photo courtesy of futbalecuador
I’m just back from a couple of days in Banos so just catching up with the results.
I managed to get to the Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria or Casa Blanca (White House) for the first time on Sunday for the LDU Quito vs Barcelona game. It is a an impressive stadium which has a huge north stand which rises to a big television at the top.
Despite being only 15 years old it looks pretty beat up from outside but it’s a palace compared to largely uncovered Atahaulpa Studium of Deportivo Quito, El Nacional and the national team.
The east and west stands have three tiers of corporate boxes and seating below. I chose the north stand, in among the standing throngs which had a good atmosphere but pretty limited view.
The game itself was dominated by LDU but a couple of defensive lapses let Barcelona in to equalize twice. There were good passages of play and it was a much faster game than those at the Atahaulpa, probably because the surface seemed to be so much better.
The draw for LDU means they still trail the leader, Independiente who continue to surprise all despite being relative minnows.
Deportivo Quito secured a 2-0 home win against Olmedo ahead of their Copa Libertadores match with Universidad de Chile on Thursday night. While Emelec fought to a draw against Independiente in preparation for their Libertadores tie against Brazilian giants, Corinthians.
Hi, I saw your link on Tim Vickery’s blog. This is a great blog and I look forward to reading more in the coming weeks. I have an interest in Ecuador and Ecuadorian football as my wife is Ecuadorian. Unfortunately I have never got to a match in Ecuador so far but hopefuly the next time I am in the country I will get to go. I kinda follow Barcelona mainly because my wife is from that area of Guayaquil. Thanks again and great blog.
Cheers man, I really appreciate it.i have not long started my blog and still sussing out all the players and teams.
I’m going to add stuff pretty regularly
Stay in touch and “like” or join the blog as no-one else has.
saw your link on the vickery blog too. nice site. yeah, incredible what ind.jose teran are doing. the league is historically dominated by emelec/barcelona and dep and liga de quito, so it’s a massive shock really. i’ve just got back from 2 years teaching in ecuador so i’m quite well up on stuff out there.
so you’ve been reading about spencer? have you seen this:
it’s an article i wrote about spencer not long since. i’ve got an article ref suarez on my blog too. not totally in agreement with vickery ref that but hey, it’s all about opinions.
Cheers man…where did you teach??
I am in Quito,teaching right beside the Atahaulpa.
My blog is a work in progress.
I’m going to read your Alberto Spencer piece tomorrow..I was going to write much the same thing, now i’ll have to rethink..ha
I loved your bit about Peru.
thanks for the support
i was in guayaquil, but quito is the place to be for a gringo i think. quito is a really attractive colonial city, guayaquil is a pretty ugly industrial city, a concrete jungle (don’t tell my ecuadorian wife i said that though!!). only advantage with guayaquil is access to the coast/beaches etc, and a warmer climate.
ahh, there’s probably a lot more to say about spencer, i only scratched the surface. i wouldn’t let that put you off! if you’re good at spanish there is loads of stuff out there, anecdotes, stories about how good he was etc.
good luck with the blog. will keep an eye on it as feeling a bit nostalgic about ecuador. i only left a couple of months ago. cheers
Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve visited this site before but after looking
at many of the articles I realized it’s
new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely delighted I discovered it and I’ll
be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!