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20 Memorable Moments From The 1986 World Cup In Mexico

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In case you haven’t heard, Mexico is going to be one of the trifecta of countries that has punched its ticket to host the 2026 World Cup across Canada, Mexico and the U.S. But before you start making your eight-year plan to save up for your tickets, let’s go back to when the beautiful game last graced Mexico—in 1986.

1. Mexico gave the World Cup a home after Colombia backed out.

Colombia was originally named the host of the 1986 FIFA World Cup but less than four years before, the country told FIFA it could not afford to meet the bill. Mexico stepped up to the pitch and came in clutch with a winning bid against Canada and the United States.

2. They already knew what it would take.

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It was the first time a country would have the honor of welcoming countries from all over the world for the World Cup twice.

3. Disaster threatened the World Cup.

Just eight months before soccer fans from all over the world were supposed to descend on Mexico for the World Cup, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City. Mexico squashed any doubts that it could continue hosting and brought a colorful and cultural-rich opening ceremony from the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on May 31, 1986.

4. Mexico was the third Spanish-speaking country to host in a row.

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Mexico was the third consecutive Spanish-speaking country to host a World Cup, opening its doors after Argentina in 1978 and Spain in 1982.

5. Pique the ‘hot’ mascot was everything.

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Pique the chile pepper is > than Pique Shakira’s bae. This little hot pepper was the official mascot of the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Pique donned a mustache, a Colimote sombrero and was interchangeable for “spicy.” That’s the nickname given to a penalty kick. But the little pepper was also docked for contributing to ethnic stereotypes.

6. Then 1986 World Cup was centered on peace and love.

Coincidentally, 1986 was also named the International Year of Peace by the United Nations. Billboards around the soccer stadiums displayed both the logos of FIFA and the U.N. with the slogan, “Football for Peace – Peace Year”.

7. The military was on display.

Mexico has a strong reverence for its military presence and honored its armed forces by having officers walk alongside the flags of each participating country during the Opening Ceremony.

8. Every Mexican state was represented through traditional clothing.

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To showcase the beauty of its 31 states and federal district, the Opening Ceremony featured participants in each state’s traditional costumes. Viewers at the Estadio Azteca got to see traditional clothing from huipils to Veracruz’s jarocho dress.

9. Of course the piñata got a lot of love.

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When the ‘86 World Cup’s Opening Ceremony commenced, flags and streamers adorned the stadium, along with the symbol of every Mexican birthday: a piñata. One BBC anchor broadcasting the ceremony said “they look a little bit like octopuses.” *Insert your favorite laughing GIF here* jajaja

10. The dreaded death group was intense.

In the World Cups since, there always seems to be a group where fans are chewing their nails during the first round of group matches. Nobody knows who will make it out because it’s a tough group. The ‘86 World Cup’s ‘Group of Death’ included Denmark, Scotland, Uruguay, and West Germany.  The group that had games including a 10-man Uruguay team against Scotland, with the Scots eventually going home in the first round.

11. The Danish team was not playing games.

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The Danes came out strong from their group and Danish striker Preben Elkjær was its secret weapon. Denmark anihilated Uruguay during the 10-man match. Some Twitter users think Elkjær was the top player when it came to the first round.

12. Denmark’s Michael Laudrup kept fans on the edge of their seats.

Michael Laudrup was a star player for the Danish team, and some see his goal against Uruguay as one of the best of the whole tournament. One commentator even exclaimed “this boy’s a genius!” when Laudrup weaved past the defender, goalie and eventually kicked the ball into the net.

13. One Socttish player’s celebration was a major laugh.

One memorable moment for the Scots before they went home was right after Gordon Strachan made a surprise goal against West Germany. He tried to jump the advertising board but couldn’t quite clear it while celebrating.

14. Mexico made it to the knockout the round.

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The host country was able to make it to the knockout round undefeated after the group matches, earning ending scores of (2-1-0). Up to that point, it was the second time El Tri was able to make it out of the group stage and into the knockout round.

15. Josimar’s goal against Northern Ireland was a major highlight of the tournament.

Josimar Higino Pereira, more commonly known as Josimar, played as a right-back for Brazil’s national team and made a thunderbolt goal against Northern Ireland that is still seen as one of Brazil’s best goals up to this day. He not only scored that way once, but twice.

