Wednesday, June 10, 2009



Some 34 years ago, his father represented Argentina in the 1975 World Cup held in Kuala Lumpur.

Though Ernasto Barrieiros Lopez did not make any great impact in the World Cup, Argentina pulled off the greatest of upsets when they defeated India at the Station Padang in Seremban. For the record India went on to win the World Cup that year.

Fast forward to 2009, and now Guido Martin Barrieros Lopez aims to do what his father failed to do, that is to win a major tournament on Malaysian soil.

“My father played in the 1972 Munich Olympics and after the 1975 World Cup he went on to play in the 1978 World Cup which was held in Buenos Aries,” said Guido.

“I aim to make the footsteps of my father and make the senior team and hopefully get the chance to play in Olympics and World Cups.”

A fulltime hockey player, Guido represents San Fernando Hockey Club in the domestic league. And he has five of his team mates in the current squad of the Junior World Cup.

He started playing hockey at the age of 10 and has never looked backed since then. Even coach Pablo Lombi gives credit to the youngster.

“He gives it his all in training and matches so what more can I ask. He is skilful, determined and I am certain he has a bright future.”

Argentina may be the reigning champions but Guido does not think that it will add any pressure on the current team.

“I will do my level best to help Argentina emerge as champions again although it will be difficult as there are many strong teams here,” said Guido who lists Australian Jamie Dwyer as a player who he admires.

“We are 18 players who carry the Argentina challenge and we intend to bring honour to our country.”