Top 5 Most Memorable Moments of 2014: #1 “No Era Penal”

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As voted by you guys, here is #1 in the top 5 most memorable moments of 2014 in Mexican soccer.

#1 “No Era Penal”

Here we are again at the mercy of that cruel cruel day that will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of El Tri fans everywhere, day 185 since “No Era Penal”.

On June 29, 2014, Mexico made their return to Fortaleza to face the Netherlands in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup.  It would be a day that will forever be engraved in Mexican soccer folklore. Mexico was only two minutes away from reaching the last eight of a World Cup for the first time since 1986, but a man by the name of Arjen Robben came to the Dutch’s rescue.

You probably don’t need to be retold exactly what happened. Was it a penalty or not? That is totally up for you to decide.

But at the surface of the scars left behind in that heartbreaking Saturday afternoon under the scorching Brazilian sun are the birth of three words, “No era penal”.

“No era penal” became a symbol. It was a scapegoat. It was comical relief. It was more than just a defining moment in a soccer match. It brought tears. It brought smiles. It conjured up a collection of emotions that only the beautiful game of futbol can bring.

Songs have been made, shirts have been printed, and the memes will live on forever in the terabytes of space of the world wide web.

“No era penal” will not only be one of the most memorable moments of 2014, but it will be one of the most memorable moments in the history of Mexican soccer.

At the end, only one thing remains to be said,”no era penal!”. Wait, is that a Robben piñata?

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About Rafael Diaz

Fan of good futbol. Rafa runs when he is not busy watching Arsenal drop points away to Stoke.