Wednesday, June 30, 2010

¿Cómo se dice fútbol en guaraní?

You wouldn't have guessed this from last night's incredibly boring Paraguay-Japan game — L’Osservatore Romano suggests soccer was invented by Paraguayan Indians. The article acknowledges that "many British soccer enthusiasts would be quick to dispute such a claim."

"They often played with a ball that, although it was made completely of rubber, was so light and quick that instead of them hitting it, it bounced around without stopping, driven by its own weight," wrote a Spanish Jesuit in 1793. "They did not throw the ball with their hands like we do, but rather they kicked it with the upper part of their bare feet, passing it and trapping it with great agility and precision."

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