Club Deportivo Cruz Azul
Overview
 
Club Deportivo, Social, y Cultural Cruz Azul, known simply as Cruz Azul, is a Mexican professional Association football club based in Mexico City
Mexico City
Mexico City is the Federal District , capital of Mexico and seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union. It is a federal entity within Mexico which is not part of any one of the 31 Mexican states but belongs to the federation as a whole...

, Mexico
Mexico
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; after which initially was based in Ciudad Cooperativa Cruz Azul in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. Cruz Azul plays in the Primera División de México
Primera División de México
The Primera División Profesional , known simply as the Primera División, is the top level of the Mexican football league system and is administered by the Mexican Football Federation. It was established in 1943 and as of 2011 has 18 clubs. Up to June 2011, it was divided into three groups competing...

 and its home venue is the Estadio Azul
Estadio Azul
The Estadio Azul, is a 35,000-seat stadium located in Mexico City. This sports facility is currently used for association football matches and previously for American football. It is the home of Mexican football club Cruz Azul; it has been also home for Atlante F.C...

, located in the southwestern part of Mexico City in the Colonia Ciudad de los Deportes, next to the Napoles neighborhood.
Encyclopedia
Club Deportivo, Social, y Cultural Cruz Azul, known simply as Cruz Azul, is a Mexican professional Association football club based in Mexico City
Mexico City
Mexico City is the Federal District , capital of Mexico and seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union. It is a federal entity within Mexico which is not part of any one of the 31 Mexican states but belongs to the federation as a whole...

, Mexico
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

; after which initially was based in Ciudad Cooperativa Cruz Azul in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. Cruz Azul plays in the Primera División de México
Primera División de México
The Primera División Profesional , known simply as the Primera División, is the top level of the Mexican football league system and is administered by the Mexican Football Federation. It was established in 1943 and as of 2011 has 18 clubs. Up to June 2011, it was divided into three groups competing...

 and its home venue is the Estadio Azul
Estadio Azul
The Estadio Azul, is a 35,000-seat stadium located in Mexico City. This sports facility is currently used for association football matches and previously for American football. It is the home of Mexican football club Cruz Azul; it has been also home for Atlante F.C...

, located in the southwestern part of Mexico City in the Colonia Ciudad de los Deportes, next to the Napoles neighborhood. The team moved there in 1996, after playing for many seasons at the Estadio Azteca
Estadio Azteca
Estadio Azteca is a stadium in Santa Ursula, Mexico City, Mexico. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico national football team and the Mexican team Club América.The stadium was the venue for football soccer in the 1968 Summer Olympics....

. Its headquarters are in La Noria, colony located in south of Mexico City in Xochimilco
Xochimilco
Xochimilco is one of the sixteen delegaciones or boroughs within Mexican Federal District. The borough is centered on the formerly independent city of Xochimilco, which was established on what was the southern shore of Lake Xochimilco in the pre-Hispanic period...

.

They have been the Primera División
Primera División de México
The Primera División Profesional , known simply as the Primera División, is the top level of the Mexican football league system and is administered by the Mexican Football Federation. It was established in 1943 and as of 2011 has 18 clubs. Up to June 2011, it was divided into three groups competing...

 champions 8 times and trail only Toluca
Club Toluca
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 ten times...

 with 10, Club América
Club América
Club América is a Mexican Professional football club based in Mexico City. It competes in the Primera División, the top professional league in the country. The team's nickname is Las Águilas ....

 with 10, and Guadalajara with 11. Cruz Azul was also the first Mexican or CONCACAF
CONCACAF
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is the continental governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean...

 team to reach the final of the Copa Libertadores when they lost on penalties to Argentine football giants Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors
Club Atlético Boca Juniors is an Argentine sports club based in La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires. It is best known for its professional football team, which currently plays in the Primera División....

. Currently the clubs jerseys and sportswear, are being provided by the traditional English trademark Umbro
Umbro
Umbro is an English sportswear and football equipment supplier based in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, England. The company is now part of Nike. Umbro designs, sources, and markets sport-related apparel, footwear, and equipment...

. Cruz Azul is ranked 36th in the IFFHS rankings of August 2010 and is the top ranked team among CONCACAF and Mexico.

It is the top winner of the CONCACAF Champions League
CONCACAF Champions League
The CONCACAF Champions League is the annual international club football championship for teams from the CONCACAF region ....

, along with Club America
Club América
Club América is a Mexican Professional football club based in Mexico City. It competes in the Primera División, the top professional league in the country. The team's nickname is Las Águilas ....

, with five titles and is according to several polls published, the third most popular team in Mexico.

History

Cruz Azul was founded as an amateur team on May 22, 1927, by the workers of the cement maker, Cemento Cruz Azul
Cemento Cruz Azul
Cemento Cruz Azul is one of the most famous cement companies in Mexico. It was founded nearly a century ago.On May 22, 1927, the company's workers organized the Club Deportivo Cruz Azul soccer club, which has gone on to become one of the most famous association football teams in Mexico, winning...

, and Macario Acosta, and played in the town of Jasso, Hidalgo. Cemento Cruz Azul still sponsors the team, although sponsorship is currently shared with Umbro
Umbro
Umbro is an English sportswear and football equipment supplier based in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, England. The company is now part of Nike. Umbro designs, sources, and markets sport-related apparel, footwear, and equipment...

, the official sportswear of the team, Powerade
Powerade
Powerade is a sports drink manufactured and marketed by The Coca-Cola Company. First introduced in 1988, its primary competitor is PepsiCo's Gatorade...

, an energy drink made by Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines in more than 200 countries. It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and is often referred to simply as Coke...

, Telcel
Telcel
Telcel is Mexico's largest mobile phone carrier, owned by América Móvil. Founded in 1989 and based in Mexico City, Telcel is the leading provider of wireless communications services in Mexico. As of December 31, 2006, Telcel's cellular network covered more than 63% of the geographical area of...

 and Sony
Sony
, commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan and the world's fifth largest media conglomerate measured by revenues....

.

Guillermo Álvarez Marcia and Carlos Garcés were the main figures behind the creation effort and the quick success of the team, which frequently represented the state of Hidalgo in national amateur tournaments.

From 1927 to 1960, the amateur team played many times in Mexico City against the reserve squads of established professional teams such as Club Aguilitas, Necaxa
Necaxa
Necaxa is a Mexican football club and is based in the city of Aguascalientes. it plays in the Estadio Victoria. Necaxa is ranked seventh overall and 1st in ranking in Mexican football within the IFFHS Central and North America's Clubs of the Century in the CONCACAF behind CD Saprissa San Juan de...

, Atlante F.C.
Atlante F.C.
Club de Fútbol Atlante, is a Mexican professional football club, currently playing in the Mexican First Division League. The club is based in Cancún, Mexico as of the start of the 2007-08 season, when they relocated from Mexico City, and plays its home games in Estadio Andrés Quintana Roo.-Domestic...

, Asturias F.C.
Asturias F.C.
Asturias F.C. was a former Mexican association football club that played in the Liga Mexicana de Football Amateur Association prior to the professionalization and development of the Mexican first division. Asturias F.C. would overcome Real Club España, club along which were known as the foreign...

 and Club Deportivo Marte
Club Deportivo Marte
- History :The club‘s beginning was in Cuernavaca, Morelos. All of its amateur and part of the professional era were played in this city. The early club was mainly formed by the Mexican military.- Amateur era :...

. Considering the increasing success of the team, the new administration of the cement company (which changed its name to "Cooperativa Cruz Azul") decided in 1960 to build a stadium in Jasso, the Estadio 10 de Diciembre
Estadio 10 de Diciembre
Estadio 10 de Diciembre is a multi-use stadium in the Mexican town of Jasso. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Cruz Azul Hidalgo and Cruz Azul Dulban . The stadium holds 17,000 people and opened in 1963....

, and officially registered the team on the professional ascent division, the Segunda División for the 1960-61 season.

By 1964, under the Hungarian coach Jorge Marik, the team won the Segunda División championship, earning the right to play the following season in the highest level of professional football in Mexico, the Primera División.

That first season ended with an eighth place finish and increased hopes for the future. Just four years later, Cruz Azul won its first league tournament, under coach Raúl Cárdenas
Raúl Cárdenas
Raúl Cárdenas de la Vega is a former Mexican football player and coach. He represented the Mexico national football team as a player in three FIFA World Cups: 1954, 1958 and 1962. He also coached the national team when they reached the quarterfinals at home in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, and managed...

.

Cruz Azul became the most successful Mexican team of the 1970s, winning the league tournament six times between 1970 and 1980, four of them under Cárdenas, and the last two with Ignacio Trelles
Ignacio Trelles
Ignacio "Nacho" Trelles is a Mexican former football player and coach. He had five tenures as coach of the Mexican national team, managing it in 106 international matches, and was in charge of the Mexican squads at the World Cups of 1962 and 1966.With professional clubs, he coached 1083 matches,...

 at the helm. Such dominance earned them the nickname La Máquina Celeste (The Celestial Machine), which is still used as the unofficial nickname of the team.

