Alejandro Guevara Onofre – Expert Author

2014 World Cup: Costa Rica Made History – The Power Of Passion

Recreation and Sports: Soccer • Published: August 8, 2014

During its debut in the 2014 World Cup, the inspired squad of Costa Rica scored a surprise win over Uruguay, in one of the least expected wins in Brazil. Before losing 3-1 to CR the South American republic of Uruguay was the heavy favorite. Then, the pre-tournament favorite Italy was another victim of Costa Rica’s squad as they were defeated 1-0 at Recife’s Pernambuco Stadium, Brazil. Subsequently, the Costa Rican side had a draw (0-0) with the powerful squad of England, claiming the top spot in Group D and qualifying for the knock-out stages of the 2014 World Cup. After scoring four goals with only 1 scored against them in the first round, they began receiving significant attention for their feat. However, more surprising still was CR’s 1-0 victory against Greece (second round) thanks to an extraordinary performance by Keylor Navas (CR’s goalie turned-national hero after that game), securing its place in the quarterfinals. With their passion and love for Costa Rica, they have exciting fans all over the world…

Tribute to Margaret Thatcher, UK’s Former Premier

Womens Interests • Published: August 8, 2014

Although she didn’t see herself as a feminist, ironically, Thatcher inspired to several women around the globe, among them Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma (Nobel Prize for Peace in 1991), Philippines’ President Corazon Aquino and Dominica’s head of government Mary Eugenia Charles. Also, men like Vaclav Havel, one of the most prominent democrats in Eastern Europe and a self-avowed lifelong thatcherite. Curiously, she refused to use a “feminist project” as a springboard to came to power unlike several female leaders in modern times.

Lolo Fernandez: A Footballing Genius – A Biography

Recreation and Sports: Soccer • Published: July 23, 2014

Like many Latino champions such as Alberto Spencer of Ecuador (football), Mateo Flores of Guatemala (track-and-field) and Chino Mendez of Nicaragua (baseball), Lolo Fernandez lived in a country plagued by political violence, poverty, and economic difficulties. Despite these hurdles, he emerged as one of Latin America’s top athletes in the first half of the 20th century.

London 2012 Olympics: An Olympic Revolution in Colombia, A Phenomenal Role Model

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: June 21, 2012

Colombia has gained praise for its Olympic revolution. Although suffering a brutal civil conflict since the 1960s, the South American republic is producing top athletes in the 21st Century. Because of its troubles, Colombia should be one of the lowest-ranked Olympic teams in the Third World, but there are other results. In practice, incredibly, the conflict has not been an impediment to produce Pan American champs and Olympic medalists. Probably, there is no other Olympic squad on the Planet who would be fighting with big passion and dedication. Other notable chapter in the modern history of Colombia, of course.

London 2012 Olympics: Taiwan – Report An Olympic Land: 1960-2012

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: June 6, 2012

By the beggining of the 1960s, Taiwan produced a great champion in a time when the island –shapped like a tobacco leaf-was just one of the poverty-stricken countries on the Planet (with per capita GDP equal to most of Africa’s black republics) and also among Asia’s most unstable nations. His name: Yang Chuan-kwang. By 1963, he was focus of the attention of the world press: he was one of the first individuals from Asia to establish a world record with 8,089 points in the men’s decathlon, breaking the stereotypes of what makes a great decathlete. Throughout most of his athletic career, he set several international records, but he reached his peak as Chinese-Taipei’s decathlon champion when, on September 6, 1960, he won his nation’s first Olympian medal, after an epic showdown with America’s Rafer Johnson.

London 2012 Olympics: The Kingdom of Tonga – An Olympic Nation in the South Pacific

Recreation and Sports • Published: May 10, 2012

On the global stage, the first Olympic islanders were who participated in the Games of the 23rd Olympiad in 1984 in Southern California, America (where there is one of the largest Tongan communities outside the archipelago). Its long-awaited international debut was interesting especially when its national star, the fighter Tevita Taufoou, was able to qualify for the first rounds and then to emerge as one of the world’s top five boxers in the heavyweight category (91kg/120lbs). He was a key member of the nation’s seven-male delegation at Los Angeles ’84, an Olympiad boycotted by the Kremlin and its Soviet proxies. Once back on Tongan soil, Tevita was a focus of national pride in Nuku’alofa.

London 2012 Olympics: The USSR and Russia – Two Giants in the Summer Games

Recreation and Sports • Published: May 10, 2012

In spite of not having links to South Korea’s anti-Communist regime, the Kremlin allow the national delegation -a well-prepared squad with Olympic spies– to attend the 1988 Seoul Games. Seoul’s foreign policy with respect to Moscow was difficult due to two major events: The USSR has throughout its history maintained close diplomatic and economic ties to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, one of the most secretive societies on Earth. In fact, North Korea is South Korea’s enemy. Secondly, on September 1, 1983, a South Korean Boeing 747 was shot down by Moscow’s military forces after violating Soviet airspace.

