Venezuela’s goalkeeping wunderkind

We’ve got an amazing goalkeeper for the next 20 years, states Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel, referring, in emphatic fashion, to Wuilker Farinez the up and coming goalkeeper. The former goalkeeper took obvious pride in having just given the 19-year-old keeper his first appearance in the Russia 2018 qualifiers, against Peru. Dudamel will be investing his faith in the up-and-coming Farinez once more at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 in a few weeks’ time, where he will be his first-choice keeper.

Looking ahead to the tournament, Farinez said “My dream is for us to be world champions. That’s what we’re preparing for, and I have complete faith in the work we’re doing and in God. If we don’t go with that mindset, then we’ll come up short.”

That kind of ambition is typical of a person who decided at the age of 14 that he wanted to be a goalkeeper, having previously played up front. Within three short years, he was being called up by Noel Sanvicente to the Venezuela squad for the Copa America Chile 2015.

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