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A playboy captain who married – and divorced – FIVE times, a Masked Singer contestant and a Covid conspiracy theorist: After Andreas Brehme died aged 63, where are Germany’s World Cup heroes of 1990 now?


The football world has been saddened by the death of German football legend Andreas Brehme at the age of 63.

His death on Monday night – from a cardiac arrest – comes just a few weeks after the coach of the 1990 World Cup winning team, Franz Beckenbauer, passed away aged 78.

Brehme scored the decisive late penalty as West Germany defeated Argentina to win in Italy and enjoyed a distinguished club career with Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Kaiserslautern and others.

It was a West German side that beat England on penalties in the semi-finals, with Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle infamously missing their spot-kicks.

Alongside Brehme in that triumphant side were a host of characters, including a captain who has had no fewer than five wives, and his partner in the middle of the park who has gone on to star in Germany’s version of the masked singer.

Another, who famously made Paul Gascoigne cry, has been called out for his Covid stance. Here Mail Sport runs through that World Cup winning side…

The West Germany team line up to face Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final in Rome. Back row (left to right): Thomas Berthold, Bodo Illgner, Klaus Augenthaler, Guido Buchwald, Pierre Littbarski, Rudi Voller. Front row (left to right): Thomas Hassler, Jurgen Klinsmann, Jurgen Kohler, Andreas Brehme, Lothar Matthaus.

The West Germany team line up to face Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final in Rome. Back row (left to right): Thomas Berthold, Bodo Illgner, Klaus Augenthaler, Guido Buchwald, Pierre Littbarski, Rudi Voller. Front row (left to right): Thomas Hassler, Jurgen Klinsmann, Jurgen Kohler, Andreas Brehme, Lothar Matthaus. 

Andreas Brehme converts the decisive penalty to win West Germany the 1990 World Cup

Andreas Brehme converts the decisive penalty to win West Germany the 1990 World Cup

Brehme (right), pictured with Franz Beckenbauer (left) and Lothar Matthaus after the 1990 win

Brehme (right), pictured with Franz Beckenbauer (left) and Lothar Matthaus after the 1990 win

Coach – Franz Beckenbauer

The ultimate German football legend, who joined the Brazilian Mario Zagallo that night in winning the World Cup as both player and coach. France’s Didier Deschamps joined the club in 2018.

Beckenbauer died on January 7 this year at the age of 78, prompting an enormous outpouring of grief across the football world.

His health had declined following the death of his son Stephan from a brain tumour aged 46 in 2015 and Beckenbauer had largely withdrawn from public life after losing sight in his right eye and suffering heart problems.

Goalkeeper – Bodo Illgner

The keeper who saved from Pearce in the semi-final shoot-out in 1990 retired from international football after the 1994 World Cup and later won the Champions League with Real Madrid.

After retiring in 2001, he worked as a pundit for Sky Deutschland and beIN Sport, while splitting his time between Miami and Spain with wife Bianca.

German keeper Bodo Illgner saves from England's Stuart Pearce in the 1990 semi-final

German keeper Bodo Illgner saves from England’s Stuart Pearce in the 1990 semi-final 

Sweeper – Klaus Augenthaler

Augenthaler was the ultimate one-club man, racking up well over 400 appearances for Bayern Munich and later worked as youth team and assistant coach there.

He was a coach until 2011, taking charge of Nuremburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg among other clubs.

Augenthaler returned to Bayern as a youth coach in the club’s International programme last year and works as an expert for in-house channel FC Bayern-TV.

Klaus Augenthaler keeps a close eye on England star Paul Gascoigne during the 1990 semi

Klaus Augenthaler keeps a close eye on England star Paul Gascoigne during the 1990 semi

Central defender – Guido Buchwald

Buchwald, a Stuttgart player at the time, was assigned the unenviable task of marking Diego Maradona out of the 1990 final, which he performed very well.

In 2015, he returned to Stuttgart as a scout and worked there until 2019. Today, he is a member of the board of trustees for the Youth Football Foundation and sponsors a hostel for seriously ill children and their families.

Guido Buchwald (left) was given the task of marking Argentine star Diego Maradona in the final

Guido Buchwald (left) was given the task of marking Argentine star Diego Maradona in the final

Central defender – Jurgen Kohler

Kohler played for a number of leading clubs, including Bayern Munich, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, as well as amassing 105 appearances for Germany.

As well as success in 1990, he lifted the European Championship trophy in 1996 and won the Champions League with Dortmund a year later.

Kohler has worked as a coach since retirement and was most recently youth coach at German third division club Viktoria Cologne. He was recently linked with the vacant Ghana national team job.

Right wing-back – Thomas Berthold

The German player who infamously made Paul Gascoigne cry. Berthold was the man tackled by Gazza to earn the yellow card that would have ruled him out the final.

Berthold has been a pundit on football show on the Sport1 network and for Deutsche Welle.

During the Covid pandemic, Berthold was outspoken about the German government’s lockdown measures and was associated with conspiracy theories.

