The Times podcast: Mexico’s unique, binational soccer fans

Mexican fans hold their national flag during a World Cup match against Poland
Mexican fans hold their national flag during El Tri’s opening World Cup match against Poland in Doha, Qatar.
(Aijaz Rahi / Associated Press)

Right now, the eyes of much of the world is on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar as 32 teams fight for national pride. One team is Mexico, whose unique fanbase sets it apart from the world. With loyalties to both Mexico and the United States, it’s a representation of resilience, controversy and so much more.

Today, we examine the phenomenon. Read the full transcript here.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: Univisión News anchor León Krauze

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