Tag: south america

From Peru to Denmark: the race for South American talent

IN 2001, a 13-year-old Lionel Messi and his family relocated from Rosario to Barcelona. Reports of his trial are poetic, as just two minutes on a football pitch were enough for the…

Can a youthful Peru return to the greatness of the 1970s?

As Christian Cueva dribbled towards Diego Barretto’s goal, rounded the Paraguayan goalkeeper and scored Peru’s third goal in a massive 4-1 win in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, there was a sense of…

The tragedy of Chapecoense and wider South American football

Jim Hart hosts a special podcast to discuss the Chapecoense air disaster. Joining Jim is South American football expert, Miami FC commentator and CONCACAF announcer, Juan Arango, along with beIN SPORTS analyst…

How Chile are stuck between glory and indefinite wilderness

For close to a decade, the Chileans wandered in the wilderness looking for an identity. What eventually followed was perhaps the most entertaining and successful football in their nation’s history. Now they run…

The continental kings of Europe and South America

FOOTBALL IS A GIFT to each culture that embraces the sport. Separated by thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, South America and Europe have a symbiotic relationship in football so much…

The unlikely architects of Brazilian football

The origins of the world’s most beloved sport can be traced all the way back to second century China, where a game that most closely resembles our modern brand of football, by the…

Chile: the rise of South America’s sleeping giant

DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF MANY, one’s life cannot entirely revolve around football without being affected by the outside world. Pesky issues like friends and a life aside, football fans are incessantly…

A Tale of One City: Asunción

SMALL LANDLOCKED COUNTRIES TEND NOT TO GET INVOLVED WITH INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT, and Paraguay is no different. During the Second World War, the league system continued virtually unaffected as Higinio Moríñigo’s government officially remained…

The pioneers of South American football

Collectively, the three South American footballing giants, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, have been crowned World Champions on nine occasions. Between them they have competed in 11 of the 19 finals played. The inaugural…