When Pasion Rayada, a massive group of Monterrey soccer fans, first suggested that I join them for an impromptu soccer lesson this past Saturday afternoon, I was a bit skeptical.
Photos by Angelica Leicht
Sure, there was the promise of beer, but Saturdays are meant for lounging, not screaming at the television screen in vain over a poor header during a futbol game. The idea seemed at least a bit testosterone-heavy for a lazy Saturday.
But with a bit of arm-twisting, along with the promise of a borrowed purple Monterrey jersey to fit in with the group, I agreed to join in. Not without a bit of groaning about all the lazying business I was giving up in order to experience their "unique" fan culture, though.
Soccer is soccer, right? And fans are all the same. Well, not in this case.
The members of Pasion Rayada are next-level fans. Their die-hard devotion to their home team is bordering on insane, with members around the globe pulling for Monterrey to win. These fans are hell-bent on showing support, and go about doing so by any means necessary.More »