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Full Name: Club de Futbol Universidad Nacional
League: Liga MX
Location: Mexico City
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario
Pumas UNAM TicketsWell-known for its raucous atmosphere and sophisticated youth development system, Pumas UNAM is a historic football club from Mexico’s capital city. The National Autonomus University of Mexico tried to create a professional football club as far back as 1937, but the sport was eclipsed by the university’s more popular American football team (which, as the story goes, picked the blue and gold color scheme to honor the University of Notre Dame). In 1954, the university finally received a coveted spot in the Mexican federation’s second division. Only eight years later, the Pumas rose to the top of the Mexican federation football hierarchy with a 5-1 win over Cataluna de Torreon. In 1975, UNAM won its first-ever title of any kind in the Campeon de Campeones (then played between the winners of the Mexican Cup and the first division). League titles followed in 1977, 1981 and 1991. In the club’s most successful year, the Pumas held the 2004 Clausura, Apertura and Campeon de Campeones titles at the same time. Other titles include the 2009 and 2011 Clausura championships and CONCACAF Champions Cup in 1980, 1982 and 1989. StubHub is a reliable source for Pumas UNAM tickets.
Does Pumas UNAM have any rivals?The Clasico Capitalino between the Pumas and Club America is one of the most exciting and intense matchups in all of Mexican football. In more than 100 meetings, the rivalry has involved several legendary players, including Carlos Reinoso, Enrique Borja and future coach Ricardo Ferretti. Few Mexican football fans could forget their three finals meetings between 1985 and 1991. Although Club America prevailed in two of them, UNAM’s lone win in 1991 was one for the history books. It is simply known as the Tucazo — a blazing, right-footed shot from Adrian Chavez that lifted the Pumas over America 1-0 in the second leg of the series to capture the championship. Pumas UNAM also shares a rivalry with the third football club in Mexico City, Cruz Azul.
What was the record of Pumas UNAM in 2018 to 2019?The Pumas finished the 2019 Apertura portion of the season in 13th place, outside of the playoffs picture with 23 points and a record of 6-7-5. The Pumas did, however, make the postseason in the 2018 Apertura after a third-place finish. It eventually fell to rival Club America 7-2 on an aggregate score in the semifinals.
What are some of the top games on the Pumas UNAM schedule?The 2020 Clausura portion of the schedule consists of 15 matches between Jan. 26 and May 10. These include home games against rival Club America on March 6, Tijuana on March 22, Puebla on April 12, Guadalajara on May 3 and Queretaro on May 10. There is also a road game at Cruz Azul on April 4. The top eight teams from the league will qualify for the Clausura postseason. After the completion of the Campeon de Campeones in the summer, the Apertura of the next season takes place between July and December.
Who is the head coach of the Pumas UNAM?The Pumas hired Michel (full name Jose Miguel Gonzalez Martín del Campo) on May 16, 2019. A former star for Real Madrid and the Spanish National Team, Michel has previously coached several European squads since 2005, including Sevilla, Getafe, Marseille, Malaga and Olympiacos (with which he won two titles in the Greek League).
What is a Pumas UNAM home game like?A Pumas home game is loud and passionate. The rebel fan section cheers on the team with drums, chants and songs, particularly after goals. UNAM's young fanbase is drawn largely from a wide cross-section of local university attendees and citizens. The University Olympic Stadium, which once served as the host of the 1968 Olympics and the 1986 World Cup, is the official home of the Pumas. Located on the university campus in the Coyoacan municipality of Mexico City, the stadium has a seating capacity of 52,000 for football matches.
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