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Five Reasons to Believe

Ghiggia predicted the 5-0 scoreline
Ghiggia predicted the 5-0 scoreline

Ghiggia predicted the 5-0 scoreline between Uruguay and Jordan and now more than ever there is reason to believe.

Here are five reasons in pictures:

Mono Periera scored the first goal against Jordan
Mono Pereira scored the first goal against Jordan
Cristian Stuani scored the second against Jordan
Cristian Stuani scored the second against Jordan
Lodiero scored the third against Jordan
Lodeiro scored the third against Jordan
Cebolla scored the fourth against Jordan
Cebolla scored the fourth against Jordan
El Matador scored the fifth goal against Jordan
El Matador scored the fifth goal against Jordan

I urge all the Jordanian players, coaching staff, fans and journalists to come to Montevideo to celebrate with Uruguay. It’s going to be an experience you will never forget. Everyone will be partying like it’s 1950 again. You will be playing in the stadium where the first World Cup was held and playing in the country where the first World Cup was won by Uruguay.

Don’t worry about the result as it really doesn’t mean much considering all the world’s troubles. Football for Uruguay is something more than a game and helps people forget all the daily issues that they need to deal with, it’s an escape from reality and the passion will be there.

The stadium won’t be as intimidating as it usually is, sure the people will be passionate but it’s not like it would be if it was the first game. Now with a five goal start and considering they are five away goals which count as two, everyone will be very calm and enjoying it as a spectacle.

Jordan come and enjoy the food, music, beaches, port and make sure you visit the Museum of Futbol………

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Poipes

Poipes
www.poipes.com

While looking at the Tenfield.com site I came across an ad for a company called Poipes.com. Poipes offer the Uruguayan Football League, Uruguayan Basketball and the Uruguayan Carnival. What got my attention was not so much the live games that the site offer but the devices that you can use to watch.

Poipes offer being able to watch on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Smart TV and PC however only one connection at a time with your subscription of $US 9.99 per month. What really got my attention was their library which offers all the shows that I enjoy watching however am not always able to watch due to the time difference between Uruguay and Australia.

Poipes offer on demand the following shows:

  • Pasion
  • Sin Limite
  • La Previa
  • K-POS

These are the type of shows I want to watch but Adinettv don’t offer on demand. I don’t understand why they don’t as it’s very frustrating paying for a service which during our prime time in Australia, Adinettv offer tarot card readings for hours and hours.  I just end up watching as much football live as possible and if I’m lucky catch Sin Limite or one of the other football shows.  

Now with Poipes I can watch any time I want. I can Airplay onto my Apple TV not having to worry about connecting my HDMI cable to my TV and laptop. I have signed up (which is all in Spanish)  and I payed with Paypal.

I’m testing the service and will comment from time to time to let everyone know what my experience is. I had a few buffering issues at first for a few minutes but now I have been watching for an hour without any drop outs. The quality is the same as Adinettv though that is very dependent on your own download speeds which aren’t very good in Australia.

It’s been a great experience and enjoying Pasion though not very happy watching the highlights of Fenix losing!!!

Well done Poipes for bringing Uruguayan Futbol to the future. 

 

The Uruguayan Jordan handbook

Cebolla Gol
Cebolla Gol

Cristian Gabriel Rodriguez Barotti aka Cebolla (Onion) lived up to his nickname. He got his nickname during his Peñarol days for making the opposition cry. Cebolla recently turned 28 years old and is reaching the peak of his football career. Cristian is currently playing for Atletico Madrid and has come on as a sub on numerous occasions and has previously played in Portugal for Benfica and Porto.

During the last World Cup qualification campaign for 2010 Cebolla was involved in an incident in the final game against Argentina in Montevideo. When the game finished Cebolla and Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze were involved in an incident where it was alleged that Cebolla assaulted Gabriel and was suspended for 4 games. The four match suspension weighed heavily on not being selected for South Africa 2010. This would have been devastating for Cebolla who would have been an automatic selection for the World Cup.

