Posts tagged "football"
Pause for breath

Pause for breath

While you’re presumably being guided through Argentina v Switzerland in relative comfort, this is the commentary we’re currently having to decode on Colombian television, courtesy of a chap named Javier Fernández. (Stick with it. The first minute or so turns out to be a warm-up for the rest.) It’s rather like being stuck inside a...
In Quito

In Quito

It sometimes surprises us how many of the cycle tourists we meet regard Latin America’s big cities as obstacles to overcome or annoyances to avoid. It shouldn’t, perhaps. Not everybody is as predisposed towards city life as this pair of Londoners; indeed, many riders are drawn to Latin America chiefly for the opportunities it affords...
Colombia 2, Uruguay 0

Colombia 2, Uruguay 0

Before     During     After     from San Juan de Pasto, Nariño, Colombia
It's all in the game

It’s all in the game

Watching on television in rural Ecuador, the World Cup looks the same as it presumably does back in London. But, of course, it sounds a little different: Or, as David Coleman would have put it, ‘3-1.’ We suspect we may be hearing rather more of this sort of thing in the coming weeks. (Related: ten...
Parish notices, April 2014

Parish notices, April 2014

In the unlikely event that you haven’t read enough ill-informed articles by us about South America, there are now a couple more elsewhere on the internet. We’ve recently contributed a pair of short pieces on Latin American football to Libero, a splendid new digital football travel guide run by our old friend, colleague and football...
Gol

Gol

They’re everywhere. They’re where you’d expect to find them, of course: in towns and cities, their 90-degree angles set on regulation lines atop benign green carpet. But they’re also everywhere else. By the roadside, on corrugated scrubland. Next to one-room wooden churches, in place of a cemetery. In the gardens of smart houses, barely enough...