There are simple truths. As we natter on that good beer sits somewhere between Gatorade and mother's milk, we have to sometimes face facts:
The former European Cup winners [Red Star Belgrade] struggled against modest Icelandic outfit IBV in the Europa League second qualifying round and barely deserved their 2-0 aggregate win, prompting manager Slavisa Stojanovic (pictured) to rebuke his players after Sunday's training session. "All the hard work you have done in the searing heat of pre-season build-ups will amount to nothing if you keep eating meat pies before practice and drinking two or three beers after it," Stojanovic fumed.
When I was in my fitba book phase, I remember reading about how the current manager of Arsenal, Wenger, had to deal with the chips and lager diet of many of his older star players when he joined the team in the 1990's. Doesn't help I suppose that this was discussed in the Tony Adam's biography about his career and alcoholism, Addicted, but stodge and brew were literally the order of the day. Still is in someplaces: "Cigarettes and nights out on boat-bars lined up along the river are also out of the question'" we are told by another Red Star coach. Interestingly, there were no hits at all for the Google search "drunken Icelandic football players" but I think there must be something wrong with that.