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Tuesday 24, Jun 2014

  Costa Rica Complains To FIFA

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Costa Rica Complains To FIFA

The Football federation of Costa Rica has sent a  letter to FIFA, the world governing body of football, and demanded an explanation as to why so many of its players were asked to submit to anti-doping controls after a surprise victory over Italy.

After Friday’s 1-0 win, seven Costa Rica players were tested that angered team officials who remarked it may lead people to believe that the world governing body of football suspects Costa Ricans of doping. Adrian Gutierrez, the president of Costa Rica’s selection committee, remarked we believe in, accept and trust doping controls that FIFA carries out, but we want an explanation as to why so many of the players were called in and added what causes surprise at the world level is that they take seven players in one sitting for anti-doping tests, which gives an image of suspicion that Costa Rican players are doping.

The Costa Rica federation said FIFA remarked eight players were not available for testing before the World Cup when an anti-doping commission of FIFA visited Costa Rica as part of a routine control carried out on national teams competing in Brazil. Two of those players undergo testing after the Uruguay match and the other six were tested after the Italy match and a seventh Costa Rica player was chosen by lottery. FIFA was challenged by Coach Jorge Luis Pinto to test all his players and even himself after the next match of Costa Rica against England on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte. Pinto remarked he is happy that they do these types of tests and added if they want in the next match, they can test all 11 players on the pitch and even me.

A FIFA spokeswoman said that two of the Costa Rica players were called for the post-match anti-doping tests as usual while the remaining five needed to be tested for their so-called biological passports. The spokeswoman added the decision to test the seven was standard procedure and there was nothing suspicious.

Football legend Diego Maradona hit out at FIFA after claiming that seven of Costa Rica’s players were subjected to post-match anti-doping controls. Maradona alleged that doping scrutiny on Costa Rica was due to fears that sponsors would not pay up if bigger teams like Italy failed to get out of the group stage at the World Cup finals. The football legend from Argentina said decision of FIFA amounted to a lack of respect for the rules and said he is not impressed by FIFA’s explanation. Maradona said this is only happening because some people are annoyed Costa Rica, and not the big teams, are going through to the next round, and so the sponsors won’t pay what they’d promised to pay. He went on to remark that it is against the rules as two players from each team are supposed to undergo doping controls.

Costa Rica stunned South American champions Uruguay 3-1 last week and then won 1-0 over four-time champions Italy in Recife to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.

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Sunday 08, Jun 2014

  Biological Passport For Every World Cup Player Under Preparation By FIFA

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Biological Passport For Every World Cup Player Under Preparation By FIFA

FIFA, the world governing body of football, is on an ambitious mission these days to ensure that every player who participates in the Football World Cup has a drug test and carries a ‘biological passport’.

For the first time, the governing body is planning to use the biological passport that will follow players throughout their career, offering details about urine and blood tests. A team of FIFA doctors and nurses since March this year have been carrying out random urine and blood tests at internationals and team training camps. A few weeks ago, France and Argentina were visited at their camps to prepare for the tournament. Some of the most eminent football stars including Brazilian star Neymar, Italian captain Gianluigi Buffon, and Spain’s Andres Iniesta were among those who provided samples at last year’s Confederations Cup. Over the last 18 months, stars from Chelsea, Barcelona, Santos, and Monterrey were tested during international club competitions.

In a recent interview, Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s chief medical officer remarked that we can test anybody, anytime, anywhere, any amount of times. Football players can now expect drug testing right from the first matches of the World Cup which starts June 12. Dvorak added there has not been anything alarming so far and said the hematological parameters are normal. FIFA has collected at least two test samples from most players while some players have given as many as four samples. Dvorak went on to add that they understand what we are doing and they consider that kind of examination as part of their professional life.

FIFA tests loom for discrepancies in hemoglobin and red cells that may indicate the use of EPO doping or use of other banned performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic androgenic steroids to improve performance. The world governing body of football also checks hormone levels and steroids in the urine. However, Dvorak acknowledged that the drug testing logistics in Brazil face difficulties. The World Anti-Doping Agency withdrew its accreditation for the only anti-doping laboratory in Brazil last year. FIFA will send urine and blood samples to a laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, which will add $250,000 (180,000 euros) to the doping clampdown costs.

The primary cause of concern is that there will be a race against time to get samples from far-flung World Cup cities such as Manaus in the Amazon and Fortaleza as blood samples must be analyzed within 36 hours of being drawn. Dvorak remarked there are a few games that are difficult but the majority of the samples will arrive at the laboratory between 24 and 48 hours. The chief medical officer of FIFA said some of the matches are critical, the critical matches we will look at very carefully.

