Founded in Zapopan, Jalisco in 1899, Team Deportivo Guadalajara is a Mexican professional football club best known by the nicknames “Chivas” (Spanish pronunciation: [klu epotio waalaxaa]) and “Guadalajara.”
To this day, only two teams in Mexico’s First Division history have never been demoted to the second division: Guadalajara and Club América.
Guadalajara is the only Mexican football team that does not allow foreign players to play for them.
It has always been a priority for the team to recruit local players (cantera) and has produced a number of international stars, including Oswaldo Sánchez, Ramon Morales, Omar Bravo, Francisco Palencia, Alberto Medina, Javier Hernández, Hector Reynoso, Francisco Javier Rodrguez, Carlos Salcido, and Marco Fabián.
The “Fraternity, Union, and Sports” motto is represented by the team’s three primary colors: red, white, and blue. The team’s founders incorporated the colors of their native France into their uniforms. To show their support for the club, Chivas fans fly a banner that resembles the French national flag.
The goat, or Chivas, is the team’s mascot and its nickname. Formerly one of Mexico’s most successful teams, Chivas owns the record for the season-opening 8-game winning streak in the Mexican league.
When it comes to Copa Libertadores competition in Mexico, Guadalajara is the most successful Mexican team, having made it to the semifinals twice (2005 and 2006) and finishing as runners-up in 2010
with 44.2 percent of supporters, according to a poll in 2016. With a projected value of $311.5 million in 2022, Forbes ranked it the league’s most valuable team and sixth in the Americas.
Edgar Everaert arrived in Mexico in 1906 and created the club. It was based on the Belgian Club Brugge K.V. strip of the era, with the vertical stripes and color scheme borrowed from the Brugge strip of that time period (Brugge has since changed their team colors).
It has been speculated that the club’s colors were inspired by the French Tricolore, as several of the club’s earliest members were French. There were three players from Mexico, one from Belgium and one from France on the first team.
Formed by Fábricas de Francia co-founder Everaert and a group of mostly French-speaking staff, the team was initially dubbed “Union.” The Unión Football Club attracted a few foreign players, including some from the United Kingdom and Spain.
European teams that have the name of their hometown or city appear to have a greater following among local residents. Club de Futbol Union was renamed Club Deportivo Guadalajara in 1908 with the support of Everaert and the players in order to foster a sense of community among the people of the city.
Due to the growing hostility that Mexican nationals felt toward non-Mexican nationals, the squad chose to feature exclusively Mexican-born players in 1908. Guadalajara was constantly participating in amateur football tournaments in Mexico following the Mexican Revolution.
Guadalajara won 13 amateur championships in the years between 1906 and 1943 (during the amateur period of Mexican football and the Primera Fuerza), the first of which it won in 1908. At this time, the long-standing rivalry between Guadalajara and Atlas began to take shape in Mexican football.
Guadalajara played on a modest stadium known as “Parque Oblatos” from the 1930s to the 1960s. Guadalajara and Atlas shared the Estadio Jalisco. On the 31st of January 1960, Estadio Jalisco was officially opened.
Host of six group stage matches and two quarterfinal and semi-final matches at FIFA World Cup 1970.
FIFA World Cup 1986 saw nine matches held at this stadium: Six in the group stage, one in the quarterfinals, and two in the semi-finals. From 1960 through 2010, Chivas de México played their home games at Jalisco Stadium.
Because of the stadium’s deteriorating construction and Chivas’ wish to have their own stadium, owner Jorge Vergara made the decision to build a stadium (Jalisco Stadium was always shared with various teams from the city such as Atlas, Club Universidad de Guadalajara, Club Oro among others).
In order to create a new stadium, the Chivas administration invested 130 million dollars.
LAS CHIVAS’ NEW HOME FIELD WAS COMPLETED BY THE YEAR 2010 The Estadio Omnilife (named after Vergara’s nutrition company) is built to resemble a volcano with a cloud on top. Because of its proximity to a forest, the stadium’s design aims to blend in with the surroundings.
Besides conferences, the JVC Center is also used for business. The stadium was completed in July 2010 after construction began in May 2007. Except for the loge seats, all seats in the stadium are crimson.
18 exits may be found at the main entrance. A total of 49,850 seats are available, including 330 suites with sleeping arrangements for nine, eleven, twelve, and thirteen people.
Suite renters have access to an underground parking lot that can house up to 850 automobiles, as well as a parking area outside the stadium that can hold up to 8,000 cars.
Concessions include a museum, shop, and food and beverage outlets. In the near future, there are plans to construct a climbing wall and a play area for children.
In 2010, the stadium was set to open on the 30th of July. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored the first goal in a 3–2 friendly win over Manchester United for Las Chivas in the first match of the season. The stadium was renamed Estadio Chivas in March 2016.
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