6. Lothar Matthaus

by markbaber on 08/24/2014
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Lothar_Matthäus

Full nameLothar Herbert Matthäus
Date of birth21 March 1961
Place of birthErlangen, West Germany
PositionMidfielder / Sweeper
Lothar Matthäus captained West Germany to victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and played in five FIFA World Cups in total (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998), more than any other outfield player. He remains the only German player to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Matthaus is the most capped German player of all time with 150 appearances and 23 goals.

Lothar Matthäus became the symbol of German domination of football during the 1980s.

Ten years after his mentor Franz Beckenbauer, Matthäus reigned over world football thanks to his “complete” player profile; able to play just as well in offense or defence.

Lothar Matthäus won seven German championships with Bayern Munich, three German cups, two UEFA Cups (with Inter Milan and Bayern) the European Football Championship in 1980, the World Cup in 1990 (finalist in 1982 and 1986) and the Ballon d’Or in 1990.

Diego Maradona said of Matthäus: “He is the best rival I have ever had.”

Matthäus scores a penalty kick against Bulgarian goalkeeper Borislav Mihaylov in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

Matthäus scores a penalty kick against Bulgarian goalkeeper Borislav Mihaylov in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

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