Lothar Herbert Matthäus is a German football manager and former player, European and World Champion. After captaining West Germany to victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, he was namedEuropean Footballer of the Year. In 1991, he was named the first ever FIFA World Player of the Year, and remains the only German to have received the award.
He played in five FIFA World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), more than any other outfield player in men’s football, and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by a single player (25 games). Matthäus is the most capped German player of all time, retiring with a total of 150 appearances (83 for West Germany) in 20 years, with 23 goals scored