The footballers for West Germany who played against England in the nation’s only successful FIFA World Cup campaign could have been injected with performance enhancing drugs, a recent report has revealed.
A report that has been prepared by researchers in Germany have attributed the government with continuing with a large scale doping scandal that transcended all sports and also percolated to football and this has brought down a huge cloud on the successful Germany World Cup winning team of 1974 under the leadership of Franz Beckenbauer as well.
The reports were leaked by a German publication of a long research into state financed doping in the country. According to the leaked report attributed to the unpublished report, the doping scandal may have kicked off under state aid after the Second World War and such was the insistence of the government to be better than their East German counterparts that they spent millions of dollars to fund the project.
According to the report, an interior minister of the country at that time had stated that the athletes of Germany should have the same conditions as well as services as the East German bloc and this led to a competition with the bitter rivals that led to the doping experiments.
The report also stated that amphetamines were used on a large scale by the soldiers of the country in the Second World War and the footballers in Germany continued the trend starting from the 1950s well into the 1980s.
However, it has also been claimed that the German players could also have administered the drugs on themselves accidentally through the use of a decongestant for colds that was used on a large scale during that time. England defeated the team 4-2 in the final of the 1966 World Cup on home soil.