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German 1990 World Cup hero Andreas Brehme dies at 63

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Andreas Brehme, who scored the winning German goal in the 1990 World Cup final, has died at 63.

He died of a heart attack.

His partner, Susanne Schaefer, confirmed the death on behalf of the family in a statement on Tuesday.

“It is with deep sadness that I announce on behalf of the family that my partner, Andreas Brehme, passed away suddenly overnight following a cardiac arrest.

“We ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time and refrain from asking questions,” Ms Schaefer said.

Full back Brehme won 86 German caps.

His successful penalty in the 1990 final in Rome against Diego Maradona’s Argentina gave Germany a third World Cup title.

Hamburg-born Brehme played at three World Cups, losing the 1986 final in Mexico City against Argentina.

His best time as a club player came at Inter Milan, where he won the Serie A in 1989 and the UEFA Cup in 1991.

He won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and Kaiserslautern.

He later became a coach at clubs including Kaiserslautern and Unterhaching.

Mr Brehme’s death came a few weeks after that of German football icon Franz Beckenbauer, who coached the team at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups after winning it as a player in 1974.

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