You could feel and sense just what this game meant to Cebolla today,  his performance was outstanding and not only did he score the first goal but was instrumental in the midfield with powerful runs and a relentless attitude. Cebolla has waited 4 long years for this game and now Uruguay are just two games away from reaching the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Golazo Cebolla
Golazo Cebolla

Uruguay have once again achieved the 5th position in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualification which means they go into a playoff against the fifth round winner of the AFC World Cup Qualification. Jordan beat Uzbekistan over two home and away legs on penalties 9-8 after the two 1-1 draws.

Jordan FA
Jordan FA

El Maestro has found the Uruguayan Jordan handbook with highly classified material. Jordan have never qualified for the World Cup, have appeared only twice in the Asian Cup reaching the quarter final stage. Jordan is two-time champion of the Pan-Arab Games, while hosting the West Asian Football Federation Championship and the Arab Nations Cup. Jordan are ranked 71 in the World with their highest ranking being 37 and their lowest ranking being 152.

Where's the Uruguayan Jordan handbook
Where’s the Uruguayan Jordan handbook

Jordan’s head coach is Hossam Hassan Hussein born in Cairo Egypt. The 47-year-old manager was a prolific goalscorer in his day and is Egypt’s all time scorer, scoring 68 goals in 176 appearances.

Talking about leading goal scorers, Uruguay also have their current leading goal scorer of all time still playing.  Luis Suarez is Uruguay’s all time leading goal scorer (39 Goals) and has also won the leading goal scorer of the 2014 CONMEBOL World Cup qualification (11 Goals). Luis Suarez edged out Lionel Messi by scoring a penalty today to put him 1 goal in front of Messi which is impressive considering Suarez was not always the penalty taker during the qualification rounds.

Suarez Leading goalscorer 2014 World Cup Qualification
Suarez Leading goalscorer 2014 World Cup Qualification

Congratulations to Argentina for winning the 2014 World Cup qualification tournament and qualifying to Brazil.

Congratulations to Colombia for reaching the World Cup Brazil after the frustration from the 2002 qualification where they ended up level on points with Uruguay (27 Points) but Uruguay had a +1 goal advantage qualifying in 5th spot and earning a playoff against Australia which Uruguay won 3-1 on aggregate to qualify for Korea/Japan 2002. Colombia also had the frustration of the 2006 World Cup qualification where they missed out by 1 point to see Uruguay secure 5th spot again and a playoff against Australia. This time Uruguay stayed with Colombia as Uruguay lost on penalties 4-2 after a 1-1 aggregate.

Congratulations to Chile for qualifying to Brazil in 3rd place.

Congratulations to Ecuador for qualifying to Brazil after the frustration of missing out on the 2010 World Cup by 1 point which secured Uruguay for a playoff against Costa Rica. Uruguay won on aggregate 2-1 to reach South Africa 2010 and come 4th in the tournament, Uruguay’s best result since 1970.

Congratulations to Uruguay for securing 5th spot when it really looked unlikely. Two games away from qualification to Brazil 2014 and because of the win today 3-2 over Argentina, Uruguay will be seeded in Pot 1 which is a fantastic achievement to maintain the FIFA ranking in the top 10 and keep all the Uruguayan’s suffering at the same time.

Gracias Cavani
Gracias Cavani

Uruguay vs Argentina “One of the Oldest”

Uruguay vs Argentina 1928 Olympic Final
Uruguay vs Argentina 1928 Olympic Final

Uruguay and Argentina have a unique football history which started in 1901 when they first played each other. The game was held in Montevideo and Argentina won 3-2 which was both countries first international. This result could have set a precedent for the future however it provided an opportunity to physically, tactically and technically find a way to beat Argentina when the important games came around.

In Uruguay’s history Argentina is very prevalent as we also played them in 1902 to receive our biggest loss in the history of the Uruguayan National team… we lost 6-0 in Montevideo.  Soon however the real games would be played between Uruguay and Argentina…

In 1916 the South American Championship (Copa America) were held in Argentina and was played as a round robin between; Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Uruguay beat Chile 4-0… Argentina beat Chile 6-1…. Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1….. Argentina drew with Brazil 1-1… This left the last game of the round robin between Uruguay and Argentina… The First Final as such. The rest of the story will provide a glimpse of what was going to be seen between two great rivals in international football.

