2011–12 Mexican Primera División season

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Primera División Profesional
Season 2011–12
Champions Apertura: Tigres (3rd Title)
Clausura: Santos Laguna (4th Title)
Relegated Tecos
Champions League Tigres
Santos Laguna
C.D. Guadalajara
Monterrey
Copa Libertadores C.D. Guadalajara
Cruz Azul
Tigres
Matches played 306
Goals scored 805 (2.63 per match)
Top goalscorer Apertura:
Iván Alonso
(11 goals)
Clausura:
Iván Alonso
Christian Benítez
(14 goals each)
Biggest home win Apertura:
Tigres 5–0 Pachuca
(September 10, 2011)
Clausura:
Monterrey 4-0 Tecos
(March 24, 2012)
Biggest away win Apertura:
Pachuca 1–4 Santos Laguna
(July 23, 2011)
Chiapas 1–4 Monterrey
(July 24, 2011)
Guadalajara 1-4 Puebla
(September 17, 2011)
Monterrey 0-3 América
(October 15, 2011)
UNAM 1-4 Atlas
(October 16, 2011)
Clausura:
Atlante 0-4 América
(February 25, 2012)
Highest scoring Apertura:
Chiapas 5-3 América
(September 17, 2011)
Atlante 4-4 Morelia
(October 29, 2011)
Clausura:
Toluca 3-4 Pachuca
(February 5, 2012)
Cruz Azul 4-3 Monterrey
(March 3, 2012)
Santos Laguna 5-2 San Luis
(March 3, 2012)
Cruz Azul 5-2 Tecos
(April 21, 2012)

The 2011–12 Primera División Profesional season is the 65th professional season top-flight football league in Mexico. The season will be split into two championships—the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura—each an identical format and each contested by the same eighteen teams.

Changes from 2010–11[edit]

On May 16, 2011, the General Assembly of the Primera División announced a format change to take effect from the 2011 Apertura onward. The first change was the elimination of groups in the First Stage. The top eight teams at the end of the First Stage would advance to the next round. The other change would affect the playoffs. Instead of a two-legged, single elimination tournament culminating in the finals, the eight teams in the next round would be placed into two groups of four. The four teams in each group will play against other in a double round-robin format. The top team in each group will advance to the Finals.[1] However, on June 6, 2011, the Primera División Profesional's Operations Committee announced that the format change would only affect the elimination of groups in the First Stage, and that the playoffs would remain as they were. Therefore, the top eight teams at the end of the First Stage would advance to a two-legged elimination bracket.[2]

Clubs[edit]

Following is the list of the eighteen teams participating this season. Necaxa was relegated to the Liga de Ascenso after accumulating the lowest coefficient over the past three seasons, ending its one-year stay in the league. They were replaced by Tijuana, the winner of the 2010–11 Liga de Ascenso season. This is Tijuana's first season in the Primera División.

Club Home City Stadium Capacity
América Mexico City Azteca 105,000
Atlante Cancún Andrés Quintana Roo 20,000
Atlas Guadalajara Jalisco 56,700
Cruz Azul Mexico City Estadio Azul 35,000
Estudiantes Tecos Zapopan 3 de Marzo 30,000
Guadalajara Guadalajara Omnilife 49,850
Chiapas Tuxtla Gutiérrez Víctor Manuel Reyna 31,500
Monterrey Monterrey Tecnológico 38,000
Morelia Morelia Morelos 41,500
Pachuca Pachuca, Hidalgo Hidalgo 30,000
Puebla Puebla Cuauhtémoc 48,650
Querétaro Querétaro La Corregidora 40,785
San Luis San Luis Potosí Alfonso Lastras Ramírez 24,000
Santos Laguna Torreón Corona 30,000
Tijuana Tijuana Caliente 33,333
Toluca Toluca Nemesio Díez 27,000
Tigres San Nicolás Universitario 45,000
UNAM Mexico City Olímpico Universitario 63,000

