80 devil dancers will be Bolivia's cheerleaders at the Copa America

Eighty devil dancers, with their colorful masks and multiple horns will travel from Oruro, along with 60 musicians and President Evo Morales, to attend Bolivia's next Copa America soccer game in San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina this Thursday.

The team, coached by Gustavo Quinteros, surprisingly tied against Argentina during the Copa America inaugural game, bringing it closer to classifying for the second round if it defeats Costa Rica, who lost 1-0 against Colombia during their first game.

"The president has confirmed that he will attend this game along with the Diablada Urus (Urus troupe of carnaval devil dancers) and the musicians of Imperial, one of Oruro's most prestigious bands. All of this for the purpose of supporting the team," stated Santos Tito, governor of Oruro.

The Diablada (devil dance) represents the struggle between good and evil and is the emblematic dance of Bolivia's famous Oruro Carnival. Evo Morales, who is from Oruro, played the trumpet for the band Imperial during his youth.

The devil dancers will attend the game in Jujuy along with about 12,000 Bolivians who also have tickets to the game.

Bolivia has not passed the first phase of the Copa America since 1997, when it hosted the tournament and made it as far as runner up.

Source: El Deber Date: 6 July 2011 Read this Article in Spanish.

Image source/copyright: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:Diablada_Oruro_Bolivia.JPG

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