The Liga Águila is Colombia's number one football competition, seeing the likes of America de Cali, Atletico Nacional and Millionarios squaring up to become the nation's champion. Colombia is famous for its flamboyant stars and high-quality football, so when you buy Liga Águila tickets you're sure of a great show. If you are in South America and want to see some of the continent's biggest stars, check out the latest Liga Águila tickets at StubHub.
Background information about the Liga Águila
Liga Águila (also known as Categoria Primera A) is one of the biggest club tournaments in the Americas. It features 20 teams from all over Colombia, with representatives of Bogota, Cali, Medellin, Barranquilla and smaller cities like Pasto or Manizales. So, wherever you find yourself during a stay in Colombia, there should be somewhere to catch a game.
The league was founded in 1948 (relatively late for a professional national league), and quickly gained a cult following. The 1950s saw something of a golden age, as the Millionarios club dominated, propelled by the luminous talents of legendary forward Alfredo di Stefano.
During the 80s, it was America de Cali's turn to dominate, winning the Liga Águila title five times in a row, while the 2000s have belonged to Atletico Nacional, although Independiente Santa Fe also won the title twice (in 2014 and 2016).
The league is divided into two sections. The Apertura features twenty matches, before eight teams go forward to the Finalizacion, where the final champion is decided. The season starts in late January and lasts until the finals in June.
Great moments in Liga Águila history
Since 1948, the Liga Águila has thrown up some incredible fixtures and finishes. It has also featured greats of the game like Di Stefano, Higuita, Valderrama, Asprilla and James Rodriguez.
For example, the 1954 season saw the emergence of one of the Liga Águila's greatest sides, as an Atletico Nacional team managed by Fernando Paternoster went through the entire season with just a single defeat.
However, the 50s were really dominated by a Millionarios side that featured some of the world's finest players. Dubbed the "Blue Ballet", the team triumphed in 1949, 1951, 1952 and 1953 before a dispute with FIFA saw their global stars migrate to other leagues.
Then there was 2011, where unfancied Junior from Barranquilla won the title by a single point, inching out a couple of other small sides (Once Caldas and Itagui). Expect similarly close finishes and hard fought matches when you book tickets to Colombia's biggest football competition.