YoIn March 1998, the Moroccan footballer Youssef Chippo, who had been playing for FC Porto since that season, felt worse training after training. Symptoms: headaches and dizziness. He knew the cause, but at first he did not say a word because he feared the consequences if he told the truth: it was Ramadan – and he, the Muslim, fasted.

In the New York Times, Chippo recalled this now that this year's Ramadan ends next week (and said there were no consequences when he told the truth).

A new standard

Anyone who then reads the rest of the good research will discover how the… football He changed with his players on an empty stomach. He began with individual kickers feigning injuries after sunset so their fellow Muslims could eat and drink.

And that continued later with clubs setting a new standard that was seen this season in Arsenal F.C. You can see who has three players on an empty stomach and who had already taken care of them two weeks earlier.

They are so physically fit that they could start the next breaking of the fast in a special way: with a Champions League victory over FC Bayern on Tuesday (9:00 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on Prime Video).