Football in Laos: a mission almost “impossible”

Football in Laos: a mission almost “impossible”
A typical palace Laos.

Surprising considering one of these online marketing tools as essential today as Google Analytics, the high degree of visits to the football world website a country so far from Europe as Laos and as unlikely as it. Why these visits? Which is the reason? What in Laos or perhaps Spanish football is still a Balompédica emerging power in this increasingly unequal world.

Well, neither one nor the other, but this is perhaps justified reason to analyze as football in Laos and what is the situation in which sport is king in place so far away. It should be noted first that Laos is a small country in Southeast Asia in just six and a half million inhabitants. Located between Thailand, China Vietnam, It is a predominantly rural country with a clear tendency to livestock and agriculture and with no access to the sea. A state where malaria is our daily bread, where drinking water is to be made through sealed bottles to avoid risks salubrious, which maintain relations with a foreigner is prohibited and where among many other curiosities you can sleep for four euros in any good hotel or stepping on one of the many still mined legacy of the war with Vietnam and fields remain trapped there forever.

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A typical palace Laos.

A country where communism is almost a religion like Buddhism and is also where the entry of private companies is being produced gradually as the country continues to accuse a strong illiteracy among the population, doomed to work from early in the mountainous and forested tropical lands of the country. There are no paved roads, let alone think about the existence of the railway or Internet (weirdest makes entry of visitors), for even the limited electricity to a privileged few And all this social panorama, political and economic examined bird's eye view that takes place football?

Well scarce. Laos has never qualified for a World, even for the Olympics or going more, nor for Asia Cup. His football is modest. Just competing in the Suzuki Cup (competition that integrates smaller selections from this geographical area in the world) and in regional competitions of limited use and draft international.

yes, There is a league, Lao Premier League, which has 12 equipment dating from 1990. Its usually the Lao Army dominator (who won the first five leagues), and most teams play in the National Stadium can accommodate Laos 20.000 people or imposing new National Stadium, with room for 25.000 souls and all comforts.

Laos National Stadium has a capacity 35.000 people.
Laos National Stadium has a capacity 35.000 people.

famous soccer players there and just migrate beyond Thailand. None above the 28 years in a country where life expectancy rarely extends beyond 60 years. It is modesty personified, the most basic simplicity, but we read and why, We offer them this tribute in the form of post. thanks Laos.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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