Álex Ayala Ugarte is a Spaniard by birth, a Bolivian by heart and a stutterer by vocation. He was the Sunday editor of the Bolivian newspaper La Razón, the creative non-fiction editor of the weekly Pulso and founder of Pie Izquierdo, the first non-fiction magazine in Bolivia. He contributes to publications such as Etiqueta Negra, Paula, Virginia Quarterly Review, Séptimo Sentido, Frontera D and Internazionale. He has taken part in crónica workshops alongside journalists such as Alberto Salcedo, Francisco Goldman, Jon Lee Anderson and Alma Guillermoprieto. He won the National Journalism Prize in Bolivia in 2008. He was part of the anthology of Bolivian crónicas, Bolivia a toda costa: Crónicas de un país de ficción, and his first book, Los mercaderes del Che, was recently published in Bolivia and Spain.
‘Football’s Strangest Kidnapping’ (‘El secuestro más extraño del fútbol’) was first published in the Bolivian magazine El Día D and subsequently published in the following magazines: Sole (Colombia), Emeequis (Mexico), Soho (Argentinian edition), Séptimo Sentido (El Salvador).