21 January 2024

Top flight football in Guatemala

Between all the AFCON and AFC Asian Cup matches online right now, I was able to catch some live football while in Guatemala and viewed the first match of the Liga Guate Clausura at the home stadium of Antigua GFC, the local club of the charming former colonial capital about one hour outside of Guatemala City. Some musings from the game:
  • Antigua GFC's mascot is an avocado! --->>
  • Quite a few tourists, many who are students at the local Spanish language schools, attended the game. Most of the gringos were gone by halftime
  • There was Taco Bell food available inside the stadium. They are one of the team's sponsors. It can thus be definitively said that Antigua GFC has better food at their games than Aston Villa or Arsenal (two Premier League teams whose matches I attended during the Christmas/New Years holidays)
  • Turnout was a few hundred people (at most maybe 1,000) and it was a fairly quiet and polite crowd
  • Standard of play was probably a little below USL Championship
  • There was enough merch on sale to satisfy hardcore supporters and plenty of fans were wearing team swag 

    Photos from the home match of Antigua GFC