[Juan Carlos Ferro]: Chapecoense

[Juan Carlos Ferro]: Chapecoense: the Tragedy of the Dreamers

To think about football is to think about joy, excitement, passion, fun and many more adjectives. However, on November 28th, 2016, football suffered an injury. The plane of the Chapecoense Football Asociation from Brazil crashed on its way to Medellin, where they were going to play the final of the South American Cup against Atlético Nacional.

Juan Carlos Ferro: Chapecoense

Juan Carlos Ferro: Chapecoense

On November 29th, Conmebol released a statement which said that the Colombian authorities notified that the plane in which the Brazilian team was travelling suffered an accident. The Colombian police confirmed that 75 out 81 people who were on the plane died and six survivors had been taken to the hospital with injuries.

The plane was carrying 68 passengers, 9 crew members, and 21 of the passengers were journalists, of whom just one survived. Among the survivors were:

  • Alan Ruschel, who suffered spinal injuries, according to the doctors.
  • Two goalkeepers, Jackson Follman and Marcos Danilo. Danilo died shortly.
  • One team’s delegation, a Bolivian flight attendant and a journalist.
Juan Carlos Ferro: Tribute to the Chapecoense Team

Juan Carlos Ferro: Tribute to the Chapecoense Team

It is normal and understandable that after a tragedy like this one, grief and sadness comes along. However, following this event, some small news of happiness arrived unexpectedly. The Brazilian team was awarded the South American Cup by the Conmebol. The Atlético Nacional requested this action; also the Colombian team received a Fair play award due to their “spirit of peace, understanding and fair play.” Different players from around the world offer their services to play with the Chapecoense which lost almost all its players in the crash. Footballers like Ronaldinho Gaucho from Brazil and Eidur Gudjohnsenn from Iceland among them.

As a metaphor to life, football also has its ups and downs. However, we have to remember the moments of joy, passion and excitement that this team gave its fans and supporters. Teams around the globe forgot the differences and joined in silence to honor eleven of their brothers who left the field of the game earlier than expected.

By [Juan Carlos Ferro].

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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: Diego Maradona

[Juan Carlos Ferro]: El Diego!

Diego Armando Maradona was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 30th, 1960. He is considered by many the best football player of the century and by many more he has been called the greatest football player in the world! He is the son of Diego and Dalma, has five siblings, three older sister and two younger brothers. With 5’4 few people would have thought he was a talented player. Little do they know, Diego would go to become one of the best players of this discipline.

Juan Carlos Ferro: Maradona

Juan Carlos Ferro: Maradona

In 1979, he became the youngest player to join the National Team and led them to win the Junior World Cup. At the age of 21, he joined the prestigious Argentina’s Boca Junior, which he also help winning the national championship. He then was transferred to Fc Barcelona, where he only played two years, and finally in 1984, he went to play with SSC Napoli, where he had the best years of his career.

However, not everything was silver and gold for the Argentinean footballer. Things would start to fall apart:

  • In 1991, he was banned for 15 months from football after test result showed traces of cocaine.
  • In 1992, he returned to football overweight and with a son outside of his marriage with Claudia Villafañe.
  • In 1994, he was suspended from football one more time, after test result showed the used of five ephedrine. This caused Maradona to leave the National Team in the middle of the United States World Cup.

Many times throughout history, El Pelusa has been compared to Brazilian player Pelé. There is no doubt both players are extraordinary, nevertheless, El Diego has always been overshadow by the King of football. It is possible because of his dark side and problems with drugs. Maradona has always been loved by many and also hated by others, but there is one thing he cannot be, and that is to be ignored.

Juan Carlos Ferro: Soccer player

Juan Carlos Ferro: Soccer player

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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.

By [Juan Carlos Ferro].

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: Latin American Soccer

IMPORTANT! Soccer In the Blood! Don’t Be a Newcomer

Juan Carlos Ferro: Higuita

Juan Carlos Ferro: Higuita

Latin American soccer is a great topic.

Rene Higuita is one of the most known players that you can read about when it comes to soccer. Higuita was surely known as one of the most unusual soccer players in the world and history, but that was because of the weird style he had. He used to go out from the archery limits as if he was an attacker, but he was supposed to be the keeper and not the other!

Something fun about this is that their mates did not stop him. This may seem unique and surely it was.

Brazil is another “must see” for newcomers in soccer.

Colombian soccer is also another an interesting team that you should consider and remember that soccer is something that you should keep an eye on in a healthy way!

Juan Carlos Ferro: Soccer in the blood!

Juan Carlos Ferro: Soccer in the blood!

It is interesing because there are plenty of people that has been doing interesting soccer in history, but Higuita is a total exception, this goalkeeper didn’t care about popular opinion. Remember that scorpion kick of the 90’s? That was his authory! And another itneresting aspect is that this guy did “discover” such a movement and a t the same time he prevented the ball from entering to the  archery, stylish but risky!

It is interesitng because soccer in Latin America has a very interesting and a vey good style since the begining. It seems like genetically speakng, people in this side of the world has a very good talent to become potential soccer stars.

You will possibly remember the many soccer players that are from this side of the world such as:

  • Ronaldo,
  • Ronaldinho,
  • Pelé,
  • Cafu. 

By [Juan Carlos Ferro].

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.

By [Juan Carlos Ferro].