The game was not as insanely dramatic as the semifinal, which is probably best for our health. The MKX® official correspondent Moi covered the match for us. He posted a sweet, sweet gallery on his blog. I strongly suggest you head over to check the photos out. I also strongly suggest you start saving for Brazil 2014.
If you thought that Dos Santos’ goal in the Gold Cup final was insane, you should check out last night’s results in the U-17 World Cup semifinal.
When Mexico tied the game 2-2 with an olympic goal, Julio Gómez left the field with a 7-inch cut in the head. He came back ten minutes later to score the last minute winning goal against Germany… with a bicycle kick. You can’t make this stuff up, it’s like a movie.
Will we have a 2005 repeat? I sure hope so. All goals below.
Until Saturday night, the United States had not lost to Mexico on American soil when at full strength in 12 matches dating back to the year 2000. (CNN)
Here are all the goals:
But if you only have time to watch one thing, watch Giovani Dos Santos‘ goal (remember him?) that clinched the match for Mexico. It’s the kind of goal that you would only expect from one of The Greats: Pelé, Maradona, Zidane, Messi… Unbelievable.
Vicente Gayo is an interesting band from Mexico City. They put on a good show with a lot of energy but their sound was mostly noisy, not that melodic. They were giving away cool Speak n’Spell stickers and were selling really nice t-shirts. Also: Many extra points for using a Commodore 64 (the computer I first learned to program on) during their show.
According to the brochure, a tradition started in the Lazio region back in the XVI century in which artists painted on the ground their works of art. So this is what was going on here: artists were copying very well known works of art on the ground using chalk. Very neat. Check out the photos below (click on the thumbnail for the full size picture). See if you can recognize any of them…
It took a lot longer than I had hoped for due to unforseen technical difficulties, but I am finally done going through the ~1500 photos we took in the last couple of weeks, selecting and post-processing, and have posted them to The MKX® Photo Central.
I am really happy with how the photos came out. We used an Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds camera on the trip instead of the usual crummy pocket camera, which we occasionally paired with a Panasonic 45-200mm telephoto lens, which allowed for some cool closeups at the stadiums and in the safari. The main album is broken up by day:
- To the World Cup!
Carrying a sombrero across the world is not fun.
A 12 hour layover in Cairo. Let’s make the best of it.
- South Africa VS Mexico
Opening match in Soccer City, Johannesburg.
- Argentina VS Nigeria
Messi and Maradona, in front of me.
- Lory Park
Awesome VIP tour in this beautiful animal sanctuary, courtesy of Sharon Salomon. Also, an encounter with former world champion Oscar Ruggeri.
- Holland VS Denmark
At Ellis Park. Not the best match, but look at that crowd!
- Brazil VS N. Korea
The jogo bonito. Also, Apartheid Museum, SAB World of Beer.
- Pilansberg Safari
Extreme closeups of wild animals, and also of my flat tire.
- Mexico VS France
If we are going to beat France, we should do it in style, flying private and hanging out with Figo and Zidane.
- England VS Argelia
In Cape Town. Zague said hello.
- Cape Town
Enjoying the waterfront.
- Simon’s Town
Table Mountain, then drive to Simon’s town to see the penguins.
- Portugal VS N. Korea
Jewish Museum, then see Ronaldo and friends kill the Koreans.
- Uruguay VS Mexico
Not much luck in Rustenburg.
- Return to reality
Another loooong trip through Egypt, where Mexico is famous for the wrong reasons.
We lost 1-0 against Uruguay in a very tight match. Still enough to make it to the second round. We will be facing Argentina (again) in the Round of 16.
The game was in Rustenburg, near Johannesburg. Getting there was very painful… about three hours for what should have been a 1.5 hour drive. Coming back was even worse: 1.5 hours just to get to our car! (There was no parking by the stadium, it was all park and drive).
The stadium was all Mexican. Someone heard there were 30,000 Mexican fans and 2,000 Uruguayan fans. Too bad that doesn’t count in the tournament.
A freaky thing happened on the way out: it took us forever to find the car. That’s because we saw it but we ignored it, as all four of its doors were wide open. Yes, all four doors were wide open! We obviously didn’t leave them that way. We had left all sorts of junk inside the car and in the truk, but it was all there. Bizarre.
I should be sleeping because tomorrow I need to fly early, but there’s too much adrenaline in my system from the Mexico VS France match, so I might as well post some photos. We flew to Polokwane and back just for the game, and needless to say it was well worth it. Incredible atmosphere. Mexico played like a local team, barely any French fans could be seen. The game was great, of course. The result, even better.
Click read more to see some more pics. And stay tuned because I scheduled a very cool surprise photo to appear a few hours after this post.