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

Bafana Bafana Te Metimos Tres Banana


It’s been a marathon couple of weeks and here I am at 1:15am South African time drinking mate with internet access at speeds I haven’t seen since the 1990’s. Staying in a Guest House ready for a blog entry. I have so much to say and I have no idea where to start so excuse me if I ramble on.

I am Uruguayan and a pure futbol fanatic, so the whole purpose of this trip to South Africa was to watch futbol and most importantly to see La Celeste play in a World Cup. It’s been a lifelong dream that has been realised.

South Africa has been an interesting place to visit and I was advised of many things to look out for and I do take that seriously and am prepared at every moment, however after seeing the South Americans I feel safe and insecure at the same time. To start with, a Brazilian and Peruvian were arrested for stealing South African ladies handbags, the ultras for both Uruguay and Argentina walk the streets as if they are in South America and I wouldn’t be approaching them unless you want to find a new storage area for you’re vuvuzela.

The futbol coverage in this country reminds me a lot of the Australian Soccer Coverage. Not only do they call it soccer over here but most people are only interested in Rugby Union. The experts talk about the strangest things, from asking the Question as to why Nigeria is not the favourite against Greece (Nigeria lost the game!!!) they say that the African teams are never taken seriously. In my opinion you first have to win something and secondly you have to have a healthy FIFA ranking and thirdly you need to play futbol to be taken seriously.

It’s midnight the following day and I’m still trying to finish this blog entry. I never thought I’d say this, but man I miss our internet speeds in Australia.

I love the media here as they are so biased it’s like a comedy routine. The build up to the Bafana and Uruguay game had me in stitches and angry. The experts here were stating that Bafana should rest their players for the game against Uruguay as this was their easy game and they could focus on the tough game against France. They were saying that the game was going to end up in favour of Bafana either 2 nil or 3 nil. They were talking about who they were going to face in the second round and gave no respect to Uruguay at all. Just the sort of coverage you get in Australia.

Walking into the stadium Andres was advised that the result would be 3-0 in favour of Bafana just like it said on his ticket. We looked at the ticket and we were trying to understand what they were trying to say. These guys have no idea and it’s a laughable situation.

Now that the game is over not only did they not show the highlights to the game but everyone seems to say that they only care about the Rugby Union. Congratulations South Africa, as you beat Los TeRRos (Uruguay Rugby Union Team) 1000 to 3 at the Rugby Union World Cup in Australia. I think that South Africa will beat Uruguay at cricket as well.

Just a reminder Africa, this is the World Cup in Futbol and before you talk show some respect as the Champions of the World have only been from two continents, South America and Europe.

Now for my own highlights show:






29 Days: It’s only 7 Games


The World Cup starts on the 11th of June and finishes on the 11th of July. In those 31 days it will take only 7 games to lift the World Cup and become World Champions. It’s only 7 games!!!! That equates to 1 game every 4.428571428571429 Days, which is a highly achievable target.

The other amazing statistic is that you don’t need to win any of the games in 90 minutes or in extra time as long as you win the penalty shoot out. You can get through the group stage by drawing every game and if other results go your way still qualify. You can then go and play the next 4 games without scoring one goal in normal or extra time, winning the penalty shoot out for each game and lifting the World Cup as World Champions.

With this in mind the Uruguayan Association has decided to add goals to all the urinals so that the Uruguayans can practice at every moment that difficult yet simple art of penalty taking.


40 Days: Soccer International Magazine


Soccer International 

I was in Boarders today and had a look at the magazines available. To my surprise I found the World Cup Commemorative Program 2010 by Soccer International Magazine.  

When I looked at the cover the first thing I noticed were the countries they selected to be on the cover. There are 7 countries that have won the World Cup, however this magazine decided to put 5 winning countries on the cover. They have Pirlo (Italy); Ballack (Germany); Torres (Spain, never won the World Cup); Messi (Argentina); Kaka (Brazil); Rooney (England); Cahill (Australia, Never Ever won the World Cup); Sneijder (Holland, never won the World Cup).

I guess FIFA asked the Magazine not to include France due to the Zidane and Henry performances? The Magazine also would have thought there was no need to include a South African player on the cover but we’ll just throw in some Lions and Tigers…

I guess they didn’t have room for Uruguay with a picture of Forlan right?  


Diego Forlan
Diego Forlan

Well since the cover of the magazine states that this is “Your Ultimate 140 Page Guide”, I thought I’d give it a chance so I went straight to the Uruguay section on page 56. 

