At the same time, the Mexicans are considered by the organizers to be among the most “restless” and for this reason, the necessary measures have been taken.
“Besides being numerous, we are very folklore,” claims Caramello, head of the “Tri” fans, wearing his sombrero, as the Spaniard’s “alter ego”, “Manolo del Bombo”.
“We like to sing, drink and dance all the time,” adds Hector Chavez – his real name – a businessman who will celebrate his 60th birthday in Qatar.
Mexican visitors are welcome in Doha, provided they respect certain rules, according to organizers. “It is forbidden to bring alcohol,” warns Karamelo, who has been described as an “ambassador” of his country’s supporters by the emirate’s authorities, as he has visited the Gulf country four times in one year.
The Mexicans should observe the general rules of alcohol consumption (including three hours before and one hour after the match, in the fan zone). And above all to pay for a simple beer, three to four times more expensive than in their country, which costs between 225 and 300 pesos (US between 9 and 12 dollars.
Caramelo tried to… predict the imminent “coexistence” with the fans of other countries, in a relatively small area, such as Qatar. Especially before the Mexico-Argentina game: “I know the representative of the Argentina fans. If something happens, I can call him to calm down his… troops,” hailing the organizers’ decision to bring together the heads of each country’s organized fans.
The nearly 80,000 Mexicans expected in Qatar are prepared to pay between $14,000 and $20,000 for a “package” that includes a round trip Mexico-Doha, accommodation and the three group matches, according to the Association of Travel Agents .
“Many sports fans save money for four years in order to be able to watch the World Cup”, commented meaningfully, the president of the Union, Eduardo Paniagua Morales.
“It will be the most important presence of Mexicans in the history of a Middle Eastern country, with a different legal and religious tradition, but also a different language,” noted Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrar, presenting preventive measures since August and added, in agreement with Caramel: “We can’t take tequila in our luggage.”
About fifteen National Guard agents – a security force created by the current president and set to come under military control – will also be on the trip to Qatar. Without weapons or uniforms, they will be a point of connection “between the Mexican supporters, our language and customs and the Qatari authorities,” the minister explained.
Characteristic of the ardent support of the Mexican fans, in the national team of their country, is the fact that 15,000 people traveled to the World Cup in South Africa (2010), in 2014 in Brazil, 34,000 went and in Russia, in 2018 there were 44,000 fans.
However, as always, there are also some “brainless”, as in the World Cup in France, 1998, as Caramello points out: “A drunken Mexican extinguished, urinating (!), the flame of the unknown soldier in France, 1998. he urinated in the flame. This is something unacceptable.”
In South Africa in 2010, another Mexican was arrested for trying to place a sombrero on a statue of Nelson Mandela, a move that constitutes a national insult. At the same time, in Brazil in 2014, Jorge Alberto López Amores jumped from a cruise ship and was recovered dead.
It is worth noting that Mexico, which is a co-organizing country for the 2026 World Cup, has been sanctioned 17 times by FIFA for homophobic chants (also known as “puto”).
“It’s an audience that gives of itself to the fullest, with a national group that has rarely returned that support,” said author Juan Vijoro at a book celebration in Mexico City on Oct. 9, adding meaning: “If there was a World Cup for fans, Mexico would reach the final.”
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