Mexican soccer and a stage of the Mexican National Team was characterized by the personality of Cuauhtémoc Blanco and Jorge Campos. Both coincided in the Tricolor during the last years of the 20th century, where they starred in glorious, controversial moments and even wacky away from the pitch, such as the bets they made during the concentrations, according to Luis Hernández The matador.
During a talk with comedian Yordi Rosado, the former soccer player provided details about his time as a national team. Without being questioned about it, he delved into the great experience he had when he coincided with the soccer players from América and Pumas when they concentrated under the command of coach Manuel Lapuente, in eve of the 1998 World Cup in France.
“The Camel and the Brody. It was nice in the National Team to see them play Backgammon. You saw them and said ‘it’s one of Tepito and another boatman. How are they going to play Backgammon?’ Y they bet horses, roosters, seriously. I believe that the one who must have taught them is my Good, Luis García, that one did play everything. We had a great time in that National Team”, he counted between laughs.
Despite the cordial friendship and the moments they managed to establish off the field, the Overconfidence among the pranksters characters was also mutual dislike. Even one of the jokes they used to spend on each other was the cause of an exchange of blows. The anecdote was told by the former national team Claudio Suarez, during his participation in the podcast “The ball that knows”, of TUDN.
Before playing a match, the national teams were bid farewell by the fans who waited for them outside the concentration hotel. Among all the players that made up the squad, both Cuauhtémoc Blanco and Jorge Campos were among the most popular. Getting on the bus with the rest of the squad, the two kept their markers and started joking with their classmates about giving them autographs. But nevertheless, They had a clash of egos.
“Cuauhtémoc and Jorge start with their jokes. There were fans who were there to say goodbye and cheer us on, then you go out and get the autograph and they give you the marker. Cuauhtémoc and Jorge remain with the pen in hand, they get on and start ‘let’s see, I’ll give you my autograph, I’m your idol’ and the other ‘no, no’ and that the little swords and I don’t know what. Y they start everything at stake, when suddenly we see (beats) and ‘f*ck your mother’ Y they take to clinging to blows. So we jumped, ‘wait, c*brones,’” said the defender.
After the intervention of the rest of their teammates, the footballers were separated and sat far apart on the bus. Before entering the Geoffroy-Guichard World Cup Stadium, the Cuau and the Brody apologized. Both players had participation in the last game of the group stage.
At the end of 90 minutes, the team led by Manuel Lapuente Diaz distributed the units with Holland, a team in which they played referents like Edgar Davids, Edwin van der Sar and Phillip Cocu. In fact, the latter was the author of the first goal of the match at minute four. The other scorer was Ronald de Boer, while Ricardo Peláez and Luis Hernández scored for Mexico. On that occasion, Ramón Ramírez was sent off at minute 89.
In that World Cup edition, Mexico advanced to the next round as the second best in group E, behind the Netherlands. In the round of 16 was measured before Germany although he fell by a score of two goals to one. Since then, with determination, the Tricolor has sought to overcome the barrier of the fifth game.