The final was played at the Gimnasia and Esgrima Stadium in Buenos Aires and after only 5 minutes of play the game needed to be abandoned due to a riot within the spectators which then spilled onto the field and the wooden tribunes were torched and the match was ended as the stadium was on fire. The match was re-scheduled to Racing Club Stadium and the result was 0-0 which meant Uruguay were the first South American champions having beaten Brazil and Argentina only managing a draw. Uruguay had won it in Argentina.

This tournament also provided the first opportunity for Uruguay to show just how far ahead they were in relation to racism compared to other countries not only in the region but around the world. The first game that Uruguay played against Chile in the tournament ended with a Uruguayan win but also with an official complaint from Chile regarding Uruguay selecting “Coloured” players. Uruguay fielded Isabelino Gradin and Juan Delgado who were both coloured. The complaint was dismissed by the South American Football Association.

The next South American Championship were played in Uruguay in 1917 and was once again a round robin between Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Uruguay beat Chile 4-0… Argentina beat Chile 1-0… Uruguay beat Brazil 4-0… Argentina beat Brazil 4-2…. So once again we had a final between Uruguay and Argentina however this time a draw would not be enough for either team. Uruguay won 1-0 in Montevideo at the Parque Pereira to win the first two South American Championships. We then went on to beat Argentina in the final in 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1934. The only final they beat us in the 1920’s was in 1927.

The next time Uruguay was to meet Argentina in a final that wasn’t in the South American Championship was at the 1928 Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Argentina defeated Egypt 6-0 and Uruguay beat Italy 3-2 in the Semi Finals. The final was a 1-1 draw between Uruguay and Argentina and a replay was scheduled 3 days later. The second final was won by Uruguay 2-1 over Argentina to be Gold Medal winners and as per FIFA’s announcement before the 1924 Olympic Tournament it would be classed as a World Championship and the winner of the tournament would be world champion. Uruguay won the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Tournaments and was declared World Champion in 1924 and 1928. Once again Uruguay was able to defeat Argentina in a final and be declared world champion and current South American Champion ahead of Argentina.

Then came the World Cup in 1930 and once again Uruguay were to meet Argentina in a final, a World Cup Final. The final was held in Montevideo and the result was Uruguay 4-2 in front of 93,000 fanatical fans. Uruguay were crowned first World Cup Winners of the Jules Rimet Trophy.

Jules Rimet Trophy
Jules Rimet Trophy

Now lets jump to the present. Uruguay has 15 South American Championships, one more than Argentina. Uruguay has two Gold medals in football and so has Argentina. Uruguay has two World Cups and so has Argentina. Argentina is ranked 2nd in the world and Uruguay is 7th in the world. In 2011 Uruguay once again was able to win the Copa America (South American Championship) in Argentina. The World Cup qualification head to head; 2004 Argentina 4-2 Uruguay…… 2005 Uruguay 1-0 Argentina…. 2008 Argentina 2-1 Uruguay…. 2009 Uruguay 0-1 Argentina….. 2012 Argentina 3-0 Uruguay…. 2013 Uruguay vs Argentina ????

What I can see is that Uruguay also gets the result they require depending on the game. I wouldn’t be too concerned about friendly internationals. I wouldn’t be too worried about the World Cup Qualifiers as the above results would show Argentinian superiority however we came 5th in 2005, 2009 and most likely in 2013. Uruguay have won 2 out of 3 play offs and now against Jordan Uruguay would be favourites and this could mean qualifying 3 out of 4 play offs. The objective is to reach the World Cup and then go on to win the World Cup.

Fray Bentos paper mill
Fray Bentos paper mill

The game on Wednesday (Australia time) will have the extra tension due to the recent paper mill dispute that has previously seen the bridge that links Uruguay and Argentina closed by Argentina. The Argentinian Government is not happy that the Uruguayan Government did not consult them over the 10% increase in production. The Argentinians believe that this will cause pollution to the water supply and wants the mill closed down. There had been an agreement in place the previous time (2006) that Argentina took the case to The Hague but the case was rejected by the International Criminal Court and now are not happy that Uruguay is increasing production.

