Beautiful game struts in Mexico museum dedicated to soccer
With soccer mania at fever pitch, Mexico City opened a museum dedicated to the sport and the national team on Friday (June 01), featuring prized memorabilia from legends such as Hugo Sanchez and archive footage from the 1970 and 1986 World Cup tournaments it has hosted.
More than 150 individual pieces are on display, revealing the evolution of Mexico’s eagle emblem on its logo as well as the changing nature of the simple soccer ball over the years. International trophies are also on show, such as the 1999 Confederations Cup, the 2012 London Olympics Gold and a Gold Cup trophy, which Mexico has clinched a record seven times.
Despite boasting one of the world’s most lucrative domestic soccer leagues and having produced players for Real Madrid and Barcelona like Hugo Sanchez and Rafael Marquez, Mexico is still missing the World Cup trophy on its mantle. It’s best showing being a pair of sixth place finishes when it hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986.
The 2018 World Cup looks set to be a tough one for Mexico. The side is in what many have called the “group of death” in the first round of the FIFA tournament in Russia. The Latin American side kick off their campaign against champions Germany on June 17 before facing South Korea and Sweden in Group F.