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Meet The Hardcore Mexico Soccer Fan Who You’ve Probably Seen On TV

Meet Hector Chavez. Look familiar?

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Sorta? How about now?

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If you watch fútbol, especially the Mexican national team, you’re definitely familiar with Chavez.


That’s right, Chavez — better known as “El Caramelo” — is a Mexican soccer super fan who has attended hundreds of Mexico matches.

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Chavez, whose obsession began at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, has traveled to more than 100 cities and 30 countries to support the Mexican national team.


You can easily spot him by his signature gear. A black charro hat featuring his nickname…


And a Mexican flag emblazoned with the name of his hometown: Chihuahua.

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Chavez said he’s got a simple reason for going to so many matches: he’s proud of his people.

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“I believe in my country. I believe in Mexicans,” he once told Univision.


He’s become such a ubiquitous figure that Mexico’s national team has actually given him tickets to attend matches.

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Chavez told Univision that on some occasions, the Mexican national team will hook him up with seats when its players have left over tickets.


When he doesn’t have a ticket for an important match, Chavez has a go-to routine to score tickets on gameday.

Chavez says he waits outside the stadium about 10 minutes before the national anthems play, because scalpers want to get rid of their tickets and are willing to drop their prices.


All of this begs the question: What does El Caramelo do for a living?

According to Mexican journalist Luis Froylan Castañe, Chavez owns several businesses — one of them involves jewelry and another involves parking lot rentals.


And according to Chavez, his wife is totally cool with his hobby.


So next time you’re watching a Mexico game on TV, look closely and you may find El Caramelo in the crowd, cheering on El Tri.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For Covid-19 As Europe Faces Relentless Second Wave

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Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For Covid-19 As Europe Faces Relentless Second Wave

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Europe is facing a growing second wave of infections from Covid-19. As the virus beings to spread across the continent again, countries are bringing back restrictions to protect the health of their citizens. Cristiano Ronaldo, famed soccer player, is the latest celebrity in Europe to fall victim to the virus.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest celebrity to contract Covid-19 as a second wave sweeps across Europe.

Countries throughout Europe are experiencing fresh spikes in Covid-19 cases. In the U.K., the number of cases has quadrupled. The number of cases there are now higher than they were in March when the country went on lockdown. However, according to reports, countries in Europe are trying localized restrictions to prevent new nationwide shutdowns in response to the second wave.

European soccer leagues were among the first sports in the world to resume activities.

The various European soccer leagues resumed practices and games in early June with some restrictions and new protocols to limit the spread of the virus within the sport. One of the first things put in place to protect the players was a staggered training schedule to limit the amount of contact between teammates.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was released from national team duties after a positive test for COVID-19; he will not face Sweden. The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation,” read a statement from the team. “Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol. The game, counting for the qualification phase of the League of Nations, is scheduled for Wednesday in Alvalade.”

Fans have a lot of faith that Covid-19 doesn’t stand a chance in Ronaldo’s body.

Soccer fans were so excited to see the sport come back. It is a good release and escape from reality, which is something we all desperately need nowadays. Losing one of the greatest players of the game is pretty devastating. One of the greatest things about sports is being able to watch the best truly perform, even if they are on the opposing team and delivering you a loss.

People are ready to see the man come back in better form than he left.

Sure, Ronaldo will be back to play soccer for the fans. However, there is a lot that we still don’t know about the long-term impact of contracting Covid-19.

Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez confirmed in July that he was dealing with heart inflammation. The issue caused him to miss some of the restarted, abridged season. The inflammation was because of a Covid diagnosis earlier in the year. Two months later, Rodriguez was cleared by doctors to start walking and partaking in other physical activity because of his heart condition.

Some sports fans are sounding a small alarm to let people know that they should not base their own health decision on Ronaldo’s outcome.

A lot of high-profile people have contracted Covid-19. The ones with the best health insurance and healthcare have come out of their Covid diagnoses with good results. President Donald Trump recently made remarks telling people not to fear Covid after his infection prompting responses from scientists and doctors rebuking his claims.

Covid-19 is far from over. The world is bracing for a second wave, which could be deadlier than the first. Instances of re-infections are climbing with the first reported case in the U.S. happening in Nevada. The second infections have been worse than the first. Be careful. Stay vigilant. Wear a mask to protect your family and friends.

READ: The Number Of Latinos In The U.S Killed By Covid-19 Surpasses 44,500 With No Signs Of Slowing Down

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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The numbers are startling. The number of COVID-19 infections in the U.S. is skyrocketing and breaking records for the number of infections almost daily. One of the hardest-hit states in Florida and the MLS is determined to bring their season back using Florida as their meeting ground.

MLS athletes and staff members are testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Florida.

Major League Soccer is one of the first sports to attempt to restart its season. Fans were excited about the decision to restart the sport and MLS officials set their sights on the Walt Disney World Resort. Teams were flown down to Orlando to create a bubble to restart the sport as safely as possible.

Florida is experiencing one of the most severe spikes in cases in the country and the MLS is not immune to the spread.

Florida recently reported more than 10,000 cases July 1, a record for the state, and within 1,000 infections from the nation’s record set in New York. Orange County, which is home to Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, is facing one of the most devastating outbreaks in the state.

There is a lot of chatter about whether or not is possible for this bubble idea to work.

“So far, most guys have been sticking to their rooms, playing video games, FIFA and 2K. We’ve had the opportunity share meals together, which was nice because I haven’t eaten in a group in a long time,” San Jose defender Tommy Thompson told Tampa Bay Times. “It felt great to be back on the field. When we all got on that bus together and started to train with contact, it felt really good.”

Fans are questioning if this idea is going to work.

Some players have told the press that they do feel safe in the bubble as the teams practice and prepare for the MLS is Back Tournament.

“Everyone is wearing masks, some guys are wearing gloves, and I feel safe 100 percent,” Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann told Tampa Bay Times. “They separated us on the buses and on the plane. We are staying one to a room in the hotel. So, I feel really safe. They have good procedures in place, so everything should go smoothly.”

The MLS is Back Tournament is set to begin July 8, considering everything goes according to plan. The rest of the teams are expected to arrive this week with the first game between Inter Miami and Orlando City.

READ: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Is Calling For A Repeal Of Its Kneeling Policy During The National Anthem

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