The other interesting fact about the game against Argentina is in relation to the seeding at the World Cup. At the moment Uruguay and the Netherlands are battling for the final seed. If Uruguay beat Argentina they are automatically the last seed with no dependence on the Netherlands game. The Netherlands play Turkey and will be looking for a win to ensure their place as a seed and be allocated in pot 1. So far we have the following countries in pot 1: Brazil; Spain; Argentina; Germany; Italy; Colombia; Belgium. Being in Pot 1 will mean you get to avoid all those countries at the group stage. It’s definitely in Uruguay’s interest to beat Argentina and then go on and beat Jordan in the play off, qualifying for the World Cup and go into pot 1….

Uruguay vs Argentina

Uruguay 5th Spot Specialist

Asadito
Asadito

Uruguay have secured 5th spot in the South American World Cup qualifiers. Today’s one nil loss to Ecuador in Quito and Venezuela’s draw with Paraguay in San Cristobal was enough for Uruguay to secure 5th spot. There is a mathematical possibility that Uruguay could qualify directly to the World Cup however firstly this is only dependent on a victory over Argentina in Montevideo. Then it’s all about the result between Chile and Ecuador in Santiago and goal difference. What looks most likely is that Uruguay will end up 5th and play a home and away play off with Jordan.

The game today against Ecuador in the clouds felt much safer with the introduction of the nets to ensure no players fell to their deaths from the 2800 meters above sea level.

Much Safer
Much Safer

Now it’s time to dance Uruguayan style:

   

Top Secret

Uruguayan fans tomando mate'
Uruguayan fans tomando mate’

I have been preparing for the game against Ecuador and reading quite a few posts, especially the comments being made by the Ecuadorians. What seems to be the constant is the continuous comments stating that both Uruguay and Argentina get preferential treatment. I can understand the Ecuadorians believing this as their history is non existent.  Even when Ecuador do qualify for the World Cup they don’t do too much, they don’t do much at the Copa America, they don’t do much at La Copa Libertadores or the Copa Sudamerica.

If all their concerns were justifiable, then Uruguay would not have the results they have achieved at a world stage. What is very clear is that the altitude assists Ecuador but the question is what assists Uruguay?

Is it the fans?

Is it the stadium?

Is it the Garra Charrua?

Just what is Uruguay’s secret?

In this World Exclusive I divulge highly sensitive information which has been classified Top Secret by the AUF.

Yerba Mate’ as described in Wikipedia: Mate’ is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd and the straw is called a bombilla. Yerba mate leaves are dried, chopped, and ground into a powdery mixture called yerba.

Suarez tomando mate'
Suarez tomando mate’

 The Uruguayan’s and Argentinian’s were the best football teams in the 1920’s which was not too long after the British showed them the game. Sure the Brazilian’s, Paraguayan’s and Chilean’s also drink mate’ but the secret is not only in the drinking but the ritual that is performed. Below is an example of the ritual that the Uruguayan team perform on the pitch before the game:

Tota y Ruso tomando mate'
Tota y Ruso tomando mate’

Just why do we have the best strikers in the world?

Cavani tomando mate'
Cavani tomando mate’
Luis Suarez Drinking Mate'
Luis Suarez Drinking Mate’
Luis Suarez Best Player at the Copa America 2011
Luis Suarez Best Player at the Copa America 2011
Diego Forlan Best Player at the 2010 World Cup
Diego Forlan Best Player at the 2010 World Cup
Coates Best Young Player at the Copa America 2011
Coates Best Young Player at the Copa America 2011

Lets look at some players that are recognised as the best ever:

Maradona tomando mate'
Maradona tomando mate’
Messi tomando mate'
Messi tomando mate’

Now lets look at some more Mate’ drinkers: 

