You know sometimes being deprived of one thing is actually good, take La Liga for example, here in the United States if you want to watch La Liga on television, you can only do so if your cable provider carries Be-In Sport… so my cable provider doesn’t carry that channel, so naturally I’m missing out on Messi, Ronaldo, and all that good shit. But it’s a win-win really, see now Gol-TV, the channel that used to carry La Liga in the States is forced to show other programming; so we’re talking Bundesliga, Brasileirão and something called Uruguay’s Primera. So now I get to see with my own eyes how horrible Uruguay’s domestic league continues to be.
So I was watching La Copa Bimbo, a friendly tournament which encompasses the Clásico as well — Now I should preface this by saying that before I watched the actual game I downed an entire plate of General Tso’s Chicken. So by the time I got to the game I was entering a carb induced tangy chicken coma. So I didn’t mind so much that El Centenario’s pitch was a cow-patch or that for most of the match, nothing much was really going on, not that I expected much action since it is a summer Clásico, and most of the time, the players arrive slightly out of form.
So Zalayeta scores in the 67th minute, Peñarol 1-0 Nacional and I’m thinking, holy shit what an amazing goal! — Zalayeta continues to be one of those players I’ll always appreciate and isn’t it about time we forgive him for missing that penalty against Australia in 2005? — But anyway the plate of General Tso’s chicken was working its magic, shortly after Zalayeta scored it was lights out for Yorugua.
So I was surprised to wake up today to the news that there was more to this game, that a fracus had ensued, that Jorge Bava, Nacional’s starting goalkeeper who looks like he had been painted by El Greco, had indeed punched out some security guard and was hauled off to the slammer where his future will be determined by a judge or something like that. Meanwhile there are reports that the next Clásico may be suspended due to these very incidents which took place at the end of last night’s match and which may cost Bava his liberty.
While Bava may have earned Bolso sainthood, it really does nothing for Uruguay’s domestic football.
The punch actually highlights what’s wrong with Uruguay’s football, sometimes it seems like the AUF & Tenfield would rather sell you pyrotechnics than actual football. For the neutral or casual observer, there wasn’t much to snack on, in fact there was more on my plate of General Tso’s chicken than there was in last night’s match.
Uruguay’s domestic football hasn’t improved since the national team’s improved international standing the last couple of years. This particular Clásico highlights this notion, bottled up frustrations boiling over and the potential for violence seems to be what gets prioritized in Uruguay’s football. For a country that has given world football so much, it’s odd that this now seems to be the norm. That all we can really hope to see when we watch a Primera match is that maybe a punch is thrown, some NHL violence spills out and that this is what we can talk about the next day… not the quality of the football played. It’s enough to make you not want to watch any of this, but in my case, no Liga means I have to watch this… FUCK!
On a different subject, I’m a bit confused about this but supposedly if Uruguay’s Under-20 Squad loses this Friday by more than 2 goals to Venezuela, they would be eliminated from the South American Under-20 tournament. And if Uruguay loses by one goal, they’re in? WTF? Who comes up with these defeatist scenarios?… all I know Uruguay plays this Friday. Lets hope the kids continue on track and don’t order any Chinese food before the match.