Red star painted on the bootom of a table football. Red star painted on the bootom of a table football.
Fabian R., a carpentry worker, polishes the wooden case with a fine sandpaper at a table football workshop in Quito, Ecuador. Fabian R., a carpentry worker, polishes the wooden case with a fine sandpaper at a table football workshop in Quito, Ecuador.
Table football player in yellow shirt, with peeled surface. Table football player in yellow shirt, with peeled surface.
A carpentry worker polishes the chipboard case with a sandpaper machine at a table football workshop in Quito, Ecuador. A carpentry worker polishes the chipboard case with a sandpaper machine at a table football workshop in Quito, Ecuador.
Table football player in yellow shirt, with peeled surface. Table football player in yellow shirt, with peeled surface.
An unfinished chipboard case seen at a table football workshop in Quito, Ecuador. An unfinished chipboard case seen at a table football workshop in Quito, Ecuador.
Table football player in red and white shirt, with peeled surface. Table football player in red and white shirt, with peeled surface.

Table football workshop

Quito, Ecuador – March 2012

Table football, also known as futbolin in Latin America, is a widely popular table-top game in Ecuador. During the annual fairs, the rusty old outdoor-designed tables, fully ocuppied by excited children, may be found on all public places, particularly on the squares and in the parks. Although there have always been several small table football workshops in all large Ecuadorean towns, the table football craft and tradition is on a decline in the last years, mainly due to the video-game boom.

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