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On the matter of cancer in football, I don't know how prevalent leukaemia is, but it curtailed the careers of AV's Petrov and a talented young CB at Santos - Narciso (of whom great things had been expected). At least both have survived, and their match fitness may have had something to do with that.
@81, 73, 66and don't get me started on the cancer comparison he makes which is completely out of line.....in a cardio-based sport, heart problems can lead to death there and then, cancer can not kill in a game.......i agree with him though that footballers, coaches etc. should be attending these courses..
@73 & 66Valid points???? i would say interesting points, but when the article is filled with inaccurate facts such as: a) approx. 580 per year under 35 years old die from heart problems and NOT 12 per year (see the correction they published). b) proper screening can make a difference and it has been shown empirically (and not based on opinions)..how can u say this is a valid point is beyond me..
@79 Unfortunately my travel itinerary meant that I am now in Quito so it's off to Plaza Foch shortly to watch England v Scotland then La Tri v España. I did get to go to El Clásico del Astillero last week though, which was amazing.Last time I watched football in Plaza Foch England beat Italy 2-1 and Ecuador beat Chile 3-0 in New York so hopefully it's a double lucky omen!
@78......Hahaha that did make me laugh!!! Funny thing is though at 20C, everyone there is probably thinking they are in some sort of Ice Age!!!Anyway from a football point of view, hope Ecuador do well - have already got my shirt out ready for the World Cup!! Viva la tri!!!
@77 The temperature is dropping al low as 20C at dawn. El Universo newspaper even printed some (presumably) tongue in cheek advice about avoiding colds including drinking hot beverages and wearing socks to bed.http://www.eluniverso.com/vida-estilo/2013/07/02/nota/1107181/preparados-contra-frioBut yes, last time I was there in August 2012 the heat and humidity was intolerable.
@75 Ahhhh that's why everyone is complaining to me about being cold! I thought they were just doing the normal thing where everything under 35 degrees, and all the jackets come out! haha :)
@76Theres probably no easy answer, but in an industry which justifies spending 10s of millions on fees, wages, agents & more, I feel the 'cost' argument is more difficult to sustain in the context of higher level clubs. At the lower end where clubs are genuinely struggling, seems fair that they received subsidy from the top. And that doesnt address the rest of the world... FIFA to intervene?
@74 Not at the moment it isn't. I was in Guayaquil last week and it's not as hot and humid as usual, something of a "cold" snap. I don't think the Spanish would have agreed to play in Quito for a friendly though.
@ 69. Correct - its in Guayaquil, which is at sea level. Very hot and humid there though.....
@66Thanks for the link. It would seem that screening is not as widespread as I thought. James does make some valid points, even if some of those are coming from a "low risk" insurance angle. There is also the issue of cost the further down the football ladder you go. Who pays? Does top level football subsidise screening for the lower divisions?
Yet again, Tim Vickery trying to justify his existence, with another meaningless article.
@46 congenital heart problems and other cardiovascular conditions are going to be accentuated in a sport that places huge emphasis on cardio fitness. There is no "dark secret" and I feel that conjecture such as this takes attention away from the real issues. Compulsory cardiographic screening at the top level has to be a priority to stop these tragedies happening.
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