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Soccer!

Copa América Centenario

The Copa América Centenario is over. For me at least – no more stadium. I got to go to the stadium for all three matches held in Houston.

Game 1: Colombia 2-3 Costa Rica

Colombia’s coach Nestor Pekerman miscalculated and lost the match and the first place of the group. Still made it to quarterfinals. Costa Rica closed the tournament with dignity. Interestingly, this is the second time I see Costa Rica play, and they won both times.

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Outside the stadium before Colombia vs Costa Rica
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Nice view of the field. Underwhelming attendance.

Game 2: Mexico 1-1 Venezuela

Venezuela did well and was ahead for most of the game.

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With my good buddy Alberto García Aspe.
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Donald Drumpf was not a popular guy among the crowd.
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Maduro was unpopular as well.
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Those jerseys are like $90!
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National anthems
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Good looking fans.

A few days after the Orlando gay club shooting, the full stadium respectfully honors the victims with a moment of silence before the match starts. But only a few minutes later, the cultured Mexican fans go back to their famous gay slur:

I get it, people who are obviously straight think it’s funny and not offensive in this context. But it’s up to those who feel offended to decide whether it’s offensive. Also, the joke is kind of old by now.

Game 3: Argentina 4-0 USA

Oh boy, Argentina played at half capacity and completely humiliated the host team. USA had no ball possession and created no opportunities. In the second half, the American players would stay 3-6 feet away from Lionel Messi whenever he had the ball… they simply stopped trying. Due to happy circumstances and the generosity of some people, I sat really close to the field and was able to see the action up-close.

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Nice view. I mean us. Get it?
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Field panorama. Messi’s free kick goal looked amazing from this angle.
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Posing with a few peasants who sat really far from the action.

This is my view – short video of Argentina’s 4th goal celebration:

Experiencia Rayada

A couple of weeks ago I toured the new stadium with my dad, brothers and their kids and wives. I had already been to the game but for some reason they didn’t let me use the jacuzzi in the locker room that time. Conspicuously absent were my own kid and wife. I suppose they don’t care and I’ll go to Russia by myself in 2018.

The tour is called Experiencia Rayada and here are a few pics.

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Trophies. One more to be added in a few weeks.

 

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Home team bench. Very sweaty men usually sit here. I wonder if anyone wipes the seats clean.
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Press briefings room.
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Museum.
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Outside the stadium.
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Awesome views.

The Iron Giant

I finally got to go to Monterrey’s new stadium, the recently inaugurated Estadio BBVA Bancomer. What a beauty – I felt like I was in a different country altogether.

I actually went twice: on April 23 to watch Monterrey 3-2 Queretaro, and then to the Experiencia Rayada tour.

I will miss the decrepit homeyness of Estadio Tecnológico where I spent countless afternoons of soccer; that said, this place is amazing. See for yourself: photos from the match day. Photos from the tour in a separate post.

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Outside the stadium.
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Impressive.
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You can watch the game from the restaurant as well.
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The view, at half time.

 

Estadio Tecnológico – Panorama

This was taken last weekend by Jaco during Monterrey vs América and I promised to post it. Monterrey is leaving their old home soon to go to their new one.

Click to zoom in. It’s a very nice photo especially when you consider it was taken from a cell phone (iPhone 6).

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Mission accomplished

Thank you to all those who supported me throughout this long and difficult journey. The album is now complete.
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