This Love Is Not For Cowards, By Robert Andrew Powell


This Love Is Not For Cowards

Salvation And Soccer In Ciudad Juarez

First Published in 2012 by Bloomsbury Press. This non-fiction work captures a time many people would hope to put behind them in the City of Juarez Mexico. The timeline of this book goes into the recent past, and unfortunately is still relevant today.A city ravaged by gang wars, extortion, kidnapping, and mixed with the hope of its citizens to rise above the current state of mind and madness, to become something greater, to believe in not only a higher power, but an on going higher purpose for those who live each and every day to its fullest.

This Love Is Not For Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez
The author, Robert Andrew Powell, a sports journalist, has taken on a menacing and frightening subject. Soccer in the midst of a narco-terror state.

Mr. Powell, mainly follows the life of Marco Vidal, a young jugador (player)with the Indios futbol team in Juarez Mexico. Marco, an excellent athlete, talented, un appreciated, who faces a constant struggle to prove himself to the many couches he needs to work with. The team, Indios, owned by the Ibarra family is also followed along with the changes in coaching staff, El Kartel, a fan club, and numerous other people who have interest or involvement with the team. The main struggle of the team is to stay in Primera, which is the top league in Mexican Soccer. You will follow the team every step of the way in their struggle to remain viable and relevant in their city, and to stay alive.
  I'd like to especially note the chapter near the end about the dead women of Juarez. Mr Powell also did a separte investigative peice on the subject and his research brings clarity to urban myth's surrounding this on going tragedy.  I'd also like to note the last few chapters in the book, as his time is coming to an end. The author takes us through his personal changes of acceptance of violence and what that means to all of us as human beings.  Thought provoking.

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This Love Is Not For Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez

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