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Mexico's Biggest Rivalry

  • , Monday, April 20, 2009 2:45 PM
"Club America, from urbane Mexico City, is the team of the nation's elite. Owned by billionaire television mogul Emilio Azcarraga Jean, who inherited his fortune from his father, it is arguably the richest soccer team outside Europe, a wealth it flaunts by regularly signing big-name foreign talent.That stands in stark contrast to Chivas, based in provincial Guadalajara. The only team in Mexico with more titles (11) and fans than America, Chivas was broke when Jorge Vergara, a Guadalajara native who got his start selling tacos out of a street cart, bought it six years ago for $100 million. ... What the Clasico has become isn't so much a clash of soccer teams but a social, cultural and political battle as pitched and passionate as the ones that play out at the ballot box." The Los Angeles Times on Mexico's biggest rivarly. Last weekend, Guadalajara won the superclasico, 1-0.

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