No matter the league or nation, everywhere there are the marquee teams. These are the teams that are lightning rods for intrigue and fan attention, both positive and negative. Whether they are on the road to another championship, floundering desperately, or just floating along mid-table they will be discussed and dissected. The Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys will always get extra attention, whether their play warrants it or not. In Spain, it will always be Real Madrid and Barcelona, even if one inexplicably takes a dive. England has their ‘Big Four’, but they don’t always play very big.
These anointments come from long, sustained successes and tradition. Trophies must have been present and plenty of them to be more precise. That is all where it starts. It is then carried on by the swelling fan base, long through any bumps in the road or slumps in form. More people are interested in the fate of these teams on the whole, and the media wisely follows suit.
Mexico’s ‘big four’ (Club America, Chivas, Cruz Azul, and Pumas) are not head and shoulders above the rest of the league. There are clubs with more money, more talent, and better prospects. Yet, these teams will continue to drive the barometer of the league. Their fates are intertwined with Mexican soccer for the foreseeable future … whether we like it or not.
This section is unapologetically devoted to Mexico’s ‘Big Four’ with an emphasis on fan perspective. After all, the large fan bases and their larger expectations are what keep these teams in the spotlight.