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Luis Suarez: A hero in Sky-blue

July 5, 2010 1 comment

Hero: (

a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal

Luis Suarez

The Hero in Sky-blue. Image Reuters

I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but I am convinced that Luis Suarez IS a hero. I am not from Uruguay nor against Ghana. Both teams showed on the field what it means to defend the colors of your country. For them it is clear that wearing a uniform in the World Cup is a lot more than just showing yourself and know that they are representing millions of people when they jump in the pitch.

After 120 mins titanic battle, both teams had only 1 thing in mind: coming through. No matter what no matter the cost.

I am sure you know what happened: 120th minute. Ghana heads the ball on target, Luis Suarez is on the goal line and reacts… stops the ball with both hands! Following the rules he gets to see the red card and a Penalty kick is awarded to Ghana. In tears, Suarez leaves the field but suddenly the unthinkable: Gyan shoots high and Uruguay has another chance in the penalty shoot-out!

The rules are clear and in my opinion fair. Red card and penalty. The fact that Gyan couldn’t handle the pressure is not Suarez’ fault. He did what any warrior (all 22 players turned into warriors for me) would have done in the situation. He sacrificed himself for his team, his country, his colors.

Now Uruguay will face Holland without his fallen Hero but with the spirit of millions pushing them knowing that they made history and they can keep dreaming.

This could be a lesson for Argentinians and Brazilians. For me, they played too relaxed.. didn’t fight as Paraguayans and Uruguayans did. They did not show the “Garra” that other south american nations showed. Maybe they did give everything they had… If this was the case, they had only very little to offer. Being the best player (best technique and physique) is nothing without the heart.

Luis Suarez: A Hero in Sky-blue.