The article is written by Adrian Musolino and in the section of the downside to Uruguay he writes the following. 

“As demonstrated by it’s (Uruguay’s) inconsistent qualifying campaign, where they held Brazil and defeated Argentina, yet suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to the lowly Venezuela, the team hardly impressed and rarely settled on a formation” 

Che Mr Musolino you got your stats wrong buddy as this was the 2006 campaign. For the 2010 campaign we lost against Brazil and lost against Argentina and we drew against Venezuela. 

Then Adrian talks about the class of players  for the 2010 campaign are not at the same level as the 2006 campaign. There is no Recoba or Zalayeta. What are you talking about loco, we have Muslera (Lazio); Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid); Martin Caceres (Juventus); Walter Gargano (Napoli); Luis Suarez (Ajax); Edison Cavani (Palermo); Jorge Fucile (Porto) and Cristian Rodriguez (Porto) just to name a few. 

Then again the magazine is called Soccer International and I should not expect the level of journalism that you would get from a Futbol International Magazine!!!!! 






41 Days: Sienzuf Presents




Looks like Suarez is over the moon to hear that I have decided to start a “Sienzuf Presents” series. I start with a video I have put together with audio I received some 31 years ago. 

Back when the whole world was in black and white I received a cassette with the full commentary of the 1950 World Cup Final by the famous Carlos Sole. I have located some footage of the 1950 final and added the commentary by Carlos Sole with a few extras. 




Cassette Tape
Cassette Tape



131 Days: Time to Poker


I’m off to practice my Poker Face and try to win some big bucks. Since I have not been able to secure a sponsor for the documentary I will need to fund it another way. Poker is the perfect vehicle and the skills involved will come in handy in South Africa anyway. You need to not show any emotion, bluff your way out of impossible situations, look people in the eyes and lie like there was no tomorrow, go all in, know when it’s time to fold.

A great challenge awaits me in the Poker Legends Hall of Fame:



138 Days: “¿ Who are more dangerous: South Africa or Uruguay ?


Natalie Swanston and Simon Fuller were robbed in Montevideo while taking vacations in Punta del Este. The theive/s took belongings including a gold chain with diamonds and sapphires, gold and diamond bracelet, watch, gold earrings and plenty of cash.

Simon Fuller is the creator of the Spice Girls and American Idol. Natalie Swanston is an interior designer and married to Simon. The robbery took place in a rented villa in Punta del Este. Punta del Este is 150 kms east of Montevideo.

These Uruguayans are pretty good when you consider the skill involved in actioning a crazy idea like that. I wonder what the judges on American Idol would score their performance. Cat Burglars are back and when you look at South Africa, man it’s got some cats.

I’m now re-evaluating my security plan for South Africa. The focus has now been redirected to Uruguay especially those nacional supporters. Oh no, I just realised I have two of them travelling in the same car as they are my crew for the documentary.

I will now have a new version of the security plan just in case they plan a mutiny and will document accordingly. We will need to keep one eye on the South Africans and two eyes on the Uruguayans.

By the way,  the cat burglar/s took home more than U$S  100,000 worth of jewellery and cash.


Punta del Este



139 Days: “Third Phase Tickets”


Extreme circumstance calls for extreme measures as the above fan who has obviously taken the wrong pills. The good news is that we wont need to take such drastic action as our Third Phase Tickets have been registered and are being processed as we speak.

Now we wait some more and continue the suffering, as the allocation is next. What’s at stake? Tickets to Uruguay’s Group Games, Last 16, Quarter Final, Semi Final and Final.








141 Days: “Short Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget”


I just enrolled in a fantastic course on Short Filmmaking on a shoestring budget. I qualify for all the requirements, I’m short, I have film, I can make things and have  a shoestring budget. My only concern is how I will manage to get around with the above camera.

The course details:

Want to produce and direct a short film or doco that finalises in film festivals? Have an idea for a film but not sure what equipment, crew, skills and how much money you need to make it? This course will cover cost productivity, technical jargon, different stages of filmmaking i.e. pre-production, production and post production. It will also encompass directing and the knowledge to produce and direct your own short film or documentary. Tutor has produced, written, directed and edited short films which have finalised in major film festivals, and all on a shoestring budget!

Sounds like a fantastic course and exactly what I was looking for. Below is some footage of the last movie I made, enjoy.