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Andreas Brehme | World champion in 1990 with the FRG, has died

Andreas Brehme
Andreas Brehme

Andreas Brehme | World champion in 1990 with the FRG, has died

Andreas Brehme death

After Franz Beckenbauer, another German legend has passed away: Andreas Brehme, former left-back, died in the night from Monday to Tuesday, his family announced to the German press. Brehme, scored the winning goal from the penalty spot for the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) in the 1990 World Cup final against Diego Maradona’s Argentina (1-0)

On the night of Monday to Tuesday, Andreas Brehme suffered a heart attack at the age of 63 in his home near the center of Munich where he had lived for many years. During the tribute to Beckenbauer on January 19 at the Allianz-Arena, Brehme appeared in poor form. Bayern Munich, one of his former clubs, paid tribute to him in a press release. “Bayern Munich is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Andreas Brehme. The club shares the pain of his loved ones and friends. We will always keep Andi in our hearts – as a world champion and, even more so, as a man so warm and full of humility. He will always be part of our family. Rest in peace, Andi. »

Brehme’s teammate in the German team for many years, Pierre Littbarski also reacted to the announcement of the death of the Hamburg native: “The sad news unfortunately does not stop there. It’s very sad for German football and especially for us, the 1990 world champions.”

Brehme began his career at HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst before signing in 1980 for Saarbrücken. He was part of the West German team led by Franz Beckenbaueur during the Mexican World Cup in 1986. A team with a formidable Berthold-Förtser-Briegel-Brehme defense which conceded few goals and even scored some. French goalkeeper Joël Bats remembers it well, making a hand mistake on Brehme’s left shot in the semi-finals of the same World Cup (2-0). But in the final, the West Germany fell to an Argentinian team led by Diego Maradona in one of the liveliest finals in the history of the World Cup (3-2).

The FRG and Andreas Brehme will meet the same Argentines of Maradona in the final of the Italian World Cup. But solidity and confidence have changed sides in four years. The left-back performs a great competition often bringing the surplus in attack. His goal against the Netherlands in the round of 16 is an illustrious example: with a magnificently curled right shot, he deceived Hans Van Breukelen.


After a short season at Real Zaragoza, he returned to Germany where he won the German Cup in 1996 and the Championship in 1998 with Kaiserslautern. He also played for the reunited Germany, playing in the 1994 World Cup in the United States (86 caps and 8 goals in total).

Brehme’s coaching career, however, was not a great success, particularly at 1.FC Kaiserslautern (2000-2002) where his relations with Youri Djorkaeff were very tense. He was also Giovanni Trapattoni’s assistant coach at VfB Stuttgart during the 2005-2006 season.


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