One stray dog is now a Paraguayan soccer team’s “assistant coach” after bringing the team a winning streak.
It’s a true rags to riches story when it comes to Tesapara, the young mutt that decided he’d had enough of life on the streets and wanted to get on the good life. But not just a nice home with a family that loved him--he wanted an entire football team to love him. That’s dreaming big when you’re a dog.
So, Tesapara went to club Sporting 2 de Mayo’s Monumental Río Parapití football field and starting hanging around. Eventually, he caught the eye of the team’s head coach, Carlos Saguier, who decided to feed him a few empanadas. From then on, the two became inseparable.
Tesapara attends matches, practices, and never leaves Saguiers side. You can even see the two of them standing side by side in anxious anticipation during their football matches. Er, sorry--soccer matches. The story is from Paraguay, and they call it football there.
“Tesapara is the guardian of the club,” Saguier said to Paraguayan newspaper Crónica. “She lives there – when the gates close she is fierce but by day she is friendly. She accompanies me on the pitch, in the corridors, in the office.”
El periódico "The Guardian" publicó un articulo sobre Tesapara, la inseparable 🐶 asistente del DT Carlos Jara Saguier, del Club de la División Intermedia @club2demayo de Pedro Juan Caballero ⚽️ ¡Genial!https://t.co/bN8zIW4R6y pic.twitter.com/8ecfNVEaOP— Embajada Británica, Paraguay 🇬🇧 (@UKinParaguay) September 7, 2018
Shortly after Saguier adopted Tesapara, the team went on a winning streak. Now they’re in third place in Paraguay’s second division and have even earned a “cup tie” against top team Cerro Porteño. The successes keep piling on, and the team owes it all to Tesapara.
Of course, Sporting 2 de Mayo isn’t the only Paraguayan team to have a dog as their mascot. Second place team Sportivo San Lorenzo also has a doggie mascot named Rubia. So far the two haven’t met across the pitch, but there’s no telling what kind of dogfight might develop if both teams were to square off.
Or there might just be a whole lot of barking that game. So far Tesapara has been extremely good about not going onto the field during a match.