Bolivia's president Morales to attend America's Cup opening match

13:47, June 29, 2011      

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales on Tuesday said he will attend the opening soccer match of the 2011 America's Cup between Bolivia and Argentina.

Bolivia is in Group A together with Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica and will play the opening match against the host nation on July 1st in the Argentine city La Plata.

"I will attend the opening match to support Bolivia's soccer national team, we are sure that we will be able to play well although we have a lot of respect for the Argentine team with all its world star players," Morales told Fox Sports television.

He said he was confident that Bolivia will be able to pull a surprise presentation during the competition as the Bolivian players have improved their technical skill, although one of the teams Morales was especially impressed by is Paraguay.

"I love sports, especially soccer; we are going to accompany the Bolivian team in the first match in order to lend support our team. I have a lot of faith in the Bolivian team that they will represent us with dignity in this America's Cup to be held in Argentina," he said.

"The last match I saw was against Paraguay and this country really left me impressed, but the Bolivian players are able to bring a lot of surprises to the tournament, we do not feel as a small team and our coach has knowledge and a long history not only as a soccer player but also as technical director," said Morales.

The International Federation of Association Football ranks Bolivia as lowest among the teams participating in the America's Cup.

Source: Xinhua
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