Germany World Cup winner Andreas Brehme dies aged 63

Andreas Brehme, who scored the winning goal for West Germany in the 1990 World Cup final, has died aged 63.

The defender scored from the penalty spot late on to give his country a 1-0 win over Argentina in Rome.

He played for Bayern Munich and Kaiserslautern – winning the Bundesliga with both – and also lifted the Serie A title with Inter Milan. He later managed Kaiserslautern.

His partner confirmed he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Bayern said the former left-back will be remembered as a “very special person”.

The club posted on X: “FC Bayern is deeply shocked by the sudden death of Andreas Brehme. The German record champion is united in mourning with his relatives and friends.

“We will always keep Andreas Brehme in our hearts – as a world champion and even more so as a very special person. He will always be part of the FC Bayern family. Rest in peace, dear Andi!”

His partner Susanne Schaefer told German news agency DPA: “It is with deep sadness that I announce on behalf of the family that my partner Andreas Brehme died suddenly and unexpectedly (overnight) as a result of a cardiac arrest.”

His death comes with German football still mourning Franz Beckenbauer, who died in January.

Former team-mate Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who is on the Bayern board, said on the club’s official website: “I’m deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Andi Brehme’s death.

“We played together at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and Andi was a great team player, who was extremely loyal and reliable.

“His love of life was infectious. The fact he’s already gone at the age of 63 makes me very sad.”

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