Uruguay consul's passionate plea
Publication: Illawarra Mercury
SOCCER taking over as the number one sport is all that is needed for
Australia to become the perfect place to live, according to Uruguayan
consul-general Ana Maria Esteves.
Ms Esteves yesterday met with Wollongong Lord Mayor Alex Darling and
Wollongong Wolves players and officials ahead of the November 12 clash between
the Wolves and Uruguayan giants Penarol at WIN Stadium.
Forty-six Uruguayan league championships, five Copa Libertadores titles and
three World Club Championships (the last in 1982) are the credentials that the
mighty Penarol will bring with them to Australia next week.
Ms Esteves said the interest that has been shown by the Uruguayan and Latin
American communities towards the visit would hopefully result in plenty of
support at Penarol's matches against Wollongong and Marconi.
``For the Uruguayan and Latin American people who live in this country and
love it so much the only thing they miss is that this is not a soccer country,"
Ms Esteves said.
Penarol have an age old rivalry with fellow Uruguayan giants Nacional, but
that will be put on hold for their short Australian tour.
Wolves midfielder Alex Castro was born in Uruguay and said the clash with the
team he has supported since he was a child was something he was very much
looking forward to.