Some soccer coaches think their players shouldn’t have sex during the World Cup. Mexico’s Miguel Herrera is one, saying last month that “if a player can’t go one month or 20 days without having sexual relations, then they are not prepared to be a professional player.” He later backtracked a bit, saying he wasn’t prohibiting it, but there really isn’t much wiggle room in his comment, no?
Brazil Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari also won’t be prohibiting his players from having sex, despite doing so when Brazil won the World Cup in 2002. But he wants the Selecao to avoid any “acrobatics,” which seems reasonable.
U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann has no such concerns. In an interview with Fusion TV’s “The Soccer Gods,” he says his players are pretty much free to do whatever.
“I think we are very casual in the way we approach things. Their families can come pretty much any time. They will be at the games, they can come by at the hotel, we will have barbecues together,” Klinsmann said. “Every nation is different. I’ve played in different countries where, you know, you didn’t see your girlfriend or your wife for two months. … Every team and every country handles that differently, based on their culture. So I respect the Mexican approach because it’s more their culture at that moment. I think we have a group of guys together and an environment together that is very open, very casual. But once we go on the field for training and also for the games, we are very serious and down to business.”