Against The Odds: Football in Venezuela

  • Published on Aug 26, 2019
  • Against The Odds: Football in Venezuela.
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    Venezuela’s economy, once so prosperous and stable, is now in ruins. There has been no collapse more dramatic, more significant, in the last 50 years, and it has brought with it political chaos, crippling inflation, crime and poverty.
    Football, over the last few years, has proved a unifying force in Venezuela. Amid the political chaos, the debilitating inflation and poverty, it has brought people together, if only for 90 minutes, and allowed them, briefly, to forget. Distractions from the bleak reality are welcome. And, perhaps most importantly, football has brought optimism.
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  • PrinceOfM4rs20 __
    PrinceOfM4rs20 __ Month ago

    Remember folks, it’s not “real socialism” if it doesn’t work ;) which somehow it never does lol

  • Truth Teller
    Truth Teller Month ago

    Socialism has destroyed Venezuela 🇻🇪, people should remember this before voting for Jeremy Corbyn

  • jose romero
    jose romero Month ago

    Very important video. as a Venezuelan, thanks

  • Zidanne Maulana
    Zidanne Maulana Month ago


  • Joshua Taylor
    Joshua Taylor Month ago

    fantastic video thank you! Very informative

  • Nicolaj Leonardo
    Nicolaj Leonardo 2 months ago +1

    People always think Oil is a blessing, but the problem in Venezuela is that the whole country relies on it. The economy never moved away from it, never diversified. I remember Chavez giving a speech, saying oil will never go past 100$ again and it seems the policy was laid out on that statement. The current crisis is a result of both what you addressed in your video. The new sanctions will be a death sentence for many as well. Last year I have been paid every month, sometimes with a month delay, but I have been paid. This year, since the new sanctions came I have only received 4 paychecks and it is August. I work every day

  • TrainerAlec
    TrainerAlec 2 months ago +1

    Have to say that as an Atlanta United fan I had hoped you would have touched on Josef Martinez at some point

  • Phillipe Alvarado
    Phillipe Alvarado 2 months ago

    Thanks for letting know the world about our current situation. Nice perspectives and excellent work.

  • Felix Platt
    Felix Platt 2 months ago +3

    The Venezuelan national women's team has been improving as well despite no support from the Venezuelan FA.

  • Salih Alash
    Salih Alash 2 months ago +1

    Issues in veneuzela is just in common of what we have in sudan now

  • Tomy Perez
    Tomy Perez 2 months ago +5

    As a Venezuelan, this video hit my heart. Thanks for taking the research.

  • Ana Davis
    Ana Davis 2 months ago

    These are the videos that make me love tifo,great job as always.

  • Rahil
    Rahil 2 months ago +1

    That’s what u get with communism ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • David Dhannoo
    David Dhannoo 2 months ago

    It's good to see an alternative to the likes of Brazil and Argentina when it comes to South American footy. Another great video guys!

  • Judy Chen
    Judy Chen 2 months ago +1

    They are the only South American county to not make it to the World Cup

  • Aidan Magill
    Aidan Magill 2 months ago

    It's funny how Tifo advertise The Athletic when they consistently wipe the floor with them. The Athletic promises but rarely delivers the kind of content Tifo does as standard.

  • Wilfred V
    Wilfred V 2 months ago +1

    Thanks tifo football! great video!

  • K. Fernandez
    K. Fernandez 2 months ago

    So shocking that most Venezuela loves baseball more than football

  • Fabrizio Prato
    Fabrizio Prato 2 months ago

    I used to see deportivo anzoátegui, it’s heartbreaking see your team disappear :(
    👋🏻 from miami

  • Venezteaga Baby
    Venezteaga Baby 2 months ago +5

    As a venezuelan who has emigrated, this is very true...
    Before i left, i was an avid Magellanes baseball fan, but now, baseball has no place in my head, and el Vinotinto are the dreamgivers to our struggling country
    Soy yo Vinotinto!

  • Gustavo Plaza
    Gustavo Plaza 2 months ago +1

    Thank you for making a video about my country!

  • Michael Reyes
    Michael Reyes 2 months ago

    Great video!

