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Club Deportivo Guadalajara will become just the second Liga MX side ever to compete in the International Champions Cup.
Chivas, as they’re more commonly known, will come up against some of Europe’s best in the summer’s premier club competition.
Ahead of their International Champions Cup debut, we’ve taken a closer look at their impressive pedigree.
Chivas are one of the ten founding members of the Mexican first division and are one of only two clubs from this group never to be relegated to the second tier. According to Euromericas Sport Marketing Spain, they are the most popular team in Mexico.
The Guadalajara-based team are also the only top-flight club in the league to exclusively field Mexican players. Similar to Athletic Club de Bilbao, who only recruit Basque players, Chivas won’t sign any player not eligible to play for El Tri.
They are 12-times champions of Mexico and last won Liga MX in 2017. Their most recent success came in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League when they beat Toronto FC on penalties to record their second success in the competition.
Chivas have a strong relationship with the national team having helped develop Omar Bravo, Javier Hernández, Carlos Vela, Carlos Salcedo, Carlos Salcido and Marco Fabián.
Founded by the Belgian-born Edgar Everaert in 1906, the Chivas nickname was initially an insult but was later adopted by the club. Despite their current policy of fielding only Mexican players, their first team was comprised of players from Mexico, Belgium and France.
The side of 1956 is considered one of the finest in Mexican league history – El Campeonísimo – and won the club’s first title with a last-minute goal from Salvador ‘Chava’ Reyes.
In the subsequent years, Chivas won seven titles, two cups, three CONCACAF titles and seven Champion of Champions titles. They become the first team to win four consecutive leagues, between 1958 and 1962, and, as a result, played a series of high-profile exhibition fixtures against European sides including FC Barcelona, Werder Bremen and Lille.
Today, Chivas are the second-most successful team in Mexico having won the league championship on 12 occasions, one fewer than Club América and two clear of Toluca.
Chivas’ two CONCACAF Champions League wins mean they are Mexico’s most successful side in the tournament, while they have twice reached the semi-finals (2005 and 2006) and were runners-up in 2010.
Stadium – Estadio Akron
The 46,232-capacity stadium was opened in 2010. It took six years to build and cost in the region of $230million. Initially, it was built with artificial turf but this was later replaced in 2012.
As well as being home to Chivas, it hosted the first leg of the 2010 Copa Libertadores final which the Mexican side lost to the Brazilian outfit Internacional
The third ever match at the stadium was a friendly between Chivas and Premier League giants Manchester United. The Mexican team won 3-2 on the day with Javier Hernández playing 45 minutes for both sides having recently been sold by Chivas to the Red Devils.
Coach – Tomás Boy
Nicknamed ‘El Jefe’ (The Boss), Tomás Boy became head coach of Chivas de Guadalajara on April 10, 2019, succeeding José Cardozo. A vastly experienced coach who has led seven Liga MX teams, the Mexico City native began his career in the dugout in 1988 with San Jose Earthquakes in the Western Soccer Alliance.
Boy’s next move was to Tampico Madero and he has remained in his homeland ever since, taking in stints with Queretaro, Veracruz (two times), Morelia (three times), Monterrey, Puebla, Atlas (three times), Cruz Azul and now Chivas.
An attacking midfielder as a player, Boy won 52 caps for Mexico, scoring nine times, and was captain during El Tri’s 1986 FIFA World Cup campaign. He spent almost his entire playing career with Tigres UANL, making 413 appearances and scoring 104 times.
Eduardo López – The 24-year-old attacking midfielder is a creative hub for Chivas. Albert Benaiges, the scout who found the likes of Andrés Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, stated: "Lopez is a Messi with a little less speed, he looks a lot like him in the game with his left foot.
His quick feet are matched by his speed of mind and make him a nightmare for defenders to keep tabs on.
Alan Pulido – The forward burst onto the scene with Tigres in 2010 and went on to score more than 40 goals in 127 matches before he moved to Greek side Levadiakos.
Pulido netted on his debut for the club but couldn’t save them from relegation. A move to Olympiacos followed where he won the Greek league during the 2015/16 campaign.
The striker then became Chivas’ most expensive signing when he moved for $6.5million in August 2016. A poacher in the penalty area, he has the ability to punish teams with just half a chance.
Isaác Brizuela - An American-born Mexican international. Brizuela is the man tasked with providing the ammunition to the forwards and he’s been doing so since his move to the club in 2015.
Like Vega, he started his career with Toluca before the $6.8million move to Estadio Akron. Comfortable with the ball at his feet, he likes to drift in from the right and play incisive balls to the forwards.
Ones to Watch
Alexis Vega - The 21-year-old Mexico City-born forward is one of the most exciting talents at the club. Signed from Toluca in December 2018 for $9million, Vega is one of the most expensive purchases in the club’s history.
The Chivas No.7 scored a hat-trick to break his duck for the club in February 2019 during the 3-0 win over Club Atlas.
Alex Zendejas - The winger came up through the youth ranks of FC Dallas before making the switch to Chivas in 2016. The 21-year-old shares some similarities with López, including the way he glides over the ground and slaloms past the opposition to create space for his team-mates.
Explosive in the penalty area, opposing defenders should do everything they can to keep the ball away from his right foot. He’s got an eye for a pass and can create something out of nothing. Expect the unexpected with Zendejas.