Salvatore: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, today we’re interviewing Mr. Lothar Herbert Matthäus, German football manager and former footballer, with the role of midfielder or defender. With the German national team he became European champion in 1980 and world champion – as captain – in 1990.
Mr. Matthaus: Good morning everybody!
S.: you are considered one of the best players of your generation, after five seasons with Borussia M’gladbach you moved to Bayern Munich, with whom you won three German championships, a Cup and a German Super Cup in four years. Right?
Mr M.: exactly! Then, in 1988 I moved to Inter, winning an Italian championship, a national Super Cup and a UEFA Cup.
S. : when did you return to Italy?
Mr M.: after 4 seasons I returned to Bayern Munich, winning four more championships, two German Cups, three German League Cups and a UEFA Cup, losing a UEFA Champions League final in 1998-1999. I finished My career in N.Y. MetroStars the following year.
S.: let’s remember some numbers : in the national team you played 150 games (a record for German football), scoring 23 goals.
Mr. M.: yes and I hold the record for participation in the World Cup (five, from 1982 to 1998). I also participated in four European championships (1980, 1984, 1988 and 2000) and a FIFA Confederations Cup (1999).
S.: what is the best memory you have of your career?
Mr.M.: The best was when I won the Ballon d’Or in 1990 – becoming the first Inter player to achieve that recognition – and was elected FIFA Player of the Year in 1991.
S.: as a coach we can say that you won a Serbian-Montenegrin championship at the helm of Partizan. That’s right! thank for this interview, it has been an honour to talk to you. Best wishes for your career!
Mr. M.: thank you so much!