MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – A long wait is about to end. After being stopped for more than two months, Mexican football has resumed its activity.
Pachuca’s coronation in late October was longer than the usual interval because of the World Cup and year-end festivities. Tujos continues to look solid in their quest to defend the title, but it remains to be seen whether they will retain their coach throughout the tournament.
Their recent successes and the shipwreck of the Mexican team in Qatar could have been otherwise.
Los Tujos is by far the most successful club in Mexican football this century, having won six titles. And with seven crowns overall, he is sixth on the all-time list.
They host Puebla on Monday at the start of their campaign, for which they will once again have on the bench the strategist Guillermo Almada, who has led them to the finals in the last two tournaments – they lost the first against Atlas and this to Toluca. The time they lacked before.
The Uruguayan Almada can direct his last couple in the highest category. Several press reports have included him in the pool of applicants to replace Argentina’s Gerardo Martino, whose contract was not renewed as Mexico’s coach following their World Cup group stage exit, something that Which was the first time for TRAU that this had happened in their last eight. partnership.
It is unknown when the strategist to lead Mexico as co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup with the United States and Canada will be named in the end-of-life cycle.
America returns without its star
Las Águilas, the previous year’s regular stage leaders, had a bitter bye, being eliminated in the semi-finals, thus extending their title-less drought to four years. Now they will face the feat among the favourites, but without counting on goals with veteran Guillermo Ochoa, who terminated his contract and preferred to move to the Italian Serie A with Saleritana.
The spotlight will once again be on Argentina’s Fernando Ortiz, who will celebrate his first year as coach following the sacking of Santiago Solari at the end of March. Despite good returns in the regular season, Ortiz would face the pressure of moving forward with a championship.
Former Merengue footballer Fernando Hierro arrived in Mexico looking to revitalize Guadalajara, which had perished at the play-off stage in the previous tournament and ended Ricardo Peléz’s Ricardo Cadena era as sporting director and coach.
Owner Amaury Vergara picked Hierro with managerial experience and to pave the way for Spain as a coach at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. His first decision was to hire Serbian coach Velko Paunović, with the belief that he would influence the dynamics of an organization that featured only Mexican players.
Dani Alves seeks claim from Pumas
Veteran winger Dani Alves, the Brazilian national team at the World Cup, returned to the Pumas facilities at the start of the new year to join the squad and play his second season in Mexico.
At the end of 2022, Alves announced on social networks that he would fulfill his contract with the team for which he had joined in the previous Apertura 2022. In 12 games in that competition, he barely celebrated a win in exchange for six losses and five draws.
power of north
Tigres and Rayados are once again on the list of favourites, with the teams that stand out the most in the competition and that have allowed them to play in the most recent final stages. A new phase is coming for Monterrey without defender Cesar Montes, who left for Spanish football at the end of the year to join Espanyol.
For the Feline team, stellar French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac will celebrate his eighth anniversary in the middle of the year as he joins the team in which he is already the all-time top scorer with 178 goals in official games and 22 appearances. Hundred.
change of plans
Liga MX reported the postponement of the match, in which Mazatlan will receive Leon on Friday, January 6, following military operations in the nearby city of Culiacan that led to the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, son of drug trafficker Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán went. Thursday morning.
The rest of the matches have remained unchanged. On Friday the competition starts with Nexaxa Vs. Saint Louis; On Saturday, January 7, the duo America Vs. Queretaro, Atlas Vs. Toluca and Monterrey Vs. Chivas; On Sunday, January 8, the Pumas Vs. Ciudad Juárez, Santos Vs. The Tigers and Tijuana Vs. blue Cross.
Champion Pachuca will appear by Monday if Puebla is obtained.