16. Mexico *allegedly* invented the wave.

TV spectators around the world and fans in the stadium could see what later became a phenomenon at every World Cup since. The wave or “la ola” was popularized thanks to the rowdy fans at Mexico ‘86 World Cup. Let’s give a big up-and-down because they brought this to the masses! 

17. “Ole!” was used sooooo much during the tournament.

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Speaking of great energy during the games, fans kept up the tradition of chanting “ole” each time the ball was passed from player to player. 

18. All World Cup fans know about the controversial “hand of God.”

Ohhhh the ‘Hand of God’ goal. It was counted as a legitimate goal despite what looks like a clear handball. This goal was made in the quarter-final between Argentina and England, advancing Argentina to its next chapter in the tournament.

19. The final was one of the most alive moments of World Cup history.

With the wave, piñatas and more leading up to the final, the crowd was electric for the World Cup final between Argentina and West Germany. A cloud of confetti rained down on the over 114,000 spectators who were lucky enough to score a ticket to the showdown at Estadio Azteca.

20. Maradona cradling the trophy is still so exciting.

Twenty five-year-old Maradona was understandably ecstatic when Argentina brought home the FIFA World Cup trophy, beating out West Germany with a score of 3-2 in the final match. Although the three goals were scored by other teammates, this photo of Maradona is perhaps one of the most classic photographs in FIFA World Cup history.


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Live Out Your Boozy Fantasies And Spend The Night In This Giant Tequila Barrel Hotel

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Live Out Your Boozy Fantasies And Spend The Night In This Giant Tequila Barrel Hotel

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Listen up tequila lovers – we’ve found your new HQ. And it’s time we spread the word. 

Forget fancy vineyard buggy tours, or brewery visits. Mexico has really upped the game on boozy vacations. 

Because, guys. GUYS. We’ve found a boutique hotel in Mexico that lets you sleep inside a massive tequila barrel. 

No, but really. 

How’s a weekend surrounded by an unlimited supply of tequila, sound?

Welcome to the Matices Hotel de Barricas, Mexico, where guests can eat, sleep, drink and dream tequila. 

It’s the only hotel in the world that’s set on a tequila farm and distillery, and that offers bungalows shaped like barrels amongst agave (I mean… that is pretty niche). 

And we’re obsessed.

I repeat: they’re set among vast fields of agave plants.

Not only will you be able to sleep in a barrel that mimics the ones they use to brew tequila, you’ll be able to IMMERSE yourself in the tequila-universe for however long you’re there for (how’s a lifetime sound?).

Here are all the things you never knew you needed to know about how to sleep in tequila barrels.

It’s set in the pueblo magico of… Tequila, Mexico.

It only seems good ‘n fair that this hotel is based smack bang in the heart of Tequila, Jalisco. 

Spoiler alert – Tequila is the tequila capital of the world. It’s become something of a tourist hotspot for tequila fans hoping to learn more about this golden elixir. After all, agave plantations in the area have been churning out the good stuff since the 16th century! 

And we can’t get over how beautiful the grounds are. 

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Open the large front-door of your personal barrel, and you’ll be greeted with rows upon rows of blue agave – the stuff tequila is brewed from.

Ok, so maybe it’s not a traditional ‘detox’ vacation, the hotel is located far from the bustle of the city.

The whole place is owned by a world-renowned distillery called Hacienda Tequilera La Cofradía. The hotel itself only opened in 2017, but word is spreading like wildfire!

And it’s easy to see why. 

 Four walls? Boring. Corners? Yawn. 

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The hotel offers 22 wooden barrel rooms with a range of suites – from the ‘Aged King’ and ‘Silver King’, to the ‘Extra-Aged King’. 

Each barrel room can fit up to two guests and comes with a king-sized bed, rainshower air-conditioning, fridge and more. There are curved glass windows on the ceiling and some cute, kitsch wall paintings that give off some very Wild West vibes. 

Sure, it’s no Ritz but hey – we’d pick unlimited tequila and rustic charm over fancy bar soap, most days. 

The hotel also offers ordinary rooms for those travellers who, for some unfathomable reason, might not want to spend the night pretending to be your favorite liquor. 

