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Matthäus' foul-mouthed 'Loddar-speak' becomes web hit

The Local · 4 May 2011, 17:34

Published: 04 May 2011 17:34 GMT+02:00

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Angered by an apparent mix-up over commentary of a Champions League football match, the football great, who captained West Germany when it won the World Cup in 1990, vented his fury at three unruffled presenters in the network’s studio.

Matthäus – nicknamed 'Loddar' as a slang pronunciation of his name – then got on the phone and abused the organiser of the program, all of which was captured by the studio cameras.

“What he explain me? I lose all my evening,” he said, using English that was mocked mercilessly by the German press.

“I stay only in Munich for this fucking job tonight. Sorry. I come down. Sorry. You give me nothing. You think you can play with me? I’m not a child. I respect you lot. You don’t respect me now this moment.

“Okay? Finish. It’s okay. Sorry. Hallo? My friend? I like to explain you something. I change my plane to make a favour to Al Jazeera, for Mr Nasser.”

German media was less interested in the rant than in his comical speech. Daily Bild declared the footballer had invented his own language: “Loddar Englisch.”

Der Westen newspaper simply asked: “Do you speak Loddar?”

Hamburger Abendblatt noted: “Lothar Matthäus has done it again … he has spoken English.”

Matthäus has been a regular match analyst for the Arabic network. He later told Bild that the argument had arisen because Al Jazeera had only organised one translator. The translator was already assigned to Italian former player Alessandro Altobelli, who was also doing a match analysis.

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Ten minutes before the match - the Champions League final 16 match between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan on March 15 - was due to start, Matthäus was told he was no longer needed.

Matthäus is national coach of Bulgaria’s team, but is now better know in Germany for his rocky love life. The former midfielder, now 50, won many awards including FIFA World Player of the Year. Maradona described him as “he is the best rival I've ever had.”

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19:04 May 4, 2011 by Englishted
I hero is can speak German good is good not so English off f### so.
19:08 May 4, 2011 by JohnnesKönig
I think you spider!
09:36 May 5, 2011 by hOU
The man may be a turnip, but attacking people trying to express themselves under pressure in a language not their own is crass.

Nice one Local, another report from the bleeding edge of journalistic swill. Let's keep this dross a-flowin' ...
11:02 May 5, 2011 by Angry Ami
Yo Lothar Rocks, and there's nothing wrong with his English, he speaks as good as a footballer would, he's no academic, I understand him fine, that guy deserved a tongue lashing anyway, what's a disgrace is a speech I saw with a German EU MP from Bayern, talk about mumbo jumbo, and this is a highly paid MP who represents Germany in the EU parliament, jeez Louise.
15:06 May 5, 2011 by annan1063
People need to stop picking on this guy for his English skills...as a native English speaker, his skills are truly not that bad...Many Americans are total idiots with regard to their own language..At least he tries and his accent is kind of charming even when using swear words..:-)
15:33 May 5, 2011 by munchingmuschiinmünchen
I concur with Angry Ami. At least Herr Lothar here makes the effort to speak English unlike the Westerwave who a few years a go brokedown about how "Zis is Germny we speak only Deutsch HIER!"
19:18 May 5, 2011 by TRJ
That was spectacular. I am going to try to download the whole Loddar monologue as my phone ringer.

It was the same exact accent as the guy from Autobahn in Big Lebowski when he says, "And tomorrow, we come back and cut off your johnson!"
19:38 May 5, 2011 by Chicago1996
I have to admit, that was pretty funny...
19:32 May 9, 2011 by neunElf
That's a cheap shot!

I concur with the others who don't think it's proper to poke fun at someone trying to express themselves in a non-native language.
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