Atlas Reach Unhappy Anniversary

It`s a day of mixed emotions for Atlas fans. Today, April 22, marks 60 years since they beat city rivals Chivas 1-0 in the Clasico Tapatio to become champions for the first time.

Many thought the Atlas team would go on to dominate the Mexican game due to the strength of the ´51 squad. Financial problems stopped that happening and, remarkably, the 1951 title remains the club´s only one.

Some of the great Mexican players have since passed through the famed Atlas youth system, giving the club a respectable identity but no silverware. The short-sightedness of clubs directors has meant that Atlas have not even regulary challenged for honours, although for a brief spell in the late 90s the team was arguably the best in the league under Ricardo La Volpe.

The biggest supporter group (porra) is know as the 51s.

The team has an outside chance of making the play-offs.

A poster available in many Guadalajara markets, of the 1951 dressed as cavemen and wielding clubs.

For gloating Chivas fans April 22 is a chance to rub in the lack of titles the rojinegros have won.

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