Pepe Mujica tomando mate'
Pepe Mujica tomando mate’
Pope tomando mate'
Pope tomando mate’
Che tomando mate'
Che tomando mate’
Einstein tomando mate'
Einstein tomando mate’

I know a lot of Uruguayan’s wont be happy with this information being released so close to the game. I just wanted to assure all the people in Ecuador that the result is not dependent on cheating, fixed referees, conspiracies or bribery of any kind. Uruguay have players that Ecuador could only dream of, players playing in the best leagues in the world. Uruguay can not only play at altitude but at sea level, our players have won awards from being the best player at a World Cup, best player at a Copa America, best young player at a Copa America to leading goal scorer in Italy and Spain. This is what Ecuador is playing against, even our coach has coached at the highest level. When was the last time a coach from Ecuador was in charge of AC Milan?

I’m not going to go into the traditional ritual that is performed by La Celeste, only to say that it’s going to be a hard game with chances for both sides. The difference could well be the altitude but I won’t complain too much about that. What I will say is that our Captain is ready to continue the tradition and is in charge of the ritual. He is the Captain and will lead the way with La Garra Charrua and sights on automatic qualification to Brazil.

Lugano tomando mate'
Lugano tomando mate’

The crazy one won’t be there but the spirit from all previous campaigns will.

Loco tomando mate'
Loco tomando mate’

It is with the people

Portable mate'
Portable mate’

and the spirit in the Shirt:

La Celeste
La Celeste

It’s been a while

Tony Pacheco Campeon

It’s been a while since I have written a post but we are now at the business end of the South American qualifiers. Peñarol are the current champions thanks to Tony Pacheco coming back from a broken leg that could have easily seen the end of his career. Peñarol now find themselves without a coach and at the bottom end of the table.

Alvaro Recoba Campeon

Nacional were the previous champions thanks to Alvaro Recoba, however now seems to be at the twilight of his career.  I was in Uruguay to see Recoba win the title and thankfully the coach played him for the whole game.

Now I come to the national team who is currently sitting in 5th position fighting for automatic qualification. There are 2 games to go as Uruguay face Ecuador away and Argentina at home. This brings back all the emotions some 4 years ago when we were playing Ecuador away, losing 1-0 and out of the World Cup in South Africa only to dramatically win the game 2-1 with the last kick of the game. Enjoy the footage.


 One point should secure our 5th spot and a playoff with Jordan. A win gives us the possibility of direct qualification. A loss means we need something from the Argentina game. To think we were so close to be eliminated during the last World Cup Qualifiers and the to see Uruguay in a Semi Final at a World Cup was an unforgettable experience that I will always have with me. The feeling that I had after the Ghana game and to see the Uruguayans in full song was magic. Enjoy the footage as I can here this song in my head as I get ready for the Saturday game. Lets hope both Suarez and Cavani are on fire, Lugano and Godin are rock solid and the midfield workhorse performance and Muslera catches everything in the clouds of Ecuador. Vamos Uruguay Carajo Vamos!!!

Vamos Que Vamos

Vamos Que Vamos
Vamos Que Vamos

What a difference a week makes. After the draw with Venezuela I read many a negative comment about the way Uruguay played, about the state of the pitch, about the referee, about the coach and the players. Then one week later all is forgotten as Uruguay after leading 2-0 and comfortably against Peru found themselves level (2-2) in an 8 minute spell. El Maestro made some early changes introducing Gaston Ramirez and Cristian Rodriguez for Diego Forlan and Alvaro Pereira, they changed the course of the game.

A great goal by Rodriguez after a fantastic header by Coates made it 3-2 to Uruguay. Then El Maestro made another sub to close the game bringing on Sebastian Eguren on for Luis Suarez. Eguren ended up closing the game by scoring Uruguay’s fourth goal. Uruguay 4-2 Peru.

Uruguay played much better then the game against Venezuela and ended up with 3 crucial points to maintain at the top of the qualification campaign. On the other hand Venezuela played at home and lost 2-0 to Chile. That’s the difference as a team like Venezuela needs to win at home but was not able to stop the Chilean’s in a game where Venezuela could not sit back and just kick the ball out. At some stage you need to try to win a game and Venezuela was lost.

