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    Lothar Matthäus

    I really wanted to be the one to open this thread before anyone since i know that this is the leader of Inter that got many of us in love with the team...

    Class act all the way

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    Some History for you kids,this is what a player is supposed to be about
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    Lothar Matthäus is one of the most successful players ever in world football. He was born on March 21st 1961 in Erlangen and began his career in a local club called FC Herzogenaurach. As an 18 year old in 1979 he moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach one of greatest clubs in Europe at that time. It was in that club Matthäus started to show class and soon he was joining the German national team. He was in the squad who won the European Championship in 1980 and two years later he made his World Cup debut against Chile when he came on as a substiute in a game they won 4-1. West Germany reached the final that year, but Matthäus only took part in one other game, a substitute there as well, and didn't achieve the loser's medal in the final.

    In 1984 he moved to Bayern Munich and helped them win the league twice and the cup once before participating in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. West Germany progressed through the rounds without making great impression. But Matthäus was having a good World Cup and scored the winner against Morocco in the round of 16. In the final itself, Matthäus was given a man-marking job on Maradona. But the little Argentinian had too many tricks up his sleave as West Germany lost their second consecutive World Cup final.

    By the time the World Cup was held in Italy in 1990, Matthäus was established in Inter Milan. He had led them to the Italian league title in 1989 and here he played most of his World Cup games on his homeground, Stadio San Siro. It was to be Matthäus best World Cup. Germany were by far the best team and Matthäus scored four goals from his midfield position. In the final in Rome, Argentina were once again the opponents, but this time neither Maradona or anyone else could stop Matthäus and Germany. He was voted European Player Of The Year that year and Player Of The Year in Germany as well.


    He won honours in Europe with Inter Milan, before returning back to Germany and Bayern Munich. In 1994 he was supposed to be playing in his last World Cup, operating this time in the sweeper's position. Germany were knocked out by Bulgaria in the quarterfinal and in the same game Matthäus joined Uwe Seeler, Wladislav Zmuda and Maradona as a recordholder of most World Cup matches with 21. Against all odds he turned up in France 98 as a replacement for the injured sweeper Mattias Sammer. Matthäus had been absent from the national side for years when Vogts brought him back into the squad for the World Cup. After being on the bench in Germany's victory over USA, he came in as a substitute against Yugoslavia and set a new record for appearances in the World Cup with 22. He played in all the rest of Germany's matches until Croatia knocked them out in the quarterfinal, making his total to 25.

    He retired as a 39 year old following Germany's awful Euro 2000 tournament. A year earlier he lost for Bayern Munich against Manchester United in a dramatic Champions League final. It was the only major trophy that eluded him.
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    Lothas really was a class act and another German player like him would be amazing, Ballack?

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    i hope he coaches Inter someday.

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    He's dead...

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    FIFA World Cup™ Star 1990: Lothar Matthäus

    Experts were over the moon as early as Germany’s first match at the FIFA World Cup™ 1990 in Italy. “That was football from the 21stcentury,” wrote an Italian newspaper after the German team’s 4-1 win against Yugoslavia. At the centre of the praise was the Lothar Matthäus, the team captain. Franz Beckenbauer’s – the team director – right hand man had stamped his authority on the game in the Milan’s Guiseppe Meazza Stadium scoring two goals in the process. Twenty-nine years old at the time and an Inter Milan player, Matthäus was the driving force behind the German game. He only relaxed on 8 July 1990 in the Olympic Stadium in Rome when lifting the cup above his head. The 1-0 win against Argentina meant that the team representing the “Deutsche Fußball Bund” (German Football Association - DFB) had won the FIFA World Cup™ for a third time after 1954 and 1974.



    The football world lined up to pay tribute to a German player: Lothar Matthäus, who had made his international debut 10 years previously in the European Championship winning team in Italy, was without doubt the outstanding player in an eleven in which team-mates like Jürgen Klinsmann, Bodo Illgner and Guido Buchwald also produced the performances of their lives. The man from Herzogenaurach in Bavaria began his Bundesliga career with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1979 before he moving to Bayern Munich in 1984. He had already enjoyed a lot of success and was to savour many further triumphs later. But FIFA World Cup™ victory in 1990 marked without doubt the pinnacle of the defensive player’s career. In the course of the tournament, he scored five goals including a spot kick in the penalty shoot-out against England in the semifinal.

