Monday, December 10, 2007

Cancun's Atlante Win the Soccer Championship!

So I'm not much of a soccer fan, doesn't matter, I couldn't help but get caught up in the excitement of Cancun's new soccer team Atlante winning the championship game. This is such positive news for Cancun, you can feel the excitement in the air. Last night's victory brought a much needed sense of community to Cancun, where lately all the news has been bad. The citizens reportedly behaved extremely well last night, thousands of people parading through the streets and gathering at the "ceviche" (a fountain of sea shells) and celebrating peacefully. Novedades reports zero incidents of violence, kudos Cancunenses!

I think this is also a good step in developing an identity as a city, a community. Cancun is a city filled with people from "somewhere else". It's a very young city and it's important for it to create a culture of unity in a place where everyone seems so separate. These past few months have seen a rise in crime and sadly, suicides have become a newsworthy problem. Something as light and fun as soccer has given Cancun that much needed push in the right direction. Soccer ain't going to save the world, but it brought a lot of smiles and laughter to this town last night.

Arriba Atlante! Viva Cancun! Arribe los Cancunenses!

Here are the highlights if you are a fan...


Manolo said...

This post reminded me of what I heard about Italy winning the World Cup in '82 and how the celebration that exploded in both Little Italy and Corso Italia in Toronto marked the beginnings of the city's multicultural identity. When the azzurri repeated the feat in 2006 there were also celebrations shared by different types of groups.
I am not such a huge sports fan, but I love how this little victories make communities strengthen their ties and feel proud of something... and forget all the bad stuff for a while.

CancunCanuck said...

Manolo, Toronto is a great place to be during World Cup soccer! I lived at St. Clair and Dufferin during one world cup, Brazil and Italy went crazy and the streets were one huge party, fantastic memories for me, even without watching a minute of soccer.

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