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15 years ago: Lahm scores first goal of summer fairytale

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A dream goal as the prelude for a dream summer! Exactly 15 years ago today, Bayern legend Philipp Lahm scored the first goal of the World Cup in the opening game against Costa Rica at Munich's Allianz Arena, the prelude for the 'summer fairytale' of 2006!

Measuring up for the strike: Philipp Lahm scored the first goal in the 2006 World Cup.

Lahm breaks the deadlock after six minutes

The home World Cup was just six minutes old when the then 22-year-old curled the ball into the corner from the left edge of the penalty area. The shot was unstoppable for Costa Rica goalkeeper José Francisco Porras and Germany had a perfect start. Miroslav Klose (17', 61') contributed a double strike on his 28th birthday. Torsten Frings (87') was the other German scorer in the 4-2 win for the team coached by Jürgen Klinsmann, which sparked a wave of euphoria across the country over the next few weeks. Even though Germany only finished in third place, the summer of 2006 will live forever in the memory of the local fans.

Fifteen years and one week later, eight Germany internationals from FC Bayern will start another big tournament in their own backyard. Next Tuesday, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Co. will play France in the first of three group games at the home of the German record champions. They can take some tips from Phillipp Lahm on how to start a tournament well - he has stayed true to his home town and is currently working for the Euros as an ambassador for Munich.

In the “Looking back” series, fcbayern.com presents interesting images from the photo archive. This includes a dance performance by Serge Gnabry and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting:

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