On 12 October 1916, two groups of college students in Mexico City joined forces to create Club América. It has since become one of Mexico's most successful clubs.
Students from Colegio Mascarones and Colegio Marista De La Perpetua had earlier formed two separate football clubs by the names of Récord and Colón. But on 12 October--Columbus Day--they decided to merge. Pedro Quintanilla, one of the players, suggested the name Club América in honor of the founding date and the team soon adopted a badge that had the initials framing an outline of the Americas.
América enjoyed a successful period through the 1920s, winning four consecutive regional league titles from 1925 to 1928. Their fortunes turned soon after, however, and they didn't win any national silverware until the 1953-54 Copa México. The late '50s heralded a return to their winning ways and the club now boasts a total of 12 Mexican top flight titles (most recently the 2014 Apertura) and 5 Copas México. They have also enjoyed international success, winning 5 CONCACAF Champions' Cups (1978, 1987, 1991, 1993, 2006).