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Leaving aside the inconvenient truth that the amount of top-level footballers who consume alcohol in sufficient quantities to severely skew their testosterone levels is somewhere between few and none these days,
No idea how much boozing you have to do to effect your testosterone levels, but my uneducated guess would be 'shitloads'.
The truth will come to light and we'll be awarded those two Champions Leagues that we were cheated out of
throw away the key
Can we just do a whipround/kickstarter to buy his list and stop all the rumours?
never generates much coverage, then goes away for a bit. I guess part of that is because it's hard for anyone to conclusively prove that a player/team/sport is 'clean', but I do wonder at the massive lack of appetite for confronting the possibility of doping in football.
and no doubt another example of the wonders of FIFA.
I remember when that story first came to light, all the innuendo was about Nadal. The team aspect perhaps makes it a bit more of a challenge to address both journalistically and on the nudge-nudge-wink-wink side.
If Barca are doing it, and the Spanish national team are doing it, then is Messi doing it when he's away with Argentina, and so on... Real Sociedad are the team mentioned there, which is certainly a lot less headline-generating.
Just for key players? Without the players' consent or knowledge? What do you do when someone is sold or arrives at a dopey club?
Hard to believe that no-one's blown the whistle on it if it is going on, equally hard to believe football is 100% clean.
"Yeah, we just want to do weekly tests to monitor your levels."
"You can play FIFA whilst we're doing it."
"Ok. Bagsy Barcelona!"
the players arent usually told what they are being given/injected with or they are told its perfectly legal. Have heard of players requiring injections before every game just to play through pain barriers. They probably have no idea what is in those syringes.
As to what happens when a players arrives at a dopey club. Players often have dips in form when they arrive at a club or need time to "settle". Obviously lots of other factors in play but it wouldnt be out of the question that a change in drug regime could be a factor in how well a player adapts to a new club.
I remember BT did an interview with a while ago Bale and James Richardson said Bale must have been in the gym every day due to his change in physique(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/08/07/1407429540216_wps_2_MADRID_SPAIN_AUGUST_07_Ga.jpg)after arriving at madrid. Bale laughed and said he hadnt been spending any extra time in the gym. I thought it was pretty weird and he did look kind of sheepish straight after answering but maybe im reading too much into it. It did stick in my mind though. It was a pretty drastic change in a short period of time and it was apparently down to nothing? Same thing happened with Ronaldo iirc.
As to not blowing the whistle. Look how long it went on for in cycling with basically everyone doping before it came out. Its not really in anyones interest to blow the lid. Probably plenty of legal ramifications built into contracts as well. When people have nothing left to lose they have tried to blow the whistle, as it says in the article, but then their revelations never see the light of day.
The only team i would probably bet money on being clean out of the top clubs would be Arsenal because of Wenger's outspoken stance. Interestingly enough their medical team seems to suffer the most stick for the players getting constant injuries etc.
steroids or not you'd have to spend more time in the gym to change your physique like that, the roids just make it possible to train harder for longer (this may be bullshit I'm not a doctor fuck off)
It was always a fairly open secret, no? Like athletics, it's always been something that the sport has struggled to shake off, whereas with football it's something that has struggled to shake...on?
It was an open secret to a certain degree. What was not known was the extent, or the massive range of drugs that were used. The late 90s - early 00s basically saw cyclists used as guinea pigs for pharma. Cyclists self transfusing, taking drugs which have small benefits, but can help massively with the onset of cancer. Until Tyler Hamilton's book and Armstrong's admissions/various pros admissions under oath, the huge scale of what was happening was unknown.
Look at Rugby. Over the past 15 years, players physiques have hugely changed. It's now normal for a 140kg prop to be able to run 12 second 100m. There are currently 16 (I think) professional rugby players currently banned by ukad.
To think that this isn't happening on a widespread scale on football is stupid. I can only think that it is the huge value of football globally, both as a money spinning sport and it's popularity
popularity, that stops any rumblings of doping from coming out. TLDR ect...
Don't really buy that Moyes was the last manager on the list available, so that's why he got picked.
It's just the same old boring settling of scores and re-writing of history over and over. At least tell us Ryan Giggs fucked pigs or something.
probably what made him a great manager tbf
we were a Moyes away from Mike Phelan.
Assuming Costa is given a ban and then...idk, death star explodes?
if they all agree they don't like him. Gabriel appeared to have been sent off after the referee consulted with his linesman, so it appears the Devil Costa can add mass hypnosis to his dark arts.
As for Eva, I hope she takes the club to the cleaners.
but he's basically going to be charged with improper conduct and banned for that instead.
Especially good because they'll basically be saying "You were wrong to be cross about being wrongly sent off".
I don't see how the improper conduct charge has any bearing on the decision regarding the sending off.
Tbh I think the FA are making complete arses of themselves, but I'm assuming they thought it would be overly harsh for Gabriel to get 3 matches (for the least kicky kick of all time) plus however many you get for improper conduct, whilst Costa got nothing for actually hitting someone in the face. They've tried to rebalance things and have cocked it up entirely though.
FA in laughable decision making shocker.
But I'll take it
It's getting silly now though just bring video tech in for fucking fucks sake.
Doesn't anyone else find it mental sponsors and chairmen etc don't push for video technology? Considering the amounts of money in football and the difference between say finishing 5th or 4th and relegation or a dodgy call in Europe knocking you out. It's a game decided by the finest margins compared to other sports which do have it and have more margins for error.
I have literally got yokohoma tyres etched into my eyes after all these bleedin chelsea photos!
Video Replay sponsored by Dettol! NBC have a sponsor for injury time ffs.
as a footballer tonight. I'm expecting a hat-trick and torn knee ligaments at a bare minimum.
particularly given how knacked Aguero looked on the weekend.
We're still going to lose 2-1.
Advantage United in the title race.
just placed my customary £100 on City to lose at Sunderland. Don't call the old plod if you see a fat lairy northerner chucking piles of dough around the Latchmere later, for it'll be me, for my sins (shakes fist).
The odds will have shot up dramatically now.
bit fuckin smalltime that!!
genuinely can't believe i'm seeing this
bit weird, no? is this setting a precedent for retaliation being 'ok' under certain circumstances?
The FA have no consistency whatsoever
Gabriel's kick was so soft and barely made contact unlike the scratches Costa left on his neck. Shame Costa didn't get a longer ban and they should look at Mike Dean's performance also.
Seriously though, that 5th goal was like something out of a ten year-old's fevered fantasies
still having nightmares about your marking against me at the weekend?
Kev Brown is dead good. That is all.
in the event a load of goals happen in a really short time.
Got to question the manager's decision to not field some of the first team.