Debt-Ridden German World Cup Hero Andreas Brehme Offered Job Cleaning Toilets

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterOctober 2, 2014

FILE - In this July 8, 1990 file photo, Germany players celebrate after Andreas Brehme, left on ground, scores the winning goal in the World Cup soccer final match against Argentina, in the Olympic Stadium, in Rome, Italy. On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Germany and Argentina will face each other again in the final of the 2014 soccer World Cup.(AP Photo/Carlo Fumagalli, File)
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Back in 1990, Andreas Brehme was the Mario Gotze of his day, a German national hero who was basking in the glory of having scored the winner in the World Cup final. 

The classy left-back, who won 86 caps for Germany and played for huge clubs such as Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, scored the only goal of the 1990 final in Italy from the penalty spot. West Germany defeated Argentina 1-0. 

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However, according to reports in Germany, he is now close to bankruptcy and as much as €200,000 in debt.

One man has stepped in to offer Brehme a helping hand, although the offer is not the most attractive.

Olivier Straube, who played under Brehme at SpVgg Unterhaching, has told his former coach that he can have a job at his companycleaning toilets.

"We are ready to take Andreas on in our bathroom cleaning business," Straube said. "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."

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. 

German legend Franz Beckenbauer, who was the coach of the 1990 German team, has already called on the footballing community to get behind Brehme.

"We have the responsibility to try and get him out of this situation," Beckenbauer told Corriere dello Sport

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