September 27th, 2012

Matias Almeyda: Autobiographical Allegations

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We prefer our scandal, bribes and exposes of the Same Dress at Same Party shocker variety, but the Serie A doping and match-fixing claims Matias Almeyda makes in his autobiography, “Almeyda: Life and Soul” are pretty juicy.

Basically, ish goes down in the ex-Argentina international’s new book, in which he claims he was given what he now believes were drugs while at Parma from 2000-02. And as part of a promo blitz for the tome that, frankly, puts Hope Solo to shame, Matias allowed excerpts to be reprinted in Gazzetta dello Sport this week.

“At Parma we were given an IV drip before games…they said it was a mixture of vitamins but before entering the field I was able to jump up as high as the ceiling.”

Unfortunately, no information was given on what kind of vitamin mixture was administered and whether or not it could cure hangovers.

“Players do not ask questions, but then in the following years there are cases of former players dying from heart problems, suffering from muscular issues and more. I think it is the consequence of the things that have been given to them.”

Before we close out the most physically exhausting story of the day, it’s worth noting the biggest shock of them all: Almeyda claims Roma players asked their Parma counterparts to throw a decisive match between the two clubs at the end of the 2000-01 season. Roma won 3-1 and edged out Juventus for the Serie A title.

Hmmm. Obviously we weren’t there and can’t say for sure what happened, but Kickettes, your thoughts on the constant stream of corruption stories coming from Serie A? Doesn’t it sort of feel like this is the song that doesn’t end?

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    It's so scary to think about players taking "supplements/remedies" that could be dangerous in the long run. This has happened repeatedly in our American baseball system, players dying very young with heart disease especially. To me, it's tragic that so many are so, so young when they begin playing, and they trust their trainers and staff blindly; they perhaps don't have the life experience yet to question what they're told. Maybe his book will evoke some changes in the systems, but I'm afraid there's a reality that sports, not only in Europe and America, are not about making the players' health and well-being a priority. How very sad.