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John Carlin’s Dream

John Carlin’s Dream

I had a strange dream in which John Carlin, the writer of “Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation”, visited Caracas. Yes, the author of the book on which the movie “Invictus” was based. The one with Morgan Freeman, about rugby, yes that one.

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A 0 – 0 Draw Protest

A 0 – 0 Draw Protest

On January 23rd, while demonstrations were taking place throughout the country and Juán Guaidó accepted his constitutional duty to occupy the presidency, the second game of Venezuela’s baseball finals was being played. Reporters covering the League later declared that the players of both teams, though especially Leones del Caracas, were reluctant to go on the field, stating that it was not the time to be thinking about baseball. The game was eventually played after two hours of delay, making for an anticlimactic final, which Cardenales de Lara won. A few days later Maduro declared in a press conference that he personally intervened to force the players to take the field. Reporter Iván González stated that the players were afraid of being sent to jail.

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The Esquivel Epidemic

The Esquivel Epidemic

Events off the pitch show how our country's crisis has been expressed in football. Venezuela’s most prominent addition to the Spanish language and psychological lexicon in these past few years has been the word cara de tabla. Literally, it means plank-face, and we use...

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