Borowka: No, that has nothing to do. I am used to on occasions to be, where alcohol is served. This is not me. Only is it is sometimes not so easy to get a glass of water or Cola.
TIME ONLINE: You miss it sometimes, just to be able to drink a glass of beer or wine?
Borowka: There are these moments. For example in the summer after a common golf tournament, if my golf friends Stefan Reuter or Christian Hochstätter approve is a wheat beer. But then I get goosebumps at the next moment, set up the neck and the desire for a beer is gone. I know that I was because of my spree with one and a half feet in the grave.
TIME ONLINE: You were at the same time a successful football player at SV Werder Bremen and alcoholics, gallons of beer, wine and liquor in poured – to outsiders an incredible combination.
Borowka: I have trained my body hard as a player but also as a drinker. That I could drink until two o’clock in the morning and stood in the morning at ten o’clock without hangover and hum skull on the training ground, has to do with my genes. Extremely well, my body can break down alcohol, the doctors have explained to me. The night before I drove a friend to the rehab, I had destroyed all alcohol, which I found in my apartment. At some point, I’m upset and asleep on my mattress. When one a few hours later examined me in hospital, an alcohol content was detected by 0.0. At the time, I meant to have great luck. In hindsight, one can say that it would have been better, if I would have come after the Spree with a thick skull to the training.
TIME ONLINE: Have your teammates or your coach Otto Rehhagel must intervene earlier?
Borowka: My team mates Günter Hermann and Oliver Reck did so help me. But I have to weggeschubst it away. I let me say anything. I thought I was the largest and was so narcissistic and egomaniacs.
TIME ONLINE: Your coach Otto Rehhagel has put his protective hand over them, even when they somewhere woke up once after night long by the next morning in her car, no longer knew how there were gone and described the situation to her coach on the phone.
Borowka: Mr Rehhagel offered a gastric intestinal flu as the reason for staying away from the training me as an explanation for the journalists. He wanted to protect me, that meant Yes, not evil. Called the jargon also co dependency for this type of assistance.
TIME ONLINE: This was the wrong reaction by Mr Rehhagel would have it harder tackle you need.
Borowka: I do not make an accusation, also Otto Rehhagel anyone. Mr Rehhagel addressed me on my problem. I then have a less drunk for two days. But then I had to drink again.
TIME ONLINE: Perhaps because as professional footballers, were under a tremendous pressure to succeed and the competition within a football team is so great?
Borowka: No, that would be too easy. Various factors came together for me. We live in a society where everyone, no matter which job he is working, gets pressure to feel the rush and stress. Okay, as a football player you are fully in the public, and this applies all the more for the current generation of players. Therefore, the pressure is perhaps higher.
TIME ONLINE: And it shall be deemed professional footballers show absolutely no weaknesses, not even the own players over.
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