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Deportivo Toluca
Toluca FC.png
Full name Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club
S.A. de C.V.
Nickname(s) Los Choriceros; Los Escarlatas; Diablos Rojos
(Red Devils)
Founded February 12, 1917
Ground Nemesio Díez
Toluca, Mexico, Mexico
(Capacity: 27,000)
Owner Mexico Valentín Díez Morodo
Chairman Mexico Fernando Corona
Manager Mexico Jose Manuel de la Torre
League La Primera División
Clausura 2009 Quarter-Finalists
2nd (league)
Home colours
Away colours

Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club is a Mexican professional football club. Toluca's stadium Nemesio Diez Riega is located in Toluca, State of Mexico in Mexico. Toluca plays in the Primera División de México and has been champion nine times. The owner is Valentin Diez.

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History

File:1917 toluca.jpg
Oldest picture of club toluca in 1917

Brothers Román and Gerardo Ferrat alongside Filiberto Navas created the Deportivo Toluca Futbol Club. In 1950, the team joined the recently formed segunda division, advancing to Primera División de México in 1953.

The team won three consecutive championships in 1966 and 1967 under coach Ignacio Trelles. In 1975 Toluca won the championship one more time. Coached by Uruguayan Ricardo de León, Toluca played a style of game that was consistently criticized as ultra-defensive but won the championship by defeating Leon in the final-four mini-tournament 1-0, with the lone goal being scored by Ecuadorian Ítalo Estupiñan. This is the only time the Mexican Championship has been decided by a round-robin, two-legged, mini-tournament.

In 1997 Enrique "Ojitos" Meza became the coach of the team, after reaching the finals of the Mexican league with Toros Neza (now disappeared). Toluca resurged, its tactical scheme was very offensive, which was very characteristic of its coach. It was not atypical to see scores like 5-3. The offensive idea suited perfectly the Paraguayan Jose Saturnino Cardozo, who became the best scorer of the league in four occasions.

Toluca won the championship in 1998, the first one in twenty years. With Enrique Meza Enriquez as coach, Toluca won the championship three times in a period of three years.

In the Invierno 2001 tournament Ricardo Lavolpe became the coach of Toluca. He, along with Cardozo and Vicente Sanchez had one of the most successful and exciting teams in years. However, Lavolpe left Toluca with a few weeks left in the season, but without him, they still won their 7th title.

At the end of the Apertura 2005 tournament, the team became champions again, beating CF Monterrey by an aggregate of 6-3, after the questionable decisions of Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez "El Chiquidracula", who expelled three players from Monterrey on their first foul committed.

In Apertura 2006, they tied in the first leg (1-1) but suffered a loss in the Estadio Nemesio Diez (2-1) against C.D. Guadalajara.

In the Clausura 2007 tournament, Toluca had one of their worst seasons, finishing in last place. In the Copa Libertadores 2007, they made it to the round of 16, where they were subsequently eliminated by Cucuta Deportivo from Colombia. Following the elimination from both tournaments, Gallego resigned from his position stating the need for a year off as his reason for resigning from Club Toluca. Jose Pekerman, former coach of the Argentine national team, was appointed as head coach of Club Toluca on May 30, 2007. In the Apertura 2007, Toluca had a much better finish than the previous tournament, placing 2nd place out of 18 only behind league leader Santos Laguna. They were ultimately eliminated by league runner-up Pumas in the quarter-finals of the Apertura 2007 playoffs.

Club Toluca failed to qualify for the 2008 Copa Libertadores. On the Apertura 2008, Toluca had a weak start under their new coach, Jose Manuel "El Chepo" De La Torre, on one point going on a four game streak of only draws. On the last five games of the regular season, they reversed the tying streak, making 13 points out of a possible 15, ending the regular season in 2nd place overall with 27 points and thus advancing to the playoffs. Their goalkeeper Hernan Cristante set a record by not allowing any goals for 773 minutes.

