Peñarol v. Nacional | The superclásico north of the border

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Montevideo, Uruguay | The superclásico between C.A. Peí±arol and Nacional Montevideo finished in a goalless draw Sunday, but viewers watching live across Latin and North America could share vicariously in pre-game confetti storms and a first-half red-card imbroglio at Estadio Centenario, the site of the first FIFA World Cup final in 1930. Peí±arol, or “El Manya,” maintained its historic edge in the series, having won 67 times to Nacional’s (“El Bolso’s”) 49. There have now been 62 draws. The biggest derby match north of the Rio de la Plata features los manyas, traditionally identified with the poorer immigrant strands of Uruguayan life, and Nacional, which on its founding in 1899 adopted the red, white and blue of nationalists led by José Artigas.

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John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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