Lothar Matthäus

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Lothar Herbert Matthäus (German pronunciation: [ˈloːtaʁ maˈtɛːʊs], audio ; born 21 March 1961) is a German football manager and former player. After captaining West Germany to victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup where he lifted the World Cup trophy, he was awarded the Ballon d'or. In 1991, he was named the first FIFA World Player of the Year, and remains the only German to have received the award. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lothar Matthäus has received more than 2,646,638 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Lothar Matthäus is the 36th most popular soccer player (up from 48th in 2019), the 397th most popular biography from Germany (up from 463rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Soccer Player.

Lothar Matthäus is most famous for being a German football player and manager. He played in the German Bundesliga for Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and 1. FC Köln, and was captain of the West German national team that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the European Championship in 1980.

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Among soccer players, Lothar Matthäus ranks 36 out of 16,923Before him are Gunnar Nordahl, Francisco Gento, Rivellino, Carlos Alberto Torres, Lionel Messi, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. After him are Josef Masopust, Ruud Gullit, Ricardo Zamora, Paolo Maldini, Uwe Seeler, and Bobby Charlton.

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Among people born in 1961, Lothar Matthäus ranks 5Before him are Barack Obama, Diana, Princess of Wales, George Clooney, and Michael J. Fox. After him are Stephen Hillenburg, Bill de Blasio, Eddie Murphy, Ilham Aliyev, Nadia Comăneci, Enya, and Peter Jackson.

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Among people born in Germany, Lothar Matthäus ranks 397 out of 5,289Before him are Karl Drais (1785), Max Bruch (1838), Johann Georg Faust (1480), Christopher of Bavaria (1416), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), and Robert Bunsen (1811). After him are Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758), Carol I of Romania (1839), Friedrich Ratzel (1844), Chlodio (393), Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515), and Franz Brentano (1838).


Among soccer players born in Germany, Lothar Matthäus ranks 4Before him are Franz Beckenbauer (1945), Gerd Müller (1945), and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1955). After him are Uwe Seeler (1936), Paul Breitner (1951), Oliver Kahn (1969), Fritz Walter (1920), Jürgen Klinsmann (1964), Rudi Völler (1960), Berti Vogts (1946), and Harald Schumacher (1954).