Look around, you may notice some telltale signs that a little sporting event begins tomorrow. The stage for soccer’s greatest tournament is set. In less than 24 hours, the FIFA World Cup, held every four years and arguably the most popular sporting event in the world, kicks off (excuse the pun) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Soccer, or football, depending on where you live, is a widely popular game among children and adults alike. In El Salvador, the CFCA Santa Ana project provides a soccer training camp for sponsored children as part of the sponsorship program benefits. We sent field reporters* Daniel Hernandez and Naresly Callito to interview some of the kids about the camp and find out which team they will be supporting this year’s World Cup.
We have soccer fever. Do you?
Name: Eduardo Age: 16 World Cup team: Spain, because I believe that they have many important players. Favorite player: My favorite player is Fernando Torres because he is very good at finishing the play and feints well. What do you like the most about the CFCA soccer camp? I like the training that they give us. The thing that I like the most about the soccer camp is that we scrimmage at the end of practice. And, I like hanging out with my friends.
Name: Jonathan Age: 13 World Cup team: The team that I support for the World Cup is Brazil because they have many important players like Kak·. Favorite player: My favorite player is Messi, because when he goes to score a goal, he is very quick. He has good technique and passes well. What do you like the most about the CFCA soccer camp? The thing that I like the most about the soccer camp is coming to play soccer with my friends and kicking around the ball.
Name: Jennifer Age: 14 World Cup team: The team I support is Honduras because it is a Central American team and has many good players. Favorite player: Lionel Messi, because he is a good player. He goes head to head with the goalkeeper and is very fast. What do you like the most about the CFCA soccer camp? The thing that I like the most is sharing with my teammates. Attending the camp entertains me. I learn a little more each time from what they teach us and it is an unforgettable experience.
*A big thanks to Daniel and Naresly, two journalism students who are interning with CFCA under the supervision of Henry Flores, director of the communications center in El Salvador.