German football legend Andreas Brehme, scorer of the decisive goal in the 1990 World Cup final, has died at 63.

Andreas Brehme

Andreas Brehme, the FIFA World Cup winner famous for his crucial late penalty in the 1990 final against Argentina in Italy, which secured Germany their third world title, has passed away at the age of 63, according to an announcement by his former club Kaiserslautern on Tuesday.

Brehme, known for his attacking prowess as a full-back and his proficiency in dead-ball situations, instantly became a German football icon following his spot-kick goal that sealed a 1-0 victory over Diego Maradona’s Argentina in the World Cup final held in Rome.

Kaiserslautern expressed their condolences, stating, “FCK mourns the passing of Andreas Brehme. He proudly donned the Red Devils’ jersey for a decade, contributing to their triumphs as a German champion and German Cup winner.”

“In 1990, he propelled the German national team to World Cup glory with his decisive penalty, solidifying his status as a football legend. The FCK community is deeply saddened, and our hearts go out to Andi’s family and friends.”

Brehme’s illustrious career spanned clubs such as Bayern Munich and Inter Milan before retiring from professional football in 1998. He represented Germany 86 times, scoring eight goals, including the memorable one that etched his name in football history.