Fabrizio Ravanelli has played for Juventus Turin from 1992 to 1996. At that time Juve was involved in one of the biggest doping scandals football ever had. Ravanelli became a coach. Last Sunday the French club AJ Ajaccio (Ligue 1) fired him. According to LeMonde one of his former players blamed Ravanelli to force players to take dubious nutrition supplements.
Ravanelli came to Ajaccio in June. Before that he led the training centre at and the reserve team of Juventus Turin. Ravanelli brought his longtime companion to Corsica, athletics trainer Giampiero Vetrone. Ravanelli and Vetrone got to know each other back in 1994 at Juventus Turin. Weiterlesen →
Sepp Blatter surprised with some rather critic statements on FIFA’s fight against doping. The president of football’s world governing body not only confirmed that the sport has a doping problem, but Blatter also says FIFA lags far behind in the fight against doping especially in detecting new drugs. In the case of Germany, Blatter claims the country needs to implement an anti-doping law in order to attack the issue of doping in football.
[by Jonathan Sachse and Daniel Drepper / translation: Thomas Bachmann]
So far, Sepp Blatter never really appeared too keen to address the doping issue in football. However, what he said in a public talk in Zurich organised by German weekly DIE ZEIT might have surprised many of Blatter’s critics. Parts of the interview were published in the current issue of DIE ZEIT. Weiterlesen →
Title of the study researched by German national team physician Tim Meyer
A five year old study seems to contradict the whole Anti-Doping-Talk of German football officials: high blood values from the Bundesliga season 2008/2009 might indicate blood doping. The German football federation DFB says, the values can be explained by normal deviations. But as long as doping controls don’t get better in the Bundesliga, doping is on the table.
[by Daniel Drepper and Jonathan Sachse]
The suspicious blood values were found in a study of Germanys team physician Tim Meyer. The study and a doctoral thesis on the same research was obtained by fussballdoping.de this week. DFB never tried to follow up on this high blood parameters, didn’t mention them in public and instead continued to say that blood doping in football makes no sense. This may now be disproved. For his study Meyer and his Co-Author Steffen Meister collected blood parameters from 18 different clubs in the first three divisions. Nine times they found hemoglobin values over 17 g/dl, eight times they found haematocrit values over 50%. Weiterlesen →
Germany is discussing drugs in football. A scientific study about doping in West-Germany revealed that the German national football teams from 1954, 1966 and 1974 are suspicious of taking doping substances. In the last couple of weeks a lot of former German soccer players had to answer questions about doping. Bernd Schuster, Dieter Schatzschneider, Paul Breitner, even Franz “the Kaiser” Beckenbauer himself. Today Jens Lehmann uses his one-page-column for German sports weekly SportBild to write about the issue. He gives some interesting insights.
Lehmann writes about his time at Arsenal London: He and his teammates took infusions “without asking any questions” and with “blind faith in the physicians”. He believes that the physicians didn’t give any illegal substances, but he is not a hundred percent sure about that. Weiterlesen →
Dopingkontrolleur und Fan – bei der WM 2006 // CC BY-SA by fotofreund via flickr.com
Germany’s national anti-doping agency NADA paid a surprise visit to the country’s football team a day before their match against Paraguay. However, just one player was tested and due to privacy regulations it isn’t even clear if NADA took a blood sample of this player. The reason NADA took only one sample is the agency’s limited budget. Every single test gets deducted from the annual budget that is made available by Germany’s football association DFB.
[translated by Thomas Bachmann]
“NADA has signed a contract with the DFB,” a NADA spokeswomen told soccerdrugs.com. However, she was not authorized to give any further details expect from: “NADA decides which kind of tests will be carried out in out of competition tests. It will not pass on important urine samples and combine the procedure with taking blood samples wherever it makes sense. We will take blood samples in about 15 per cent of all out of competition tests. There will be a total of 500 out of competition tests.” Weiterlesen →
We are a nominee for the German “Grimme Online Award” – and everybody may vote for us. The online prize of the prestigious Grimme Institute will be awarded on June 21st in Cologne. We are one of 28 nominated online-projects, eight of these will be awarded the prize. Additionally there is an audience award. You may vote for us here.
