90: What happened to West Germany's World Cup winners?

The West Germany side that enjoyed victory in Rome 24 years ago had varying levels of success since lifting the cup. Ulrich Hesse tells us more...

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Goalkeeper: Bodo Illgner

The first man to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup final unexpectedly retired from international duty following Germany'™s quarter-final defeat at USA 94 and later vanished from the radar. Until 2004, that is, when he and his wife published a fact-meets-fiction football novel that sank without trace.

Defender: Andeas Brehme

The two-footed wing-back, then 30, converted the penalty that won the final with his more accurate right foot but would take free-kicks with his more powerful left. Has been unemployed since he was fired as Stuttgart'™s assistant coach in 2007.

Defender: Jurgen Kohler

The hard but fair defender, who retired from the national team after the 1998 World Cup and 105 internationals, was sent off in his last-ever professional game, the 2002 UEFA Cup Final. Kohler's coaching career never got off the ground, limited to brief spells at local-league clubs.

Defender: Guido Buchwald

Contrary to popular belief, the ungainly centre-back wasn't nicknamed 'Diego'™ for marking Maradona out of the final: he had earned the moniker three games earlier, for a step-over that led to a goal against Holland. Buchwald retired from international duty after the 1994 World Cup and 76 caps, later coaching in Japan and Germany.

Defender: Thomas Berthold

Outspoken and stubborn, Berthold was ostracised from Berti Vogts' national team for three years after receiving a red card for kicking Wales' Kevin Ratcliffe in June 1991; he returned to play in his third World Cup in 1994. In 2005, Berthold was fired as Dusseldorf's business manager and has since been working as a pundit.

Sweeper: Klaus Augenthaler

The Marlboro-smoking sweeper retired from national service after the final. He went into coaching but since narrowly avoiding relegation with Wolfsburg in 2007 his only managerial role has been a year at third-tier Unterhaching.

Midfielder: Pierre Littbarski

The final was Littbarski'™s 73rd and last international, though the diminutive dribbler didn'™t retire for another seven years, finishing his career in Japan, where he met his second wife and where he started his coaching career. He has also coached in the Iranian and Swiss leagues, before returning to Germany to join the Wolfsburg backroom.

Midfielder: Thomas Hassler

The tiny playmaker collected 101 caps and only retired in 2004, at almost 38. Since then he has assistanted Berti Vogts in Nigeria, run a hard-rock record label he co-founded in 1996, been interviewed for the Kilmarnock job in 2010 and was, in May 2014, appointed coach at Iranian side Padideh.

Midfielder: Lothar Matthaus

It almost defies belief, but the man who was only eight months shy of his 30th birthday when he won the 1990 World Cup played on for another decade, finishing his illustrious career in 2000 in MLS. He ha™s since coached in Austria, Serbia, Hungary, Brazil, Israel and Bulgaria but can't get a job in Germany, where too many people have an axe to grind.

Striker: Rudi Voller

"™Aunt Cathy"™ was one of the most popular German players of all time. He cemented his status as a fans'™ favourite when he took over a hopeless national team and guided them to the 2002 World Cup Final. Following a disastrous Euro 2004, however, Voller went back to his day job, director of football at Bayer Leverkusen.

Striker: Jurgen Klinsmann

Always more popular abroad than at home until he coached an unfancied German team to a third place at the 2006 World Cup on home soil. He lasted less than 10 months at Bayern Munich's helm, though, before moving back to California, where he ran a sports marketing company. In July 2011 he became head coach of the USA's mens' team.

Coach: Franz Beckenbauer

Ten years after becoming only the second man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, Kaiser won it for the third time: in July 2000, Germany were declared hosts of the 2006 World Cup, against all odds and thanks to his lobbying. Never far from the public eye, Beckenbauer still regularly appears on Sky Germany and writes a column for popular tabloid Bild.

Substitute: Stefan Reuter

Speedy substitute Reuter played the last 15 minutes of the final. He worked as 1860 Munich's director of football from 2006 to 2009 and later became general manager at Augsburg.

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