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Andreas Brehme, the German executioner of Argentina in Italy 90, died

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Andreas Brehme, the German executioner of Argentina in Italy 90, died

Feb 20, 2024, 6:10am ET

Andreas Brehmehe Germany’s hero in the 1990 Italian World Cup final compared to Argentina and former player of Bayern Munich, Inter, Kaiserslautern y Royal Zaragoza, died unexpectedly at the age of 63 from a heart attackas confirmed by his family.

Andreas Brehmen died at the age of 63 from a heart attack @andibrehme

“It is with deep pain that I announce on behalf of my family that my partner Andreas Brehme died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest. “We ask in these difficult times that our private sphere be respected,” says a statement from her partner, Susanne Schaefer.

The goal that gave Germany the victory against Argentina, from a penalty, in 1990, is one of the signs that identified Brehme as a player..

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Brehme He usually played as a left back – at the end of his career he also acted as a libero – and his free kicks with his left foot were fearsome, but, in the ’90 penalty, he decided to shoot with his right foot and it was a goal. In the arch was Sergio Goycochea.

The decision was due to Brehme – who was ambidextrous – had received a blow to his left foot, despite which he took the penalty shot that Lothar Matthäus did not want to take, claiming that he did not feel safe because he had had to change his boots and that he was wearing that he usually wore only in training.

The second kicker was Rudi Völler, who was the one who had received the foul that caused the penalty, and coach Franz Beckenbauer considered that whoever had received the foul should never take a penalty.

Andreas Brehme, the scorer of the penalty goal that gave Germany victory in the 1990 World Cup final against Argentina Getty Images

At club level, Brehme was German champion with Bayern in 1987 and with Kaiserslautern in 1998. In addition, he won the German Cup with Kaiserslautern in 1996 and the UEFA Cup with Inter in 1961.

The title of German champion with Kaiserslautern is especially valuable since the team achieved it, led by Otto Rehagel, after having been promoted and after having spent a season in the Second Division when it was relegated just in the year in which it had won the German Cup.

On the day of relegation, Brehme was asked if he would go to the Second Division with Kaiserslautern and he gave an answer that marked the decision of many other of his teammates and that was key to achieving direct promotion again: “Together we have put the car in in the mud and together we are going to get it out.

With the German national team he played 86 games and scored eight goals.. In 1990 was one of the Germany key players, not only for his goal in the final against Argentina. Already in 1986 he had been in the final, also against Argentina, and had scored, from a free kick, a key goal in the semifinal against France.

Last January, after the death of Franz Beckenbauerwho had been his coach in the national team, Brehme said that he believed that the Kaiser “will form with Pelé and Maradona a magical triangle in the sky.”

Brehme also tried his hand as a coach, but he was far from even approaching the successes he had achieved as a player.

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