More than a Fro – CARLOS “El Pibe” VALDERRAMA

Few people would have forgotten Carlos Valderrama and his appearance in 3 World Cups for Colombia. His trademark blonde afro made him one of the most recognisable World footballers in the 1990’s but his extravagant appearance belied his immense footballing ability. Valderrama captained Colombia during their golden period in which they qualified for 3 World […]


In a surprising move Fidel Martinez has opted to move to join Mexican Primera Division side, Tijuana or Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente to give them their full name. Martinez or the “Ecuadorian Neymar” has impressed in this year’s Copa Libertadores with his marauding runs down Deportivo Quito’s left hand side. An impressive performance against […]

Reinaldo Rueda names his squad for Ecuadors double header.

  There were no major surprises in Reinaldo Rueda’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying games. The attacking line will consist of players plying their trade in Mexico’s Premier Liga while Antonio Valencia, Renato Ibarra,Christian Noboa and Jefferson Montero provide the European experience after long seasons abroad.       Ecuadorian Squad for games against Argentina […]

Independiente slip up again but still lead.

Independiente slipped up again this weekend but still manage to hold on to 1st place. Los negriazules (The black and blues)were thumped 3-0 by Manta giving Liga, Emelec and Barcelona the chance to catch up. The Guayquil clubs siezed their chanceby claiming the full 3 points but Liga de Quito drew again in the Casa […]

Independiente continue to lead the pack

Photo courtesy of Futbolecuador I managed to get along to the Atahaulpa again on Sunday to witness an entertaining game between El Nacional and Liga de Quito. The final score of 1-1 was hard on the home team especially as they protected their lead for so long with only 10 men. In the end however […]

A very popular cafe/restaurant chain in Ecuador

  This picture may help illustrate the difference of opinion in cultures with the term “negro”. Although i would never use the word myself, the Ecuadorians use it as a term of affection rather than an insult. In this case (or as my students tell me) the menestras del negro or “The Black Guy’s Beans” is […]