1997 brought the team its eighth and most recent championship during the Invierno 1997 tournament under coach Luis Fernando Tena, beating Leon
Club León
Club León, is a Mexican professional football club based in the city of León, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. They currently play in the Liga De Ascenso formerly known as "Primera A", the second tier of football in Mexico since their relegation from the Primera Division in 2002.León has won...

 by a score of 2-1. Cruz Azul won in the last minute in a penalty kick scored by Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Manuel Hermosillo Goytortúa is a Mexican former football player. He is one of the top all-time goalscorers for the Mexican national team. He is also known as "El Grandote de Cerro Azul"....

. This was the youngest team to win eight championships in 40 years. In 2008, Cruz Azul played the three final matches. The first was against Club America
Club América
Club América is a Mexican Professional football club based in Mexico City. It competes in the Primera División, the top professional league in the country. The team's nickname is Las Águilas ....

 in the Interliga, where they lost in penalties. Another was against Santos Laguna
Santos Laguna
Club Santos Laguna is a Mexican football club. They represent the urban area of Comarca Lagunera, which is made up of Torreón, Gomez Palacio, and Lerdo. Santos Laguna currently plays in the Primera División. The club was founded in 1982, and reached Mexico's top division after buying the franchise...

 in the final of the 2008 Clausura. The last match was against Deportivo Toluca F.C., which they lost in penalties.

The Championships

Just 5 years after it ascended to the First Division, Cruz Azul won its first league championship in a series of eight, mostly from the mid-'70s.

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First Championship (1968-69)

Date: February 2, 1969

Cruz Azul assured the general leadership and with it to obtain their first title, after defeating León
Club León
Club León, is a Mexican professional football club based in the city of León, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. They currently play in the Liga De Ascenso formerly known as "Primera A", the second tier of football in Mexico since their relegation from the Primera Division in 2002.León has won...

 as visitor (3-2).Fernando Bustos (' 8), Antonio Munguía (19 ') and an own goal from Leon, Efraín Loza (' 47).






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Second Championship ("México 1970")

Date: October 11, 1970.

After being the runner-up last season, Cruz Azul was able to be awarded with the title again by winning the final round of this tournament, which was divided into two parts.
In the first phase was able to classify as a third place in the "Pairs" crowned after the final day to defeat Pachuca on the "Ciudad Cooperativa Cruz Azul" on Hidalgo State, by 2 to 0. For the celestial them only enough to secure the tie crown, but finally won the game to do it with class.
The goals were set by Octavio Muciño (64) Pat and Rafael Hernández (71 ').






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Third Championship (1971-72)

Date: July 9, 1972.

In the second tournament, where the champion is defined by round matches, Cruz Azul won its third crown since winning the final who would become his fiercest rival, the Club America.
This was the first season of the club playing at home in the Azteca Stadium, where for the first time using foreign elements in the template. Cruz Azul ended up as leader of the competition faced in the semifinals round of Guadalajara, although lost in the return encounter Azteca 1-0, turned in the Jalisco stadium 2-0 to reach the final.
By the fact that America had defined its semifinal series against Monterrey extra to a third party, by mutual agreement of the two finalists was decided to perform one final game. Despite having a minority of fans, Cruz Azul won overwhelming azulcrema the table by a devastating 4 to 1.
Following this final, was conceived a strong rivalry between the two squads, which led the Mexican "Youth Classic" match.
The goals were converted by Blue Hector Pulido ('10), Cesareo Victorino ('28) and Octavio Muciño (36 'and'46). The final would be a watershed in the history of cement, since beginning the golden age of the club.






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Fourth Championship (1972-73)

Date: June 19, 1973.

Cruz Azul gets two championships in a row, again finishing as the overall leader, with the semifinals to rival Atlas. Completed in the first leg at the Jalisco stadium celestial bandwagon by 3 to 2, in turn repeat the victory by 1 to 0. It should be noted that this match would be suspended just 35 minutes of the game because of the Atlas 5 players were ejected.
The final against Leon would be highly disputed, as it would have to define a third party in the Cuauhtemoc stadium in Puebla. The way (in Leon) ended with a tie at 1 and round match without goals but the third game ended in a tie again with a goal in regular time. Finally, in overtime win thanks to a Cruz Azul's own goal "Tarzan" Davino.
The scorers were carried blue Javier Guzman ('40) and the own goal by Jorge Davino ('114).






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Fifth Championship (1973-74)

Date: May 19, 1974.

With this title Cruz Azul achieves three championships in a row, strongly throughout the regular season and league. For a change, it ends up as leader of the regular competition and eliminated in the semifinals Puebla, although rescued a draw at home to one in the back appalled at the Cruz Azul of the Strip with severe win 6 to 1.
At the end facing the junior team Club Atlético Español, who manages to defeat the blue in-game trip for 2 to 1. But in return, the machine clearly won by 3 to 0 for crowns, both games were held on the Azteca stadium.
The final goal of the game were given by Horacio López Salgado ('13), Fernando Bustos ('70) and Ignacio Flores ('89).






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Sixth Championship (1978-79)

Date: June 30, 1979.

After a waiting period of 4 years, Cruz Azul was back to the league champions. Finishing as overall leader, ranks in the postseason round of group round robin (all against all), his pass to win the grand final.
At this stage of the league faced America (0-1 and 2-1), Toluca (1-0 and 1-0) and Atlético Potosino (2-1 and 2-2) to classify the final against the Pumas UNAM
Club Universidad Nacional
Club Universidad Nacional A.C., more commonly known as Pumas de la UNAM, or just Pumas, is a Mexican professional football club based in Mexico City...

. In the way of Pumas Stadium, was a tie without goals, and in turn in the Cruz Azul Azteca wins by 2 to 0 for their sixth league title.
The annotations were made by Carlos Jara Saguier ('69) and Javier López Malo ('88).






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Seventh Championship (1979-80)

Date: July 13, 1980.

With this new two titles in succession, Cruz Azul close a glorious era in its short history then. This time, classified as second place overall (bottom of America), and within the group stage of cement prefinalista the head table to be on the Coyotes in Neza (1-0 and 1-0), Tampico (1-0 and 0 -1) and Atlante (4-2 and 1-3) to enter the fight for the title against the UANL Tigres.
On the first match, a goal scored by a free kick, by Rodolfo Montoya, at the last minutes of the match, give Cruz Azul a win as visitors. Finally, this difference was that both the balance tilted in favor of the machine, because at the turn of the Azteca stadium ended the scoring with a thrilling tie at 3 annotations. In fact, Cruz Azul, would have an advantage of 3 to 0, but was hit by the north, which, however, was a step away from forcing extra time. cruz azul is the best team in Mexico acorrding to fifa anf the ffhh of soccer carlos hermosillo is the best of the machine
The entries in this match were given by Adrian Camacho ('5) and Rodolfo Montoya ('10 and'56).






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Eighth Championship ("Invierno 1997")

Date: December 7, 1997.

Cruz Azul lived a long wait to win another league title, and he arrived 17 years after the third "short" tournament. Finished as the second site (a point downstream of Leon) and the league office in the quarter-finals Atlas (1-0 at Estadio Jalisco and 4-1 at Estadio Azul), and in the semifinal at Atlante (1-1 at the Estadio Azteca and 1-0 at the Estadio Azul), to face Leon in a highly contested final round.
In the return game in Estadio Azul, the Machine takes the advantage with a penalty kick scored by Benjamin Galindo. In the second leg, played at the Nou Camp, the emerald team achieves a draw on the combined result 1-1 (home and away match) by Misael Espinoza, forcing extra time period. Already in extra time, the move ultimately will be remembered by a penalty kick for an aggressive foul ("a kick"), committed by Leon goalkeeper Angel David Comizzo in the face of Carlos Hermosillo, who was playing even though he had infiltrated two fractured ribs.
The penalty was kicked by the very Hermosillo, at the minute '100, and scores, and with the approach of Golden Goal, Cruz Azul wins its eighth championship.







Copa Libertadores 2001

In 2001, Cruz Azul was invited to a tournament between some Mexican and Venezuelan teams. The two best teams of this tournament earned the right to play in the Copa Libertadores, a tournament of the all the best teams of South America. Cruz Azul qualified for the Copa Libertadores in its first try, and reached the final match. Cruz Azul was placed in Group 7 along with teams such as Sao Caetano, Defensor Sporting, and Olmedo. Cruz Azul finished as leader of the group with 13 points. In the round of 16 Cruz Azul faced Cerro Porteño
Cerro Porteño
Club Cerro Porteño is a professional Paraguayan football club, based in the neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero in Asunción. Founded in 1912, Cerro has won 28 Primera División titles and is one of the most popular football club in Paraguay...

