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One of the 33 trapped miners is a former Chilean international

Career change leads to terrifying ordeal

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Things are looking up for the 33 miners trapped in the San Jose mine collapse. Having spent 17 days scrambling around in the dark, they’ve received their first care package and are currently chowing down on ‘astronaut yogurt’ (s’not a euphemism) while NASA boffins come up with an escape plan.

Details are slowly being released about the workers involved and Spanish paper AS is reporting amongst the men is Franklin Lobos, a former member of the Chilean national football team in the late ’80s.

Lobos played in the qualifying rounds for the 1984 Olympics Games, in which Chile were eventually handed a quarter-final knockout out by Italy. The 53-year-old also won a Chilean league title with first division side Cobresal, ironically named after a local copper mine firm, before retiring from football in 1995.

Former Cobresal coach Manuel Rodriguez told Chilean news:

Franklin Lobos went down the mine to keep his family. Cobresal never paid big wages.

The Spoiler wishes each of the 33 men a safe return. Hopefully this event will make squat dictator Kim Jong-Il rethink his disciplinary measures.


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