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Name Lothar Matthaus
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
  Germany Captain


Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Bayern Munich

2016 11 19 Retrieve

[Lothar Matthaus gives some insight into his football upbringing that led to success at the highest levels of the game] I come from a moderately successful footballing family. My father played in the fifth tier of German football while my brother was in the third division, but I was always captivated by the sport. I was always the youngest and the smallest and repeatedly had to hold my own against bigger opponents to make sure I didn’t lose every game. That was a huge incentive for me

2017 02 08 Retrieve

[Lothar Matthaus on Philipp Lahm] Philipp made a smart decision to retire from international football after Germany won the World Cup in 2014. He did very well because he saw that it was no longer possible to combine the two. That decision allowed him to focus on Bayern. So one has to accept his decision now as well

Personally, I still believed in him as a right-back even against the fastest opponents. I think he still had a few years in him. To leave the game altogether comes as quite a surprise. I find it hard to understand his decision to turn down the offer to become sporting director. A chance like that might come only once in a lifetime. There is no guarantee the situation will not be completely different in 2019. He might no longer be the top candidate then

2017 02 25 Retrieve

[Lothar Matthaus gives his views on the club’s current form] We know how Carlo Ancelotti’s formation functions by now. In order to be successful, Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Thiago are irreplaceable. Ancelotti has a much bigger chance of winning the Champions League when these three players and Robert Lewandowski are all on the pitch at the same time. He has found his best starting XI for the big games. I know what Thomas Muller has done for Bayern and what he has achieved, but there is no room for him at Bayern in the big games

2017 08 29 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller vents his frustration at being dropped to the Bayern Munich bench] He needs a coach who wants him

2018 03 17 Retrieve

[Lothar Matthaus revealed one of the stories from the night Bayern Munich dramatically lost to Manchester United in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final] We were winning 1-0 against Manchester United in the Champions League final when president Franz Beckenbauer went into the elevator at the Camp Nou. A minute later, when he got out of the lift and arrived down at pitchside, the scoreboard said 2-1 to United. He said to the security guy there: ‘What is this? Is it a joke? It was 1-0 to Bayern Munich. It’s a mistake’. The security guy told him United had scored two goals. Franz said: ‘No, I don’t believe this. They didn’t score any goals’. Soon he realised that, yes, Manchester United had scored two goals – in the one minute that he was in the elevator

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[Matthaus unconvinced by Bayern Munich’s Ivan Perisic signing] The only small inconvenience is that Perisic doesn’t have the speed to go past the rivals in one-on-one [situations] that characterises Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Of course, this is due to his age