. The first leg was played in Asunción and Cruz Azul lost 2-1. The second leg was played in Mexico and Cruz Azul won the game 3-1. The aggregate score was 4-3 in favor of Cruz Azul and they moved on to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals Cruz Azul faced CA River Plate of Argentina
Argentina
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

. The first leg of the match was played in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
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 and ended in a 0-0 draw. The second leg was played in Mexico and Cruz Azul won 3-0. Cruz Azul was having a great run and played Rosario Central
Rosario Central
Club Atlético Rosario Central is a sports club based in Rosario, Argentina. Its football team currently plays in the Primera B Nacional, the second tier of the Argentine football league system, after being relegated in the 2009-10 season....

 in the semifinals. The first leg was played in Mexico and Cruz Azul won the game 2-0. The second leg was played in Rosario in a very exciting match which ended in a 3-3 draw in favor of Cruz Azul due to the 2-0 victory in the first leg. In the final match, Cruz Azul played against the Argentinian club Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors
Club Atlético Boca Juniors is an Argentine sports club based in La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires. It is best known for its professional football team, which currently plays in the Primera División....

, Cruz Azul lost at home the first leg 1-0, but came back to win the second leg with the same score, at Boca's stadium La Bombonera
La Bombonera
La Bombonera may refer:* Estadio Alberto J. Armando, home stadium of Club Atlético Boca Juniors* Estadio Nemesio Díez, home stadium of Deportivo Toluca* Estadio "La Bombonera", Montevideo, home stadium of Club Atlético Basáñez...

 with Paco Palencia scoring the goal. Until then, no team had ever won a Copa Libertadores final match there. After the overtime due to the tie, the championship was decided by penalty kicks, where the more experienced Boca Juniors prevailed. Still, Cruz Azul surprised everybody with the unprecedented feat of reaching the final on their first try by defeating established Brazilian and Argentinian teams such as São Caetano
Associação Desportiva São Caetano
Associação Desportiva São Caetano, commonly known as São Caetano, is a Brazilian football team based in the city of São Caetano, Brazil, part of the São Paulo greater metropolitan area. The team is dubbed Azulão , after the shirt colour. The sponsor is Consul, a well known Brazilian producer of...

, Rosario Central
Rosario Central
Club Atlético Rosario Central is a sports club based in Rosario, Argentina. Its football team currently plays in the Primera B Nacional, the second tier of the Argentine football league system, after being relegated in the 2009-10 season....

 and CA River Plate.

2006-2007

In the 2006 Apertura, the team started off great but in the middle of the season, they had a hard time adding points on the board. Cruz Azul recovered and finished the regular season as the points leader. They have not won a title since the championship they won against Leon in 1997. For the Apertura 2006, Cruz Azul made it to the quarterfinals and faced Chivas in the Estadio Jalisco
Estadio Jalisco
The Estadio Jalisco is a football stadium located in Guadalajara, Mexico. It is the third largest Mexican football stadium behind Estadio Azteca and Estadio Olimpico Universitario...

. In the first leg, Cruz Azul played a very poor game and lost 2-0. On November 25, 2006 Cruz Azul played the second leg at Estadio Azul and played a brilliant game. Cruz Azul started off strong and put Chivas keeper Oswaldo Sanchez
Oswaldo Sánchez
Oswaldo Javier Sánchez Ibarra is a Mexican footballer. He plays as a goalkeeper for Santos Laguna in the Mexican Primera Division, where he is also the team captain. He has 99 caps for Mexico.-Early career:...

 to the test on many occasions. In the middle of the first half, defender Salvador Carmona
Salvador Carmona
Salvador José Carmona Álvarez is a former Mexican football defender who is currently banned for life from playing professional soccer affiliated to FIFA for failing two separate anti-doping tests....

 pushed a Chivas player in the penalty area and cost Cruz Azul a penalty.Ramon Morales
Ramón Morales
Ramón Morales Higuera is a retired Mexican international footballer who last played for Estudiantes Tecos as a midfielder.Biography=...

 had no problem and put the score 1-0 in favor of Chivas in the 39th minute. Cruz Azul kept creating opportunities and at the end of the first half, Cesar Delgado
César Delgado
César Fabián Delgado Godoy is an Argentine footballer. He plays for Monterrey. His nickname "El Chelito" is derived from that of Marcelo Delgado because of their same last name.-Career:...

 made a great play that Richard Nunez
Richard Núñez
Richard Darío Núñez Pereyra is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Rampla Juniors.-Career:He started his professional career in Montevideo playing for Danubio, than he moved to Europe to the Grasshopper Club Zürich in Switzerland...

 finished with a goal to tie the game right before halftime in the 45th minute. In the second half, Chivas scored thanks to Ramon Morales again to put the score 2-1 in favor of Chivas. Cruz Azul did not give up and Miguel Sabah tied the game 2-2 in the 62nd minute. Cruz Azul played a great game and ended up tying the game 2-2 but losing 4-2 on aggregate.

In the 2007 Clausura the team had a great start, finishing among the first 8 teams in the league that went to playoffs. The team had a great quarterfinal series against the Tecos of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
The Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara A.C. is a private university in Mexico, the first of its kind.The campuses are located in Zapopan, Jalisco. The university has become one of the most important educational institutions in Latin America, attracting students from Mexico, Europe, South...

, thanks to two magnificent goals from striker Richard Nuñez
Richard Núñez
Richard Darío Núñez Pereyra is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Rampla Juniors.-Career:He started his professional career in Montevideo playing for Danubio, than he moved to Europe to the Grasshopper Club Zürich in Switzerland...

 and moved to semifinals against Pachuca FC, the top team in the league. Pachuca beat Cruz Azul in the Estadio Azul in the first leg of the series with a strong 3-1. Cruz Azul still had a chance to overcome the adverse score, but on that same evening, the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Court of Arbitration for Sport
The Court of Arbitration for Sport is an international arbitration body set up to settle disputes related to sport. Its headquarters are in Lausanne and its courts are located in New York, Sydney and Lausanne, Switzerland...

 communicated that team captain Salvador Carmona
Salvador Carmona
Salvador José Carmona Álvarez is a former Mexican football defender who is currently banned for life from playing professional soccer affiliated to FIFA for failing two separate anti-doping tests....

 was declared ineligible with immediate and lifetime effect, because of a repeated doping indiscipline that occurred back in January 2006. The sanction was dated May 18, 2007, the very day of the first match against Pachuca. Arguing that player Salvador Carmona did play on that day for Cruz Azul, the Mexican Soccer Federation, aka Federacion Mexicana de Futbol sanctioned Cruz Azul by suspending the team one game from competition, under the argument of aligning an ineligible player. Many legal arguments have been raised by both the player's lawyer and Cruz Azul, but the sanction stood and Cruz Azul lost its opportunity to overcome the 3-1 and go to the final series against America. Cruz Azul had one of the best season of their victory against Mexiel.

Clausura 2008

In the Clausura the team made a great tournament, finishing in second place. The team won 9 games, draw 4 times and lost only 4 times. In quarterfinals they played against Jaguares losing 1-0 in the first leg and winning 2-1 in the second leg with goals of Pablo Zeballos
Pablo Zeballos
Pablo Daniel Zeballos Ocampos is a Paraguayan football striker who currently plays for Club Olimpia.-Career:Zeballos started his career in the youth divisions of Sol de América and made his debut in 2007, helping the team win the Paraguayan 3rd division tournament by being the team's top-scorer...

 and Miguel Sabah
Miguel Sabah
Miguel Sabah Rodríguez is a Mexican footballer. He currently plays for Monarcas Morelia and the Mexican national team. Previously Sabah played with Guadalajara and Cruz Azul. Sabah made his debut in the Invierno 2000 with Guadalajara entering in the 46th minute. Sabah played five years with...

. They moved to semifinals against San Luis, the first leg was played in San Luis and Cruz Azul won 0-1 with a goal of Miguel Sabah
Miguel Sabah
Miguel Sabah Rodríguez is a Mexican footballer. He currently plays for Monarcas Morelia and the Mexican national team. Previously Sabah played with Guadalajara and Cruz Azul. Sabah made his debut in the Invierno 2000 with Guadalajara entering in the 46th minute. Sabah played five years with...

. In the second leg, Cruz Azul and San Luis played a formidable match that ended 1-1 with goals of Eduardo Coudet
Eduardo Coudet
Eduardo Germán Coudet is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League.-Career:...

 and Pablo Zeballos
Pablo Zeballos
Pablo Daniel Zeballos Ocampos is a Paraguayan football striker who currently plays for Club Olimpia.-Career:Zeballos started his career in the youth divisions of Sol de América and made his debut in 2007, helping the team win the Paraguayan 3rd division tournament by being the team's top-scorer...

. In the final, Cruz Azul played against Santos Laguna, second place in the tournament. The first leg ended 1-2 with a victory for Santos, and in the second leg a 1-1 make Laguna team champions.

