Much like the rest of Latin America, Mexicans are fanatical about football on both the club and international level. It’s the most popular sport in Mexico. While it’s true that Mexico has never achieved the level of international success as some other Latin American countries, it is nonetheless an influential nation on the football scene.
The legendary Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, for example, is the only stadium in the world to have hosted two World Cup finals and is one of the largest stadiums in the world. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico national football team and the Mexican team Club América. With a capacity of 105,064, it is the largest stadium in Latin America, fifth largest in the world and the largest football-specific stadium in the world. Playing out of the massive Estadio Azteca, at a mind bending height of 7,200 feet above sea level, the Mexicans have seen much international success ranking as high as 4th overall in the FIFA rankings.
It’s an absolutely thrilling experience to watch a football match in Mexico and be among the thousands of football fans drinking beer and munching on popcorn and potato chips topped with lime and chile. The sport can also emotionally divide the country, especially when rivals meet each other.
The biggest rivalry in Mexican football is the Clásico de Clásicos (or El Súper Clásico), the football match between Club Deportivo Guadalajara or Club Guadalajara, commonly known as the Chivas (cheeh-vahs, “the goats”) and Club América or Las Aguilas (lahs ah-geeh-lahs, “the eagles”) from Mexico City, which attracts the biggest crowd and the most attention. Both teams share the distinction of being the two most successful Mexican football clubs. When the two biggest sides in the land face each other in this derby, the entire country comes to a standstill for 90 minutes.
, with their firm policy of recruiting only Mexican players, attract an increasingly large number of admirers. Rich boys versus poor boys, city slickers versus provincial upstarts, foreign imports versus national talent, and checkbook team-building versus youth policy. A good number of the world’s great rivalries are spiced up by at least one of those ingredients, though not many can lay claim to all four. That’s the long-standing enmity between Chivas and América.
The red-and-white striped Chivas jersey is omnipresent throughout Guadalajara (gwah-dah-lah-hah-rah), the state of Jalisco (hah-leehs-koh) and most parts of the country. Here’s an image of few photos that I have taken during matches at the Estadio Jalisco.
Till 2010, the Chivas team used to play at the country’s third largest stadium, Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara. By the end of 2010 with the opening of the Estadio Omnilife, formerly known as Estadio Chivas, the team had its own official home stadium with a seating capacity of 49,850. Estadio Omnilife is the fourth largest stadium in Mexico.
And now, for a racy track to go with football… here’s one of my favorite German songs Der Ring Der Nibelungen...Enjoy:)
See you later…hasta luego 🙂