London 2012 Olympics: Rwanda, An Unforgettable Olympic Country

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: May 9, 2012

Sport is not a name associated with Rwanda, but by July 1996, the then war-torn nation (through the 70s, known as the “Switzerland of Africa” due to its extraordinary landscapes with lakes, rivers, and high mountains) made international headlines when it was represented by four athletes at the Atlanta Centennial Games. It was a memorable moment when Rwanda’s national contingent entered the Stadium, while behind them had a tiny country devastated by genocidal wars, killing fields, corruption, rapes, poverty, and killing of gorillas (the country’s national symbol). During the 1990-1996 civil conflict, over one million people were slaughtered.

Lionel Messi: A Biography – A Genius of Soccer

Recreation and Sports: Soccer • Published: April 12, 2012

You cannot become a top sportsman (woman) if you don’t achieve notable results, if you are not a hard worker, and before all, if you are not able to overcome the obstacles in your life. In fact, Lionel Messi knows firsthand about this. Like his fellow Argentine Maradona, Messi is small -who stands 5 feet 8 inches tall – for the position of forward, but he overcame this with a prodigious ability and exceptional intelligence on the filed, earning the nickname “Flea”. Over his athletic career, he also has defeated other hurdles: numerous injuries, especially during Rikjaard’s direction. Throughout his years as a boy, his country underwent one of the deepest recessions in the Americas. But this wasn’t all. Because of an illness, he almost gave up the sport. By 2008, there were troubles to send Messi to the Summer Games due to his dual citizenship and status as a professional footballer in Barcelona.

Interesting Facts About The Falkland Islands (UK) – The World’s Last Wilderness!

Travel and Leisure: Adventure Travel • Published: March 20, 2012

The Falkland islands are known to most foreigners for an event: The 1982 Falklands War. But these islands have a lot of positive things. Curiously, the Falklands islands are one of UK’s best-kept secrets: A scenic wilderness rich in fish and abundant marine mammals… nesting sea birds… Anglophone traditions, rich history… fresh seafood, traditional gardens, historic sites, recreation areas… Southern Atlantic whale sanctuary and an extraordinary blue sky, of course. This land was the home to Warrah, a unique animal which lived only in this archipelago until the mid-1800s. On the other hand, by 2007, the Falklands were considered as one of the “most interesting islands on Earth” by a panel of 522 well-traveled experts in a variety of fields, from eco-tourism, travel services and photography to geography, archaeology and historic preservation-, ahead of most tropical places such as Aruba, Cozumel (Mexico), Puerto Rico, Bali (Indonesia), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

London 2012 Olympics: The Return of Uruguay’s Soccer

Recreation and Sports: Soccer • Published: March 16, 2012

Universally famous for its talented footballers, the South American republic of Uruguay will compete in the men’s Olympian soccer championship in the Briton capital of London in July and August 2012, after a 84-year absence in the Olympiad. Along with Brazil and the host country, it is one of the “heavy-favorites” to win the crown in the multi-sport event, an Olympic title won by Pedro Cea and his fellow Uruguayans in the 1920s (a couple of years prior to winning the Inaugural World Cup).

Olympic Facts – Women’s Basketball Olympic Tournament

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: February 27, 2012

A miracle occurred at Atlanta 1996! Despite suffering a bloody civil war, where over four million people were slaughtered (and thousands of girls were raped), incredibly the African republic of Zaire (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo /D.R.C) qualified as one of the 12 best teams of the world in the Games of the 26th Olympiad in the States, giving an example to several countries in the Third World, from Peru and the Philippines to India and Brunei Darussalam. Without a doubt, it was the “most memorable moment in Zaire’s sporting history.” After receiving support from Dikembe Mutumbo, a Congolese-born American star player, the African team went to Atlanta. From an Olympian perspective, Zaire’s team should be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Who Are The Most Famous Olympic Athletes in the History of the United States of America?

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: February 27, 2012

Considered as the “Most Outstanding Athlete of the 21st Century”, Michael Phelps has won 14 more gold medals than the combined total of ten countries around the globe: India (a country with a billion inhabitants and which made its Olympic debut in 1900), Iceland, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Luxembourg, Moldova, Sudan, Brunei Darussalam, and the Socialist republic of Vietnam. By 2004, Phelps captured six golds at the Athens Games. In the next Games, he picked a total of 8 Olympic gold medals. He was born on June 30, 1985, in Baltimore (Maryland).

