Lothar Matthäus is a former German football manager who also spent time playing football for West Germany. Claiming the title of the most capped German player of all time, Lothar has captured the hearts of fans and the press alike. Lothar was described to be both a versatile and complete player as well as being regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time. As a player Lothar spent time in both a club career and an international team, earning caps for the West German national squad. Lothar began his professional footballing career with Borussia Möchenglabach before moving to Inter Milan in 1988. Lothar found success with Inter, being on the winning UEFA Champions League 1991 team. Lothar was also able to claim the title of the first-ever FIFA Player of the Year whilst playing for Inter Milan.
He also played for Bayern Munich, winning four Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokals. He finally played for MetroStars and then retired from playing professional football in 2000. Lothar also spent time on the West German national team, where he played in the FIFA World Cup five times from 1982 to 1998. During the 1990 FIFA World Cup Lothar had the opportunity to captain the team, captaining them to lift the World Cup trophy. With his streak of World Cups, Lothar held the record for playing in the most World Cups and was only just recently beaten in 2018. After ending his successful playing career Lothar turned to the coaching side of the sport, taking on a number of roles with smaller clubs to try and garner attention from the German team. He began his coaching ventures with Rapid Wien, before moving to the Serbian club FK Partizan. He managed the team through their battle for the league title of 2002-2003 but were unfortunately not successful in their mission.
He soon left the club and went on to manage the Hungary national team. Whilst manager of Hungary's national team Lothar had the task of returning the team to their former glory, helping them to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. It was soon apparent that this was a mammoth task, and was one that Lothar, unfortunately, failed to deliver upon. After that Lothar went on to manage Atlético Paranaense, Red Bull Salzburg, Maccabi Netanya and the Bulgaria national team. As well as following coaching Lothar also spent time as a columnist and television pundit. From 2001 to 2009 Lothar had the opportunity to write a column for Sport Bild, a German weekly sports magazine. During the 2002 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he joined Premiere as a pundit and joined German channel ZDF during the 2004 UEFA Euro. He also spent time as a pundit for Eurosport and Al Jazeera Sports.
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