Fiesta of skulls and sombreros for NFL's Mexico return (AFP)

Mexicans welcomed the NFL’s return to their country Monday in a fiesta atmosphere, wearing sombreros and skull masks but also wondering why the league waited so long to come back. A sea of fans draped in the silver and black of the Oakland Raiders invaded the Azteca stadium, Mexico City’s mecca of “futbol,” for the team’s “home game” away from home against the Houston Texans. The NFL estimates that it has 25 million fans in Mexico, the most outside the United States, but it has only played one regular season game here before in 2005 while playing annually across the Atlantic, in London.