Dec 17 2013
The Brazilian tradition of the concentracao – sequestering teams before matches and shielding them from temptations such as sex and alcohol – is under threat as players take a stand against the late payment of wages. So far this year players at Botafogo, Portuguesa and Vasco da Gama have refused to attend the concentracao because their salaries were not paid on time. Although only Botafogo’s players have maintained the boycott, their action has led to a reappraisal of the ritual and raised questions over the integrity of Brazilian players. [Continue Reading]
The practice of sequestering athletes from sex and alcohol before matches is a globally accepted practice. They do it from the high school ranks up to the pros in America. Does it make any difference? Perhaps.
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