Apertura 2008

In the Apertura the team made a good tournament, finishing in 5th place on the Mexican league. The team won 7 games, draw 5 times and lost only 5 times. In quarterfinals they played against Pumas UNAM with a 0-0 in the first leg on the "Estadio Azul", and winning 3-1 in the second leg, on the "Estadio Olimpico Unversitario 1968" leaving Pumas on the way. They moved to semifinals against Atlante, the first leg was played in Mexico City, and Cruz Azul won 3-1. In the second leg, Cruz Azul and Atlante played a regular match at Cancun, Quintana Roo, that ended 1-1, giving Cruz Azul the access to the Final for a second time in a row on 2008. In the final, Cruz Azul played against Toluca, both teams tied on wining Mexican titles (at that time with 8 each one). The first leg played on Mexico City, ended with a drastic 0-2 with a victory for visitors, Toluca, and in the second leg played at "Estadio Nemesio Diez", Cruz Azul revert the result, to make a 0-2 result, making a tie on the aggregate score "2-2", as the match was tied, they played "extra times" and the draw continued until going to the "Penalty- Shoot out", where Toluca won 7-6 over Cruz Azul, Alejandro Vela was the Cruz Azul "villain" because he failed the last "penalty shoot-out", another incident before the match went on "extra time", was a clear foul suffered by Villaluz on the Goal area, the toluca player "Jose Manuel Cruz Alta" crashed with the Cruz Azul player, making him unconscious, but the referee didn't mark the foul even the Cruz Azul player was knocked out, he didn't even take a red card on the toluca player, (unfortunately Cruz Azul had made his 3 substitutions, so they ended the match playing with only 10 players, an unfair situation, that interfered directly on the final result of the match) this make Toluca team champions winning their 9 Mexican title, becoming the 3 most winner of Mexican Title.
(1.-Guadalajara "11 titles", 2.-America "10 titles", 3.-Toluca "9 titles", 4.-Cruz Azul "8 titles", 5.- Pumas UNAM "6 titles", 6.- Club Leon and Club Pachuca tied with "5 titles").

Clausura 2009

In the Clausura 2009, the team had the worst tournament in club history en route to a last place finish. They accumulated just 13 points from a possible 51 (17 games, wins count 3 points). The team won only 2 games, drew 7 times and lost 8 times. The Club scored 26 goals, but conceded 33, for a total goal difference of -7. The Club did not qualify for the playoffs, or Liguilla. The Club sacked their manager Benjamin Galindo
Benjamín Galindo
Benjamín Galindo Marentes was a Mexican footballer. He participated with the national team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.-Coaching career:...

 with one game left in the Clausura. He was replaced for the remainder of the season by Robert Siboldi who was then coaching Cruz Azul's affiliate in Hidalgo.

CONCACAF Champions League 08/09

On the CONCACAF Champions League 08/09, The team made a good tournament, on the first stage ended second on the Group A, qualifying to the final stage of playoffs, defeating on the quarter finals, the Mexican team of Pumas UNAM, by 2-0, and the on the semi final round, the played against the Puerto Rico team of Islanders, by "penalty shoot-out" at Mexico City, On the Final, against another Mexican Team, Club Atlante, they had the chance to won their 6th CONCACAF championship, but they lost the first game 0-2, then on Atlante's home they tied 0-0, losing the CONCACAF Champions League 08/09 Title, and also losing the opportunity to participate on the FIFA World Club Cup 2009, on Abu-Dhabi, UAE.


Apertura 2009

In the Apertura 2009, the team had signed Enrique Meza, to manage the team, and signed several players, such as the best goalkeeper on the previous Mexican tournament, Jose de Jesus Corona, the Derby County Striker, Emanuel "Tito" Villa, Ramon Nuñez, Emilio Hernandez, and the team successfully ended on the second place of the regular season, they made 33 points out of 51 possibles, winning 11 games of 17 played, without any game tied, and 6 games lost, they scored a total of 35 goals, and received only 19, for a goal difference of +16, and Emanuel "Tito" Villa, was the top scorer of the tournament with 17 goals, the team qualified for the playoffs, and played against Puebla FC on the quarter-finals, they beat Puebla (first game 4-4, second game 3-2), and on the semi-final leg, they played against Monarcas Morelia, and they won (first game 0-0, second 2-1), and went to the final, once again, for the third time in 4 tournaments in a row, they faced Monterrey FC, but they lost the final (on the first game 3-4, and 1-2 on the second), and once again the team loose another final, remaining with just 8 league titles and 8 finals lost, making the Cruz Azul Team, the only one who has played 16 finals on Mexican Tournament, but lost half (8).

CONCACAF Champions League 09/10

In the CONCACAF Champions League 09/10, the team had a good tournament, finishing first in Group C and qualifying for the final stage of playoffs. In the quarterfinals, they defeated the Panamanian team of Árabe Unido, by 4-0, and then in the semifinal round, the played against the Mexican team of Pumas UNAM, by 5-1 at Mexico City. In the Final, against another Mexican Team, Club Pachuca
Pachuca
Pachuca, formally Pachuca de Soto is the capital of the Mexican state of Hidalgo. It is located in the south-central part of the state. Pachuca de Soto is also the name of the municipality of which the city serves as municipal seat...

, they had the chance to win their 6th CONCACAF championship, winning the first game 2-1, but losing in Pachuca's home at the last minute 1-0 by the away goals rule, thus losing the opportunity to participate on the FIFA World Club Cup 2010 in the UAE.

Current squad

As of July 20, 2011: Listed on the official website of Cruz Azul.

For recent transfers, see List of Mexican Football Transfers Summer 2011.

(*)Not in the team's official site but is called for first team matches
See also:

Notable players

Héctor Adomaitis
Héctor Adomaitis
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 Gonzalo Belloso
Gonzalo Belloso
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 José Luis Ceballos Miguel Ángel Cornero César "Chelito" Delgado
César Delgado
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 Marcelo Delgado
Marcelo Delgado
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 Daniel "Cata" Díaz
Daniel Diaz
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 Ricardo Ferrero Luciano Figueroa
Luciano Figueroa
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 Christian Giménez Patricio Hernández
Patricio Hernández
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 Federico Lussenhoff
Federico Lussenhoff
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 Miguel "El Gato" Marín
José Miguel Marín
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 Ángel "Matute" Morales
Ángel Morales
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 Gabriel Pereyra
Gabriel Pereyra
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 Norberto Scoponi
Norberto Scoponi
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 Pablo Gabriel Torres Emanuel "Tito" Villa
Emanuel Villa
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 Julio Alberto Zamora
Julio Alberto Zamora
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 Gauchinho
Paulo Roberto Junges
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   Julio César Pinheiro
Julio César Pinheiro
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   Sandrino Castec Hugo Droguett
Hugo Droguett
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 Pablo Galdames Hugo González
Hugo González
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 Juan Carlos Letelier Carlos "Bufalo" Poblete
Carlos Poblete (footballer)
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 Waldo Ponce
Waldo Ponce
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Alberto Quintano
Alberto Quintano
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 Eduardo Rubio
Eduardo Rubio
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 Jhon Culma
Jhon Culma
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 John Restrepo
John Restrepo
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 Álex Aguinaga
Álex Aguinaga
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 Agustín Delgado
Agustín Delgado
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   Tim Simpson James Owusu-Ansah
James Owusu-Ansah
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 Ramón Núñez
Ramón Núñez
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 Carlos Pavon
Carlos Pavón
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   Mauro Camoranesi
Mauro Camoranesi
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   Carmelo D'Anzi
Carmelo D'Anzi
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 Juan Manuel Alejandrez
Juan Manuel Alejandrez
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 Sergio Almaguer
Sergio Almaguer
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 Norberto Angeles Javier Aquino
Javier Aquino
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 Néstor Araujo
Nestor Araújo
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 Joaquín Beltrán
Joaquin Beltran
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 Marcelino Bernal Jared Borgetti
Jared Borgetti
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 Melvin Brown Fernando Bustos Adrián Camacho Tomás Campos
Tomás Campos
Tomás Campos is a Mexican professional footballer who currently plays for Indios de Ciudad Juárez in the Liga de Ascenso....

 Salvador Carmona
Salvador Carmona
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 Guadalupe Castañeda Horacio Cervantes
Horacio Cervantes
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 Ignacio Flores
Ignacio Flores
Ignacio Flores Ocaranza was a Mexican footballer who played at both professional and international levels, as a defender.-Career:Born in Mexico City, Flores spent his entire professional career with Cruz Azul....

 Luis Flores
Luis Flores (footballer)
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Francisco "Kikin" Fonseca
Francisco Fonseca
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 Aarón Galindo
Aarón Galindo
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 Benjamín Galindo
Benjamín Galindo
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 Victor Gutiérrez Javier Guzmán
Javier Guzmán
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 Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Hermosillo
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 José Alberto Hernández
José Alberto Hernández
José Alberto Hernández Rojas is a Mexican footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder for Cruz Azul Hidalgo....

 Luis Hernandez
Luis Hernández (footballer)
Luis Arturo "El Matador" Hernández Carreón is a Mexican football striker, the fourth highest goalscorer of all-time for the Mexican national football team, and their highest goalscorer in World Cups...

