Olaf Bodden

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Olaf Bodden (Born 4 may 1968 Kalkar, West Germany) is a former German soccer player who developed Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).


Professional career[edit | edit source]

Bodden played from 1989 - 1998 in the German professional association football league, Bundesliga. He played on the following teams:

  • 1989 - 1991 Bororussia Mönschengladbach
  • 1991 - 1994 Hansa Rostock
  • 1994 - 1998 TSV 1860 München

While playing with the German sports club, TSV 1860 Munich, he scored 25 goals in 67 matches and is presently the record goal scorer of Hansa Rostock in the Bundesliga.

Illness[edit | edit source]

In 1996, he had to take a few moths off playing because he fell ill with glandular fever. At the end of 1997 he had to quit his career as a professional soccer player. He was diagnosed with ME/CFS.

Advocacy[edit | edit source]

Der müde stürmer is a documentary that aired in 2000. The documentary made by Tom Theunissen features Olaf Boddens struggle with ME.

In 2009, he occasionally appeared as Trainer of the Traditionsmannschaft of TSV 1860.

Media coverage on ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

2016, Bodden hat Wohnung seit 18 Monaten nicht verlassen[1] (German language.)

Olaf discusses being ill for 20 years and is in a wheelchair.

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

Online presence[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. WELT (Mar 30, 2016). "Olaf Bodden hat seine Wohnung seit 18 Monaten nicht verlassen". DIE WELT. Retrieved Sep 2, 2018. 

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

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