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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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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

Nike has long been known to scout some of the world’s greatest sports talents, especially when it comes to the world of soccer. It began with Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

But the bar has been raised once again. This time with an 8-year-old player who considered the next great prospect in Brazilian soccer.

Brazilian football prodigy Kauan Basile has signed with Nike at just 8-years-old.

Kauan Basile is just 8-years-old and he’s already playing for the Santos’ U-9 indoor football team. But now he’s just made history as the youngest player ever to sign a deal with Nike.

“I am very happy with the opportunity to play for Santos, as well as the contract. I like to play football,” Kauan Basile told Gazeta Esportiva

According to reports, the contract with Nike is guaranteed over three years, and there’s an option to extend it for two more. He’s now the youngest player in the world to sign with Nike. Even at the end of his contract, Basile will still be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike.

Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13.

The kid is generating tons of buzz worldwide.

Basile’s agents, Mengoni Sports, revealed the news of the Nike deal with a proud post on social media. They wrote: “Today Kauan broke the record of being the youngest player in the WORLD by signing a contract with Nike!”

The post went on to add that “He is pure talent! He has football in the soul, in his heart and in his DNA.”

The sports world has reacted with excitement, especially across Brazil where football plays reach God-like status.

Football runs through Basile’s blood.

Like so many of football’s greats, Basile has the tradition of football in his blood. Both his father and great-grandfather both played professionally. His father Andrezinho was on the roster for Corinthians during his playing days.

And his dad couldn’t be more proud of his son going on to such major success, saying he’s ready for superstardom. He said: “He is a player with an absurd will to win. He has a lot of technical quality.”

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FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

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FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

“El Chavo del Ocho” is one of the most iconic shows in the Spanish-language world. The tv show spawned some of the most beloved characters, including the namesake of the show. FIFA21 is getting in on the fun of highlighting the character to honor its 50 years of touching lives.

You can wear a special Chavo del Ocho uniform in FIFA21.

“El Chavo del Ocho” is one of the most culturally important shows in the Spanish-speaking world. The Mexican sitcom gifted us Chavo del 8 and Chilindrina and we are all better for knowing those characters. The show, which ran for almost nine years, is still celebrated and loved today.

The uniforms are available for only a very short time.

FIFA 21 players can access the uniform between Dec. 10 to 13. The outfit isn’t outright free. Players have to accomplish three challenges and will then be granted access to the Chavo del Ocho kit. Who wouldn’t want a chance to play in the Chavo del Ocho kit?

Soccer players who wear the kit in the game are excited to be part of the celebration.

Who wouldn’t want a chance to be part of video game history. It isn’t every day that a video game version of yourself gets to wear an outfit that gives praise to one of the greats. If there was ever a highlight in life, this would definitely be one of them.

Some are thinking of it as a sweet homage to Chespirito.

Roberto Mario “Chespirito” Gómez y Bolaños is responsible for some of Mexico’s most important characters. The actor brought several characters to life on the television but none more iconic than Chavo del Ocho. If it were not for Chespirito, we would have never got to see Chapulin Colorado fight off the bad men or Chavo del Ocho interactions with La Chilindrina.

Who else is getting excited about the debut of these kits?

READ: Snapchat Added A ‘Chavo Del Ocho’ Filter And People Across The Internet Are Happy AF

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