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Monday, December 13, 2010

Franklin Lobos: "This was the toughest match of my life."

Franklin Lobos was a former professional soccer player in Chile. He was the 27th miner rescued from the 33 trapped in the San Jose mine.
"This was the toughest match of my life."
Source: Reuters and Standard Freeholder, Oct. 14, 2010.

Today, 13 December, some of the Chilean miners will attend the Manchester United v. Arsenal match at Old Trafford.

Video from his Playing Career

According to Jack Bell of the New York Times:
"Lobos played for a number of Chilean club teams, including Deportes Antofagasta, Club de Deportes Santiago Wanderers and Unión La Calera. He also represented his country during qualifying matches for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles."

Signed Shirts of Support

Pele', David Villa and other famous players, past and present, sent well-wishes and signed shirts to the miners. Perhaps now, Mr. Lobos will be the one signing balls and shirts.

Mr. Lobos will be forever known as one of "Los 33." But for soccer players around the world, he was one of us.

Muchas felicidades al Señor Lobos y su familia.

Chi, Chi, Chi, Le, Le, Le, Viva Chile!

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