Nine of the 2018 Mexico squad caught in pre-tournament orgy

Nine of the 2018 Mexico squad caught in pre-tournament orgy

With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to get underway in November, we’re taking a look back through the history of the World Cup at the good, the bad and the amazing moments that remain in our memories to this very day and will live on forever.

The World Cup has been full of moments that have left the public in shock. And as it happens, not all of these moments occur on the pitch. In fact, there have been a ton of scandals off the pitch, as well as on it. To highlight one of the most famous scandals in recent times, we don’t need to look too far back in the rear-view mirror. This one involves the Mexican national squad during the build-up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. And as you can see, it involves quite a few other things too!

Namely, this story involves drugs, prostitutes, and a 24-hour party that reportedly transformed into a full-on orgy. We did say that not all scandals involved the action taking place on the football pitch! However, to truly get a grasp on how scandalous this story became, you’ve got to dive deeper into some of the specifics. For that reason, we won’t waste any time. We will jump right in with the details of this famous story that has been dubbed as ‘Noche Loca – ‘crazy night’ in English.

The timing of this pre-tournament orgy

Mexican culture can be a little wild and wonderful, but nobody would have thought that it would get quite this wild, not before a major football tournament anyway. But prior to the 2018 World Cup, the Mexican players were clearly not in the mood for relaxing or preparing themselves by ‘living clean’, shall we say? Like most teams heading to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, Mexico had a bunch of friendly matches lined up to keep them sharp. And right before this supposed orgy, Mexico had a friendly game against Scotland. 

The game was played in Mexico City, so obviously, the Mexican players were on home turf. Ultimately, the game finished with Mexico taking the win by a score of 1-0. However, the action was just beginning for some of the Mexican players. Bear in mind that this match was played on June 3rd, 2018. And they were due to fly out to Russia for the World Cup about a week after that match. So really, the players were in the midst of preparations for the biggest tournament in world football. 

Not a good time to be arranging a 24-hour party loaded with booze, drugs, and prostitutes, we can probably all agree – not that there is ever a good time for several of these things. With that said, it’s the timing of this that makes the story particularly famous. It showed a complete lack of care for preparation, and some would say it showed a lack of respect for the privileged position these players were given.

Who was involved and what was involved

As the official report goes, several Mexican players rented houses around Mexico City to stay in following the friendly match against Scotland. So clearly, they already had the intention of staging such a party before they stepped onto the pitch. But it’s one thing to stage a party – it’s another thing entirely to transform the party into a 24-hour orgy. And amazingly, there were a bunch of guys involved in this scandal. Such names include Guillermo Ochoa, Marco Fabian, Raul Jiminez, as well as two brothers, Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos. 

Of course, these guys, as well as some of the others also had wives and girlfriends, which made this particularly big news. Adding fuel to the fire, a boatload of prostitutes were photographed heading into the party. While there is no official number, reports indicate that between 20 and 30 prostitutes were involved in the party. So again, this was not something that the guys had arranged in the ‘spur of the moment’. And they sealed things off by including drugs like cocaine at the party.

However, the final part of this story is somewhat shady. We would imagine that the Mexican players would receive drug testing heading into the World Cup. So it’s unclear as to whether they were actually involved with the drug taking, or whether they simply supplied it to their ‘guests’. 

The aftermath of Noche Loca

Given that newspapers and local media had rumbled the players for staging this party, there was obviously going to be some backlash, right? Well, you might have thought so, but the Mexican coach didn’t dish out any disciplinary action whatsoever. In fact, he actually defended the guys in the media, claiming that this wasn’t done during the tournament. And he defended them further by saying that they hadn’t violated any team rules, they hadn’t missed training, and they hadn’t been unable to perform in any matches as a result of their actions.

Since this was done on their own time, the manager essentially washed his hands of the incident, despite the fact that global media covered the story as well. In fact, the exact words from the Mexican Federation Secretary-General were this – ‘a day off is a day off’. So while he didn’t sing the praises of the guys involved in these actions, he didn’t exactly condemn them for the party either. But hey – they were off the clock. It’s just that they chose to spend their free time staging an orgy of epic proportions.

Beyond these brief media interactions following the event, it was never really highlighted again by the Mexican press. And to be honest, with the World Cup right around the corner, the media wouldn’t want to spend their time bashing the players. Instead, they turned their attention to building up the guys for the 2018 World Cup.

How did the orgy pan out for the Mexican players?

Let’s be honest, a drug-fueled orgy probably isn’t the best way to prepare for a World Cup tournament. Well, it’s certainly not on the menu of an ultra-professional like Cristiano Ronaldo anyway. However, they do say that different things work for different people, and the Mexican team headed to Russia having enjoyed a fair bit of freedom. So how did this 24-hour party play out for the Mexican team during the 2018 World Cup? Amazingly, it played out pretty well. 

Let us give you a breakdown of their performances in Russia despite the ‘less than ideal’ preparations.

Given that Germany had won the previous World Cup tournament in 2014, nobody really expected that Mexico would win this game. However, Germany had lost some major superstars through retirement from international football. In contrast, Mexico had a relatively youthful team, as proven by their 24-hour partying antics! And when they played against Germany in the opening group match, any side effects from the orgy seemed to have worn off. Mexico ran Germany ragged and got the win 1-0. This sealed 3 points for Mexico just two weeks after the famous party.

After beating the defending champions, the Mexicans were on a bit of a high. And this time it wasn’t from prostitutes, drugs, or alcohol. Instead, it was actually from doing what they were there to do – win football matches. So as they entered the game against South Korea, it was clear that the team was full of confidence. They looked comfortable on the ball, and they had the belief to try courageous passes and shots. This resulted in yet another victory in the group stage, as Mexico pulled through this one by a scoreline of 2-1. 

Going into the third group game, Mexico must have felt invincible. They were also the only team in the group to have accumulated 6 points at that stage. However, since Mexico had all but qualified for the knockout stages already, they didn’t show as much intensity against Sweden as they had in the previous two matches. Because of that, Mexico suffered a pretty strong defeat at the hands of Sweden. The game finished 3-0.

But since they had 6 points and had beaten Germany in the opening game, even if Germany beat South Korea, which they didn’t, Mexico would still progress. Then again, if they had pushed a little harder and secured at least a point, Mexico would have avoided the team that was waiting for them in the round of 16.

Brazil finished top of their group in Group E. And since Mexico finished as the runners-up in Group F, they were drawn against the five-time World Cup champions. Of course, this was a nightmare draw for Mexico, especially given the strength of the Brazilian squad. Mexico was subsequently battered by the Brazilians, even if the final scoreline was just 2-0. Brazil dominated the game in all areas, and courtesy of goals from Coutinho and Neymar, the Mexicans were sent packing. 

As for Sweden, they were drawn against Switzerland. And as it happens, they managed to beat Switzerland 1-0 and progress to the World Cup quarter-finals. Not much was heard from the Mexican camp directly after the World Cup. So whether they returned to Mexico City for a post-tournament party remains a mystery!

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