is still the time to play."

And Lahm hopes it will still be time to play on 27 May, on DFB Cup final day in Berlin.

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