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#231 Meyber Soler

“I like making a simple game through big effort and dedication”

Chepina Hernandez / Astrid Hernández

Mariana Maneiro

Mariana Maneiro

Petare, Caracas

I play soccer since I was six. I used to wake up, see the men playing on the field in front of my house, and there I’d go. In the beginning, it was very hard because I was a girl and they’d tell me “you ain’t playing.” Now they want me for the matches. In the last final, I, the only girl on the field, wore the captain belt. It’s a huge responsibility. You must care about all the team, cheer them up, tell them what to do, “close up guys, run, come!” You must take the lead.

I like making a simple game through big effort and dedication. For me, it’s the most beautiful game out there.

The biggest experience I’ve had isn’t the game itself, but the Barcelona FC Camp. We were 150 boys and 20 girls. From those, only 20 were chosen, I was the only girl there. It was the best week of my life, I learned and improved a lot my tactics and performance. The advice they gave us was great. That experience, along with the time I went to Venezuela’s selection teams, have been very important to me. Unfortunately, I had a ligament injury when I was in the national Selection and couldn’t make it to the second stage. That month left a track on me that can’t be erased. But I won’t give up. It’s any player’s pride to represent his country.

I have a motto: you can get whatever you envision. I always keep it in mind, and apply it. Everything’s in your head. I was injured and I imagined I was on the field. Before a match, I imagined myself scoring with my head, and that’s how it happened. Everything’s in yourself, not in anyone else. Don’t say “I can’t” if you haven’t tried yet.

It’s about how you perform. If you can play very well, and you have what it takes, the humility, the respect, the bonding with the team, you have it all. You can be the absolute badass, but if you don’t trust your partners, if you go all alone, you won’t make it. I’m in the first division with Metropolitanos Soccer Club, and I know which values matter. When someone screws up, don’t point it out; if you start a fight, you’ll lose the job. “Girl, you blew it.” Falling into that trap is like making a bet to bring it all down.

They call me “Trunchbull,” because I’m the second biggest member of the team. Sometimes I find people who see me and go “Look, it’s Trunch!” They recognize me and for me, that’s like they’re saying “don’t give up, keep on!” My goal is to be a professional player. After I reach my sport limit, I’ll be a sports journalist.

At home, everybody has played soccer, even my mum. My family’s always been there for me. My dad goes to all my matches, “dad, take me to training. Dad, I need money. Dad, come pick me up.” I bother him a lot, I tell him “don’t worry, I’ll pay you all I owe you”. He’s my role model. Many people use the motto “anybody’s a father,” but I was really blessed in life and I thank God every day. I wish I could buy him another car, a house too. We don’t live bad. We have what we have. And it’s thanks to him. He’s a cab driver and wakes up at 2 in the morning to go to work. He makes a gigantic effort and he deserves the world. I got my strength from my mum. Her personality, too. Mum never conforms. I’m like her, I never keep anything to myself, I always have something to say, good or bad. My goal is to never move away from my parents, make sure they have all they want. I know I’ll be great in this life, and I’ll be there for them.

I see myself in the big leagues, working abroad, playing for a solid team, representing Venezuela. I feel I deserve it. Nothing’s easy in life, I can say it. My life is a routine: high school, training, home. I’ve missed many things in my teens. They say “let’s hang out!” “I can’t! Got training.” “Let’s go to a party!” “Nope! Gotta sleep early, got a match tomorrow.” Things I have to cope with, but I know in the end it’ll be worth it. Giving up is not an option. Only if something too huge and out of my reach happens, I’d stop training.

In your teens, you’ll have arguments, but to me the best fight is the one you avoid. I’ve been so freaking close to a fight, and I’ve said “no.” I know which battles to fight, I choose them. I control my rage a lot. Don’t regret anything, wouldn’t change anything, I’m thankful to God and myself. For the good, and the bad times as well. I’ve learned a lot from the bad times, they’ve been like a guidance, and from the good ones, I’ve enjoyed even more! I put them on a scale and know that I’ll still be in between, intact.