Matthias Lehmann is a German footballer who is the captain of German side 1. FC Köln.
|Full name||Matthias Lehmann|
|Date of birth||28 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Ulm, West Germany|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Current club||1. FC Köln|
| VfL Ulm|
SSV Ulm 1846
| SSV Ulm 1846
VfB Stuttgart II
TSV 1860 München II
TSV 1860 München
Alemannia Aachen II
FC St Pauli
1. FC Köln
| Germany U19
Lehmann signed a professional contract with SSV Ulm 1846, and made his debut in the 2. Bundesliga in the 2000-01 season.
He moved to VFB Stuttgart, and played for the second team. At the end of the 2001-02 season the team were relegated.
Lehmann joined 1860 München at the start of the 2003-04 season. He was relegated again at the end of that season, but remained at the club and had three successful seasons with them. He was appointed captain of the side in the 2004-05 season, at the age of 22, becoming the youngest captain in the club's history.
At the beginning of the 2006-07 season, he joined Alemannia Aachen and played for both the first and reserve teams. He made 95 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals. The team were newly-promoted to the Bundesliga, and Lehmann's tough but effective tackling earned him a reputation as a top performer and cemented his position in the starting lineup.
In June 2012, Lehmann signed for 1. FC Köln. He did not score in either of his first two seasons with the club, but returned to form (and was made captain) during the 2014-15 season.
Playing style and personality
Lehmann has been recognised as a tough but effective tackler, peforming a "sweeping up" role in the defensive midfield.
Lehmann has gained a certain notoriety for never wearing underwear while playing. This came to media attention during a match against Darmstadt in August 2016, when a sudden downpour caused the white Köln kit to become almost completely transparent. Lehmann, who as usual had nothing on underneath his shorts, was so embarrassed that he left the pitch, desperately trying to preserve his modesty with his hands. He emerged minutes later, having found and put on underwear. After the match he apologised for the delay, stating, "it wasn't quite kosher anymore: too much of me was visible." The incident does not appear to have altered his kit preferences, however, and Lehmann still resolutely plays without underwear in all weathers.