Football: Uruguay v. Italia, Japan v. Colombia, and Brazil v. Cameroon

Several duels my friends! Some victories and some disappointments.

Uruguay v. Italia:

Two historic teams fighting to survive. I said you it was to be hot but not even me could have anticipated a match with attempted cannibalism haha. Italia had a tactic rather defensive, before the match they said that they were playing against the hot climate so I guess they were anticipating a match not very favorable. Indeed the Italian team played as if they had fewer players (they lost to Marchisio but anyway they seemed to have lost more). Godín get the goal in the second time putting a nail in the Italian coffin. Uruguay 1 – Italia 0. Italia tried to get the goal but they didn’t.  Even Suárez almost got it taking advantage of the goalkeeper Buffon outside his arch. Uruguay is still alive to build panic in Brazilian hearts. In another side the bite of Suárez that he tried to hide as a crash could have consequences. I hope not because in this cup there have had other strong actions but at the heat of the match. I mean, more dangerous is a kick in the legs that gets a yellow card.

Japan v. Colombia:

Japan has a constellation of good players but they have a fundamental error: they don’t enjoy the football. They were so worried to win that they couldn’t make goals. They ran faster, they had the balloon more time, they fought till the end even letting their field just with the goalkeeper, they had opportunities but they didn’t get the score except one time. Colombia seemed to almost losing the game and the Japanese goals seemed closer. But once Colombia get the goal they started to enjoy the match and in the end they put four goals in the Japanese webs. I think Japan had conditions to win the match and score several goals but that mental condition of anxiety ended to make them lose the cup. At beginning of second time it didn’t seem fair the score but when I saw the Colombian team enjoying the football I knew that they deserved to win. Japan can, best luck to the next world-cup.

Brazil v. Cameroon:

Time ago Pelé predicted the rise of African teams as players of world-cup in next cups. And actually they are tough rivals to defeat, but they’re not ready to win, mention apart to Egypt that is strong in the African cups but don’t classify to world cups. But this match proved that they’re still playing as minor teams. Don’t get me wrong, their players are very skilled but they lack discipline and do dumb things as don’t control temperament. The dumbest of them was when a Cameroonian defender pushed to the grass to Neymar, when he was out of the field and the ball lost… But I know what that means: usually players do that stupid actions when they are tired of the match and want to quit letting alone to their national team. So they try to make dumb fouls. Brazil was better than Cameroon but not so much better if Cameroon would be more disciplined to get the victory. Physically they endure all the match but mentally they lost it. Brazil just take advantage of the deficiencies rivals.

It’s just coming to an exciting cup because now there are just the ones that want to win.

Cotahuasi: night and afternoon moments

nocturnal landscape

nocturnal landscape

 

Cotahuasi (pronounced more or less “ko-tah-wa-see”) is La Union Province’s Capital city in Arequipa region in the Perú southwest, the name probably means “Gathering of houses” in quechua, when Spanish came several names were modified, I m not sure if it could be the gathering of houses, not in a country with cities since at least five thousand years old, and I don’t think it refers to Houses as royal houses, if not the neighbourhood would be populated by Atreides, Harkonnens, Bourbons, Starks, Targaryens, etcetera, LOL. Actually there is no much wealthy for a lack of communication I think, the highway is tough and to come from Arequipa City takes several hours in a road without asphalt in great part of the route. But Cotahuasi wasn’t my goal, I’d to travel to Huaynacotas but if you want to go to any to the cities near the Cotahuasi Canyon the main or one entrances is across Cotahuasi City.

I was just a few moments before dawn and before the sunset to take cars, but I took anyway photographs. I don’t believe so much in the rules that say you that you cannot photograph in certain moments because one have to just search blue and golden hours. I’m not a photographer so I guess I can permit me some licenses ;-)

Greek Cotahuasi

Greek Cotahuasi

house in a corner

house in a corner

blue window blue door

blue window blue door

forgotten street

forgotten street

I had to wait a bus to Huaynacotas, my last photo was in broad dawn:

cross the door

cross the door

And that was the night kingdom upon Cotahuasi. I had to see a project in Huaynacotas, and after that present a report in Arequipa City, to do that I needed to go back to Cotahuasi City to take the bus. I was there in the afternoon. Bought a bus ticket and I had time to walk a bit before the bus were in the Terminal.