== == Estadio thumb | right | 150px | estadio Nemesio Diez durante un partido de Toluca. Apodado "La Bombonera", es uno de los estadios de fútbol más antiguo en México. Inaugurado el 18 de agosto de 1954, con una capacidad de 27.000 asientos, que se encuentra en la ciudad de Toluca, México, cerca de México DF. Debido a su ubicación este estadio ha sido anfitrión de dos Copas del Mundo ( 1970 y 1986). Uno de los matices de este antiguo estadio es que no tienen un sistema de iluminación que obligó al equipo local, a jugar siempre los domingos a las 11.00 de la mañana cambiando solo recientemente a las 12.00 medio dia como una tradición de jugar con la luz solar. Sin embargo, esto ha cambiado con la entrada de Toluca en la Copa Sudamericana por CONMEBOL tiene una política que estipula que todos los equipos participantes en la copa debe tener un sistema de iluminación disponible en sus estadios.

Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Hernán Cristante Injury
2 Argentina DF Diego Novaretti
3 Mexico DF Francisco Gamboa
4 Mexico DF Miguel Almazán
5 Argentina MF Martín Romagnoli
6 Mexico DF Manuel de la Torre
7 Mexico MF Néstor Calderón
8 Mexico MF Manuel Pérez
9 Chile FW Héctor Mancilla
10 Mexico MF Sinha (Captain)
11 Mexico FW Carlos Esquivel
12 Mexico GK Alfredo Talavera
13 Mexico MF Moisés Velasco
14 Mexico DF Edgar Dueñas
No. Position Player
15 Mexico MF Antonio Ríos
16 Mexico DF Carlos Alberto Galeana
17 Chile DF Osvaldo González
18 Mexico FW Isaác Brizuela
19 Mexico FW Raúl Nava
20 Mexico FW Alonso Granados
22 Mexico FW Manuel Alejandro Zárate
23 Mexico MF Francisco Javier González
24 Mexico DF José Manuel Cruzalta
25 Mexico GK Sergio Arturo Pérez
26 Mexico MF Ervín Alejandro Trejo
27 Colombia MF Vladimir Marín
30 Mexico GK Miguel Ángel Centeno

Honours

  • Primera División de México: (9) 1966-67, 1967-68, 1974-75, Verano 1998, Verano 1999, Verano 2000, Apertura 2002, Apertura 2005, Apertura 2008
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International

National Friendly

  • Copa Orgullosamente Marty: 1998
  • Copa Chihuahua-El Heraldo: 2008

International Friendly

  • III Torneo Pentagonal Internacional de la Ciudad de México: 1960
  • Cuadrangular Internacional de Singapur: 1999
  • Trofeo Hispanomexicano: 2003
  • México-Yemen: 2008 Sub-15

Club President's List

Name From To
Román Ferrat Alday 1917 1923
Fernando Barreto 1923 1945
Samuel Martínez García 1945 1953
Luis Gutiérrez Dosal 1953 1959
Enrique Enríquez 1953 1953
Nemesio Díez Riega 1953 1972
Fernando Corona Álvarez 1972 1977
Germán Sánchez Fabela 1977 1980
Ernesto Nemer Naime 1980 1981
Jesús Fernandez del Cojo 1981 1983
Germán Sánchez Fabela 1983 1984
Jesús Fernández del Cojo 1984 1985
Fernando Corona Álvarez 1985 1986
Germán Sánchez Fabela 1986 1987
Kurt Visetti Vogelbach 1987 1989
Antonio Mañón 1989 1992
José Antonio Roca 1992 1993
Jesús Fernández del Cojo 1993 1995
Sergio Peláez Farell 1995 1997
Rafael Lebrija Guiot 1997 2007
Fernando Corona Álvarez 2007

Notable players

Mexico

Argentina

 

Chile

Croatia

Ecuador

Paraguay

Spain


Uruguay

Top Goalscorers in a Season

Primera Divisiòn
Player Season Goals
Amaury "el toto" Epaminondas Temporada 1966-67 21
Vicente Pereda Temporada 1969-70 20
José Saturnino Cardozo Verano 1998 10
José Saturnino Cardozo Verano 1999 15
José Saturnino Cardozo Apertura 2002 29
José Saturnino Cardozo Clausura 2003 21
Bruno Marioni Apertura 2006 11
Héctor Mancilla Apertura 2008 11
Héctor Mancilla Clausura 2009 14

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