When Ecuador face Switzerland on the 15th of June at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha for their World Cup opener, the fans of this equatorial South American country will be hoping that Luis Antonio Valencia comes to the fore much like Garrincha did in the 1962 World Cup. In 1962 Pele entered the World Cup with Brazil, seemingly poised to win the championship on his own, but fate had other plans for this former Santos star. After a stellar opening game versus Mexico where he created one and scored the other, he injured his thigh in the second game and was ruled out of the tournament. In his absence Brazil turned to another one of their stars – Garrincha. And Mane, as he was known by friends, made the World Cup his own and inspired the Selecao to glory. While some would call it blasphemous to compare Valencia to Garrincha and an average Ecuador side to a brilliant Brazilian team, […]