 Horacio López Salgado
Horacio López Salgado
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 Israel López Gerardo Lugo Gómez Guillermo Mendizábal
Guillermo Mendizábal
Guillermo Mendizábal Sánchez , is a retired Mexican footballer and manager.-Club career:He debuted with Cruz Azul in the 1974-75 season, and helped the team win the 1978-79 and 1979-80 league titles....

 Juan Mendoza
Juan Mendoza
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 Rodolfo Montoya Emilio Mora Octavio Mora
Octavio Mora
Octavio Mora is a Mexican former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a striker.-Career:Born in Torreón, Cantú played professionally for Universidad de Guadalajara, Cruz Azul and Monterrey....

 Octavio Muciño Antonio Munguía
Antonio Munguía
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 Jaime Ordiales
Jaime Ordiales
José Jaime Ordiales Domínguez is a retired Mexican football midfielder and was manager of Tecos UAG until he was fired March 9, 2008...

 Javier Orozco
Javier Orozco
Javier Antonio Orozco Peñuelas is a Mexican professional footballer. He was brought up by and currently plays as a striker in Cruz Azul...

 Ricardo Osorio
Ricardo Osorio
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 Francisco Palencia
Francisco Palencia
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 Gustavo Peña
Gustavo Peña
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 Carlos Pérez
Carlos Pérez
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 Óscar "Conejo" Pérez
Óscar Pérez Rojas
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 Gonzalo Pineda
Gonzalo Pineda
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 Jesús Prado Héctor Pulido
Héctor Pulido
Héctor Pulido Rodríguez is a former Mexican football midfielder. He played for the Mexico national team between 1967 and 1973, gaining 43 caps and scoring 6 goals. He was part of the Mexico squad for the 1970 World Cup....


Omar Rodríguez Sergio Rubio Víctor Ruiz Miguel Sabah
Miguel Sabah
Miguel Sabah Rodríguez is a Mexican footballer. He currently plays for Monarcas Morelia and the Mexican national team. Previously Sabah played with Guadalajara and Cruz Azul. Sabah made his debut in the Invierno 2000 with Guadalajara entering in the 46th minute. Sabah played five years with...

 Javier Sánchez Galindo Gerardo Torrado
Gerardo Torrado
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 Cesáreo Victorino
Cesáreo Victorino
Cesáreo Victorino Mungaray is a Mexican footballer currently playing for Puebla FC on loan from Lobos BUAP. He is one of the Mexican footballers to have played in Europe and was a part of the Mexico national football team between 1998 and 2001...

 César Villaluz
César Villaluz
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 Miguel Zepeda
Miguel Zepeda
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 Carlos Bonet
Carlos Bonet
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 Jorge Luis Campos
Jorge Luis Campos
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 Denis Caniza José Saturnino Cardozo Carlos Jara Saguier
Carlos Jara Saguier
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 Cristian Riveros
Cristian Riveros
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 Eladio Vera Julio César Yegros Pablo Zeballos
Pablo Zeballos
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 Percy Olivares Juan Reynoso
Juan Reynoso Guzmán
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 Walter Vílchez
Walter Vílchez
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 Cle Kooiman Sebastián "Loco" Abreu
Sebastián Abreu
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 Richard Núñez
Richard Núñez
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 Juan Manuel Olivera
Juan Manuel Olivera
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 Santiago Ostolaza
Santiago Ostolaza
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 Robert Siboldi Nicolás Vigneri
Nicolás Vigneri
Nicolás Vigneri is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as an attacker for Emelec.- Career :Vigneri began his playing career in 2005 with Peñarol. In 2008 he joined Cruz Azul where he made his Interliga debut against San Luis in a 1-0 defeat. Vigneri scored his first goal in the third match of his...


Managerial history

Cruz Azul managers in First Division.
Dates Name Notes
????-66   Jorge Marik First coach of Cruz Azul in First Division.
1966    Walter Ormeño
1966-75   Raúl Cárdenas Coach with more time and winner in Cruz Azul.
1975-76   José Moncebáez
1976   Jorge Marik
1976   Alfonso Portugal
1977-82   Ignacio Trelles
Ignacio Trelles
Ignacio "Nacho" Trelles is a Mexican former football player and coach. He had five tenures as coach of the Mexican national team, managing it in 106 international matches, and was in charge of the Mexican squads at the World Cups of 1962 and 1966.With professional clubs, he coached 1083 matches,...

Good coach of Cruz Azul.
1982   Miguel Marín
1982-83   Enrique Meza Cruz Azul more occasions coach.
1983-86   Alberto Quintano
Alberto Quintano
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1986-88   Hector Pulido
Héctor Pulido
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1988   Manuel Lapuente
Manuel Lapuente
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1988-90   Mario Velarde
1990-92   Ignacio Prieto
1992     Nelson Acosta
Nelson Acosta
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1992-95   Enrique Meza
1995-96   Luis Fernando Tena
Luis Fernando Tena
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1996-97   Víctor Manuel Vucetich
Víctor Manuel Vucetich
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Won the las Mexican Cup tournament for Cruz Azul.
1997   Jesús del Muro
1997-00   Luis Fernando Tena
Luis Fernando Tena
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Won the 8th Title for the team against Club León. And lost a final with Pachuca in 1999.
2000-03   José Luis Trejo
José Luis Trejo
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The coach who led the final Cruz Azul in the Copa Libertadores 2001.
2003   Mario Carrillo
Mario Carrillo
José Mario Carrillo Zamudio is a Mexican football coach, currently a news anchor for a well known sports channel ESPN Deportes and is known for serving as an assistant coach to Javier Aguirre with Mexico national football team.Carrillo has also coached Puebla F.C., Club América, and Cruz Azul.As a...

2003-04   Enrique Meza
2004   Luis Fernando Tena
Luis Fernando Tena
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2005   Rubén Omar Romano
Rubén Omar Romano
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2005-07   Isaac Mizrahi
2007-08   Sergio Markarián
Sergio Markarián
Sergio Apraham Markarián is a Uruguayan-Armenian football coach. Currently, he is the head coach of the national football team of Peru.-Early life:...

Led Cruz Azul to a final after nearly 10 years, lost against Santos Laguna.
2008-09   Benjamín Galindo
Benjamín Galindo
Benjamín Galindo Marentes was a Mexican footballer. He participated with the national team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.-Coaching career:...

Lost 2 finals with Cruz Azul, (VS Toluca in the Mexican Tournament, and VS Atlante in the Final Concacaf Champions League).
2009-   Enrique Meza Led the team to another Mexican Tournament Final, but lost against Club Monterrey, and a Final Concacaf against CF Pachuca.

Crest

The club's crest has stayed relatively consistent since its foundation in the 1920s, with the blue cross in the middle surrounded by a red circle with the club's name. As years went by and titles were won, the crest was modified to proclaim Cruz Azul's achievements. Stars were added to the crest from 1972 to the actual crest used presently, which has eight .

Domestic

  • Primera División de México
    Primera División de México
    The Primera División Profesional , known simply as the Primera División, is the top level of the Mexican football league system and is administered by the Mexican Football Federation. It was established in 1943 and as of 2011 has 18 clubs. Up to June 2011, it was divided into three groups competing...

    : 8
1968-69, México 1970, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1978-79, 1979-80, Invierno 1997
Runners-up (9): 1969-70, 1980-81, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1994-95, Invierno 1999, Clausura 2008, Apertura 2008, Apertura 2009

  • Segunda División de México: 1
1963-64

  • Copa México
    Copa México
    The Copa México was a Mexican football cup competition that existed from 1907 to 1997. It consisted of both professional and amateur stages. It was the first official tournament that included teams from different parts of Mexico, and it was an important and prestigious tournament, especially during...

    : 2
1968-69, 1996-97
Runners-up (2): 1973-74, 1987-88

  • Campeón de Campeones
    Campeón de Campeones
    Campeón de Campeones was an annual Mexican association football competition -as well as the name of the trophy given to its winner-, initiated in 1942 as a contest between each year's Mexican First Division league winner and its Mexican Cup counterpart, and then reformatted in 2001 as a yearly...

    : 2
1968-69, 1972-73
Runners-up (1): 1972

International

  • CONCACAF Champions' Cup / CONCACAF Champions League
    CONCACAF Champions League
    The CONCACAF Champions League is the annual international club football championship for teams from the CONCACAF region ....

    : 5
1969, 1970, 1971, 1996, 1997
Runners-up (2): 2009, 2010

  • Copa Libertadores: 0
Runners-up (1): 2001

  • Copa Interamericana
    Copa Interamericana
    Copa Interamericana was a football trophy contested between the champions of CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores de América and the winners of CONCACAF's Champions' Cup...

    : 0
Runners-up (1): 1972

Minor trophies

  • Copa Pachuca
    Copa Pachuca
    The Copa Pachuca, sometimes referred to as La Cuna de Futbol is a short tournament in preparation for the Primera División de México. La Copa Pachuca is always held in C.F. Pachuca's stadium, which has been the Estadio Hidalgo.- Format :...

