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German legend Andreas Brehme dies at the age of 63

Andreas Brehme, who netted the decisive goal for West Germany in the 1990 World Cup final, has passed away at the age of 63.

The legendary Andreas Brehme sealed victory for Franz Beckenbauer’s team with an 85th-minute penalty against Argentina in the final showdown in Rome, adding to his tally of 86 international appearances for his nation.

The accomplished left-back also tasted success at club level with Bayern Munich, Inter, and Kaiserslautern, clinching two Bundesliga titles, Serie A, and the UEFA Cup in 1991.

According to reports from German news outlet Bild, Brehme passed away on Monday following a suspected cardiac arrest. Medical personnel were unable to revive him at a clinic on Ziemssenstrasse near his residence.

Andreas Brehme’s demise comes just six weeks after the passing of Franz Beckenbauer at the age of 78. He is survived by his partner and two adult sons.

Andreas Brehme: Germany loses another footballing great

A fullback with extreme attacking flair, Brehme excelled in pushing forward into the opponent’s half. He was famous for his ambidextrous ball-playing skills. He demonstrated versatility by playing on both flanks and even fulfilling roles as both a defensive and attacking midfielder during various stages of his career. Brehme also possessed a knack for taking set-pieces.

His impressive goal-scoring record at the club level attested to his prowess in front of goal. Notably, he scored four of his eight international goals in World Cup tournaments, including three during the 1990 edition.

Among his memorable strikes, Brehme found the net against the Netherlands in a 2-1 victory in Milan and opened the scoring against England in a pivotal 1-1 draw in the semi-final clash in Turin.

Andreas Brehme also converted West Germany’s first penalty in the subsequent shootout, which saw Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle miss their spot-kicks, dashing England’s hopes of securing their first World Cup triumph since 1966. He scored his final international goal in a friendly against Sweden in October 1990.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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