Los 16 largos años que esperé para ver a Colombia en un mundial

Los 16 largos años que esperé para ver a Colombia en un mundial

POR DANIEL PRADILLA

De los recuerdos futboleros de mi infancia, todavía siguen intactas la agónica clasificación al mundial de Italia 90 con ese gol del Albeiro "El Palomo" Usuriaga. Y como olvidar aquel gol de túnel de Fredy Rincón en el minuto 90+3” contra Alemania, que puso a temblar al Giuseppe Meazza en Milán. Después vendría el apoteótico 5-0 a la selección Argentina en el monumental de Núñez, que nos dio el tiquete a Estados Unidos 94...

The Football Man

The Football Man

BY JORGE E. PRADILLA

It's funny how things just happen sometimes for no reason and then turn out to be something cool. My football hair style came from a dare with my brothers during dinner in Munich, during the 2006 World Cup. Aged 18, I felt like I could take on the world if I needed to, so I decided to accept the dare and keep it for the entire trip...

I waited 50 Years to Attend the World Cup

I waited 50 Years to Attend the World Cup

BY JOAQUIN ZAGARRA

It was always my dream to experience a World Cup in person! It was a huge item in my bucket list ever since I was growing up, but I never got to do it for a different reason every time around. Finally the right opportunity came in 2014 and the circumstances were just perfect. Colombia made it to the finals, it was in Brazil (a neighboring country), the chosen city where Colombia would play was Belo Horizonte, where a very close friend and godfather of my eldest daughter lived, and he invited me to stay with him. It couldn’t have been any better, or so I thought then…

Football Returned to France and As Such So Did I

Football Returned to France and As Such So Did I

BY MIKE RIDLEY

There are many firsts when it comes to football. Your first football cleats, your first football shirt, your first goal, your first professional game you attend, and of course, your first major international tournament!

My first pair of cleats were the Quasars as worn by Gary Linekar, my first football shirt was an Arsenal home shit with JVC on the front, my first professional game was Queens Park Rangers versus Southampton at Loftus Road, and my first major international tournament was the 1998 France World Cup. France 98 was also the first time I bought a shirt with a name and number on it - the infamous yellow and green Ronaldo 9 Brazil home shirt, which now sits in a frame signed by the king himself...

Relato de un Hincha de Nacional

Relato de un Hincha de Nacional

POR DANIEL PRADILLA

Es martes 26 de Julio, 2016 y el reloj marca las 2:20 pm. Me encuentro en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Miami, en la sala de abordaje para el vuelo 31 de Avianca, con destino a la ciudad de Medellín. Debo confesar que estoy un poco nervioso y me cuesta concentrarme; a lo mejor fue por eso que el perro del guardia de la línea de seguridad me miró rayado y se tomó un par de minutos más para olerme...