I don't like street photographers

I don’t like street photographers

little world

little world

lone horse

lone horse

Lone horse

king tree

king tree

give me your hand

give me your hand

my old corner

my old corner

tañe la campana en el solitario solar

tañe la campana en el solitario solar

big landscape

big landscape

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Yellow Rocket to the Moon

car collector

car collector

bell

bell

In Cotahuasi Canyon all roads lead to Cotahuasi City.

Football: Argentina – Iran; Germany – Ghana

No llores por mi, Argentina. Today the albiceleste had a tense match versus the Iranian squad. It was so tough that if they wouldn’t be the Argentinean team you could easily think that they were a minor team. Without Messi and the heroic work of the goalkeeper Romero I doubt that Argentina could even tied. The Iranian team played well and they search, but didn’t find, the victory. Argentina won with a goal but it almost lost. I am not familiar with Iranian players, I would guessed that it was going to be a not very demanding match to the Argentinians but the truth have to be said: the Argentina of today is not the big Argentina from yesterday. Years ago there was the genius Maradona, but also cracks as Batistuta, Caniggia, Riquelme (although he couldn’t shine so much when he played), la brujita Verón, and a very long tradition of goalkeepers (now I just can think in Goycochea) so good that even some of them played for another national teams. Instead the Argentina of these world-cup is not of giants; is a professional team, don’t have any doubts, but it’s pretty obvious that there is distance to previous teams. But, the football is about to score, not about to play nice, and Argentina sometimes have started horribly and ended victorious. This could happen again.

Germany is another team that I love to see play the football. They’ve a style pretty defined. You know, you see the game and you can see that those are Germans. Nevertheless the previous match between Ghana and USA proved that Ghana has skilled players and an analytic team manager that knows to build a strategy against their rivals. They were very matched and the score reflect that in my opinion. Miroslav Klose not just get a goal but a decisive moment to avoid a defeat.

In this world-cup I consider the traditional teams from Europe and South America are having troubles with teams of exotic, in the world of football I mean, origin, with styles that besides skill with force and endurance they can break the forecasts. The exception to this rule is Japan. I am also worried that so many teams means teams with low-level allowed to the competition and reduce the physical response to the last finalists. I’d prefer much more fewer squads to a better world-cup, but I could be wrong so I’ll wait till the end of the cup.

Football: Sweden – France

Hi homies! Did you see the match Sweden versus France? If you didn’t so don’t read because here comes the spoilers! haha.

The French army went with the order to kill or kill so they killed the Sweden team and did a lot of goals without anesthesia, five legals, almost two more that doesn’t get the Sweden rivals and they were so hungry that in the last second they send a lethal missil that wasn’t validated, if it had been half a second before we could be talking a more bulky score.

The Sweden team fought in the end so at least could get two goals, what a pity that they couldn’t do from the beginning, well, no problem, there was no victory today to Sweden but still they’ve gorgeous girls in home to solace them ;)

I was specting a French victory but not one so easy. Sweden had at seems a problem of reality and played as if they weren’t worried in get the next stage. Fortunately in the last minutes they proved that doesn’t mind if you are losing you have to play with everything. But football is a game of will and France still wanted more. In the next stage we will see if France still want.

Now I am seeing the match Ecuador versus History Channel, uh no, they say that that “H” in their chest is for Honduras…

Football: England – Uruguay

If you saw the match between England and Uruguay so probably you did it with the heart in the hand. It was a great match, with a deserved triumph with two excellent goals by Suarez.

Now… Uruguay is a strong team in South America, usually is pretty sure that they are going to classify to every World Cup, even they won the previous world cup in Brazil… against Brazil… You can bet your ba… er, your bag, that the Brazilians fans would feel much better if Uruguay would lost the match. Suarez was a heroe but not a lonely heroe, the team played very well and as always the defense was solid. Usually in the South American scale Argentina and Brazil are the first candidates but Uruguay is another favourite. The next match with Italia is going to be quite HOT!

But… What the heck happened to England? Its league is great, they have figures of world-class but their national team is an inarticulated team, it’s pretty evident that individually every player in the national team played well but as a team they weren’t the promise that their league would had anticipated. At least this world cup the English goalkeeper did a better work. I almost thought that the players were from rival teams. And the one goal seemed a despaired goal, almost casual. Better luck to England next time but in my humble opinion I don’t see opportunities to these  world cup.