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Published:October 27th, 2010 10:10 EST
Chilean Miners Take a Little Time Out for a Fun Game of Soccer

Chilean Miners Take a Little Time Out for a Fun Game of Soccer

By Ron G Anselm

I guess after you have been trapped underground in a dirty and dusty mine for any length of time, a good idea is to take it a little slow as you get back into the swing of your everyday routine of being able to see the sun and smell the freshly cut flowers once again.

This is exactly what the thirty-three Chilean Miners did this week but in a recreational fashion. They decided to take on a friendly game of soccer going up against their rescuers, government including their President, and a few other dignitaries from their country.

The miners didn`t look like a World Cup Soccer team but did hold their own for a while. The miner`s team was led by an ex-professional named Franklin Lobos. During the game the miners, still recovering from their ordeal of being trapped were allowed to use substitutions throughout the match to help them keep up with their opponents.

The game had a wide range of diversity when it came to ages, the ages ranged from 19 to 63 years old and the match lasted about forty-minutes. In the opening minutes of the match, the miners came on strong led by great ball passing and team strategy and took a 2-0 lead. After the opening minutes and into the game, the effects of being stuck underground for sixty-nine days and probably being out of shape caught-up to the miners and they eventually lost the match and the game 3-2.

Their President had this to say after the match, "The winners will return to the presidential palace, and the losers will go back down the mine! That was the deal I made with Franklin Lobos. Then we`ll rescue them again," he joked, (Peck, B, 2010)

The words of their Chilean President probably sent a chill up a lot of the miner`s spine about the part of the losers will have to go back down in the mine once again and be rescued, but of course it was all in good fun.




Brooks, Peck, (2010) Chilean Miners Lose a Friendly Match to Rescuers and President,

( Retrieved 2010.