Check Out the Latest Episode of the Duolingo Spanish Podcast!
¡Hola! We’re very excited to announce that a new podcast episode has been released today: “Nuestro Naranjito”.
In this episode you’ll hear from Toño Angulo Daneri, a Peruvian soccer fan and writer, about the emotional rollercoaster he went through while supporting Peru to qualify for the biggest soccer event globally: the World Cup. And what did it take for Peru to qualify for this after 36 years? According to Toño, it might have all boiled down to an unlikely good luck charm: his 4-year-old son’s favorite toy.
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As a Peruvian football fan, I can say that what he said is 101% accurate, everyone thought that Peru wasn't going to qualify for the 9th consecutive time, but after the successful Copa América Centenario, and the 4-1 win to Paraguay in Asunción, hopes were rising among young and old people.
After the match against Uruguay, which ended 2-1 for Peru, Peruvian fans went crazy, because, mathematically speaking, we still had a chance. Then the Bolivia-Peru and Ecuador-Peru matches came. I watched both matches with my friends on TV and during the Ecuador-Peru match after Edison "La Oreja" Flores and Paolo "El Caballito" Hurtado scored, I almost had a heart attack, because Peru hadn't won in Quito in like 60 years, and that put Peru in 5th place, which meant that we were going to the playoffs and, at the same time, eliminating Argentina. (Peru eliminated Argentina at the 1970 FIFA WC Qualification, the only WC where Argentina didn't participate)
I was extremely nervous during the Peru-Argentina match because we were playing at "La Bombonera" the mythical Boca Juniors stadium where Ricardo Gareca marked the goal that eliminated us during the 1986 Qualification. (Fun Fact: Ricardo Gareca is the manager that took us to the World Cup after 36 years). It ended 0-0, and Uruguay qualified, so that meant that only 3 spots remained (Brazil qualified like 4 months before)
The last match was at the Estadio Nacional, Lima. There was a lot of traffic at 5:00 - 7:30 pm, since everyone wanted to see Peru qualify after 36 years. At the 56 minute, James scored, the commentators were silent, and Peru's hopes were very low, Ecuador was losing 2-1 to Argentina, Brazil was winning 1-0 to Chile, and Paraguay was tied 0-0 with Venezuela. But it was at the 76 minute, where Paolo Guerrero kicked that awesome indirect free kick (If the ball goes through the net, it doesn't count as a goal) and David Ospina touched the ball, so it was an own-goal from Colombia's goalkeeper, that allowed us to go to the play-off round. That match is part of Peruvian culture now, it was one of the most remembered narrations of Daniel Peredo (RIP) and Ramón Quiroga, here's the video (in Spanish):
We had to wait one month more, to play the first leg of the playoffs in the Westpac Stadium in New Zealand, it was a boring match, Peru played terribly imo, and there was absolutely no action, it ended 0-0.
Then the second leg came, Australia defeated Honduras 3-1, so that meant that the winner of the PER-NZL would be the last team to qualify. Many institutions, schools, and stores closed that day because we were 90 minutes away from Russia.
Paolo Guerrero was sanctioned by FIFA because some weird cocaine-derived chemical was found in his blood, so he couldn't play both matches against NZL. With that in mind, everyone was even more nervous, because the media and many other Peruvian newspapers and TV programs were talking about Chris Wood like he were Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar, so that created even more nervousness among fans.
Jeffersón Farfán scored during the first time, making another iconical celebration, wearing Paolo Guerrero's shirt and crying like a baby. After the half-time whistle, there was still something that could eliminate Peru, and that was the Away-goals rule, in case of ties in both matches, then away goals are counted. An away goal is worth more than a home goal, for example:
NZL 0-0 PER | PER 1-1 NZL ---> NZL qualifies
NZL 1-1 PER | PER 0-0 NZL ---> PER qualifies
Narration by Daniel Peredo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4wlPtzOqCc
Then, the second goal came, Christian "La Sombra" Ramos, scored after a nice corner and made another iconic celebration. The match was already won, and Peru started to play less and getting the champagne ready. After the final whistle, everyone went crazy, Peru qualified after 36 years (and eliminated Chile jajajajaja). That marked the start of a new era in Peruvian football, and the last narration of Daniel Peredo, which is now considered a hero too, along with all the players that helped us to get to the finals. Guerrero, Flores, Farfán, Advíncula, Cueva, Tapia,
Pizarro, Trauco, etc. Even Ricardo Gareca received a medal from the Congress, and ex-president PPK declared November 16th, 2017 national holiday.
Unfortunately, Peru ended 3rd on group C and couldn't reach the knock-out stage, after losing 1-0 to Denmark, 1-0 to eventual champions France, and winning 2-0 to Australia.
Fact: Peru defeated eventual runners-up Croatia 2-0 in a friendly in March 2018
Anyway, this is just my experience during the last months watching Peru's progress, and I don't know what did everyone else feel after seeing Peru qualify, but for me, it was one of the best moments of my life. I know we'll do better at friendlies and Copa América 2019, so watch out for Peru!
By the way, that's Naranjito:
(Sorry for my bad English, I'm still learning :D)
I heard there was an earthquake inPeru because of the celebration (jajajajajaja)
Yeah! There was one near the stadium. I think there also was a 2.1 earthquake in Ciudad de Mexico when they defeated Germany.
You're welcome! I'd also like to know how did other countries' people felt when seeing their countries qualify, like Panama and Iceland going to their first World Cup. Or Egypt returning after 28 years.
The Spanish podcast is so AMAZING! You and the rest of the Podcast team (?) are doing such a great job! It's brilliant!
I wonder why the man speaking doesn't have a Peruvian accent, or I least for my ears his Spanish doesn't sound like someone from Peru. :)
I rarely have time to listen to podcasts, but when I do have a chance, I'd be interested to see what a Duolingo podcast is like!
KristenDQ, they are really, really amazing. I have a hard time with attention span so I know of lots of great podcasts but have only listened to 1-2 episodes of them before I drop off because the energy it takes for me to concentrate. I've listened to nearly all of Duolingo's first season, if that's any encouragement. :D
Are the podcasts available on an app anywhere, like Podcast Addict?
I'm usually on the go, so that would be the easiest for me to listen to.
awesome! yes thanks so much for these! They are great and helping so much!! :D
Does these podcast bring XP points ? As I already wrote in another discussion , it could be a good idea !
In the podcast, it says that it is for intermediate spanish speakers, however the pace is too slow. I wish you add podcast for advanced spanish speakers too. Thanks for all the efforts. You Guys are GREAT! :D