Thomas Berthold was on the receiving end of the tackle that saw Paul Gascoigne booked

Thomas Berthold was on the receiving end of the tackle that saw Paul Gascoigne booked 

Outspoken Berthold was criticised in his homeland for his stance during the Covid pandemic

Outspoken Berthold was criticised in his homeland for his stance during the Covid pandemic

Left wing-back – Andreas Brehme

Brehme was the man who scored the winning goal in the 1990 final from the penalty spot, just one of several high points in a successful career for club and country.

After a brief coaching career, Brehme worked as an ambassador for the German Football Association and as a television pundit and newspaper columnist. He also work as an advisor to the Serbian club Vojvodina Novi Sad.

Brehme died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 63 on Monday night.

Central midfielder – Thomas Hassler

The midfielder was part of Germany’s victorious team at Euro 96 and played for several top clubs including Juventus, Roma and Borussia Dortmund.

Entering coaching, he was assistant manager for the Nigeria national side and German club Cologne. Hassler is currently in charge of the sixth-tier club BFC Preussen.

Thomas Hassler plays for Germany against Scotland at the 1992 European Championship

Thomas Hassler plays for Germany against Scotland at the 1992 European Championship

Central midfielder – Lothar Matthaus

The captain of the winning West Germany team and it’s most high-profile name. Matthaus had been part of the side that won the 1980 European Championship and scooped many major honours with Bayern Munich.

Matthaus coached for around a decade, including the Hungary national side, and is now a prominent pundit and commentator on German television.

Matthaus has been married five times and has four children. He was 47 when he met his fourth wife, the 21-year-old Ukrainian model Kristina Liliana Chudinova at Oktoberfest in Munich.

His last marriage, to Anastasia Klimko, ended in 2021.

Lothar Matthaus signs a 1990 Germany shirt at a reunion event in Italy in October 2020

Lothar Matthaus signs a 1990 Germany shirt at a reunion event in Italy in October 2020

Matthaus pictured with his first wife Sylvia and their daughter Viola at home in Milan in 1990

Matthaus pictured with his first wife Sylvia and their daughter Viola at home in Milan in 1990

The German footballer pictured with his second wife Lolita Morena on a TV show in 1992

The German footballer pictured with his second wife Lolita Morena on a TV show in 1992

Matthaus pictured at Oktoberfest with third wife Mirjana Kostic in 2007

Matthaus pictured at Oktoberfest with third wife Mirjana Kostic in 2007

With fourth wife Kristina Liliana, who was 21 when they met. The marriage lasted two years

With fourth wife Kristina Liliana, who was 21 when they met. The marriage lasted two years

Matthaus married for the fifth time after he met Anastasia - their marriage ended in 2021

Matthaus married for the fifth time after he met Anastasia – their marriage ended in 2021

Central midfielder – Pierre Littbarski

1990 spelt the end of Littbarski’s international career though he played club football for another seven years, ending his career in Japan.

He then became a coach, taking charge of sides in Germany, Japan, Australia, Iran and Liechtenstein.

Littbarski is a member of the board of trustees of the Youth Football Foundation in Germany and in 2021, appeared on the German version of The Masked Singer as ‘Hammerhead Shark’, lasting two episodes.

Pierre Littbarski and Lothar Matthaus parade the trophy after West Germany's victory in 1990

Pierre Littbarski and Lothar Matthaus parade the trophy after West Germany’s victory in 1990

Centre forward – Rudi Voller

A eventful Italia ’90 saw Voller infamously spat at by Frank Rijkaard before being sent off, before he won the penalty in the final from which Brehme scored.

Voller later coached the German team and guided them to the 2002 World Cup final, losing to Brazil.

Latterly, he has been part of a ‘task force’ set up by the German FA ahead of their hosting of Euro 2024. Voller was then made sports director of the national team and served as interim boss for a game last year before Julian Nagelsmann took over.

Rudi Voller stepped in as interim Germany coach for a friendly against France last September

Rudi Voller stepped in as interim Germany coach for a friendly against France last September

Centre forward – Jurgen Klinsmann

Klinsmann is well known of course to English football fans not only from 1990 but his two memorable stints with Tottenham in the Premier League.

He too would coach the German national team, as well as Bayern Munich, the United States and Hertha Berlin.

His most recent posting with South Korea came to an ignominious end last week after they crashed out of the Asian Cup to Jordan in the semi-finals.

It came after a brawl between Spurs’ Son Heung-min and PSG’s Lee Kang-in over younger team-mates wanting to play table tennis. Son was left with a dislocated finger.

A ‘failure to demonstrate leadership’ was one of the reasons given for Klinsmann’s dismissal.

Jurgen Klinsmann was most recently coach of South Korea but his tenure was brought to an ignominious end after their Asian Cup campaign

Jurgen Klinsmann was most recently coach of South Korea but his tenure was brought to an ignominious end after their Asian Cup campaign



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