2008 Primera División de México Apertura

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Primera División de México
Season 2008−09
Champions Toluca (9th title)
Champions League Toluca (Group stage)
Cruz Azul (Preliminary Round)
Copa Libertadores San Luis (Group Stage)
SuperLiga San Luis
Santos Laguna
U.A.N.L.
Atlas
Matches played 183
Goals scored 431 (2.36 per match)
Top goalscorer ChileHéctor Mancilla (13)
Biggest home win Atlas 5–0 Jaguares
(July 26, 2008)
Biggest away win Monterrey 0–4 Morelia
(September 20, 2008)
Highest scoring Guadalajara 3–5 Santos Laguna
(8 goals; August 23, 2008)

The 2008 Primera División Apertura is the first football tournament of the Mexican Primera División 2008−2009 season. The tournament began in August 2008 and was contested by the league's 18 teams.

Reigning champion Santos Laguna failed to advance to the final losing 2-1 on a two-leg aggregate (0-0 in the first leg) to eventual champions Toluca, and thus could not repeat. Toluca would beat Cruz Azul 7-6 in penalties after tying 2-2 on a two-leg aggregate (2-0 in the first leg). This was Toluca's 9th championship, placing them as the third most successful club behind América and Guadalajara.

Club information[edit]

Club Home city Stadium Capacity
América Mexico City Azteca 115,000
Atlante Cancún Andrés Quintana Roo 20,000
Atlas Guadalajara Jalisco 72,600
Chiapas Tuxtla Gutiérrez Víctor Manuel Reyna 23,208
Ciudad Juárez Ciudad Juárez Olímpico Benito Juárez 22,300
Cruz Azul Mexico City Azul 35,000
Guadalajara Guadalajara Jalisco 72,600
Monterrey Monterrey Tecnológico 38,000
Morelia Morelia Morelos 41,500
Necaxa Aguascalientes Victoria 25,000
Pachuca Pachuca Hidalgo 30,000
Puebla Puebla Cuauhtémoc 42,649
San Luis San Luis Potosí Alfonso Lastras 24,000
Santos Laguna Torreón Corona 18,050
Toluca Toluca Nemesio Díez 27,000
Tecos UAG Guadalajara 3 de Marzo 30,015
Tigres de la UANL Monterrey Universitario 41,000
UNAM México Olímpico Universitario 83,700

Managerial changes[edit]

This is a list of managerial changes made during the tournament.

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of departure Incoming manager Date hired Position in table
Ciudad Juárez Mexico Sergio Orduña Sacked Aug. 18, 2008[1] Uruguay Héctor Eugui Aug. 19, 2008[2] 18th
UAG Mexico José Trejo Sacked Sep. 1, 2008[3] Mexico Miguel Herrera Sep. 2, 2008[4] 8th
Atlas Argentina Miguel Brindisi Resigned Sep. 4, 2008[5] Argentina Darío Franco Sep. 5, 2008[6] 17th
Puebla Mexico José Sánchez Sacked Sep. 17, 2008[7] Mexico Mario Carrillo Sep. 17, 2008[8] 16th
Chiapas Mexico Sergio Almaguer Sacked Oct. 1, 2008[9] Mexico Francisco Avilán Oct. 1, 2008[10] 18th
Necaxa Mexico Salvador Reyes Sacked Oct. 13, 2008[11] Mexico Octavio Becerril Oct. 14, 2008[12] 18th

Classification Phase[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 San Luis 17 8 5 4 24 20 +4 29 2009 Copa Libertadores Second Stage
2 Toluca 17 7 6 4 25 16 +9 27 2009 InterLiga
3 Atlante 17 7 6 4 22 16 +6 27
4 UNAM 17 7 5 5 22 13 +9 26
5 Cruz Azul 17 7 5 5 29 23 +6 26
6 UANL 17 7 5 5 22 16 +6 26 2009 InterLiga
7 UAG 17 7 4 6 30 28 +2 25
8 Guadalajara 17 6 7 4 23 23 0 25
9 Morelia 17 6 6 5 27 20 +7 24
10 Santos Laguna 17 5 7 5 22 20 +2 22
11 Atlas 17 6 4 7 23 27 −4 22 2009 InterLiga
12 Pachuca 17 5 6 6 25 25 0 21
13 América 17 5 6 6 22 23 −1 21
14 Ciudad Juárez 17 5 4 8 18 26 −8 19
15 Monterrey 17 5 4 8 18 26 −8 19
16 Chiapas 17 5 3 9 20 34 −14 18
17 Necaxa 17 3 6 8 17 24 −7 15
18 Puebla 17 2 9 6 12 21 −9 15