    Matthäus was voted FIFA Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991, a wonderful acknowledgement of his outstanding performances. In 1990 he was also named European Player of the Year and World Sportsman of the Year. The German was admired for his strength, athleticism, dynamism, pace and for his tactical awareness and his readiness to lead a team. “I admire Platini. I admire Maradona. But to win, I need Matthäus,” commented Giovanni Trapattoni, Italy’s most successful coach, with whom Matthäus worked with on a number of occasions. Playing for Bayern Munich, the 1.74 metre live-wire had already won the German Championship three times (1985/86/87), before he also led Inter Milan to the Italian title in 1989.

    In 1997 Matthäus and “Trap” again formed a successful partnership at Bayern when winning the championship. Five years previously, the international player had returned to Bayern after four seasons with Inter in Serie A. Title wins in 1994, 1996 and 1999 increased his collection of German championships to seven. In addition to the already mentioned achievements, two FIFA World Cup™ runner’s up medals (1982 and 1986) can be added as can UEFA Cup wins with Milan in 1991 and Munich in 1996 and two German Cup wins with Bayern (1986 and 1998).

    Though highly successful in club football, it was his appearances for the national team that made him famous. He holds the appearance record for FIFA World Cup™ finals after playing in five tournaments. In 1998 and after a break, he was recalled by Berti Vogts at the age of 37. Vogts’ successor, Erich Ribbeck, also brought the Bayern player back to the fold when he became team coach in autumn 1998. Matthäus retired at the age of 39 after the 2000 European Championship and did so as the holder of the world record for international appearances. He had won a total of 150 caps. The final months of his great career were spent in New York with the Metrostars

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    Matthäus’ strength was that his perfect technique allowed him to play in a number of defensive positions. Early on in his career he began in the defensive midfield where he had to counter the opponent’s playmaker. Later he often took on the role as sweeper and when needed he would turn his attentions to the creative side of the game, adding some punch when doing so. His excellent shooting skills also made him very dangerous in front of goal. He hit the target 23 times in internationals and 121 times in 464 Bundesliga matches. Matthäus was almost always his team’s engine-room and man of deeds. “When in top form and that was often the case, there wasn’t a better player in the world,” said team boss Franz Beckenbauer after the 1990 FIFA World Cup™. Fame and riches came the German’s way. He once described the basis of his success as being: “That I was a successful footballer is above all probably down my pronounced ambitiousness.”

    The superstar of the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ was however often a controversial character. Whilst his performances on the pitch could seldom be criticised, his bold manner off it led to quite a few conflicts. Matthäus spoke and speaks his mind which offended some of his colleagues. After his playing career, the German, who had been a been an interior decorator’s apprentice as a teenager, changed sides. In January 2004 he took over the Hungarian national team. It was his third job as a coach after Rapid Vienna and Partizan Belgrade. One wish has remained unfulfilled though. After 20 years of playing in the national team, Lothar Matthäus would dearly love to become the national team coach one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Love Inter!
    He's dead...

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    where do ug et off saying something like tha.t


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    I just luv this jersey and captain armband

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    By the way he was a player both on and off the field..



    First wife...Dont u just love that jersey

    Wife no.2


    Then also....


    In Dubai where he vacations sometimes--Please come to Bahrain

    Current gal..
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    Someone I really looked up to while I was playing at the highest level. A great midfielder with a fab drive and two equaly good feet. A true leader on the pitch. Shame that so may of you missed our on his superb play.
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    I am finding just great pic in my resarch..

    Guess who these guys are
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    voeller. but whos the blondie? isnt andy is it?


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    2 of our legends,man those were the days



    Those two were at odds sometimes but they both are greats,and thats just what happens when two winners dont win sometimes
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    Quote Originally Posted by helal25
    voeller. but whos the blondie? isnt andy is it?
    Nope...But another legend who played for Inter...
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    Here's Andreas brehme for you,ofcourse with the Kaizer himself

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    The best lifting of the trophy ever..



    He had a great shot that scored wonderful goals in 1990 and flattened a Bolivian defender in the opening game of 94 WC

    ANother great pic from the 1990 WC for the great leader of the German Team
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    "AC Milan players can kiss my ass,ur not going anywhere even if u were wearing blue"
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    I hope you guys are liking the pics,maybe we should make this like the encyclopedia for all Inter greats...


    This pic is from the days when Moratti wasnt president,Inter werent paying alot..this was all the players could afford to get around
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    Inter past,Inter Future
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