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Name Lothar Matthaus
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
  Germany Captain
  Hungary Head Coach
Desc Lothar Matthaus may not have enjoyed many noteworthy triumphs during his coaching career but the legendary midfielder did pull off a major shock during his time in charge of Hungary, whom he led to a 2-0 victory over Germany. Rudi Voller, his 1990 World Cup-winning team-mate, still remembers it well – as he was on the opposite bench


Org Germany National Team
Club as Coach Hungary National Team
Club as Player Bayern Munich

2013 11 02 Retrieve

[Lothar Matthaus on Franck Ribery] Franck has a great chance of winning the Ballon d’Or. He certainly deserves it. He has thrilled us all with his outstanding displays at Bayern, not only with his dribbling but also with his work-rate. In 1990 I had the chance to play for two of the world’s best sides: Inter Milan and Germany. Team-work was the key in both of those sides, and Franck has learned that recently. My top three for the award would be Ribery, Lahm and Lewandowski, although I fear Messi may win a fifth in a row

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Matthaus gets a tad melodramatic over Gotze’s decision to leave Dortmund for Bayern Munich] The fans feel betrayed. The comments Mario Gotze made in the recent past [about wanting to stay at Dortmund] don’t make him credible. This damages the whole of football

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Lothar Matthaus on Lukas Podolski] He tweets more than he plays

2015 05 16 Retrieve

[Lothar Matthaus on Pep Guardiola] Guardiola has already said that their season is over and he’s been rotating his team so much that he’s unsettling the team. His team no longer has the stability they had for over eight months, enchanting football fans up and down Germany. It seems the players are losing a bit of belief in the coach

2016 08 06 Retrieve

[Lothar Matthaus, the Bayern Munich legend, stated that Leroy Sane should have stayed in Germany for a while yet] Sane will make several times his Schalke wages at Manchester City and that has been decisive in his decision to make the move

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 04 04 Retrieve

[Germany legend Lothar Matthaus singled the defender out, claiming he cared more about how he looked off the pitch than how he performed on it] For Boateng, I think [the question should be], is football the most important thing or is it the sunglasses and the earrings?.

First, things have to be right on the pitch. These are signs of the outside, which the fans do not want to see. We treat every player like this, especially if the performance on the pitch isn’t right.

But they do not have that with Boateng. You have to ask yourself – was the focus on football? Personally, I would not have brought in a hairdresser. I’m going to the hairdresser, but here in Moscow

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

2020 04 06 Retrieve

[Lothar Matthaus says Flick has restored ‘harmony’ at Bayern] It would have been incomprehensible if Bayern hadn’t extended it with him. Hansi absolutely deserves this. Bayern are on the right track with him. It’s a harmony like last seen under Jupp Heynckes, the team plays great football. He has improved the team overall, football-wise and tactically. In addition, there are his human dealings

Thanks to him, players like Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller have once again reached their top level. Hansi also relies on young players like Alphonso Davies or Joshua Zirkzee. This is important because Bayern wants to ensure that the young players find their way from the youth centre. Hansi can shape a new era in Bavaria

[When asked if Manuel Neuer and David Alaba - whose contracts expire in 2021 - could also be tied down to fresh terms now that Flick’s future is secure] It could be a sign to all players who have not yet renewed their contract: Thiago, Thomas Muller, Alaba, Neuer.

Flick has raved enormously about Neuer in recent weeks, calling him the world’s best goalkeeper. Conversely, the esteem is just as great. Bayern will remain the clear number one. The entire constellation with Flick, the team and Oliver Kahn on the board fits, the ‘Mia san mia’ is lived again

[Matthaus added on Bayern’s chances of winning the Champions League this season] Bayern have never been far away from the top in Europe, so I saw losing to Liverpool last season as an accident. Of course, the chances under Flick are excellent

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has been urged to stay at the club by Lothar Matthaus] He’s a young player, highly rated, fast, has a good positional game and uses his body well for a 21-year-old. But a year or two in Leipzig would not hurt him.

Leipzig are a top team - one of the last eight remaining in the Champions League.

I can still see one or two per cent where he can learn, but he’s a huge player and that’s why I’m not surprised that top clubs in Europe are after him.

2020 05 04 Retrieve

[Former midfielder Lothar Matthaus believes Flick could even guide them to the heights they reached under the Champions League winner] Not only did the quality change at Bayern under Flick, but also the whole atmosphere. What Jupp Heynckes left behind has returned. I believe that Hansi Flick can follow in the footsteps of Udo Lattek, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Jupp Heynckes

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Germany legend Lothar Matthaus also called on Dortmund’s senior squad members to lead the way for Jadon Sancho] If the club or the DFL cannot regulate [social distancing measures], then the players simply have to regulate it. There are such experienced players at Borussia Dortmund. They have to take Sancho aside and say to him: ‘Listen, it doesn’t work! You hurt not only yourself, but you harm us, the club. Such things don’t belong in public right now!’