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Yoooo, Why Do These Mexico Jersey Photos Look Like Telenovela Posters And Album Covers

If you follow fútbol fashion, you’re pretty aware that soccer is unlike many American sports, where the uniforms and jerseys rarely change season-to-season. In fútbol, the opposite is true: club teams often debut a new kit (uniform) every season and national teams change things up every few years. Before every World Cup, soccer jersey enthusiasts eagerly anticipate what designs manufacturers such as Adidas, Nike and Puma will come up with for the big tourney.

Most of the time, the photos for the jersey announcements look something like this:

CREDIT: Credit: Adidas

Nothing out of the ordinary. Just a guy posing in an empty soccer stadium with an awkward smile on his face.

In 2010, this is what Mexico’s World Cup jersey photos looked like:

CREDIT: Credit: Adidas

Just a basic white background. Generic soccer balls. No frills.

But this year, Adidas took things to another level, making Mexican players like Andrés Guardado, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and Orbelín Pineda pose for photos that are oozing with desire, angst and passion.

CREDIT: Credit: Adidas

They even got Chicharito to do the “blessed” pose! 😂

CREDIT: Credit: Adidas

Blessed? Must have been taken before he joined West Ham.

Honestly, some of the photos look like they could be posters for telenovelas. Just go with me on this. Andrés Guardado would be perfect in…

CREDIT: Illustration by Omar Villegas

Chicharito Hernández would definitely be the leading man in…

CREDIT: Illustration by Omar Villegas

Let’s not forget about Carlos Vela, who is absolutely smoldering in the poster for…

CREDIT: Illustration by Omar Villegas

You know, they could just as easily be album covers. I’d buy this one in a heartbeat.

CREDIT: Illustration by Omar Villegas

 If you want some Mexican pop ballads a la Luis Miguel or Christian Castro, Héctor Moreno has you covered.

CREDIT: Illustration by Christina Henderson

Is alternative pop more your thing? Take a listen to El Principito.

CREDIT: Illustration by Christina Henderson

How about some smooth, grown folks’ R&B? You can count on Carlos V.

CREDIT: Illustration by Christina Henderson

If you’re looking for an under-the-radar singer-songwriter, give Orbelín Pineda a shot.

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“Where’s the Latin Trap?” you ask. CHI – CHA – REE – TOH! has you covered.

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I mean, you could also just throw all of them together on a 🔥🔥🔥 mixtape.

CREDIT: Illustration by Christina Henderson

Now you see it, right?

CREDIT: Yultron / Giphy

RIGHT???

New Line Cinema / Giphy

OK, anyway, Mexico will be wearing those new jerseys for the 2018 World Cup. So, um, yeah, keep an eye on ’em!

 

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