It’s super clasico week. Guadalajara warmed up for their big game with Club America this weekend by blaming the ball for not going into the net in their Libetrtadores scoreless draw vs. Lanus. America, on the other hand anxiously awaits the stauts of their superstar, Salvador Cabañas, who strained a muscle after netting a hat trick vs. Indios. Neither team has done much to distinguish themselves so far in the local tourney. After missing the last liguilla, both teams scapegoated their coaches after less then stellar starts in the Clausura.
I am ambivalent toward both teams, and the reality is that as big a footie fan as I am, I do feel a void because I don’t get to live and die with such a heated rivalry with my club team. Pumas has rivals, but nothing like this. Chivas-America is on par Boca-River, Real-Barça, Celtic-Rangers. It deservedly takes its place among the world’s best rivalries.
I understand heated, passionate rivalries, but for this one, I do feel it is best to speak from the heart. I cannot do that, so I asked some of the Chivas and America faithful to share their thoughts on the Super Clasico.
For the Chivas fans I heard from, almost to man, their favorite memory was the 1996 5-0 thrashing of their hated rival.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRhl_8mA-hg"]1996 Chivas 5-0 America[/ame]
The victory made sweeter for some by the tears shown by Cuauhtemoc Blanco at the post game press conference. More recently, Chivas fans thoroughly enjoyed eliminating America from the Clausura 2006 liguilla.
America fans were a little more selective in the games that they enjoyed. One Americanista singled out a match from the 1994-95 season, a 4-3 America win. America had signed the African duo of Kalusha and Omam-Biyik, and debuted a certain Mr. Blanco.
[ame="ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZBH77DIZQ"]Some other America moments[/ame]
Both sides mentioned the 1982-83 semi final game that ended in one the uglier brawls in Mexican footie as a memorable moment. Chivas prevailed on the scoreboard, but then lost in the final to Puebla. America exacted revenge in the loss in the best way possible: defeating Chivas the following year in the finals.
We'll have more as the game draws nearer.