Junior de Barranquilla is discussed by some, because his football is not filling up and coach Luis Amaranto Perea is in the spotlight, despite the fact that his silent work has paid off. This Thursday, the curramba team qualified for the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana 2020, after eliminating Unión La Calera by penalties, as a visitor in Chile and with two sent off.
Surely it is not the team of elegance and forcefulness of other years; It is not the most luxurious and feint; but it is a practical, fighter, serious team that, for the moment, is getting good results. In addition, it is the only Colombian team in international competition, after the debacle in the Copa Libertadores and the flurry of eliminations in South America.
And although it is criticized and resisted, the shark has the luxury over the other Colombian teams, which in the auction of the year no longer have anything to play, or try to save the campaign with the title in the Colombian League, as well as with a classification to Libertadores or South American.
Junior is the only team that is alive in three competitions: Sudamericana, Copa Colombia and La Liga. Neither América, Nacional, Millonarios or Santa Fe, to cite a few examples, can say the same.
And, without counting the Liguilla -which is Dimayor’s invention for those eliminated and thus comply with other sponsors and contracts-, only América and Deportes Quindío are competing in two tournaments: the scarlet is alive in the League and the Cup; while he also competes in Copa Colombia and in the Ascent Tournament.
Thus, in the midst of the crisis in Colombian football and its mediocrity, it is worth rescuing what was done by Junior, a team that has invested and is the only one that has won something this year: the Super League. How far will it go?