Lima, Peru | Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:21 am | | |
dear Larry i dont know you but sometimes -like this time- you really write articles in a very endearing way.# Rico says :
For us Peruvians living abroad, watching the national team or the local teams of our liking, although nerve racking, it is quite enjoyable. We always look forward to these events whether they are local or international matches. It really is one more thing that keeps us connected to our homeland. It brings me memories when an uncle, a real aficionado, would take me as a very young boy to the Estadio Nacional for the required indoctrination to our national pass time. Reading other individuals experience about something that is dear to me also brings joy.# Peter W. Robinson says :
...the occasional goal would be nice...and penalty kicks are no way to decide important games.# Ricardo Alayza says :
You're right while comparing Peruvian football with a beautifull complex woman, therefore you need two of them. When your football girl dissapoints you, switch to the other one. The later should also be a passion but from a different subject. I found is the best way to avoid a real bad time when our national team losses badly.# Johnny says :
Nice read, Larry. Wish you had been around in the '70s when Peru had one of the top teams in the world. They were a top-8 finisher at the 1970 and 1978 World Cups (didn't qualify in 1974) and Copa America champion in 1975. They were still decent afterwards. Semifinalist at both the 1979 and 1983 Copa Americas, qualified into the 1982 World Cup, but minus a brief return to form in the late 1990s, it's been downhill ever since.# JC says :Even after this great run I don't think Peru has the horses to touch their Golden Era. I doubt they're even as good as the late '90s teams (Nol Solano, Chorri Palacios, Chemo del Solar, Camello Soto, Flavio Maestri, Condor Mendoza, Oscar Ibanez) but they just might have the smartest coach in the world right now!We'll see where Acasiete, Rodriguez, Vargas, Guerrero, and Chiroque (none of them all that young) can go under Sergio Markarian's expert leadership!
After 7 years in Peru, I still can't watch more than the first 10 minutes and the last 5 minutes of any soccer game. I fail to see why the world loves this game so much. Maybe if the players would stop "flopping" on the ground, crying for a penatly, it would help. Regardless, I don't enjoy watching any sport which tends to end in 1-0 or 1-1, or worse... 0-0. Seriously, zip-zip? Isn't that like watching paint dry? Being a fan of "American" football and its hard hitting toughness, I can't get enough of the NFL and NCAA football. However, if the day comes when teams start playing to 7-7 ties or not scoring, I will stop watching "gridiron" as well. I don't think that will happen because the rules officials would change the rules to make sure we always have a lot of offense is in the game. Why don't make the goals in soccer larger? Or get rid of the off-sides rule. These two changes would make the game much more watchable. I know... spoken like a true gringo.