‘Homophobic and not very clever’: why puto chants haunt Mexican football

El Tri’s victory over Germany on Sunday was marred by alleged homophobic chanting. It’s a common trend across stadiums in the Americas You can say this for Mexican soccer fans: they’ve managed to turn one of football’s least dramatic moments into one of its more controversial and offensive. The pattern is familiar. The opponent’s goalkeeper lines up a goalkick and the chant begins: “Ehhhh…” Then Mexican fans’ voices rise in unison until the kick prompts a cry of “puto!” The term is homophobic slang for a male sex worker. And its use by fans at matches from Mexico City to California and now Russia continues to give Fifa and the Mexican federation headaches. On Monday, Fifa announced it has opened a disciplinary procedure against Mexico after the chants were heard during El Tri’s victory over Germany. Continue reading...

USA legend Landon Donovan defends decision to support Mexico at World Cup

  • Forward held scarf reading ‘My other team is Mexico’ in advert
  • Donovan received criticism from other US internationals
On of USA’s greatest ever players, Landon Donovan, has defended his decision to show support for his team’s arch-rivals, Mexico, in an advert during the World Cup. In the ad for Wells Fargo, Donovan appears with a scarf that reads “My other team is Mexico”. A number of former US players criticized Donovan’s actions. Taylor Twellman, who is now an analyst for ESPN, said “I’d rather cut off my own toe” than support Mexico. The US is not at Russia 2018 after crashing out in qualifying. Continue reading...

The World Cup goal that shook Mexico: win over Germany triggers seismic event – video

Mexicans jumping in jubilation after their win over World Cup defending champions Germany shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors. The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations said highly sensitive sensors registered tremors at two sites in Mexico City, seven seconds after the game’s 35th minute, when Hirving Lozano scored. It called the tremors an 'artificial' quake. Continue reading...

Mexico play for the love of winning to seal one of their greatest victories

Juan Carlos Osorio has been pilloried in the Mexican media for his constant tinkering but he masterminded a huge shock over world champions Germany The Mexico coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, is known for carrying a spiral notebook, in which he jots down observations and scribbles his thoughts during games. It has become a symbol of the Colombian’s meticulous planning for his team, one of the strongest line-ups Mexico has ever brought to the World Cup.

All the prep work paid off on Sunday, when Mexico opened their tournament with a stunning 1-0 defeat of Germany, the reigning world champions. It was the first time the Europeans had lost their World Cup opener since 1982. The win will no doubt go down as one of Mexican football’s greatest moments. Following a run of stinging defeats that booted Mexico from six consecutive World Cups in the last 16, the team has Continue reading "Mexico play for the love of winning to seal one of their greatest victories"

Joachim Löw accepts ‘haphazard’ Germany on thin ice after Mexico loss

• Holders suffer first opening World Cup defeat since 1982
• Löw: The next game is vital for us, We have to win itJoachim Löw accepted his defending champions had been “negligent” and “haphazard” after Germany’s Group F defeat to Mexico in Moscow. “The next game is vital for us, We have to win it,” Löw said, of a team that had lost its opening game at a World Cup for the first time since 1982. Continue reading...

Mexico’s Hirving Lozano stuns world champions Germany for brilliant win

Has there been a more wild, bizarrely open start to a defence of a World Cup title than this? Germany ended a 1-0 defeat by Mexico in Moscow with six attacking players on the pitch and only three defenders and with Manuel Neuer wandering around helplessly upfield. At the Luzhniki Stadium Jogi Löw’s team were ambushed initially, the world champions run into a state of breathless trauma in the opening 40 minutes by a thrillingly vibrant Mexico attack. Continue reading...

Mexico’s Hirving Lozano stuns world champions Germany for brilliant win

Has there been a more wild, bizarrely open start to a defence of a World Cup title than this? Germany ended a 1-0 defeat by Mexico in Moscow with six attacking players on the pitch and only three defenders and with Manuel Neuer wandering around helplessly upfield. At the Luzhniki Stadium Jogi Löw’s team were ambushed initially, the world champions run into a state of breathless trauma in the opening 40 minutes by a thrillingly vibrant Mexico attack. Continue reading...

