South Of The Border

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South Of The Border: Xolos Chasing The Pack Early

The first half of Tijuana’s first two Primera Division matches have been a party. Unfortunately the second halves have been miserable morning afters. To establish themselves in the league, the Xolos are going to have to learn to play the full ninety minutes. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Previewing Mexico’s 2011 Apertura Tournament

One of the first to kick off and among the last to leave the pitch, all in the hot Aztec sun… Lazy Mexicans are one very misconceived stereotype. If you don’t see a few Primera Division matches throughout the season, you’re missing some good football. Continue reading »

South of the Border: Chicharito’s Gold Cup Triple Sombrero & Tijuana’s Hank In The Tank!

El Tri followed the daytime example of Costa Rica, lighting up the Texas night in their Gold Cup debut. The founder of Xolos Tijuana, newly promoted to the Mexican top flight wasn’t able to enjoy the fireworks, however. He was in custody, after Mexican police raided his compound, subdued his security forces and confiscated a cache of weapons. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas Wrap Up Clausura Title, 2010-11 Mexican Season

UNAM Pumas ruled the second half of the Mexican football calendar, claiming the Clausura championship on the strength of a scintillating goal from Javier Cortes. Next season, though, the cats will be tested by the newly promoted Aztec Dogs of Tijuana, whose 24-year-old CEO may have some fresh ideas on how to run a football club. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas, Monarcas Each Ninety Minutes From Liguilla Glory

Pumas and Monarcas, knotted at a goal apiece are set for a one-off showdown to determine the Clausura championship. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas Herd Goats While Cruz Azul & Monarcas Stampede

UNAM Pumas took care of business, dispatching Chivas de Guadelajara to gain a place in the Liguilla Clausura final. Cruz Azul and Monarcas, however, gave new meaning to the term Mexican standoff. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Cruz Azul Stake Their Claim

Sunday will see the second legs of the Clausura Liguilla semi-finals played out and Cruz Azul have one fit in the final while UNAM Pumas hold the advantage of an away goal over Chivas de Guadalajara. Monarcas Morelia, meanwhile, have much mucho trabajo left to do. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas Claw Their Way Back, Tigres Hooked On Goats’ Horns

The Liguilla is now in the semi-final stage with one big upset in the books and one big club upset at their own inconsistency. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: The Mexican Primera Division Enters The Octagon

The Clausura Liguilla is under way, with eight sides vying for the final trophy of the split Mexican season. Top seeds UNAM Pumas and UANL Tigres find themselves under the gun already, while Monterrey has made an excellent beginning in their quest for a momentous treble. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas & Tigres Wrap Up Top Seeds In Clausura

The final round of the Clausura is upon us and only three clubs are assured of a place in the eight sided knockout round. Monarcas haven’t nailed down a specific seeding, as yet, but they will be in the playoffs. As well, Pumas and Tigres have wrapped up the first and second seeds. Nine other clubs join Monarcas in the quest to lock down one of the other six places. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: America Fights Back & Monterrey Distracted

There are just two rounds remaining in the Mexican Clausura and there are still eleven clubs alive for just eight playoff berths. Martin Palazzotto sets the table for the penultimate weekend, provides some highlights from last week, spices it up with just a bit of Primera Division history and pays tribute to a Mexican La Liga legend! Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Goats Conquer America, Pumas Shred Tigres & Other Oddities Of Nature

The Clausura competition in the Primera Division de Mexico has entered the run-in to this year’s eight-team playoff. Some traditional powers are flexing their muscles and others, well, not so much. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Meow! Pumas, Tigres Run Wild But Jaguares Are Looking Very Tame

As we head into the international break, a cat, or three of them to be exact, have caught our tongue in this week’s South of the Border. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Mexican Primera División Table

For the Mexican Primera División newbie, the competitive set-up is a bit confusing. Since the league’s quality is so high, however, it would be a shame if that chased prospective fans away. So, here for your edification, is a handy-dandy guide to the ins and outs of the Mexican league’s unique format. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: The Newest Incarnation Of Necaxa – Giant Killers

Necaxa have kicked around the Mexican League, in more than one sense, for almost ninety years and every time they see a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s an oncoming train. Their current situation under the dubious chairmanship of Emilio Azcárraga Jean has seen those trains begin to run on a yearly schedule, taking the club’s best players off to his other, more lucrative, Primera División holding, Club América. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Toluca & Pumas Do The Man United But Tigres Are Top Cats

Round Six of the Mexican Primera División Torneo Bicentenario took place over the weekend.  The tournament is the second portion of the Mexican split season, also known as the Clausura or closing for my fellow unilinguals.  The eighteen clubs play each other once, at home or away, in opposition to their Apertura (opening) fixtures, which … Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Getting To Know The Mexican League

While Major League Soccer continued its long winter hibernation and European clubs endured another rumour filled January transfer window, the Mexican Primera División began its Clausura, aka Torneo Bicentenario campaign.  For those of you who speak even less Spanish than I do, clausura is closing.  The Apertura (opening) wrapped up at the end of 2010, … Continue reading »

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