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World Cup winner offered job as toilet cleaner

The New Paper | Monday, Oct 6, 2014

West Germany's national soccer team player Andreas Brehme (L) mobbed by teammates after he scored the only goal of the 1990 World Cup final against Argentina on a penalty kick in Rome July 8, 1990.

He was once the football darling of Germany and the world.

Andreas Brehme's claim to immortality was his winning goal - a penalty - in the 1990 World Cup final against Argentina. The 85th minute goal helped Germany win the title.

Now, the 53-year old's life is anything but glamorous.

He has fallen on hard times and has been offered a job cleaning toilets in Germany, the New York Daily News reported.

The cleaning job was offered by Oliver Straube, who, ironically, played under Brehme at SpVgg Unterhaching, a club which now plays in the lower divisions of Bundesliga, the German league.

Straube owns a bathroom maintenance company.

"We are ready to take Andreas," Mr Straube told German newspaper Deutsche Welle.

"He will learn that what really counts is proper work and real life. It would help him improve his image. To me, that's help."

Out of football for nearly a decade, Brehme is apparently in debt to the tune of about 200,000 euros (S$320,000), and at risk of losing his home.

It is not known how he managed to rack up such huge debt.

Meanwhile, German football legend Franz Beckenbauer may yet save Brehme. Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup both as a player and a manager, has called on the football crazy nation to rally behind its fallen hero.

"We have a responsibility to help Andreas Brehme," Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport quoted Beckenbauer as saying.

"He gave a lot to German football, he gave us a (World Cup) title. Now it's time for German football to do something for him."

It's a stunning fall from grace for Brehme, who was not just a star in the World Cup winning team.

He played for top teams such as Bayern Munich and Inter Milan before trying to make a career in coaching.

Brehme has not worked in football since a brief spell as assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni at Stuttgart in 2005.

He is facing a bankruptcy hearing later this year.

Brehme's financial troubles are the rule rather than the exception according to Germany's players' union.

In one of its reports, the union claimed that three out of four former players are unable to earn a living outside of football once their careers on the pitch end.


This article was first published on Oct 4, 2014.
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