In the search to add talents with Chilean descent, some born outside the country had the chance to reach national clubs a few years ago. Something like what happened with miiko bathrobe At first, of course, in his case, the defender who was in Colo Colo went directly to the National Team.
The most graphic story of this was what happened with the Chilean-Swedish Anton Guerrero. As a teenager he signed on University of Chile, but international administrative obstacles denied him the possibility of competing regularly. Five years later and from the Scandinavian country, the former blue spoke with AS remembering his time at the club and also to tell what is his life.
“I currently play ball, but not professionally. I do it in a club in third, in the neighborhood where I live, with my friends. I have a job and lead a life as a normal person here in Sweden. I work in a company that delivers packages, to different companies and all that. It is a quiet job, I drive, I have my route”, says Guerrero.
– Is your club completely amateur? Do they only play on weekends like here in Chile?
– Noo, we still train. It is an amateur team, but here things are more professional. We train four times a week and then we play the game at the weekend. We are fighting to get to the top category. Here in the division you are in, you train at least twice a week.
– How is your family life over there?
– All the relatives live here, my parents, my cousins, my uncles. I live in an apartment with my girlfriend. I’m on it.
– You participated in the ‘Chilean Blood’ project that brought children of Chileans from Sweden closer to local football. What memories do you have of that stage?
– Of course, we were in Chile and that was a very nice moment. We played friendly matches against U, O’Higgins and against Sifup as well. I have a lot of love for that project and all the people involved.
– There he stayed in the U, but he could not play the training competition here due to a regulatory issue.
– Of course, yes and I think it was not a good stage. We traveled with my dad and hoped everything would be okay, but the pass never came until I was 18. We thought it would be later, because in the U they told us that it would not take long. They told me that since I had a Chilean passport, that FIFA was not going to cause any problems. It wasn’t like that in the end.
– Did that delay affect you?
– It was a very difficult time and I also never felt welcome. There were few people who did make me feel good, I remember Paqui (Francisco Menighini, DT of Everton). He was the one who took me to the U, when we went to try out he approached me and said “we want you here”. He was a super good person, he always gave me advice. As I told you, there were few who made you feel welcome. It was very difficult actually.
– That was his first stage, then he returned to Sweden and finally rejoined the U, about to turn 18, and authorized by FIFA to join the club.
– Sure, the pass came. They could register me, but I felt that the issue was no longer there. I think things were done wrong from the beginning, about the pass and spending more than a year training without playing, without games, without competing. I saw that he could football, one is not stupid either. He felt that he was better than some who were there.
– Did you think about going back to Sweden?
– It was difficult, I could never give up, I think not even 50 percent. Later, I was able to play about two games against O’Higgins, I think it was in Quilín, and also against Magallanes. In the end I decided to come back here.
– Were there other things that also influenced that decision?
– I had a three-year contract and it still lasted. But I insist, I did not feel welcome. As I felt that there was something with the players themselves, I felt that they thought that this Swede was coming to take a position from them. Something like that. We made the decision together with the U that the best thing to do was to undo the contract.
– How was the return to your country of birth? Didn’t she feel at some point that it had been a wrong decision?
– I felt very demotivated by everything that had happened. When I arrived in Chile, I wanted to succeed. I knew that I had conditions, that I could play. It didn’t happen, it was all very difficult. I kept playing, but I didn’t train to reach the elite. I arrived and started playing with friends no more. I wasn’t looking for sleep, I felt bad.
– You were born in Sweden and grew up there. Could that contrast that you experienced here with the football environment have been something cultural?
– Yes, yes, it can be. I come from a Swedish culture here, European I would say. It is very different from Chile. When I was there, I realized that it is different, the dressing room, the profession. It may be that there was a clash. Sometimes I didn’t really understand what was going on, they messed with me and I didn’t understand that much. If one is born in Chile, catch them all. I came from Sweden and did not understand the whole wave. They grabbed me for the egg and sometimes I felt bad. We came to train and he did not perform in training, because he was not doing well.
– As a Chilean, would you have understood more of that dynamic in the dressing room?
– Yes of course. Here they are also good for eggs, but in a different way.
– A photo of him is circulating on social networks, as a teenager together with Miiko Albornoz at a rally for La Roja in Juan Pinto Durán. Was your idea of him repeating that story a bit?
– Yes, I and other boys have always seen the boys’ team here. With my cousins we still get up early to watch the games, because here they broadcast them at around 3 or 4 in the morning. Since I was a child I watched the games and I had that dream. The idea was to go to Chile, play and make it to the National Team. I was frustrated by what happened, I think that if things had been much better, the situation would have been different.
– Did you return to Chile after that stage here in the U?
– No, I haven’t been back. I have my cousins and my aunts there, my grandmother is also there. I will definitely go again.