Barcelona Use Love Drug To Counter Altitude?

9 04 2009

No wonder so many women go to games in Ecuador!

Well that is the first thing that would have come to mind when the rumor first surfaced about Barcelona, the country’s most popular team, was being named in a doping scandal that involved Viagra.

Although there seems to be no evidence of the drug being administered to players prior to their 4-1 loss to Técnico Universitario in Ambato. The club discussed the information, but in no instance were they looking into the distribution of the drug to their players in order to counter the effects of altitude.

What Estada did admit was that the players were given Kobil, which is a medication that contains antioxidants used in the freeing up of free radicals created due to excessive activity in hostile conditions.

Many media outlets were stating that the use of those medications caused the players to have their muscles “stiffen”  (no pun intended).

Ambato is located 50 miles south of Quito and is at 2,577 meters above sea level.





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7 04 2009

Yes, how time flies.  We now have posted ten shows in this new cycle.  You know what it could not have been at a better time and with a better guest.  CNN SI’s Greg Sica was with and he taught us about the best hang outs and why everyone in Uruguay loves TITS (not those, you pervs!).  George starts to feel the the effects of strip clubs as well as his new partnership with Dr. Sica as they scrounge the world looking for hot soccer women.

Oh by the way we did talk about  South America, Spain, Champions League, and some CONCACAF in this edition of Mad About Futbol.

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CONMEBOL Week 12 Wrap

1 04 2009

For those neysayers that still think that Europe is tops for international play, the past two days in CONMEBOL once again proved why this region is the toughest in the world to get out of.

Venezuela and Bolivia’s chances to get to the World Cup were moribund until they played their most inspired matches of the season. Both sides made history in process. Venezuela beat their neighbors for the first time in World Cup qualifying play at home. A ten-man Colombia side put up a valiant fight, albeit one that generated few chances on goal the last half hour of play.

Nicolás Fedor opened the scoring with a contrversial goal and Juan Arango once again was the Cafeteros’ nightmare scoring off a free kick that David Ospina could do nothing about. This left Colombis in a tough situation come June against an Argentina side that will defintely be motivated.

Diego Maradona thought his side was clicking on all cylinders, but the altitude and a team that poppoed them in the mouth put them in dire straits from the first whistle. Bolivia’s 6-1 thrashing of the Albiceleste was the worst for the Argentines since the 1958 World Cup when Czechoslovakia beat them by the same result.  Joaquín Botero’s hat-trick placed him top the goalscoring list.

Ecuador once again had trouble scoring but once they had the lead their advantage was take away in the dying moments of the match by Paraguay.  The Guaranís are now two points away from reaching the magic number to qualify for the World Cup.

Chile and Uruguay was one of the more exciting scoreless draws that could be seen.  The frenetic pace benefitted the spectators, but neither team got the complete satisfaction to know that they pulled a point away from Colombia.

Brazil had it a long time coming and they were able to beat Peru without a problem.   The win put them in second place behind Paraguay and Brazil inch closer to the cup as well as a huge match in June at the Centenario.

Venezuela 2-0 Colombia
VEN: Fedor (76′), Arango (81′)

Bolivia 6-1 Argentina
BOL: Martins (11′), Botero (33′ pk, 53′, 65′), Da Rosa (45′), Torrico (81′)
ARG: González (24′)

Ecuador 1-1 Paraguay
ECU: Noboa (63′)
PAR: Benítez (90′)

Chile 0-0 Uruguay

Brazil 3-0 Peru
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Important Midweek Matches In CONMEBOL

31 03 2009
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The weekend results left various teams’ aspirations either recharged or on life support.
One of the teams that is at that stage is Venezuela. After a strong start winning two out of their first four matches, Venezuela has fallen of significantly.

The post-Richard Paez era has not been to kind to the Vinotinto and their confidence is virtually shot.  César Farías has not been able to find the way to right this ship and his he has looked for everything from the established player all the way to the young up and comers.

Their coup de grace might have been the visit to Buenos Aires.  Although they have never won against the Albiceleste, it was a chance to send a message to CONMEBOL that they were still in the running for at least the fifth spot in the region.

But in the Northern Derby… those things fly out the window and their competition does not lie strictly on the football pitch.   I just have two words for you-  Catherine Fulop and Pilar Ruiz.  These two ladies from Venezuela and Colombia respectively make you take life in a different make you look admire the game both in and out of the pitch.

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Stats:  Both teams have faced off five times in World Cup qualifying play in Venezuela.   Colombia leads the series 1-4-0.  Colombia have not won in Venezuea since 1996. Colombia are winless in their last five road games (1-0-4) and haven’t won a road game in WCQ since November 2005 against Paraguay in Asunción. Read the rest of this entry »





CONMEBOL Week 11 Results And Standings

29 03 2009

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Uruguay took a huge leap towards getting back into the race to qualifying for South Africa 2010 with a convincing win over first place Paraguay at the mythical Centenario in Montevideo.  It was the vanguard (Diego Forlán and Diego Lugano) that scored both goals for Oscar Washington Tabárez’ club.  They will now face a Chile side in Santiago that made history against archrivals Peru.
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