  • P A
    P A 2 months ago

    As a Venezuelan, thanks, I love reading the comments of all of these armchair socialists living in first world countries that claim to know my country's history, and their inculcated belief that the USA is somehow responsible for the demise of the country. Incredible... Considering that the USA has been Venezuela's longest and highest paying oil customer for 50 years, unlike the Chinese, Russians and Cubans that get oil for FREE, because "socialism". It makes the blood boil. Anyways the video is great! Keep at it!

  • Wesley White
    Wesley White 2 months ago

    Football will never totally usurp baseball

  • Mothekgi Thoka
    Mothekgi Thoka 2 months ago

    Chavez and maduro irresponsible spending on health care, housing and basically cutting a better deal for the poor. you people are full of big shit

  • andrew pitso
    andrew pitso 2 months ago +1

    The guy narrating this videos is the best I ever listened too keep it up mate

  • Olaide Akintola
    Olaide Akintola 2 months ago

    This is painful

  • Rods D.L.C
    Rods D.L.C 2 months ago

    Thanks for covering Tifo! As a Venezuelan it means a lot to know someone still cares about us and wants to share what's happening. I left years ago but hope to return. Hopefully la Vinotinto can reach a World Cup, it would be a bright light in an otherwise dark country.

    • Rods D.L.C
      Rods D.L.C 2 months ago +2

      @Rohit Kumashi judging by ur last name so is ur country and culture. Go take a dump on the street with ur family and go fuck urself

    • Rohit Kumashi
      Rohit Kumashi 2 months ago

      Venezuela is a useless poor country

  • Sebastian Orozco
    Sebastian Orozco 2 months ago +2

    You guys should do a video on Mexican team “Chivas de Guadalajara” and their strict policy of Mexican-born players only similar to Athletic Bilbao’s

  • Teratik Koanan
    Teratik Koanan 2 months ago +1

    Atmosphere may made the stronger players. For examples, Iraq, Venezuela, Syria .

  • Jesús Zambrano Faría
    Jesús Zambrano Faría 2 months ago

    As a venezuelan and regular tifo watcher I congratulate you guys from the bottom of my soul. Thanks for giving the football world such an insight to the situation my country is going through, thus showing how our football has risen in the face of adversity. 🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪

  • Darío Gutierrez
    Darío Gutierrez 2 months ago

    This video is too optimistical.

  • tigercap100
    tigercap100 2 months ago

    Socialism is cancer!!!

  • Marcos Batista
    Marcos Batista 2 months ago

    Wow... I never thought they’d make a video on Venezuela

  • Martin Gilmore
    Martin Gilmore 2 months ago +5

    Funny, Trump was never President of Venezuela the country was in massive trouble before 2014. Socialism failed Venezuela, polices their own government implemented took them down the path they are on now. Not Trump, not America, Socialism.

    • Konodioda
      Konodioda 2 months ago

      Everyone knows this, the government is the one pinning the blame on Trump.

  • Marco Cristea-Nicolici
    Marco Cristea-Nicolici 2 months ago

    România Football

  • Edward England
    Edward England 2 months ago

    Thank you for this video, it means a lot!

  • Eddie Rodriguez
    Eddie Rodriguez 2 months ago

    Great video! La Vinotinto is a symbol of hope and joy for a country where even those feelings are scarce!... Follow what Soteldo is doing in Brazil his stats are crazy. El pequeño gigante

  • OmarGaming HD
    OmarGaming HD 2 months ago +4

    Wish you the best Venezuela!!! From Mexico🇲🇽 we latinos are 1

  • frank unodostres
    frank unodostres 2 months ago

    4:32 I think the game against brazil was a draw

    • frank unodostres
      frank unodostres 2 months ago

      @Gustavo Plaza oh, I thought he was talking about the copa america

    • Gustavo Plaza
      Gustavo Plaza 2 months ago

      Venezuela won that game in the U-20 qualifier in Chile.

  • Nicholas Pal
    Nicholas Pal 2 months ago +10

    As a Venezuelan, I'm very glad to see one of your videos talking about La Vinotinto. Thank you for such a well researched video.

  • Bernardo Abreu
    Bernardo Abreu 2 months ago

    "Venezuela, a functioning democratic government...". I wouldn't be so sure about that.

    • Tuomas Saarinen
      Tuomas Saarinen 2 months ago +1

      @Freddy G Vast natural resources created the wealth, and they sustained the socialism for a while.
      Socialism doesnt create wealth😂😂😂

    • Freddy G
      Freddy G 2 months ago

      Socialism is what created wealth for the Venezualian people. It is the US that has crippled the country.

