Corinthians make their debut in the Libertadores da America on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. In a match held in La Paz, Bolivia, Timao faces Always Ready in the first round of Group E. The opponents rely on an old acquaintance: Juan Carlos Arce.
The player frequently called up for the Bolivian national team’s matches played for Corinthians in the 2007 season, which was the only relegation in Timão’s history. In the fateful year, he played 34 matches and scored five goals in the white shirt.
Despite scoring a missed goal in the penultimate round of that Brazilian championship against Vasco, Arce does not hide his affection for Corinthians. The attacking midfielder highlighted the greatness of Timao, but said he wanted to win the Libertadores’ debut when designing the fencing.
“I played there another time, it was a long time ago. Today Corinthians are still what they are, great team, great players. Well first we are happy that we are going to face an important opponent, all over the world, but we have a great team, We know we are working hard and we want to start well at home. It won’t be easy, but we are able to play a good game and benefit from playing at home, which is always important,” the player said in the material released by Always Ready.
“It is always nice to know that you are going to face an opponent where you have had the opportunity to play. The truth is that you will always have that feeling, and I will meet some friends, but today I am here and you can be sure that we will strive for victory”Bow added.
After playing for Corinthians, Arce began to wander in the world of football. The player had spent stints in Al Arabi from Qatar and Seongnam IC from South Korea. Soon, he passed through Orient Petrolero, from Bolivia, Sport, and Trek Grozny from Russia.
Since the 2009/2010 season, Juan Carlos Ars has played for the Bolivian teams. The player made his third spell with Oriente Petrolero in 2010, while the following year he went to Bolivar, where he stayed for more than ten years. Since the middle of last year, he has defended the colors of Always Ready, Timão’s opponent in Libertadores Group E.
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