In Brazil, she is affectionately called A Rainha Marta (Queen Marta). Marta Vieira da Silva has won FIFAs annual best player in the world six times. She’s the top scorer in the World Cup, male or female, at 17 points in five championships. Legendary player Pelé calls her Pelé in a Skirt. Kind of him […]Read more
When your Arch-Rival Reaches the World Cup Finals
You may have noticed my focus on Latin America, South America in particular. This started twenty years ago when we lived in Santiago, Chile for a year. The economic and sports rivalry between Chile and Argentina was palpable. (En español más adelante) In the past, Argentinians visited Santiago, asked the price for shoes for example, […]Read more
Which Team Has the Best Mascot?
Why the Madison soccer (football) team of course! For a joke snowdrift deep in irony, our professional soccer team Forward Madison has a pink flamingo as its mascot. “The world’s second favorite team” has inspired loyalty since their start date in May 2018 and a rosy throng of yard decorations has sprung up all over […]Read more
7 Posts to Satisfy Curiosity
Spanish-speaking countries have a lasting fascination for me; culture, language, history, music. In 2018, I researched, collecting notes over a week’s time to follow my curiosity about food, science, agriculture, literature, soccer/fútbol and traditional music across the globe where Spanish is spoken and published the results. Here is where my curiosity led me in my […]Read more
Saw a Longreads post this morning I wanted to share with you. Candace Rose Rardon captures the essence of Uruguay in The Country Where Fútbol Comes First — Longreads. Although Uruguay did not go onto the finals of the World Cup this year, her words and drawings channel their passion. ¡Gol!
Uruguay, a small nation with a deep-seated passion for soccer, is the inspiration for any underdog vying to win a World Cup.
Missing the Copa América
Dear Amigos, I’ve watched the World Cup for decades. I’ve missed the Copa América every time. In looking up the Uruguayan team history, I’ve uncovered their not-so-secret past. Uruguay has won the Americas Cup 15 times! That’s more than Argentina; that’s more than Brasil. Uruguay is a very small country; population only 3.2 million! The […]Read more