Oro, el día que todo cambió(Gold, the Day Everything Changed), a new documentary by Coca-Cola premiered on Wednesday, January 9.
The documentary focuses on the Mexico U-23’s journey to the country’s first Olympic gold.
Initially the documentary was scheduled appear on Mexico’s national television channels in late January and online.
Oro is now available online in Spanish.
There have been many “Hollywood-esque” moments surrounding Mexican football in the past few years.
Aldo de Nigris scored in Monterrey’s title seeking match days after the death of his brother Antonio de Nigris.
Julio Gomez scored the winner against Germany in the U-17 tournament minutes after getting his head wrapped to stop his head from bleeding from an earlier clash.
Leon and the Xolos of Tijuana had Cinderella runs in the Mexican Apertura 2012 tournament, with the recently established Xolos taking the Liga Mx crown.
2012 brought the story of Mexico’s U-23 squad winning the country’s first Olympic gold in football.
The story was certainly worthy of a Hollywood script. There was plenty of drama with players getting left behind while others simply passed up the opportunity top join the team in London.
David Cabrera sustained a serious injury during the qualification period that left him out of the medal squad.
Players like Jonathan Dos Santos and Carlos Vela passed up their calls to spend time with their club teams. Dos Santos wanted to make an impression to stay with Barcelona’s first team. Vela wanted to find regular playing time after moving to Real Sociedad on a more permanent basis.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, perhaps Mexico’s most en vogue player considering his visibility with Manchester United, was not allowed to join the squad as one of the overage players and was held by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Others, such as Tigres’ Alan Pulido, did not have their name on the list that announced who would be traveling to London.
The documentary doesn’t focus so much on the previously mentioned events. They don’t matter anymore and to wonder ‘what-if’ regarding those events may show a different outcome.
It starts by briefly touching on the Copa America and the disciplinary problems that surrounded the squad. From there it quickly mentions mentions the squad’s participation and success at the PanAmerican games 2011 and the Toulon tournament.
All the games during the Olympic games are covered and it’s great to hear the players’ commentary.
Most of the documentary focuses on this, as it should. We get some behind the scenes footage that mostly focuses on the relationships between the players.
The group seemed to have great chemistry. They seemed to have a great relationship, and the experienced Carlos Salcido pointed out that aspect as well. One of the friendships that received the most camera time was Giovani Dos Santos and Marco Fabian’s.
As the team progresses through the stages, there’s more focus on each game. We get to the final and hear Tena’s emotive speech that is sure to give goosebumps.
The documentary ends with the medal ceremony.
Total running time is 47 minutes. Though it would have been great to have seen more behind the scenes footage, the documentary did well in showcasing the most important moments. We’re lucky that we got any type of documentary, but it was the perfect story.
Diego Reyes’ Mom telling him he wouldn’t be allowed back if he didn’t have a medal with him. She should definitely give the teams talks.
What we wish we could’ve seen:
Chaton’s old man dance and Ponce’s stripper dance
The video can’t be embedded, but you can watch it here.