Summary

  • bundesliga.com proudly presents Lucia Villalon Puras' exclusive Copa America blog.
  • Villalon Puras is the girlfriend of Leverkusen superstar Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez.
  • Get unique insights into the Copa America under #LuciasCopa.

Boy, do we have a treat for you: an exclusive behind-the-scenes Copa America Centenario blog with Spanish journalist Lucia Villalon Puras, girlfriend of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez.

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In this unique series available only on bundesliga.com, Ms Villalon Puras will be reporting live from the USA throughout the tournament, giving fans her unique take on the competition.

Competition: Win Chicharito's signed, match-worn jersey

About Lucia  

Lucia, who has previously fronted Real Madrid Television, TVE and Antena 3, is the girlfriend of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Mexico megastar Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez.

Little Pea's sweetheart has over 96,000 followers on Twitter and is an avid Instagram user, so be sure to follow her journey - @lucia_villalon and lucia_villalon - as well as Bayer 04 Leverkusen megastar Chicharito himself - @ch14_ - and the Mexico national team - @miseleccionmx - on social media.

Introduction  

"Hello people!!

And welcome to my blog!! First of all I want to thank you for taking the time to read this. It is a great honor for me to be helping the Bundesliga covering a little piece of what the Copa America has to offer. It is such a huge event here in America, so it's pretty hard to cover all the information around it (mainly because every game is in a different location around the country... and I cannot manage to be everywhere... Yet!! Lol!).

But still... Being here and being able to stay close to Mexico's national team lets me live an incredible experience. And it is incredible not just because of the games or because of football (which I absolutely adore and it's one of my biggest passions!!) but because I get to feel an amazing atmosphere. I meet great, patriotic and passionate people, I see nervous kids smiling everywhere, so excited about watching their idols play. People from the US that love football and people from South America that travel all the way to the United States to support their flag and their colours! Yes, I know!! I am so lucky!!!

Well, sticking to the point... With this blog I am going to try to show you a little piece of Copa America. The little piece that I can live every day here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! So follow us and I will definitely try my best to make you feel and live this incredible experiences as if you were here. We just arrived in LA, so pretty cool stuff coming soon!! See you around!

Love,

Lucía"

Thursday 16 June - Back on the training pitch

After enjoying a little day trip to San Francisco on Wednesday (see video above), it was back to the training ground for Chicharito and his Mexico team-mates in preparation for their quarter-final tie with Chile on Saturday. Lucia was on hand to watch El Tri work up a sweat on the practice pitch at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.

Chicharito (3rd r.) enjoys a break from training with his team-mates and Lucia.
The Avaya Stadium is situated in a picturesque corner of northern California in San Jose.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio put his charges through two 120-minute sessions on Thursday to hone fitness and tactics ahead of Saturday's game.
As always, there were legions of fans out in support of Mexico and Chicharito in particular. This sign reads: "I don't want Messi's shirt, I don't want Ronaldo's shirt, I want Chicharito's shirt."

Coming up...

Chicharito and Lucia discuss Mexico's quarter-final with Chile - stay tuned for the full video!

Lucia: So hello Chicha, how are you doing?

Chicharito: I'm very good thank you, and you?

Lucia: Good! I'm going to ask you about tomorrow's match against Chile. How do you think it's going to be?

Chicharito: I think it's going to be a tough match... we played a friendly match before the start of this Copa America Centenario so I think both teams know a little bit more about each other. Hopefully Mexico can win and then we'll go through to the semi-finals...

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