Mexico Under 17 team wins World Cup. Mexico wins, but more importantly Mexico wins another one…

Only minutes ago, Mexico sealed its position as the top young team on the planet by winning the “Under 17 World Cup”.  Sanctioned by FIFA, the international body that sanctions the World Cup every 4 years, the win is the second for Mexico after winning it in 2005 as well.

They did it in spectacular fashion, not losing a match the entire tournament, and beating Germany in the semifinals, as well as Uruguay 2-0 in the finals, the team that ousted Tournament favorite Brazil.
But after the match, the only thing that the “Talking heads” on the news shows in the US could not about was not the fantastic effort put forth by boys aged 15 and 16 with the world (and over 100,000 spectators in the largest stadium in Latin America), but the incredible fact that so many teams came to Mexico for 2 weeks, and nothing out of the ordinary happened to them.

For those of us who live here, we understand the absurdity of the ‘insecurity’ issue here. It seems as though every time anything happens here it makes it to the front pages of some US newspaper.

The overall crime rate here is on par with the US on nearly all levels.  Take out extremely dangerous cities along the border and Mexico is a much safer place to live.

The Yucatan has a crime rate on par with the state of Wyoming.

But we digress.

Over the last 2 weeks the soccer world has been watching as the under 17 world cup has been hosted in sites all over Mexico. ‘What about the insecurity?’ they asked.  ‘Would the teams be safe?’ some asked.

Of course they were. In the road to victory Mexico never lost a match.  More importantly, there were no incidents to speak of for any of the teams.  In fact,  under 17 World Cup FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said it was a “major success” and Mexico acted as an ideal host country, just as it had done in the 1970 and 1986  World Cup finals, in which they were the host.

Mexico is a safe country.  Just as you might not pick Detroit for your next vacation destination, there are a few places here that should not be on the top of the list. But as the last 2 weeks have shown (again), the major cities are places where  people work, live, and play sports just like they do in any place on earth.

One small step for sports, one giant leap for the truth.

Congratulations boys, you earned it!
Eduardo from All About Playa

Eduardo from All About Playa

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