This article was originally published in El Planteo, and appears here with permission.
The series highlights six stories of doping and drugs cases during FIFA World Cups, from Nazi Germany to the Colombian player killed by cartels. Check out the series below, and remember to turn on English subtitles on YouTube by clicking on the CC button on the player and then selecting the language by clicking on the settings button (the gear button on the bottom-left angle of the player).
Ep. 1: 'DIEGO MARADONA, THE DAY THEY CUT OUR LEGS'.
After a difficult qualification to the 1994 World Cup in the United States, the Argentine National Team imposed itself as one of the strongest teams in the competition, achieving an early qualification to the round of 16, after defeating Greece 4-0 in the debut and Nigeria 2-1 in Group D.
At the end of the match, an image remained for history: Diego Armando Maradona was leaving the field holding nurse Sue Carpenter's hand to undergo the anti-doping control. The rest is known: positive for alleged consumption of ephedrine, and all the illusion of a country vanished with this dramatic news for Argentine soccer and the world of sport.
Archive material: FIFA TV and TN
Ep. 2: WILLIE JOHNSTON: SCOTLAND AND THE SELECTION OF EXCESSES.
The fourth participation of the Scotland national team was short-lived. Defeats against Peru, Holland, and a draw against modest Iran made it impossible for the European team to go beyond its zone in the 1978 World Cup held in Argentina.
However, the most significant aspect of that visit (in addition to some stories related to the Scottish team's drinking) was the positive doping of Willie Johnston, one of the most unruly British players on and off the field of play.
The sanctioning of this wayward player in one of the doping controls in the middle of the World Cup competition is just the beginning.
Stock footage: BBC, Getty Images, RTA, Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club (YouTube), Scotland 78: A Love Story (BBC)
Ep 3: GERMANY, THE SUSPECTED CHAMPION.
Among the competing teams at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, Federal Germany stood out. The Teutonic team made its debut against …