Uruguayan Schubert Pérez and the Panama beach soccer team look forward to the possibility of qualifying for the 2021 World Cup in Russia and repeat the story of 2017, when they classified the Bahamas.
“In football there is the illusion of being able to participate in a World Cup, this time with another discipline, but we have to be realistic: this will be a very complicated elimination tournament. For us, that beach soccer classifies again for a World Cup is the goal and even more so being in Russia, where we were already with the senior team “, said the technician this Thursday in a press conference.
Pérez, who is for the third time in charge of the Red Beach, has formed a team with young and experienced players, but with an eye always on the standings, and thus emulate the achievement of the senior soccer team that attended their first adult appointment in 2018.
“We hope to have a worthy representation and qualify for the World Cup, knowing that we will play with power who have been playing beach soccer for more than 15 years, but if we do it once, why not do it for a second time,” he said.
Jaime Londoño, Reynaldo Polo, Alberto Kelly, Luis Quintero, Rigoberto Villarreal, Pedro Torres, Alfonso Maquensi, José Escobar, Édgar Carvajal, Eliécer García, Rafael García and Alexander Córdoba are the 12 chosen by Pérez for this new path to another World Cup.
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“In terms of performance we have a positive balance, because we have six new players, it is a way to refresh the team, and six players with a little more experience, but the new ones will give it a bit of freshness and the dynamics we need” , He said.
In Pérez’s list, the names of Jaime Londoño and Alfonso Maquensi stand out, both members of the futsal team who recently won their place in the 2021 World Cup in Lithuania.
Pérez stressed that both arrive in the rhythm of competition and both are part of the process and of the beach soccer family.