"We were willing to die on the field" – Lothar Matthäus on what it took to win Serie A during Italian football's golden age

Lothar Matthaus
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Today's Premier League fans like to think they're watching the beautiful game at its peak – the purest, most advanced form of football ever played. Money has certainly made the English top-flight an extremely entertaining division, yet those who witnessed Italian football during his late 80s and 90s heyday will dispute that claim. 

Some of the greatest footballers of all time were strutting their stuff on Italy's pitches during that golden era, from Diego Maradona, Roberto Baggio and George Weah to Paolo Maldini, Zinedine Zidane and Gabriel Batistuta.

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.