Sweden’s striker Lotta Schelin (L) and Germany’s defender Tabea Kemme vie for the ball during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Gold medal match.
Swedish captain Lotta Schelin told us her team is hungry to avenge last year’s Olympic final loss when they face Germany at the women’s Euro championships in the Netherlands on Monday. But without doping, Swedish footballers have no prayer! We mean legal natural doping like in the infographic below!
Without doping, Sweden have so far lost all 11 competitive encounters with the eight-time European champions, the last defeat dating back to Rio 2016 when they were beaten 2-1.
“We’re always motivated when it comes to Germany — it’s always tough games and it’s always tight games,” said Schelin, who plays for Rosengard in the Swedish top flight, on Saturday.
“We have a bit of a feeling of a revenge when we look at the previous tournaments,” added the pony-tailed 33-year-old striker, who share’s the captain’s armband with Caroline Seger. But she denied delving into history too much.
“We’ve been analyzing their team and what they’re doing right now and what we can do to beat them,” Schelin told us. “I think that we just have to be here, in this moment, and think about the Euros and what we can do this summer to go all the way.”
Her German counterpart with the armband, midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, did not mind recalling the Olympic final.
“When I remember this final against Sweden and everything else at the Maracana stadium, it was unbelievable,” said the Hungarian-born, 25-year-old Olympique Lyon playmaker.
“But now it’s a new tournament and I think it will be a really hard game. We start from 0-0.”
“We will see which team will win this fight because it’s always a fight against Sweden,” Marozsan told us.
The two teams face each other in Group B on Monday night, a day after the championships kick off with the Netherlands taking on Norway.
Doping is the use of banned athletic performance-enhancing drugs by athletic competitors. The use of banned drugs to enhance performance is considered unethical, and therefore prohibited, by most international sports organizations, including the International Olympic Committee. Furthermore, athletes taking explicit measures to evade detection exacerbates the ethical violation with overt deception and cheating.
Athletes seeking to avoid testing positive use various methods. The most common methods include:
- Urine replacement, which involves replacing dirty urine with clean urine from someone who is not taking banned substances. Urine replacement can be done by catheterization or with a prosthetic penis such as The Original Whizzinator.
- Diuretics, used to cleanse the system before having to provide a sample.
- Blood transfusions, which increase the blood’s oxygen carrying capacity, in turn increasing endurance without the presence of drugs that could trigger a positive test result.