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Full name Club de Futbol Monterrey. A.C.
Nickname(s) Rayados (the striped ones)
La Pandilla(The Gang)
Founded 1945-06-28
Ground Tecnológico,
Monterrey, Nuevo León
(Capacity: 32,000[1])
Owner Mexico FEMSA
Chairman Mexico Jorge Urdiales
Manager Mexico Víctor Manuel Vucetich
League La Primera División
Apertura 2009 Champions
Home colours
Away colours

The Club de Futbol Monterrey is a Mexican football club from Monterrey, Nuevo León. Founded on 28 June 1945, it is also the oldest team from the north of Mexico currently playing in its professional division. They are owned by FEMSA, Latin America's largest bottling company. Because of their home uniform they are traditionally known as the Rayados (the striped ones) and their oldest rival are Tigres of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, with whom they play a local derby. The question of which team is most successful was the topic of fierce debates, not anymore as Monterrey had won more championships than Tigres, all of them after the last Tigres' Championship.



Winners (3): México 86, Clausura 2003, Apertura 2009
Runners-up (3): 1992-1993, Apertura 2004, Apertura 2005
Winners (2): 1956, 1960.
  • Second Division Super Cup
Winner: 1956.
Winner (1): 1991.
Runners-Up (2): 1964, 1969.
Runner-up 2003.
Champion 2010.


Winner: 1993.


Franco Pepino (left, from Veracruz) and Robert de Pinho (right, from Monterrey). De Pinho is wearing Monterrey's classic home uniform.

At the end of World War II, a group of industrial businessmen headed by Ramón Cárdenas Coronado, Enrique Ayala Medina, Paul C. Probert, Rogelio Cantú Gómez and Miguel Margáín Zozaya, decided to create the Club de Futbol Monterrey.

The team's nickname was popularly accepted, after the team's uniform, which is traditionally white with navy blue vertical stripes. Although the original uniform was white with a diagonal blue upper shoulder, the stripes were inspired in 1965, when the Tampico Madero (nicknamed "Jaibas Bravas", or Brave crabs) football team wore them, and the Monterrey team adopted them. Since, the home uniform consists of vertical blue and white striped jerseys with blue shorts.

Badge used in the 1980s

In its first professional game, played August 19, 1945 against San Sebastián de León, Monterrey won by a score of 1-0, with José "Che" Gómez scoring the winner.

On March 1, 1986, the Rayados won their first title in the return leg of a series against Tampico-Madero in the Estadio Tecnológico, to win by an aggregrate 3-2. The goals were scored by Uruguayan Reinaldo Güeldini, and Mexican Francisco Javier "El Abuelo" Cruz, who finished the season as the league leader in goals. For many years the team's logo didn't show the star for this title.

Monterrey won their Second title in the Clausura 2003 tournament, when on June 14, 2003 they defeated Monarcas Morelia by an aggregate of 3-1.

And their third title was won in the "Apertura 2009" tournament, defeating Cruz Azul, one of Mexico's most important teams, by an aggregate of 6-4.

Their main rivals are the UANL Tigres and they have played in 89 derbies, or Clásico Regiomontano as they are called, two of them were played in Texas at Frisco's Pizza Hut Park and Houston's Robertson Stadium. It has been a close rivalry, Rayados have played the derby in semi-finals twice in a round robin format, having won two games and lost two games, both times (2003 and 2005) qualifying to the finals.


Rayados' biggest rival is Tigres. This rivalry is called Clásico Regiomontano, the Second most important derby in Mexico, behind the Superclásico between Guadalajara and [[Club América|América. Monterrey and Tigres sell out most of their home games regardless of weather conditions and the teams' status. On every Clásico the stadium is sold out as soon as tickets go on sale. Monterrey and Tigres played their first Clásico on July 13, 1974 in the Estadio Universitario, with a draw 3-3. Monterrey would be the first team to win the Clásico in their second confrontation 2-1. In the first Clásicos, almost all were played in the Estadio Universitario. Estimating almost 70,000 fans attending these games before stadium renovation. Currently, Rayados is behind Tigres with 30 victories against 33 defeats, tied games are 24.

Fan base

The Estadio Tecnológico in a match between Veracruz and Monterrey.

The city of Monterrey claims to have Mexico's most loyal supporting crowds for their teams. There is a rivalry between La Adicción, CF Monterrey crowd, and Libres y Lokos, UANL Tigres crowd, each time a Clásico takes place.


Currently Monterrey plays at Estadio Tecnológico, it is the second oldest football stadium in Mexico, after Estadio Azul. Monterrey will move to a new stadium called Estadio de Fútbol Monterrey, it is planned to be in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon. The new stadium will have a capacity of 50,000.


Monterrey won their third Mexican League Championship title on the night of December 13, 2009 at Mexico City's Estadio Azul facing Cruz Azul in the final. Aldo de Nigris made the first goal of the match a 1-0 that meant a 5-3 at the moment for CF Monterey later Cruz Azul had an advantage of making a goal in the second half with a 1-1 draw by then meaning a 5-4 still favoring the northern squad. Humberto Suazo then took advantage of the field invading the Cruz Azul area then to make the 2-1 definite victory (6-4 total). Some of the Monterrey champion squad team members left the team. Among them Felipe Baloy[2] and Humberto Suazo[3] himself.

Current Squad

For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers summer 2009. 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 Mexico GK Jonathan Orozco
2 Mexico DF Severo Meza
3 Mexico DF Eduardo Guevara
4 Mexico DF Diego Cervantes
5 Mexico DF Duilio Davino
6 Mexico MF Gerardo Galindo
7 Mexico MF Juan Carlos Medina
8 Mexico MF Luis Ernesto Pérez (Vice-Captain)
9 Mexico FW Sergio Santana
10 Paraguay MF Osvaldo Martínez
11 Mexico FW Aldo de Nigris
13 Mexico FW Darío Carreño
No. Position Player
15 Argentina DF José María Basanta (Vice-Captain)
17 Mexico MF Jesús Zavala
18 Argentina MF Neri Cardozo
19 Mexico DF Héctor Morales
20 Ecuador MF Walter Ayoví
21 Mexico MF Sergio Pérez
22 Mexico DF William Paredes
23 Brazil FW Val Baiano
24 Mexico DF Óscar Recio
25 Mexico GK Omar Ortíz
28 Mexico MF Jesús Arellano (Captain)
30 Mexico GK Mauricio Aguirre

Top club scorers of all times

Top goalscorers

Noted players







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