The Mavericks

Mario Basler: FC Hollywood superstar

July 26, 2012
By Robin Hackett
(Archive)
One of the most naturally talented players of his generation, 'Super' Mario Basler was also among the most divisive. "Fifty percent of players hate me," he once told Der Spiegel. "It's the same with the fans. Half of them would like to send me to the moon without a return ticket."

A chronic smoker who had no interest in training, he engaged in innumerable spats throughout his career and, shortly before he left Bayern Munich in 1999, club president Franz Beckenbauer described him as "incorrigible". ...

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