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Pedro M. Cameselle

was born on 1 October 1901 on the outskirts of the city of Salto, located in northern Uruguay. His father was believed to be José Ignacio Andrade, listed as a 97-year-old witness on his birth certificate (see Morales 12, 26). Though it is unlikely that he reached this advanced age, the father, supposedly an African-born slave who escaped from Brazil, had at one time worked as a brujo (an expert in African magic rituals). He died soon after Andrade’s birth. His mother, Anastasia Quiróz, said to be born in Argentina, laundered clothes for a living. Andrade was the youngest of four siblings, their names being Ramona, Nicasio, and Anastasia. Although it is uncertain when the family first relocated to Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1917 they permanently moved to a tenement in Palermo one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the capital city Andrade worked selling newspapers and shining shoes and ...

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Juan Angola Maconde

was born on 22 June 1965 in Chillamani, in the municipality of Coripata, in the Nor Yungas Province of the department of La Paz, Bolivia. He was the son of Petronila Landavery and Benigno Angola. Angola is a common surname among the Afro-descendant population of Bolivia, which is estimated to number about 18,000, out of a national population of 11 million; like Demetrio and his family, most Afro-Bolivians live in the Yungas region. Although the Afro-Bolivian population is one of the smallest in South America, it is also one of the oldest, originating in the late sixteenth century with Africans (many from the Angola region of Africa) brought as slave labor to work the silver mines in Bolivia’s mountains.

Demetrio Angola attended the Luis Rivero Sanchez School and then the Eduardo Abaroa School both in Coripata His sports teacher Felipe Torres coached Angola the year he represented his school at ...

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was born on 10 November 1969 in Tuluá, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, into the large family of a sugarcane worker. A striker, he was part of the great generation of players who emerged in Colombia in the late 1980s and early 1990s and which included Carlos Valderrama and Rene Higuita. He is also known for his four nicknames that identified him throughout his career: “Tino Asprilla,” as an abbreviation of his name; “Fausto,” which is used primarily by the press; “the Black Gazelle,” highlighting his great speed, and “the Octopus,” for his voracious appetite.

He began his football career for the local Carlos Sarmiento Lora School before starting his professional career in 1988 with Cúcuta Deportivo one of the more humble clubs in Colombia s elite league Categoría Primera A One year later after scoring seventeen goals in thirty six games he was transferred to Atlético Nacional of Medellin ...

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Jeremy Rich

soccer player, was born Abedi Ayew on 5 September 1964 in the small town of Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana. His family moved to the village of Oko, near Accra, the national capital when Abedi was still quite young. Along with his fourteen half- and full-siblings (including younger brother Kwame, who also played in European club football and won an Olympic Gold Medal for Ghana in 1992), he grew up in poverty in a community that had no electricity. Like so many young Ghanaians, Ayew began to play soccer when he was a small boy, running barefooted around his town and at the Dome Anglican primary school. Older players struggled to keep up with Ayew in his early days, and by the time he entered adolescence, he had developed into a very talented attacking midfielder. In 1978 Real Tamale United a soccer club in the country s northern ...

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María de Lourdes Ghidoli

was born on 16 November 1950 in Ingeniero White a port town located near the city of Bahía Blanca in the province of Buenos Aires though some sources incorrectly list his birthplace as San Nicolás de Los Arroyos where his wife was born His father Walter was a goalie for the Club Atlético Puerto Comercial of the same city and as a child Héctor joined the club s youth teams Initially he had no fixed position he could wear the number 4 on his jersey as a defender as easily as the number 7 as a forward During this time he also played other sports such as basketball and volleyball and Baley later recalled that the sport he liked the least was soccer But because his father had been a goalie and none of his other four sons played that position Héctor tried to follow in his father s ...

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Adam R. Hornbuckle

was born John Charles Bryan Barnes on 7 November 1963 in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of Roderick Kenrick Barnes, a Trinidadian, and Frances Jeanne Hill, a Jamaican. At the time of his birth, his father was a colonel in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and his mother was a television host. The elder Barnes, who named his son after John Charles, a famous Welsh soccer player, encouraged his son’s interest in sports. Barnes grew up in Up-Park Camp, headquarters of the JDF, and attended St. George’s Roman Catholic School in Kingston until his family moved to London, England, following his father’s promotion to general and appointment as defense adviser to the High Commission of Jamaica in London in 1976 He continued his education in London at St Marylebone Grammar School and then at the Haverstock School in Camden Town Barnes who started playing soccer in Jamaica continued at the ...

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Juan Navarrete

was born in Santiago, Chile, on 21 June 1984, the son of a Haitian father and a Chilean mother. Beausejour is popularly known as “Palmatoria,” which is the name of a black soccer player portrayed in local comic books. His parents met while his father was studying medicine in Santiago, but the couple split up when Beausejour was 2 years old, when his father returned to Haiti to work. He was raised by his mother’s family of Mapuche origin in Estación Central, a working-class neighborhood of Santiago.

Beausejour demonstrated great talent at a young age, and in 2004 he began to play in the lower divisions of the Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica teams. After two years in the professional Chilean league, he was recruited to play for a Swiss club, Servette, and in 2005 he was hired by Grêmio one of the best of the Brazilian ...