Updated to games played on November 16, 2009.
Source: FeMexFut
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Atlante, UNAM, Cruz Azul, and Santos Laguna do not qualify to the InterLiga due to existing commitment in the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Group standings[edit]

Group 1

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Atlante 17 7 6 4 22 16 +6 27
2 Santos Laguna 17 5 7 5 22 20 +2 22
3 Pachuca 17 5 6 6 25 25 0 21
4 Monterrey 17 5 4 8 18 26 −8 19
5 Ciudad Juárez 17 5 4 8 18 26 −8 19
6 Puebla 17 2 9 6 12 21 −9 15

Group 2

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 UNAM 17 7 5 5 22 13 +9 26
2 Cruz Azul 17 7 5 5 29 23 +6 26
3 UAG 17 7 4 6 30 28 +2 25
4 Guadalajara 17 6 7 4 23 23 0 25
5 Morelia 17 6 6 5 27 20 +7 24
6 América 17 5 6 6 22 23 −1 21

Group 3

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 San Luis 17 8 5 4 24 20 +4 29
2 Toluca 17 7 6 4 25 16 +9 27
3 UANL 17 7 5 5 22 16 +6 26
4 Atlas 17 6 4 7 23 27 −4 22
5 Chiapas 17 5 3 9 20 34 −14 18
6 Necaxa 17 3 6 8 17 24 −7 15

Source: FeMexFut
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Advances to the Final Phase as the two-best teams in their group.
Advances to the Final Phase as the two-highest teams in the general table not already advanced by the above method.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AMÉ ATE ATL CHI CIU CRU GUA MON MOR NEC PAC PUE SLA SLU TOL UAG UNL UNM
América 1–2 2–3 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–3
Atlante 2–2 3–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–0
Atlas 1–1 5–0 2–4 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–1
Chiapas 1–1 2–1 4–0 2–1 0–0 1–3 1–3 0–3
Ciudad Juárez 0–0 2–4 1–0 2–3 2–1 1–0 2–3 1–1 0–1
Cruz Azul 4–1 2–2 3–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0
Guadalajara 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–5 2–2 1–1
Monterrey 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–4 2–0 2–4 1–4 1–0
Morelia 0–0 5–2 0–1 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–2 1–0
Necaxa 2–0 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1
Pachuca 1–1 1–1 5–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–3
Puebla 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Santos Laguna 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1
San Luis 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–0
Toluca 2–1 4–0 0–1 0–0 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–0
UAG 1–3 3–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 3–0 5–2 2–2
UANL 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–2
UNAM 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–1 2–1 3–0

Updated to games played on November 16, 2009.
Source: RSSSF
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Final Phase[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
1  San Luis 1 1 2  
8  Santos Laguna 3 2 5  
  8  Santos Laguna 0 1 1  
  2  Toluca 0 2 2  
2  Toluca 0 2 2
7  UAG 0 0 0  
  2  Toluca (p) 2 0 2 (7)
  5  Cruz Azul 0 2 2 (6)
4  UNAM 0 1 1  
5  Cruz Azul 0 3 3  
  5  Cruz Azul 3 1 4
  3  Atlante 1 1 2  
3  Atlante 1 1 2
6  UANL 1 1 2  

Top goalscorers[edit]

P Player Team Goals
1 Chile Hector Mancilla Toluca 13
2 Peru Andrés Mendoza Morelia 10
3 Mexico Adolfo Bautista Chiapas 9
Colombia Hugo Rodallega Necaxa 9
5 Argentina Lucas Lobos UANL 8
Uruguay Víctor Piríz San Luis 7
7 Ecuador Christian Benítez Santos Laguna 7
Paraguay Ariel Bogado Atlas 7
Argentina Christian Giménez Pachuca 7
Paraguay Pablo Zeballos Cruz Azul 7
Last updated on December 15, 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No aguantaron más". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Regrese al banquillo". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Miguel Herrera es el nuevo técnico de Tecos". Mediotiempo. Retrieved 2008-09-02. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Tecos contrata a Miguel Herrera". Televisa. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Que la Fiel siga siendo fiel". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Otra vez con la playera puesta". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  7. ^ "Gracias, Chelís". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Enfrenta el reto". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  9. ^ "Se terminó la paciencia". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  10. ^ "Nuevo". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  11. ^ "Se terminó la paciencia". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  12. ^ "Nuevo ciclo en su carrera". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 

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