Pachuca – The City Of Football
Founded in the XVth century as Patlachiuhcan, Pachuca is known as la Bella Airosa due to the strong winds to which it is exposed during most of the year. The club’s directors have certainly succeeded in their aim of transforming Pachuca into the city of football. And they are not stopping there: they are planning to open a hall of fame for Mexican football in the near future, a concept that has long existed in US baseball and basketball, but which is new to Latin American football.
The local inhabitants fully identify with the club, nicknamed Los Tuzos [TheGophers] after the team mascot, and it is thanks to the club that the city has made a name for itself beyond Mexico’s borders. Those who only look at the Pachuca’s sporting and/or financial results also cannot deny the club’s success. “We want people to emulate us,” says Fassi. “We have no secrets, that’s why we publish everything that is said at the congresses: we learn and we share. We are working on an encyclopaedia of more than 5,000 pages that is going to be titled ‘The Pachuca model’. It will consist of twenty volumes in which we present our knowledge and experience in all areas: organising pre-season training for youth players, medicine, marketing, administration … everything. There are more than three thousand tactical drills… It will take us another year and once it has been translated into six languages, it will provide material that will be highly beneficial to football. We wish that all the good things that have happened to us would multiply, how wonderful football would be then! Joseph Blatter was here and promised that he would attend the presentation.”
“Pachuca is a way of life, we want to promote values. We want to treat our opponents better than anyone else. When the visiting team arrive at our dressing rooms, they are surprised because they always find a sign welcoming them,” he says. “When opponents come from abroad, they can’t believe it: Pachuca lend them their training pitches and all their facilities. An opponent is not an enemy, we want to transmit sportsmanship, which is something we profoundly believe in,” concludes Fassi. One example of this is the club’s response to defeating America in the final of the 2007 Clausura tournament: the players formed a guard of honour for their opponents as they ascended the podium to collect their losers’ medals. On top of that, one of Pachuca’s mainstays, Colombian goalkeeper Miguel Calero, stepped forward to congratulate his opponents on being such worthy opponents, a gesture that is rarely seen in Latin America.