- Address: Calzada de Tlalpan, 3465, Mexico City
- Country: United Mexican States
- Capacity: 87,000
- Opened: 29 May 1966
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Club América (football), Cruz Azul (football)
Extra stadium info – Estadio Azteca
The Estadio Azteca, nicknamed El Coloso de Santa Úrsula, is also known as a venue for American football, boxing and concerts. It was used as an Olympic football venue for the world famous Games of the Olympiad in 1968. The stadium’s record attendance was set in 1993, when 132,000 people showed up for a boxing match between Greg Haugen and Julio César Chávez.
The national football team of the United Mexican States
The national football team of the United Mexican States, commonly known as Mexico, played numerous home games at the Estadio Azteca. In 1930, they played in the first-ever edition of the FIFA World Cup. The United Mexican States faced the French Republic in their first-ever FIFA World Cup game. The French team won the match, which took place in Uruguay. Juan Carreño Lara scored the first FIFA World Cup goal for the United Mexican States.
Club América, the first Mexican sports club with 10 million followers on its main social media page, use the venue for home games. The Estadio Azteca opened with a football match of Club América with 105,000 people in attendance. Club América, one of the first football clubs from the Americas with a value of at least $100 million, won the football championship for North American clubs several times. In 2006, Club América participated in the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in their history. They finished fourth place after a 2-1 loss against the Egyptian side Al-Ahly. Football club Al-Ahly were crowned African football champions various times.
Cruz Azul also play their home games at the Estadio Azteca. They won the North American football championship for clubs several times. In 2001, Cruz Azul became the first Mexican club to reach a final of the Copa Libertadores. The football club also became one of the first Mexican sports clubs with 1 million followers on its main social media page.
The FIFA World Cup
The Estadio Azteca hosted its first FIFA World Cup final in 1970, when the national football team of Brazil defeated the Italian Republic 4-1. 107,000 fans attended the football match. In 1986, the Estadio Azteca became the first-ever venue to have hosted two FIFA World Cup finals. The national football team of the Argentine Republic, commonly known as Argentina, won the FIFA World Cup final in 1986.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento and Diego Armando Maradona
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, commonly known as Pelé, and Diego Armando Maradona both won a FIFA World Cup at the historic Estadio Azteca. Pelé and Maradona are often considered the greatest football players of all time. Pelé scored numerous goals for the national football team of Brazil and Maradona scored numerous goals for the Argentine Republic. The Brazilian football legend ended his professional football career in 1977 with the New York Cosmos from the United States and the Argentine football legend ended his professional football career with the Argentine side Boca Juniors in 1997.