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  • - [Narrator] Ah, the beautiful game of soccer.

  • Or as the rest of the world calls it, football.

  • Football is a difficult game.

  • And like any difficult game,

  • it has difficult moves.

  • But the hardest move of them all is the

  • awe-inspiring, God-like,

  • unparalleled, bicycle kick.

  • But the origins of this world-class move are

  • sharply contested between three Latin American countries.

  • So, we wanna know:

  • Who invented the bicycle kick?

  • Brazil, Peru, Chile.

  • You see, depending on who you ask,

  • the bicycle kick has three different names and

  • a contested origins story.

  • If you go to Latin America,

  • many people will call this kick La Chilena,

  • which means The Chilean.

  • And it's all because of this guy:

  • Ramón Unzaga.

  • The year is 1914.

  • Popular tradition has it that

  • Unzaga invented the kick in a football match in Chile.

  • The Argentinean press took notice of this spectacular play

  • and decided to adopt the move as La Chilena,

  • which means The Chilean.

  • - Goal! La Chilena!

  • - [Narrator] But, in Peru,

  • Peruvians will claim the kick was invented in Callao,

  • Peru's largest port.

  • It was the year 1892.

  • Many believe that a Chalaco,

  • as Callao locals are known,

  • was the first to try this acrobatic maneuver

  • in a game against British sailors.

  • Some say that Chilean spectators witnessed this move,

  • which Peruvians called, La Chalaca,

  • and took it back to Chile.

  • (upbeat classical music)

  • Now, In Brazil,

  • they will give you their own story.

  • (whistles blowing)

  • Some have suggested that the Brazilian Leonidas da Silva

  • was the first to ever develop

  • what Brazilians call, Bicicleta.

  • Word is, when Leonidas made the move,

  • the referee was so startled,

  • he didn't know if it was even a legal play.

  • The truth is that it's really hard to pin down the

  • inception of this amazing move.

  • And whether its origin's are

  • Chilean, Peruvian, or Brazilian,

  • one thing's for sure:

  • the bicycle kick is truly a Latin American invention.

  • (whistle blows)

- [Narrator] Ah, the beautiful game of soccer.

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Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?

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    Samuel posted on 2018/07/15
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