The World Cup has always been about more than soccer. Some of the tournament’s most enjoyable moments have been tales of triumphant underdog goals, near misses and, of course, memorable fan behaviour. The tournament kicked off on 14 June but already Mexico are making headlines for their surprisingly strong performance and their passionate fans.
Happy fans are generally good fans and Mexico certainly has something to celebrate. In their opening game last Sunday, they beat the current World Cup holders Germany 1-0, giving themselves a huge confidence booster for the rest of the tournament. Nowhere was this felt more than in Mexico City as jubilant supporters caused two “earthquakes” with their celebrations.
The tremors, of course, were not actual quakes but rather sensitive earthquake detectors picking up the shaking of the ground at two different sites at the exact moment that Hirving Lozano scored his goal.
Mexico fans on the streets of Russia were no less jubilant and one man even celebrated the joyful atmosphere of the day by proposing to his girlfriend, a scene which was caught on camera.
Watch your team beat the defending champions ✅
Get engaged ✅
Best. Day. Ever. pic.twitter.com/3twz93PbsC
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 17, 2018
With their colourful gear, traditional sombreros and all round good atmosphere have won praise from fellow fans and international journalists.
Mexico fans deserve a moment like this. There are so many of them in Russia and they've been creating a great atmosphere wherever they go pic.twitter.com/NH6Ysxfff0
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) June 17, 2018
Qué imageeeeen!!! 😍😍😍
Mexicanos y colombianos ayudaron a este aficionado egipcio para que pudiera ver a su selección. Cuando nos unimos rompemos cualquier fronteras 🌎✨🙌 pic.twitter.com/LDLVnTaSbl
— Caro Morán (@Carolina_Moran) June 16, 2018
If they’re looking to make more headlines as the tournament goes on, they could do a lot worse than look to the Euros 2016 for inspiration as fans of the Republic of Ireland regularly went viral with their hilarious and wholesome exploits in Paris.