“Pan, who and what art thou?" he cried huskily. "I'm youth, I'm joy," Peter answered at a venture, "I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Ah! To be young again!!!
The only thing which can cure youth is old age, and believe you me, after half a century of walking the Earth, I can certainly assure you I have been cured!!!
Albeit, I must say, there is still a spark of youth rolling around in this decrepit soul of mine. Franz Kafka is quoted to have said, “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” In this sense, I must confess myself to be a toddler.
Come Wednesday we will be witness to a thing of beauty. Two teams, age-old rivals will come together to battle for Tapatian Supremacy and the right to be called King of Guadalajara.
That is correct my Chiva-Brethren, the Sacred Red and White will face off yet again with the Red and Black in the Guard1anes 2021, LIGA BBVA MX Seventeen, and under Youth Division final.
The Majestic Akron will again play host in the away game of this Classic match Wednesday afternoon where much is at stake. As in all Derby’s, honor is first and foremost, losing to the crosstown rival is never acceptable, but this time there is a little spice added to the mix.
Chivas will not only be on a quest to win the trophy and beat Roji-Negros, they will also be gunning to win the trophy for the seventh time and consolidate their position as the most winning club in this circuit in the seventeen and under Youth Division.
Historically, Guadalajara and Atlas have faced off seven times in the Playoffs, with a clear advantage for the Red and White, coming away victories five of the seven times, in 2 Finals, in the 2012 and 2014 Clausura, one Semifinal, in the 2011 Apertura, as well as in two Quarterfinals, in 2012 Apertura and the 2015 Clausura.
The Quest for the Guard1anes 2021 scepter could also make DT, Rodolfo Jáuregui the third Bi-Champion coach for Club Guadalajara, following in the steps of Alberto Coyote and Ramón Morales who were able to come away with the Double Champ moniker, Spice-Alert, where, get this, both achieving the title against the Red and Black. 'Huicho', as he is affectionately known, was Champion with Chivas in the Apertura 2016 when he defeated Rayados in Monterrey.
Fingers and Toes Crossed? Nah, luck is for the unprepared.
One thing we can be sure of is that both teams will step up and toe the line and leave their mark on history. No soft speaking this one. It will be a battle to the end.