Lothar Matthäus has bought a football club. The ex-Bayern player is looking for the new Sammy Kuffour.
Accra – Lothar Matthäus has made a name for himself as a football expert in recent years after the end of his playing and coaching career. For the pay-TV channel Sky, the record-breaking international provides in-depth analyses of the Bundesliga and FC Bayern. Now Matthäus devotes himself to a new area of responsibility and buys a football club as an investor.
|Born:||21 March 1961 (age 62 years), Erlangen|
|Clubs:||Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Bayern Munich, Inter Milan|
|International caps (goals):||150 (23)|
Lothar Matthäus invests in football club in Ghana
Lothar Matthäus has found what he is looking for in Africa, his latest baby is the Accra Lions. That's right: the 62-year-old is becoming a lion – but in Ghana.
Matthäus buys the Accra Lions together with two partners, as reported by Bild. The club, which according to transfermarkt.de is worth just under two million euros, was only founded in 2015 and has been playing in the Ghanaian Premier League since 2021. It is not known how much Matthäus, who dismantled FC Bayern after the defeat against RB Leipzig, spent on the investment.
Lothar Matthäus and Sammy Kuffour celebrated many titles together at FC Bayern. © Werek/Imago
Lothar Matthäus buys football club – ex-Bayern star is looking for a new talent
"A year ago, I met Oliver König and Frank Acheampong through friends, who got me excited about the project. So much so that we have decided to become a partner here," Matthäus explained on Monday during a visit to the club's grounds in Abokobi, a district in the Ghanaian capital Accra.
Acheampong, who hails from Accra, is a Ghanaian international and is currently under contract with Chinese club FC Shenzhen, while the 29-year-old attacker once played for Anderlecht in Europe. König is a former licensed player's agent from Frankfurt who has built up a network in Ghana over almost 30 years. The 48-year-old has been president of Lothars Löwen since January. Ex-Dortmund star Ibrahim Tanko is sporting director.
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"Of course, it's a business model. Ghana have always had a huge potential of talent, you can see that in the national team. We want to bring young players to Europe. In a serious way and already well trained. That's why we're investing in the training ground here," Matthäus, who is calling for "tough consequences" from Bayern, revealed his plans for participation in the Accra Lions.
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Matthäus' love for Ghanaian football dates back to 1993. At the time, 17-year-old Sammy Kuffour was on trial with FC Bayern. Matthäus remembers a conversation with Uli Hoeness: "After the first training session, I said to Uli Hoeneß half-jokingly: 'You have to sign him! If necessary, I'll pay the transfer fee myself.'"
Matthäus is looking for talent in Ghana – also for FC Bayern?
A good 30 years later, Matthäus is actually investing in Ghanaian football and is probably looking for the new Kuffour, the central defender became a club legend and played 277 games (ten goals). With Bayern, Kuffour won the Champions League and six German championships in 2001. As things stand, FC Bayern can remove their make-up this year, Kahn's 2022 championship speech appears in a completely new light. (ck)