Football has rarely seen declared cases of performance enhancing doping with the biggest doping case coming from Argentina star Diego Maradona who was sent home from the 1994 World Cup after he tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine. According to FIFA.com, the world body’s website, cannabis and cocaine have made up the majority of drug failures in football in recent years.

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Friday 13, Sep 2013

  Maradona And Romario Get Together To Take Fight To CONMEBOL

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Maradona And Romario Get Together To Take Fight To CONMEBOL

Argentina’s Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Romario, two of the biggest football icons of South America, have joined hands for denouncing the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) for not doing enough to distribute its funds.

After a meeting of South American clubs in Sao Paulo, Maradona told reporters we have seen, with astonishment and great sadness, that football is for just a few. The former captain of Argentina said it doesn’t belong to the clubs, the supporters or the players and so we are going to form a commission to unmask these people who do so much harm to the game. The legendary football player added it is very serious, but thanks to all of us who are not afraid of those people, we are here so that we can have a more transparent football.

The Argentine football coach as well as a manager and former player also said Brazil are firm favorites to win next year’s FIFA World Cup on home soil. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 tournament, where he captained Argentina and led them to a victory over West Germany in the final. In the same tournament, he won the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player. Romario emerged as one of the most prolific strikers in the world and helped the helped the Brazil national team win the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The striker won FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup Golden Ball in 1994 and was named as one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA’s 100th anniversary celebration.

A few weeks back, Ricardo Teixeira, a shady character in South America football, had moved his residency to Andorra after resigning from his position as head of the Brazilian FA and FIFA’s executive committee in March of last year, citing ill health. Teixeira was serving as chairman of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„¢ Organising Committee (LOC) and president of the Brazilian Football Association (CBF). The CBF and the LOC have officially confirmed to FIFA that Jose Maria Marin will be the successor of Ricardo Teixeira in those two positions.

Another former FIFA executive committee member, Nicolas Leoz, resigned as CONMEBOL president at the age of 84 in April, also citing ill-health and was replaced by his vice-president, Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay.

After this, both Teixeira and Leoz were cited by a report by FIFA’s ethics commission as being among those who had taken illicit payments in the infamous ISL case, along with former FIFA president Joao Havelange.

CONMEBOL was described by Romario as worse than the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) that he has frequently criticized in the past. The former Brazilian football player said the situation is much more serious than we imagined and added we have to get more people together — the clubs, the ex-players and the current players have to take the fight to CONMEBOL.” Romario added it is a movement for transparency and dignity in football and we are going to form with this commission and we are going to see what has happened to all this money.

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Friday 05, Oct 2012

  Italian Football Filled With Doping, Says Matías Almeyda

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Italian Football Filled With Doping, Says Matías Almeyda

The former Argentina international, Matías Almeyda, has made a series of startling accusations in his autobiography.

In his book Almeyda: Life and Soul, the former Parma midfielder claimed that he was given what he now believes were drugs while at the Serie A club between 2000 and 2002. Born on 21 December 1973, the retired Argentine footballer is presently the manager of Club Atlético River Plate. He was voted the competition’s best player in 1998–99 and played alongside Diego Maradona and participated in the Indoor Football World Cup in Spain. He played in Serie A of Italy and represented S.S. Lazio, Parma F.C., and F.C. Internazionale Milano.

Almeyda claimed the game of football in Italy is rotten to its core with corruption. The player who played for Lazio, Parma, Brescia and Inter Milan during an eight-year stay in the country insisted that football in Italy is plagued by corruption, doping, and match fixing. He went on to suggest that some clubs have fostered worryingly close ties to organised crime syndicates that fuel a climate of fear among the players.

Almeyda also remarked that he was hooked up to an intravenous drip before matches during his time at Parma and was convinced that the drips were used to give the players performance enhancing drugs that have done serious health damage in the long term, a story that was reinforced by television footage of Fabio Cannavaro taking on intravenous fluids the night before a match. He said it was said that the IV [intravenous] drip before games was a mixture of vitamins but before entering the field he was able to jump up as high as the ceiling.

The former Argentina international said he believes that a disagreement between him and Parma’s former president and owner, Stefano Tanzi, led to his house being broken into as a form of intimidation and added that former Aston Villa striker Savo Milosevic was another person who had a similar break after an argument with Tanzi. Though he denied being associated with any match fixing, Almeyda said he suspects several of his team-mates did during a match between Parma and Roma in 2001.

Almeyda helped the Olympic side win silver at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and won a total of 35 caps for the Argentine national football team.

