Pumas de la UNAM> is also known by the name, Club Universidad Nacional A.C. or Pumas. This team is a Mexican professional soccer club which is based in Mexico City. This team represents the National Autonomous University of Mexico, initialized as UNAM, the largest university in Mexico. The team plays their home matches at Olímpico Universitario Stadium.
Other than Guadalajara, Cruz Azul and America, Pumas is considered as one of the most popular as well as traditional clubs in Mexico. Till date, this team has won 6 Primera Division championships and 4 international titles. Few of the well known player through whom the team has achieved tremendous success are Gerardo Torrado, Alberto Garcia Aspe, Enrique Borja, Claudio Suarez and Luis Garcia.
Founded in 1954, the owner of Pumas team is UNAM with the manager being, Guillermo Vázquez. The league of this team is Primera División. Pumas have strong rivalries with Cruz Azul and Club America teams. These games are followed by the city of Mexico passionately. Guadalajara is another rival team, which is fairly recent.
In the early days in 1930s and 40s, American football was a popular sport amongst UNAM student body, with soccer becoming strong in the campus. With the initiative taken by Luis Chico Goerne, the dean of the University made his first attempt to affiliate UNAM representative to top football Mexican championship of its days.
In 2004, Pumas team won its first championship in 13 years due to the efforts taken by Hugo Sanchez. Along with 2 domestic titles, this team won both the Santiago Bernabeu trophy and the Campeon de Campeones. In 2005, the team reached the Copa Sudamericana finals losing to Boca Juniors in the penalty shootout. Domestic wise, the team struggled post their 2004 success and by 2006, they faced relegation threat.