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Jeremy Rich

soccer goalkeeper, was born in the town of Mouandé in Sanaga-Maritime province, Cameroon on 8 October 1954. His family considered education to be Bell's highest priority as a child, but he already showed the rebellious streak that characterized his professional career. Bell spent over a year in jail when he was seventeen years old, but he was acquitted and completed his secondary education. He had begun to excel as a soccer goalkeeper by the time he reached secondary school. By 1969 he had become one of leading teenage soccer players in his country, and began his professional career with the Union de Douala football club. Thanks in no small part to Bell's play, the Union de Douala won the 1979 African Cup of Champions Clubs the leading international club competition in the continent In Cameroon his only serious rival as a top goalkeeper was Thomas Nkono who ...

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Jeremy Rich

on 16 June 1914, the son of a boat repairer. Information about his early life is scant, but it is known that some of Ben Barek’s ancestry was from Senegal. By 1921 he had begun to play soccer with only a rudimentary ball made of fabric and sometimes played games where only he and a goalie challenged a full team from a different neighborhood. By the time he was fourteen years old, Ben Barek joined his first club, FC El Ouatane of Casablanca. His speed and scoring ability soon made him a star, even if his fame was not matched by financial riches in the hardscrabble world of Moroccan club soccer in the 1930s. He therefore found work in the gas industry to make a living when a young man. From 1930 Ben Barek was a top player for the second division side Idéal Club in Casablanca joining ...

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Brian Ward

was born on 24 February 1951 in Somerset Village, Bermuda, the son of a prison warder. He was educated at Churchill School in Hamilton. In 1974 Best married fellow islander Alfreida, with whom he had one daughter, Kimberley. Having excelled at soccer as a youngster, in 1969 Best joined West Ham United, becoming one of the first black footballers to break into the top flight of English soccer. Overcoming widespread racial hostility, Best forged a successful career in Europe and North America and was an inspiration for many of the black players who followed him into the once overwhelmingly white English soccer leagues.

Best’s potential was initially spotted by his Churchill School coach Earl (Gabby) Heart. While still only 15 years old and playing for the Somerset Trojans, Best was selected to represent the Bermuda national team. Just three years later, in August 1969 he made his debut for ...

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María Cecilia Martino

was born on 25 March 1931, on Entrevías Street, in Avellaneda, to the south of Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was the son of Joaquín Britos and Rosa Ramos, immigrants from Cape Verde, an archipelago located off the western coast of Africa, who came to Argentina around the 1920s. His father, Joaquín, was employed by the refrigeration company “La Blanca” in Avellaneda, a locality distinguished by its high concentration of salteries, refrigerating plants, and factories that would shape the industrial growth of the region. In the family home Joaquín organized meetings of the former association of Cape Verdean immigrants, which called itself the Cape Verdean Society “Unión Hesperitana” (1930), a forerunner of the Sociedad de Socorros Mutuos Unión Caboverdeana de Dock Sud (Cape Verdean Union Mutual Aid Society of South Dock), a parallel organization founded two years later.

Alberto was the eighth of ten children six boys ...

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Gerardo Álvarez

was born on 11 July 1928 in Callao, Peru. Known as “Bear” for his height (he was more than 1.8 meters [5 feet, 9 inches] tall) and his muscular body, he was also nicknamed “El Chueco,” which means “bowlegged.” He was the cousin of Luis “Joe” Calderón and the uncle of Julio Meléndez, both distinguished soccer players. In 1966 he married Petronila Esther Ibáñez Donoso, a Chilean woman, with whom he had three children: Pamela, Marcos, and Milagros. His career as a soccer player began with the Callao-based second-division club Carlos Concha in the late 1940s. He later moved to a bigger Callao club, Sport Boys, which he supported, and he played on that team when it won the first-division championship in 1951 He played as a winger and garnered a reputation for being a rough strong and intense player His career as a soccer player was short however ...

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Juan Angola Maconde

was born on 11 July 1970, in Coripata in the Nor Yungas region of La Paz, Bolivia. He was the son of Primitive Salinas, a woman of African descent, and Francisco Castillo, a man of indigenous Aymara origins. Like his older brother, Ramiro Castillo Salinas, and another Coripata-born player, Demetrio Angola Landavery, Iván was part of the first generation of Afro-Bolivian footballers to play at the highest professional level. He studied at Coripata’s Luis Rivero Sanchez and Eduardo Abaroa schools before leaving the village for Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1987 at the age of 17 to play with Argentinos Juniors one of the continent s leading clubs famed for producing Diego Maradona Castillo then made his professional debut the following year with the La Paz club Always Ready in the Bolivian second tier There he joined Luis Iriondo Angola a pioneering Afro Bolivian player also from Coripata who ...

