Germany mourn loss of 1990 World Cup winner Andreas Brehme, 63

February 23 – Andreas Brehme, the scorer of the goal that won West Germany the 1990 World Cup, has died at the age of 63 following a cardiac arrest.

Brehme’s partner Susanne Schaefer confirmed the news in a statement, saying he died “suddenly and unexpectedly” in the night from a cardiac arrest.

Brehme was just 63 and will be remembered in football history as the winning goalscorer for the old West Germany the 1990 World Cup final against Argentina in Rome.

He converted a spot kick in the 85th minute to hand Germany the world crown. Brehme had also featured in the 1986 World Cup final when Maradona and his team prevailed in dramatic fashion.

During his career, the left-back played for Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich and Inter, and won 86 caps for West Germany and Germany. From 2000-2006, he managed Kaiserslautern.

Bayern Munich tweeted: “FC Bayern are extremely saddened by the sudden passing of Andreas Brehme. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Andreas Brehme will forever be in our hearts, as a World Cup winner and, more importantly, as a very special person. He will forever be part of the FC Bayern family. Rest in peace, Andi!”

Kaiserslautern also paid tribute to the former left-back, saying: “He wore the Red Devils’ shirt for a total of 10 years and became German champion and German Cup winner with FCK. In 1990 he fired the German national team to the World Cup title with his penalty and became a football legend. The FCK family is in deep mourning.”

Inter Milan players will wear black armbands during their Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening.

The club said: “FC Internazionale Milano and the entire Inter family are deeply saddened by the passing of Andreas Brehme and send their deepest condolences to his family.

“The German great played for Inter from 1988 to 1992, making 154 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals and winning one scudetto, one UEFA Cup and one Supercoppa Italiana.”

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