Jordhy Thompson managed to break the siege. At just 18 years old, he scored his first goal for Colo Colo, racked up 201 minutes on the field in the first eight matches of the Chilean tournament and became the great young hope of his club’s attack, which once again looked to foreign markets for a striker that would allow him to successfully face the Copa Libertadores….
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Jordhy Thompson managed to break the siege. At just 18 years old, he scored his first goal for Colo Colo, racked up 201 minutes on the field in the first eight matches of the Chilean tournament and became the great young hope of his club’s attack, which once again looked to foreign markets for a striker. that would allow him to successfully face the Copa Libertadores.
Thompson was the letter that broke the trend of Chilean football in recent years. The great young hopes did not come true, and fade into promises that look like sighs. Universidad de Chile’s Darío Osorio and Lucas Assadi failed to secure a berth after unexpectedly rising to prominence last year, saving their team from class defeat. And at Universidad Católica they saw how Diego Valencia (an eternal substitute for Salernitana), Clemente Montes (in the alternative team for Celta de Vigo) or Gonzalo Tapia, who is unconvincing and also left without an international cap, withered away. Compared to the mainland, Chile does not offer replacement. And he looks with envy at Europe, where at 18 the players are consolidated.
The resounding failure of the young team in the South American under 20 competition confirmed that the future will have to wait, as the club’s owners interrupted the work of their smaller divisions, first because of the social outbreak and then because of the pandemic. An entire generation of Chilean teenage soccer players was left without competition for over two years.
Jordhy Thompson didn’t participate in that failure simply because she didn’t. She preferred to spend her vacations with her girlfriend at the beach, confirming a strong and difficult personality. Now, a few months later, he was excluded from the main team for having physically mistreated the same teenager outside a nightclub, in yet another act of violence between the couple, this time proven through videos. The brutal and repeated attacks led to the condemnation of the Minister of Women, Antonia Orellana, and other authorities, who indirectly blamed the company owners for not abbreviating similar situations. “It’s time for clubs to take this seriously,” he said.
They were referring specifically to Colo Colo, which had announced a containment and psychological aid protocol a few months ago, when an adult player, Leonardo Valencia, was reported for domestic violence. Thompson’s aggression surprised them without an established procedure, which forced the directors to announce, in a hurry and through a communiqué, psychological work for the player and his partner.
The urgency of having a replacement generation for the senior team is evident. It is necessary to re-enchant the public with the La Roja process -which was eliminated in the last two World Cups- and to obtain resources for transfers, a vein that closed after the golden generation, a group of footballers commanded by Alexis Sánchez, Arturo Vidal, Gary Medel and other stars who came out of poverty and hungry for glory gave the only continental titles to the country, which lived on frustrations for more than a century.
This group managed to reap victories and praise, integrate the main teams in the world and become millionaires despite having participated in several scandals, both collective and individual, which did not manage to overshadow their immense talent. The chancellor of the Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, the first driver of that great team, was decisive to put them on track for a while, since later several derailed in the pleasure of embracing show business. Fans and journalists, eager to reverse the failures, understood the acts of indiscipline and excesses as a side effect of their courage and irreverence.
Today, when the decline of that generation is already a fact, those responsible for taking over are not consolidated, because they are not focused, they delayed maturation and suffered, of course, the long break decreed by the club owners, who today regret the lack of training -sports and social- of its teams.
The football industry, contrary to what the authorities think, is not solely responsible. A society that saw the educational process collapse, that feeds a gap that segregates the poorest and that faces a distortion in social values - seeking quick success and immediate enjoyment – observes the results in the most exposed showcase, because that’s what football is, which at the same time at the same time it puts all activity at risk with an overflowing violence, without sense or control, that the young barra bravas have taken to the stadium galleries without being able to stop it.
Jordhy Thompson still has a future, of course. But his gift, like that of many others, does not offer many outlets.