Mexico's U-17 squad capped off the perfect tournament Sunday after winning 2-0 against their opponents, Uruguay. The win sees Mexico lift their second FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy in just six years. However, this win was a bit different than the first, as it was under the almighty eye of the Estadio Azteca and all of its 98,943 attendants.
It also marks the beginning of what will most likely become a trend featured in every Primera Division and International match where Mexican fans are supporting their team. This new chant - aimed at the home keeper- is being called "El Fua."
We have all become accustomed to the now world-known "P*ta," that makes its appearance every time the opposing goalkeeper parts ways with the ball during the game. El Fua is the P*ta's Kryptonite, what Batman is to the Joker, the Charles Xavier of football chants; all Superhero metaphors aside, it is the counterpart to the p*ta chant that some tend to love and others hate.
El Fua made its first appearance Sunday at the Estadio Azteca at the feet of Mexico's goalkeeper Richard Sanchez with only the voices of a small percentage of the stadium contributing. Some seemed confused as to what was being chanted after every one of Richard Sanchez's kick-offs, myself included. Yet as the word got around at the Estadio Azteca, more started to join the Fua revolution and by the second half of the Under 17 World Cup Final, the chant had hit its full force.
I did some researching around the always helpful web and found the source of the newly introduced Fua. El Fua derives itself from a viral YouTube video of an intoxicated man claiming to have divine powers, which range from Future-Telling to Death-Revival.
The man now known as El Fua goes on to explain what Fua means, he states that El Fua is that "extra" we possess as humans, an unexplainable source of energy within us to give more than what we are capable of. Keep in mind that this man is probably several drinks over the alcohol limit in the United States, and who knows what else he has consumed as part of his nocturnal routine.
So with that background, El Fua made its way to the Estadio Azteca in a day where Mexico was crowned World Champions of the category for the second time. In a day that some are calling the biggest win in Mexico's football history, a new chant was born.
El Fua is a perfect example of the power of social media and the effect it has in the sports we love. El Fua indeed made its debut Sunday but it most certainly won't disappear anytime soon. Expect it to join the category of its counterpart and become a featured chant in football matches in Mexico, MLS and all international fixtures we might see in the near future on Mexican, American and global soil.
Check out the videos to see where it all began, and don't forget to "FUUUUUUUA" at the next match you attend to send all positive energies to your beloved team.