Overseas Football: Matthaus seals title for Bayern

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FRANZ BECKENBAUER added another glorious chapter to his remarkable career when Bayern Munich won the German championship with a 2-0 win over Schalke.

Second-half goals by Lothar Matthaus and Jorginho secured victory on Saturday and completed a transformation at the club which began when Beckenbauer took over as coach midway through a season that saw his team beaten in the Uefa Cup by Norwich.

Beckenbauer, 48, a World Cup winner as both player and coach, played down the club's record 13th title which left them one point ahead of Kaiserslautern.

'The World Cup is the biggest thing. You can win the German title every year,' he said. 'The spontaneous happiness has gone but the satisfaction with having done something will come back many times.'

Bayern, who won the European Cup three times in the 1970s, are preparing for another assault on the trophy after buying the French international striker, Jean-Pierre Papin, and recruiting the experienced Juventus coach, Giovanni Trapattoni. Matthaus has also signed a new three-year-contract and the club has bought the league's most promising goalkeeper, Karlsruhe's Oliver Kahn.

Kaiserslautern rallied with two goals in the last minute to beat Hamburg 3-1. The goals came from Martin Wagner and Stefan Kuntz but it was to no avail although they secured a place in the next season's Uefa Cup along with Leverkusen, Dortmund and Frankfurt.

Werder Bremen, last year's champions, beat Moenchengladbach on goals from Wynton Rufer, Bernd Hobsch, Thorsten Legat and Marco Bode to finish a disappointing season on a high note.

Deportivo La Coruna beat Logrones 2-0 yesterday to regain their one-point lead over the champions, Barcelona, with one game to play in the Spanish League.

On Saturday a goal by Guillermo Amor 13 minutes from the end gave Barcelona a 1-0 at their arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Anderlecht won their second Belgian league title in a row yesterday when they beat La Gantoise 2-1 and remain on target for the Double. They meet FC Bruges in the Belgian Cup final on 22 May.

Ajax lost their second successive match since taking the Dutch championship, losing 2-1 to Willemn II Tilburg.

Police yesterday freed the father of Barcelona and Brazilian national team striker Romario from a kidnappers' hideout in Rio de Janeiro's Queimados district. Edevair Souza de Faria, 62, was freed unharmed. Police arrested three in the kidnapping.

David Platt, the England captain, scored a spectacular solo effort to earn his Italian club Sampdoria a 3-2 win over an Indonesian Select XI in the first game of their Far East tour. The Italian Cup winners, who played in front of a crowd of more than 100,000 in Indonesia's national stadium, now move on to Hong Kong and China.