Tue. Feb 7th, 2023

The former Southampton-Profi Claus Lundekvam reported by violent alcohol problems after his career end. These had almost cost him life.

Every morning while waking up a frosting glass to drink pure vodka – that took only nine months, said the 48-year-old in the English podcast Talksport and led: It’s unbelievable how quickly I lost myself and got into a walkless situation from which I saw no way out.

Lundekvam graduated between 1996 and 2007 357 competitive games, of which 290 in the Premier League, for Southampton. The Saints remained faithful to the former defender after the 2005 descent, which is why he was very popular with the fans.

In 2008, the big break came after the Norwegian had to end his career due to an ankle fracture in the ascent race in the English 2. League.

I was so tired and so depressed. I just ordered the things I needed: alcohol, tablets and cocaine. But I’ve been slowly destroyed. But really fast, said Lundekvam and reported by serious consequences: It ended with Much paranoia, much fear. It came so much that I tried twice to take my life. Luckily I did not succeed.


In the same year, a withdrawal in the Sporting Chance Clinic brought him back to the right track. The clinic is directed by ex-player Tony Adams, who himself suffered from a tablet and an alcohol addiction. Since his recovery Lundekvam lives again in his Norwegian home.

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