Soccer, Translated provides comprehensive English-language coverage of Mexican soccer, with a focus on Liga MX and the Mexican national team.

Coverage includes the Liga MX regular season and playoffs; the Copa MX, Mexico’s domestic cup competition; Liga MX teams in the CONCACAF Champions League and other international competitions; and “El Tri” in the Gold Cup, the World Cup, the Copa América, and international friendlies.

Soccer, Translated is written under the name Alex Smith by a 20-something queer New Yorker (they/them) with a passion for soccer, Spanish, and statistics.

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  1. mfedgr8

    I love this blog. I’m trilingual but don’t speak Spanish, let I find myself spending Saturdays watching Univision Deportes’ coverage of Liga MX. This is great to see an English blog about Mexican football

    1. Alex Post author

      If you don’t mind my asking, which languages do you speak? And how did you get into Liga MX not knowing Spanish? You’ve said you’re a Monarcas fan. Did you just stumble across them or did a friend/family member introduce you?

      1. mfedgr8

        I speak French and Portuguese. I happen to have fallen in love with the game in the recent past and soon grew to follow all sorts of Latin American soccer; I wanted to watch what I could. I specifically love the Liga MX because it’s so wide open; any team could win any year. I’ve grown recently in love with Monarcas when I discovered Jefferson Montero, and soon grew to love others like Huiqui. It’s weird, because I fell in love with most of my favorite teams in the same fashion. Nonetheless, I’ve grown to like reading your blog a lot. Keep it up!

        1. Alex Post author

          Very cool! I’m actually learning Brazilian Portuguese now – lentamente! (It helps that it’s so close to Spanish – I can read it quite well already, but speaking it is another story).

          Liking a player is a good bridge to liking a team, and usually the more you watch, the more you find to like. I’ve gone that route myself more than once! And yes, Liga MX is generally pretty balanced, and the short seasons mean each and every game is important. It’s a fun league to watch.

          I’m happy to hear that you’re enjoying Soccer, Translated.

  2. mostvim

    I really like this blog. I was wondering if the Admin might be interested in hearing about a soccer project I have coming out. I think it will be of interest to you. Let me know how to get in touch.

  3. Terry

    This is a great blog. I got hooked on the World Cup and have turned to the Liga MX to get my fix on true football. I enjoy your site because i really helps me follow along the game and the recaps.

    1. Alex Post author

      Terry, I’m happy to hear that you’re enjoying Soccer, Translated! Are you a fan of a particular Liga MX team or do you follow the league in general?

  4. Terry

    Started following after World Cup. I read up on it and picked a couple of teams to follow. Tigres UANL is pretty impressive and dominating so far. The other, Cruz Azul, isn’t doing as well as their roster suggests. I don’t know if their team is aging or they can’t sinc up but Rojas and Gimenez should be much more dominant. Their poor showing yesterday against the Tiburons was surprising. I am interest in seeing how Atlas will fare down the line. They seem to come out of nowhere and remain consistent. Esqueda stands out to me on the field.

    Also Liga MX is virtually free where I live, although I speak no Spanish (wife is Cuban so she can tell me what their saying) and I enjoy it. I also got tired of hearing about the EPL all the time. Arsenal this blah blah blah…Manchester that…blah blah blah. Liga MX is a nice substitute. Do hope Chicharito finds a suitable home though.

    1. Alex Post author

      Cruz Azul’s poor start to the season is certainly a bit of a mystery. They were the best team last season in the regular season (although they crashed out in the playoffs) and they won the CONCACAF Champions League. They didn’t lose any key players in the offseason and they brought in some capable reinforcements. I fully expect them to start clicking soon, although it’s true that a few of their stalwarts are starting to get up there age wise.

      Atlas was certainly fun to watch this weekend. Esqueda is a good player too, he’s with Atlas on loan from Pachuca. He had a long injury layoff and is just starting to get back on the field, hence the loan spell to get him some playing time.

      Liga MX is definitely a fun league to watch and a nice break from EPL overload 🙂

  5. kutukamus

    Hi there. Frankly I know nothing about Mexican soccer (beside a player or two). But I guess this is the first time I ever stumble upon an English Mexican Soccer blog. Congrats. And good luck. Cheers!

    1. Alex Post author

      Carlos Slim is a large stakeholder in León and Pachuca, but he doesn’t “have” them – they’re owned by Grupo Pachuca and Jesús Martínez is the chairman. In 2012, Slim was involved with Pumas as part of a board of trustees whose aim was to raise funds for the club. As far as I know, Slim ended his involvement with Pumas when he bought into León and Pachuca later in 2012.

  6. AM

    SO HAPPY I found this site! I love Liga MX but have had a hard time finding a site the provided all the information I’m looking for + TV schedules in English (working on Spanish still…). Stumbled upon this site when trying to see the details of the Diego De Buen move to Santos.

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Alex Post author

      Hi Lee, there is a playoff at the end of each season between the top 8 teams. The winner is crowned champion. There is an Apertura champion and a Clausura champion – two separate seasons, two separate champions. There is a “Campeón de Campeones” match between the Apertura and Clausura winners, but that is not for a league title or anything.

