Cruz Azul Futbol Club, A.C, known simply as Cruz Azul (pronounced: [kɾus aˈsul], "Blue Cross"), is a Mexican professional football club based in Mexico City, Mexico; after which initially was based in Ciudad Cooperativa Cruz Azul in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. Cruz Azul plays in the Mexican Primera División and its home venue is the Estadio Azul, located in the southwestern part of Mexico City in the Colonia Ciudad de los Deportes, next to the Nápoles neighborhood. The team moved there in 1996, after playing for many seasons at the Estadio Azteca. Its headquarters are in La Noria, a suburb located in the southern part of Mexico City in Xochimilco.
They have been the Primera División champions 8 times and trail only Toluca with 10, Club América with 11, and Guadalajara with 11. Cruz Azul was also the first Mexican or CONCACAF team to reach the final of the Copa Libertadores when they lost on penalties to Argentine football giants Boca Juniors. Currently the clubs jerseys and sportswear, are being provided by the traditional English trademark Umbro. Cruz Azul is ranked 36th in the IFFHS rankings of August 2010 and is the top ranked team among CONCACAF and Mexico.
Mexico's most popular sport is association football. It is believed by some that football was introduced in Mexico by English miners at the end of the 19th century. By 1902 a five-team league emerged with a strong English influence. Football became a professional sport in 1943. Since then, Mexico's top clubs have been Guadalajara and América with 11 championships, Toluca with 10 and Cruz Azul with 8. Antonio Carbajal was the first player to appear in five World Cups, and Hugo Sánchez was named best CONCACAF player of the 20th century by IFFHS. Mexican's biggest stadiums are Estadio Azteca, Estadio Olímpico Universitario and Estadio Jalisco. As of 2006, it was estimated that there were over 324,000 registered players and 8,155,000 unregistered players in the country.
Soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico, followed by boxing. Charrería is Mexico's national sport. Baseball is the most popular sport in the northwest and southeast regions, basketball, lucha libre and bullfighting are also highly popular and appreciated.
The Clásico Joven (English:The Juvenile Classic) is a football rivalry disputed between two of the four most popular clubs in Mexico: Club América and Cruz Azul. Both teams play in Mexico City, even though Cruz Azul originated out of Jasso, Hidalgo.
The first match among both teams was on 30 August 1964 in the stadium 10 de Diciembre, América won the match 2-1 with goals by Marín Ibarreche and Alfonso Portugal, Hilario Díaz scored for the "cementeros". However, the clásico truly began on 9 July 1972 when both teams played against each other in the final during the 1971-72 season, where the "cementeros" easily defeated América 4-1.
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Javier Ignacio Aquino Carmona (born 11 February 1990 in Oaxaca de Juárez) is a Mexican footballer who plays as a as a midfielder for La Liga club Villarreal. He began his career as a player for Cruz Azul's youth teams. He has also been called up with the Mexico national team and the national under-23 team, playing in the 2011 Copa América, the 2011 Pan American Games, and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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