    : 5
1997, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2005

  • 400 Monterrey Tournament Champion: 1
1996

Friendly championships

  • Teresa Herrera Trophy
    Teresa Herrera Trophy
    The Teresa Herrera Trophy is an annual pre-season football tournament hosted by Deportivo La Coruña at the Estadio Riazor.Established in 1946, it is the third oldest professional football tournament in Spain - behind the Trofeo Playa y Sol and the Copa San Pedro - and is considered one of...

    : 0
Fourth place (1): 2000
Runners-up (1): 2002
Third place (1):2008

  • Copa 5 De Mayo: 1
2004

  • Copa Panamericana 2007
    Copa Panamericana 2007
    The Copa Panamericana 2007 was a minor football club tournament organized by DIRECTV between July 16 and July 22 in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, USA....

     (friendly tournament)

  • Copa Cuauhtemoc: 1
2008

  • Copa Aztex: 1
2009

  • Foursquare Champion Azteca: 81
1981

  • Burgos Tournament Champion: 1
1980

  • Almeria Tournament Champion: 1
1979

Coaching staff

Listed on the official website of Cruz Azul.

Nicknames

Cruz Azul has a rich variety of nicknames over its history, listed chronologically:
  • Cementeros: As a result of affiliation with Cruz Azul Cement, the first name refers directly to the employees of the company, as the team originally was formed with them. Over the years, the concept is extended not only to those who worked in the cooperative, but the construction workers in general.
  • Liebres: When the team was promoted to the First Division in the mid-'60s, the stock showed a style of great speed and physical deployment, which was used together with mostly white uniforms. For these characteristics, the fans compared to players of those years with the hares which abound in the town, the nickname took hold, and to date still uses an anthropomorphic
    Anthropomorphism
    Anthropomorphism is any attribution of human characteristics to animals, non-living things, phenomena, material states, objects or abstract concepts, such as organizations, governments, spirits or deities. The term was coined in the mid 1700s...

     hare
    Hare
    Hares and jackrabbits are leporids belonging to the genus Lepus. Hares less than one year old are called leverets. Four species commonly known as types of hare are classified outside of Lepus: the hispid hare , and three species known as red rock hares .Hares are very fast-moving...

     (for practical reasons of identification and icon) to represent Cruz Azul. Many fans believe that the mascot is a rabbit, but the board has officially declared that it is a hare.
  • La Máquina: This nickname is fed by several sources of inspiration, first, was based on a rail out of the old Jasso toward Mexico City. As the team moved to the early '70s Azteca Stadium and showed a spectacular football, dominant and effective, was combined with the image of a locomotive swept their opponents on the court. Cruz Azul who baptized the nickname of the Machine was the chronicler Rugama Angel Fernandez, another possible source of inspiration could be the comparison of this team with the River Plate machine that existed in the late '40s. The nickname of The Machine, Machine derivatives from Celeste, Blue or Machine Cement Machine.

The Cheerleaders (Las Celestes)

The club has its official cheerleading club, which were included as part of the institution since 2004, since then, act as cheerleaders in the proceedings of the club in their home games before and at halftime.
From its appearance of "Las Celestes" have formed part of the tradition of the club. And the only Mexican team that has as part of their group at their official cheerleaders.

Popularity

Since its inception, the team had supporters, mainly workers of the cement. After the promoted at the first division in the 60s, more people began to follow the team.
On the 70s when the team managed six of their eight titles even more people joined the group of supporters of the team, until now that in this 21st century according to various surveys is the third team with the most supporters in Mexico, behind the Club Guadalajara and Club America respectively, above the club UNAM.

Cruz Azul has several support groups that are distinguished by singing and support from start to finish in the team's games.
The group best known and biggest supporters is "La Sangre Azul L.S.A.", a barra brava
Barra Brava
Barra brava is a name for organized supporter groups of football teams in Latin America. This style of supporting is very similar to European ultras. It includes standing throughout the match, singing and other enthusiastic behavior. Some barras bravas have developed reputations for hooliganism...

 that began in 2000. The motto of "La Sangre Azul" is "Hay hinchas k cantan con la boca...pero nosotros cantamos con el corazon", which means There are fans who sing with their mouths...but we sing with our hearts.
Another barra brava known is the Ultra azul.

Rivalries

National Rivalries:
  • Main Rivalrie: vs. Club America "Clásico Joven
    Clásico Joven
    he Clásico Joven is disputed between two of the four most popular teams in Mexico Club América and Cruz Azul. Both teams play in Mexico City, even though Cruz Azul originated out of Jasso, Hidalgo....

    "
  • Capital City Rivalrie: vs. Pumas UNAM "Clásico Capitalino"
  • Big 4 Rivalrie: vs. Club Guadalajara "Rivality Cruz Azul - Guadalajara"
  • Hidalgo State Rivalrie: vs. Club Pachuca usually named "Clasico Hidalguense"

International Rivalries:
  • Libertadores Rivalrie: vs. CABJ Boca Juniors
  • Teresa Herrera Rivalrie: vs. Deportivo La Coruña

The games of Cruz Azul against these teams are surrounded by lots of fans and the history of meetings between the teams.

Records

  • It is the second Mexican club with more titles at international level (5 titles in the Copa de Campeones de CONCACAF, plus a runner-Inter's Cup in 1972 and another in the Copa Libertadores de America in 2001).
  • Mexican Club (Tied with Club America) with most titles in the Copa de Campeones de CONCACAF, with 5.
  • Is the only team that lost 9 leagues finals (7).
  • Holds the record for most consecutive wins in the history of the First Division of Mexico: 10 wins in the 1971-72 season.
  • The Mexican team with the highest number of plays playoffs (43), counting rounds of reclassification.
  • It is the first Mexican team in a final crown with a "golden goal" (1997).
  • Champion of the first edition of the 2007 Pan American Cup, defeating Boca Juniors by 3 goals to 1.
  • It is the team that has played league final (14) and lost (8), besides being the second most paradoxically end wins (6) (along with Deportivo Toluca and Pumas de la UNAM).
  • It is the only team that thrashed in the final's Club America to win the league title (4 goals to 1) in the 1971-1972 season.
  • It is one of the three teams in the history of the First Division of Mexico have been three-time league (succeeding in 1971-1972,1972–1973 and 1973–1974), the other two teams are Club America who did a decade later and the Club Deportivo Guadalajara.
  • It is the youngest team to be champions and cup, reached only five years after his rise in the 1968-1969 season.
  • It is the youngest team in making seven league titles. (Only in 15 years in Mexico's Primera Division.)

Professional Era (1964 -)

  • Seasons in Primera División
    Primera División de México
    The Primera División Profesional , known simply as the Primera División, is the top level of the Mexican football league system and is administered by the Mexican Football Federation. It was established in 1943 and as of 2011 has 18 clubs. Up to June 2011, it was divided into three groups competing...

    :
    61
  • Seasons in 2nd Division o Primera "A"
    Liga de Ascenso
    The Liga de Ascenso is the second professional level of the Mexican football league system. The champion of the competition is promoted to the Primera División de México ....

    :
    4.
  • Playoff for the title: 43
  • Final for the title: 14 (71-72, 72-73, 73-74, 78-79, 79-80, 80-81, 86-87, 88-89, 94-95, Inv. 97, Inv. 99, Clau. 08, Aper. 08, Aper. 09)
  • 1st place: 11
  • Drops to 2nd Division o Primera "A"
    Liga de Ascenso
    The Liga de Ascenso is the second professional level of the Mexican football league system. The champion of the competition is promoted to the Primera División de México ....

    :
    0
  • Promotion to the 1st Div: 1 (1963-64)
  • Final position more repeated: 1st° (11 times)
  • Best post in Primera División
    Primera División de México
    The Primera División Profesional , known simply as the Primera División, is the top level of the Mexican football league system and is administered by the Mexican Football Federation. It was established in 1943 and as of 2011 has 18 clubs. Up to June 2011, it was divided into three groups competing...

    :
    • In long tournaments: 1st (1968/69, Mexico 1970, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74, 1978/79, 1995/96)
    • In short tournaments: 1st (Winter 1998, Winter 2000, Apertura 2006, Apertura 2010.)
  • Worse as in Primera División
    Primera División de México
    The Primera División Profesional , known simply as the Primera División, is the top level of the Mexican football league system and is administered by the Mexican Football Federation. It was established in 1943 and as of 2011 has 18 clubs. Up to June 2011, it was divided into three groups competing...

    :
    • In large tournaments: 18° to 20 teams: 1989-90
    • In short tournaments: 18° to 18 teams: Clausura 2009.
  • Highest score achieved :
    • The national tournament: 8-2 vs. Toros Neza
      Toros Neza
      Neza FC, also known as Toros Neza is a Mexican football team that plays in the city of Nezahualcóyotl. The club returned for the 2011 Clausura Liga de Ascenso tournament, taking the place of Atlante UTN who had been purchased by Monarcas Morelia...

       (1993-94
      Primera División de México 1993–94
      -Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Repechaje round:*Necaxa 0-2 ; 2-2 América*Morelia 2-2 ; 3-2 Guadalajara-Quarterfinal:*Morelia 0-3 ; 0-3 U.A.G.*América 1-1 ; 2-1 Cruz Azul*Atlante 1-1 ; 2-3 Toluca...

