Child's Play

Video: Bolivian side give professional debut to a 12-year-old boy

Impressive kid already exaggerating injury at a Premiership level

If anyone needs proof that a little bit of nepotism goes a long way, this is it. Over the weekend,  Julio Cesar Baldivieso opted to give his 12-year-old son Mauricio Baldivieso a run out with Bolivian top flight side Club Aurora.

The nipper, who turns thirteen tomorrow, came on in the 35th minute in an away match with La Paz, and was given a rather nasty introduction to the world of professional football. At around [0.50] in the video Baldivieso is brought down with a challenge that left him in tears. This reaction would have brought his ability to handle football at the top level into question had he not saved grace by rolling around on the floor with all the aplomb and conviction of a true international star.

Baldiviesois now thought to be the youngest South American debutant, smashing the record set by 13-year-old Peruvian Fernando Garcia in 2001.

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3 responses so far
  • David // July 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    why do they hold their faces when they get tackled at their feet and legs?

  • Luis // July 21, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Well, as hard as a tackle by a 20-something years old on a 12 years old sounds, it is just as obscene the fact that daddy is willing to put his own kid on that risk just to earn the record.

    In a way, I think you should go complain to daddy about the kick if anything.

  • reality check // July 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    You’re both missing the fact it was barely a tap.

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