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The 20 Best World Cup Fan Fashion Looks So Far

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The World Cup is full of soccer fans showcasing their team colors with jerseys and flags. But that is rookie level when it comes to repping your squad’s colors. These fans are taking FIFA World Cup fever to the max with some of their unique costumes and accessories.

1. Ready to Roar for Colombia

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This Colombia fan has the eye (and polarized sunglasses) of the tiger and wants his country to win! Just in case the other team isn’t intimidated by his tiger face paint, he also has his feathered headdress adorned with Colombia’s colors and a 🐯 headpiece.

2. Iceland Incognito

Is it just us or does the Albiceleste fan on the right look *a little* like Messi? Maybe if Messi rubbed his hair on a balloon? Either way, what we can see is that these fans had a blast during the Argentina vs Iceland match.

3. Incan Warrior

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This fan was featured as the ‘fan of the day’ for good reason. He brought the spirit of the mighty Incan empire on game day with his golden headpiece and necklace. Now the team just needs to find that fighting spirit themselves!

4. Costa Rican Couture

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This Peruvian fan captured the sentiment of the #RivalHug hashtag perfectly by captioning her ‘gram, “I want to make millions of friends.” It looks like she made a quadruplet of amigas with these fans from Costa Rica, sporting their country’s traditional clothing of golas (colorful skirts) and white ruffled blouses.

5. She’s Blue Da Ba Dee Da Ba Daa

Argentina may have gotten a 1-1 draw against Iceland, but we think this Argentina fan gets a score of 10 for her fashion choice. It is not easy to pull off blue lipstick, but this AFA fan nailed the look.

6. Got Vuvuzela?

Ohhh the vuvuzela. World Cup fans have a love/hate relationship with it, but these Brazil fans brought it back to style. Who needs a photobooth at the stadium when you have a Panini sticker-inspired cutout of Pedro Henrique? So 💯.

7. Los Tres Amigos

We’ve seen mexico fans on-screen dressed as Aztecs, mariachis, Mexican wrestlers, but this is unique. A little caballito, a parrot wearing a Mexico jersey and a GIANT sombrero? What is not to love?

8. Picture-Perfect for Panama

9. Sounds in Honor of the Seleção

We are loving all of the touches of emerald these fans wore to support Seleção. From the woman wearing those knee-high boots and Brazailian flag shirt to the batuqueiro drum with a World Cup wrap, these fans came to slay.

10. Ready to Conquer

This Mexican fan showed off all of the colors that make up El Tri with his Aztec headdress. Check out those large feathers that don’t even fit in the frame!

11. Amaz(on)ing

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This fan dressed as a warrior straight out of the Amazon is going hard for Brazil. From the facepaint to the flag tied around his waist, he is ready to cheer for the Verde-Amarela.

12. Chavo del Ocho Cuties

Mexico got double the good vibes coming from this couple, who were dressed as Mexican television icons, El Chavo del Ocho and La Chilindrina.

13. Uniquely Uruguayan

How to be a soccer fan 101: wear a stovepipe hat featuring your team colors and proudly wave a scarf embroidered with your squad’s name. This fan believes Uruguay’s soccer fate is so bright, flag-themed shades are needed. 😎

14. Serape Squad

These Mexico fans were ready to mucha lucha during the game against Germany. If you don’t have your country’s flag waving in the wind during a match, then the next best thing is to have your serapes flowing.

15. Colombian Curls

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If you don’t know who this Colombia fan is trying to channel, then we’re not sure if you can call yourself a soccer fan. These are the unmistakable curls of Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama, one of the heroes of Colombia’s golden age of soccer.

16. Kicking it with KIN

In case you aren’t liking every post from @miseleccionmx, we would like to introduce you to KIN, the official mascot of the Mexican national team. He is a hit in Russia.

17. Los Cafeteros from Colombia

These Colombian hinchas were decked out in the tricolors of Los Cafeteros for Colombia’s first group match game. The whole family is wearing the traditional sombrero vueltiao with a soccer twist to it, training pants and even yellow shoes the Colombian Football Federation would be proud of.

18. Aficionados for Argentina

This is a more subdued take compared to some of the fans at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, but these fans bleed their country’s color just the same. You’re doing amazing, sweeties.

19. Playing for Panama

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Forget those Panama hats with the #basic black band. These hats are s-t-y-l-i-n-g. Where can we get one?

20. Peruvian Pride

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Embroidered denim jackets? So last year? This year at the World Cup it’s all about embroidered hats.

