Eduardo Galeano is one of the best writers currently in Uruguay and all over Latin America. Writer and intellectual of the left, committed to his country and the universal causes he believes fair and that sometimes people think too lost causes. He still believes in and fight to defend them.
It loves the game and is hidden. I always say that being intellectual and being a lover of football are not only contradictory things but they can be perfectly complementary. That's right: after football sometimes there are other things. He explains ...
He has a book that is a delight. It's called "Soccer in sun and shadow." Today I want to leave a piece.
The pelota as flag
In the summer of 1916, during World War I, an English Captain Lanz is kicking Assault on a pelota. Captain Nevill leap from parapet to protect it, and the pelota encabezó corriendo tras las Trincheras alemanas against the Assault. His regiment, which vacilaba, it SIGUIER. Muri captain of a cannon shot, but that conquered England and Hedo tierra de nadie como battle celebrate the first victory of English football in the front of war.
Muchos años después, ya los fine century in the dueño club Milan Gano las elecciones italianas with a slogan, Forza Italia!, Coming from las Tribunais estadios of them. Silvio Berlusconi promised to save Italy as the Salvadoran habitat Milan, the superequipo campeón all, and them that voters olvidaron Some of sus empresas estaban the edge of ruin.
The football and the nation are always atados, y con frecuencia los Political and con esos vínculos them especulan dictator of identity. The Italian squad Gano them the '38 and '34 World number in the nation and Mussolini, and its players and empezaban terminaban each game Vivanda saludando in Italy and the public with the palm of the hand extendida.
There is also for those Nazis, football was Heartbeat of State. Spellbound A monument in Ukraine, for the players of Dynamo Kiev, 1942. At full occupancy German, ellos cometieron the locura defeating Hitler in a selection of local, stage. Le habian warned:
-If Gañán Muer.
Entraron resigned to lose temblando to miedo y of hunger, but not pudieron aguantarse las ganas be dignos. Los condom once fusilados con las camisetas puestas, on top of a ravine, cuando term partido.
Football and homeland, and village football: in 1934, whilst Bolivia and Paraguay are mutually aniquilaban the Chaco War, Desert pedazo disputando a map of the Red Cross Paraguaya formed a football team, who play in varias cities of Argentina and Uruguay republished bastante dinero for them to attend heridos of Ambos bandos on the battlefield.
After three years, during the war in Spain, two pilgrims equipos condom symbols of democratic resistance. Sleep General Franco, Hitler and Mussolini's brazo, bombardeaba the Spanish republic, across Europe and a selection Basque club Barcelona disputaba partidos in USA and in Mexico. The Basque Government sent the team to France ya Euzkadi Others Countries with the Mission of propaganda steel bowls and collects money for the defense. Simultaneously, the Barcelona club to embark towards America. The current year, 1937, and already the presidente club Barcelona habitat caído bajo las balas pro-Franco. Ambos equipos encarnaron in football los campos y fuera de ellos There is also, in acosada democracy.
Only four players regresaron Catalan in Spain during the war. Vascos of them, hardly one. When the Republic fue vencida, FIFA declared rebellion Exiliados players in them, and threaten them with the withdrawals of short, but unos cuantos consiguieron incorporarse the Latin American football. Con varios vascos formed in Mexico, Spain club, which is unbeaten in sus primeros tiempos. The Forward's team Euzkadi, Isidro Lángara, Wrestling debut in 1939. In the first four Métis partido throats. He was in the club San Lorenzo, where Angel Zubieta There is also shine that habitat Media Player in the line of Euzkadi. Afterwards, in Mexico, the tabla Lángara encabezó scorer of the 1945 Campeonato local.
The club model of Franco's Spain, Real Madrid, queen in the world between 1956 and 1960. This dazzling team Gano piped to four Spanish League Cup, five European Cup and an Intercontinental. Real Madrid andaba fear everywhere and always dejaba to gente con la boca abierta. Franco's dictatorship habitat encontrado unsurpassed Ambulante embassy. Los throats that transmit radio eran clarinadas Triumph of the most effective HIMNO face the sun. In 1959, one of the bosses of the regime, Jose Solis, delivered a discourse of gratitude ante los players, "gente porque odiaba that before us, Now thanks to our realization vosotros". How the Cid, Real Madrid meets the qualities of the Raza, Though its famous line seemed to hit back well to more a Foreign Legion. It brillaba a Frenchman, Kopa, two argentinos, Di Stefano and Rial, Santamaría and the Uruguayan húngaro the Puskas.
In Ferenk Puskas it llamaban Cañoncito Pum fear of their devastating Virtudes Skillful left, they also knew how to be a glove. Others Hungarians, Ladislao Kubala, Sandor Kocsis and Zoltan Czibor, Luciano is in the club in Barcelona esos años. In 1954 the first stone of buzz in Camp Nou, Estadio great nation that Kubala: IBA to the crowd that Verlo play, steps in millimeters, following deadly, did not fit in the estadio above. Czibor, mientras tanto, sacaba chispas de los zapatos. El otro húngaro Barcelona, Kocsis was a great cabeceadores. Cabeza de oro, it llamaban, and a sea of pañuelos celebraba sus throats. Kocsis Dicen that the fue mejor de cabeza Europe, after Churchill.
In 1950, a integrated team húngaro Kubala habitat in exile, giving you a temporary Valiant two years, decreed by FIFA. After the FIFA sanctioned with more of a year of suspensions Puskas, Czibor, Kocsis y otros Hungarians who played in habian otro equipo in exile since 1956 fine, long as the Soviet invasion to crush the popular Resurrection.
In 1958, during the war of independence, Algeria formed a selection of football that first vez por los colores vistió native. Integraban its establishment Makhlouf, Ben Tifour and Others argelinos that jugaban profesionalmente in French football.
Bloqueada by the colonial power, only Algeria consiguio play with Morocco, a country fue por Pecado semejante desafiliado during the FIFA algunos años, y unos few partidos additionally disputes without transcendence, organizados Trade Unions fear them deportivos Arab country in ciertos and eastern Europe . FIFA todas las puertas Cerro selection in the Algerian and French soccer players punished onths decretando su muerte civil. Taken by contrato, ellos nunca más volver to actividad WOULD professional.
After independence but conquered Algeria, the French football that no tuvo más remedio volver a llamar a los players who sus Tribunais añoraban.