Copa America 2016

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Rosters are out and the following Copa America 2016 players play on teams named after dates or people:

Bolivia:
Edward Zenteno – Wiltsermann
Cristhian Machado – Wiltermann
Fernando Salcedo – Wilstermann

Chile:
Paulo Garces – Colo-colo
Jean Beausejour – Colo-colo
Esteban Pavez – Colo-colo

Ecuador:
Jaime Ayovi – Godoy Cruz

Haiti:
Ricardo Ade – Dom Bosco
Junior Delva – Dom Bosco
Kervans Belfort – 1461 Trabzon

Panama:
Eric Davis – DAC 1904
Ricardo Butrago – Juan Aurich
Alfredo Stephens – DAC 1904
Luis Tejada – Juan Aurich

Paraguay:
Justo Villar – Colo-Colo

Peru:
Pedro Gallese – Juan Aurich
Paolo de la Haza – Juan Aurich
Christian Ramos – Juan Aurich
Christofer Gonzalez – Colo-Colo
Alejandro Hohberg – Universitario Cesar Vallejo
Ivan Bulos – O’Higgins

Uruguay:
Martin Silva – Vasco da Gama

 

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CR Vasco da Gama

gama                     vasco

Country: Brazil   City: Rio de Janeiro

Founded: August 21, 1898      Colors: Black and White

Stadium: Estadio Vasco da Gama / San Januario  Web: Vasco.com.br

Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama is the oldest team named after a person we’ve seen so far. This is a huge club from Rio de Janeiro with a long history and plenty of titles. They were founded by the Portuguese immigrant community in Rio as a rowing club. Football came soon after, and they were one of the first clubs to take a stand against racism by refusing to comply with a ban on players who weren’t white. They can claim 1 Libertadores, 4 Brazilian Serie A titles, and 23 Carioca (Rio de janiero) State championships. Some of their most famous players include, Roberto Dinamite, Romario, Bellini, Bebeto, Bismarck, Vava,  Edmundo,and Juninho Pernambucano, quite an impressive list!

The team is named after Dom Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidiguera. As you might remember from geography class, Vasco da Gama was the first European explorer to reach  India by sea. He was born in Portugal in 1460 to a noble military family, and later in life he was given the mission of finding an open sea route from Portugal to the East. On July 8, 1497, he set off from Lisbon with four ships and 170 men. He sailed down the east coast of Africa, around the Cape of Good Hope, and up the west coast of Africa, completing his journey in Calicut. It was the longest voyage ever made at the time, lasting two years with 300 days at sea and covering 24,000 miles. By the time he returned to Lisbon, only two ships and 55 men remained. This trip is historically important because it marked the beginning of the Portuguese colonial empire. Vasco da Gama later made other voyages. It was on one of these voyages that he contracted malaria, passing away in 1524.

Here is Vasco’s traditional hymn, done in a different style:

Copa America Alert!

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Copa America Players who play on club teams named after people:

1. Jaime Ayovi (Ecuador) – Godoy Cruz

2. Milton Casco (Argentina) – Newell’s Old Boys

3. Marcos Caceres (Paraguay) – Newell’s Old Boys

4. Martin Silva (Uruguay) – Vasco da Gama

5. Pedro Gallese (Peru) – Juan Aurich

6. Christian Ramos (Peru) – Juan Aurich

7. Jair Cespedes (Peru) – Juan Aurich

8. Salomon Libman (Peru) – Cesar Vallejo

9. Pedro Requena (Peru) – Cesar Vallejo

10. Hansell Riojas (Peru) – Cesar Vallejo

Peru tops the list with 6 players who play on teams named after people, so FTNADP officially supports Peru in the 2015 Copa America.