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Here Are 9 Of The Most Heartwarming 2018 World Cup Moments That Fans Have Shared

This year’s FIFA World Cup has been full of glorious moments, from goals in the 90th minute to qualifications that seemed to beat the odds. Add in tales of friends doing the most to help their bffs enjoy the game or opposing sides coming together for the greater good and you have the magic that is ‘the beautiful game.’ The world might be a bit crazy at the moment but there were truly some wonderful moments out of the World Cup. These heartwarming moments during the World Cup so far show soccer really is the universal language.

1. A couple Brazilian buddies signed the game for their deaf and blind friend.

Neymar was brought to tears after scoring the second goal in the Group E match Brazil vs Costa Rica match. However, what is making us grab tissues is the detailed interpretation these friends gave to their blind and deaf friend. An interpreter re-enacts what is happening on a makeshift soccer pitch, and his gestures even describe the emotions of the players. The man’s fellow Brazil fans even play drums to include him in the celebration.

2. Luis Miguel for the W-I-N, always.

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One of the dark spots that plagued Mexico fans for years was the common usage of the offensive, homophobic “¡Eeehhh puto!” chant whenever the opposing goalkeeper was getting ready to kick the ball down the field. El Tri players, the Mexican Football Federation and anti-discrimination groups all implored fans to stop the usage of the phrase.

Finally, during this World Cup, the offensive chant seemed to stop, but for one brief moment, it seemed it was all going down the drain. A group of Mexican fans started the “Ehhhh” chant during the Mexico vs Sweden group match and well, *insert cringe here*. However, the joke was on everyone in the stadium and those watching on social media because this creative group of El Tri fans shouted out the lyrics to Luis Miguel’s “Entrégate” song instead.

3. Colombian man learns sign language to re-enact plays on the field in real-time for his blind and deaf friend.

Los Cafeteros were able to come from behind in their group and take the top spot after a win against Senegal, and these two fans in Bogota were there to appreciate every single step—literally. Jose Richard Gallego lost his senses of sight and hearing from a disease during childhood, but his love for soccer never vanished. Once he met Cesar Daza three years ago, the two bonded over fútbol. Daza made the effort to learn sign language to help his friend enjoy the games alongside him.

In real time, Daza was able to recreate the passes, corner kicks and goals that Colombia made to win Poland in their second group match. Watch the pair’s jubilant celebration above to see the new meaning of #friendshipgoals.

4. Mexico and Colombia fans help a man in a wheelchair enjoy the World Cup opening ceremony.

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In one of the first viral photos from the World Cup, Hassan Sedky was lifted up in a wheelchair by a group of fans from Mexico and Colombia that he had just met while celebrating in the revelry that was the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he told RT. “Everyone is so friendly, you can really feel the love from everyone around you. It’s just pure happiness,” he said. Sedky may have come to Russia with only one friend, but he left with many others he can now call compas.

5. Colombia fan is inspired by Japan fans after World Cup match.

A Colombia fan went around saying congratulations to Japan fans after the team’s 2-0 win in Colombia’s first match game. “They won but look what they are doing,” the fan can be heard saying in awe of the respect the fans had for the stadium. Trash was quietly and humbly picked up. “This is incredible. […] Discipline. Order. This is what makes them better. This should teach us something. This is who the Japanese are as people and this is why they win.”

6. Fans don’t let fans party alone.

Some opposing sides can get heated and rowdy before a World Cup match, but Peru and Aussie fans were enjoying each other’s company prior to the teams’ final match in Russia. Sure, both sides knew neither one would be moving on to the next round, so might as well be happy before the final moments on the pitch. Wait for it—a kangaroo makes an appearance in a group of Peru fans above.

7. Argentina and Nigeria fans come together after the game.

After a tie with Iceland and a devastating loss to Croatia, Argentina’s hopes of making it to the next round were riding on Nigeria’s second group match. Although the Albiceleste was going to play Nigeria in the final group match, there was time to celebrate the hopes of two teams in one moment.

8. The whole #RivalHug feed is just adorable.

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When all is said and done, nothing is sweeter than seeing fans who sweated out an intense 90-minute game hug, swap jerseys and celebrate the elation of the World Cup with a fellow rival. If you’re ever having a bad day, just go through the FIFA World Cup #RivalHug feed to help boost your spirits with beautiful displays of camaraderie.

9. And, of course, all of the Mexico and Korea fan celebrations, including this comment thread.

READ: This Is How Panama Celebrated Its First World Cup Goal

We’ve got many more heartwarming moments that are sure to come with multiple rounds left in the FIFA World Cup! Show us how you’re celebrating the games by using #ShowUsYourColors and #WorldCup2018.

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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador criticized the historic role of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Mexico after a former Mexican army chief was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles on drug charges at the request of the DEA.

The former Mexican Defense Minister was arrested by the DEA on drug charges.

Salvador Cienfuegos Zepedas was the secretary of National Defense in the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto from 2012 to 2018. President Lopez Obrador claims that the arrest is proof of corruption from past governments.

President Lopez Obrador used the arrest to criticize the U.S. government and the DEA.

President Lopez Obrador, speaking at a press conference in Oaxaca, claimed that there is a double standard. While Cienfuegos Zepedas has been arrested by the DEA, the president claims U.S. officials have not been held accountable for trafficking arms into Mexico to track them to the cartels. According to the president, Mexican officials are being held at a higher and harsher standard than U.S. officials.

“Why is it that it’s just the people in Mexico who took part in these acts being accused or implicated, and (the DEA) aren’t criticizing themselves, reflecting on the meddling by all these agencies in Mexico,” Lopez Obrador said at the press conference. “They came into the country with complete freedom, they did whatever they wanted.”

The former defense minister’s arrest sent shockwaves through Mexico.

Cienfuegos Zepedas was the first high-ranking Mexican military official to be arrested in the U.S. with drug-related corruption. He was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport and will be facing drug and money-laundering charges. It’s been less than a year since Genaro Garcia Luna was charged with taking bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

President Lopez Obrador wants to protect the military’s reputation.

Lopez Obrador also said he hopes that the armed forces aren’t blamed for this scandal and that Mexico must take care of institutions as important as the Secretary of National Defense. Mexico does not currently have an ongoing investigation of the retired general and will await the result of the U.S. investigation, according to the president of Mexico. 

Cienfuegos Zepedas is due to make a court appearance related to four charges in California on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

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