Ronaldo and Ramos pullin’ faces.
#WhereIsFootball: March, 2013.
1. “Throwback to when I used to live in Brazil. Just kidding, this is Vung Tau, Vietnam.” [x]
2. Nothing like Sicilian calcio on a perfect pitch. | Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italia [x]
3. You can’t beat seats from the balcony. Ferro vs Douglas Haig. | Caballito, Buenos Aires [x]
4. League halftime entertainment. Sagan Tosu vs Kawasaki Frontale. Embrace it. | Tosu Stadium, Tosu, Japan. [x]
5. Outnumbered. Futbol’s a tough sell outside Parroquia Nuestra Señora de la Natividad. | Chincheros, Cuzco, Peru. [x]
6. MLS is back. Season #18. Here’s to many more. | Centurylink Field, Seattle. [x]
7. Opening day. Underneath the @KCCauldron. | Sporting Park, Kansas City. [x]
8. The Megaphone: An Ultra’s greatest friend | Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux, France. [x]
9. Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Barcelona all united in Valencia, Venezuela. [x]
It’s been nearly four months since we kicked off our Where Is Football project. Courtesy of your creativity and expansive surroundings, we’ve seen the game in ways we’ve never imagined. And honestly, that’s exactly what we hoped would happen. But that doesn’t mean we’ve reached a point where we can hang up our boots. No, every morning we check in on the #whereisfootball hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, and somehow we always stumble across something refreshingly new. Thanks for showcasing the game in your part of the world, but - at the same time - don’t stop. Together, let’s continue to find the game. [Posted by Eric]
By Tom Robinson
Much like the most recent Copa America, the under-20 South American Championship also saw its fair share of upsets as the continental apple cart was well and truly upset when Argentina and Brazil crashed out early, leaving some of the less fancied nations to take centre stage. Colombia emerged victorious after topping the final round robin stage and booked their place at this summer’s under-20 World Cup in Turkey along with Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile.
The Sudamericano regularly provides glimpses of some of the most talented youngsters in world football, with notable alumni such as Ronaldinho, Aguero and Messi all gracing the competition in their formative years. A relentless schedule sees the games come thick and fast, providing these precocious tyros with great experience of tournament football. What’s more, due to the necessary rotation, it also rewards the squads with the greatest depth and overall balance.
This last point in particular seems to be a key concept that Brazil and Argentina failed to grasp. Both nations, as we’ve come to expect, were littered with outstanding prospects but neither seemed to be able to function as a collective unit. Ultimately, they paid the price: a humbling and thoroughly deserved early exit.