Pachuca – Winners Too
Los Tuzos fair play has earned the goodwill of thousands of fans. Furthermore, under Enrique Meza they have become an attacking side that plays very good football. The team is based around two Colombians (the goalkeeper, Calero and the playmaker, Andres Chitiva) and three Argentinian attacking players, Christian Gimenez, Damian Alvarez and Gabriel Caballero. They are complemented by the Mexican right-sided forward Juan Carlos Cacho, one of the revelations of last season.
Gimenez won several Argentinian championships, two Copas Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup with Boca Juniors before adding to his list of honours with Pachuca and becoming one of the side’s linchpins: “The secret of this club is that we are a big family where we all care for and respect each other. ‘The capital of Hidalgo state is not beautiful yet none of the players wants to leave. Here you see things that you don’t see at every other club,” explains Gimenez. “On the day of the final we went into the dressing room and they put on a video of our wives and children wishing us luck, with very touching messages. Then, as we came out of the tunnel, we saw a 70-metre flag with photos of our loved ones on it in the stand. They are little details, but you see them and come out onto the pitch transformed into a gladiator. You feel such a fire in your chest that it doesn’t matter how great your opponents are, it gives you a tremendous fighting spirit.”
You can still see billposters by the side of Mexico’s roads featuring a boy in Pachuca’s colours playing with a ball and the slogan “Pachuca, where everything begins”. The new slogan is “Pachuca, Mexico’s team”, not just because they are pioneers but because their fan base is continually growing. Their opponents see them as ambassadors of Mexico’s national sport and respect them accordingly.
A new chapter in the history of the Mexico’s oldest club began in Japan, but they are already used to taking on new challenges. They are Pachuca, where everything begins.