A Dark Night for Venezuelan Fútbol

Ni un partido de fútbol puede ver uno en esta vaina.

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It’s hard to put into words how embarrassed I feel as a Venezuelan. In an official qualifying match for the Russia 2018 World Cup, Merida’s Metropolitan Stadium, the one we were emphatic in calling the best in the land, went pitch black in the middle of the match.

Yes, qué ladilla con el comunismo. Yes, godammit Maduro! This is plain ridiculous.

I fancy myself somebody who enjoys sports considerably more than the average person. A larger than normal portion of my week is dedicated to following this usually joyous hobby of mine. I think I’ve only seen anything like it once, in a highlights reel with news anchors chuckling over this schadenfreudesque embarrassment somewhere in Whocares, Bolivia.

We all know how dire and in need Venezuela is. But this is the sort of thing that ticks all the wrong boxes. It’s tough enough to spend the day dodging stories that can bring you to tears, or reading news that makes you flinch. Or develop the unusual habit of saying “WTF WTF WTF!” every time you check Twitter, in awe of how messed-up current events can be.

All this putting aside the fact that La Vinotinto couldn’t be doing any worse if they tried.

It’s absurd how poorly we’re performing, and how often we lose. I wasn’t expecting a world class performance, pero coño!

Now we have to be the laughingstock in sports as well? ¡No me jodas pana!

10 COMMENTS

  1. Excellent post, Daniel. Also our football is not safe of other problems in our country like criminality: Two pro players recently were killed and one entire team (Trujillanos FC) was robbed in the middle of the night.

    http://www.eluniversal.com/noticias/sucesos/asesinan-futbolista-ronaldo-perez-maracay_594506

    http://www.meridiano.com.ve/futbol/futbol-venezolano/138103/asesinado-jugador-de-la-sub-20-de-tucanes.html

    http://www.panorama.com.ve/sucesos/En-una-INFOGRAFIA-el-robo-a-los-jugadores-de-Trujillanos-FC-20160921-0013.html

    Al least, there’s a silver lining in all of this: The success of the women’s U-17 Vinotinto and specially the great Deyna Castellanos, now in the semifinals of the World Cup in Jordan.

  2. One just wondered how a country like ours can be so disfunctional and still produced some good athletes. Must be pure talent and skill. For example, I’m really enjoying what our women’s U-17 squad is doing in Jordania. I’m really proud on how they are playing against some of the powerhouses and still beating them. I can’t stop praising Deyna Castellanos. I think she deserves already a street named after her.

    • Yes! You’re right! Even in the best places, but, in this country happens often, a daily common issue here, most of the sports venues here are managed by the goverment, the main electrical company is managed by them too. Well! This joke tells it itself!

    • Of course it has happened in several other places during notoriously bigger events… but out of technical mishaps, not the collapse of the electric grid dude. Tanto la chicha como la limonada son bebidas, pero no pudiesen ser mas diferentes.

      Thanks for the comment!

  3. Heh, the new resident communications guerrilla rookie will whine that “In US they buy the drugs that fall from the skyes so that excuses chavismo from this”

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