América de Cali facts for kids
|Full name||América de Cali S. A.|
|Founded||21 December 1918 (as América Football Club)
13 February 1927 (officially)
|Ground||Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero
|League||Categoría Primera A|
América de Cali S. A., best known as América de Cali or América, is a Colombian football team based in Cali and playing in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the Olímpico Pascual Guerrero stadium.
The club is regarded by FIFA and IFFHS as the strongest football team in Colombia and the ninth strongest in South America during the 20th century. IFFHS also once ranked América de Cali as the second best club side in the world, behind only Italian champions Juventus.
The club is one of the oldest in Colombia; they were founded in 1927, and trace their origins to the América Football Club, which was founded in 1918.
They are also one of the most successful Colombian clubs at both the domestic and international levels, winning thirteen national titles and reaching the Copa Libertadores finals four times (including three straight from 1985 to 1987).
In 2011, América was relegated to the local second division, where they played for five seasons. They returned to the top flight by winning the Primera B championship in 2016.
América has a number of fierce rivalries, most notably with crosstown rivals Deportivo Cali. Matches between them are known as the "Clásico Vallecaucano". Other rival clubs include Atlético Nacional, Millonarios and Independiente Santa Fe.
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