While the German Football Association is on the lookout for a replacement for Joachim Löw, who will step down next summer, 1990 world champion Lothar Matthäus has hinted he could take over the job.
Finally an opening for the German Federation? After having publicly suffered the categorical refusals of Jürgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann, the two most serious candidates for the succession of Joachim Löw, she may well have found her man with Lothar Matthäus. On the Bayern Insider show, the 59-year-old former midfielder said he was not closed to an adventure in the selection: “It is the Federation that will decide. If at some point, the question arises that I take my responsibilities, it will naturally be necessary that I think about it “.
Record holder in the German jersey (150 between 1980 and 2000), Lothar Matthäus is one of the greatest players in the history of the Nationalmannschaft. Until now, he had always said loud and clear that he was not interested in becoming a national coach, but the career of Franz Beckenbauer, who was his coach, would have made him think. Indeed, the Kaiser had first declined the DFB’s offer in 1984 before accepting to take the head of the national team, not without success: it was he who led Germany to the world crown in 1990. , while Lothar Matthäus is captain.
A struggling coaching career
The DFB has not appointed a world champion at the head of its selection since Rudi Voller in 2000. The choice of Lothar Matthäus would therefore be highly symbolic, in times when the national team seems fractured and in dire need of assistance. unit. However, if the record of player of the former midfielder pleads in his favor – world champion, of Europe, of Germany and of Italy, Ballon d’or 1990 -, his coaching liabilities have what worry.
Retired in 2000, Lothar Matthäus sat on a bench in the 2001 season and has since led six teams, from Austria to Brazil to Israel. His record is more than mixed: 35 wins, 31 draws, 42 defeats. The former captain of the Nationalmannschaft has never been on the bench for more than a year and a half. He has already been twice national coach, Hungary (2004-2005) and Bulgaria (2010-2011), each time failing to qualify his team for the big competition to come – World Cup and Euro. His Bulgarian experience was also his last known feat of arms as a coach. He has therefore not coached for nearly ten years.
For the time being, the DFB has still not communicated anything about Joachim Löw’s successor.