Munich (dpa) – No, Andreas Brehme is not going back to the football business. The 1990 world champion repeatedly emphasizes how satisfied he is with his current life.
In the morning Brehme often gets up very early, “around half past six, seven”, then he goes on a bike ride. He is also involved in a business. And when Brehme is not in Munich, he lives “at least five or six months” a year in Bardolino on Lake Garda. “Every free minute I have, I’m over the burner,” he says. He would have liked to spend his 60th birthday there. But then came Corona and now Brehme is planning, “Nothing at all.”
Anyone talking to Andreas Brehme will inevitably run into July 8, 1990 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome – and how a single shot can shape a life. The World Cup final between Germany and Argentina is almost over when the DFB selection is awarded a penalty. Because Lothar Matthäus is not feeling well in his new shoes, Brehme starts. “Well, this one shot, ladies and gentlemen, can hold the German team’s world title,” said TV commentator Gerd Rubenbauer. The spectators are scared and whistle, Brehme only looks at the ball. “He can do with the left and can with the right”, says Rubenbauer.
In the Argentinian goal is Sergio Goycochea, “a penalty killer”, as fellow commentator Karl-Heinz Rummenigge knows, before the goalkeeper actually saved some penalties at this World Cup. But not from Brehme. The then 29-year-old shoots flat in the left corner on the right, without a chance for Goycochea. “Goycochea knew everything! He just couldn’t hold it,” says Rubenbauer enthusiastically. A few minutes later, Germany is world champion. And Andreas Brehme’s life changes.
“It wasn’t just a blessing, it was much more,” he says. ‘I was asked about it everywhere, got a number of questions – that was gigantic. And it still is. ‘ Brehme is invited to television shows and a number of events, and people almost always ask him the same question: what was it like to score the decisive penalty? “When you stand there, the goal gets smaller and smaller, and the goalkeeper keeps getting bigger,” he says. “You have to be convinced, otherwise I would not have gone for the penalty.”
Brehme is still being approached today. But it doesn’t bother him. He is happy with the impact a goal can have. At that time, he was already in the prime of football, playing for Inter Milan for two more years and then ended his career with Real Saragossa and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Unlike Mario Götze, the winning goalscorer of the 2014 World Cup, Brehme’s sports career does not end after the final.
“He was still a young guy at the time”, says Brehme van Götze, who was 22 in the final and now plays for PSV Eindhoven. At Brehme, it’s more the career after the career that is much less spectacular. After coaching jobs in Kaiserslautern, Unterhaching and Stuttgart, it is quiet around him. But that doesn’t bother him, because he is enjoying his current life, as he says. He will not be withdrawn to the coaching bench anyway: “No, not at all.”