Lothar Matthaus

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Lothar is one of the most highly decorated footballers in the history of the sport. A versatile and complete player, Matthäus was renowned for his perceptive passing, positional sense, and well-timed tackling, as well as his explosive shot. During his career, he usually played as a box-to-box midfielder, although later in his career he played as a sweeper.

He set a world football record with 144th international appearances by 2000 and he finished his international career with 150 appearances.

During his long exemplary career Lothar has won many awards including five German league championships  the West German and German cups, the Italian league title and the UEFA Cup twice. Also numerous Footballer of the Year awards and World Soccer Player of the Year for victory in the 1990 World Cup. Awarded the first ever FIFA World Player of the Year he also holds the record for the most World Cup matches played.

Lothar Matthäus is a member of the FIFA 100 – a list of 125 of the greatest living football players chosen by Pelé.

Quoting from his book Yo soy el Diego (I am Diego), Maradona said about Lothar “He is the best rival I’ve ever had. I guess that’s enough to define him”.

He was a versatile and complete footballer, playing in both the midfield and defense. Respected for his fitness and football intelligence Lothar was renowned for his perceptive play with exceptional passing and positional sense, well-timed tackling, and powerful shot.

One year after ending his illustrious playing days, Matthäus started a coaching career, which has so far been much less distinguished. In his print interviews and other media appearances he has been clear about his goal and desire to coach in the Bundesliga. His hope was that taking coaching jobs abroad would lead to offers from Germany.

In December 2002 he was hired by Partizan Belgrade during mid-season winter break to replace recently sacked Ljubiša Tumbaković, signing a two-and-half-year contract set to expire in summer 2005.

Inheriting a team at the top of the league table, Matthäus achieved the immediate goal by steering Partizan to the 2002–03 league title in convincing fashion, at one point even extending the lead over the second-placed rivals Red Star Belgrade to 19 points. Still, his finest hour with the club came in August 2003 when Partizan eliminated favourites Newcastle United in the Champions League third qualifying round to reach the 2003–04 competition’s group stage.

Beside and between his coaching jobs Matthäus worked from 2001 to 2009 as a columnist for the German sports magazine Sport Bild. He worked also as TV pundit for the German pay television channel Premiere during the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, for the German channel ZDF during Euro 2004, for Eurosport during Euro 2008 and lately for the Arabian network Al Jazeera Sports during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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