Though research on the topic has proved inconclusive, it’s a question that has dogged athletes and Grey Cup press conferences for years. It’s no different in the lead-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Some World Cup managers have come forward and expressed their preferred position on the subject. Here are their thoughts:
Bosnia-Herzegovina – No (Masturbation OK)
"They can find another solution, they can even masturbate if they want. I am not interested what the other coaches do. This is not a holiday trip: We are there to play football at the World Cup." – Safet Susic
Brazil – Standard positions only
"The players can have normal sex during the World Cup. Usually normal sex is done in a balanced way but some like to perform acrobatics. We will put limits and survey the players." – Luiz Felipe Scolari
Mexico – No, but maybe pancakes?
“If a player can’t go one month or 20 days without having sexual relations, then they are not prepared to be a professional player. Forty days of sexual abstinence isn’t going to hurt anybody.” – Miguel Herrera
France – Sure
“Depends on when, and how much.” – Didier Deschamps
USA – Keeping it casual
"I think we are very casual in the way we approach things.” – Jurgen Klinsmann