Off the field, Brazil and Mexico are economic rivals who both boast the boundless natural resources, large populations, and political clout needed to be Latin America’s leader. But despite Mexico’s strengths, its never come close to emulating Brazil’s soccer success despite both nations sharing a near total sporting devotion to the sport. Let’s take a look at how the Mexican media, and a few other related outlets, are looking at today’s massive match.
In Brazil (see above front cover photo), Metro of Rio De Janeiro (and other cities) wins the front page for the day with an amusing mock-Lucha Libre poster pitting Oscar “El Maestro” against Obie “El Carrasco” Peralta. Peralta, Hector Herrera, Dos Santos of Mexico and Neymar, Oscar, Thiago Silva, and Hulk are some of the stars of that 2012 Olympics to feature in this World Cup.
La Opinion of Los Angeles thinks Mexico has the winning formula for a historic first World Cup victory over Brazil because it enters battle with players who who bettered Brazil at the 2012 Olympics. New York’s El Diaro, which represents a different Hispanic heritage than California, has absolutely no World Cup coverage on its front page.
La Razon of Mexico City finds Andres Guardado unflinching in the face of “The Scratch,” an alternative nickname for Brazil’s national team that may come from the Portuguese slang term for team “escrete.” For those that find solace in social media, the paper also lets us know that despite what may happen in the match, Mexico is winning the war with Brazil on Twitter.
Reforma of Mexico City subverts Barack Obama’s campaign rallying cry to ask “Can We?” They can if they channel the champion spirit pictured on their front page. On it, Giovani Dos Santos lifts the 2005 Under-17 World Cup Trophy and the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal — both won over Brazil.
Vanguardia of Saltillo finds four out of the six public officials it polled predicting an El Tri triumph. Mexican loyalists haven’t had much to feel good about since 2012, but the paper proclaims that this edition of the national team enters battle with the full spirit of its fans and emboldened by its opening victory.
El Informador of Guadalajara wants El Tri to “stand up” to the Brazilians. Its splash image of Giovani Dos Santos genuflecting on the ground represents the high hopes of a nation looking to get revenge for World Cup losses to Brazil in 1950, ’54, and ’62.
El Norte of Monterrey wants Mexico to put up a fight. In a heartening display of confidence bordering on hubris, only two of the 28 experts polled on its front page predict an El Tri loss.