London 2012 Olympics: America’s Edwin Moses, the Greatest Hurdler of All Time

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: February 27, 2012

Despite his retirement from track and field, he is still inspiring American people. His name: Edwin Corley Moses, former hurdler and a longtime campaigner for the rights of athletes. Widely regarded as the greatest hurdler of all time, Moses won 122 consecutive races from 1977 through 1987 (exactly nine years, nine months and nine days!), an incredible record in sporting history. Besides being the “best hurdler of the Planet” for nine years running, he set four worldwide records and captured eight global titles, including two Olympian crowns (Montreal ’76 & L.A. ’84). He probably would have won more medals if the United States hadn’t boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games.

London 2012 Olympics: Mary Lou Retton, America’s Greatest Gymnast of All Time

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: February 20, 2012

The American state of West Virginia has been blessed with a great natural beauty —it can be called America’s land of mountains— but also with extraordinary individuals such as Pearl S. Buck —a sinophile who received the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature in the late 1930s, becoming one of the first women on Earth to win that distinction— and Mary Lou Retton, widely regarded as one of the greatest female gymnasts of all time, alongside Nadia Comaneci of Romania and Olga Korbut of the Soviet Union -what is now the Russian Federation. Miss Retton lost the 1983 World Cup in Hungary but succeeded in becoming an Olympic champ in 1984. Over an athletic career that spanned four years, from 1982 through 1985, she won more than ten international and national championships.

The United States of America at the Summer Olympics: From 1896 to 2012!

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: February 1, 2012

Alabama-born Jesse Owens captured America’s attention by earning four world titles in Berlin— 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay, as well as the long jump. As a result of this, the United States sprinter was one of the globe’s most high-profile athletes in the 20th Century. This man is of great historical significance for America. Why? His big performance came at a time when there were fewer black athletes in the global sports arena, breaking down the barriers of prejudices, and occurred with the political backdrop of Germany’s Nazi regime. During Owens’ days as sprinter and long jumper, he became a symbol of the struggle against racism.

London 2012 Olympics: Edwin Vasquez Cam – The Greatest Peruvian Athlete of All Time!

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: January 24, 2012

Despite being known as a football-loving nation on the world stage, the republic of Peru, a Spanish-speaking country on the South American continent since the 1820s, has won the Olympian glory thanks to its international shooters, who have picked up a total of three medals in the Summer Games between 1948 and 1992. According to these results, unequivocally, the greatest Peruvian athlete is Edwin Vasquez Cam, an Olympic gold medalist.

London 2012 Olympics: Jose Gamarra Zorrilla, Bolivia’s Baron Pierre De Coubertin

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: January 18, 2012

When Bolivia’s Olympic team begins to march into the London Olympic Stadium, with its top athlete carrying the national flag – the traditional red, yellow and green tricolor, I will remember two things: By 1868, Queen Victoria, among the most powerful women in history, abolished Bolivia from her world map after England’s ambassador to La Paz, the country’s capital, had been humiliated by Bolivia’s notorious dictator Mariano Melgarejo. Secondly, the South American country has not produced many of the globe’s foremost Olympian athletes, but it had one of the best Olympic leaders in the whole history of sport. His name: Jose Gamarra Zorrilla, who was lionized by several foreign governments, from Taiwan and America to the Soviet Union and Mexico.

History of the US Women’s Volleyball Team – A Strong Favorite to Win the Olympics 2012!

Recreation and Sports: Volleyball • Published: December 28, 2011

In the most glorious international match in volleyball history, Cuba beats the U.S. 3-2 (17-15, 15-7, 11-15, 9-15, 15-10) for the IX Pan American Games gold medal in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in August 1983; the nation’s first Pan American medal in 16 years. A marathon game where the global star Flo Hyman is overshadowed by the 16-year-old Cuban volleyball prodigy Mireya Luis Hernandez (who stands 1,76m tall, but with a jump of 3,39 meters over the net), a key-player during the match. Days ago, the U.S. had defeated Cuba 3-1 (16-14, 16-14, 11-15, 16-14) in the first round.

London 2012 Olympics: Africa’s Olympic Queen Kirsty Coventry!

Recreation and Sports: Olympics • Published: November 30, 2011

After her participation in the People’s Republic, Kirsty Coventry was declared “national heroine” by her fellow Zimbabweans in the nation’s capital city of Harare (ex Salisbury), while the President-for-life Robert Mugabe, a member of the tribe Shona (which makes up over 75 percent of the country’s population) gave her $100,000, a reward for winning gold. At the time, Mr. Mugabe, the world’s most homophobic leader, called her “a golden girl”.

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