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Soccer first played by the Guarani (Paraguay) according to the Vatican

Monday, June 28th 2010 - 22:02 UTC
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The statement is based on Jesuit accounts from three centuries ago The statement is based on Jesuit accounts from three centuries ago

Soccer or football was first played by the indigenous Guaranies in what is today Paraguay, the heartland of South America and one of the sixteen best teams of the current World Cup currently been disputed in South Africa.

The statement belongs to L’Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper and the piece is credited to Gianpaolo Romanato.

According to Romanato soccer was born in one of the 30 Jesuit Missions, more specifically in San Ignacio Miní during the XVII century, in a region now identified as Misiones to the south of Paraguay’s capital Asunción.

The piece is supported by the accounts from a Catalan Jesuit, Jose Manuel Peramás, who spent several years at San Ignacio Miní

In his writings, ‘De vita et moribus tredecim virorum paraguaycorum’, published in 1793 Peramás records daily life in the mission including how the indigenous Guarani spent their leisure time.

“They use to play with a ball that, even stuffed, was light and quick, which when whacked continued to bounce and slide by its own weight. They didn’t play with their hands, as we do, but rather with the mid-foot, passing and receiving swiftly and with great precision”, writes Peramás.

“The Guaranies three centuries ago already played masterly with the ball. Paraguayans are but the descendants of the true inventors of football”, adds L’Osservatore Romano.

The indigenous Guaraní was one of the largest ethnic groups in the heart of South America, basically in what is today Paraguay but including north of Argentina, South of Brazil and even in Uruguay.

Many places in South America have Guarani names, (i.e., Paraguay and Uruguay) as do most of the indigenous flora and fauna.

Although Spanish is the domineering language in Paraguay, Guaraní is spoken by the majority of the population and good politicians must have command of both tongues.

 

Categories: Politics, Paraguay.

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  • Think

    Well.........
    This would explain somethings.......

    Jun 28th, 2010 - 10:15 pm 0
  • PABLOz

    Misiones and San Ignacio are part of argentina... It was part aof a division called Paraguay in the 1700.

    Jun 29th, 2010 - 03:56 am 0
  • jerry

    “Spanish is the domineering language in Paraguay, Guaraní is spoken by the majority of the population” - In the early 1980´s, both languages were official languages of Paraguay, and the president of Paraguay always gave his speeches only in Guarani. Perhaps it is the same today.

    Jun 29th, 2010 - 04:47 am 0
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