Irapuato FC

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Full name Club Irapuato F. C.
Nickname(s) La Trinca
(The Lashers)
Freseros de Irapuato
(Strawberries from Irapuato)
La Trinca Fresera
(The Strawberry Lashers)
Founded 1911
as Club Mutualista Irapuatense
Ground Estadio Sergio León Chavez
Irapuato, Guanajuato
Ground Capacity 33,000
Owner Grupo Faharo
Rafael Flores Alcocer
Chairman Bernardo de la Garza
Manager Roberto Sandoval
League Ascenso MX

Club Irapuato F. C. is a professional football club, based in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. They currently play in Mexico's second division league, Ascenso MX.

Irapuato has mostly played in the Promotion League of Mexican football Primera Division A (Now called Ascenso MX). From 2000 to 2004, the team briefly rose to prominence to the first division reaching the playoffs. Historically, Irapuato has spent over 26 years in the first division never quite excelling to challenge for the title.

The team was relegated from the First division in 2004 but not because of their on-field performance but because of financial irregularities. In 2013 the team then took a turn for the worse being relegated to Segunda Division.

The team finally returned to the second division or Ascenso MX In 30 May 2014 when the Ballenas Galeana, decided to move to Irapuato, and also change their name to Club Irapuato, once again giving Irapuato a soccer team.


Club Deportivo Internacional de Irapuato in 1921

The club dates back to 1910 in the city of Irapuato where a club was founded under the name Club Mutualista Irapuatense by Pedro Garnu and by Diego Mosqueda who was and important person in the sports development in the city, who would later go on to establish the clubs rival Club León in the 1920s. In its first years many clubs were formed in order to create a futbol league in Guanajuato Deportivo Irapuato, Internacional, Club Marte, ISCO and Club León inaugurated the league in 1925.

The first tournament was won by Club Marte due to the fact that the tournament was not Finished due to problems between Irapuato and ISCO. In 1928 the club reach the final and played it against Deportivo Internacional, the clubs squad was mas made up by Kurt Lenk as keeper Antonio Aguilar and José Núñez playinf defender Julián Ramírez, Francisco Belman and Salvador Silva in the mid field and Antonio "El Gato" Baltazar, Crisoforo Juárez, Secundino Alvarado, Teofilo and Juan Aguilera playing as forwards. The club managed to come out with a 1–0 victory and by so winning its first league title. this club wore a white shirt with black shorts and socks.

The club that plays today under the name Club Deportivo Irapuato it was founded in 1948 where it had trouble staying in the league. in the late 1940s there were various clubs that represented the city of Irapuato and it was until 1948 when they decide to merge in order to become more competitive and so they did and join the Second division in 1949. The men in charge of the merge were Oscar Bonfiglio and Jesús Vaca Gaona both had participated in the 1928 Olympic games in Amsterdam. The club would once againg changed is name this time to Club Deportivo Irapuato A.C which many people believe to be the date when the club was establish.

First Division[edit]

Irapuato's first game in the Mexican First Division Against Puebla FC in 1954.

The club was one of the first clubs to inaugurate the Segunda División de México in the 1949–50 tournament where after 3 seasons the club managed to win its first promotion. The club made its First Division debut in the league on 22 August 1954 against Zacatepec who they beat 4–5. In the second round the club played at home in the Estadio Revolución stadium against Puebla FC who they also defeated 4-0. The club also revived its rivalry which had stopped in the late 1930s against Club Leon, that game ended in a 1–1 draw. The club's best tournament was the 1963-64 Primera División season where the club finished 4th with 32 points only 1 behind that year's champions Guadalajara who finished with 33 points.


In the 1971-72 season the club found itself playing in group 2 with clubs Monterrey, Guadalajara, Puebla, Atlante, Pachuca, Pumas, Toluca and Torreón. At the end of the tournament the club finished last and had to play a relegation series against the other last place teams. The series was played against Torreón, Atlético Español, and Veracruz. the first match was played against Veracruz who defeated them 3–1 the first leg, the second leg ended in a 0-0 draw. The last game was played against Torreón in the Estadio Jalisco where Irapuato lost 1–0 and were regelated for the first time in 18 years to the second division .

Second Division[edit]

Back in the second division the club became a top club reaching the final in its first year back against Petroleros de Ciudad Madero. The first game was played in Irapuato which they won 1–0. It seemed the club would clinch its promotion having the second match at home but surprisingly Ciudad Madero came out with a 2–0 victory and so earning its promotion.

In the 1974-75 season the club had its second opportunity when they once aging reach the final this time played against Tecos . The club would lose that final match 1–0. it took place in the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The club would get its third opportunity to earn a promotion in 1978 this time against Zacatepec. This time a series was played the first match ended in a 1–0 victory for Zacatepec. The second match ended in a 4–1 victory for Zacatepec and so the club would lost its third Promotion series in 6 years.

