In a fight to eliminate steroid use from its game, the DFB has announced it will take unprecedented measures of randomly blood testing athletes on matchdays.
They also announced they will increase their anti-doping budget by $136,000 from last year.
The DFB last August announced they had agreed to institute blood tests during training, but came under fire from FIFA’s chief doctor Jiri Dvorak for limiting the testing to only during training.
Last season the NADA conducted a total of 2,300 anti-doping tests in Germany across the top two divisions, and DFB vice-president Rainer Koch (pictured) told German radio station HR that he plans to nearly double that this coming season.
15% of those 2,300 tests were blood tests, according to Koch, while the rest were urine tests. Koch says they will do about 120 postmatch blood tests throughout next season, which he described as “supplimentary” to urine tests.
However, there is some backlash, namely from German anti-doping website fussballdoping.de, which states that the current deal with the NADA, which was signed last August, runs through 2014, so the new measures cannot be implemented until 2015 unless they modify the old deal.
Blood testing for steroids has received harsh opposition in American sports, cited mostly as a privacy issue by those against it, but it has become slowly more accepted throughout the years. With advancing drugs and masking agents often ahead of the current tests, blood testing has been tabbed as an eventual necessity by many in the field.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Chris Coleman says he chose to remain as Wales manager despite interest from Premier League side Hull because he’s in a job that is “close to his heart.”
The Football Association of Wales rejected an approach for Coleman from Hull this month, with the Welshman deciding to stay on rather than resigning.
Coleman, who guided Wales to the European Championship semifinals against the odds, said on Wednesday that “if someone comes and it’s the Premier League, anybody, you kind of look at it sideways. Of course.”
But, Coleman added, managing your country “comes around once, if you’re lucky.”
Coleman has made no secret of his desire to manage in club football in the future, but says “what I’ve got here is something very special and close to my heart.”
Who’s going to join Porto, Monaco, Legia Warsaw, Ludogorets Razgrad and Celtic as playoff teams to join the UEFA Champions League group stage?
The biggest names of Wednesday’s slate are cruising after their first legs, with Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach putting five and three goals on the board, respectively.
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Could the match be Joe Hart‘s last for City? The longtime backstop gets the call with the transfer window a week away.
In the other three cases, things are wide open. Rostov plays Ajax, Red Bull Salzburg faces Dinamo Zagreb, and APOEL lines up Copenhagen.
Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League slate — FOLLOW LIVE
Borussia Monchengladbach (3) vs. (1) BSC Young Boys
Rostov (1) vs. (1) Ajax
Red Bull Salzburg (1) vs. (1) Dinamo Zagreb
APOEL (0) vs. (1) Copenhagen
Manchester City (5) vs. Steaua Bucuresti (0)
The newly-renamed EFL Cup, formerly the League Cup, rolls on Wednesday with four more matches ahead of the evening’s third-round draw.
American attacker Lynden Gooch starts for Sunderland, while Tim Ream starts for Fulham and Luca de la Torre is on the Cottagers’ bench. Emerson Hyndman is on the bench for Bournemouth.
Tuesday’s action saw Premier League sides West Brom and Watford excused from the tournament.
Wednesday’s EFL Cup schedule — FOLLOW LIVE
Accrington Stanley vs. Burnley
Fulham vs. Middlesbrough
Morecambe vs. Bournemouth
Sunderland vs. Shrewsbury Town
Robbie Keane is ending a big chapter in his career.
Fear not, Galaxy fans, the 36-year-old living L.A. legend isn’t calling it quits on club soccer, but Keane is done with representing the Republic of Ireland.
Keane will play one more game for the Boys in Green, a friendly against Oman next week, before leaving the Republic to qualify for the World Cup without him.
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In a sprawling and understandably emotional — if not moving — statement, Keane says he isn’t going to stop playing for his club anytime soon, and that he hardly dreamed he’d get to this point.
No player has been capped (145) or scored (67) as many times for Ireland than Keane.