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Sports Mexico City hosted the XIX Olympic Games in 1968, making it the first Latin American city to do so. The country has also the FIFA World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986. Mexico’s most popular sport is association football (soccer). It is commonly believed that Football was introduced in Mexico by Cornish miners at the end of the 19th century. By the 1902 a five team league had emerged with a strong British influence. Mexico’s top clubs are Guadalajara with 11 championships, America with 11 and Toluca with 10. Antonio Carbajal was the first player to appear in five World Cups, and Hugo Sanchez was named best CONCACAF player of the 20 th century by IFFHS. Baseball has traditionally been more popular than soccer in some regions. The Mexican professional league is named the United States, the Caribbean countries and Japan, Mexico has nonetheless achieved several players signed by Major League teams, the most famous of them being Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. Bullfighting is a popular sport in the country, and almost all large cities have bullrings. Plaza Mexico in Mexico City, is the largest bullring in the world, which seats 55,000 people. Professional wrestling (Or Lucha libre in Spanish) is a major crowd draw with national promotions such as AAA, LLL, CMLL and others. Mexico is an international power in professional boxing (at the amateur level, several Olympic boxing medals have also been won by Mexico). Vicente Saldivar, Ruben Olivares, Salvador Sanchez,


Julio Cesar Chavez, Ricardo Lopez and Erik Morales are but a few Mexican fighters who have been

ranked among the best of all time.

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