When Club América faces UNAM on Saturday, it will mark the 55th meeting between the clubs in short tournaments (Summer/Winter and Apertura/Clausura schedule formats). América owns the overall series record (23 wins, 17 draws, 14 losses), and has just one loss in the last ten matchups.
In the Clausura 2018, the teams faced off three times: a scoreless draw at Estadio Olimpico in Week 3, and a 6-2 aggregate win for Las Águilas in the Liguilla Quarterfinals (4-1 away, 2-1 at home).
The first match between the two clubs was played on July 1, 1962 – it was UNAM’s first match the the top division. America won 2-0 and have continued to control the series since that day. In the 1980s, the clubs faced off in three finals, with America claiming their fifth and seventh titles against Pumas (1984-85, and 1987-88).
31 players have played on both sides of the Clásico, including América and El Tri legend Enrique Borja, who spent his entire club career between the two Mexico City squads. Borja spent 5 years with UNAM before joining América where we won four trophies (two league titles: 1970-71, 1975-76; one Copa title: 1973-74; Campeón de Campeones: 1976; and CONCACAF Champions’ Cup: 1977) and three consecutive league scoring titles as the top scorer (1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73). He finished his career at América with 191 appearances and 99 goals, and earned 65 caps with the Mexican National Team, scoring 31 goals for El Tri.
Historically, the Clásico Capitalino matchup has one of the fiercest rivalries in Mexico, driven by the fact that the clubs are located just a few miles from each other in the southern part of Mexico City (just over 3 miles separate the two stadiums as the eagle flies).