Club Deportivo Guadalajara often simply known as Guadalajara, and most commonly known as Chivas, is a Mexican professional football club based in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Guadalajara is one of the ten founding members of the Mexican First Division and is one of only two teams that have never been relegated to the second-tier division.
Guadalajara is the only football club in Mexico to exclusively field only Mexican players. The team has constantly emphasized home-grown (cantera) players and has been the launching pad of many internationally successful players, including Omar Bravo, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela, and Marco Fabian.
The teams three colors (red, white, and blue) and symbolize "Fraternity, Union, and Sports". The founders of the team adopted the colors that linked them back to their home country, France. Chivas supporters use a flag identical to the French flag to support their team. The team mascot, as well as their nickname, is the goat or chiva. Chivas is one Mexicos most successful teams and holds the Mexican league record for the longest winning streak at the beginning of a season, with 15 consecutive wins. Internationally, Guadalajara is the strongest Mexican side to compete in Copa Libertadores having reached the semifinals twice (2005 and 2006) and being runner-ups in the 2010 edition.
According to the study preferred to football clubs, published in April 2016 by the prestigious agency Euroamericas Sport Marketing Spain, Guadalajara is the most popular team in Mexico, with 44.2% of supporters in the country.
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