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Words of wisdom from German football legend


21 Nov 2013
Kuwait: German football legend Lothar Matthaus has advised the future generation of footballers that only dedication and hard work can lead to success.

Matthaus, who played in five consecutive World Cups from 1982 to 1998 and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by any player with 25 appearances, was addressing the Olympic and Sport Education Seminar at the OCA headquarters in Kuwait on Thursday.

“It’s always good when we talk about sport because sport can bring out our personality and show us what we can achieve,” said the 52-year-old Matthaus.

“There is no doubt that sport is important for everybody. When you have information about anti-doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the history of Olympic Games, it opens the eyes of the young generation to know more about the Olympic Movement.”

When asked to give a message to the future young athletes and footballers, Matthaus said: “First you have to like sport and football; you have to have passion, always give your best and enjoy what you do. Don’t think you can be the champion tomorrow because you must work hard in your everyday life.”

Matthaus, a midfield driving force for the national team during his 150-cap, 20-year international career, captained West Germany to victory in the 1990 World Cup final and was named European Footballer of the Year in the same year.

In 1991 he was crowned the first ever FIFA World Player of the Year, and remains the only German to have received the award.
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