Lithuania 2021 – Venezuela

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  • Venezuelan Jesús Vidal suffered an injury during qualifying for the Futsal World Cup.
  • The pandemic allowed him to return in time for Lithuania 2021.
  • He spoke about his experience, the preparation and the objective of the Red wine.

On February 6, 2020, as Venezuela play a momentous match in the qualifiers for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, Alfredo Vidal waves to the bench and demands the change, as the Red wine scrap with Chile to clinch its first globalist qualification. “I tried to bring something from the outside, but with the desire to be on the floor, even if I was not able,” Vidal tells FIFA.com. “At the final whistle, I forgot the pain and started celebrating with the others.”

Thanks to a 3-2 victory over Chile at the end of the group stage of the South American qualifiers, Venezuela opened the doors to the last four of the competition, but they also clinched a historic qualification for the Cup. World of discipline. “It was a great pleasure for me and for all those who love Venezuelan futsal,” added the 27-year-old winger, who scored a goal during the qualifying campaign.

The next day, the verdict falls. “Cruciate ligament rupture. The rehabilitation was going to last six months. The World Cup was scheduled for September so it was going to be fair,” said Chavela, which owes its nickname to a soap opera Mexican.

Vidal, who was set to leave Peru for the Argentine league, watched the setbacks to Brazil in the semi-final and Paraguay in the third-place game as a spectator. But it was as a hero that he and his teammates returned to Venezuela, where he underwent the operation on February 14. “I started the rehabilitation with the physiotherapist of the national team who told me: ‘If you work hard, you will be 100% for the World Cup’. But the timing still seemed right,” says Vidal . “But there was the pandemic, something that I would never have wanted of course, but which gave me the time necessary to find the fullness of my means.”

Healing and back to basics

COVID-19 forced Vidal to return to Guanare, to the lands of his childhood, to the neighborhood where he nurtured his passion for futsal. At 15, futsal gave him his first real opportunity, which convinced him to put aside his dreams of 11-a-side football, where he shone as a winger.

“During the Venezuelan championship, I had the opportunity to join a professional club in Caracas, but also a U-18 selection. I was not taken because I was the smallest, but all m ‘oriented towards futsal, ”recalls the son of a former professional player. His efficiency in front of goal earned him a sign in Peru, where he also collected goals. “The fact of going abroad helped me on a sporting level, but also on a human level. I transformed this homesickness into a source of motivation to bring happiness to my family”, assures- he.

Back in Guanare, where he learned about the postponement of the World Cup in 2021, he resumed the game in October 2020. “It was done without any apprehension, I was fully committed. that I was ready to return to competition “, he judges.

The number of goals Vidal scored with Caracas FS during the 2017 season. This is the Venezuelan Liga Superior futsal record.

Motivation and conviction

International since 2014, when Freddy González, the current coach, called him up with the U-18 national team, which formed the backbone of the current A’s, Vidal has known the frustration of not qualifying for the Cup. World in Colombia. Today, he relishes his presence in Lithuania 2021, acquired thanks to the exile of some players. “Even though we are a young team, we have acquired maturity by playing abroad. There are three players in Peru, two in Italy, two in Uruguay, one in Argentina, one in Finland… And the collective work did the rest, ”said Vidal, who rejoined the national team in March, ahead of a tour of Costa Rica. “We won all three matches against a selection that has experience of the World Cups. It bodes well,” announced the one who scored a goal in the second friendly.

In what areas Red wine should it progress in the perspective of the Lithuanian meeting? “The offensive cohesion. In defense, we were solid: we only took one goal. And even if we scored six goals, we still lack impact in front,” regrets Vidal, who is aiming high for the world tournament. “We don’t want to go there just to participate. We have the team to go far. The goal is to win five games in a row. It’s ambitious, but we have a lot of motivation and conviction,” he concludes.


Image of Brasil - Venezuela (Photo: Ulisses Castro, ACBF Carlos Barbosa Futsal)
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