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¡Negrito! by Wesley Gerrard (Spanish Level F Coursework)

Suarez and Evra

¡Negrito!   Trabajo escrito 2. Advanced Spanish Stage F   Tendrás que escribir una noticia que haya tenido un carácter relevante en el último año. Puede ser de carácter social, político, económico, deportivo, artístico,… Redactarás la noticia en pasado, aunque puedes hablar de su repercusión en la actualidad, si es necesario. Puedes dar tu opinión (creo que…, no creo que…) , expresar la valoración de los hechos, o simplemente, expresar tus sentimientos; en cualquier caso usarás el subjuntivo. Escribirás unas 350 palabras como mínimo.   Luis Suárez, es un futbolista uruguayo. Juega como delantero en el Liverpool F.C. de la Premier League de Inglaterra y en la selección uruguaya de fútbol. Es uno de mis futbolistas preferidos porque soy aficionado de Liverpool. Suárez es muy dotado y marca muchos goles pero de vez en cuando es un jugador muy polémico y en varias ocasiones durante su carrera se ha metido en problemas.   Durante el clásico inglés entre Manchester United y Liverpool el 15 de octubre de 2011, había problemas entre Luis Suárez y un jugador francés del otro equipo, Patrice Evra . Evra se acusó a Luis Suárez de inferir insultos de índole racial a él. Los titulares de los periódicos estaban llenos de la palabra ‘Negrito’ que Suárez supuestamente había usado varias veces para Evra   Dos días después del partido Alex Ferguson, entrenador de Manchester United, comunicó oficialmente que Evra tenía deseos de continuar la demanda por el supuesto racismo. A raíz de esto Kenny Dalglish, entrenador de Liverpool, manifestó su total apoyo hacia el delantero uruguayo, al igual que toda la institución. La FA tomó la decisión de suspender a Suárez por 8 partidos y aplicarle una multa de 40.000 libras esterlinas. Esto demostraría ser muy perjudicial para la temporada del Liverpool y que ennegrecer el nombre de Luis Suárez.   A mi parece injusto que la FA suspenda Luis porque no creo que tenía la intención de ser racista. Negrito es una palabra en el idioma sudamericano sin connotaciones racistas. El padre de mi amigo colombiano, Alex le llama ‘Negrito’como una expresión de cariño, incluso si su piel es oscura. La abuela de la familia la cual llamaba a Suárez “mi negrito” para referirse a el de forma cariñosa, apoyó también a la familia la cual ahora estaba en la capital uruguaya. Como un último antecedente que, posteriormente, Liverpool ocuparía en defensa de Suárez, es que el abuelo de él,…

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Justice for the 96 – Hillsborough

On April 15th 1989 Liverpool FC played an FA Cup Semi-Final fixture against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground, Hillsborough. A disaster occurred at the ground and 96 Liverpool fans were killed. As a Liverpool fan who was 11 years old at the time, I wasn’t at the match, but watched at home on television. To watch your team go down playing football is one thing but to watch your supporters die at the match transcends any sport. It is horrific and Hillsborough is one of the greatest calamities in British history. Today is the twentieth anniversary of the disaster and like many people all over the world I will sadly be commemorating the tragedy. Twenty years on and families of the victims feel that they have not received justice. Justice for the 96 is an organisation at the heart of Liverpool football club. It is something I endorse and fully support. I am a keen fan of Liverpool and have watched many games at stadia all over the world. With my Aston Villa supporting Uncle I was actually in the seated area of the Hillsborough stadium a couple of months before the disaster watching Aston Villa play Sheffield Wednesday. From direct personal experience I can say that it was an eerie place. I didn’t feel safe going to the ground, walking through the streets of Sheffield and inside the stadium it didn’t impress me much, certainly the look of those enclosed terraces to the left of where I sat did scare me. At the time it was standard procedure due to the football violence problems in England, that fenced in pens were set up at football grounds. These pens kept supporters from invading the pitch. They were to tall to climb, especially with the way they angled back into the terraces. As a regular attender of rugby stadia I couldn’t understand why the supporters had to be stopped from going on the pitch. At rugby games the most exciting part of the match as a young fan was when the final whistle blew and you could charge onto the pitch to get your favourite players’ autographs. Football was a more sinister sport. Liverpool had been part of the Heysel Stadium disaster of 1985 where 39 people died, a clear demonstration of how dangerous a sport football can be. At Hillsborough, even though Liverpool had a larger support than Nottingham…

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Liverpool victorious in clash of titans

When the draw for the first knockout round was recently made, a shiver of excitement ran down my spine. Liverpool drew Real Madrid. It was to be a two-legged clash of European titans. Real Madrid are the most succesful side ever in the European Cup, having lifted the ultimate club football trophy on no less than nine occasions. Liverpool rank third in the overall list with their satisfying tally of five European Cups. As a Liverpool fan, playing the big sides inspires me not with fear but with eager anticipation. You cannot gauge your team when they play poor footballing sides. When they play a really decent side, you see the true game of football, where players are fired up and the beautiful game flows. This would be the biggest game in European football for many years, perhaps even eclipsing the two finals Liverpool have played against AC Milan in recent years. Milan are sandwiched between us and Madrid in second place of the overall European Cup League. Milan are seven times winners. Real Madrid last met Liverpool in the 1981 European Cup Final in Paris which Liverpool won to lift their thrid European Cup. Matches between these two giants are therefore rare and something to be cherished. Rafael Benitez is a lifelong supporter of los Blancos and used to work for them so the fixture took on extra importance for him. Madrid came into the fixture with an impressive run of domestic form under their new coach, Juan de Ramos. They were unbeaten in nine games. Liverpool’s league form has been faltering since Christmas and they have all but surrendered their chances of winning domestically to Manchester United. This placed the importance of the European knockout stages at a premium. Our season’s business this year is the European Cup. it’s the only realistic trophy we are able to still win. Appetite whetted, the first game took place at the legendary Bernabeu a fortnight ago. At the Santiago Bernabeu, Yossi Benayoun scored an 82nd minute winner to score a landmark victory in one of the toughest places to visit in world football. Real Madrid had to now brave the gauntlet that is Anfield on a European night, in order to salvage their European season. Tonight’s match saw the mighty redman set out their stall from the start, putting immense pressure on los Galacticos and defending their lead. Fernando Torres scored…

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