Second promotion[edit]

In the 1980s the club had a streak of qualifying to the quarterfinals but not been able to reach the final. After four years the club finally managed to reach the final in the 1984-85 tournament under the management of Diego Malta Solano against Pachuca . The first match was played in Irapuato were they took a 2–1 advantage. in the return match Irapuato came out with a win and finally earn the promotion after 13 years. Notable players from that club were Anselmo Romero, Rafael Lira, Jesús Montes, Eugenio Constantino and Teodoro Orozco.

Second Relegation[edit]

In the 1990-91 season Irapuato got relegated to the second division for the second time. in 1994 Irapuato joined the newly formed Primera Division A and got the opportunity to return to the First Division.

1999–00 Promotion[edit]

in the Invierno 99 season Irapuato faced Zacatepec in the Final, they beat them 3-1 in the first leg with goals from Cristián Ariel Morales, and Martín Rodríguez in the second leg things got complicated when Zacatepec tied the game but Morales and Rodriguez scored and the took the championship with an overall score of 5–3.

In the Verano 00 season the champion Irapuato made it to the Final again this time facing Cruz Azul Hidalgo if Irapuato would win they would be promoted to the First Division, the first leg was played in Hidalgo and the score was 2–2 Martín Rodríguez and Jesús Gutiérrez scored the two goals for Irapuato. The second leg and Promotional Final was played in The Sergio León Chávez on 10 June 2000. The final score was 2–2 Cristián Morales and Martín Rodríguez scored for Irapuato, Alejandro Corona and James Owusu-Ansah scored for Cruz Azul Hidalgo. In extra time no one scored so they went to penalties, Cruz Azul Hidalgo's Pedro Resendiz, Josef Nemec, scored the penalties but Erik Marín, and Mario Ramírez missed. However Irapuato's Martín Rodríguez, Cristián Morales, Víctor Saavedra and Héctor Gómez scored the penalties the final score was 4–2 in penalties. Irapuato would return to the First Division almost a decade after being relegated in 1991.


Suddenly in 26 December 2001 Grupo Pegaso announces Irapuato was sold to Veracruz for its spot in the First Division and Irapuato was left without a team for the Verano 2002 season. And in the Invierno 2002 season or Apertura 2002 as it was now called, Querétaro a Second Division team moved to Irapuato under the name Real Irapuato. In their first season they made it to the final versus C.F. La Piedad and eventually win the Apertura 2002 championship in penalties.

2002–03 Promotion[edit]

In the 2003 season Irapuato makes it to the 2002-03 promotional final against Clausura 2003 champions and arch rivals Club Leon. The first leg was played on 18 June 2003 Irapuato won the Clasico del Bajio and the first game in Leon's home 2–1 with a goal from Ariel González and an own goal from Gorsd, the second leg was played in Irapuato and in the last moments of the game Josias Ferreira scores a goal ending the game 1–0 and returning Irapuato to the first division.

Third Relegation[edit]

The team was relegated in 2004 but not because of their on-field performance but because of financial irregularities. The team then took a turn for the worse being relegated to the second division or Segunda Division.

Second Disappearance and Played in Segunda Division[edit]

After Clausura 2013, Irapuato finished at the bottom 5 of the standings and the team was moved to Zacatepec, Morelos and were rebranded to Zacatepec 1948. Union de Curtidores was rumored to be moving into the city of Irapuato to replaced the dissolved franchise there, but the owner of Union decided to keep the team in Leon after getting approval to play their home games in Estadio Nou Camp. However, some time after a franchise from Querétaro FC was purchased to the team was revived in Segunda Division de Mexico playing in the Liga Premier for the Apertura 2013.

The franchise came to join the Copa de la Liga Premier de Ascenso Apertura 2013, where they reached the final against Cruz Azul Jasso and lost 1-0 on aggregate, so Irapuato was runner-up. At the end of the tournament the franchise returned to Querétaro, because of the restructuring that occurred in Grupo Delfines, which decided that the team that played in the Apertura 2013 at Estadio Sergio León Chávez as Irapuato, would return to their roots to play either at Estadio Corregidora or La Cañada.

Return to Ascenso MX[edit]

On 29 May 2014, Enrique Bonilla, Sports CEO of Ascenso MX unveiled the emergence of Irapuato, instead of Ballenas Galeana, who had to relocate because of their economic problems, same which were resolved by guanajuatenses entrepreneurs which in turn called for the team to move to their state. Furthermore, circulated a letter from the President of the Civil Association Club Irapuato, J. Concepcion Enrique Enriquez directed Bonilla, secretary general of Ascent MX, where the AC are declared owners of the brand name and badge Irapuato equipment. Ballenas Morelos was sold and moved to Irapuato and named Club Irapuato.

