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|Full name||Club de Fútbol Mérida|
|Nickname(s)||Los Venados (The Bucks)
Los Ciervos (The Deers)
Los Astados (The Horned)
|Ground||Estadio Carlos Iturralde,
Mérida, Yucatán, México
|Owner||Promotora de Nuevos Talentos S.A. de C.V.|
|Chairman||Rodolfo Rosas Cantillo|
|Manager||Juan Carlos Chávez|
|Clausura 2014||9th (DNQ)|
|Website||Club home page|
Club de Fútbol Mérida is a Mexican football club based in Mérida, Yucatán. they are playing in the Liga de Ascenso, at the second tier of the Mexican football league system. For the Clausura 2011 season they became the filial team of Atlante, whilst until that point they had been the subsidiary team of Monarcas Morelia.
Origins and first Merida franchise
Loss of franchise in 2005 and continuation at lower levels
After the Clausura 2005 tournament, the Millet brothers announced that they would be selling the team to Irapuato FC due to economic problems, citing lackluster attendance and poor support from the local government. Nevertheless, the brothers formed a team that participated in an amateur league in Yucatán and also opened a training facility in Argentina to scout local talent. Mérida F.C. returned to the professional ranks when they participated in the Tercera División in 2006/07. During 2007, the brothers oversaw the construction of a training facility located at the Unidad Deportiva Tamanché. By the 2007/08 season Mérida was participating in the Segunda División.
Return of second level franchise with Morelia
On June 16, 2008, Arturo Millet Reyes announced that he had acquired the filial team of Morelia. Millet Reyes has stated that his intention is to maintain the team in Mérida for an extended period of time, unlike in previous years. He also received a guarantee that if the Venados were to be promoted to the Primera División that the team would remain in Mérida.
In the Clausura 2009 season Mérida defeated Club Tijuana 1–0 on aggregate to win the Clausura title. Mérida lost the subsequent promotion play-off for the Primera Division de Mexico, after a defeat by Querétaro FC on penalties.
Sale of franchise to Atlante
On 4 December 2010 the brothers Arturo and Mauricio Millet Reyes announced that Mérida F.C. would no longer form part of the Liga de Ascenso and that Monarcas Morelia would decide if a team would stay in the city, but that talks were also underway with Atlante F.C. regarding the creation of a link with them.
The Mérida franchise was subsequently sold to Atlante and they became that team's filial team for the Clausura 2011, whilst the original Atlante filial team (Atlante UTN) swapped franchises to become the subsidiary team for Morelia.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Clausura 2009
- Apertura 2008
- 2010/11 Liga de Ascenso (Clausura 2011) results, table and explanation of team changes at RSSSF
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- "Retornan los Venados" (in Spanish). Diario de Yucatán. 2008-06-17.[dead link]
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- "Certifican a los Venados" (in Spanish). Diario de Yucatán. 2008-11-11.[dead link]
- Herbert O. Martínez Fuente (4 December 2010). "El Mérida FC no sigue en la Liga de Ascenso" (in Spanish). Yucatan.com.mx. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- "Mérida FC". Club. Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- Official Site (Spanish)