Germany doctor quits after 23 years following World Cup flop

Saturday, July 21, 2018

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — Germany's long-serving team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt quit yesterday after 23 years in the job, becoming the first casualty of the country's World Cup flop.

“I have decided to retire as team doctor. I have informed the Germany Team Manager Oliver Bierhoff and coach Joachim Loew,” the 75-year-old told DPA news agency.

Known fondly as “Mull”, the doctor is the first member of Loew's back room staff to quit following the 2014 World Cup winners' shock first round exit at this year's tournament in Russia.

“I had 23 fantastic years with extraordinary achievements and great results. During those years, wonderful friendships were made and the atmosphere was one of great trust,” said Mueller-Wohlfahrt, who will remain the doctor of Bayern Munich, for whom has worked for more than 40 years.

“I will remain in close contact with the national team and wish everyone a lot of success for the future,” he added, saying he was always available to help the national team again.

Mueller-Wohlfahrt began working with the national team in 1996 when Germany won a third European title.

During his career, Mueller-Wohlfahrt also worked in other areas, even advising athletics superstar Usain Bolt.