Australian Federal Police Busted A Colombian Gang’s Drug Home In An Very Wealthy Part Of Sydney

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Australian Federal Police Busted A Colombian Gang’s Drug Home In An Very Wealthy Part Of Sydney

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This is a story of a surprising find in a tranquil Australian suburb. What unfolds is a tale of hidden illegal activity and a surprise discovery. This all happened back in 2017, but legal proceedings are putting the spotlight on this case again. Cases like this bring to mind how many Latin American communities are stigmatized due to the incidence of drug-related crimes in the region, and how global cartels expand internationally. These processes of stigmatization not only affect everyday interactions but also wider policymaking, as the recent discussions around the proposed border wall in the US-Mexico border have highlighted. 

First things first: Australia is hard to reach for drug cartels.

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Oceania is the last bastion for international drug cartels. Australia, in particular, is heavily guarded but also has miles and miles of coast that is practically impossible to fully surveil. Cartels, however, have found ways to enter this market. In recent years, journalistic accounts of the role that international criminal networks have in the distribution of drugs in Australia has sparked public concern and debate. According to recent research published in The Age, “Australians consumed illegal drugs worth $9.3 billion in 2018”.  The presence of organizations such as the Sinaloa Cartel in Australian cities and its role in the ice epidemic has sparked concerns among journalists and policymakers. The Australian media is up in arms every time the cartels are identified in the country. As reported by Daily Telegraph on January 28, 2019: “The Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, described as the most ruthless and deadly in the world, has joined forces with the increasingly dangerous Nigerian crime network in Sydney to carry out large-scale drug importation.” This story, for example, plays with fears of foreigners in a society that sometimes tends to be insular and afraid of immigration. Are reports like this generating stereotypes?

This is where this story begins:

Sylvania is like any upscale suburb in the ultra-expensive beachside city of Sydney, Australia.

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Houses in Sylvania often reach the $1 million AUD mark. It is a pretty relaxed place with a mostly white population, but with pockets of Asian and Greek migrants. It is the synonym of a relaxed Aussie beach suburb. Nothing much happens and everything is usually closed by 7 p.m. 

There is some old money around, and plenty of new money.

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When we said homes can easily reach a million, we were talking about the lower end of the spectrum. A four-bedroom apartment goes for more than two million Australian dollars. But look at those views!

From the outside, a suburban home in Sylvania was just another ordinary, sleepy household.

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Nothing to suspect. Just a comfy couch and a bookshelf lined with Lonely Planet travel guidebooks. 

The cops suspected something was going on so they searched the property.

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The Australian Federal Police was investigating a Sydney-based Colombian gang that was involved in the distribution of border-controlled drugs. The police were also following the trails of a money-laundering operation believed to be operated by Colombians. This all happened in 2017, but the details of the case are just being released as part of a court proceeding. As Australian Government News reported on July 12, 2019: “On 10 July 2019, the Supreme Court of NSW made orders which restrained a residential property in Sylvania, NSW, under section 19 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) based on the allegation the property was used in, or in connection with, various drug offences under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).”

This is what they found behind the now-famous bookshelf: and now the police is trying to seize the property.

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The authorities believed that the house was actually a custom made to fit in the illegal drug operation. For this reason, the authorities are looking to confiscate the house. In addition, the authorities charged a 45-year-old man (the police hasn’t disclosed his name for legal reasons) with multiple drug-related offenses: supplying cocaine, being in the possession of cannabis and, as reported by The Sun UK, ” dealing in proceeds of crime with a value that reached around $100,000.” This man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years and six months in federal prison. 

Drugs, high tech transmitters, they really had everything they needed to run a drug business.

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According to The Sun UK, police found that the property “was full of cash, replica weapons, tasers, and wireless transmitters, police confirmed”. This was a big hit on organized crime in Australia, a country that is hard to penetrate for drug cartels due to its tight borders and geographical isolation. There are also very few cases of police corruption. Officer Penelope Kelton, Coordinator of Criminal Assets Litigation, said (as per The Sun UK): “The ability to confiscate items used in the commission of crimes sends a clear message to the criminal underworld – if you commit the crime, we are prepared to target your assets. Drug-related crime puts a great strain on the community through increased health care costs, associated property crime and other forms of violence. It is only reasonable that police can fight back on behalf of the community by targeting those who seek to profit from inflicting this misery.”

Drug trafficking is a significant issue in Australia for multiple reasons.

