Mexico's Chivas to set up team in China?
MEXICO CITY, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Guadalajara, Mexico's most popular club, say they are looking to start a team in China.
Club owner and president Jorge Vergara is on a visit to Hefei, around 950 kilometres (600 miles) south of Beijing, where the team will be based, Guadalajara said on their website.
Vergara, whose club are popularly known as the Chivas, also owns Costa Rican team Saprissa and is joint-owner of Los Angeles-based MLS club Chivas USA.
'It's already been determined that the team will be called Chivas Hefei and will play at the Hefei Olympic stadium,' said Nestor de la Torre, the club's vice-president for football in a statement.
'There's a team from the Serie B interested in joining forces with us and we are analysing the idea.
'On Sunday, we will go to Shanghai and we will also go to Beijing because we have meetings with a Serie A team who are also interested in co-operating and we have other meetings with teams from the Super League.'
De la Torre said that as part of the programme, 100 young Chinese players would spent a year at Guadalajara's training camp in Mexico.
'We are demonstrating that Mexico does not just export tequila and mariachis, but also football and Chivas,' Vergara told Radio W in an interview.
Vergara, who made his fortune selling weight loss and nutritional products through his company Omnilife, bought the Chivas for around $120 million in 2002.
Seen as an upstart by the traditional Mexican business community, who are shocked by his casual dress and particularly his habit of not wearing socks, Vergara has maintained the club's policy of fielding only Mexican players.
He has preferred to promote players from the youth divisions rather than splash out on lavish signings.
Guadalajara have since won the Mexican championship once under his presidency and have twice reached the semi-finals of the South American Libertadores Cup.