Life in Cali – ready for the Under 20 World Cup

Life in Cali – ready for the Under 20 World Cup

I am now settled comfortably in Cali, a place where I always enjoy myself, ready for the under-20 World Cup.   Cali is situated inland within Colombia at approximately 1,000m and has a tropical climate, so the length of the day doesn’t vary nor the temperature – just the amount of rain you get. So far, I’ve been lucky, I have had a [...]

Two jewels waiting to be crowned

Two jewels waiting to be crowned

The academy I represent in Cali, Colombia (Sarmiento Lora) is renowned not only for it’s fantastic social input, it is also one of the best football academies in Colombia. Just mentioning that that it has produced a star such as Faustino Asprilla – should be enough to convince anyone! However, to prove the point Mario Yepes,  Miguel Angel Calero y [...]

GAME OF THE WEEK: CORTULA V ONCE CALDAS (LIGA POSTOBON, COLUMBIA)

GAME OF THE WEEK: CORTULA V ONCE CALDAS (LIGA POSTOBON, COLUMBIA)

Cortulua v. Once Caldas – Liga Postobon (Colombia Division 1)  Final score; 0-3 to Once Caldas My travels through Colombia took me to Tulua this week.  Tulua is a small city within the Valley of Cauca (named after the river Cauca) that runs through the valley.  It is just under 100km from Cali, the capital of the valley. I took [...]

DEPORTIVO CALI V PEREIRA (LIGA POSTOBON – COLOMBIA FIRST DIVISION)

DEPORTIVO CALI V PEREIRA (LIGA POSTOBON – COLOMBIA FIRST DIVISION)

Two interesting football players from the Colombia First Division! The Deportivo Cali v. Pereira game on Sunday 7 November, 2010 Result 1-1 This was a vital game for Deportivo Cali, which they had to win to make sure they qualified for the play-offs for the Championship – the top 6 teams at the end of the regular half season go into [...]

COLOMBIAN CHEERLEADERS - AND COLOMBIAN FOOTBALL!

COLOMBIAN CHEERLEADERS – AND COLOMBIAN FOOTBALL!

Well, I am now preparing another trip to Colombia, this time to Cali – which is the capital of an area known as “El Valle de Cauca”.  This is a land of footballing legends and terrific talent.  Tino Asrilla (ex-Newcastle United) is a close friend of mine and Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama, Hugo Rodallega and many others originate from this [...]