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Brazil soccer player who survived plane crash looks ahead to Paralympics

 02/22/2017 - 09:16

The former goalkeeper of the ill-fated Chapecoense soccer squad, one of six survivors of a plane crash in Colombia as they were flying to their championship final, these days celebrates the "God-given miracle" that saved his life, while on the horizon he imagines himself playing in the Paralympic Games.

[OP-ED]: Requiem for FC Barcelona’s midfield

 02/17/2017 - 02:40

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (l) during a match between Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona, at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris (France). EFE

 

Despite being over 50, I can say I have never seen a team play a more beautiful soccer style than FC Barcelona in the 2010-2011 season. Managed by Pep Guardiola, that squad took to perfection a horizontal passing game that was named by the late sports announcer Andrés Montes as “tiki-taka”. As an ice hockey team, Barça put its opponents in their defensive zone, incorporating men little by little, passing and passing and passing again the ball.

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Rafael Cervera

[OP-ED]: Réquiem por el centro del campo del Barça

 02/17/2017 - 02:38
El portero del Barcelona Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (i) durante un partido entre el París Saint Germain y el Barcelona, en el estadio Parque de los Príncipes, en París (Francia). EFE

Aunque tengo ya más de 50 años, me atrevería a decir que jamás he visto desplegar sobre un terreno de soccer a un equipo un juego tan preciosista como el exhibido por el FC Barcelona en la temporada 2010-2011. Entrenado por Pep Guardiola, aquel conjunto llevó a la perfección un ataque maravilloso a base de pases horizontales, al que el desaparecido locutor Andrés Montes bautizó como el tiki-taka.

Plain Text Author: 
Rafael Cervera

Latina Gymnast Laurie Hernández Tells in a Book How to be a Gold Medallist

 02/15/2017 - 10:49

Not many Latino women can say they won a gold medal in their first Olympic Games. But Laurie Hernández, a 16-year-old gymnast born in a Puerto Rican family from New Jersey, did it. Five months after the US team won the gold in Rio Olympic Games Laurie comes out with a book to explain her fans the secret of her success. 

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[OP-ED]: Under Sampaoli’s lead, Sevilla never stops believing

 01/27/2017 - 07:30

Argentine coach of Sevilla, Jorge Sampaoli, during the match of the 19th day of the First Division league played today at the stadium of El Sadar.EFE

 

Very few thought Sevilla could improve the great achievements of the last years in which the club from Andalusia won three Europe League championships in a row (2014, 2015 and 2016) under head coach Unai Emery, setting a milestone in the history of European soccer. Anyhow and despite many successes, Emery was never able to take Sevilla ahead of the groups’ round in the Champions League and could not get the club amongst the top three in Spain’s La Liga either.  

Plain Text Author: 
Rafael Cervera

[OP-ED]: De la mano de Sampaoli, el Sevilla nunca deja de creer

 01/27/2017 - 07:25
El entrenador argentino del Sevilla, Jorge Sampaoli, durante el partido de liga de Primera División disputado en el estadio de El Sadar. EFE
 
 

Pocos hubiéramos pensado que el Sevilla todavía podía mejorar después de haber ganado tres veces seguidas (2014, 2015 y 2016) la Europa League, bajo la tutela de Unai Emery, marcando un hito en la historia del fútbol del Viejo Continente. Sin embargo, a pesar de sus muchos aciertos, Emery no pudo rebasar la primera ronda de la Champions League ni consiguió quedar entre los tres primeros equipos de La Liga.  

Plain Text Author: 
Rafael Cervera

Los Phillies con Sabor!

 01/25/2017 - 17:20
Prospects for the Phillies celebrate the opening of the new Dominican Republic Baseball Academy. Photo: Courtesy of Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins.

For the upcoming 2017 season, the Philadelphia Phillies will not only have more new faces but will be a predominantly Latino team.  Last year, the Phillies had 12 players of Latino origin who played throughout the season.

The Opening Day roster could have at least 13 Latinos. That is about 48 percent of the 25-man roster. The percentage of players born outside the United States that are part of the Opening Day roster was 27.5 percent.

Each category of statistics within the Phillies were all led by Latino players:

Batting Average – Cesar Hernandez, Venezuela

¡A jugar!

 01/24/2017 - 11:52
Los supervivientes del accidente aéreo de Chapecoense, Neto, Kackson Follmann y Alan Ruschel, recibieron el trofeo de la Copa Sudamericana antes del partido amistoso entre el Chapecoense y el Palmeiras. Foto: EFE

El equipo Champecoense ha pasado por una jornada que ningún otro equipo de fútbol podría ni imaginar en sus peores pesadillas. Un vuelo el pasado Noviembre que pudo haber sido la oportunidad para ganar la Copa Sudamericana terminó en la muerte de casi todo el equipo en el área montañosa de Medellín, Colombia a tan sólo algunas millas del aeropuerto.

Game On!

