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Müller-Wohlfahrt: How does he work?

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?

von Daniel Drepper

Germany Training & Press Conference - UEFA EURO 2012
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 23: Doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt is see during a Germany training session at their UEFA EURO 2012 training ground on June 23, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

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 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?

We did some research on Müller-Wohlfahrt over the last couple of months. We didn’t translate the whole thing into English because of several legal threats from Müller-Wohlfahrts lawyer. We didn’t want to risk a lawsuit because of a small wording failure. You can find our whole article on the German version of this website.

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