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Never Give up

Jaime Penedo

Panama’s first World Cup classification (Russia 2018) has generated a positive buzz around the national team’s players and coaches. This atmosphere has inspired the publication of the autobiography of Jaime Penedo, the Panamanian team’s popular goalkeeper. In addition to presenting the player’s memories, Nunca te rindas (Never Give up) weaves together a series of unlikely developments: a middle-class child who chooses a career in a sport generally reserved for boys from working-class neighborhoods; the emergence of soccer in a country where baseball has been the traditional “king” of sports; and the story of a country with a relatively short soccer history which, for the first time, will be rubbing elbows with legends at the most important event in soccer.