 01/23/2017 - 15:26
The survivors of the Chapecoense plane crash Neto, Jakson Follmann, and Alan Ruschel, received the Copa Sudamericana trophy before the friendly match between Chapecoense and Palmeiras. Photo:EFE

Champecoense has been through a journey that no other futbol team could even imagine in their worst nightmares.  A flight last November that should have been for an opportunity to win the Copa Sudamericana title ended up with all but three players dying on a mountainous area of Medellin, Colombia just miles from the airport.

No existe el “yo” en el Equipo Champecoense

 01/19/2017 - 14:26
Pue de foto: el locutor de fútbol Rafael Henzel habla durante una entrevista en Chapeco, Brasil, el día miércoles 18 de Enero de 2017. Henzel es uno de los seis pasajeros que sobrevivieron el accidente del vuelo del Chapecoense, que mató a 71 personas, incluyendo 19 jugadores del equipo de fútbol, el día 28 de noviembre del año pasado.

Rafael Henzel ha sido la voz del equipo de fútbol Champecoense desde el 2012, una voz que fue casi silenciada tras el accidente aéreo a las afueras de Medellín, Colombia, donde fallecieron casi todos los pasajeros del fatídico vuelo, a finales de Noviembre 2016.

Tras 20 días en el hospital por fractura de varias costillas y heridas, incluida la que rodea su ojo derecho, e incluso tras una batalla con la neumonía, Henzel está de vuelta en la estación de radio.

There is no I in Team Champecoense

 01/19/2017 - 11:57
 Radio soccer announcer Rafael Henzel speaks during a interview in Chapeco, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Henzel is one of the six passengers that survived in the Chapecoense air crash, which killed 71 people, including 19 players of the Chapecoense soccer team, on Nov.28. Photo:AP

Rafael Henzel has been the voice of Champecoense’s futbol team since 2012. That voice was almost silenced after the plane crash outside of Medellin, Colombia killed all but six passengers of the doomed flight back in late November 2016.

After 20 days in the hospital with several broken ribs, scars including one over his right eye, and even a battle with pneumonia, Henzel is back working at the radio station.

El Champecoense resucita

 01/04/2017 - 16:47
Foto grupal del equipo Champecoense durante el torneo de la Copa Sudamericana. Foto: EFE

Como el mito del Fénix, que nace de sus propias cenizas, ha resurgido el equipo Champecoense. Tras la horrible tragedia en la que perdieron a casi todo el equipo en un accidente aéreo el pasado mes de Noviembre, en Medellín, Colombia, el equipo se prepara para regresar al campo la próxima temporada.

Champeconese rises again

 01/04/2017 - 14:10
Group photo of Champecoense team during Copa Sudamericana Tournament. Photo:EFE

As the mythological Phoenix rose from the ashes, so does Team Champecoense.  After the horrible tragedy of losing all but three players in the plane crash this past November in Medellin, Colombia, the team is preparing to return to the pitch next season.

The Cinderella story now all seems but a distant memory when the team was heading to compete in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana tournament finals. The teams rise through the ranks in Brazil and South America made many teams take notice.  Now the team has to find a way to start over again brick by brick, player by player.

[OP-ED]: El Real Madrid concluye un año muy feliz

 12/30/2016 - 11:57

El Real Madrid entrenando en la Ciudad Deportiva de Valdebebas, con público en las gradas, para preparar la importante cita de los octavos de final de la Copa del Rey frente al Sevilla, el próximo miércoles, 4 de enero. EFE

 

Cuando en los primeros días de 2016 el presidente Florentino Pérez despidió a Rafa Benítez, el entrenador por el que había apostado para enderezar el camino de su equipo, muy pocos esperaban que este año concluyera para el Real Madrid de una forma tan exitosa. La mano izquierda y el liderazgo tranquilo del que fuera súper estrella madridista, el francés Zinedine Zidane (elegido por Florentino como sustituto), logró mucho más que la mano dura de Benítez.

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Rafael Cervera

[OP-ED]: Real Madrid finishes a very happy year

 12/30/2016 - 11:46

Real Madrid training in the Ciudad Deportiva de Valdebebas, with public in the stands, to prepare the important event of the last 16 of the Copa del Rey against Sevilla, next Wednesday, January 4. EFE

 

When in the first days of 2016, president Florentino Pérez sacked manager Rafa Benítez, the man he hired to turn things around in his team, very few expected this year to be the best in Real Madrid’s recent times. The easy going of former French Real star Zinedine Zidane (chosen by Florentino as the replacement) achieved much more than Benítez’s hard coaching methods. Players answered and 360 days later Madrid has at its trophy room the 11th European Cup and a new World Cup of Clubs.

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Rafael Cervera

All futbolistas go to Heaven

 12/29/2016 - 10:54
The Champecoense Futbol team created a fictional story on their website to tell children of last month's plane tragedy. Photo: Associacao Champecoense de Futebol
 
 

With all the heartbreaking news surrounding last month’s Champecoense plane crash in Medellin, Colombia, the team has found a way to turn tragedy into a true fairytale story.

In the team’s monthly magazine, the Brazilian club decided to publish a fairytale to explain to the younger fans what happened in Colombia.  The fairytale is called “Era uma vez” or “Once upon a time”.  The storyline is that the futbollers were invited to play a match in heaven.

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