But Götz had no regrets and went on to win the UEFA Cup in 1988 with his new West German team, Bayer Leverkusen. But life in the West did not mean he, or others, had escaped the clutches of the Stasi (indeed, he later found out that the Stasi had, within their files, photographs of his new home in West Germany). Cases of defectors drugged and smuggled back East, although rare, were not unheard of. A friend of Götz in West Germany, a fellow East German, was killed in a car accident. Götz, suspecting it was no accident, feared for his own life.
The German national football league contains two divisions, the First Bundesliga and the Second Bundesliga. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, a union of the football associations of west and east became reality. So, the First Bundesliga in the 1991/92 season was expanded to 20 teams to integrate the two top clubs from East Germany. The former East German football league was downgraded into a regional division. Presently, the First Bundesliga, usually called just "Bundesliga", consists of 18 teams. Each team plays two games against all the other league rivals during the season, one game at home and one game away.
By the 1970s, the Stasi had decided that the methods of overt persecution that had been employed up to that time, such as arrest and torture, were too crude and obvious. It was realised that psychological harassment was far less likely to be recognised for what it was, so its victims, and their supporters, were less likely to be provoked into active resistance, given that they would often not be aware of the source of their problems, or even its exact nature. Zersetzung was designed to side-track and "switch off" perceived enemies so that they would lose the will to continue any "inappropriate" activities.