Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Players with amputated legs from the soccer team Guerreros Aztecas, or Aztec Warriors, join their canes together before playing a match with Los Dragones, or Dragons, in Mexico City, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Two World Cups of soccer will be held this year, and members of the Mexico City’s Aztec Warriors are training tirelessly with the dream of playing in one of them. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
Mexico amputee soccer players train for own Cup
First Published Jun 08 2014 12:49 pm • Last Updated Jun 17 2014 05:02 pm

Mexico City • Two World Cups of soccer will be held this year, and members of the Mexico City’s Aztec Warriors are training tirelessly with the dream of playing in one of them.

Players race across the field on special crutches, dribbling and kicking fierce shots at the net. Their goal: The Amputee Soccer World Cup, which will be held in Culiacan, Sinaloa, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 8.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Most of the players lost a leg in car accidents or to disease. One player, Niseforo Bazan, lost a limb to a stray bullet in Guerrero state. The goaltender is missing an arm.

Some team members play while still fighting to overcome health issues. Alejandro Balurch, 17, had a leg amputated because of cancer two years ago and now practices as much as his chemotherapy will allow.

"We want to show that there are no barriers or limitations to attaining what one desires," said the coach of the Aztec Warriors, Carlos Espinosa.

Before the start of each game players remove their artificial legs, playing only with crutches and kicking the ball with their remaining foot.

Espinosa says the players are practicing in the hopes that some of them will be chosen to join Mexico’s national amputee soccer team that will play in Sinaloa.




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.