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Football tonight, fans are defending Venezuelan fear



At dusk, through the streets, Caracas becomes a great ghost. But something is moving tonight in the shade of the Caracas football field.

The amateurs appear in small groups along the sidewalks. The light of the court shines through concrete galls of concrete concrete.

Caracas must win the Peruvian Melgar with three goals in the second round of Libertadores Cup for the continental tournament team.

But to play Caracas in the night game, there is an adventure far beyond rivalry. Crime and shortage is a challenge.

"The country's situation is very difficult at night," said Daniel Mendoza, a 25-year-old boy, under a curly brown hair. "It helps you to suffer a bit of football."

– Armchair noise –

Barra's red sweater is under the arch of Caracas at the Olympic Stadium. Drums and trumpets sound.

"The Red Devils, always loyal, always present," reads a motto painted half full. An official author has 3,500 spectators: the tenth of the stadium's ability.

"There were more emotions and more people," recalls Mendoza. "With the country's situation, people have been recommended and there is not so much atmosphere".

To achieve the most successful Venezuelan football team, there is more than just recreation.

The winners of the club's champions would be very helpful in the country's economic hyperinflation.

Caracas used Adidas equipment. Last year, Venezuelan footballers replaced the Adidas balls with others of lower quality.

The cost of the Mendoza card on Tuesday is $ 2.70 and more than half the minimum soldier in Venezuela. As a telecommunications engineer, his pay is about 50.

"In the last few years, many of the people I've heard started shouting against the government," he reveals. "We know the people in favor of the government, but there is not enough noise."

– Insecurity added –

In the streets of the stadium, different types of voltage reign.

Caracas residents constantly warn of violent crimes: in cases of robbery, there will be no local police. If you have a shot or knife, the medical devices necessary for the care of the victims are scarce.

But lately, the usual insecurity, the political tension has to be added to Juan Guaido's opposition after the Lehendakari Nicolás Maduro to face the country's leadership.

Young soldiers are under the control of the greenery on the road, the rifles seated on the ground.

A new stamp, from the last weeks, has been said by locals.

– Some oxygen.

In spite of the danger, some loyalties of Caracas also go by night to go to the game.

Among them Alejandro, a 46-year-old potbellied man and daughter Ainhoa, aged 16, are long brown hair and bright eyes.

"It's an opportunity to share football with father and daughter," says Alejandro. "It's like oxygen, it's Venezuelan liberation valve."

Alejandr only identified him with his name for professional and political reasons.

A great and solid Caracas press, worthy of a yellow card and two goals. But in the 89th minute, Melgar won the world championship.

The red card in Caracas continues after a drowsy night.

"Referee is a son of a bitch!" The fans of Caracas sing to the darkness of the streets.

In the face of a group bus, the police attack is hidden in their hiding places or they are paying attention to their mobile phones.

– Complicated return.

Ainhoa ​​her father asked him not to say that he was going to play. He asked him to approach him, which would make it difficult for him to return to his birthplace.

"We risk putting football into action, but it's always insecure," he says. "If you break your car and stick to the road, you do not know what might happen."

Ainhoa ​​was born in 2002, as presided over by Hugo Chávez, for the tutor of Madur.

"I always liked football," says Ainhoa. "What I like is not such a fight as the goals, the development of the game."

Unlike a football game, Ainhoa ​​can be a repetitive and predictive daily life.

"It's something that you live everyday: economic problems, insecurity," Ainhoa ​​acknowledged. "Since I was born, it's been the same, I've seen everything".


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