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Football (fútbol) has been particularly important to the entire country of Mexico, significantly more so than any other sport. Going to a professional football game or watching it on TV is a favorite pastime for many Mexicans. People have their favorite teams and support them with a passion that is not felt for other sports. Watching a professional football game is also a great way for the foreign traveler to spend a good part of the day. When the game is an important one, the excitement Mexico reaches turns to a rabid fervor. People will dress themselves and even their small children in team colors. Be wary, however, of the large crowds and the over enthusiasm of those who have had too much to drink. If the game goes extremely well or extremely poorly for the home team – watch out!

Check out the local bars when the game is on to experience the whooping and hollering of enthused fans without going to the game. For the foreign sports fans, this can be a great time. It’s a lot of fun to watch bar patrons get wrapped up in their regional team rivalries.

The popularity of football grew in Mexico when the country hosted the World Cup in 1970 and made it to the quarter finals. Mexico is also one of a very short list of countries (and the only Latin American country) to have hosted two World Cups, the second being in 1986. Mexico has also given birth to many great and well-known players including Antonio Carbajal, who was the first football player to play in five World Cups.

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By Emily Kerr-Riess
I love to travel, I love language, I currently live in Mexico teaching English as a second language. I love...
15 Dec 2008

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