Date: June 16, 2018
The World Cup is a VERY BIG DEAL here in Mexico, you guys…
Think “Superbowl” week, multiply it by 1000 and extend it several weeks….
Everything is about the World Cup — billboards, TV ads, in-store signage, radio ads – you can’t really get away from it. I mean, there’s a hotly contested national election happening here in a few weeks, and that has been all over the news for months, but it seems the World Cup might even trump the election…. It’s very exciting and great time to be in Mexico!
The Mexico team — commonly called “El Tri” — is one of the 32 countries that qualified for the quadrennial World Cup and will compete in it starting this week. This marks Mexico’s 16th World Cup tournament and there’s some high hopes on whether the team can end its 24-year curse — the last time it made to the quarter finals was in 1986.
Which means we could be on the verge of witnessing history here. So, you want to root for Mexico? Here’s how to do it.
First things first — when is the World Cup 2018?
The World Cup started on Thursday, June 14, and it ends on July 15. Russia is hosting the tournament, which means that the games will be broadcast at odd hours here in Mexico, mostly in the morning (live matches) with a follow-up showing later in the day.
Who is Mexico playing against, and when?
The Mexico team is playing in Group F and it will be facing off Germany, Sweden and the Korea Republic. To advance to the next round, those four teams will compete against each other, with the top two teams moving on to the next round.
For the group matches, Mexico will play on these days and times (local time):
Sunday, June 17, at 10 a.m.: Mexico vs. Germany
Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m.:Mexico vs. Korea Republic
Wednesday, June 27, at 9 a.m.:Mexico vs. Sweden
Should Mexico make it to the next round, Round of 16, it would likely play on either July 2 or July 3, based on their group. That round — the Round of 16 — is where Mexico has been eliminated in six straight World Cup tournaments.
How to watch Mexico play
Look, you CAN watch the games on TV at home, but if you’re here in Puerto Morelos, it’s way more fun to watch the games where you can cheer on the team with other fans! And be prepared, these fans are SERIOUS!
Here are a few options for watching the games in town (and this is not an exhaustive list, to be sure)(in fact, we think it will be difficult to find a restaurant/bar that is NOT showing the World Cup games over the next few weeks)
La Sirena Puerto Morelos – this restaurant perched above the town square is a great spot to catch the games, either live (in the morning) or for the later showing (check their Facebook page for the schedule). La Sirena has a great breakfast served until 11:30 am and enough TVs spread around the restaurant to make sure everyone can see the big games! If the game is boring, just head up to the roof top deck for an amazing view of the Caribbean…
Don Mexcal – located on Av. Javier Rojo Gomez (just south of Habaneros, where El Sabor de Mexico used to be) – Don Mexcal is a great option for viewing the afternoon/evening re-broadcast of the games. They’ve prepared by adding TV’s and drink/food specials!
El Pirata – perennial favorite El Pirata is also showing the games… they don’t have a ton of TV’s , but they do have a nice breakfast for those early games and a great location to people watch right on Av. Rojo Gomez.
Micheladas del Semaforo – Micheladas is the cute place up by the crucero (under the highway overpass, adjacent to Chedraui) – they are open special morning hours during the World Cup and are also having numerous drink/food specials. It’s a fun place to chill and drink some artisanal beer, munch on some nachos and cheer for Mexico!
Fans can root for Mexico by tuning in on:
On television: For English-speaking viewers, Fox and Fox Sports will carry the games over the air and on cable. For Spanish-speaking viewers, Telemundo will carry the games over the air.
On a mobile device: Viewers can download the Fox Sports, Telemundo (iPhone / Android) or NBC Sportsapps for iPhone or Android mobile devices. While those networks are free over the air, viewers who want to watch on a mobile device will be asked to log-in to use the apps.
On a streaming service: Devices like Roku and Apple TV have apps available for Fox Sports, Telemundo and NBC Sports and can be downloaded for free. A log-in for Fox Sports and NBC Sports may be required.