    • Tuomas Saarinen
      Tuomas Saarinen 2 months ago +1

      It once was though.
      Long time ago they had similar living standards than Western Europe, but due to socialism it all went to shit.

  • Nico
    Nico 2 months ago

    Venezuelan here, extremely proud of la vinotinto and just hoping we will be able to make it to the world cup, great video

  • Dylan Haulk
    Dylan Haulk 2 months ago +2

    Socialism Sucks ya’ll

  • Shawn Carey
    Shawn Carey 2 months ago +5

    Hey Tifo, you have one of the biggest, deepest and most high profile scandals in football governance happening right on your doorstep with the FAI. The way the FAI and League of Ireland interact and, despite being the same organization since the early 2000s, the way they actively try to hurt each other has only been compounded by the massive corruption scandal and attempts to repress journalism this year by the FAI. Look into it, it’s been building since the 90s

  • J W
    J W 2 months ago +13

    This is what happens when you apply socialism on steroids to an economy which is not post industrialized. It is not as much as socialism's fault but where and in which manner and how much has it been applied
    Sweden can afford to be more socialistic because it is a post industrialized nation with rule of law, a prosperous middle class and, a working economy that generates and redistributes wealth. Till these prerequisites are met, don't touch socialism. That would be akin to trying to graduate from a university when you have not finished high school.
    Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Ireland and New Zealand are models of success where capitalism created wealth and a prosperous middle class. Venezuela will not get there with a socialistic mind set. Its economy, it's football, everything will suffer.

    • PrinceOfM4rs20 __
      PrinceOfM4rs20 __ Month ago

      J W but people and society can at least benefit from those monopolies. and the free market still makes it possible for new businesses and industries to emerge if that’s where people want to spend their money. capitalism leads to a prosperous society whereas socialism tears it apart and leaves everyone poorer and hungrier than they were before.

    • J W
      J W 2 months ago +3

      @VenomousSpyro Sweden in ground? A disaster? At least 6 out of 7 billion people on this planet would welcome the "disaster" you call Sweden. Have some perspective. If you don't want to be a slave to the state, I suggest you move to Somalia or Afghanistan where the government is effectively non-existent. Somehow I get a sense that you are going to pass up on that.
      Marxism doesn't work because it stifles competition. Capitalism doesn't work because it leads to monopolies.

    • VenomousSpyro
      VenomousSpyro 2 months ago +1

      Sweden is an absolute Disaster. Sweden is a guide of everything not to do as a country at this point. Sweden isn't Socialist yet. It economy very much relies on Capitalism. But Sweden has a lot of Socialist Policies which ran the country into the ground.
      The concept of Socialism is about taking power away from people and give more to the state. Taking away any freedom we may have. Any time a Marxist Ideology has been used it's been the same story. Socialism, Communism and Fascism the most popular Marxist Ideologies. All of which make you slaves to the state.

  • Liam Clarke
    Liam Clarke 2 months ago +3

    So Venezuela football got better in spite of the current situation & no investment pre crisis, interesting.
    No mention of Venezuela pre Chavez. US interference pre Trump & historically in Venezuela, private ownership & anti Maduro factions 🤔
    If you're going to be political at least try & give a more complete picture.

    • Gerardoritos
      Gerardoritos 2 months ago +3

      They gave a pretty complete picture, just watch us all venezuelans thanking them for making this video :)

  • Kevin Pereira
    Kevin Pereira 2 months ago +1

    I like the optimism and all(I'm Venezuelan) and we can definitely make it to basically every world cup from now on if the format stays the same, but I'm not optimistic at all, this guys that made it to the u20 final are terrific player but are being neglected, they won't let peñaranda play a match, and guys like Soteldo and Fariñez haven't left south America.
    Besides that every single person in the country lives in fear that one day the people who you love are no more, not the best climate to play a sport.

    • Kevin Pereira
      Kevin Pereira 2 months ago

      @Aaron Walsh Yeah I'm aware of the Peñaranda situation and sure Brazil is a powerhouse at football but I think people forget they're right below us(on the map), our nation wouldn't be as small if we weren't so busy being the laughing stock of the continent.
      I wish he could play for Watford, I really do, Rondon apparently has no issue playing there(in England) but he might be the exception...

