C.F. Mérida

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This article is about the Mexican football club. For the Venezuelan club, see Estudiantes de Mérida.
Merida CF logo 2010.svg
Full name Club de Fútbol Mérida
Nickname(s) Los Venados (The Bucks)
Los Ciervos (The Deers)
Los Astados (The Horned)
Founded 2003; 12 years ago (2003)
Ground Estadio Carlos Iturralde,
Mérida, Yucatán, México
Ground Capacity 21,054
Owner Promotora de Nuevos Talentos S.A. de C.V.
Chairman Rodolfo Rosas Cantillo
Manager Juan Carlos Chávez
League Ascenso MX
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.[1]


Origins and first Merida franchise[edit]

Mérida F.C. was founded in 2003 by the brothers Arturo and Mauricio Millet Reyes, who obtained the franchise of Nacional de Tijuana.[2]

Loss of franchise in 2005 and continuation at lower levels[edit]

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.[2]

Return of second level franchise with Morelia[edit]

On June 16, 2008, Arturo Millet Reyes announced that he had acquired the filial team of Morelia.[3] 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.[4]

On November 11, 2008, the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (FMF) granted the club the certification required to be promoted to the Primera División.[5]

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[edit]

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.[6]

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.[1]


The home stadium for Mérida F.C. is the Estadio Carlos Iturralde.[7]


First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Mexico GK Odín Patiño (on loan from UNAM)
2 Costa Rica DF Pablo Salazar
3 Mexico DF Gabriel España (on loan from Atlante)
4 Mexico DF Addiel Reyes
5 Mexico DF Carlos Cárdenas (on loan from Veracruz)
6 Mexico DF Alan Mendoza (on loan from UNAM)
7 Mexico MF José Luis López (on loan from Necaxa)
8 Mexico DF Aldo Polo (captain)
9 Israel FW Eial Strahman
10 Argentina MF Luis Acuña
11 Mexico FW José Luis Pineda
12 Mexico GK Sergio Arias (on loan from Guadalajara)
13 Mexico MF Fernando Salazar (on loan from Morelia)
14 Mexico FW Juan Carlos Cacho (on loan from UNAM)
No. Position Player
15 Mexico MF César Morales
17 Mexico MF Erik Vera (on loan from UNAM)
18 Mexico FW Ulices Briceño (on loan from Monterrey)
20 Mexico MF Eduardo Fernández
22 Mexico DF Aldair Basto
23 Mexico MF Felipe Sifuentes (on loan from Monterrey)
24 Mexico DF Fernando Torres
25 Mexico MF Félix Rodríguez (on loan from Monterrey)
28 Mexico MF Ignacio Carrasco
29 Mexico FW Brayan Martínez (on loan from Monterrey)
30 Mexico GK Miguel Martínez
31 Mexico FW Raúl Suárez (on loan from Atlante)
33 Mexico FW Freddy Martín
34 Mexico MF Emanuel Guzmán

Club Honors[edit]

Clausura 2009
Apertura 2008


  1. ^ a b 2010/11 Liga de Ascenso (Clausura 2011) results, table and explanation of team changes at RSSSF
  2. ^ a b Mario Peniche Gorocica (15 February 2008). "EL MÉRIDA FC, UNA ORGANIZACIÓN". Historia de los Venados del Mérida F.C. (in Spanish). Mape Sports. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Retornan los Venados" (in Spanish). Diario de Yucatán. 2008-06-17. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Los Venados regresan para quedarse, dice Arturo Millet Reyes" (in Spanish). Diario de Yucatán. 2008-06-17. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Certifican a los Venados" (in Spanish). Diario de Yucatán. 2008-11-11. [dead link]
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Mérida FC". Club. Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 

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