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20 Memorable Moments From The 1986 World Cup In Mexico

In case you haven’t heard, Mexico is going to be one of the trifecta of countries that has punched its ticket to host the 2026 World Cup across Canada, Mexico and the U.S. But before you start making your eight-year plan to save up for your tickets, let’s go back to when the beautiful game last graced Mexico—in 1986.

1. Mexico gave the World Cup a home after Colombia backed out.

2. They already knew what it would take.

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It was the first time a country would have the honor of welcoming countries from all over the world for the World Cup twice.

3. Disaster threatened the World Cup.

4. Mexico was the third Spanish-speaking country to host in a row.

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Mexico was the third consecutive Spanish-speaking country to host a World Cup, opening its doors after Argentina in 1978 and Spain in 1982.

5. Pique the ‘hot’ mascot was everything.

CREDIT: Twitter/@MexicoHQ86

Pique the chile pepper is > than Pique Shakira’s bae. This little hot pepper was the official mascot of the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Pique donned a mustache, a Colimote sombrero and was interchangeable for “spicy.” That’s the nickname given to a penalty kick. But the little pepper was also docked for contributing to ethnic stereotypes.

6. Then 1986 World Cup was centered on peace and love.

7. The military was on display.

8. Every Mexican state was represented through traditional clothing.

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To showcase the beauty of its 31 states and federal district, the Opening Ceremony featured participants in each state’s traditional costumes. Viewers at the Estadio Azteca got to see traditional clothing from huipils to Veracruz’s jarocho dress.

9. Of course the piñata got a lot of love.

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When the ‘86 World Cup’s Opening Ceremony commenced, flags and streamers adorned the stadium, along with the symbol of every Mexican birthday: a piñata. One BBC anchor broadcasting the ceremony said “they look a little bit like octopuses.” *Insert your favorite laughing GIF here* jajaja

10. The dreaded death group was intense.

11. The Danish team was not playing games.

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The Danes came out strong from their group and Danish striker Preben Elkjær was its secret weapon. Denmark anihilated Uruguay during the 10-man match. Some Twitter users think Elkjær was the top player when it came to the first round.

12. Denmark’s Michael Laudrup kept fans on the edge of their seats.

13. One Socttish player’s celebration was a major laugh.

14. Mexico made it to the knockout the round.

Credit: MexicoHQ86 / YouTube

The host country was able to make it to the knockout round undefeated after the group matches, earning ending scores of (2-1-0). Up to that point, it was the second time El Tri was able to make it out of the group stage and into the knockout round.

15. Josimar’s goal against Northern Ireland was a major highlight of the tournament.

16. Mexico *allegedly* invented the wave.

19. The final was one of the most alive moments of World Cup history.

20. Maradona cradling the trophy is still so exciting.

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