Bloomberg: A Mexico World Cup No-Show Would Be an Economic No-Noby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Sep. 13, 2013, under Mexican-American / Chicano political activism, Mexican-Americans and Chicanos are patriotic
I saw this Bloomberg news story via the Carlos Galindo show.
A Mexico World Cup No-Show Would Be an Economic No-No
By Leon Krauze Sep 13, 2013 8:05 AM MT
Something terrible is happening in Mexico: The country’s national soccer team is nearing the abyss of elimination from next year’s World Cup in Brazil. A bit hyperbolic, I know. After all, Mexico is besieged by much greater ills. But in Mexico, the importance of soccer and its quadrennial celebration can’t be so easily dismissed, and failure to qualify for the World Cup would reverberate off the field long after the fans’ wailing and jeering had stopped.
In a country used to dizzying inequality and increasing political polarization, the green jersey worn by the national futbol team serves as an uncommon unifying social force. Just as in other soccer-crazy countries, Mexicans come together when “El Tri” plays. The country’s domestic Primera Division is one of the continent’s top-grossing leagues, with teams whose appeal rivals that of many world powerhouses. During the last World Cup in South Africa, Mexico’s innovative black jersey outsold all others. According to Adidas AG (ADS), more than 1.2 million Mexican shirts were sold worldwide. More than 15,000 Mexicans traveled to South Africa to support their team (each paying at least $10,000 for the pleasure). READ FULL STORY>>>