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While the world went nuts watching "El Clásico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona, soccer fans in a small part of the globe are actually very excited for another battle. Some people might not even know about these couple of encounters but they're extremely important for both sides: Aruba and Guam.
The World Goes Nuts for El Clásico, Aruba Goes Crazy for Guam
03/24/2014
 
Aruba is eager to play against Guam on this friendly. Photo by AVBAruba.aw

While the world went nuts watching "El Clásico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona, soccer fans in a small part of the globe are actually very excited for another battle. Some people might not even know about these encounters but they're extremely important for both sides: Aruba and Guam.


Both teams are looking to improve their FIFA World Ranking and have decided to play each other twice on the small island of Aruba, on March 27th and 30th.


The beauty of soccer is that no matter where you are in the world, people love the sport. It does not matter if you are waiting for players like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to show up on the field, when the ball is kicked off, people go crazy and support their favorite team with all their heart.


Aruba, a 69 square mile country, is buzzing about the two encounters against Guam; and how can fans not be excited? Aruba have only played eight times at home since the year 2000.


Most of Aruba's players are currently in the lower European divisions, as the players are Dutch because the country is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the local league is called Division di Honor and is the island's top soccer tournament.

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Players to look for


During these two matches that will be played on the Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Sporting Complex, players will try to be looking for an opportunity to shine, and fans will see one of the best match-ups the island has seen in a long time.


On the local side, wonder-kid Erik "Astro" Santos is regarded as one of the best soccer players in Aruba. Santos will be joined by the most capped player Theric Ruiz and top scorer of the Subway Cup, Annuar Kock.


For Guam, two MLS-based players will be in the island: AJ DelaGarza from Los Angeles Galaxy and Ryan Guy from the New England Revolution. Both players were born on American soil but have Guamanian citizenship because of their parents.

Both games will be a taste of paradise


With prices starting at around $7 dollars per ticket, this game will help the winner climb higher on the FIFA World Rankings. Aruba are currently 162nd in the world and 25th in CONCACAF, while Guam is 173rd globally, and 37th in Asia. 


The important thing is that the fans on the island will be able to enjoy the best quality soccer they can get in a country known for its beautiful beaches and beautiful ocean views. 


A fan can be as excited for an under-hyped match on a small island as the world is for El Clásico. That is what we call paradise and Aruba is paradise indeed.

 
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