Guadalajara

Founded In
1906
Location
Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara

About Guadalajara

Club Deportivo Guadalajara was established in May 1906. Nicknamed Las Chivas, they are Mexico's most successful and popular team and are noted for the fact that they have never been relegated from the country's top division. The club operates a policy of only fielding Mexican players, which has led to the side producing and nurturing an abundance of talent for the national team.

Guadalajara's two biggest rivals are considered to be Club América and Club Atlas. The former rivalry is known as El Súper Clásico and is widely regarded as the most important derby in Mexican football. The latter is the oldest local rivalry in the country, and is dubbed El Clásico Tapatío.

The club have won the Primera División eleven times; more than any other team. This dominance of the domestic league is largely why the club is considered Mexico's most successful team. In addition, the club have lifted the Copa México twice, in 1963 and 1970 and have been crowned the Campeón de Campeones seven times. On the international front, Guadalajara have also achieved noteworthy success, winning the Central American Championship twice, as well as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 1962. In 2010, they were beaten finalists in the Copa Libertadores.

Some of Mexico's biggest footballing talents have played for Guadalajara throughout the team's history. Amongst the notable examples are Salvador Reyes, Benjamín Galindo, Ramón Morales, Omar Bravo, Carlos Vela and Javier Hernández.

Guadalajara play home matches at the Estadio Omnilife, which opened in 2010 and was formerly called Chivas Stadium. Until recently, the ground utilised an artificial playing surface, which proved controversial and was often criticised by players and pundits alike. This surface was replaced with grass in 2012. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 49,850, making it one of the biggest in the country.   

Mexico
Liga MX