Here a bit longer reply; That was not what I implied with the gif (you called the Germans 'Krauts' above). But since you ask it's imho true that Germany is very influential and rule bending country. All countries definitely use performance enhancers (e.g. Spain, France, Belgium, Argentina, Brazil are on WADA's watchlist; not Holland though), but the whole meldonium saga show what type of games go on behind the scenes, where both the Americans and Russians try to pressurize the authorities (if you have followed that story a little bit). These type of things have also happened in football, going back to the 1966 World Cup. In short: the problematic issues arise when the meddling occurs. Meanwhile, Italy has never been particularly influential and well-represented at UEFA and FIFA level. What is however undeniably true is how the German national team always receives the new match balls earlier than other countries. Each tournament new match balls are designed, and the Germans always receive those earlier (including all testing data) than all other countries. Imho it would be better anyway if (like the NBA) the match balls are unchanged for the coming 20 years. As I said, this Italy team was one of the fittest Italy teams in living memory, next to their usual patience and tactical understanding. They went toe to toe with the Germans in this match, which quite an achievement considering their tougher schedule and fewer rest days. Freshness (relative to opponent) has a huge influence on the ability to take penalties very well.