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Name Hermann Gerland
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc Hermann Gerland is a former footballer who has worked with Bayern’s youth and amateur teams since 2001 and is now the co-coach at the German champions

Affiliation

Club as Club Bayern Munich [Youth Coach]

2014 07 12 Retrieve

[Hermann Gerland on when Philipp Lahm as 17] Lahm was a perfect footballer even at that age. But no one wanted him. I offered him out on loan. One manager even wanted me to reimburse him for the petrol money he had spent to come and watch Philipp because he was unimpressed. A few years later I met the same manager in Berlin so I took out my wallet and said: ‘Now, young man, how much did you want for that trip?’

2015 01 24 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich assistant coach Hermann Gerland on Philipp Lahm] You can play him wherever you want and he’ll be flawless. He is one of the world’s best players. He’s maintained an incredible level for the last 12 years. He has still never been Player of the Year, though, and that’s a catastrophe. He’s outstanding in 55 out of 60 matches per season, but that’s never been recognised

2015 07 13 Retrieve

[When Bastian Schweinsteiger’s transfer to Manchester United became official] It is a heavy loss for me personally. He’s not just a super player, he’s a super person, a really nice kid

2016 05 16 Retrieve

[It’s thought that the main driver of the Hummels switch was long-serving Bayern assistant-coach and talent-developer, Hermann Gerland, who always considered young Mats a star in the making and thought the club acted too hastily in allowing him to leave for Dortmund in 2008] We should never have given him away. He always was a great prospect

2017 02 08 Retrieve

Lahm was already perfect when he was 17. He could do it all, there was nothing left for me to teach him. Philipp never played a bad game for me. He is incapable of playing badly

[Hesse points out Germany’s fall from grace after Lahm’s international retirement following the World Cup win] From one day to the next, he [manager Joachim Low] had to make do without one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, one of the best left-backs in the world, the best right-back in the world and his right-hand man on the pitch, a player whose understanding of the game is so faultless that the most famous coach in the world has called him the most intelligent footballer he’s ever worked with. These four key figures are called Philipp Lahm

2017 05 16 Retrieve

[Gerland first encountered Lahm during his time as manager of the Bayern reserve team and he played a role in helping the full-back move on loan to Stuttgart early in his career] I still have strong memories of his first match for my team, when our reserves faced Burghausen in the Regionalliga Sud. We won 2-1, and Philipp played, well, as he always does: he turned in a flawless display

As reserve coach I enjoyed the two years with him, and I’d have liked to enjoy him longer. But it would have been disastrous not to let him play in the Bundesliga, it just wasn’t possible. Arranging that wasn’t easy. Renowned coaches declined until Felix Magath accepted.

Two years ago I ran across a scout working for a Bundesliga club. I’d recommended Philipp to him back then. We talked, and he told me: ‘I’ve watched Philipp Lahm and seen the same things you’ve seen, that he’s an outstanding player. But my people didn’t believe me.’ That’s a nice little story

Philipp was able to play in the Champions League [by joining Stuttgart]. After only three months he was the best man on the pitch against Manchester United, so Alex Ferguson wanted to sign him. That says it all