Squads that have prohibited sex already greeted the World Cup goodbye

Two of the teams, Bosnia and Russia, stopped in first phase. Mexico and Chile fell at the last-16

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Aos 24 anos, o meia Dzagoev foi um dos que sofreram com o celibato da seleção russa, que terminou com dois pontos na fase de grupos
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Aos 24 anos, o meia Dzagoev foi um dos que sofreram com o celibato da seleção russa, que terminou com dois pontos na fase de grupos

Polemics abound when it comes to the subject of the benefits and the counter effects of sex over football athletes' performance. There is a wing, more liberal, that defends the practice as beneficial for the players. The other, however, more conservative, believes celibacy is important, because it gives the men bigger strength to go onto the field.

The fact is that, in Brazil World Cup, chastity hasn't been synonym for success. On the contrary. According to the British newspaper The Independent, the four squads which adopted the regime haven't gone far in the competition. Here are they: Russia, Bosnia, Mexico and Chile. Only the last two ones have passed the first phase, but got eliminated at the last-16.

"All the squads which imposed a prohibition to sex already got eliminated, which suggests that the sexual frustration doesn't give the players an important advantage in terms of motivation", defended the philosopher Christopher Hooton, author of the article.

The newspaper also highlighted Costa Rica's situation. In first phase, the national federation had prohibited sexual practices. But with the heroic classification, to the players’ joy, sex was liberated.

The Brazilian squad and France adopted similar attitudes. Sex is liberated, as long as the players keep it into "normality limits".

Translated by Raquel Sodré

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