[Juan Carlos Ferro]: The Copa America

[Juan Carlos Ferro]: Copa America: 2019 The Year of Soccer!

If you are into soccer, then you are possibly into the Copa America as well. In the year 2019, it is expected that the Copa America  will be a very interesting one. It will be held in Brazil and you may think that it is quite exaggerated to have 2 big sportive events one beside the other (almost) since the games in 2016 in Rio, but at least this time is soccer!

[Juan Carlos Ferro]: Copa America 2019

[Juan Carlos Ferro]: Copa America 2019

Many things could happen, some would argue that since Brazil is the place where the cup will be held they will be the winners, but it is not going to be like that necessarily. Soccer can have interesting changes that are not always as one would expect. On the other hand, maybe since Brazil is going to be the home of the matches, then you could think that they have “extra moral duty” and they need to win, which could make them nervous at the same time. But well, you can expect many things as for this interesting team that is Brazil.

Be sure to check the status of the matches when the tournament has started, so that you can have your own thoughts about the performance of every team you like.

The Copa America is one of the most important cups to play for in Latin America as you can imagine. In fact, it could be said that it is pretty much the equivalent to the Champions League in the Latin American version, but well that is just an analogy, do not take it seriously either.

The Copa America will be a very interesting one for many and you can be totally sure that in terms of soccer and matches there will be interesting one that need to be watched still, so keep enjoying soccer!

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[Juan Carlos Ferro]: Brazil

[Juan Carlos Ferro]: Brazil

Juan Carlos Ferro: La Vinotinto

IMPORTANT! La Vinotinto

For many years, Venezuela has been known in South America as a baseball playing country. Football has always been neglected financially, even though a lot of people practice it in the nation. Within the course of the years, The National team has gained two nicknames, one positive and the other negative. The negative one is the Cinderella, due to the fact that it has always been innocent and naive in front of its adversaries, which cost them a lot of defeats. The other one is La Vinotinto, because of the color of it shirt. This is a name that would later meant respect and even admiration by many.

Juan Carlos Ferro: Richard Páez

Juan Carlos Ferro: Richard Páez

Being the only country in South America that has never gone to a World Cup it is difficult to digest. In the year 2002 things started to change with the arrival of Richard Páez. One of his successes was the victory against Uruguay 3 – 0 as a visitor. This awakened a fever for the sport that it has not been felt in many years by the Venezuelans. People started to believe that the miracle finally might be able to happen. La Vinotinto in the World Cup.

Sadly, the miracle was not possible. In the year 2010, Richard Páez resigned as the coach of The National Team. But not everything is bad. There have been some good aspects of the maturity of La Vinotinto:

  • Venezuela went to the U-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.
  • In 2012, Salomón Rondón became the most expensive Venezuelan footballer in history when he signed for the FK Rubin Kazan.
  • This year, Tomás Rincón, the captain of La Vinotinto, is taking the physical exams to join the Italian Football Club Juventus.

Venezuela is a country with many possibilities. It is capable of everything, as well as its people. The miracle, sooner than later will be possible, not only in football, but in everything else.

Juan Carlos Ferro: Salomón Rondón

Juan Carlos Ferro: Salomón Rondón

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Juan Carlos Ferro: Soccer in Latin America

IMPORTANT! Football and Politics in Latin America

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, football has been a part of Latin America. The first World Cup was held in Uruguay and was won by this country. Brazil is the nation with more championships and the best two players of this sport come from South America. Needless to say how important is this discipline to the people of the region.

Juan Carlos Ferro: 1962 Brazilian National Football Team

Juan Carlos Ferro: 1962 Brazilian National Football Team

As the area grew, so did the sport. Countries and soccer develop and mature together, to the point where in occasions, a football club might be more important than national politics. Although, sometimes, these two elements can be compare and even find some similarities:

  • News and media: nowadays, we can see the coverage of a presidential election minute by minute, same as the final of an important football competition.
  • Fans and voters: both “players” produce expectation and rivalry between different followers. This can lead to violence in either case.
  • Any of these elements can unite or divide a country or a city. Whether there is a victory or a defeat.
Juan Carlos Ferro: Argentina's Football Team

Juan Carlos Ferro: Argentina’s Football Team

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay are the three countries that have won World Cups in Latin America. Regarding politics, a Brazilian, Joao Havelange, president of FIFA in 1974, was responsible for transforming the sport into an international event and market. In the case of Argentina, after the final between the Southerners and the Dutch in 1978, the victory was considered by La Junta as a proof of the excellence of the nation. As for Uruguay, in the Olympic Games of 1924, they were the first national team which had black players, who had to deal with many racial prejudices.

As everything evolves, so has this sport. Nowadays, we witness fair play between teams, statements made by Football organizations against racism, and more diverse squads of players, which proves works as an example for younger generations to avoid violence and embrace peace and equality.

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Juan Carlos Ferro: Women playing soccer

[Juan Carlos Ferro]: Women Great in Football

Football in Latin America is a way of thinking, is a way of living. It is a one of the most played sports in the region, which has produced two of the most important players in the history of this discipline: Pelé and Maradona. Even though, these two athletes are quite important there is one small detail, they are both men.

