United through Football: Team Mexico

United through Football: Team Mexico

In celebration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, we asked some of our community ambassadors to talk to us about their national teams. Victor Valdes started music and dance in 1975, and since then he has become renowned for his talent around the world. He was a member of the highly acclaimed Mexican Folk group Veracruz Mexico, before moving to Sydney in 1998 and becoming the founder of the first traditional Mariachi Band in Australia. We spoke to Victor to hear what he thinks of Mexico in this year’s World Cup.

What is your role in the community?
Promoter of Latin-American traditional music and folklore .

What do you love most about what your role?
The opportunity to provide our Australian society with a top Latin-American music experience.

What does the FIFA World Cup mean to your country?
A time to be together

How did you feel when Mexico qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
Very happy.

How passionate are football fans from Mexico?
Extremely passionate.

Who is your favourite Mexican player and why?
Chicharito Hernandez, Maturity Experience and Passion

Where does the ex-community gather for huge games like this?
Public places (pubs)

If there was only one destination in your country to visit, what would it be and why?
Guadalajara city, its the place with the most numbers of iconic items: Mariachis, Tequila, Gastronomy and the legendary soccer club ” Las Chivas de Guadalajara”

Vegemite is the food Australians love. What is Mexico’s “Vegemite”?
Frijoles (beans)

What is your favourite festival from Mexico and why?
Festival Cervantino, It’s the number one Cultural Festival of Mexico.

What do you love most about Australia?
Freedom, security and the joy to be part of a Multicultural country.

Who’s your tip to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
I have to say Mexico!

Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au