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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Copa America: A Strange Meeting at San Cristobal

Last night during the opening ceremonies of the Copa America, a strange sight was seen in San Cristobal, Venezuela. Before the game, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, along with President Evo Morales of Bolivia, greeted their respective teams, along with the referees. But they had a guest of epic proportions: Diego Armando Maradona.

After all three men met with the teams, they began to do an impromptu soccer skills demonstration at the center circle. President Chavez set the ball up for President Morales, who exibited the best skills of the trio. He rolled the ball back with his foot, deftly lifted it up, and volleyed it away. I believe that he played professionally in his youth. We already know that he enjoys playing in the high altitudes of the Bolivian Andes. Then President Chavez passed the ball to Diego Maradona. El Pibe de oro took a kick with his left foot as the crowd applauded.

For a video clip of the trio, please click here.

The game ended in a draw, 2 x 2. In the other opening round game, Peru defeated Uruguay, 3 x 0.

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