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March 4, 2015
Europe: German football legends, including Löw, caught in crosshairs of doping probe
Joachim Löw
As the Bundesliga currently stands both VfB Stuttgart and SC Freiburg need to stay focused on the relegation battle. But now the clubs are haunted by their past. News has been released by the Freiburger Evaluation Commission into sports medicine that there has been doping at the two clubs and the name of infamous sports doctor Armin Klümper has been raised. His name has often been associated with doping related incidents – but in athletics and cycling. Now football is in the crosshairs. The accusation is of the use of anabolic steroids in the “late 1970s and early 1980s.” According to the report in Stuttgart they were used “to a greater extent” and, “if only occasionally detectable” at the then second division from the Breisgau. German national team coach Joachim Löw was at both clubs during this period. He played between 1978 and 1980 and from 1982 to 1984 at Freiburg. In the 1980/1981 season, he made four league appearances for VfB. The DFB has refused to comment so far. “We simply do not have any information yet,” said a spokesman to SPORT1. But others are less guarded, including the longtime VfB coach Jürgen Sundermann. “This is absolutely ridiculous, I have never heard of such bullshit,” said the 75-year-old, who was coach of Swabia from 1976 to 1979 and again from 1980 to 1982. “Even the accusation with anabolic steroids, I can not understand (why) football professionals (would use) and anabolic steroids. That’s really too far.” Sundermann coached numerous German national team players in his time at Stuttgart. The Ranger brothers Karl Heinz and Bernd, and Hansi Müller won the European Championship in 1980 with the DFB-team. Ottmar Hitzfeld and Dieter Hoeness also wore the VfB jersey at that time. Old statements about doping by Karlheinz Förster put the current allegations in a new light. Förster previously said that doping was taking place at that time. The clubs have responded with surprised at the investigation. “The VfB Stuttgart is not before the mentioned report of the evaluation Freiburg sports medicine. For this reason, according to the current state of knowledge on the part of the VfB Stuttgart, it is impossible to understand on what the allegations are based, or whether, and if so in what form they are true,” said the club. Similar comments were made in Freiburg. The club said it does not have “detailed investigation results or reports “. “Regardless of this, SC Freiburg will support the educational work, headed by Prof. Letizia Paoli Commission fully and do everything to ensure that the events of that time can be investigated,” the club said. Lutz Hangartner said to SPORT1, a prominent former coach of Freiburg said: “I can say without blushing, in my view, that I as a coach, with absolute certainty, was not involved and did not know anything. I would not rule out, however, that one or the other players has procured (drugs) somewhere. As regards the medical side at the club, there was one hundred percent nothing, “. The Evaluation Commission will decide in the next few weeks whether to publish an interim report. Potentially affected former players have little to fear. The identification of which medications were given to which individuals has not been possible from the analysis of the records, said the Commission.   http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16529-german-football-legends-including-loew-caught-in-crosshairs-of-doping-probe