MEXICO CITY.- Since Covid-19 hit the world, humanity has observed countless things that seemed almost impossible. Seeing long streaks sprayed in the sports world is part of that incredible list of events that seemed like utopias.
Thinking of Cruz Azul and Atlas as champions of Mexican soccer was something that only happened in dreams or video games; Seeing them in the same year, it seemed impossible … But it happened.
The Machine and the Rojinegros ended in 2021 with a non-championship drought of 23 and 70 years, respectively. In pandemic times, where Dodgers, Braves, Buccaneers, Colón, Bucks and Villarreal, among many others, ended their malaria, Celestes and Foxes confirm the famous saying: “There is no evil that lasts 100 years.”
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On May 30, La Noria’s men beat Santos Laguna (2-1 aggregate) to lift their first league title since 1997; that image of a bloodied Carlos Hermosillo against the Lion was replaced by Jonathan Cabecita Rodríguez’s championship goal.
For their part, the young red and black fans tasted the honeys of the title for the first time. Very few could see the Atlas conquer that star in 1951 and now raise the second from the hand of Diego Cocca.
On December 12, in the middle of the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the miracle arrived: The Academy beat León on penalties (4-3), to end 70 years of hard blows and humiliations. An event that is difficult to believe even for his fans.
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Cruz Azul and Atlas, synonymous with perseverance, now make teams that have lengthened their drought of titles dream, such as: Puebla (31), Necaxa (23), Toluca (11) and Pumas (10).
In the 75-year history of the Ciudad de los Deportes stadium, no team had been crowned home.
Three return finals were played (two from Cruz Azul and one from Atlante) in the building of the Nochebuena neighborhood, but no team had raised the trophy … Until the Colts did.
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In 2021 he said goodbye to 93 years of curses in Mexican soccer