Diego Forlán – A Family Affair At Peñarol

Diego Forlán – A Family Affair At Peñarol

Finally, after months of speculation Diego Forlán has arrived in Uruguay and signed for Peñarol. The former Uraguayan star was officially presented Friday, and will link up with his new teammates at their preseason training camp at Punta del Este. His debut has been slated for an August 8 friendly against a yet to be confirmed Argentine team. Forlán will be at the club until December 2016. Forlán’s move to Uruguayan football brings an end to a long and successful professional career abroad which extended from Argentina to England, then Spain, Italy and Japan. The Uruguayan forward has won numerous titles and individual awards including top scorer in Spain and Europe, and the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup. He has yet to play professionally in Uruguay, however, as he played only youth football for Peñarol. Forlán has a lot to live up to at Peñarol, because of his family’s past connection to the club. His father, Pablo, began his professional career at Peñarol in 1963, where he went on to win four league titles, one Copa Libertadores, and an Intercontinental Cup. Despite his statement that the move to Peñarol is for him, and not his father, Forlán will inevitably be expected to live up to his predecessor’s success. Forlán’s love for Peñarol is no secret. In 2011, while he was still at Atlético Madrid, Forlán was presented as the 40,000th member of the Uruguayan giants. After posing with a Peñarol shirt, an emotional Forlán recalled childhood memories of Peñarol’s successes, and spoke of his desire to eventually play for the club. Months later, he stated in a radio interview that the only badges he would kiss would be those of Uruguay and Peñarol. The signing of Forlán is the Uruguayan league’s most important in recent history. A household name throughout Uruguay, and the region, Forlán’s image alone will reap benefits for Peñarol in terms of sponsorships, membership campaigns, and attendance at its new stadium (scheduled to be inaugurated next year). While he will be by far the highest paid player in the squad, such an investment will surely be rewarded in time. In addition to the marketing opportunities, Peñarol is hoping to see Forlán’s presence translate to success on the pitch. Despite his age (36), Forlán’s quality remains, and he should have no problem settling into and performing well in the Uruguayan league. Internationally, Peñarol has failed to win a title for almost 30 years. Having now snared their marquee signing, they can now set out to build a team around Forlán and look to seriously challenge for the 2016 Copa Libertadores. While the opportunities are promising and excitement is building, Forlán will need to adjust to certain realities to which he, as a professional footballer, has not yet been exposed: Uruguayan football’s poor infrastructure, management, and security will present a challenge to a player who has only dealt with conditions of the highest level. Also, Forlán will now be the main man at Peñarol, and will be under intense pressure to perform and deliver. Diego Forlán’s move to Peñarol is the realization of a dream held by many, including himself and his family. Having successfully carried on his family’s success for Uruguay’s national team by winning the Copa America, he will now be expected to deliver at the club level. Will the pressure to live up to past success, and present expectation, be too much, or will he be able to lift Peñarol to great heights once again? By Martin Da Cruz -

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Finally, after months of speculation Diego Forlán has arrived in Uruguay and signed for Peñarol. The former Uraguayan star was officially presented Friday, and will link up with his new teammates at their preseason training camp at Punta del Este. His debut has been slated for an August 8 friendly against a yet to be confirmed Argentine team. Forlán will be at the club until December 2016.

Forlán’s move to Uruguayan football brings an end to a long and successful professional career abroad which extended from Argentina to England, then Spain, Italy and Japan. The Uruguayan forward has won numerous titles and individual awards including top scorer in Spain and Europe, and the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup. He has yet to play professionally in Uruguay, however, as he played only youth football for Peñarol.

Forlán has a lot to live up to at Peñarol, because of his family’s past connection to the club. His father, Pablo, began his professional career at Peñarol in 1963, where he went on to win four league titles, one Copa Libertadores, and an Intercontinental Cup. Despite his statement that the move to Peñarol is for him, and not his father, Forlán will inevitably be expected to live up to his predecessor’s success.

Forlán’s love for Peñarol is no secret. In 2011, while he was still at Atlético Madrid, Forlán was presented as the 40,000th member of the Uruguayan giants. After posing with a Peñarol shirt, an emotional Forlán recalled childhood memories of Peñarol’s successes, and spoke of his desire to eventually play for the club. Months later, he stated in a radio interview that the only badges he would kiss would be those of Uruguay and Peñarol.

The signing of Forlán is the Uruguayan league’s most important in recent history. A household name throughout Uruguay, and the region, Forlán’s image alone will reap benefits for Peñarol in terms of sponsorships, membership campaigns, and attendance at its new stadium (scheduled to be inaugurated next year). While he will be by far the highest paid player in the squad, such an investment will surely be rewarded in time.

In addition to the marketing opportunities, Peñarol is hoping to see Forlán’s presence translate to success on the pitch. Despite his age (36), Forlán’s quality remains, and he should have no problem settling into and performing well in the Uruguayan league. Internationally, Peñarol has failed to win a title for almost 30 years. Having now snared their marquee signing, they can now set out to build a team around Forlán and look to seriously challenge for the 2016 Copa Libertadores.

While the opportunities are promising and excitement is building, Forlán will need to adjust to certain realities to which he, as a professional footballer, has not yet been exposed: Uruguayan football’s poor infrastructure, management, and security will present a challenge to a player who has only dealt with conditions of the highest level. Also, Forlán will now be the main man at Peñarol, and will be under intense pressure to perform and deliver.

Diego Forlán’s move to Peñarol is the realization of a dream held by many, including himself and his family. Having successfully carried on his family’s success for Uruguay’s national team by winning the Copa America, he will now be expected to deliver at the club level. Will the pressure to live up to past success, and present expectation, be too much, or will he be able to lift Peñarol to great heights once again?

By Martin Da Cruz – 

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