The World Cup means rooting for Argentina and making new memories

Growing up in Argentina, the World Cup became an important event where every four years friends and family would come together and share passionate moments of joy and sorrow. There the tournament becomes a kind of strange national holiday.

While I’m not an avid soccer fan, I love the occasions that bring us together and the memories we create along the way. As a person who loves fantasy and nostalgia, I find joy in the unforgettable songs, distinctive memorabilia and quirky souvenirs that every World Cup leaves behind.

Argentina is great at futbol and every four years the country comes together to enjoy and suffer.

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I was a baby in 1990, but I remember all the lyrics to the theme song for the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

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My first watch was a World Cup USA 94 McDonald's watch

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My brother completes the entire France 98 trading card sticker album

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I fell in love with the mascots of the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan

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In 2006 I still remember the taste of my tears when we lost on penalties and had to go back to class.

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I still remember the sound of vuvuzelas and Shakira's waka waka from South Africa in 2010

(Pepita Sandwich / For the Times)

When I saw Messi cry when we lost to Germany at the 2014 World Cup, I started sobbing again.

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During Russia 2018 we went to Montreal and watched all the games in Canadian sports bards that no one seemed to care.

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I love New York now and I don't know what's going to happen. I'll create some memories that will last forever.

(Pepita Sandwich / For the Times)

Pepita Sandwich is an Argentine cartoonist, illustrator, and writer based in New York City. She has published two books, Diario de Supervivencia (2016) and Las Mujeres Mueven Montañas (2019) and is working on her third graphic non-fiction novel. She creates engaging visual essays and poetic comics for media and brands.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2022-11-17/gracias-futbol-comic-argentina The World Cup means rooting for Argentina and making new memories

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