    • Aaron Walsh
      Aaron Walsh 2 months ago +1

      Im a watford fan and we havent seen penaranda really play on the fact that the government wouldnt give him a work permit so we had to keep loaning him out in spain so he could get a Spanish passport, he now has one but has been unlucky with injury. the government look at it as they would most likely make more money off a young player from a big nation like brazil/argentina than a amazing player from a smaller nation, look at it from when we signed richarlison, penaranda was more highly rated but one is from brazil and one is from Venezuela... the england under 20s coach even wrote to the FA saying penaranda is an exceptional talent and would help the english game but got rejected.

  • Alex Pool
    Alex Pool 2 months ago +1

    This is just imperialist propaganda extremely disappointing although what do you expect from the people who have interviewed Alistair Campbell the war criminal and have advertised the economist which as Lenin said is “a journal which speaks for British millionaires”.

    • Adrian Ordonez
      Adrian Ordonez 2 months ago +1

      Didn't realize they interviewed him, thanks for that heads up comrade. When I saw the notification for this video I rolled my eyes imagining what it'd be like; having seen it, i'm not surprised.

  • Alejandro Salazar
    Alejandro Salazar 2 months ago +1

    I'm Venezuelan and really liked this video!

    • Alejandro Salazar
      Alejandro Salazar 2 months ago

      @tigercap100 Bro we haven't vote for socialism since at least 2015, all the elections after that have been unquestionably fraudulent and even the 2013 and 2012 ones might have been fraudulent too. We live under a dictatorship.

    • tigercap100
      tigercap100 2 months ago

      Stop voting for socialism ffs!!!

  • marwaan yare
    marwaan yare 2 months ago +3

    fake news against venezuela.

    • Konodioda
      Konodioda 2 months ago

      You don't know a thing, so shut the hell up.

  • evan williams
    evan williams 2 months ago +1

    when you send your country spiraling into insurmountable debt, so you blame Trump.
    lmao never change, liberals 😂

    • evan williams
      evan williams 2 months ago

      it means you sink your own country into a financial hellhole, and then blame Trump for it, as a liberal would

    • Adrian Ordonez
      Adrian Ordonez 2 months ago

      Liberal. "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

  • Anibal Rodriguez
    Anibal Rodriguez 2 months ago

    Also, there have been young 13, 14 up until 18 year old footballers murdered due to the high insecurity and the club don't give any sort of compensation to the families of the footballers, that also happen with established professionals. Also, there have been many reported cases of referees going to stadiums with borrowed shoes and on hitchhiking because they don't have private transportation, also they get assaulted outside stadiums. And both of this scenarios happen to many fans who go to and watch this games in critical conditions.

  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardiner 2 months ago +1

    Would love to see a video about the rise and fall of Scottish football partly due to the contrasting opinions on television licensing back in the 70s/80s

  • Will Alcorn
    Will Alcorn 2 months ago

    Vamos Vintotinto!!!

  • ICULookin
    ICULookin 2 months ago +9

    The U20 keeper (Farinez I think?) is an excellent prospect

    • ICULookin
      ICULookin 2 months ago +1

      @Darío Gutierrez That's him yes.. glad he took his time this season to develop in Colombia before he supposedly heads to Benfica

    • Beast From The East
      Beast From The East 2 months ago +1

      ICULookin I think he plays with the main team now because he was at copa America

    • Darío Gutierrez
      Darío Gutierrez 2 months ago

      Wuilker Fariñez

  • Faizol Mai
    Faizol Mai 2 months ago

    I hope things will get better in Venezuela and the people don’t deserve it all

  • Sambridha Thapa
    Sambridha Thapa 2 months ago +2

    Obviously football will be affected by the disastrous economy. The fans are everything in football. The pros eat good food and sleep in golden beds because of us, the fans. If the people of Venezuela do not have a good source of income obviously the football clubs will suffer the same fate. The people are the lifeline of football around the world.
    I hope Venezuela recovers fast and I wish the people of Venezuela the best.

  • Giancarlo Torres
    Giancarlo Torres 2 months ago +5

    Watch the film “Hermano”. It is about 2 boys trying to make it professional in Venezuela. Great film, you can watch it on TheXvid, well I did at least.

  • Magnus
    Magnus 2 months ago +2

    Executing your own economy: Just socialism doing its thing.