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Last updated: 2 june, 2010 - 17:36 GMT

Is scoring a goal better than sex?

Argentine soccer stars Diego Maradona (right) and Claudio Caniggia kiss after Caniggia scored Boca Juniors' second goal in their 4-1 match against arch rival River Plate, 14 July 1996

Diego Maradona (right) and Claudio Caniggia celebrate after Caniggia scores a goal for Boca Juniors in 1996

Football teams from across the globe are converging on South Africa ahead of the World Cup, which begins on 11 June.

England's manager, Fabio Capello, has caused controversy by banning wives and girlfriends from staying overnight in the team hotel.

Argentinian players, on the other hand, will be permitted to have sex as long as it is not on match days.

Does sex interfere with performance on the pitch? Or can it bring dividends?

And is scoring a goal better than sex?

Newshour's Owen Bennett-Jones brought together Dr Emmanuele Janini, director of the department of sexology at the University of L'Aquila, former professional footballer, Gary O'Reilly and BBC World sports presenter, Adnan Nawaz.

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First broadcast 2 June 2010

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