Chivas and Club America are the two most successful teams in Mexico, and they are always competing for a league title or a major trophy. But one objective looms larger and more significant than any other -
Chivas is a club of the people. Based in Guadalajara, Chivas is a proud club, whose success and history is deeply embedded in that of its nation. The
They are plucky underdogs whose principals have led them and their supporters as one, to the top of Mexican football.
And nothing quite adds to a rivalry like success. Chivas, despite recruiting solely within Mexico, have accrued 12 league titles. Impressive stuff.
And Club America? Well, they've won 13. Of course they have.
A bitterness was born within the first two meetings of the sides in 1943, after Chivas edged the initial game 1-0, only to then be hammered 7-2 by Club America later in the year. From that moment, their paths would fork off in very different directions, but they would continue to cross over the years.
But the rivalry softened in the coming decades, as Club America struggled to compete at the top end of the table on a regular basis, and Chivas dominated the 1960's, picking up five titles over the course of a decade.
But this underlying hatred continued to bubble away under the surface.
It's one thing beating your old foe whilst they're down on their knees, but dealing fatal blows while you're both at your peak? Now that is what a derby is all about.
And eventually, after all that bubbling and simmering, Mexico exploded.
Chivas and Club America met in 1983, facing off in the second leg of a semi-final tie. The ultimate opportunity to inflict humiliation and heartbreak upon their opponents. Chivas ended up winning the match 3-0, but the occasion was marred by a brawl so ferocious, that the referee simply walked off the pitch, unable to control the aggravated enemies.
Three years down the line from those terrible scenes, the two sides were at it again. Tempers flared to such an extent that the referee sent off all 22 players, and the game was abandoned. This one is not for the faint-hearted.
But every now and again, they do actually play out a full 90 minutes. And it always makes for pulsating viewing.
The rivalry has carried to the modern day, and fuel was thrown on an ever-burning fire in 2016, when Club America were celebrating their centenary year. It looked set to be a year of celebration for the Capital city club, but the champagne remained on ice, when Chivas rocked up and cancelled the party.
The Goats defeated America 3-0 in the normal season, but the Eagles then knocked their rivals out of the Clausura and