Almeyda was in news a year back when he made David Trezeguet, the former France international, the captain of River Plate and the honor of leading Los Millonarios in this season’s Primera Division campaign. Almeyda praised the 34-year-old former Juventus striker and said Trezeguet’s humility, comradeship, and commitment make him a good captain material. On 16 January 2009, Almeyda signed with modest Club Atlético Fénix, in the fourth division and finally -joined his main club River Plate, teaming up with former club teammates Marcelo Gallardo and Ariel Ortega on 19 August 2009. In June 2011, River Plate was relegated to the second level for the first time in its history and Matías Almeyda retired from football and was appointed the side’s manager the following month.

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Friday 27, Jul 2012

  Maradona Sacked By Al Wasl

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diego maradona 1United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl has sacked former Argentina World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona after the team failed to win any silverware under Maradona during his season at the helm. The team was knocked out of the UAE league cup at the semi-final stage by Al Ahli, the eventual winners and even ailed to progress past the second round of the President’s Cup under Maradona.

Judgment of the former Argentina captain at Al Was had been questioned through his decision to select goalkeeper Majid Naser despite him being in the middle of a 17-match domestic ban for slapping Al Ahli coach Quique Sanchez Flores after a match between the two sides.

“Following a meeting held by the board of directors of Al Wasl Football Company to evaluate the technical staff of Al Wasl under the leadership of coach Diego Maradona, it was decided to terminate the services of coach Diego Maradona and his technical staff,” a club statement said.

Considered by many as the most gifted football players, the association of Maradona with controversies is not new. During the 1994 World Cup, he was sent home after failing to clear a drug test for ephedrine doping, which he claimed were due to the power drink Rip Fuel given by his personal trainer. An excellent strategist and a team player, Diego Armando Maradona Franco is rated very highly by many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans.

Maradona is the only player in the history of football to set world-record contract fees twice. During his illustrious career, he played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys and earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals while playing for Argentina. He reached the peak of his professional career at Napoli and elevated the team to the most successful era in its history by helping the team win their only Serie A Italian Championships in 1986/87 and 1989/1990, placing second in the league twice, in 1987/88 and 1988/89. The #10 jersey of Napoli was officially retired in honor of the football player and his achievements during his career at Napoli.

Maradona Goal of the Century – Víctor Hugo Morales commentary – Argentina-England 2-1 1986

Diego is the only player to win the Golden Ball at both the FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup, in 1979 and 1986. Diego Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments and won Argentina the 1986 World Cup against West Germany in the final and was even awarded the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player. In the quarterfinals of this World Cup, Maradona scored the “Hand of God” and a 60 m (66 yd) goal while dribbling past five England players (Peter Beardsley, Steve Hodge, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher, and Terry Fenwick) and goalkeeper Peter Shilton, which was voted “The Goal of the Century” by FIFA.com voters in 2002.

Diego Maradona published his autobiography Yo Soy El Diego (“I am The Diego”) in 2000 that became an instant bestseller and won FIFA Player of the Century award in 1999. The Times, a London based newspaper, selected Maradona as number 1 in The Greatest 10 World Cup players of all time on 22 March 2010.

Maradona Sacked By Al Wasl – Cliff Notes

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Monday 10, Oct 2011

  Chinese remedy responsible for scandal

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North Korean officials have remarked that a traditional Chinese medicine is to be blamed for the biggest case of doping in FIFA history.

The statement came in wake of three North Korean footballers at the women’s World Cup testing positive for banned steroids.

The doping incident has brought total in the squad caught up in the scandal to five.

Thursday 29, Oct 2009

  Famous players to have been involved in steroids scandals

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Famous players to have been involved in steroids scandalsAccording to Andre Agassi’s autobiography, he used crystal meth while still playing professional tennis. Agassi was not the only famous world-class player to have been involved with steroids.

Some of the most famous players were Diego Maradona, one of Argentina’s greatest football player who tested positive for ephedrine in the 1994 World Cup series.

Baseball’s highest paid player, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003. However, no penalties were imposed for a positive test until 2003.

Sports Illustrated broke the story about A-Rod’s use of steroids after they found that the Yankees slugger was among the list of 104 players that tested positive in a confidential testing.

Other athletes to have failed anti-doping tests were Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Michael Phelps, who was photographed to have been smoking pot at a student party in 2009.

Richard Gasquet, the French tennis star and a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, tested positive for cocaine use. However, he claimed that he got the residue from kissing a girl in a bar. He was later cleared of all charges.

Martina Hingis, one of the famous players in the tennis scene opted to retire early than undergo further tests for testing positive for cocaine use.

So far, these are the brightest stars in the sports arena to have also graced the news pages because of positive anti-doping tests.