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Cheering for Puebla FC, City’s Pro Soccer Team

A vendor sells "camote" dolls.AAP-PueblaFC3AAP-PueblaFC2AAP-PueblaFC1¡Vamos, Puebla! That wasn’t the most popular refrain shouted in support of the home team at its season opener Jan. 6, but it is among the few I’ll repeat out of context and in mixed company. I did belt out a few other choice words yesterday as I watched La Franja play well but ultimately lose to the Xolos of Tijuana, the reigning Liga MX champs, at Cuauhtémoc Stadium.

Nonetheless, I had an absolute blast yesterday, thanks to friends who are longtime fans and who gave me an extra ticket. Like so many spectator sports, sitting in the stands during a soccer match is a completely different experience from watching the action on TV. Vendors roam the aisles hawking everything from cold beer and souvenirs to the obligatory and quintessentially poblana cemita sandwiches. Fans shout, sing, dance, beat drums, blow horns, and occasionally throw food at supporters of the visiting team when it scores. Best way to avoid the latter: Wear blue, Puebla FC’s primary color.

Some 23,000 Camoteros turned out for yesterday’s inaugural match, the first of 17 regular games in Clausura 2013. Want to go to one? Home games are scheduled to be played roughly every two weeks; tickets are available at the stadium’s box office and Superboletos outlets.

—Rebecca Smith Hurd

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