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was born on 27 March 1965 in Coripata in the Nor Yungas region of La Paz, Bolivia, the son of Primitive Salinas, a woman of African descent, and Francisco Castillo, a man of indigenous Aymara origins. Ramiro’s younger brother, Iván Castillo Salinas, was also a professional footballer who represented the Bolivian national team. Although the African-descended population of Bolivia is the smallest in South America, Coripata is recognized for its significant Afro-Bolivian population. Like many in the town, Ramiro’s family was poor, and his parents made ends meet by selling bananas, carrying firewood, and cooking.

Ramiro first showed his athletic talent as a young boy, playing in the atrium of the church of Santiago de Coripata. In 1977 his prowess first came to the fore when he starred in a youth soccer tournament for teams in North and South Yungas, the “Interyungueño Sub 13.” In 1982 he moved to ...

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Charles Boehm

was born Clive Michael Charles in East London, England, the youngest of Moister and Jessica Charles’ nine children. Jessica raised the children mostly on her own after Moister was lost at sea when Clive was six years of age.

After spending his childhood playing soccer in the rough streets of their industrial neighborhood, at age twelve Clive followed his older brother John into the academy system at West Ham United FC, East London’s most successful club. He and his brother were among the first wave of black players to enter the sport, representing an epochal cultural shift in English soccer.

From 1971 to 1972 Charles was loaned out by West Ham to Olympique Montreal a club in the recently established North American Soccer League NASL a daring attempt to bring the world s most popular game to the United States and Canada soccer s final frontier Though he would ...

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Curt Johnson

professional soccer player, later became the charismatic leader of the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA; Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) forces in eastern Angola during the Angolan Revolution. He subsequently broke with the leadership of the MPLA and led a faction opposed to MPLA President Dr. Agostinho Neto. In the Angolan Civil War, his faction was allied with Holden Roberto’s Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola (FNLA; Front for the National Liberation of Angola) and Jonas Savimbi’s União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA; National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) against Neto’s MPLA.

Daniel Júlio Chipenda, an Ovimbundu, was the son of Jesse Chipenda, a prominent Protestant clergyman and activist who died in a Portuguese prison camp in 1969 The younger Chipenda associated with Angolan dissidents in Luanda He later was a popular student athlete at Coimbra University in Portugal 1958 ...

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Jaime Pulgar Vidal

was born in the old hacienda of Santa Barbara in Cañete, a small town 236 miles south of Lima, on 12 April 1944. The Hacienda Santa Barbara, his birthplace, had by the early nineteenth century a total of 266 slaves. When slavery was abolished in Peru on 3 December 1854, Afro-Peruvian workers and their descendants continued to work as employees for the owner of the hacienda. In the early 1950s, the Chumpitaz family migrated to Lima and settled in Chacra Cerro, a cotton farm.

Chumpitaz worked in the rock crushing industry in the district of Collique in Lima He developed strict disciplinary habits that he would later apply in his life as a soccer player In his spare time he played soccer with his coworkers and at age 19 he was hired by a second division team Unidad Vecinal No 3 Later he played for first division teams ...

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Arturo Taracena

also known as Ricardo, was born on 4 November 1937 on one of the banana plantations in the area of Yuma, in the municipality of Los Amates Department of Izabal, Guatemala. On those plantations, named El Abáca, Chinock, Chinockito, Kikapoo, and La Inca, soccer teams were formed that played the best teams from the nearby communities of Puerto Barrios and Bananera.

His professional soccer career began in the late 1950s when he moved to Guatemala City to play with Escuintla later joining IRCA the team of the International Railways of Central America before moving once again to the banana plantation teams this time on the Pacific coast in Tiquisate and finally playing with Retalhuleu Recruited by the Argentine coach Gregorio Bundio he joined the municipal team of Guatemala City then under the direction of the Spanish coach Lorenzo Ausina Tur who recently arrived in the country revolutionized its training regimes ...

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Stephen Naylor

was born Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva, in Osasco, São Paulo, on 15 May 1985. Cristiane began playing soccer at an early age, appearing for local youth teams in São Paulo. She made her international debut for Brazil in the 2002 Under-19 Women’s World Championship. Playing as a forward, Cristiane’s goal-scoring ability ensured a swift transition to the senior Brazilian squad, where she would form an effective strike partnership with her teammate Marta.

The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens saw Cristiane impress herself on the consciousness of world football supporters with a series of impressive displays. Her combinations with Marta helped Brazil reach the final, where they narrowly lost in the gold medal game to the United States. Cristiane finished as the joint top scorer, with five goals, a feat she repeated at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 where Brazil once again had to settle for silver at ...

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Aldo Panfichi

was born on 8 March 1949 in the hacienda Tambo Inga, in the district of Puente Piedra to the north of the city of Lima, Peru. His father, Isaac Cubillas, drove the tractor for the hacienda, and his mother, Juana Arizaga, was the cook for the family who owned the estate.

As a child, when Teófilo was not helping his father with his farming work, he participated in athletic competitions organized by the local Catholic Church. When Teófilo was 14, he and his friends played a friendly match against the youth team of Alianza Lima, one of Peru’s leading soccer clubs and then Peruvian national champions. His talent dazzled the Alianza coaches, who, a year later in 1965 convinced his family to bring him to Lima to join the club The following year when he was 17 years old he made his debut as a professional soccer player in ...