Hummels remembers Lim Teong Kim
Lim, who is now overseeing the Malaysian government-initiated National Football Development Plan (NFDP), used to be a coach at the Bayern Munich youth academy that famously groomed the likes of Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, and Thomas Muller.
Hummels, who came through the ranks at Bayern as well, still remembers the Malacca-born coach to this day.
“Of course I remember him; he was one of the youth coaches at Bayern,” he told FourFourTwo Malaysia right before his team’s match against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) on Thursday.
“He was not my coach – he actually coached my brother, Jonas – but I know him and we did talk to each other.”
Lim was widely believed to be the man behind Hummels’ switch from striker to defender during his trainee years at Bayern, which the Germany defender did not deny.
“Yes, it could be because I remember him taking over my team for just a few sessions,” he said.
“Maybe he saw me play and told my coaches that I was not good in attack and I should be playing as a defender instead.”
The switch proved to be an excellent choice, as Hummels went on to win two Bundesliga titles and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, among other accomplishments.
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