Gracias Fútbol: Diego Mardona’s iconic objective and different golden World Cup moments

Forward of the World Cup and as a part of our “Gracias Fútbol” challenge, we requested colleagues, household, one well-known soccer commentator and readers of the Latinx Information e-newsletter to share a few of their favourite reminiscences associated to the match. Right here’s what they needed to say.

I used to be within the press part of Azteca Stadium in Mexico Metropolis and the excitement was that Diego Maradona’s first objective had been scored along with his hand. From excessive we clearly noticed he outjumped Peter Shilton and noticed him rating a header. Some close by screens provided a number of nonconclusive replays, so we didn’t pay an excessive amount of consideration to it. Then 5 minutes later got here the objective of the century, probably the most spectacular, greatest objective I’ve ever witnessed in the entire objectives I’ve referred to as in my life. When Diego began his slalom previous midfield, I do not forget that I and my colleagues from El Gráfico journal for which I used to be working that June 22 day began a slow-motion, synchronized transfer out of our seats that concluded after the objective was scored with an enormous hug between all of us. I had tears, loads of tears, in my eyes, some mates have been outright crying, we saved hugging prefer it was the stroke of midnight on New Years’ Eve or a birthday celebration. All of us knew we had witnessed historical past. A lot in order that it’s so vivid in my thoughts as if it might have occurred final weekend.

— Andres Cantor, Telemundo’s chief World Cup commentator


Mexico vs. Italy in 2002. No person was betting on Mexico to get out of the ‘Group of Death.’ Everybody thought we have been the weakest group, however we ended up being a shock. Mexico completed first within the group. I keep in mind the Jared Borgetti objective, a header. It was top-of-the-line objectives I’ve seen. We didn’t win, however we additionally didn’t lose like everybody thought.

— Fidel Mártinez Sr.


One of many first fútbol moments that had a definitive influence in how I see the sport was Senegal’s win over France within the 2002 World Cup. I nonetheless keep in mind El Hadji Diouf’s gambeta and velocity, and Papa Bouba Diop’s dance after scoring what ended up being the winner. Senegal’s efficiency in that World Cup taught me that something is feasible on the world’s largest stage, as they went all the best way to the quarterfinals. I simply hope that at some point it will likely be El Tri’s flip.

— Nayib Morán Rivera


Edgar Navarro and mates watch a Mexico vs. Germany match within the 2018 World Cup in Moscow.

(Edgar Navarro)

2018. It was my first time in Europe and I used to be touring with some fraternity brothers. After we received to Moscow for the sport towards Germany, it was as if each kind of Mexican that God has ever created was there. You had folks from locations like California, New York, Texas, Michoacán and Jalisco. Instantly all of us simply bonded. You would really feel the power as we walked to the stadium, and as soon as inside all you noticed was a sea of inexperienced. That’s when it hit me that we have been the house group. Certain, we have been enjoying Germany in Europe, however we outnumbered them. After which the nationwide anthem began enjoying. I simply received goosebumps. It made me take into consideration rising up and being with my dad and mom and household as we watched the 1986 World Cup. I’ve been to large collegiate video games on the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum however nothing in comparison with this. When Chucky Lozano scored, issues went to a different stage. We cheered, however that’s when the nervousness set in. We’re Mexico followers, in spite of everything, so we have been all simply ready for one thing unhealthy to occur. However nothing ever did. We really received. I keep in mind the enjoyment of everybody leaving that stadium, the practice journey again. All of us celebrated properly into the night time.

— Edgar Navarro


I’m going to share my happiest and saddest World Cup reminiscence. By the best way, that is additionally an act of contrition.

This story begins with a horrifying inexperienced pair of fortunate socks I personal. They’re historical — the colour of rotten greens and have avocado prints on them. But when I put on them, Argentina has a greater probability of profitable.

Now that that, I’m going to take you to the World Cup closing of 2014. Led by Leo Messi, Argentina was going towards Germany. I keep in mind feeling this mixture of pleasure and melancholy: My grandpa would have been so completely happy about this.

However I additionally keep in mind it being very popular outdoors that day, and I made a split-second resolution: I made a decision to not put the socks on.

So me and a buddy went to a bar to observe the match. The sport was very contested, and went to penalties.

Lionel Messi missed.

As quickly as he missed, I walked out, crying, trying silently at my unsocked toes.

You higher consider these socks are popping out of storage this weekend.

