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The top 3 moments in Latino soccer of 2014

The top 3 moments in Latino soccer of 2014

Posted by Juan Gavasa on December 23, 2014

2014 has been a great year for soccer all over the word with some of the best moments of the last decade happening within the last 365 days. Of course, the fact there was a World Cup last summer, in Brazil of all places, helped a lot to make 2014 a more than memorable year, so let’s take a look back at the moments that defined the the year:

Pope Francis “helps” San Lorenzo win the Copa Libertadores

San Lorenzo was there, in 1960, when the first Copa Libertadores took place. Only thing was, between then and now, the fifth big team in Argentina had never actually won the top continental tournament in America. But 2014 would be the year.

Without the big stars of the past, Edgardo Bauza put together a squad that released the cracking all over South America, and ended up beating Paraguay’s Nacional to clinch their first Libertadores in history.

The victory gave them a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup, and a chance to be crowned the best team in the world. Although the full dream was not achieved, the year will become the best in the club’s history after the Libertadores victory.

Pope Francis is given a San Lorenzo’s shirt, the Buenos Aires football team as he greets the faithful prior to his first ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica during Easter Mass on March 31, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis delivered his message to the gathered faithful from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in St. Peter’s Square after his first Holy week as Pontiff. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Luis Suarez gets “acquainted” with Chiellini

Things couldn’t be looking any better fro Uruguay. They were the surprise of the World Cup, playing very serious soccer and having in Luis Suarez their main star.

The Uruguayan had already announce he was leaving Liverpool and a good performance in Brazil would help him get the contract of his dreams with whatever team he desired. Then, against Italy, he decided to reenact his episode with Ivanovic and he bit Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder.

The game ended, Uruguay beat Italy, but FIFA reviewed the play and suspended the forward for 4 months, and almost a year at the International level. Surely, Suarez will not forget 2014.

Colombia stuns the world in Brazil

James Rodriguez's goal against Uruguay in the World Cup was one of the top moments of 2014.

The round of 16 of the World Cup saw Colombia face off against Uruguay, a team devastated after Luis Suarez’s suspension.

Still, Uruguay –top team in South America until 2013, winner of the Copa America in 2011 and fourth place team in the world in 2010– seemed strong enough to beat a team that had surprised everyone with their fresh style of play and some irreverent young players, like James Rodriguez, but which didn’t seem solid enough to break through the robust Celeste defense.

James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

But that all changed with Rodriguez himself unleashed a tremendous strike that would become the best goal of the tournament, and likely of the year.

The Cafeteros proved the world they were here to stay, as they boast one of the top generations in the country’s history, and have a coach at the helm keen on making his team play like the angels.

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