In 2015, La Roja Sub-20 arrived with a team full of promise to the South American Sub-20s in the category. Sebastian Vegas, Victor Davila, Pablo Galdames They were among the players in the squad, in addition to a promising player who is currently struggling to rebuild his life and resume the football career for which there was so much hope.
It is Luciano Cabralattacking midfielder nominated for this tournament and who He was deprived of his liberty for five years after being involved in a fight that ended in his death in Argentina. The player – convicted as a “co-perpetrator of simple homicide” – spoke to La Tercera from a semi-open center for good behavior inmates in San Rafael, Mendoza.
Cabral, who played for Athletico Paranaense in Brazil before the incident, works and has a prison regime where he enjoys many benefits. “I am the only trainee between 25 and 30 years old who has this advantage of being able to go to work. Not because it’s Luciano Cabral, but because I deserved it by my behavior and my conduct during all this time I was deprived of freedom. I have a job and, above all, in what I love, that is to say football”.
“Today, I am in the same farm, but apart from the other prisoners, because I am the only one to benefit from this advantage. I only go back to the resort to sleep. Every day, I leave at 7 in the morning and show up at 9:30 in the evening. I enjoy this benefit from Monday to Friday here at the club and at weekends with my family,” he added.
Getting closer to resuming your career
The 27-year-old midfielder is at a regional league club in Argentina, and He admits to having already received calls from second and third tier teams in this country to resume his football career. And it is that he has very little time left to achieve his long-awaited total freedom.
One of the player’s main dreams, once his release from prison is finalized, is to resume his career in Chile. “This is my great desire: to be able to relive new things in a country that has given me a lot of love and affection, things that I have not found here.he admitted.
In addition, Cabral recognizes that, despite the fact that due to his situation he cannot be aware of everything, he remains informed about La Roja’s present. “When I was in jail I watched a little football because it made me a little sad not to be able to do what I love. I was watching very specific matches, but I saw that they featured Berizzo. The little and a lot that I saw from the Chilean team was that they were in a period of renewal,” he said.
The dream of La Roja and the U
The one trained at Argentinos Juniors, despite the difficult times he had to go through, never stops dreaming, and says his main wish is to bring Chile back to a World Cup. “One of my dreams is to be able to play ball again, as much as possible in Chile, and earn a place in the senior team and take it to a World Cup”tenuous.
In 2017, he was close to achieving another of his goals: to play at the University of Chile, a goal he aspires to achieve in this new stage of his life. “When I was in Brazil, six months passed and I didn’t play as long as expected. ANDSo, I called my representative and told him that I wanted to go and get minutes, and they told me that there was the possibility of going to Chile and that there were discussions with the University of Chile. Hopefully we will get the chance. If it’s the U, I hope”he pointed out.
However, the player was clear in pointing out that he is not closing the doors to other teams in the national championship either, “But in any case, any door that opens for a club in Chile, I’m delighted to be able to go.”ended.
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