Pumas UNAM

Founded In
Delegación Coyoacán, Ciudad de México (D.F.), Mexico

About Pumas UNAM

Club Universidad Nacional A.C. was first established in 1954. Usually referred to as Pumas UNAM, the club is located in Mexico City and represents the University Nacional Autónoma de México. Pumas are amongst the country's most popular teams and the club has enjoyed significant success, both at domestic level and in international competitions. The team's biggest derby matches are played against Club América and Cruz Azul. In recent years, Guadalajara have also emerged as a major rival.

Upon being accepted into the professional leagues, Pumas were placed into the Segunda División, Mexico's second tier, where they remained for several years. In January 1962, the club defeated Cataluña de Torreón in order to achieve promotion to the top flight, the Primera División, for the first time. The team quickly established themselves in the division and implemented a state-of-the-art youth facility, which would play a crucial role in producing the players who would lead Pumas to major success.

In total, the team have won seven Primera División titles, including four since the turn of the 21st century. In 1974-75 they lifted the Copa México, while in 1975 and 2004, they were crowned Campeón de Campeones. In terms of international success, Pumas won CONCACAF Champions' Cup three times during the 1980s, with the wins coming in 1980, 1982 and 1989. In 1981, they also triumphed in the Copa Interamericana.

Some of the best-known players to have played for Pumas over the course of the club's history include Mexican internationals like Hugo Sánchez, Luis Flores, Jorge Campos and Claudio Suárez.

Pumas play their home games at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario, which is located on the main campus of the university. The stadium first opened in 1952 and was used as a venue for the 1968 Olympic Games and the 1986 FIFA World Cup. At present, the ground is able to hold a maximum of 68,954 supporters for football matches.   

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