Now we turn our attention to the Final/s of the Uruguayan Championship between Defensor and Nacional. It’s a complicated system but to put it simply, Defensor needs to win on Saturday to force another 2 games. If Defensor lose on Saturday and there must be a result including penalty kicks, then Nacional will be crowned Champions of Uruguay.

Past Present and Future

Past Present and Future
Past Present and Future

It was great to be at the Uruguay vs Venezuela game and witness the 1-1 draw here in Montevideo. If you only hear the result you might find it worrying, however being at the game brings great confidence. To watch Venezuela play reminds me of watching a team play against Barcelona, not much technique or skill but really talented at kicking the ball out or defending with the whole team in your own penalty box and continually wasting time . Now I’m not saying by any means that Uruguay play like Barcelona, especially the way they played against Venezuela but I could see the Vino Tinto were parking a fleet of buses.

To see Venezuela celebrate the draw as if they have qualified for the World Cup and the way in which they played the game, clearly shows exactly what Uruguay will be up against from now on. When a team becomes the 2nd best team in the World like Uruguay, little teams like Venezuela who have never qualified for the World Cup or won a Copa America will defend for their lives. There is nothing wrong with that, as the Vino Tinto don’t have anything else. Sure they could qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history but they will only be there to participate and nothing more.

Uruguay on the other hand are there to win the World Cup and have the players to do it. Just imagine if that World Cup Semi Final against Holland in 2010 we had Lugano in defense and Suarez in the attack. What a different game it could have been. Uruguay have one game in hand and now play Peru at home. Even if we are to draw or lose, everybody has to relax as it’s a long qualification campaign. There is no crisis here. What there is, is a chance to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and we all know what happened last time the World Cup was held in Brazil.

Vamos Uruguay Carajo Vamos!!!

Uruguay No Mas!!!
Uruguay No Mas!!!

Uruguayan World Records

Caricatura de Forlan

Some very interesting Guinness Book of Records for Uruguay. Federico Delgado Heredia took 5 hours and 50 minutes to complete the caricature of Diego Forlan that measures 91.35 m (299 ft 8.45 in) in length and 60.90 m (199 ft 9.63 in) in width, measuring 631.20 m² (6,794 ft² 21.6 in²) and used 60 litres (13.2 UK gal; 15.85 US gal) of black paint!!! Bien Ahi Federico.

The largest collection of pencils belongs to Emilio Arenas (Uruguay)  who started his collection in 1956 and consists of 14,552 black pencils from 60 countries as of 3 August 2011.

The largest matchbox collection belongs to Emilio Arenas Florin of Colonia (Uruguay) with 9,130 unique matchboxes; which he has been collecting since 1980.

The largest alfajor weighed 464 kg (1,022 lb 15.11 oz) and was made by Alfajores de Las Sierras de Minas (Uruguay), in the main square of the city of Minas, Lavalleja, Uruguay, on 12 December 2010.

Alfajor

Uruguay was the largest per capita consumer of beef and veal in the world during 2010, at approximately 62.1 kilograms (136 lb, 14.51 oz) per person.

The highest margin of victory in a Copa Sudamericana match is nine by Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) in a 9-0 win over Sport Huancayo (Peru) in a second-stage first leg match in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 16 September 2010.

The record for the fastest goal by a substitute is 18 seconds by Uruguay’s Richard Morales against Senegal at the 2002 World Cup in Suwon, South Korea on 11 June 2002.

The most wins of the Copa America for the South American football championships is 15 by Uruguay between 1916 and 2011. “La Celeste” defeated Paraguay, 3-0, in the final at Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 24 July 2011. Uruguay is the only nation besides Argentina to win the Copa America when hosted by Argentina, having done so three times (1916, 1987, 2011).

The oldest referee to officiate a FIFA World Cup finals match is George Reader (UK) who was 53 years 236 days old when he refereed the final game of the 1950 World Cup at the Maracana stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 16 July 1950. The match was won by Uruguay who beat the hosts Brazil 2-­1 in front of crowd estimated at 200,000 (although officially recognized by Fifa as 174,000) to go top of the final group and win the World Cup for the 2nd time.