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Replaced by Date of
appointment
Position
in table
Pre-Apertura changes
Puebla Uruguay Héctor Hugo Eugui Resigned May 6, 2011 Mexico Sergio Bueno May 13, 2011 14th
Toluca Mexico Sergio Lugo Sacked May 12, 2011 Uruguay Héctor Hugo Eugui May 17, 2011 12th
Atlas Mexico Benjamín Galindo End of contract May 23, 2011 Argentina Ruben Omar Romano June 2, 2011 10th
Apertura changes
Estudiantes Tecos Mexico José Luis Sánchez Solá Sacked August 8, 2011 Mexico José Luis Salgado August 8, 2011 16th
Estudiantes Tecos Mexico José Luis Salgado End of tenure as caretaker August 14, 2011 Mexico Raul Arias August 15, 2011 9th
Querétaro Uruguay Gustavo Matosas Sacked August 16, 2011 Paraguay José Saturnino Cardozo August 16, 2011 8th
Santos Laguna Argentina Diego Cocca Sacked September 4, 2011 Mexico Eduardo Rergis September 4, 2011 14th
Santos Laguna Mexico Eduardo Rergis End of tenure as caretaker September 14, 2011 Mexico Benjamín Galindo September 14, 2011 15th
Atlas Argentina Ruben Omar Romano Resigned September 17, 2011 Mexico Juan Carlos Chávez September 18, 2011 18th
América Chile Carlos Reinoso Resigned September 18, 2011 Mexico Alfredo Tena September 19, 2011 16th
Tijuana Mexico Joaquin del Olmo Sacked September 19, 2011 Argentina Antonio Mohamed September 19, 2011 17th
Guadalajara Mexico Jose Luis Real Sacked October 3, 2011 Mexico Fernando Quirarte October 3, 2011 5th
Estudiantes Tecos Mexico Raul Arias Sacked November 2, 2011 Mexico José Luis Salgado November 2, 2011 13th
Pre-Clausura changes
Puebla Mexico Sergio Bueno Sacked November 7, 2011 Colombia Juan Carlos Osorio November 14, 2011 12th
América Mexico Alfredo Tena Sacked November 10, 2011 Mexico Miguel Herrera November 15, 2011 17th
San Luis Mexico Ignacio Ambríz Sacked November 10, 2011 Mexico René Isidoro García November 10, 2011 10th
Toluca Uruguay Héctor Hugo Eugui Sacked November 10, 2011 Uruguay Wilson Graniolatti November 14, 2011 13th
Atlante Mexico Miguel Herrera Contract Termination November 15, 2011 Mexico Mario García November 29, 2011 15th
Clausura changes
Estudiantes Tecos Mexico José Luis Salgado Resigned January 14, 2012 Mexico Gilberto Adame January 14, 2012 18th
Guadalajara Mexico Fernando Quirarte Resigned January 21, 2012 Mexico Ignacio Ambríz January 26, 2012 18th
Estudiantes Tecos Mexico Gilberto Adame End of tenure as caretaker January 30, 2012 Uruguay Héctor Hugo Eugui January 30, 2012 17th
San Luis Mexico René Isidoro García Resigned February 25, 2012 Mexico Sergio Bueno February 28, 2012 15th
Querétaro Paraguay José Saturnino Cardozo Resigned March 3, 2012 Argentina Ángel Comizzo March 5, 2012 18th
Puebla Colombia Juan Carlos Osorio Resigned March 21, 2012 Uruguay Daniel Bartolotta March 21, 2012 16th
Atlante Mexico Mario García Sacked April 15, 2012 Mexico José Luis González China April 15, 2012 15th
Guadalajara Mexico Ignacio Ambriz Resigned April 18, 2012 Mexico Alberto Coyote April 18, 2012 14th

Torneo Apertura[edit]

The 2011 Apertura was the first championship of the season. The Regular Season began on July 22, 2011 and ended on November 6, 2011. The playoffs began on November 19, 2011 and ended on December 11, 2011. Pumas were the defending champion

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Guadalajara 17 8 6 3 24 18 +6 30 2012 Copa Libertadores Second Stage 2, 3
2 Cruz Azul 17 8 5 4 21 14 +7 29 2012 Copa Libertadores Second Stage 2, 3
3 UANL 17 7 7 3 22 13 +9 28 2012 Copa Libertadores First Stage 2, 3
4 Santos Laguna 17 8 3 6 29 25 +4 27 Cannot qualify for South American competitions 1, 3
5 Chiapas 17 7 5 5 28 23 +5 26 Advance to the Final Phase 3
6 Pachuca 17 7 5 5 28 25 +3 26 Advance to the Final Phase 3
7 Morelia 17 7 5 5 25 22 +3 26 Cannot qualify for South American competitions 1, 3
8 Querétaro 17 8 2 7 24 21 +3 26 Advance to the Final Phase 3
9 UNAM 17 7 4 6 19 25 −6 25 Cannot qualify for South American competitions 1
10 San Luis 17 6 6 5 23 20 +3 24
11 Monterrey 17 7 3 7 27 26 +1 24 Cannot qualify for South American competitions 1
12 Puebla 17 6 4 7 26 29 −3 22
13 Toluca 17 4 8 5 19 27 −8 20
14 Atlante 17 5 4 8 24 28 −4 19
15 Tijuana 17 3 9 5 21 23 −2 18
16 Estudiantes Tecos 17 6 0 11 24 30 −6 18
17 América 17 3 6 8 26 31 −5 15
18 Atlas 17 2 6 9 20 30 −10 12

