In France, Lyon faces Paris FC, in a duel between two teams with 100% success in the French, which could be decisive for the title. The club, therefore, did not release Endler, who took the opportunity to retire from the Chilean national team at the age of 32, causing surprise. Valencia faces Huelva, bottom of Espanyol, and didn’t want to give up Canales, who had to travel on Tuesday.
The end of the FIFA date was already known, but Chile was postponing discussions on how to resolve the problem, to the point that Endler, in his farewell, wished good luck to Canales, who was also not going to stay. Only when the two left did the team start training an improvised player.
The tendency is for Yenny Acuña, a striker who won the Campeonato Baiano title with Bahia a month ago to be the climber — at the time, as a striker. As Bahia no longer plays this season, she did not need to return to Brazil.
The Pan calendar matches that of interclub competitions around the world, in various collective sports. In volleyball and basketball, the release of Brazilian players in Europe, for example, was not even discussed. In women’s handball, where the tournament is Pre-Olympic, the international federation even demanded the release of European clubs, but not everyone agreed.
In the Brazilian team, goalkeeper Babi, from Krim Mercator (Slovenia), was not released. In the men’s team there was not the same problem because the Pan fell exactly on the “IHF date”. But the teams are at the Pan without having done any prior training.
Brazil does not play women’s football due to a peculiar criteria for qualifying for the Copa América. The tournament’s champion and runner-up (Brazil and Colombia) qualified for the Olympics, but did not earn the right to be at the Pan. Places here were distributed to the teams that finished in third, fourth and fifth place. Hence the presence of Argentina, Paraguay and Venezuela, in addition to Chile, the home team. The USA came with a youth team.