Fans of Mexico’s national team are as passionate as any in the world. Thousands have followed the team to Russia for the World Cup. And the most passionate of the bunch were rewarded with a visit from their heroes the night before Mexico’s second game against South Korea.
Longtime captain Rafa Marquez, flanked by teammates, came out of the team hotel late Friday night to address the fans who had gathered. He thanked them for their support as all sorts of noisemaking horns blared.
But, understandably, he had also come with another message: Guys, we need to get some sleep.
“We ask that you let us rest,” Marquez said, an obvious reference to all the racket the fans were making right outside the building in which the players would try to sleep.
“We appreciate very much that you’ve come to visit here,” Marquez said in Spanish. “We’re very excited … the support we’re receiving. We want to give you our thanks.”
“But we ask that you let us rest. Tomorrow is a very important game. So we ask you, and with all our heart, we appreciate you for all your support.”
¡Son increíbles, Incondicionales!
Afición y equipo unidos con el mismo objetivo en #Rusia2018.
Ya toca descansar para mañana estar con todo.
— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 22, 2018
The players then danced and sang along with the fans for a bit, before retiring back to the hotel.
— Chedraui (@Chedrauioficial) June 22, 2018
The following morning, even more fans were out in full force to see the team off to its game.
¡Somos locales otra vez!
Así se organizó la caravana de Incondicionales en Rostov para ir al donde jugaremos ante la República de Corea.
— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 23, 2018
Mexico shocked Germany in its opener, and could take another huge step toward the knockout rounds – and to the top of Group F – with a win over the worst team in the group, South Korea.
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