Uruguayan friend here in São Paulo sent me this. As national team captain Diego Godin touched on, when he mentioned rough and tough "baby football" in his excellent World Cup interview with @sidlowe , the "garra charrua"/warrior spirit is channelled from an early age there 🇺🇾🇺🇾🇺🇾 pic.twitter.com/DEN1OpBtZf
— Tom Sanderson (@TomSandersonSP) October 24, 2018
This wince-inducing children’s match on an indoor mini-pitch in Uruguay shows how the nation’s “garra charrúa” ethos is fostered from a young age.
“Garra charrúa” can be loosely defined as ‘warrior spirit’ and refers to the Charrúas, an indigenous people who lived in what became Uruguay as well as in parts of Argentina.
In scenes of surprising violence for such a setting, the kids barge and kick at each other – with this clip culminating in a particularly shocking challenge.