      ).
    • In international tournaments: 12-2 against the   Leslie Green
      Hankook Verdes
      Hankook Verdes are a Belize association football club which competes in the Belize Premier Football League. They are based in Benque Viejo del Carmen, a town situated on the border of Guatemala. The club was established in 1976 as Real Verdes Football Club and changed their name to Hankook Verdes...

       in 1988 CONCACAF Champions' Cup and 11-0 against the   Seattle Sounders in the 1996 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
  • Highest score received :
    • The national tournament: 0-5 against America
      Club América
      Club América is a Mexican Professional football club based in Mexico City. It competes in the Primera División, the top professional league in the country. The team's nickname is Las Águilas ....

       (1981-82
      Primera División de México 1981–82
      -Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Playoff:U.A.N.L. won the championship.-References:*...

      ).
    • In international tournaments: 1-6 against the   Fénix
      Centro Atlético Fénix
      Centro Atlético Fénix are a sports club from Montevideo in Uruguay. They currently play in the Uruguayan 1st Division. Fénix is one of the most popular and traditional teams of Uruguay's 2nd Division, along with Racing Club de Montevideo, who are their all-time rivals.-History:The club were founded...

       in the 2003 Copa Libertadores
  • Most points in a season :
    • In large tournaments: 57 (1978–79
      Primera División de México 1978–79
      -Overview:CD Zacatepec was promoted to Primera División.This season was contested by 20 teams, and Cruz Azul won the championship.Veracruz was relegated to Segunda División.-Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Group A:...

      )
    • In short tournaments: 40 (Winter 1998)
  • Longest streak of games without losing :
    • 19 (round 18 from semifinal round of 1973–74
      Primera División de México 1973–74
      -Overview:Ciudad Madero was promoted to Primera División.This season was contested by 18 teams, and Cruz Azul won the championship.San Luis was relegated to Segunda División....

      ).
  • Longest streak of games without losing at home
    • 47 (1978-1980) (Mexican soccer record)
  • Greater number of goals scored in a season :
    • In large tournaments: 91 (1994–95
      Primera División de México 1994–95
      -Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Repechaje round:*Monterrey 2-0 ; 0-2 U.A.G.*Veracruz 1-1 ; 0-0 Puebla-Quarterfinal:*Santos 3-1 ; 0-2 Guadalajara*U.A.G. 0-2 ; 1-2 Necaxa*U.N.A.M...

      ).
    • In short tournaments: 41 (Invierno 1998).
  • Most wins in a season: 22, Season 1971–72
    Primera División de México 1971–72
    -Overview:San Luis was promoted to Primera División.This season was contested by 18 teams, and Cruz Azul won the championship.Irapuato was relegated to Segunda División.-Group 1:-Group 2:-Semifinals:...

  • Over the road wins in a season: 11, 1979–80
    Primera División de México 1979–80
    -Overview:Atlas was promoted to Primera División.This season was contested by 20 teams, and Cruz Azul won the championship.Club Jalisco was relegated to Segunda División.-Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Relegation Final:...

     (Mexican soccer record)
  • More games without getting goal: 5, season 1975–76
    Primera División de México 1975–76
    -Overview:Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara was promoted to Primera División.This season was contested by 20 teams, and Club América won the championship.Atlante F.C...

    , and 1983-84
    Primera División de México 1983–84
    -Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Quarterfinal:*Monterrey 1-1 ; 0-1 América*U.A.N.L. 1-0 ; 0-3 U.N.A.M.*Cruz Azul 1-2 ; 2-1 Atlante*U.A.G...

  • Most consecutive wins: 10, 1971–72
    Primera División de México 1971–72
    -Overview:San Luis was promoted to Primera División.This season was contested by 18 teams, and Cruz Azul won the championship.Irapuato was relegated to Segunda División.-Group 1:-Group 2:-Semifinals:...

     (Mexican soccer record)
  • Most consecutive draws: 5, 1973-74
    Primera División de México 1973–74
    -Overview:Ciudad Madero was promoted to Primera División.This season was contested by 18 teams, and Cruz Azul won the championship.San Luis was relegated to Segunda División....

  • More defeats: 6, Clausura 2004
  • More draws in a season: 17, 1989-90
    Primera División de México 1989–90
    -Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Quarterfinal:*Toluca 1-1 ; 0-3 América*Necaxa 0-0 ; 1-3 U.N.A.M.*U.A.T. 3-1 ; 1-3 Puebla*U.A.N.L...

  • More defeats in a season: 13, 1982-83
    Primera División de México 1982–83
    -Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Playoff:Puebla won the championship.-References:*...

     and 1989-90
    Primera División de México 1989–90
    -Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Quarterfinal:*Toluca 1-1 ; 0-3 América*Necaxa 0-0 ; 1-3 U.N.A.M.*U.A.T. 3-1 ; 1-3 Puebla*U.A.N.L...

  • Most consecutive games without a win: 11, 1965-66
    Primera División de México 1965–66
    -Overview:Ciudad Madero was promoted to Primera División.The season was contested by 16 teams, and Club América won the championship.CD Zacatepec was relegated to Segunda División.-League standings:-References:*...

  • Less wins in a season: 2, Clausura 2009
    Primera División de México Clausura 2009
    The 2009 Primera División Clausura was the second football tournament of the Mexican Primera División 2008−2009 season. The tournament began on January 16th, 2009 and ended on May 31st, 2009. Necaxa was relegated to the Primera División A after being in last place of the relegation table. On May...

  • Less ties in a season: 0, Apertura 2009
    2009–10 Primera División de México season
    The 2009–10 Primera División de México season is the 63rd professional season of Mexico's top-flight football league, and 13th season in which the Apertura and Clausura system is used...

  • Least defeats in one season: 1, Invierno 1998
  • Player with the most goals in a season:   Carlos Hermosillo
    Carlos Hermosillo
    Carlos Manuel Hermosillo Goytortúa is a Mexican former football player. He is one of the top all-time goalscorers for the Mexican national team. He is also known as "El Grandote de Cerro Azul"....

     with 35 in 1994–95
    Primera División de México 1994–95
    -Group 1:-Group 2:-Group 3:-Group 4:-Repechaje round:*Monterrey 2-0 ; 0-2 U.A.G.*Veracruz 1-1 ; 0-0 Puebla-Quarterfinal:*Santos 3-1 ; 0-2 Guadalajara*U.A.G. 0-2 ; 1-2 Necaxa*U.N.A.M...

  • Maximum winning titles
    • Head Coach:
      •   Raul Cardenas
        Raúl Cárdenas
        Raúl Cárdenas de la Vega is a former Mexican football player and coach. He represented the Mexico national football team as a player in three FIFA World Cups: 1954, 1958 and 1962. He also coached the national team when they reached the quarterfinals at home in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, and managed...

         10 titles (League 1968-69, Mexico 1970, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, Copa Mexico
        Copa México
        The Copa México was a Mexican football cup competition that existed from 1907 to 1997. It consisted of both professional and amateur stages. It was the first official tournament that included teams from different parts of Mexico, and it was an important and prestigious tournament, especially during...

         1968-69, Campeon de Campeones
        Campeón de Campeones
        Campeón de Campeones was an annual Mexican association football competition -as well as the name of the trophy given to its winner-, initiated in 1942 as a contest between each year's Mexican First Division league winner and its Mexican Cup counterpart, and then reformatted in 2001 as a yearly...

         1968-69 (great champion), CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1969, 1970 and 1971)
    • Player:
      •   Fernando Bustos 10 titles (League 1968-69, Mexico 1970, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, Copa Mexico
        Copa México
        The Copa México was a Mexican football cup competition that existed from 1907 to 1997. It consisted of both professional and amateur stages. It was the first official tournament that included teams from different parts of Mexico, and it was an important and prestigious tournament, especially during...

         1968-69, Campeon de Campeones
        Campeón de Campeones
        Campeón de Campeones was an annual Mexican association football competition -as well as the name of the trophy given to its winner-, initiated in 1942 as a contest between each year's Mexican First Division league winner and its Mexican Cup counterpart, and then reformatted in 2001 as a yearly...

         1968-69 (great champion), CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1969, 1970 and 1971)

Stadium

The team currently plays in Estadio Azul
Estadio Azul
The Estadio Azul, is a 35,000-seat stadium located in Mexico City. This sports facility is currently used for association football matches and previously for American football. It is the home of Mexican football club Cruz Azul; it has been also home for Atlante F.C...

. The stadium is located in Mexico DF
Mexico City
Mexico City is the Federal District , capital of Mexico and seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union. It is a federal entity within Mexico which is not part of any one of the 31 Mexican states but belongs to the federation as a whole...

. The Federal District
Mexico City
Mexico City is the Federal District , capital of Mexico and seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union. It is a federal entity within Mexico which is not part of any one of the 31 Mexican states but belongs to the federation as a whole...

 owns Estadio Azul. Currently, Cruz Azul training facilities are located at Xochimilco
Xochimilco
Xochimilco is one of the sixteen delegaciones or boroughs within Mexican Federal District. The borough is centered on the formerly independent city of Xochimilco, which was established on what was the southern shore of Lake Xochimilco in the pre-Hispanic period...