Juan Carlos Ferro : Women in football

Juan Carlos Ferro : Women in football

History proves that women have been playing football as long as men have. In 1971, at the final of the Women’s World Championship in Mexico, around 100,000 people watch the match. Sadly, for many years and many times, FIFA, which is the world’s football organization of the sport, has tried to prevent women from playing this game. Some of the reasons they have given are:

  • No one cares about women’s sports because they are inferior.
  • Women’s football does not have a long history.
  • It’s a different game altogether.

The point is: these are sexist opinions and beyond that, the truth is women’s teams were formed almost at the same time in countries like Uruguay, Argentina and Ecuador. Now, speaking of sexism, women in football still have to face all sorts of discrimination. In some countries of the Middle East, women are not allowed to enter football stadiums to watch games. In France, women wearing the hijab are not allowed to play, and other places in Africa, players are forced to cover their arms and legs, despite the high temperatures.

Now, although there is a lot of pressure to women players, football has become a way for them to express their liberty. Nowadays, there are 26 millions girls and women playing this sport, which has made this discipline a form to incentive equal rights for the ladies. According to FIFA and other Football associations, the future of this sport will be pushed and motivated by women.

Juan Carlos Ferro: Women

Juan Carlos Ferro: Women

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Juan Carlos Ferro: Soccer in Colombia

Juan Carlos Ferro: Colombia: Soccer Players in History

Juan Carlos Ferro: Higuita, Colombian soccer player

Juan Carlos Ferro: Higuita, Colombian soccer player

Soccer in Colombia of course is a very interesting topic that you should take into consideration because it is just a very interesting sport. This team has had a very good amount of soccer players who have been nice in history and just to go back to the 90’s, let’s remind of Higuita.

There are plenty of players in Colombian soccer history that you could recall of course, but there is no one like Higuita, that guy was just different from the rest of the players that you have seen in your life in a very broad sense. This is because this was one of the few players who was able to get extremely out of his comfort zone in a match. As a proof of that, he was the only soccer player and the first one as well, to get a shoot stopped with what he called “the scorpion kick“. That was something very different to do and at least he has the reputation of discovering such technique. Of course, everything but conventional. Look at the picture for better information.

Juan Carlos Ferro: The Scorpion Kick

Juan Carlos Ferro: The Scorpion Kick

As you possibly understand, soccer is something that is very unpredicatable and this applies also for players, you don’t exactly know (most of the times) that an amazing soccer talent will be around. Still, it is very good to know that players of the category of Higuita are definitely outstanding players.

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Juan Carlos Ferro: Plenty of Soccer!

IMPORTANT! Latin American Soccer Is Amazing, Right?

Latin American soccer is surely a very good sport and you should learn how to play it in a very good way. You should remember that soccer in Latin America is not only about having fun, this sport is actually a passion. You shoul remember that soccer in Latin America is technically speaking one of the best things you will be able to imagine when it comes to have a very amazing kind of sport.

Remember that soccer has been a very good one in Latin America because of the many soccer players such as Pelé, Ronaldinho and, of course, Ronaldo and that is just to name a few famous names of soccer history. There are so many others that it would not fit in a single article.

Juan Carlos Ferro: Children Playing Soccer

Juan Carlos Ferro: Children Playing Soccer

Regarding to soccer, you have to remember that it can be something amazing for your own. You shall also understand that soccer is a a sport that you can execute very nicely. This is a sport that you will understand better not only in front of a tv, but acutally by really playing it.

Play soccer will be good for your health rather than watch it. Why? Because you will be doing something better for your life. This is not only in the motivaitonal sense, health benefits will fastly come to your own self! You have to remember this, soccer is a sport that will be very useful for your own situation and you will also remember that your soccer skills will be good.

Juan Carlos Ferro: Latin American Soccer Is Great!

Juan Carlos Ferro: Latin American Soccer Is Great!

Juan Carlos Ferro: Coccer in Latin America

Juan Carlos Ferro: Famous Soccer Players

Soccer in Latin America is surely nice and you should remember that soccer is a very interesting part of what you can learn in terms of any sport. You should remember that Latin America is a place where soccer is surely very important. For that reason, it would be really advisable that you learn more about this topic today, according to [Juan Carlos Ferro].

Juan Carlos Ferro: Soccer Players

Juan Carlos Ferro: Soccer Players

Consider, for example, Valderrama. This was a player who had a very interesting amount of people following him not only because of his playing, but also because of his hairstyle.

Remember that Valderrama is a player who had a very good reputation in Colombia and in the whole world in the sense that he had a really good soccer skills and had a very weird hair style.

Juan Carlos Ferro: Valderrama

Juan Carlos Ferro: Valderrama 

In addition, Pele is one of the most popular soccer players in Latin America and he is considered one of the best soccer players in the world.

For those reasons and more, Soccer in Latin America is surely a good topic to talk about.