América 2–1 Cruz Azul|
31 March 2018
|Next meeting||27 October 2018|
Estadio Azteca (América)|
Estadio Azul (Cruz Azul)
|Meetings total||Total matches: 164|
|Most wins||Total matches: América (61)|
|Top scorer||Francisco Palencia (9)|
Cruz Azul 0–5 América|
1981–82 Mexican Primera División
(15 May 1982)
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 August 1972 when both teams played against each other in the final during the 1971–72 season, where the "cementeros" easily defeated América 4–1.
After Cruz Azul would win the title in the Segunda División de México during the season 1963–64 and was able to gain promotion into top flight football, they would face América during week 13 on 30 August 1964 in the stadium 10 de Diciembre where the score ended 2–1 with a victory for the "azulcrema". In just a couple of years had important wins and in 1971 they decided to move to Mexico City and play at Estadio Azteca, actual stadium of América. Years later these club had great matches in which Cruz Azul became the team of the 1970s, where they earned the nickname"La Maquina", and América the best of the 1980s.
This rivalry became a true derby during the season 1971–72 where the teams played each other in the final and the "cementeros" came out with a convincing victory of 4–1, this result hit hard for the Americanistas since Cruz Azul also knocked them out of Copa México the same season.
América were able to redeem some dignity in Copa México 1973 where they were able to defeat Cruz Azul in an aggregate score of 3–2 with two goals by Osvaldo "Pata Bendita" Castro and one by Roberto Hodge. But the most significant rematch for América was the final during the season 1988–89, where "las Águilas" rose to victory with a first leg score of 3–2 and second leg score of 2–2 which the aggregate score came to be 5–4 with a decisive goal by Carlos Hermosillo who years later would be considered an idol for the "Celestes" winning three Goalscoring titles during the years 1993–1996.
Statistics of the Clásico
This table takes into account all disputed classic tournaments that have been endorsed by the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, CONCACAF, the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol, or any other tournaments and friendlies.
Players who played on both sides
So far few players have played with both America and Cruz Azul. Only few have emerged as champions with both sides.
Players with a (*) have championed with both sides.
All-time results (only League Without "Liguilla")
Results at Liguilla
|9 August 1972||Estadio Azteca||1971/72 Final|
|29 May 1974||Estadio Azteca||
Cruz Azul America 2–1
|Campeón de Campeones|
|3 June 1979||Estadio Azteca||1978/79 Semi-final|
|16 June 1979||Estadio Azteca||1978/79 Semi-final|
|31 May 1984||Estadio Azteca||1983/84 Semi-final|
|3 June 1984||Estadio Azteca||1983/84 Semi-final|
|13 July 1989||Estadio Azteca||1988/89 Final|
|16 July 1989||Estadio Azteca||1988/89 Final|
|13 May 1992||Estadio Azteca||1991/92 Qualification Liguilla|
|16 May 1992||Estadio Azteca||1991/92 Qualification Liguilla|
|12 May 1993||Estadio Azteca||1992/93 Quarterfinal|
|15 May 1993||Estadio Azteca||1992/93 Quarterfinal|
|13 April 1994||Estadio Azteca||1993/94 Quarterfinal|
|17 April 1994||Estadio Azteca||1993/94 Quarterfinal|
|25 May 1995||Estadio Azteca||1994/95 Semi-final|
|28 May 1995||Estadio Azteca||1994/95 Semi-final|
|21 April 1996||Estadio Azteca||1995/96 Quarterfinal|
|28 April 1996||Estadio Azteca||1995/96 Quarterfinal|
|16 April 1998||Estadio Azteca||Verano 1998 Quarterfinal|
|19 April 1998||Estadio Azul||Verano 1998 Quarterfinal|
|8 December 1999||Estadio Azul||Invierno 1999 Semi-final|
|11 December 1999||Estadio Azteca||Invierno 1999 Semi-final|
|19 May 2005||Estadio Azteca||Clausura 2005 Semi-final|
|22 May 2005||Estadio Azul||Clausura 2005 Semi-final|
|23 May 2013||Estadio Azul||Clausura 2013 Final|
|26 May 2013||Estadio Azteca||Clausura 2013 Final|
|23 November 2017||Estadio Azul||Apertura 2017 Quarterfinal|
|26 November 2017||Estadio Azteca||Apertura 2017 Quarterfinal|
|Cruz Azul wins||America wins||Draws|
- Last Updated 26 November 2017.
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