The new challenge of Fuenzalida

Since he announced his departure from Universidad Católica a month ago José Pedro Fuenzalida takes things easy. He still does not know which of the two paths to take: take on one last challenge abroad or retire from professional football at the age of 37.

For now enjoy free time. He keeps training on his own, but he also dedicates several hours a week to his latest passion: paddle tennis. The historic player from Universidad Católica is the latest to join a sport that has captivated many soccer players, such as his former teammates Diego Valencia, César Fuentes, Raimundo Rebolledo among others.

“It is very entertaining. I love playing whenever I can.” He stated this Thursday at the Pala Tour, a friendly tournament that brings together several of the most important figures of this sport in the Vitacura Bicentennial Park, such as Fernando Belasteguín, Paquito Navarro, Martín di Nenno, Pablo Lima, Juan Tello, and Federico Chingotto. “I like it because I can without enjoying it, without having the pressure that one has in football.”

At the appointment, Fuenzalida surprised with a new shirt: that of Zapping, the TV service that sponsors the event, and where ‘Chapa’ was part of the official broadcast. “For now I have nothing decided, I am enjoying and analyzing the options with my family. I have taken advantage of resting and enjoying this type of instances. Before it was more difficult.”