Estadio Azteca

  • Club América
  • Mexican national football team
  • Summer Olympic Games 1968 ( football tournament )
  • Football World Cup 1970
  • Pan American Games 1975
  • Junior World Cup 1983
  • Football World Cup 1986
  • World championship boxing match 1993: Julio César Chávez against Greg Haugen
  • Confederations Cup 1999
  • U-17 Football World Cup 2011
  • Some games of the National Football League ( NFL)
  • Religious Events
  • Concerts

The Aztec Stadium ( Estadio Azteca Spanish ) is a 1966 -built football stadium in Coyoacan, a suburb of Mexico City. It has a capacity of 105,000 covered seats and since the dismantling of the Maracanã stadium, the now world's third largest stadium for football games (after the stadium to May 1st in Pyongyang and the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata ) and the largest pure football stadium in the world. The sports facility was the only ever twice hosted an opening and final match of the World Cup (1970 with time max. 107 494 spectators and 1986 114 464 seats ) and with 19 games most frequent venue of World Cup matches. Michael Jackson filled it once five consecutive years with 100,000 viewers.

1970 World Cup: The Game of the Century

After two years earlier games of the football tournament of the Summer Olympic Games were held in the Estadio Azteca, with most matches at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario, also located in Mexico City expired, Mexico 1970 was the venue for the World Cup, next to the Olympic Games, the biggest sporting event the world. For the World Cup five stages were determined, including the Aztec Stadium, with 107,000 spectators, the then second largest stadium in the world after the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. In the preliminary round the lots Mexico were against the Soviet Union (0-0 ), Belgium against El Salvador ( 3-0), the Soviet Union against Belgium ( 4-1 ), Mexico against El Salvador ( 4-0), the Soviet Union against El Salvador ( 2-0) and Mexico played against Belgium ( 1-0) at the Azteca Stadium. In the quarterfinals, the Estadio Azteca hosted the meeting between the Soviet Union and Uruguay, which, in the extension of 1-0 was won by the "Celeste ", ie Uruguayan national team.

Even the semi-final between Italy and Germany took place in Estadio Azteca. 107,000 viewers watched one of the most greatest games in the history of the World Cup. Italy went on seven minutes by Roberto Boninsegna in leadership and wanted to defend their lead in the proven Catenaccio tactics, but the Germans put up as in the final four years ago against England in the last minute. Karl -Heinz Quick Inger, active as a club player at AC Milan, scored the 1-1 after the German team had 80 minutes long assaulted the Italian goal and gave many great chances. An extension now had to bring the decision. The later scorer in the World Championship, Gerd Müller, Germany brought in the 95th -minute lead, but Tarcisio Burgnich equalized just four minutes later. In the 104th minute, the Italians succeeded by Luigi Riva the 3-2 lead, which was zunichtegemacht by another goal from Muller in the 110th minute. The finale of this incredible extension continued Gianni Rivera with the 4:3 in the 111th minute. Thus, Italy has been in the final against Brazil, but most remembered was the people's semi-final between Italy and Germany. It is known today as " Game of the Century ", the German press had already referred to the 3-2 after extra time gained by 0:2 behind quarter-final against old rivals England as the Game of the Century.

The final between Brazil and Italy came from the beginning to a one-sided game. The Italians, who were still tired from the heavy semi-final match against Germany, came after 19 minutes with a goal by Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, in arrears. But she rattled on and achieved by Buoninsegna, who had already met in the semifinals, the 1-1. It was also the break, before the South Americans cranked up properly in the second half. First Gérson in the 65th minute, then Jairzinho after 70 minutes and captain Carlos Alberto Torres four minutes from the end made ​​the 4-1 final score perfect. Brazil was the third time world champion Italy in second place. In the match for 3rd place had the day before, also in Azteca, Germany defeated Uruguay 1-0.

1986 World Cup: The "Hand of God "

At the place where the German national team had failed 16 years ago in Italy, there should be an end in Estadio Azteca all efforts despite and in the 1986 World Cup. While there was Karl- Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Völler a 0:2 residue offset in the final stage of the final match against Argentina yet, but the German team conceded in the 84th minute then still the gateway to the 2:3 draw.

No less bad memories have the English to those Mexican venue in which for them was in the quarterfinals conclusion after Diego Maradona hand of God achieved irregular results. That Skandaltor 1-0 (final score 2-1 ), the British have never forgiven the former football star. The second goal by Diego Maradona in this game was later voted by FIFA Goal of the Century.

Current usage

Today, the stadium is primarily used by the Club América, whose followers fill the stadium for the championship games with an average of about 65,000 people. On July 27, 2003 took place at the Azteca Stadium, the Gold Cup final ( the North and Central American Championship, similar to the European Football Championship, etc. ), although the Mexicans won in extra time 1-0 against Brazil.

Occasionally, the stadium for other mass events, such as religious gatherings used. 1999 gathered there to honor Jesus more than 100,000 people to a solemn prayer hour. Concerts, like that of the Mexican rock singer Benjamin Anaya (2003), are extremely rare in this place. In 2004, the stadium was the setting for the film Matando Cabos.

The first regular NFL game outside of the United States took place on October 2, 2005 at the Azteca stadium with the football game of the Arizona Cardinals against the San Francisco 49ers instead. The game with the name " Fútbol Americano " ended with 31:14 for the Cardinals, which displaced a home game. The audience of 103 467 is to date the largest backdrop in a season game of the NFL outside the U.S.. At a pre-season game of the NFL in 1994 between the Houston Oilers and the Dallas Cowboys ( 6-0 ) even gathered 112 376 spectators in the broad lap. On 20 February 1993, the WBO light- welterweight world championship boxing match between the Mexican Julio César Chávez and the American Greg Haugen attracted approximately 130,000 viewers in the football arena.