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The illegal distribution and consumption of narcotics through global networks of criminal complicity is a significant social problem worldwide and public health concern in most Western countries, including Australia. Alongside the distribution of drugs, negative stereotypes about Global South populations run rampant. In particular, Latin American citizens from countries like Colombia and Mexico are stigmatized due to the negative image their home countries have in relation to the drug wars. 

Representation matters: not all Latinos are drug dealers!

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Alongside extremism and terrorism, since the 1990s international criminal networks have been framed as one of the main challenges to Western democracies, a place formerly held by the Soviet Union and left-leaning countries. This understanding of recent world history has the potential to generate stereotypes that could influence national and international discussions regarding border security, as seen in the recent debate in the United States concerning the construction of a Southern border wall.

How stories like these are told in the media influences the way in which Latinos living in English-speaking and Global North countries are perceived. Australian newspapers emphasized the fact that those arrested were Colombian, which further adds to the bad rep that the country has in the Southern Hemisphere. To this, we have to add that most references that Australians and non-Latino Americans have of the region are through TV shows and movies. As a recent editorial by Hector Tobar published in The New York Times pointed out: “By the next network upfronts, or summer movie blockbuster season, Latino drug operatives may outpace their chief rivals — jihadist terrorists and Russians mobsters — and become the country’s leading screen bad guys”. 

This Argentine Doctor Saved Millions Of Lives With A Groundbreaking Surgery And Now He Has His Own Google Doodle

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This Argentine Doctor Saved Millions Of Lives With A Groundbreaking Surgery And Now He Has His Own Google Doodle

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Google has become well known for it’s regularly tributed to some of the most famed people in history. Unsurprisingly, Latinos make up a massive bundle of Google’s over 900 doodles.

And today, Google is honoring an Argentine doctor who contributed one of the most commonly used medical procedures to the world – saving millions of lives in the process.

The legacy of Argentine surgeon Rene Favaloro is being remembered by a Google Doodle today on what would have been his 96th birthday.

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René Favaloro, a pioneering Argentine heart surgeon, is being remembered with a Google Doodle for his contributions to coronary bypass surgery on what would have been his 96th birthday.

Born in La Plata, Argentina, in 1923, Favaloro started his career as a doctor in the farming community of Jacinto Arauz, where he built his own operating room, trained nurses and set up a local blood bank.

In 1962 he moved to the United States where he pioneered coronary bypass surgery, a technique used to restore blood flow to the heart when the vessel supplying it is blocked.

René Favaloro was a pioneer in cardiac surgery and his discovery has saved countless lives.

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Favaloro developed a method using a vein from the leg, implanting it to bypass the blockage in the coronary artery. He performed the first operation of this kind on a 51 year-old woman at the Cleveland Clinic in 1967. The historic operation was a success and the procedure has saved countless lives since then.

Today, coronary artery bypass surgery is one of the most common operations. Doctors performed 213,700 in the U.S. in 2011.

But who was René Favaloro?

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Rene Favaloro was born in 1923 in La Plata, Argentina and went on to earn a degree in medicine from the National University of La Plata in 1948.

He worked as a doctor in his home country for a time before moving to the US to study thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic

Favaloro returned to Argentina in 1972, where he would later found his own medical institution, the Favaloro Foundation.

While Favaloro himself was reluctant to be known as the “father” of coronary bypass surgery, his work played a fundamental role in introducing the procedure into the clinical arena.

Of his legacy, Favaloro wrote: “’We’ is more important than ‘I.’ In medicine, the advances are always the result of many efforts accumulated over the years.”

Today, the Favaloro Foundation serves patients based on their medical needs rather than their ability to pay and tecaches Dr Favaloro’s innovative techniques to doctors all over Latin America.

Sadly, his clinic pushed him into debt and he took his own life in 2000.

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He took his own life on July 29, 2000 at the age of 77. The day before his death he sent a letter to then-Argentine President Fernando de la Rúa (who died three days ago) asking him for help to secure funding for his foundation, which had become mired in debt as a result of a national economic crisis.

Many took to Twitter to share in their Argentine pride.

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Many were excited to see such an important Argentine figure getting global recognition for this contributions to the world.

While other doctors expressed how much they owe to Dr. Favaloro.

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Without the work of Dr. Favaloro, many doctors pointed out that we could be living in a world where there are a lot more preventable deaths because of heart disease.

READ: 25 Times Latinos Have Graced The Google Doodle

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