Mexico's long love affair with football, American-style

Updated: October 1, 2008, 8:39 PM ET
By Pablo Viruega | Special to ESPNdeportes.com

It all started in Jalapa, Veracruz. A group of young Mexicans who studied in the United States traveled there in December, during vacation, to visit family and friends. One day, they organized a friendly match, playing a sport they had learned during their stay in the U.S.

It was 1896. American football was being born in Mexico.

The presence of American football in Mexico grew during the 1920s, when the sport became popular in universities. The two most important teams, which still ...

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