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 By Tim Vickery

The Ecuadorian football season is coming to an exciting conclusion

Emelec have secured a place in the Ecuadorian Primera A final; which other Ecuadorian team will join them?

The Wright brothers, of course, were pioneers of aviation -- while a pair of siblings by the same name were responsible for getting Ecuadorian football off the ground.

Juan Alfredo and Roberto Wright came back to the country at the turn of the 20th century after a few years studying in England -- and part of their intellectual baggage was a knowledge of and passion for football. They got the game underway in their native city of Guayaquil, Ecuador's Pacific port.

Over a century later Ecuadorian...

 By Tim Vickery

Ecuador's "shipyard derby" pits brother against brother

Superman is up and running, flying and scoring goals. Enner Valencia opened his West Ham account with a splendid shot in Monday's 2-2 draw away to Hull City.

Back in his native Ecuador, meanwhile, his old club were missing his power to produce the unexpected. Emelec lost 1-0 to Barcelona in the latest installment of the country's biggest local rivalry, the "shipyard derby" in the port city of Guayaquil.

Ecuador has two major cities: Guayaquil and the mountain capital of Quito. These days, in...