.

The team is planning construction of a new stadium, Nuevo Estadio Azul
Nuevo Estadio Azul
The Nuevo Estadio Azul is a planned stadium in Mexico City, intended to replace the Estadio Azul, the home of football club Cruz Azul, in 2010.-History:The building that would replace the present Blue Stage exists on paper, though it has yet to be started...

.

Top goalscorers

Player Country Period Goals
Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Manuel Hermosillo Goytortúa is a Mexican former football player. He is one of the top all-time goalscorers for the Mexican national team. He is also known as "El Grandote de Cerro Azul"....

México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1991-98 169
Horacio López Salgado
Horacio López Salgado
Horacio José López Salgado is a former Mexican football midfielder, who played for the Mexico national team between 1968 and 1980, gaining 50 caps and scoring 13 goals. He was part of the Mexico squad for the 1970 World Cup....

México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1971-79 133
Francisco Palencia
Francisco Palencia
Juan Francisco Palencia Hernández is a former Mexican football striker, his last team was Pumas UNAM.- Biography :...

 *
México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1994-01 89
Fernando Bustos México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1964-76 87
Eladio Vera México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1971-77 77
Pedro Duana México
Mexico
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1986-95 66
Adrián Camacho México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1978-86 63
César Delgado
César Delgado
César Fabián Delgado Godoy is an Argentine footballer. He plays for Monterrey. His nickname "El Chelito" is derived from that of Marcelo Delgado because of their same last name.-Career:...

 *
Argentina
Argentina
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

2003-07 61
Rodolfo Montoya México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1976-81 54
Emanuel Villa
Emanuel Villa
Emanuel Alejandro "Tito" Villa is an Argentine football striker. He currently plays for Cruz Azul in Mexico.-Early career:Villa started his career at Club Atlético Huracán in the Primera Division Argentina in 2001...

 **
Argentina
Argentina
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

2009- 52
Octavio Muciño México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1970-72 51
Agustín Manzo México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1984-88 50
Carlos Eloir Perucci Brazil
Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...

1981-85 45
Héctor Pulido
Héctor Pulido
Héctor Pulido Rodríguez is a former Mexican football midfielder. He played for the Mexico national team between 1967 and 1973, gaining 43 caps and scoring 6 goals. He was part of the Mexico squad for the 1970 World Cup....

México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

1976-81 44
Miguel Sabah
Miguel Sabah
Miguel Sabah Rodríguez is a Mexican footballer. He currently plays for Monarcas Morelia and the Mexican national team. Previously Sabah played with Guadalajara and Cruz Azul. Sabah made his debut in the Invierno 2000 with Guadalajara entering in the 46th minute. Sabah played five years with...

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México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

2006-08 42
Carlos Jara Saguier
Carlos Jara Saguier
Carlos Jara Saguier is a former football player who is currently working as a coach, born in Paraguay on 25 August 1956. Carlos is one of the seven Jara Saguier brothers that played professional football in Paraguay....

Paraguay
Paraguay
Paraguay , officially the Republic of Paraguay , is a landlocked country in South America. It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the...

1981-85 40
Sebastián Abreu
Sebastián Abreu
Washington Sebastián Abreu Gallo is an Uruguayan footballer who plays with Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas in Brazil as a striker.Best known by his nickname El Loco , the prolific goalscorer – for club and country – played for more than 20 teams during his professional career, in six different...

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Uruguay
Uruguay
Uruguay ,officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay,sometimes the Eastern Republic of Uruguay; ) is a country in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to some 3.5 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area...

2002-03 37
Francisco Fonseca
Francisco Fonseca
José Francisco "Kikin" Fonseca Guzmán is a Mexican football striker. He currently plays for Atlante F.C..-Career:...

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México
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

2005-06 25
Christian Giménez
Christian Giménez (1981)
Christian "El Chaco" Giménez is an Argentine football player who currently plays for Cruz Azul in Mexico's professional league, the Mexican First Division...

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Argentina
Argentina
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

2010- 23
Cesar Villaluz
César Villaluz
César Osvaldo Villaluz Martínez At the young age of seventeen, he participated in the U-17 World Cup with the Mexican national team, and his efforts as midfielder helped his team to victory against Brazil, as well as throughout the entire tournament...

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Mexico
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

2005- 22
Juan Carlos Cacho
Juan Carlos Cacho
Juan Carlos Cacho Gutierrez is a Mexican football striker currently playing for UNAM Pumas in Mexico and for the Mexico national football team.-Club career:Juan Carlos Cacho is a product of the youth system of Cruz Azul...

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Mexico
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

2000-2004 22
Mauro Camoranesi
Mauro Camoranesi
Mauro Camoranesi, Ufficiale OMRI is an Italian Argentine World Cup-winning footballer who plays for Lanús in the Argentine Primera División. He is a midfielder, usually on the right wing...

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Italia 1998-00 21
Luciano Figueroa
Luciano Figueroa
Luciano Gabriel "Lucho" Figueroa Herrera is an Argentine association football player who currently plays as a striker for Rosario Central.-Club career:...

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Argentina
Argentina
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

2004 21


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(**) Cruz Azul Active Player

Tournament Top Scorers

Horacio López Salgado
Horacio López Salgado
Horacio José López Salgado is a former Mexican football midfielder, who played for the Mexico national team between 1968 and 1980, gaining 50 caps and scoring 13 goals. He was part of the Mexico squad for the 1970 World Cup....

 25 Goles in "1974-75" Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Manuel Hermosillo Goytortúa is a Mexican former football player. He is one of the top all-time goalscorers for the Mexican national team. He is also known as "El Grandote de Cerro Azul"....

 28 Goals in "1993-94" Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Manuel Hermosillo Goytortúa is a Mexican former football player. He is one of the top all-time goalscorers for the Mexican national team. He is also known as "El Grandote de Cerro Azul"....

 35 Goals in "1994-95" Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Hermosillo
Carlos Manuel Hermosillo Goytortúa is a Mexican former football player. He is one of the top all-time goalscorers for the Mexican national team. He is also known as "El Grandote de Cerro Azul"....

 26 Goals in "1995-96" Sebastián Abreu
Sebastián Abreu
Washington Sebastián Abreu Gallo is an Uruguayan footballer who plays with Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas in Brazil as a striker.Best known by his nickname El Loco , the prolific goalscorer – for club and country – played for more than 20 teams during his professional career, in six different...

 19 Goals in "Verano 2002" Emanuel Villa
Emanuel Villa
Emanuel Alejandro "Tito" Villa is an Argentine football striker. He currently plays for Cruz Azul in Mexico.-Early career:Villa started his career at Club Atlético Huracán in the Primera Division Argentina in 2001...

 17 Goals in "Apertura 2009"

Cruz Azul Hidalgo

Affiliate team that started playing on Liga de Ascenso. They play on Ciudad Cooperativa Cruz Azul, although they moved for a time to Lagunas (State of Oaxaca). As of 2009, 14 teenagers were drafted into the first division including Jesus A.Cruz, who ranked 64 in FIFA 08 and #1 in North America and Central America (18), Carlos Sanchez, Rafael "El Chilaquil" Huerta who was voted best striker (19), Mario Gomez,and Kevin Martinez (18), which are natives from the United States and are Cruz Azul's future, in terms of young stars.

Cruz Azul Jasso

This filial team began participating in the tournament Aperura 2006 in the Segunda Division de Mexico in Bajio Area. Changed its name from the change of venue of the now defunct Cruz Azul Hidalgo Oaxaca to the entity. Cruz Azul Jasso was champion of the second division.

Cruz Azul Dublan

Subsidiary of Cruz Azul Team for season 2008 - 2009 in Group 5 of the Tercera Division de Mexico
Tercera División de México
Tercera División is Mexico's fourth tier in the Mexican League System. The Tercera División is divided into 15 groups. For the 2009/2010 season, the format of the tournament has been reorganized to a home and away format, which all teams will play in their respected group...

, based at the Estadio 10 de Diciembre
Estadio 10 de Diciembre
Estadio 10 de Diciembre is a multi-use stadium in the Mexican town of Jasso. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Cruz Azul Hidalgo and Cruz Azul Dulban . The stadium holds 17,000 people and opened in 1963....

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Cruz Azul Xochimilco

Current runner-up teams with the right to rise from the third division in group 6 based on the premises of La Noria.

Cruz Azul Lagunas

This subsidiary filed for several seasons in the second division and most recently in a restructuring of the team decided to occupy a place in the third division where he currently plays in the group 2. Its headquarters is the Cruz Azul stadium in the town of Lagunas, Oaxaca
Oaxaca
Oaxaca , , officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Oaxaca is one of the 31 states which, along with the Federal District, comprise the 32 federative entities of Mexico. It is divided into 571 municipalities; of which 418 are governed by the system of customs and traditions...

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