57 year old flying granny soul breaks it in football

Concentrated on the game Soul a placed ball that was looking for the nets is thrown and deflected with the leg. The ball bounces off the post and

Concentrated on the game Soul a placed ball that was looking for the nets is thrown and deflected with the leg. The ball bounces off the post and she controls it as if guessing the trajectory. At 57 years old, the “flying granny” takes care of her team’s goal in Guatemala.

Soul Salazar says that age is no impediment to deftly defending the goal, this time with the K’rioK’s team in a futsal league in his native municipality of El Tejar, in western Guatemala.

“I like more than all the throws (shortcuts), the growth spurts that one gives oneself, showing off one in each game. Giving the best that one has”, he says Soulan admirer of the Spanish Iker Casillas and the Italian Gianluigi Buffon, whose movements she studies in goal.

The “passion” for the sport was born when he was 19 years old. She started training with a men’s team where she found her calling as a goalkeeper and since then she has stood under the three posts of several professional and amateur competition clubs.

Her qualities have taken her to teams in the national women’s soccer league, one of the last being Panajachel.

The “Soul” of the team

“She (Soul) despite his age, he still has that agility to launch himself, to mark the steps in the goal and cover the goal well,” says Leopoldo Xinic (56), a merchant who watches the K’rioK’s match against New Force in the field of the central park of El Tejar.

“Let’s go patojas (girls)!”, encourages Soul to her teammates, while the fans applaud each save by the peculiar goalkeeper with wild black hair who wears a yellow sweatshirt and who found a refuge in soccer in the face of multiple tragedies that hit her, such as the early death of her only two children.

Soccer “helped me get out of a lot of things that were going through my mind,” he says Soulsingle, who earns her living selling toys in the local market.

For her family, the “flying granny,” as the people where she goes to play affectionately calls her, has become an example of “strength and perseverance,” says Gloria Quisque (40), sister of Soul.

“Look how old she is and she is still fighting and the truth is that it has not been easy, because it has been a process of pain because she has suffered a lot in life and soccer has helped her to get ahead,” adds Gloria. , who acknowledges that her sister “broke the paradigm” that women could not play soccer.

That’s why, Soul He claims that he will stop until his last breath. “Possibly until I go into a box (coffin), I’m going to stop playing” soccer, she says.

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Between dreams

In his room, on a second floor with a view of the local stadium, Soul She keeps the trophies obtained in her career on a table, most of them as the least defeated goalkeeper. She is a loyal fan of Communications, one of the two most popular professional soccer teams in Guatemala.

One of her dreams is to play porters at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, home to Real Madrid, a team she is also a fan of. She also hopes to meet Casillas and Buffon one day.

“I would like to meet them because I have been a very fanatical person of sport and especially of goalkeepers. I have dedicated myself to watching their matches and from there I have learned a little,” he says. Soul.

Her companions on the court and in commerce also admire her exploits. “She is still doing things like she doesn’t look her age,” says Milvia Ventura, 35, owner and player of K’rioK’s.

“I feel very proud that she is an athlete who gives herself on the court,” adds Aura López (65), cousin of Soul and who “takes care” of her stall when the goalkeeper must attend a soccer game.

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