Football, Lucha Libre & Sports Cars

Mexicans are really passionate about sports; call it football, lucha libre, car races or something else, they are always ready to defend their team with all their heart.

Football is the biggest sport in the country, uniting its 120+ million inhabitants even when things aren’t looking great. Sports such as rugby, hockey, basketball, baseball, American football and others have also gained ground in the country and Mexicans carry their passion for them wherever they go.

It’s unlikely to catch a Mexican league game in the UK, mostly due to the time difference, unless it is being streamed online. However, you will find Mexicans flocking into the local football stadiums to cheer for whichever team they prefer in the Premier League.

Lucha Libre: A Tradition That Transcends Borders

One may think of Mexico’s lucha libre culture as something uniquely from their land. However, it has become so popular worldwide - mainly thanks to the fame El Santo, Mexico’s most famous luchador, gathered internationally through cinema during Mexico’s golden cinema era - that even groups in Britain have adapted the tradition.

Lucha Britannia is one of the biggest groups, based in London, that set up lucha libre shows. Advising that it is not for the faint-hearted, the show is put on every two weeks and it mixes the top lucha libre wrestlers and a cabaret show.

You can also find many Mexican-born and British-born Mexicans putting on a show in the Lucha Libre spectacle in York Hall, London. The tradition has obviously transcended borders and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

The Mexican-British Sports Car

Racing cars is also a sport that Mexicans enjoy enormously. The F1 race recently made its way to Mexico and proved to be a huge success. Mention the words ‘sports cars’ and hear tons of Mexican aficionados ramble on about the best ones around the world.

This year, London showcased Vuhl 05 in the London Motor Show. The car was designed and produced in Mexico, however, 40 per cent of its components are sourced from the UK. Could this be the beginning of a race in sports car production for Mexico in an international market? It seems so.