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A Very Special Birthday for Eastadio Chivas

It's always difficult to change grounds, it's even harder when you have so much history in the stadium that you are saying farewell to. This was the case with Guadalajara (also known as Chivas), the team that owns the city and the whole nation's heart. After more than forty years of playing in the Estadio Jalisco, they moved to a new ultramodern stadium in 2010, but the move came at a huge cost.

The first two games were special, the tale started with a high profile inaugural friendly match against Manchester United on July 30, a game that also served as a goodbye to Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, who left Guadalajara to play with the Red Devils. The second match was a continental showdown, the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final. The red and white team won the first game, and lost the second.

Even with that bitter loss as a close memory, Chivas fans were optimistic about their life in the new stadium, they had no idea what the future held for them. The change to the new grounds coincided with an enormous football crisis in the club. They had so many consecutive bad seasons that they wound up facing relegation in two consecutive years. Stability in the team's front office was nonexistent and the constant coaching changes affected the performance of the players.

The stadium seemed haunted and the team suffered the most incredible losses, but everything comes to an end, even curses. Matias Almeyda was hired as the manager of Guadalajara in September of 2015 and the club's culture changed radically. The team made relegation an afterthought and started winning games. But it wasn't until April 19 of 2017 when Chivas finally won a trophy in their new stadium, the defeated Morelia in the Cup final and their millions of fans celebrated, the curse was over.

But that was not all, Almeyda and company were just getting started, a few weeks later they won the league title at home, in front of a full capacity crowd at Estadio Chivas. After seven years of constant misery the only team that plays with 100% Mexican players had something to celebrate at home. With the team they have, we are sure that they can repeat as champions, go to william hill and win money with Chivas.

So there you have it, seven years later, Estadio Chivas finally has a story to tell, and it is no longer a self-inflicted house of pain, two straight finals and two trophies later are pretty good birthday presents for one of Latin America's most beautiful stadiums.

Written by Rob. First published on August 2nd, 2017.