Miami has long been associated as being a haven for Cubans and Cuban-Americans, but Colombians have been making their mark on the Magic City in recent years. The unmistakable charm and the sheer number of Colombians in Miami is especially apparent when you add in the fervor of the World Cup.
Fans around the Magic City painted bars, arepa houses and pubs in the yellow jerseys and sombrero vueltiao that have become synonymous with Colombian fútbol fans.
Beers went flying and flags were waved when Colombia came back for a brief moment of fleeting glory. The 93rd minute of play in the Round of 16 match between England and Los Cafeteros was an equalizer and it was tense. Here’s how Colombians in Miami were celebrating and panicking.
Obviously, there was pure elation because that’s how we do.
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Just look at all the emotions on display: crying, happiness, excitement, relief. It’s a nice feeling.
People were climbing buildings with so much excitement when Colombia tied it all up.
These fans were celebrating together in a beer garden in the Coral Gables neighborhood on Tuesday after Yerry Mina’s goal. This is one celebration giving everyone FOMO.
Even businesses, like Univision Deportes, had rowdy crowds during the game.
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This post from the headquarters of Univision Deportes in Miami is basically everyone in your office pool that wanted Colombia to win.
Unfortunately, Colombia was eventually brought down by the nail-biting penalty kicks, in which the team ended up missing two, sending England on to the quarter-finals.
Miami Colombians were early for every game to celebrate their boys in yellow.
Over 800 fans. Over 800 cheers of joy for Colombia’s win over Senegal. Over 800 people who came out in their team’s colors on a Thursday morning before 10 AM. 🇨🇴 Nowhere else but #THEDECKWYNWOOD. Now, which of you Colombia fans will be back here on Tuesday?! 🙌⚽️ #VamosColombia #Colombia
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Honestly, getting Miamians anywhere before 10 a.m. is almost impossible. However, these fans were all settled in long before 10 a.m. to cheer on their team.
Some bartenders even got caught up in the party.
La Poderosa is known for bringing the Barranquilla vibes to the M-I-A and Colombia fans were basking in the full soccer glory with their compatriots during the group matches.
Don’t worry. There was salsa dancing as required.
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Fans couldn’t stop moving to Joe Arroyo’s classic anthem “No le pegue a la negra” when the team beat Poland.
But, probably the most important thing, is that good doggos were present.
Baru in, in the Brickell neighborhood, is known for playing Latin hits while twenty and thirty-somethings cheers to the #goodlife with aguardiente. But during World Cup season, fans come to watch the games instead of dance, bringing along their furry friends for moral support as well.
All in all, Colombia left it all out on the field and fans of La Tricolor Colombiana should be proud their team showed so much heart throughout the tournament. Here’s to starting the countdown until the next World Cup!