Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Larissa lagi!

Paraguayan fan Larissa Riquelme celebrates after Paraguay beat Japan during a South Africa 2010 World Cup soccer match as they watch the game in a big screen in the downtown square of Asuncion, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Paraguay moves on to the quarter finals.(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A Portugal supporter holds up a scarf before the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and Portugal at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Fans react after Spain scored during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and Portugal, as they watch on a large screen outside the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Millions of people worldwide are following the World Cup soccer tournament which is been held in South Africa, and broadcast to a diverse community of football fans. Spain won 1-0. (AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez)

Caption 1: Spain's David Villa celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and Portugal at the
Caption 1: Spain's David Villa, center back, scores the opening goal past Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo, center front, during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and Portugal at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Caption 1: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo sits on the pitch during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and Portugal at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Caption 1 : Japan's Yuichi Komano, leaves their hotel in Centurion, South Africa, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. After Japan was defeated by Paraguay 5-3 on penalties Tuesday, after a 0-0 draw in their round of 16 World Cup soccer match. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Caption 2: Japan head coach Takeshi Okada, right, comforts Japan's Yuichi Komano, left, following the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Paraguay and Japan at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Paraguay advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 5-3 victory over Japan in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Caption 1: Japan's Yuichi Komano (left) Japan's Yuki Abe (center) and Japan's Makoto Hasebe (right) react following the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Paraguay and Japan at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Paraguay advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time with a 5-3 victory over Japan in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Caption 1: Japan players line up for penalty shootouts during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Paraguay and Japan at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)


Caption 2: Japan players react during penalty shootouts at the end of the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Paraguay and Japan at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Paraguay advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 5-3 victory over Japan in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Valdez tahu bagaimana rasanya

Valdez memulai karir dari kemiskinan yang luar biasa. bahkan pernah jadi gelandangan..(see story bellow) dia tahu bagaimana rasanya...lihat saja bagaimana reaksinya terhadap para pemain Jepang...perfecto humano...

Caption 1:
Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez, right, consoles Japan's Yuichi Komano, center, after he missed a shootout penalty during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Paraguay and Japan at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Paraguay advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 5-3 victory over Japan in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Caption 2: Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez, foreground right, comforts Japan's Yuichi Komano, center back, following the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Paraguay and Japan at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Paraguay advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 5-3 victory over Japan in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Paraguay’s Valdez takes tough road to Cup

Martin Rogers
Yahoo! Sports/JOHANNESBURG

Soccer has provided Nelson Valdez with wealth, success, an impressively swanky home in an upscale suburb of the German city of Dortmund and a chance to shine on soccer’s biggest stage of all.
But before the big pay checks kicked in and World Cup dreams came true, the beautiful game also gave Valdez a makeshift place to live and an escape from homelessness.

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