Olympics 2012: Mexico soccer team to fight for gold

Olympics 2012: Mexico soccer team to fight for gold

Mexico will play for the gold medal in soccer Saturday at the Olympics in London.

The national team defeated Japan Tuesday morning 3 to 1 guaranteeing they will play in the final and at least win a silver medal.

Cheers went up in the cafe where I watched the game today as I’m traveling in Mexico this summer.

People took a break from their daily routine to watch the game on the cafe’s television. The lady who runs the laundry mat ran over to watch part of the game.  A young boy stopped in to catch the score.

Men wore their black, green and red Mexico soccer shirts and cheered with each goal. They all screamed when the third and final goal was scored. “GOOOOOOOOL!” the announcers on TV Azteca shouted.

On Twitter, Mexico’s president congratulated the team. Here’s a translation from @felipecalderon:

“Mexico is sure to win a silver in futbol! Historic. A thousand congratulations to (coach) Luis Fernando Tena and all the team. Extraordinary!”

Chicharito Hernandez, Mexico’s most famous soccer player, who is not at the Olympics because he is training with Manchester United, @CH14_ also Tweeted.

“Thanks for showing that individuals win games but the team wins trophies (medals). Congratulations,” he wrote in a Tweet, also translated. He also Tweeted: “#VivaMexico #sisepudo”

It shows the strength of the Mexican team that they came this far without el Chicharito. In Tuesday’s game, goals were scored by Marco Fabian, Oribe Peralta and Javier Cortes.

The country will go wild if Mexico wins gold as fútbol or soccer is a national sport. This will be Mexico’s first ever Olympic medal in soccer.

They have qualified to play in the Olympics nine times before. They reached the quarterfinals in 1996 and finished fourth in 1968.

They will play the winner of the South Korea vs. Brazil game.

The attendance, according to @wembleystadium, was more than 82,000, the biggest crowd to date for the London 2012 Olympics. Mexico also sells out when it plays at Soldier Field in Chicago.

This will be a huge game for Mexico and Mexicans around the world from Chicago to Cancun will watch the game with the rest of the world.

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