UltimateXI Profile: Andreas Brehme

By April 25, 2020
Andreas Brehme Andreas Brehme

Eighty-five minutes into the 1990 World Cup final, Andreas Brehme, became a West German hero when he converted a penalty won by Jurgen Klinsmann to give his side a famous victory over defending champions and the best player in the World at the time, Diego Maradona.

But there is much more to the story of Andy Brehme, a versatile attacking full back who had an eye for goal. His versatility meant he could play on either flank, crossing the ball accurately with either foot. He was also a major threat from free kicks.

Playing for Inter Milan alongside legends of the game like Lothar Mathaus and Klinsmann, Brehme was impactful enough to earn a player of the year accolade for the club in 1989.

Brehme was different in that he was not a quick defender, but his technical ability, stamina, anticipation and tactical intelligence meant he seemed to be everywhere, always involved and to dangerous effect for opponents. In fact, Mathaus, certainly one of the best midfielder Germany has ever produced, paid Brehme the compliment of saying he was the best player he has ever played with.

Playing Career

Name: Andreas Brehme
Date of birth: 9 November 1960
Birthplace: Hamburg, West Germany

Playing Positions: Left back/Left wing-back, Left midfield


International career

  • West Germany/Germany: 1984-1994 (86 caps)



  • 1986 FIFA World Cup: Runner-up
  • 1990 FIFA World Cup
  • 1992 UEFA Euro: Runner-up


  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1984, 1992
  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1985–86
  • Guerin d'Oro (Serie A Footballer of the Year): 1989
  • Pirata d'Oro (Internazionale Player of the Year): 1989
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1990
  • Ballon d'Or – Third place: 1990

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 19 caps; 4 goals; 15 wins; 1 draw; 3 losses


Mexico 1986

  • West Germany 1-1 Uruguay
  • West Germany 2-1 Scotland
  • West Germany 0-2 Denmark
  • West Germany 1-0 Morocco
  • West Germany 0-0 Mexico (4-1 Pen)
  • West Germany 2-0 France
  • West Germany 2-3 Argentina


Italy 1990

  • West Germany 4-1 Yugoslavia
  • West Germany 5-1 United Arab Emirates
  • West Germany 1-1 Colombia
  • West Germany 2-1 Netherlands
  • West Germany 1-0 Czechoslovakia
  • West Germany 1-1 England (4-3 Pen)
  • West Germany 1-0 Argentina


United States 1994

  • Germany 1-0 Bolivia
  • Germany 1-1 Spain
  • Germany 3-2 South Korea
  • Germany 3-2 Belgium
  • Germany 1-2 Bulgaria

Club Career

  • 1978-1980 HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst
  • 1980-1981 1. FC Saarbrücken
  • 1981-1986 FC Kaiserslautern
  • 1986-1988 Bayern Munich
  • 1988–1992 Inter Milan
  • 1992-1993 Zaragoza
  • 1993-1998 1. FC Kaiserslautern



  • Kaiserslautern - Bundesliga: 1997–98; runner-up 1993–94, DFB-Pokal: 1995–96; DFL-Supercup: runner-up 1996
  • Bayern Munich - Bundesliga: 1986–87; runner-up 1987–88; European Cup: runner-up 1986–87; DFL-Supercup: 1987
  • Inter Milan - Serie A: 1988–89; Supercoppa Italiana: 1989; UEFA Cup: 1990–91
  • Real Zaragoza - Copa del Rey: runner-up 1992–93
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