Germany accused of doping in 1954 World Cup

Thursday 28 October 2010 00:00
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West Germany's 1954 World Cup-winning team, feted as the men who helped put a nation back on its feet after the Second World War, may have been boosted by a secret doping programme, according to a new university study.

Germany beat favourites Hungary 3-2 in the final in Switzerland – a victory that became known as the "Miracle of Berne".

"There are several strong indications that point to the injection of [methamphetamine] Pervitin in some Germany players and not vitamin C as it was claimed," said Erik Eggers, who led the study at Humboldt University in Berlin.

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