LATIN AMERICA
music: Tito Rojas-Quiero Ser Tuyo

Pele. Maradona. Fransecoli. Valeramma. Socrates. Salas. Asprilla. Garrincha. The names roll of one's tongue with the same ease with which these giants of the game made their marks in soccer's history. 9 times, South American squads have brought the World Cup to Latin America while El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica (twice) have represented Central America at the World Cup. South Americans are some of the most sought after players in all the world and now soccer is seeing an exodus of Central American players to Europe as well. There is much artistry and passion in the Latin American game.


The passion of Latin American
football is evident in these fans
of Argentina's storied club, Boca Juniors
(from www.daleboca.com)



BLACK PLAYERS IN LATIN AMERICA


Obviously you cannot begin such a discussion without Pele of Brazil, widely considered the greatest of all time. He was involved with 3 World Cup winning sides and won many championships with club side Santos. His international appeal is evident by the crowds he continues to draw whereever he goes. What do you think the chances are of a ceasefire occuring during a Nigerian Civil War so that people could see Tiger Woods play? That's what Pele was able to do. Pele recently said that his greatest acheivement was not bringing home the World Cup to Brazil but for opening the door for Blacks in Soccer worldwide.

Many other Black players have made big time soccer contributions in Latin America, such as Colomibian's Faustino Asprilla and Freddie Rincon, Costa Rica's Paulo Wanchope and Hernan Medford and many of Brazil's talented squads of the past.


The King: Pele of Brazil is
revered worldwide to this day
(from www.isfa.com)


Augustin Delgado leads the
Ecuadorian attack (soccerage.com)



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