Andreas Brehme Cause of Death and Obituary

The scorer of the goal who won West Germany 1990 World Cup named Andreas Brehme died on Tuesday morning at the age of 63. He was a Bundesliga winner with Kaiserslautern and Bayern Munich and also won the Scudetto with Inter Milan.

Brehme, capped 86 times for Germany, scored their winning goal five minutes from time in the 1990 World Cup final.

Brehme took the controversial penalty with his ‘weak’ foot, his right, to stun Sergio Goycochea and beat Argentina 1-0.

With Germany he also won Euro 1996.

Brehme’s former international team-mate Rudi Voller said that Andi was not only our World Cup Hero but also my good friend and companion and he miss him very much.

Another West Germany team-mate, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, added: “The news has hit me hard and I am shocked. We played at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico together and Andi was a great team player, extremely loyal and reliable. His joy of life was always infectious and the fact that he has left us at the age of 63 is very sad.”

Brehme’s partner Susanne Schaefer confirmed the news of his demise in a statement, saying he died “suddenly and unexpectedly” in the night from a cardiac arrest. Apart from Kaiserslautern, Bayern and Inter, he also represented FC Saarbrücken and Real Zaragoza. He went into coaching, notably with Kaiserslautern, from 2000 to 2006.

In 2006 Brehme admitted in the daily ‘El Pais’ that there was no foul by Roberto Sensini on Rudi Voller in the decisive penalty awarded by Edgardo Codesal: “It was not a penalty…. Klaus Augenthaler had been awarded a penalty before that, but the one I scored was not.

Sensini‘s tackle on Voller was a fair tackle, but it was dangerous to do it inside the box,” said the German defender.

His death comes less than two months after that of Franz Beckenbauer, who coached West Germany to that 1990 triumph and had also won the tournament as a player. One of Brehme’s former clubs, Bayern, tweeted: “FC Bayern are extremely saddened by the sudden passing of Andreas Brehme. Andreas Brehme will forever be in our hearts, as a World Cup winner and, more importantly, as a very special person. He will for ever be part of the FC Bayern family. Rest in peace, Andi!”

The German football federation president, Bernd Neuendorf, said: “He was one of Germany’s greatest and best players of all time. German football owes him a lot.” – Guardian

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