I mean, do you really love tequila if you don’t want to…  be tequila? 

I mean, it’s basically a boozy hobbit hole for adults.

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Tequila is aged in a barrel and comes out better. Be the tequila. 

Rest in here, come out e l e v a t e d. 

The grounds are also pretty freaking cool.

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That picture above is their La Taberna del Cofrade – a restaurant and bar that’s 4.5 meters (15 feet) deep underground! 

Other cool spots around the hotel grounds include their The La Cofradía Tequila Site Museum that lays out their impressive achievements and history across 5 exhibition halls. There’s also an ‘Art in Fire Ceramic Factory’ where the ceramic structures and containers for tequila are made. 

There’s also a very cool aging room where the tequila is stored in protective oak barrels until it’s ready for glugging. 

And naturally, there’s a tequila shop where you can pick out some bottles to bring home to those who so foolishly didn’t join you on the best vacation ever. 

You’ll also be able to get up-close and intimate with how the tequila is made.

After all, the hotel is connected to the La Cofradia tequila factory and is just a quick stroll away. 

You’ll be able to stoke the fires of your tequila obsession with a fascinating guided tequila tour of the factory where you’ll learn all about tequila farming and distillation. 

The distillery is said to use some pretty impressive modern distillation techniques. However, they use some of their same old recipes in order to make some of the world’s best tequila. 

Wanna get hands-on? You can help out the farmers working in the field, design ceramic containers and tequila bottles, or even distil your own tequila from scratch! 

Okay sure, but when’s the drinking start?

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We thought you’d never ask. According to reviews, you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink on arrival – tequila shots, naturally. 

You’ll also get the chance to do some free taste testing. We’d definitely recommend jumping every chance to drink from the source – Casa Cofradia is responsible for some pretty awesome tequilas. 

They include the spicy Agave Loco, and Astral, a tequila repped by the former ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’, Jonathan Goldsmith. 

Best of all – you can drink and go straight to bed. If emerging, slightly hungover from a barrel, doesn’t sound like fun we don’t know what does. 

And minus the regrets. No regrets here. 

Lastly – you’ll also be a stone’s throw from the lovely Tequila township.

There’s a handy free shuttle that goes between the hotel and Tequila town itself – conveniently rich in waterfalls, volcanoes and pre-hispanic ruins.

If you find some sober moments and are in the mood for adventure, feel free to jump on a horse, explore the area on a bike or dirt bike, or simply hike the rolling hills of this gorgeously old-school region of Mexico. 

So go on – live your best life. And by that we mean, spend a night in an oversized barrel. You owe it to yourself. 

I mean, just leaving this here… 

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Because if you haven’t slept in a Tequila barrel in a field of majestic agave plants, have you ever truly lived? 

READ: Here Are Some Of The Tequila Brands Keeping The Beloved Art Of Creating The Liquor Alive And Well

The World Is Not Ready For This Man’s Talent And Looks But Thank You Anyway

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The World Is Not Ready For This Man’s Talent And Looks But Thank You Anyway

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It has been more than a decade since Mexican actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna established themselves as power players in the Hollywood game. Other Mexican actors like Kuno Becker have also broken into the United States mainstream, but they are few and far apart. The new kid on the block is actor Luis Gerardo Mendez, an actor that has done it all in a few years: he has made indie films, a highly successful Netflix show, one of the most successful Mexican movies of all time and now films with Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler and the new Charlie’s Angels team of kickass queens. 

He was born in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Contrary to what some might believe, not every Mexican actor comes from the capital Mexico City! Luis Gerardo was born in the city of Aguascalientes on March 8, 1982. 

Remember how Jude Law seemed to be on every single movie released in the early 2000s? Well, that is what the very prolific Luis Gerardo is for the Mexican film industry today.

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From the beginning of his career, he has been willing to work with anyone who wants to tell a story. He has collaborated with first-time directors such as Ivan Morales, whose film Sincronia is available on YouTube (it is a delightful film about love and loss). He has taken on peculiar projects such as Camino a Marte, where he plays an alien trapped in a human body. He doesn’t shy away from challenges, ever. 

BTW, you just can’t miss his Netflix film Time Share (Tiempo compartido).

