Tomorrow, we face el Mexicanos in an epic footballing battle.
Let’s get to know our enemy, shall we?
- The Aztecs played ritual ball game known as tlachtli in which the losers were often sacrificed to the gods. Apparently if Mexico loses tomorrow, all that will be sacrificed is grilled chicken.
- Spanish is the national language in Mexico, not Mexican…
- Mexico have hosted the World Cup twice – in 1970 and 1986.
- Mexico City is the largest and most populace city in the world at 20M+, above Sao Paulo and Tokyo. And it’s also built on a gigantic dry-ish lake.
- And because it’s built on a lake, Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches a year as pumps draw water out for the city’s growing population.
- Mexico’s Manuel Rosas Sanchez converted the first ever spot-kick in the inaugural World Cup tournament in Uruguay in a losing match to Argentina.
- Mexican children don’t get any presents on Christmas Day. They get gifts on January 6 when they celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men.
- Mexico is second only to Brazil in the number of Catholic citizens.
- One unusual Mayan weapon was a “hornet bomb,” which was an actual hornet’s nest thrown at enemies during battle. Modern Mexican football fans just use fireworks.
- The Aztecs believed that the drink of the Gods was hot chocolate. Oh how right they were.
Right. That’s it. They say knowledge is power, and how powerful we shall be.