or Club America [kluhb uh-mer-i-kuh] or [cloob ah-mey-ree-kah]
Where does Club América come from?
Club América, short for Club de Fútbol América, was founded in Mexico City in late 1916 by two soccer teams that merged to form a more competitive squad. They decided to name themselves América as they formed on Día del descubrimiento de América, or Columbus Day.
The team crest features both North and South America centered between the letters C and A (for its name) over a soccer ball. Their colors are yellow, blue, and red, and they have largely gone by the nickname Las Águilas, or The Eagles, since the 1980s. They play their home games in the largest stadium in all of Mexico and Latin America, Estadio Azteca, and one of the largest football stadiums in the world. In 1959, they were bought and are still owned by the Mexican media conglomerate, Grupo Televisa.
When they first formed, Club América had a roster of native Mexican players, making the team really have to prove itself against other clubs stacked with competitive foreign-born players. But since the 1940s, Club América has excelled in Mexican soccer, winning scores of titles in their league, in Mexico, in the Americas, and around the world.
Also emerging in the 1940s was their long-standing rivalry with Club Deportivo Guadalajara, or simply Guadalajara. The two teams have similar records, and the spirited games between them are known as El Super Clásico, kind of like the “The Big Game.”
Club América are at once beloved and hated in Mexico, with a 2015 poll finding they were the most popular team in the country, at around 31% of the vote, and most disliked, at about 42%. They embrace their haters, though, as seen in one of the unofficial slogans: Ódiame Más, or a taunting “Hate me more.” Love ’em or hate ’em, Club América matches have the highest attendance in all of Mexico.
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Who uses Club América?
Club América is often just referred to as América, and it comes up in all sorts of futbol talk in Mexico, Latin America, and the US, whether among sports broadcasters or fans cheering at home.
Aside from Ódiame Más, fans use the hashtags, “#TourÁguila” and “#FlyWithUs” to support their team. Common emoji pairings also include yellow and blue hearts as well as the eagle, referencing their colors and nickname.
About to go to my first Club America game I hope they win 🦅💛💙⚽
— Alex Sierra (@_alexsierra__) June 30, 2018
Outside of this, I love Club America just because they’re so flashy and hated. “Ódiame más” a hell of a slogan
— Arielle Castillo (@ariellec) April 4, 2018
But, it’s not all love for Club América, who get plenty of trash talk outside Mexico’s capital city.
WOOHOO!! Chelsea won!! Club America SUCKS!!
— Laura Richards ن (@lauratoller) July 27, 2009
Club America fast approaching dumpster fire status.
— TortiousTroll (@TortiousTroll) February 22, 2014
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