Dream of the “best World Cup” – Ecuador: Pistol thief, Tinder coach and Catenaccio – Sport


Ecuador’s path to the 2022 World Cup was suspected of breaking the rules. In Qatar, the South Americans want to cause a sporting sensation.

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Moises Caicedo (L) and Carlos Gruezo (2.vl) from Ecuador have space.

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Is playing? He does not play? A thief’s gun around Byron Castillo kept the team around the national coach Gustavo Alfaro in suspense. Chile and Peru had demanded Ecuador’s participation in the World Cup due to doubts about the defender’s nationality.

Castillo, who played in 8 qualifiers, was born in Colombia in 1995 and not in Ecuador in 1998 as they say? The plaintiffs ruled before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, Ecuador was confirmed to participate in the World Cup less than 12 days before the opening match.

Castillo has to stay home

Concerned about the legality of Castillo’s passport, the Ecuadorian association put an end to the scare. The sports leadership does without the controversial Castillo in the World Cup call-up and wants to focus fully on the duel with the host Qatar on Sunday.

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You can watch the opening match of the World Cup 2022 live on SRF, like all the other 63 final round matches. Preliminary report on SRF Zwei begins at 3:30 p.m.

“It’s really exciting that the whole world is watching us,” striker and captain Enner Valencia said before the opening game. The record shooter, like his entire country, believes in the participation of “La Tri” in the 4th World Cup to reach the round of 16. Like in Germany in 2006, when Ecuador reached the round of 16 for the first and last time. “We dream of the best World Cup in Ecuador,” said Valencia.

Coach Alfaro made the Ecuadorians dream. Another curious story revolves around the employment of him. A kind of partner app brought the association and Alfaro together in the midst of the corona pandemic.

The 60-year-old player was sent by the association through the game analysis software of his previously supervised teams. The result: matched! Ecuador qualified for the World Cup ahead of teams like Colombia and Chile, which prompted Alfaro to write a book titled “Hunters of Impossible Utopias.”

Thanks to catenaccio for success

More recently, thanks to the enormous defensive strength, they did not lose 7 games in a row. Thanks to catenaccio, defensive and destructive football, the South Americans were left 6 times without conceding a goal. But what is also part of the truth: Ecuador has not scored more than 1 goal per game in 11 games. Ecuador’s young and hungry team knows its strengths and is seen as a promise for the future.

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