Source: FeMexFut
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Monterrey, Morelia, Santos Laguna and UNAM cannot qualify for the 2012 Copa Libertadores because they are participating in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League competition.
2All 3 teams who qualify for Copa Libertadores will also participate in the Playoffs of this competition.
3The first 8 places in the table qualify for the Playoffs.
(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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AMÉ ATE ATL CRU EST GUA CHI MON MOR PAC PUE QUE SLU SLA TIJ TOL UNL UNM
América 0–1 5–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–2 1–1
Atlante 2–1 0–2 4–4 0–1 5–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–0
Atlas 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 0–1
Cruz Azul 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–0
Estudiantes Tecos 0–2 0–2 2–3 2–1 5–2 1–2 0–1 1–2
Guadalajara 5–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–4 0–1 1–0 0–0
Chiapas 5–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 3–1 3–2 1–1 4–0
Monterrey 0–3 3–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 0–0
Morelia 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–2 0–0 4–2 2–0 0–1
Pachuca 2–0 4–2 1–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 1–4 3–0 0–0
Puebla 2–1 1–2 3–3 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–1
Querétaro 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–3 0–0 4–0
San Luis 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 0–1 5–1
Santos Laguna 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–3 3–2
Tijuana 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1
Toluca 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 4–3 0–1 1–1
UANL 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 5–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 4–1
UNAM 1–0 1–0 1–4 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1

Source: FeMexFut (Spanish)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Liguilla[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
1  Guadalajara 1 0 1  
8  Querétaro 2 0 2  
  8  Querétaro 0 0 0  
  3  UANL 0 1 1  
3  UANL 1 3 4
6  Pachuca 0 0 0  
  3  UANL 1 3 4
  4  Santos 0 1 1
2  Cruz Azul 1 1 2  
7  Morelia 2 2 4  
  7  Morelia 2 2 4
  4  Santos 1 3 4  
4  Santos 2 2 4
5  Chiapas 2 1 3  
Apertura 2011 winners:
UANL
3rd Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Players sorted first by goals scored, then by last name.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Uruguay Iván Alonso Toluca 11
2 Uruguay Carlos Bueno Querétaro 10
Mexico Oribe Peralta Santos Laguna 10
4 Ecuador Christian Benítez América 8
Mexico Enrique Esqueda Pachuca 8
Mexico Marco Fabián Guadalajara 8
Colombia Jackson Martínez Chiapas 8
8 Spain Luis García Puebla 7
United States Herculez Gomez Estudiantes Tecos 7
Chile Héctor Mancilla Tigres 7
Argentina Alfredo Moreno San Luis 7
Colombia Luis Gabriel Rey Chiapas 7
Mexico Miguel Sabah Morelia 7

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Mexico Oribe Peralta Santos Laguna Pachuca 4–1 July 23, 2011
Ecuador Christian Benítez América Atlas 5–2 August 21, 2011
Uruguay Carlos Bueno Querétaro UNAM 4–0 September 10, 2011
Chile Héctor Mancilla Tigres Pachuca 5–0 September 10, 2011
Mexico Miguel Sabah Morelia Querétaro 4–2 September 18, 2011
Mexico Marco Fabián Guadalajara Estudiantes Tecos 5–2 October 15, 2011
Uruguay Iván Alonso Toluca Puebla 4–3 October 23, 2011

Torneo Clausura[edit]

The 2012 Clausura is the second and final championship of the season. The regular season began on January 6, 2012 and will end on April 29, 2012. Tigres are the defending champions.

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Santos Laguna 17 11 3 3 33 18 +15 36 Advances to the Playoffs
2 Monterrey 17 9 5 3 32 15 +17 32
3 América 17 9 5 3 30 18 +12 32
4 Morelia 17 9 4 4 25 18 +7 31
5 UANL 17 9 4 4 22 16 +6 31
6 Pachuca 17 7 7 3 24 17 +7 28
7 Tijuana 17 7 7 3 18 11 +7 28
8 Chiapas 17 8 3 6 26 20 +6 27
9 Cruz Azul 17 6 7 4 29 21 +8 25
10 Atlas 17 4 8 5 7 13 −6 20
11 Toluca 17 6 4 7 24 27 −3 22
12 Puebla 17 5 4 8 19 23 −4 19
13 Atlante 17 4 4 9 20 31 −11 16
14 UNAM 17 3 7 7 13 18 −5 16
15 Guadalajara 17 4 3 10 12 21 −9 15
16 San Luis 17 3 3 11 15 30 −15 12
17 Querétaro 17 2 6 9 14 30 −16 12
18 Estudiantes Tecos 17 2 6 9 12 28 −16 12

