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banner Thursday, 21 December, 2000, 13:05 GMT
Matthaus' playing career ends
Lothar Matthaus
Matthaus won a record 150 German caps
German soccer legend Lothar Matthaus has repeated his intention to retire from football.

He had recently received an offer to play in the United Arab Emirates, but told German Sports Station DSF: "One should never say never, but I would say there won't ever again be the soccer player Lothar Matthaus.

"I could imagine being connected again to soccer at some time, but not as a player, maybe as a coach, manager or agent," added Matthaus.

Matthaus, 39, also said in early November that an exhibition match with the New York-New Jersey MetroStars against a German team may have been his last professional match.

But a few weeks ago, the midfielder said was entertaining the offer in Dubai.

During his illustrious career, Matthaus was twice voted FIFA's World Player of the year.

He was the star of Germany's 1990 World Cup winning squad and has captured almost every major title.

Among his records are 150 caps with the national team and 25 World Cup matches.

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