Six World Cup managers who banned bonking – from Phil Scolari to Fabio Capello

The World Cup only comes around once every four years, so you have to grab the opportunity with both hands.

Such is the importance of the tournament that managers will pull out all the stops to make sure their side are ready for whatever they're going to face. And one popular tactic which has popped up time and time again is banning sex.

Despite there being no correlation between bonking and losing, it's been a go-to ploy for even the best managers – with varying degrees of success. On that note, Daily Star Sport is taking a look at six World Cup managers who put their players on a sex ban.

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Luiz Felipe Scolari – 2002

Perhaps the reason why sex bans have proved so popular is because of Brazil's success in 2002. Then-manager Luiz Felipe Scolari ordered his players to stop all sexual activities for 40 days, right from the start of their pre-tournament training camp.

And from that point on they didn't lose a game in South Korea and Japan, beating Germany 2-0 in the final thanks to Ronaldo's brace.

R9 sensationally revealed in 2006: "The manager would tell us that any player who cannot control his penis is not a man, but an irrational animal.

"The World Cup in 2002 was a wonderful memory but I will always remember the ache down below just as much as lifting the trophy."

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Sven Goran Eriksson – 2006

While Scolari's sex ban worked a treat, the same can't be said for Sven Goran Eriksson's. The Swede strictly told his England players to not get up to any funny business the night before a big match.

But star striker Wayne Rooney was clearly too pent up when he got himself sent off in the quarter finals of the 2006 World Cup against Portugal, a match which the Three Lions ultimately lost on penalties.

Rooney might just have been frustrated at his manager's hypocrisy, because Eriksson's girlfriend Nancy Dell'Olio told Gordon Ramsay on his F Word show: "Well, it's different for players and the manager."

Fabio Capello – 2010

Despite seeing his predecessor failing miserably with the sex ban, Fabio Capello doubled down after taking over as England boss from Eriksson in 2007. The Italian limited how often his players could sees their WAGs, describing them as a "virus".

He even went so far as to ban them from the South Africa World Cup in 2010 to avoid the "distraction" of sex. It seemed to have a negative impact again, with Rooney this time producing his infamous rant down a TV camera after drawing 0-0 with Algeria.

You can't really blame Capello for the officials missing Frank Lampard's ghost goal in the 4-1 round-of-16 defeat to Germany, but the sex ban certainly didn't help.

Miguel Herrera – 2014

In an attempt to drill discipline into his side, Mexico boss Miguel Herrera publicly announced their sex ban ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He brutally told Reforma: "If a player can not endure a month or 20 days without having intercourse, then you are not prepared to be a professional. Let's play a World Cup, we're not going to a party."

It seemed to work, as Mexico went unbeaten in their group – beating Cameroon and Croatia and holding Brazil to a stalemate. A dodgy penalty shout broke their hearts in the round of 16 against the Netherlands – but at least they could bonk again.

Joachim Low – 2018

The good old English saying of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' clearly hasn't made its way into the German language, because Joachim Low tinkered with his tactics for the Russia World Cup in 2018 despite Germany going into the tournament as holders.

His side had no bedroom restrictions when they lifted the trophy four years earlier, but were banned from all contact with their families as they looked to defend their crown.

Low only had himself to blame when they crashed out in the group stage after winning just one of their three matches.

Hernan Dario Gomez – 2018

Panama were never going to make it to the knockout stages in Russia, so in reality they could have gone out on the booze before every game and ended up with the same result.

But as it was their first ever appearance at the World Cup, then-manager Hernan Dario Gomez took things very seriously, as defender Harold Cummings revealed.

He said: "We have restrictions placed on us, as do all national teams – and a ban on having sex is one of ours.

"But going beyond the limits imposed by the coach, the players realise that they have to make sacrifices in order to win matches. And giving up sex is one of those."

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