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Lothar Matthaus


ABOUT
Lothar Matthaus

Full NameLothar Herbert Matthaus

BornMarch 21, 1961

Height5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)

NationalityGermany

RoleMidfielder, Sweeper

Relation(s)Alisa Matthaus, Viola Matthaus (Daughters), Loris Matthaus (Son), Milan Matthaus (Son), Anastasia Klimko (Spouse)

ABOUT

Lothar Matthaus Biography


Lothar Matthaus is a German Football manager and is a former player for his national side. He was one of the greatest German players and is often regarded as one of the best midfielders to have ever played the game.


He was born on 21st March 1961 in Erlangen in the Bavaria region of former West Germany.


He has been an inspirational figure in captaining the West Germany side to glory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.


He holds the distinction of being named as the first FIFA World Player of the Year, and till date remains the only German to receive the coveted honor.


Background


Matthaus holds the distinction of playing in five consecutive World Cups for the national side. Matthaus is the most capped player of all time in German History.


A versatile and complete player, Matthaus is known for his range of passing and well-timed tackling.


He played as a box to box midfielder in his career as a footballer, although later in his career, he played as a sweeper.


Matthaus played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe during a glittering career.


Debut


Matthaus started off his career for the German side Borussia Monchengladbach and emerged as one of the most promising young players in the country. Matthaus was first called up to the West German national squad in 1980, and was part of the winning squad during the UEFA European Championships in 1980 in Italy.


High Points


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In a career that lasted 18 years, Matthaus has helped his country win the World Cup in 1990 and holds the record for the most number of caps.


Matthaus played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe during a glittering career.


He developed into one of the world’s best midfielders during his time at Bayern Munich during his four seasons at the club, in the process helping the club win two German league titles.


Retirement


One year after ending end of his illustrious career, Matthaus started his stint as a coach, which has so far been much less distinguished. Matthaus became the manager of SK Rapid Wien in September of 2001 but left the job the following year.


After leaving SK Rapid Wien, Matthaus took over the reins at SK Partizan in the Serbian league and guided the club to the league title and also was instrumental as he took them to the UEFA Champions League.


Matthaus became the manager of the Hungarian national team in 2003 but left after three years after he was unsuccessful in helping the team qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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