Lothar Herbert Matthaus is a former German international football player who used to feature prominently during the 1980s and 1990s. He was a versatile player and could play as a defensive midfielder, defender and sweeper. He is considered a German football legend and led (West) Germany to triumph in the 1990 World Cup. He was named the European Footballer of the Year and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1990 and was named by Pele in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.
Lothar Matthaus started his professional club career at Borussian Monchengladbach in 1979 and played for them until 1984. He was then signed by German powerhouse Bayern Munich and played for them until 1988, winning the German Bundesliga twice and also plated in the European Cup final in 1987. In 1988 he was signed by Italian giants Inter Milan and won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup in 1989. He returned to Bayern in 1992 and played for them until 2000. In his second spell at Bayern, he won four Bundesliga titles, a UEFA Cup and reached the final of the European Cup in 1999.
Lothar Matthaus made his international debut for Germany in 1980 and made a total of 150 international appearances for his nation, scoring 23 goals. He featured in five World Cup finals (1982,1986,1990,1994,1998), more than any other outfield player and holds the record for the most World Cup matches payed (25). He won Euro ‘80 and played in Euro ‘84,’88 and Euro 2000. He is the most capped German player of all time and won the World Cup in 1990. He played as an attacking or defensive midfielder and also played as a sweeper later on in his career and is considered a German and world football legend.
After retiring from his playing career, Lothar Matthaus took to football management. So far he has managed clubs such Rapid Wien and Partizan Belgrade as well as the Hungarian national team. He is currently the coach of Israeli club Maccabi Netanya.