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Soccer World Mourns: Andreas Brehme, 63, Passes Away

Andreas Brehme holding a trophy on an airplane.

Heartbreak in Football: Andreas Brehme Passes Away at 63 ⚽

In a sad turn of events, the football world is mourning the loss of Andreas Brehme, the hero behind West Germany’s triumph in the 1990 World Cup. He was just 63. Brehme nailed the game-winning penalty against Argentina in the dying minutes of the match, sealing a 1-0 victory in Rome. His career saw him donning the jerseys of heavyweights like Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich, and Inter Milan.

News broke out that Brehme left us on a quiet Monday night in Munich, with a cardiac arrest being the apparent cause. It’s said he was rushed to the emergency room from his nearby apartment, but, sadly, it was too late.

A group of men standing in front of a stadium with flowers honoring Andreas Brehme.
A soccer player kicking the ball in a game, showcasing their skills on the field.

The ripple effect of grief from the recent passing of his mentor, Franz Beckenbauer, had hit Brehme hard. He’s left behind his partner, Susanne Schaefer, and two grown sons from his marriage to Pilar.

Remembering Brehme, you’d picture a full-back unafraid to venture forward, a defender with a knack for scoring. His prowess in free-kicks and penalties was unmatched, stepping up against England in the 1990 semi-final, a match remembered for its missed penalties by Pearce and Waddle.

Brehme’s international career spanned a decade, gracing three World Cups and three European Championships, leaving his mark in each. His club career was equally illustrious, with memorable stints at Bayern and Inter Milan, bagging titles and hearts along the way.

FC Bayern expressed their sorrow, saying, “We’re extremely saddened by the sudden passing of Andreas Brehme…He will forever be part of the FC Bayern family. Rest in peace, Andi!”