German fullback who became team captain of both Bayern Munich and the German national team. He helped Germany capture the 2014 World Cup title and led Bayern Munich to five Bundesliga championships from 2002 to 2013.
He joined the Bayern Munich youth system after a scout saw him play for his hometown side.
His crisp tackling and precise passing ability, combined with his 5'7" stature, earned him the nickname 'Magic Dwarf.'
He married his longtime girlfriend Claudia Schattenberg in 2010, just days after his team took third place at the FIFA Word Cup. He has a son named Julian.
He played with Bayern Munich under the leadership of manager Jupp Heynckes.