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banner Tuesday, 24 April, 2001, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
Matthäus set for top honour
Lothar Matthäus
Lothar Matthäus won 150 caps for Germany
Lothar Matthäus will become only the fourth player to be named honorary captain of Germany on Friday.

The 40-year-old joins Fritz Walter, Uwe Seeler and Franz Beckenbauer in receiving the title, which is handed out by the German Football Federation (DFB).

Matthäus won a national record 150 caps for Germany and was their captain when they won the World Cup in 1990.

DFB spokesman Michael Novak said: "The honour is being presented for his long and successful career."

Matthäus won his first cap in 1980 against Holland and retired from international football when Germany lost their final match in the first round of Euro 2000 to the same side.

He played his club football for Borussia Moenchengladbach, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and the New-York Jersey MetroStars before retiring last year.

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