Thursday, 19 July 2007

Fun Facts About Soccer: By Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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The word favourite doesn't mean much in soccer (football) today. Paraguay won the silver medal in soccer in the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece.DID YOU KNOW THAT…
In 1962 the FIFA World Championship was held in Chile for the first time. Brazil captured an unprecedented 2nd FIFA World Cup by defeating Czechoslovaquia (currently Czech Republic) on June 17, 1962, in Santiago de Chile.

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The 2010 FIFA World Championship was scheduled to be held in South Africa.

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Japan won the bronze medal in soccer at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

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Everald “Gally” Commings is the best known and experienced Trinidadian player around the world. He played in the North American Soccer League in the 1970s.

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For the first time, Kuwait qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1982.

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In 1950 Brazil hosted the World Cup. Surprisingly, the host lost the final 2-1 to Uruguay.

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Jose Luis Chilavert was the best known and most experienced Paraguayan player in the 20th century.He was born on July 27, 1965, in Luque, Paraguay. Like Oscar Schmidt (Brazilian basketball player) and Raul Ramirez (Mexican tennis player), Jose Luis”Chila” Chilavert was one of the best sportsman in Latin America.He played for clubs in Argentina (San Lorenzo) and Spain (Zaragoza).

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Uruguay won the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. They beat Argentina 4-2 in the final in Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay.

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West Germany (currently Germany) was the first team from Europe to win the FIFA World Cup (1954).

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Cameroon, an ex-French colony in Africa, won the gold medal soccer in the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia. Cameroon defeated Spain 5-3.

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Different from Peru, Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan, Cote d'Ivoire, formerly Ivory Coast, is one of the world`s poorest countries.However, Cote d'Ivoire is one of the best teams in the Third World.It qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2006.

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Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who is best known as “Pele”, played in four FIFA World Cup competitions (Sweden-1958, Chile-1962, England-1966, and Mexico-1970), and scored over 1,200 goals in his career before finally retiring in 1977.

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In August 1983 Uruguay's national soccer team won its first-ever gold medal at the Pan American Games in Venezuela.

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Nigeria defeated Argentina 3-2 and won the gold medal in soccer at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).

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Angola qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It is one of the ten poorest countries in the world. The education system is one of the worst in the Third World.

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In 1994 Bolivia beat Brazil 3-1 in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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South Korea has competed in the World Cup seven times:1954, 1986,1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006.

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El Salvador won the gold medal in soccer at the 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico City.

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Hungary has won a gold medal in mes´s soccer three times at the Olympic Games:1952, 1964 and 1968.

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There are Brazil-born player in the squads of Mexico (Antonio Naelson), Japan (Alessandro “Alex” Santos), Spain (Mario Senna), and Tunisia (Francileudo dos Santos)

Ricardo Lavolpe, former coach of Mexico,once said, "I would say around 80 per cent of the strikers who play in the Mexican League are foreigners, and If one of them is a naturalized Mexican, I don't understand why I can't pick him If the Constitution says he's Mexican, that's good enough for me".

Alejandro Guevara Onofre: He is a freelance writer. Alejandro is of Italian, African and Peruvian ancestry. He've studied political science and journalism. He has published more than seventy-five research paper in English, and more than twenty in Spanish, concerning the world issues, olympic sports, countries, and tourism. His next essay is called "The Dictator and Alicia Alonso".He is an expert on foreign affairs. Futhermore, Alejandro is the first author who has published a world-book encyclopedia in Latina America.

He admires Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), Hillary Clinton (ex-First Lady of the USA), and Jimmy Carter (former President of the USA). His favorite film is "Gorillas in the Mist". Some of his favorite books are “The Return of Eva Peron and the Killings in Trinidad” (by V.S.Naipaul), "Las Mujeres de los Dictadores" (by Juan Gasparini) and “Murder of a Gentle Land” (by John Barron and Anthony Paul). His personal motto is "The future is for those people who believe in the beauty of their dreams" by Eleanor Roosevelt.

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