— Jasmine Garsd, felony justice correspondent at Nationwide Public Radio and the host of “La última copa/The Last Cup”


This was an particularly large one. It was in 1994 when the U.S. hosted the video games. I labored for La Opinión then, sponsors of the World Cup, so I had entry to many video games on the Rose Bowl. To be sincere with you, I’m unsure if it was the sport between Argentina and Romania. Maybe it was the ultimate between Italy and Brazil. It was in a kind of video games that Pete Wilson received as much as the mic and the entire stadium actually booed him so loud they drowned out no matter he was trying to say. Goosebumps ran up and down my physique. I clapped and applauded in pleasure!! No shock, provided that the [campaign for] anti-immigrant Prop. 187 was in full swing, which Pete Wilson solidly supported. Maybe somebody who’s an actual fútbol aficionado will keep in mind at which recreation this occurred.

[Editor’s note: Wilson was booed at the group match between Colombia and Romania.]

— Susanna Fránek


My ardour for the World Cup is rooted in my dad and mom, each of whom are Mexican immigrants. As new residents of this nation, their past love grew to become baseball, because of their proximity to Dodger Stadium within the Seventies.

However what was already of their DNA was their love of soccer.

And for his or her technology, the 1970 World Cup in Mexico was a formative occasion. The semifinals featured all former World Cup champions (Brazil, Uruguay, West Germany and Italy) and had an epic West Germany-Italy showdown, often known as “The Match of the Century” that my father talks about endlessly (there’s a motive there’s a plaque outdoors Estadio Azteca commemorating it).

The enduring picture of that World Cup, in fact, is Pelé celebrating triumphantly after Brazil received its third championship by routing an exhausted Italy.

So it was these seeds that have been planted in me within the Nineteen Eighties as I got here of age and have become conscious of the spectacle and the pageantry of sports activities. The primary World Cup I keep in mind vividly was 1986, one other one hosted by Mexico after Colombia needed to again out. Argentina, no matter the way you felt about Diego Armando Maradona, was a worthy champion that yr.

For the remainder of my life, the World Cup grew to become appointment viewing and an occasion by which I marked the passage of time. By sheer coincidence, I used to be all the time in a distinct location for every closing.

Whether or not it was my grandfather’s rancho in Jalisco (1990, on a household trip), the press room in Madison Sq. Backyard (1998, after I was an intern on the New York Instances), the Washington Submit newsroom (2010, working because the sports activities desk’s copy chief), or my lounge in Seattle (2018, watching intently with teenage sons), the World Cup has by no means been removed from my sports-loving coronary heart.

And it was all the time strengthened by my dad and mom, these individuals who launched me to this occasion so a few years in the past. Irrespective of the place I used to be located, we have been all the time watching it collectively. For the final a number of finals, that meant speaking lots on the telephone — marveling on the artistry of Brazil, the precision of Spain, the youthful exuberance of France.

As we embark on one other version, I stay up for the brand new reminiscences — and the various telephone calls with my dad and mom.

— Ed Guzman, Los Angeles Instances deputy sports activities editor


Germany 2006. My son and I had tickets to observe the U.S. play Italy in Kaiserslautern and Ghana in Nuremburg within the group stage. For per week and a half, we did nothing however eat, sleep and soccer. Germany was buzzing — flags in all places, official and unofficial fan fests in each metropolis and city. The excessive level for me was the Italy vs. USA match. The stadium was previous and small and steep, and also you felt like the complete crowd was on high of the pitch. The U.S. was coming off a radical 3-0 drubbing by the Czechs and wanted a end result. Italy was on its solution to profitable the World Cup, beating France within the Zidane head-butt match. However not on that day — it was the one match that Italy didn’t win within the match. There have been three crimson playing cards — one for Italy and two for the U.S. — so Italy had one further participant for the complete second half and the rating was tied at 1. Kasey Keller at goalie had a day solely surpassed by Tim Howard towards Belgium in 2014. A continuing cheer of “Ka-sey Kel-ler” rang out whereas beers have been thrown towards the sector. I’ve been to Tremendous Bowls, Stanley Cup video games and March Insanity, and I’ve by no means seen a crowd as torqued up — and the gamers responded. Nationwide delight on the road will try this. As we walked out on the finish, I advised my son, then 12 years previous, that in a means I felt sorry for him as a result of I used to be fairly certain he had seen the best reside sporting occasion of his life, and he was nonetheless so younger. Then I reached over to tousle his hair and located it was fully moist. Mine was, too. We had been soaked by the fixed rain of beer.

— Scott Burt


My fondest reminiscence of my favourite group on the World Cup passed off in 1994. I used to be with my household and we noticed the best save. Mexico was enjoying Bulgaria and there was a penalty kick. Jorge Campos, Mexico’s goalie, blocked the kick! I keep in mind how completely happy my household was. I maintain that reminiscence near my coronary heart. Now in 2022, I nonetheless cheer for Mexico and for his or her goalie, Memo Ochoa. I hope to create an identical reminiscence with my husband and son!

— Belinda Campos Bresnahan