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Legends – Lothar Matthäus

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Lothar Herbert Matthäus was born on 21st of March 1961 in Erlangen, West Germany was a former German international football player and now manager, last managing Israeli club Maccabi Netanya.

In 1990, he was named European Footballer of the Year and World Soccer Player of the Year after captaining West Germany to victory in the 1990 World Cup. One year later, he was also named the first ever FIFA World Player of the Year.

He has played in five World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) more than any other outfield player, and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played (25 games). He also won Euro 80, and played in Euro 84, Euro 88, and Euro 2000. In 1999, he was again voted German Footballer of the Year.

He is the most capped German player of all time, retiring with a total of 150 appearances (83 of them when the team was called West Germany) and 23 goals for the German national team.

Matthäus is a member of the FIFA 100 – a list of 125 of the greatest living football players chosen by Pelé. Maradona said about Matthäus “he is the best rival I’ve ever had. I guess that’s enough to define him” in his book Yo soy el Diego (I am the Diego).

During his career, he usually played as an Attacking Midfielder or Defensive Midfielder, although later in his career he played as a Sweeper. He was renowned for his perceptive passing, positional sense, and well-timed tackling, as well as his explosive shot.

Full name: Lothar Herbert Matthäus
Date of birth: 21 March 1961
Place of birth: Erlangen, West Germany
Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position: Midfielder/Defender/Sweeper

Former Clubs

1979–1984: Borussia M’Gladbach
1984–1988: Bayern Munich
1988–1992: Internazionale
1992–2000: Bayern Munich
2000: MetroStars

Teams Managed

2001–2002: Rapid Wien
2002–2003: Partizan Belgrade
2003–2005: Hungary
2006: Atlético Paranaense
2006–2007: Red Bull Salzburg
2008–2009: Maccabi Netanya
2009: FC Fehérvár

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