“I know that I am suffering from depression, that I am suffering from an illness. I need to be left in peace.”
We’re talking about a victim, Sebastian Tony Deisler (born January 5, 1980), one of the biggest losers in the history of Die Mannschaft and also Fc Bayern Munich. Today is Sebastian 10th Anniversary of Retirement and we just pass his 37th anniversary of birthday.
Basti Fantasti without any doubt, the most promising German footballer in recent years. Begin his career from Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he only 15 years old. There Basti just with 17 years became regular squad for Friedel Rausch’s side ,his coach on those days, who think he comparable to Germany's legendary players; Fritz Walter, Franz Beckenbauer and Uwe Seeler. At the same time Erich Ribbeck just return from World Cup 98 with shipwreck and aging generation of players
“The need for great German talents was so strong that all eyes were on me.”-Sebastian Deisler. However Nineteen-year-old Supertalent of Hertha Berlin considered as unmarked jewel who can heals the wounds of the Die Mannschaft.
Deisler soon became a key figure for his team, and soon approaching the dream of every footballer in Germany. He was only 22 years joined the most wealthy and most powerful German team Der Rekordmeister, FC Bayern Munich. At the time, Deisler was hounded by a barrage of criticism for moving and staying silent about the transfer. However Deisler claimed he was instructed to stay silent by Hertha manager Dieter Hoeneß and it was during this time that he began to seriously question his belief in football. Deisler felt alone. He felt sickened. And he felt disappointed by Hoeneß who had been a mentor up to that point but had failed to sufficiently shield the player from the tidal wave of abuse he endured.
“Instead he [Hoeneß] stood by and watched as I was hounded out of Berlin. That’s what began to spoil my view of football. That was my shot in the neck. I know today that that’s the point at which I should have stopped,” Deisler said in a later interview with Die Zeit. If Deisler had thought the pressure of being anointed the Messiah of Hertha Berlin was intense, it was the overwhelming enormity of Bayern as a football club that pushed him decisively into a dark corridor. Naturally, he looked like a successor to Stefan Effenberg, after the veteran leader of Bayern began to wind down his career in moving to Wolfsburg.
In his autobiography, Deisler points to the pressure he was under at Munich as one of the main factors in his depression. “I always repressed things and thought ‘the club needs me to perform.’ It could not continue like this.”
The consequences of such wrong decisions, too soon, only a year later, appeared in 2003, where Bastian, 23, who suffers from severe depression for the first time in his career, announced to retirement. But this time he has a great patron, who was behind him, he wanted to give young player more opportunities to show his true potential. One of the few people who could assume such a vital role in his professional career.
"I never had the time to develop, never had the time to grow up and become an adult. For that, I am very grateful to Uli Hoeness. He believed in me right to the end but it was a very difficult period."
At the same time, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said about him:
“Deisler was introvert, distrustful and uncommunicative player. He only thinks finish training and go back home, something like that is not acceptable in FC Bayern Munich.”
But to understand this point of time only referred to the words of others and even Deisler does not enough. Perhaps only a lack of understanding and the endless series of misunderstandings would be lead to such a horrible accident.
He backed Uli Hoeneß and he fight until the last moment, but successive injuries, He missed the 2002 World Cup. He missed the 2004 European Championship. He played every Germany game for the 2005 Confederations Cup. But the World Cup in Germany in 2006 was the one that hit the hardest which lead to the end of January 16, 2007 (when only a few days of his 27 years passed) for the seventh and last of his career,
Concluded that he was not made for the football business. In his career he played just 134 Bundesliga matches and he was capped on just 36 occasions for his country. It was a disappointing record for the man who carried the hopes of German football but the result of his injury-prone body. Knee and groin injuries, as well as depression, meant his career stagnated. "At the end I was completely done out, I was old and I was tired. I had run as far as my legs would take me, they wouldn't go on," Deisler told Tagesspiegel after his retirement
What Uli Hoeneß still speaks of it as a “Dark Nightmare”
“He is one of the best players Germany has ever produced and therefore it is so difficult to comprehend. However, we have lost this battle,” Bayern Munich Uli Hoeneß said after the retirement announcement. Beckenbauer touched upon some reservations Bayern had when signing the player: “Deisler came to our club as an extremely introverted person.” he said. “But nobody could have predicted that the situation”
He was hailed as the saviour of German football after all the saviour of German football just succeeds to save himself.
Sebastian Deisler fought many times and failed again continued to fight until the fight is give up and hang up his boots. Something that certainly makes more alert managers and technical staff of the club to avoid incidents such as the danger that might be players like these days, which in bad days could denied Der Rekordmeister from Jewel like Arjen Robben.
But at the end question that were left unanswered, who was to blame? Perhaps in this case and similar cases like (Robert Enke, Guido Erhard) no one! Everything is in right place, the clubs, managers, media and even fans that had some days threatening him to death. Maybe Uli Hoeneß was the only one, who understood and knew what a disaster happening, is actually a terrible misunderstanding lay behind this tragedy. In this way finding fault is impossible!
Hopefully Bayern learned a lot from that harsh experience. In recent years, after Sebastian Deisler’s portentous experience, FCB succeed to faced such cases especially with Arjen Robben and Holger Badstuber.
Deisler now currently lives with his wife and son in Freiburg. He has remained far away from the spotlight and football as a whole and certainly the last thing on his mind is football! Sometimes you might have to pay heavy indemnity for genius!