  7. Philemon

    Olá, Alex!
    Eu sou brasileiro e moro no Brasil. Tenho muita vontade de aprender inglês, mas, sinto muita dificuldade, inclusive, pelo avançar dos anos.
    Acho que vi alguém te chamar de “Ícaro”, lá no Duolingo. Não sei…
    Bom! Mas, eu cheguei até aqui, justamente através do Duo. Eu pratico inglês no Duo com o login Impala68, com pouquíssimas participações nos comentários.
    Admiro muito as tuas explicações no Duo sobre a língua inglesa, por serem esclarecedoras e de extrema clareza. Obrigado e parabéns.
    Fico feliz por sentir que já dominas a língua portuguesa com muita habilidade. Dissestes “eu posso lê-lo muito bem já, mas falando, é outra história.” Eu diria quase o mesmo quanto ao inglês, porém ainda estou muito distante de você em termos de aprendizado. Você se expressa muito bem em português brasileiro.
    Vejo ainda que és entusiasta de futebol. Eu também gosto de futebol, embora não seja tão empolgado. Sobretudo após a última copa do mundo, quando o Brasil teve uma atuação bisonha e vexatória, para dizer o mínimo.
    Gostaria de, se possível, fazer contato via e-mail a fim de tirar eventuais dúvidas.

  8. Sueli

    Boa tarde, Alex ou ceaer, que é como o conheço no Duo. Sua determinação em aprender me animou muito a persistir em aprender a língua inglesa. Gosto demais e tenho muita vontade falar e escrever, acho linda essa língua e se você me ajudar será muito mais fácil, com certeza. Poderia ser por email se quiser. Já fui muito apaixonada por futebol mas depois da copa do mundo e o vexame que o futebol brasileiro nos fez passar, e não só o futebol mas no que diz respeito ao País, o que não vem ao caso agora….nunca mais assisti futebol, de nenhuma categoria. Parabéns pelo site, muito interessante. Espero que você continue com esse sucesso, dando um pouco de diversão às pessoas.

    1. Alex Post author

      Obrigado pelo comentario amigável. Mas é uma pena que não vai assistir mais a futebol! O jogo da copa foi algo escandaloso, mas essas coisas acontecem às vezes… Há algumas semanas a seleção do México também perdeu por um margem muito grande, 0-7 contra o Chile na Copa América.

    1. Alex Post author

      Hi Lee,

      Some groups with teams in both divisions are Oceanografía (who have Querétaro and Delfines), Grupo Caliente (with Tijuana and Dorados de Sinaloa) and Grupo Pachuca (with León, Pachuca, and Estudiantes Tecos).

      Several other groups/companies have multiple teams, but in the same division, such as Televisa (América and newly-promoted Necaxa) or Grupo Salinas (Atlas and Monarcas Morelia). In terms of individuals, the López Chargoy brothers (Jesús and Carlos) own both Puebla and Jaguares de Chiapas.

  9. Lee

    Long time no see! Alex.
    Final match, club america have a lot of physical strength problems.
    I’m wonder, your opinion.
    thx. 🙂

  10. Lifelong Soccerfan

    Dude this is so bad ass that you do all this!!!
    I’ve watched mexican soccer my whole life and never knew what the Fuck was going on with standing and stuff.
    Went to the World Cup in 94

  11. Pedro

    I have a question for you and it is something that I have noticed in in english language newspapers and TV coverage going back several years. Have you noticed that Liga MX coverage is lacking in mainstream english language media, internet sites and newspapers? (Maybe you have and that is why you started this site) And it is evident in something as small as TV listings in a newspaper. They rarely show up and I remember emailing the sports editor of my local newspaper a few years back regarding this and the response I got was that the networks themselves did not provide them with listings. This I find hard to believe.
    I keep reading week after week of how Liga MX is by far the most watched league in the US, yet the press coverage at all levels does not correspond with these numbers. Any thoughts?

    1. Alex Post author

      Yes, it’s very difficult to find mainstream English-language coverage of Liga MX. Online, Gol and ESPN have coverage of it, but most general soccer outlets don’t.
      Liga MX is a very watched league, but it only airs on Spanish-language stations (a few years ago there was a game or two a week in English, but now it’s all Spanish). Because of that, the perception is that it’s only being watched by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans and so there’s no reason to cover it in English.
      It’s a self-perpetuating cycle: It’s only covered in Spanish, so that must mean English-speaking audiences aren’t interested in it, which means it isn’t covered in English…

      1. Pedro

        Makes sense. Also, a main reason is a result is the chronic dysfunction of the management running Liga MX. Simply a single contract for the TV rights that benefits all teams with stipulations built in that address these issues would likely change all this.
        Thanks for your response.

  12. Nate Sartell

    Thank you for this most helpful site! I’m a huge soccer fan and have my fave Mexican team as well. Would not be possible to follow without soccer translated! Would be great if some of the bigger clubs had English translation on their apps…but oh well.


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