Chris O (follow on Twitter: @COakleyFtbl)
Fri 3 July 2009

The Friday List of Little or No Consequence #120

Poor ex-samples
19 Players That Failed Drugs Tests

1. Frank de Boer
Former Dutch international defender. Tested positive for nandrolone while playing for Barcelona in 1994. Joined Rangers in 2004.

2. Lee Bowyer
Formerly of Leeds, Newcastle and West Ham. Tested positive for cannabis in 1995 and banned for several months. Made one appearance for England in 2002.

3. Chris Armstrong
Formerly of Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Bolton. Tested positive for cannabis in 1995 and banned for four matches.

4. Mark Bosnich
Former Australian international goalkeeper. Tested positive for cocaine while playing for Chelsea in 2002 and banned for nine months. Claims he'd drunk someone else's drink which had been spiked.

5. Danny Cadamarteri
Formerly of Everton, Bradford and Sheffield United. Tested positive for ephedrine in 2005 and banned for six months. Claims the substance formed part of a flu remedy he'd taken.

6. Fernando Couto
Former Portuguese international. Tested positive for nandrolone in 2001 while playing for Lazio and served a four month ban.

7. Edgar Davids
Former Dutch international midfielder. Tested positive for nandrolone in 2001 while playing for Juventus. Served a four month ban.

8. Rene Higuita
Former Colombian international goalkeeper and Scorpion Kick specialist. Tested positive for cocaine in 2004 while playing in Ecuador. Banned for six months before being caught again.

9. Willie Johnstone
Former Scotland international winger. Tested positive for the stimulant Fencamfamin during the 1978 World Cup. Accidently taken as part of an over-the-counter medicine.

10. Bernard Lama
Former French international goalkeeper. Tested positive for cocaine in 1998 and banned for two months. Was briefly coach of the Kenyan national football team in 2006.

11. Stan Lazaridis
Former Australian international. Tested positive for Finasteride while playing for Perth Glory in 2007. Finasteride is a prescription anti-alopecia medication but can be used to cover other performance-enhancing substances.

12. Diego Maradona
World football superstar and currently Argentinean national team coach. Tested positive for cocaine in 1991 while playing for Napoli and suspended for 15 months. Tested positive for ephedrine during the 1994 World Cup and was sent home.

13. Adrian Mutu
Romanian international striker. Tested positive for cocaine in 2004 while playing for Chelsea. Banned for seven months by the Football Association before joining Juventus.

14. Shaun Newton
Formerly of Charlton, Wolves and West Ham. Tested positive for cocaine in 2006 following The Hammers' FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough and banned for seven months.

15. Quim
Portuguese international goalkeeper. Tested positive for Nandrolone and consequently missed the 2002 World Cup Finals.

16. Romario
Former Brazilian international striker. Tested positive for Finasteride in 2007 despite claiming he was taking the substance as part of an anti-baldness treatment. Banned for four months.

17. Euzebiusz Smolarek
Formerly of Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund. Tested positive for cannabis in 2002 and banned for two European matches by UEFA. Consequently nicknamed 'The Hash Bomber' by Feyenoord fans.

18. Jaap Stam
Former Dutch international defender. Tested positive for Nandrolone while playing for Lazio in 2002. Went on to join Milan.

19. Abel Xavier
Former Portugal international defender. Tested positive for anabolic steroid Methandrostenolone in 2005 and banned by UEFA for twelve months. Joined Middlesbrough in 2006.

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