Updated to games played on April 29, 2012.
Source: MedioTiempo.com
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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AMÉ ATE ATL CRU EST GUA CHI MON MOR PAC PUE QUE SLU SLA TIJ TOL UNL UNM
América 2–2 2–0 2–3 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 2–1
Atlante 0–4 0–0 2–2 2–2 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–2
Atlas 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–3 1–0 0–0
Cruz Azul 5–2 2–0 4–3 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–1
Estudiantes Tecos 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2
Guadalajara 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–2 2–0
Chiapas 1–0 3–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 3–0 0–0 2–2
Monterrey 4–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–1 3–0 2–0 1–1
Morelia 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–2
Pachuca 3–2 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–1
Puebla 2–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1
Querétaro 0–2 2–3 2–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 2–2 0–2 2–2
San Luis 1–3 2–3 0–1 2–3 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–0
Santos Laguna 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 5–2 3–0 2–1
Tijuana 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–1
Toluca 0–3 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–4 2–1 1–3 2–1 0–2
UANL 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 4–1 1–2 1–0 1–0
UNAM 0–0 0–0 0–3 3–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–2

Updated to games played on April 29, 2012.
Source: FeMexFut (Spanish)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Liguilla[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
1  Santos 4 2 6  
8  Chiapas 3 1 4  
  1  Santos 1 2 3  
  5  Tigres 1 2 3  
4  Morelia 0 1 1
5  Tigres 1 4 5  
  1  Santos 1 2 3
  2  Monterrey 1 1 2
2  Monterrey 2 2 4  
7  Tijuana 1 2 3  
  2  Monterrey 0 2 2
  3  América 0 0 0  
3  América 3 0 3
6  Pachuca 1 1 2  
2012 Clausura winners:
Santos Laguna
4th Title
  • If the two teams are tied after both legs, the higher seeded team advances.
  • Both finalists qualify to the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage. Note that Santos are already qualified to 2012-13 Champions League as the runners-up of the Apertura, and as they win the Clausura final, they earn the spot given to the Clausura Champion and relinquish the spot for the Apertura Runner-up to Guadalajara, the best record of the 2011 Apertura not already qualified.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Players sorted first by goals scored, then by last name.

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Uruguay Iván Alonso Toluca 14
Ecuador Christian Benítez América 14
3 Mexico Aldo de Nigris Monterrey 9
Mexico Oribe Peralta Santos Laguna 9
Mexico Miguel Sabah Morelia 9
6 Argentina Lucas Lobos UANL 8
Colombia Luis Gabriel Rey Chiapas 8
Colombia Jackson Martínez Chiapas 8
Argentina Emanuel Villa Cruz Azul 8
10 Argentina José Sand Tijuana 7
Chile Humberto Suazo Monterrey 7

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Mexico Oribe Peralta 4 Santos Laguna San Luis 5–2 March 3, 2012
Argentina Mauro Cejas Pachuca Atlante 3–2 March 17, 2012
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Relegation[edit]

Pos
Team '09 A
Pts
'10 C
Pts
'10 A
Pts
'11 C
Pts
'11 A
Pts
'12 C
Pts
Total
Pts
Total
Pld
Avg
Relegation
1 Monterrey 30 36 32 26 24 32 180 102 1.7647
2 Cruz Azul 33 25 39 26 29 25 177 102 1.7353
3 Santos Laguna 27 28 30 23 27 36 171 102 1.6765
4 Morelia 33 25 21 31 26 31 167 102 1.6373
5 UANL Tigres 22 19 24 35 28 31 159 102 1.5588
6 América 30 25 27 26 15 32 155 102 1.5196
7 Toluca 35 30 22 21 20 22 150 102 1.4706
8 Pachuca 24 25 25 18 26 28 146 102 1.4314
UNAM 17 28 25 35 25 16 146 102 1.4314
10 Guadalajara 19 32 22 25 30 15 143 102 1.402
11 Tijuana 0 0 0 0 18 28 46 34 1.3529
12 Chiapas 19 19 25 14 26 27 130 102 1.2745
13 Puebla 26 19 19 18 22 19 123 102 1.2059
14 San Luis 21 14 26 21 24 12 118 102 1.1569
15 Atlante 23 16 16 27 19 16 117 102 1.1471
16 Querétaro 18 21 19 16 26 12 112 102 1.098
17 Atlas 18 24 13 23 12 20 110 102 1.0784
18 Estudiantes (R) 20 19 15 17 18 12 101 102 0.9902 Relegation

Updated to games played on April 29, 2012
Source:

References[edit]

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