A history of Mexican crises: how El Tri rival England for self-inflicted pain

The current inquest into the nocturnal habits of the Mexican team appear positively PG compared to some episodes in the side’s past
Mexican football needs controversy. Where none exists it must be invented. The news this month that members of the squad had stayed out late has felt less like a crisis, and more like slipping into a comfortable pair of shoes. Mexican teams don’t necessarily thrive on drama, but its presence feels more natural than its absence. After all, if there’s one country’s press that can surpass England for beating up on its football team, it is Mexico’s. Continue reading...

Football: it’s a funny old racist, money-grabbing game | Letters

Readers on the dearth of non-white managers, Amazon’s entry to the broadcasting Premier League, rail seating at football grounds, and the World CupWe have no doubt at all that there are many white men in football who react adversely to “outspoken black men” (Stan Collymore interview: ‘The thing white men hate the most is outspoken black men’, 11 June). However, the difficulties encountered by people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in football stem not just from the racial prejudices of individuals, but the processes of whiteness and institutional racism that pervade football as they do UK society. This is aggravated by the common argument that racism in football has been addressed and now dealt with, sometimes because there is reasonable representation of minoritised individuals as players. That Collymore is still pressing the case for the introduction of the Rooney Rule after so many years Continue reading "Football: it’s a funny old racist, money-grabbing game | Letters"

Joshua Kimmich: ‘It is very hard to win the World Cup twice in a row’

The Bayern and Germany defender will be a key member of Joachim Löw’s side as they try to retain the trophy in Russia“Of course we have big hopes,” Joshua Kimmich says as he finally allows himself to turn his gaze towards Germany’s opening World Cup game against Mexico in Moscow on Sunday. “Some of us were here last year in Russia and we have a very special feeling. When we won the Confederations Cup we had a very young team and it was a great experience to fight together and win together. We have most of our really big players back for the World Cup but we will show the same fighting spirit we had in Russia last summer.” Kimmich is one of the best young players in Europe and, at 23, he is likely to illuminate the tournament in much the same way he did at his Continue reading "Joshua Kimmich: ‘It is very hard to win the World Cup twice in a row’"

The Chicharito enigma: has Mexico’s Javier Hernández era passed?

The West Ham striker has been El Tri’s star player for years. But a rough time in the Premier League this past season has raised question about his future There is not too much shame in being unable to remember your 30th birthday celebrations and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández might wish the same fate had befallen him when his international teammates helped him mark the milestone this month. Their night out in Mexico City became subject to the kind of salacious rumors that can ruin a World Cup buildup; Hernández strongly denied a tabloid claim that escorts were present at the event and that particular storm appears to have blown over – at least until any on-pitch mishaps surface around El Tri. Something that will not go away quite as easily is the issue of Hernández’s form. The West Ham striker has deific status in his home country and it would Continue reading "The Chicharito enigma: has Mexico’s Javier Hernández era passed?"

The complexity of supporting El Tri on the US-Mexico border

When ‘who do you support?’ is a proxy for ‘who are you?’, the debate can be especially personal for football fans during the World Cup Clad in an American national team jersey on the eve of the first US-less World Cup since 1986, Karla Cantu pondered who to follow this summer. So did other members of the Laredo chapter of the American Outlaws supporters’ group. They decided to allocate temporary loyalty via lottery. “We can’t come to a consensus. We’re going to do a draw,” she said. Broadcasters have a commercial incentive to urge bereft Americans to watch Mexico in Russia and the demographic, cultural and geographic ties are obvious. But when “who do you support?” is a proxy for “who are you?”, the debate can be especially personal and complex – especially on a frontier that has become a playing field for nationalistic political games. Continue reading...

Cómo el desempeño de México en el Mundial puede unir ambos países a travez de la frontera

Este verano es el mejor momento para que el fútbol unifique nuestro continente Mientras fanáticos del fútbol se preparan para el comienzo del Mundial este jueves, el equipo estadounidense lo ve desde las gradas. ElLos Estados Unidos no pudo clasificar para el torneo en Rusia, quebrando una racha importante de jugar cada edición el torneo desde 1990 y dejando así desilusionados a su creciente hinchada. Continue reading...