Not only did you see it coming, but every average football fan in Mexico knew that with the arrival of Mikel Arriola, a character 100% alien to football, there would be setbacks, failed experiments, and many more barbarities. He began by laying the groundwork from day one, a magnate pawn on what he had designed: From the neoliberal academic hub and hotbed of State Officials of Dubious Ethics in Mexico par excellence (ITAM), he advocated the obscenity of Non-relegation or promotion, elimination of the national cup tournament, and more to come (which will come if he doesn’t retire soon): Putting Mexican football to serve the interests of the United States has already succeeded. A country where “soccer” will never suit the taste of Americans, even if FIFA 14 hosts the World Cup, since they have their own sports, all embedded in the logic (their logic) of being a bubble, the whole thing without other countries that are more than 200.
As they call their baseball league finals, it’s affectionately called “the World Series.” In fact, despite all this, neither the 1994 World Cup nor the 2026 World Cup was or will be a stadium intended for football, but for other sports adapted for a business that is sold to foreigners from time to time, and that is already why it mentioned football. Neither the then Pelé, nor the Cosmos, nor Beckenbauer, nor USA 94, nor the MLS and their band of experienced stars, nor now the so-called Inter Miami Dream Team, will make it. Show with it.
Well, Mikel Arriola, I don’t know what sport he plays. Their strobe lights at every goal and in every stadium are very nice, as are the fireworks behind the goals, but the timing of every goal and/or tape kick is nonsense; the rhythm and cadence of the game that each team prints onto the field are part of the style of each team’s tactics and strategy. And it’s been like this since football was invented. Now, the series of penalties for each draw with the idea of awarding an extra point is the perfect recipe to further disrupt the game and take it further and further from the essence of football. Not Mikel, not the directors, not the club owners—Mexico and its fans don’t want a football league; they want a football league that improves every day.