Matthias Lehmann is a German footballer who is the captain of German side 1. FC Köln.

Matthias Lehmann
Personal information
Full name Matthias Lehmann
Date of birth 28 May 1983
Place of birth    Ulm, Flag of Germany West Germany
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Nationality Germany
Club information
Current club Flag of Germany 1. FC Köln
Number 33
Youth clubs
Flag of Germany VfL Ulm
Flag of Germany SSV Ulm 1846
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Flag of Germany SSV Ulm 1846
Flag of Germany VfB Stuttgart II
Flag of Germany TSV 1860 München II
Flag of Germany TSV 1860 München
Flag of Germany Alemannia Aachen II
Flag of Germany Alemannia Aachen
Flag of Germany FC St Pauli
Flag of Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
Flag of Germany 1. FC Köln
4 (0)
58 (8)
13 (3)
81 (12)
1 (0)
95 (14)
66 (13)
26 (0)
155 (5)   
National team
Flag of Germany Germany U19
Flag of Germany Germany U20
Flag of Germany Germany U21
9 (0)
17 (0)
15 (2)

Early career

Lehmann began playing football at the age of 4, with the children's section of Vfl Ulm. At the age of eight he joined rivals SSV Ulm 1846, and rose to the youth A team.

Club career

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.

Matthias Lehmann in action for 1. FC Köln

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.

He spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons with FC St. Pauli, then joined Eintracht Frankfurt in June 2011.

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.

An embarrassed Matthias Lehmann leaves the field to put on underwear after a mid-match downpour rendered his kit nearly transparent.

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.

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