Gooooooooollllllllllll! Yes, it’s World Cup time again. In honor of the global fútbol competition, which soccer-loving city and country am I in here? Bonus points if you can name the stadium!
Gringo - aka Scott - was born outside of Chicago and has lived most of his life in or around big cities. He spent two years of his adult life in Mexico City (talk about big cities!) and fell in love with Mexican food and culture all while weathering the challenges of life in a city with over 20 million people. Life's unpredictable journey has since brought him to Tennessee, where he is close to family and to the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Scott also enjoys movies, hiking, top ten lists, and travel in general.
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That’s easy! Ciudad Universitaria!! (Estadio Olímpico Universitario)
You got it. Estadio Olimpico hosted the 1986 FIFA World Cup, along with Estadio Azteca. Both stadiums are located in the south of Mexico City. The 3D mural on the front of the UNAM’s Estadio Olimpico was envisioned by Mexico’s most prolific painter, Diego Rivera.
Right city, wrong stadium. Although I’m sure you know that Estadio Azteca is the only soccer stadium to host the World Cup twice – in 1970 and 1986.
More information: For 1970, Mexico was awarded hosting duties over Argentina, with Mexico receiving roughly two-thirds of the votes. Brazil won the Cup.
For 1986, Colombia was actually awarded hosting duties, but they ultimately withdrew, citing financial concerns. Mexico and the U.S. were considered as alternates, with Mexico winning unanimously. The World Cup went off without any further hitches (with Argentina winning the Cup), remarkable considering that not even 12 months earlier, Mexico City was rocked by a 8.1-magnitude earthquake that left over 10,000 dead.
So there’s your history lesson for the day! Enjoy the remaining games! 🙂