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Time Share (2018) is a dark comedy that explores the sect-like practices of the tourism industry and how it lures clients to get lifelong commitments to spend holidays in particular all-inclusive resorts. Filmed in Acapulco, it starts as a comedy of errors and soon becomes a much darker film: a true indictment of capitalism and its deathly methods for controlling people through impossible dreams and promises of achieving a higher social status.

Fame and fortune no se la ha subido a la cabeza and he remains humble and con los pies bien puestos sobre la Tierra.

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We love his Instagram account, where you can follow his daily life (how cool is this shot from a nightclub toilet in grungy Berlin?), from his trips to life behind the sets of his movies and TV shows. 

He is a true supporter of Mexican cinema.

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Luis Gerardo had one of the leading roles in the super successful film Nosotros los Nobles (The Noble Family), which tells the story of an upper-class family that suddenly sees its fortune evaporate. Luis Gerardo often collaborates with new and emerging directors and often takes an active role in the production. He believes in and loves the industry which saw him become one of the most recognizable of Latino filmmaking. 

We will always remember his character in Club de Cuervos, Salvador Iglesias Jr, Chava pa los cuates.

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Some actors are always linked to certain characters, and that is the case of Luis Gerardo, who played the extravagant and frankly kinda dumb Chava Iglesias in the Netflix show Club de Cuervos, which explored the world of Mexican professional soccer. Mendez revealed himself as a comedic genius, navigating the thin line that separates slapstick and high-quality comedy. He gave an apparently shallow character multiple layers of both dramatic and comedic depth. 

We mean, no one has worn a vest better.

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Chava Iglesias was so ridiculously full of himself that it was uncomfortably fun to watch! He left us plenty of memorable moments, such as successfully hiring the best soccer player in the world out of pure necedad!

He is an animal lover.

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The actor collaborates with PETA Latino, particularly in a campaign to treat domestic pets as they deserve: with care and respect. He particularly cares about dogs that are left alone in rooftops all day, a common practice in Mexico. 

He has his own collectible figurine!

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Once you have a Funko POP! toy made a tu imagen y semejanza you know you have made it! 

You can’t miss Bayoneta either (it’s on Netflix).

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The outstanding boxing drama Bayoneta is also available on Netflix. It tells the sad story of a has-been fighter from Tijuana that makes a living in Finland by training young boxers. He gives a deep, challenging performance that was physically tough.  

His movie Murder Mystery has been one of the most watched Netflix originals.

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Yes, of course, it is mainly because of his costars Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, but Mendez’ film was watched by more than 30 million people in the first three days after its release. That is much more than what many theatrical releases get. Streaming services are truly revolutionizing how movies are produced, distributed and watched, and are giving actors like Mendez a platform in which they can explore different genres. Netflix is very fond of Luis Gerardo, and we are sure we will see more of him in the years to come. 

Next up, a crazy scientist in the girl-power action film Charlie’s Angels.

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He will play a minor role, but he will give comedic relief to the highly anticipated remake directed by Elizabeth Banks. We just can’t wait to see him in this! 

His next project deals with US-Mexico relationships: Half Brother sounds truly amazing.

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In an exclusive interview for Mitú, the film’s producer and writer, Eduardo Cisneros (one of the leading Latino voices in the industry), said about the actor: “When Jason Shuman and I started fleshing out this story, I immediately thought of Luis Gerardo, because there aren’t many people out there with all the qualities the role required. First of all, he’s a gifted actor, capable of giving a layered dramatic performance, but at the same time, he’s immensely adroit at comedy. We needed a redoubtable leading performer, the kind people come to expect from a Focus movie, but also someone who had a great appeal within the Mexican and Latinx moviegoers. We approached him at the early stages of the project, and little did we know he had a personal, almost autobiographical, connection to the story. So it was almost kismet. He came on board not only as a star but as an executive producer, so we are lucky to have his input and artistry in this movie”. 

Cisneros explains what this movie is all about: “Luis Gerardo Méndez stars as Renato, a successful Mexican private aviation entrepreneur based in San Miguel De Allende, who is shocked to discover he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher, played by Connor Del Rio. The two very different half-brothers are forced on a road journey together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their father took as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico to the US.  The central idea of the movie is the need for learning how to see things from your neighbor’s perspective, which is kind of an allegory for what we’re going today in our global society.”

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