World Cup winner

Andreas Brehme (born November 9, 1960 in Hamburg) is a German football coach and former football defender.

Brehme played for 1. FC Kaiserslautern from 1981 to 1986 and again from 1993 to 1998, winning the German Cup in 1996 and becoming German champion in 1998. He was a member of Bayern Munich from 1986 to 1988, becoming German champion in 1987. After that he joined Inter Milan, playing there from 1987 to 1992, and winning the Italian Championship in 1989 and the UEFA Cup in 1991. Before returning to Germany, Brehme played the 1992/1993 season with Real Zaragoza.

As a member of the German national team, Andreas Brehme participated in the 1986 World Cup, losing the final to Argentina, and he won the World Cup in 1990 as member of a star studded West Germany captained by Lothar Mathaeus and coached by Franz Beckenbauer and having such greats as Rudi Voeller, Karl Heinz Rumenigge and goalkeeper Harold Toni Schumacher.

In the final of that competition, a 1-0 victory over the still formidable Argentina with Diego Maradona, Batista and Gabriel Batistuta at his helm, he scored the decisive goal through a penalty. Brehme’s last matches for the national team came during the 1994 World Cup, which ended with a disappointing quarterfinals exit for his team.

After the win of the German Championship with Kaiserslautern in 1998, Brehme ended his career as a football player. He, however, did not exit from the soccer scene altogether but went on to become a coach. He managed the 1. FC Kaiserslautern from 2000 to 2002, when he was sadly dismissed because his team was in danger of being relegated. He then managed 2. Bundesliga club SpVgg Unterhaching, but was released there in April 2005, again because the club was again in danger of being relegated.