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Monarcas Morelia
Full name Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia
Nickname(s) Monarcas (Monarchs)
La Monarquia (The Monarchy)
Los Purepechas
Los Canarios
Founded November 21st, 1924
Ground Estadio Morelos
Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
(Capacity: 45,000)
Owner Mexico TV Azteca
Chairman Mexico Álvaro Dávila
Manager Mexico Tomás Boy
League Primera División de México
Apertura 2009 3rd (league)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia is a Mexican professional football club. Monarcas Morelia plays in the Mexican First Division. The team is owned by the TV broadcasting company TV Azteca. Monarcas Morelia is based in Morelia, Michoacán, and plays its home games in Estadio Morelos.




Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia was founded November 21, 1924, as Atlético Monarcas Morelia in Morelia, Michoacán.

Atlético Morelia

In 1951, Club Atlético Morelia are officially promoted into the Primera División after having a successful run through the Segunda División & defeating Puebla, receiving a designated spot for promotion to the Primera División. After an unsuccessful season, in 1967, Monarcas Morelia was relegated back to the Segunda División. During a mixed 1968-1971 seasons, C.A. Monarcas appointed a new manager who goes by the name Nicandro Ortiz, who helped the team

positively merge and acquisite a strong position in the Primera División A leaderboard. During the same year, the archaic change of the foundation's name was replaced with today's current name, Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia.

The 1979 clausura season gave Morelia a positive thrust towards contendership, being on a good position for promotion; during the year 1980, Monarcas Morelia played under the direction of general manager Diego Malta who in turn, helped his team towards the Mexican Championship and finally promotion to the Primera División de México. It was said the team would be sold after the 2009 season it will not be sold now.

In 1996 the major broadcast company Tv Azteca bought the team. In 1999, the team changed its name to "Club Atletico Monarcas Morelia" or simply "Monarcas Morelia".

Despite that the team had a history of 70 years playing in Mexican professional soccer the Club Monarcas Morelia had never won a first division tournament. This changed on a day in Winter 2000, when the club raised the cup after beating the Club Toluca in a series of penalty kicks. Unfortunately and because the final is played in two stadiums Morelia was crowned in the Bombonera Stadium and not in Morelia. The Morelos Stadium has never seem its team actually winning the final. The day after the victory a crowd which some estimate was of 100 thousand people welcomed the team as it parade it through Morelia's main avenue avenida Madero. Later they arrived to the stadium where the crowd congregated as the team raised the cup and all the fans congratulated the team for their first ever championship in first division.

Monarcas Morelia has played two other finals (Clausura 2002, Apertura 2003) which they lost to Toluca and Monterrey respectively.

Tomás Boy was hired as their new mangager in February 2009, replacing Luis Fernando Tena.

After missing the playoffs for three straight tournament, Morelia ended up in third place in there general table in the Apertura 2009. Morelia defeated Santos Laguna in the first round in a 4–2 aggregate. Morelia was defeated by Cruz Azul in a semi-final that was filled with controversy because Cruz Azul player Joel Huiqui intentionally used his hand to hit the ball away and prevent Morelia midfielder Wilson Tíago to score. With a 2–1 aggregate score, Morelia was eliminated. Morelia qualified to the 2010 Copa Libertadores by ending up in third place in the classification phase. It will be the second time that Morelia will participate in the Copa Libertadores, they last appeared in 2002.


Monarcas Morelia Stadium Estadio Morelos

Towards the end of the 1980s it was decided that their stadium (Estadio Venustiano Carranza) was lacking capacity and that a new stadium with a greater number of seats needed to be constructed. On April 9, 1989, after several construction delays, Stadium Jose Maria Morelos and Pavón (located on the outskirts of the Quinceo mountain) was opened, and the inaugural game was between Atletico Morelia and Club America (who are Morelia's main rivals). The stadium has an official capacity of 45,000, although on inauguration in 1989 it is estimated that more than 50,000 were in attendance.


Morelia has had some notable players in their history. Marco Antonio Figueroa is the club's all-time leading scorer with 130 goals. Adolfo Bautista, Rafael Márquez Lugo and Moisés Muñoz are some of the players that were called up to the Mexican national team while playing with the team. They were part of Gold Cup, Confederations Cup, and Summer Olympic Games squads for Mexico.

Current squad

As of February 6, 2010.[1][2][3]

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 Diego Orduña
2 Mexico DF Enrique Pérez
3 Mexico DF Jaime Durán
4 Mexico DF Luis Fernando Silva
6 Mexico MF Ismael Pineda
8 Mexico MF Jorge Gastelum
9 Mexico FW Miguel Sabah
10 Argentina MF Gabriel Pereyra (on loan from Atlante)
11 Chile MF Hugo Droguett
13 Mexico DF Fernando Salazar
14 Mexico DF Marvin Cabrera
15 Mexico FW Sergio Blancas
16 Mexico MF Adrián Aldrete
17 Mexico DF Eder Morales
No. Position Player
18 Colombia FW Luis Gabriel Rey
19 Mexico GK Carlos Rodríguez
20 Mexico MF Pedro Beltrán
22 Mexico MF José Antonio Rosas
23 Mexico GK Moisés Muñoz
26 Argentina DF Mauricio Romero (Captain)
27 Mexico MF Jorge Hernández (on loan from Atlas)
29 Mexico DF Christian Sánchez
31 Mexico DF Marcos Urbina
35 Mexico DF Jesús Castillo
36 Mexico MF Mario Antonio Moreno
58 Mexico FW Jared Borgetti
77 Mexico MF Elías Hernández
81 Colombia MF Aldo Ramírez

Out on loan

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
Mexico FW Luis Ángel Landín (at Houston Dynamo)
Mexico DF Omar Trujillo (at Atlas)

Notable former players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.


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