The fastest time to be sent off in a World Cup finals match is 1 minute by José Batista, playing for Uruguay against Scotland on 13 June 1986 at the Estadio Neza ’86, Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico.

The first ever FIFA World Cup goal was scored by Lucien Laurent (France), playing for France against Mexico at the 1930 World Cup, in Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay, on 13 July 1930.

The first ever clean sheet recorded in a football World Cup match was recorded by the USA in it’s 3-0 victory over Belgium at Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay on 13 July, 1930.

What is really interesting is the last World Record at the Parque Central which is Nacional’s home ground. Now you hear the bolsos (Nacional Fans) always going on about having a stadium and Peñarol not having a stadium. I would like to translate to the illiterate bolsos, that the name of their so called stadium is “Parque” which translates to “Park”. So in reality their stadium is not a stadium but just a park. If it were a stadium they would be able to host the Classico but they can’t, so the game is played at Peñarol’s stadium of el Centenario.

Records from The Guinness Book of Records at the following link: Guiness Book of Records

Now that's a Stadium

Uruguay Fourth

Uruguay
Uruguay

It’s been a little over a week since we got back from South Africa. I feel I am calm enough to write this summary of South Africa 2010. I would like to start with a huge thank you to both Andres and Luis who made the trip a success and it was sensational to share our experience of watching Uruguay at a World Cup together. It was also great to meet Javier and travel together even though it meant I now had 3 bolsos to deal with. Javier brought the true Uruguayan to the table with chants, flags that took up a whole stand and castellano lessons thrown in. Fantastic to meet Alvaro “Recoba” and Enrique, both from Melbourne but we wont hold that against them.

Locos por Uruguay
Locos por Uruguay

Now for a huge thank you to the Uruguayan Squad including everyone from the coaching staff, delegates, cooks and media. If it wasn’t for all the Uruguayans in South Africa I don’t believe I would have lasted on the African continent.

The games that Uruguay played were amazing in many ways. The first game against France is where I learnt my first chant. ” Francia te vamos a cojer”

The next game against South Africa was incredible as we were surrounded by Bafana Bafana fans blowing on their vuvuzelas. Hearing the silence in the stadium after the third Uruguayan goal was bliss and I can still hear it now ssshhhhhh!!!!!

Then we played Mexico and the lesson there was “OOooooHHHhhhhhh Putos”. When Suarez scored the winner it was a highlight and I screamed that goal with passion, insults and the famous chant….. Putos!!!!!!

Uruguay vs Mexico
Uruguay vs Mexico

Uruguay first in Group A which meant we avoided Argentina and would play against the Korea Republic. Though avoiding Argentina did not please all Uruguayans!!!

The game against Korea Republic in the rain and being behind the goal where Suarez scored the winner was a magical night I will never forget it. Uruguay No Ma!!!!

Uruguay 2-1 Korea Republic
Uruguay 2-1 Korea Republic

Then next was the game against Ghana and all of Africa. This game took everything out of me as it was a rollercoaster ride. Luckily we had visited the Cheaters in preparation for this game.

Uruguayans patting the Cheaters
Uruguayans patting the Cheaters

The game against Holland was a strange game as I thought I was at a fancy dress party. It didn’t feel like a game of futbol but instead a visit to a cafe’ in Amsterdam. Forlan’s goal was a sensational experience with El Mono giving us hope but not enough to get through.

Drugs Anyone?
Drugs Anyone?

Then there was the third and fourth play off which we watched in 3D. Maybe Muslera should have watched the game with 3D glasses as he didn’t seem to see the jabulani ball very well. The chant I learnt for this game was: ” A este pulpo le tenemos que ganar, a este pulpo le tenemos que ganar”

3D Glasses in hand
3D Glasses in hand

Then there was all the other things that happened throughout the tournament. Like the prophetic discussion we had on whether handling the ball is allowed only to laugh after the Suarez incident happened weeks after. The code we used for all blacks, Chenque y Palito. The way we managed to get close to the Uruguayan squad. We hung out with Uruguay before and after the Mexico game.

