Tigres UANL players present book of soccer short stories at Monterrey fair

Monterrey, Mexico, Oct 18 (EFE).- A pair of Argentine players for Mexican club Tigres UANL - goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman and midfielder Guido Pizarro - have presented a book of soccer short stories titled "Pelota de Papel 2" (Paper Ball 2) at the Monterrey International Book Fair.

The book includes stories written by current and former players including Argentines Juan Pablo Sorin, Pablo Aimar, Jorge Sampaoli, Lautaro Martinez, Sebastian Dominguez and Angel Cappa and Uruguayan Diego Lugano.

Proceeds from book sales will be donated to a pair of foundations in Argentina and Uruguay that help graduates of rural high schools pursue a post-secondary education.

The book's predecessor, "Pelota de Papel," was published in 2016 after Guzman, who competed for Argentina in the 2018 World Cup, convinced several former and current players to write stories about their experiences in the game.

Its success prompted the decision to put together a second volume, which features some of the same authors as before as well as new contributors.

"That was why I brought on board Guido Pizarro, who's another guy somewhere between an athlete and an artist," the 32-year-old Guzman told a group of around 100 people Wednesday during a presentation at the book fair in this northern city.

"The idea is to keep enjoying soccer, because as one gets older work and problems distance us from the dreams we had when we were kids. My idea is to reach out to the very young and encourage them to read."

Guzman, who convinced teammates and rivals over his nine-year career to join the project by writing down their experiences and anecdotes, reached a publishing deal with Editorial Planeta, an imprint of Spain's Grupo Planeta.

The goalkeeper's father, cartoonist Jorge Guzman, said during the presentation that he was proud of his son for remaining committed to his studies even after entering the youth divisions of Argentine soccer club Newell's Old Boys.