The video above, produced by the Grimme Institute, is in German and a little bit uncombed – sorry for that. If you want to know a little bit more you can read what I told the friendly woman from the Grimme Institute some weeks ago on the phone [via Google Translate]. Your votes count until this Thursday, June 13th. So: Thanks and spread the word.
Every time Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt declares a diagnosis the world of football believes him. Athletes from all over the world fly to Munich to get treated by the team doctor of Bayern Munich and the German national federation DFB. But experts critizise his work and his advertisement for food supplements. How does Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt work?
[by Daniel Drepper, Sebastian Krause und Jonathan Sachse]
Mario Götze doesn’t play on Saturday at Wembley because he didn’t get fit. Götze lived in Munich for a couple of days last week, but Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt didn’t treat him – that’s important for Borussia Dortmund before the Champions League Final this Saturday. Borussia spokesman Sascha Fligge does not answer further questions from footballdrugs.com these days. Would Götze be fit on Saturday if Müller-Wohlfahrt had treated him? And: Is there a conflict of interest for Müller-Wohlfahrt, who treats nearly every star player in Germany and many other international athletes, too?
The discussion around Götze is not an isolated case, Müller-Wohlfahrt regularly treats footballers from rival clubs. “You acquired an incredible confidence so that other clubs have sent their players to you even when a match against Bayern was ahead,” said the president of DFB, Wolfgang Niersbach, on Müller-Wohlfahrt’s 70th Birthday last year. Often Müller-Wohlfahrt’s diagnosis determines, whether a player makes the starting line-up or has to sit on the bench. A huge position of power. Who is the doctor, the German players trust in with blind faith? And has he earned this trust? Weiterlesen →
The Spanish doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes apparently wants to make some cash. Possible side effect: Messy details of numerous doped athletes could get public. Including: football.
The Guardian reported last night online that Fuentes offers his knowledge of doping in sports for sale. Fuentes’ lawyers say several media offered him money for information, now the Spanish doctor seems to turns the tables. The Guardian writes that Fuentes’ lawyers had sent a list of topics to different media. Weiterlesen →
Hier könnten sich verstecken: CERA, Wachstumshormon, Fremdblut. // ddp
The German football federation DFB has apparently finally decided to introduce blood tests. However, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the frequency of the controls will be very low.
There will be blood tests in German football by the end of 2013 says a report by Johannes Aumueller and Thomas Kistner today in the Süddeutsche Zeitung (not yet online). Italy and England do have blood tests for several years. These tests are important because many substances can only be detected with blood tests. The DFB stayed ignorant to this fact until now. Perhaps one reason for the change of mind: WADA now requires that the proportion of blood tests increases to ten percent. We have reported several times about the lack of blood tests in German football.
Now there seems to be a deal between DFB and the National Anti-Doping Agency. The chairman of the Anti-Doping Commission of DFB Rainer Koch told the Süddeutsche Zeitung: “The Nada will begin in 2013 with the introduction of blood tests in most team sports.” The German Football League DFL said that it would appreciate blood tests.
The DFB always wanted other team sports to be tested, too. This is now the case – in hockey. Moreover, the multi-billion dollar business football didn’t want to spend any extra money for blood tests. This now seems to be working according to SZ. If anything, the budget should be increased only slightly.
Blod tests will probably be taken after training but only from national athletes and players of the first and second Bundesliga. So far NADA only took around 500 out of competition tests per year – for around 1,000 athletes. Since blood tests are expensive, the future number will probably be even lower. In addition, the most athletes (with the exception of the national team) will be tested only at official training sessions – the rest of the day they have nothing to fear. Many substance are detectable for only a short time.