Palito y Andres
Palito y Andres

Achieving one of my goals for South Africa, which was meeting and getting Ghiggia’s signature. It sure wasn’t easy catching him as he still moves fast for being in his 80’s.

Ghiggia's Signature
Ghiggia's Signature

Ghiggia still moving fast
Ghiggia still moving fast

Then there are the sacrifices one must make when hanging around nacional supporters, but it’s the least I can do.

El Presidente'
El Presidente'

Then there were all the extra games we went to see; Brazil vs Korea; Argentina vs Korea Republic; Australia vs Ghana and Australia vs Serbia.

Australia vs Ghana
Australia vs Ghana

Then there was the South African wild life:

Pato Loco
Pato Loco
Wild Lions
Wild Lions
Wild Birds
Wild Birds

To finish this post with Diego Forlan who upon arriving in Cape Town we saw the following poster showing Forlan as the “Bomber”. Looks like South Africa knew what was going to happen. Diego Forlan, player of the tournament, scored the goal of the tournament and equalled the leading goal scorer in the World Cup. Gracias Diego y Gracias Uruguay. Gracias por todo and for a fantastic World Cup. It was a Dream come true which nearly finished with the World Cup in hand.

Forlan El Bomber
Forlan El Bomber
Missed it by that much
Missed it by that much

Gracias Uruguay Gracias
Gracias Uruguay Gracias

Time for a New World Champion

  

Andres, El Loco y Luis
Andres, El Loco y Luis

 

It’s time for a new World Champion as Spain will meet Holland in the World Cup Final. Interesting enough this could be the third World Cup Final that Holland lose if Spain are able to secure both the Euro and the World Cup. With reports that Spain were already bribing the referees before the World Cup started and the fact that it will be an English referee, it looks like a Spanish Dream will come true. 

It sounds good to me as there have been countries that have annoyed the hell out of me and one of them were the dutch. The dutch would have to be a bunch of drunk, drug taking idiots I have ever seen. They even beat the Mexicans in the category of wankers. The dutch are so busy trying to outdo each other with outfits and drinking that they forget about the actual game of futbol on hand. They are annoying and don’t seem to understand futbol as they were calling themselves World Champions. Laughing at my face and saying we have lost to the World Champions. Trying to explain to the dutch that they haven’t won anything yet and if we are going to use the words “World Champion” at this stage it would be that they have just beaten a 4 time World Champion and that’s it. 

It was interesting playing in another stadium where everyone was against Uruguay. The dutch were everywhere wearing their orange. The Africans were all against Uruguay because of the Suarez incident and because we knocked out Africa twice. If only the blacks here would understand that it was the dutch that came to this country and enslaved them. That  Uruguay was one of the first countries in the World to end slavery. Uruguay was the first country to have a black player in their team (Andrade) and many European countries protested in the 1924 Olympics of his inclusion. Many people had never seen a black person until they saw Andrade. 

I always had a soft spot for African teams in World Futbol, however I now have a completely different view due to my experience in South Africa. The Africans can support the country that put Mandela on Robben Island and implemented Apartied. I will be hoping that Spain finally win a World Cup as I am a fan of their coach and I have Spanish blood. I will never support any black or African team in my life as they would have to be one of the most ignorant people I have ever met. I can’t wait for the World Cup in Brazil as they are a true futbol country who understand the game. 

Another topic is the Suarez handball. If we were in Brazil it would be discussed but in a different way. Here in South Africa they are obsessed with it. In Africa has anyone ever watched or played futbol? I have played in games where a player has saved the ball with his hands to avoid a goal. It’s no big deal, it’s just like a player taking down a player in the penalty box as he’s about to score. Red card and a penalty, it’s so simple but everyone is crying. Get over it and move on, Gyan missed the penalty so go and ask him why he missed!!!!! Was it the pressure???? What happened Gyan?????? Was it the Jabulani???????