Memory loss and tinnitus: 1990 world champion Häßler: "I'm not terminally ill"

Former football world champion Thomas Häßler is on the mend after health problems.

Memory loss and tinnitus: 1990 world champion Häßler: "I'm not terminally ill"

Former football world champion Thomas Häßler is on the mend after health problems. According to the circumstances, he is doing well, the 56-year-old told the "Bild".

"I'm not terminally ill, but unfortunately the causes are still unclear," said the former international. After a loss of memory and tinnitus, Hässler is currently unable to do his job as coach of Berlin's sixth division club BFC Preussen.

Born in Berlin and nicknamed "Icke", he underwent intensive medical examinations. "I'm curious to see what the evaluations will reveal next week. I was turned upside down in almost all departments of a doctor's house in Charlottenburg," said Hässler. He spoke to many people and the word burnout was also mentioned because of similar symptoms.

"I am a fighter"

Many of his world champion colleagues from 1990, such as Rudi Völler, Pierre Littbarski, Andreas Brehme and Thomas Berthold, called him and wished him a speedy recovery. The sympathy is overwhelming and gives him a lot of strength, said Hässler. "I'm a fighter. I want to do this and get back to the sidelines as soon as possible," he said.

The 56-year-old had to cancel a speech before the game at Hilalspor on the second day of the game due to health problems. "All of a sudden my thoughts were gone. I didn't know what I wanted to say to the team before," reported Hässler.

The club had reacted to the illness of the 1990 world champion and brought in Daniel Volbert as a substitute coach until further notice. "We're not letting him go. Thomas will always be a Prussian and I hope he'll come back to us soon," said Prussia's sporting director Pierre Seiffert.

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