Historic Badges[edit]


Main article(s): Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez

Estadio Sergio León Chávez
Estadio SLC Irapuato.jpg
Former names Estadio Irapuato (1969–1990)
Location Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

Irapuato FC play their home matches at Estadio Irapuato founded on 23 March 1969 under the name "Estadio Irapuato" renamed Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez in 1990. Irapuato first played their home matches at Estadio Revolucion. On 27 October 1968 the board of Irapuato invited the Spanish Olympic football team that competed at the 1968 Mexico Olympics to play a friendly match against Irapuato, the stadium recorded a large entry in that game the Spanish beat Irapuato.

The first goal was scored by the captain of Spain Juan Manuel Asensi and Marco Antonio Sanchez Moya of Irapuato tied the score. 23 March 1969 was the official opening. in 1970 the Mexican National Team played vs Irapuato at that time Mexico was being prepared for the 1970 FIFA World Cup, The Mexican national team came out victorious with a score of 4-1.

Note that in this opening match Mr. Guillermo Canedo was present, who struggled to be make the World Cup possible in Mexico.

The stadium has hosted two international football tournaments, the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Notes
1910-1949 Mexican Amateur League
1949-50 2nd Division Joins Mexican 2nd Division
1950-51 2nd Division
1951-52 2nd Division
1952-53 2nd Division
1953-54 2nd Division Promotion Champion
1954–55 1st Division 10th
1955–56 1st Division 9th
1956–57 1st Division 5th
1957–58 1st Division 8th
1958–59 1st Division 7th
1959–60 1st Division 6th
1960–61 1st Division 12th
1961–62 1st Division 6th
1962–63 1st Division 11th
1963–64 1st Division 4th
1964–65 1st Division 15th
1965–66 1st Division 10th
1966–67 1st Division 9th
1967–68 1st Division 11th
1968–69 1st Division 14th
1969–70 1st Division 14th
1970–71 1st Division 7th
Season Division Notes
1971–72 1st Division 9th, Relegated
1972-73 2nd Division
1973-74 2nd Division
1974-75 2nd Division
1975-76 2nd Division
1976-77 2nd Division
1977-78 2nd Division
1978-79 2nd Division
1979-80 2nd Division
1980-81 2nd Division
1981-82 2nd Division
1982-83 2nd Division
1983-84 2nd Division
1984-85 2nd Division Promotion Champion
1985–86 1st Division
1986–87 1st Division 16th
1987–88 1st Division 15th
1988–89 1st Division 17th
1989–90 1st Division 12th
1990–91 1st Division Relegated
1991-92 2nd Division
1992-93 2nd Division
1993-94 2nd Division
Season Division Place
1994–95 Primera A 6th
Invierno 96 Primera A 2nd
Verano 97 Primera A
Invierno 97 Primera A
Verano 98 Primera A
Invierno 98 Primera A
Verano 99 Primera A
Invierno 99 Primera A Champion
Verano 00 Primera A Champion, Wins Promotional Final Against Cruz Azul Hidalgo
Invierno 00 1st Division 9th
Verano 01 1st Division 18th
Invierno 01 1st Division 15th
Verano 02 1st Division
Invierno 02 Primera A Champion
Verano 03 Primera A Champion,wins Promotional Final Against Leon
Apertura 03 1st Division 15th
Clausura 04 1st Division 9th
Apertura 04 Primera A Relegation
Clausura 05 Primera A
Apertura 05 Primera A
Clausura 06 Primera A Relegation
Apertura 06 2nd Division Champion
Clausura 07 2nd Division
Season Division Place
Apertura 07 2nd Division
Clausura 08 2nd Division Champion
Apertura 08 Primera A 7th
Clausura 09 Primera A 17th
Apertura 09 Liga de Ascenso 1st
Clausura 10 Liga de Ascenso 5th
Apertura 10 Liga de Ascenso 6th
Clausura 11 Liga de Ascenso Champion, Lost Promotional Final Against Tijuana
Apertura 11 Liga de Ascenso 5th
Clausura 12 Liga de Ascenso 10th
Apertura 12 Ascenso MX 11th
Clausura 13 Ascenso MX
Apertura 13 Liga Premier de Ascenso
Clausura 14 Liga Premier de Ascenso
Apertura 14 Ascenso MX TBD

League Goal scoring Champions[edit]

Name Season Goals
Mexico Jaime Belmonte
Primera División de México 1961–62
Mexico Jaime Belmonte
Primera División de México 1963–64
Mexico Ángel Lemus
Primera Division A Verano 97
Argentina Cristián Morales
Primera Division A Invierno 98
Argentina Cristián Morales
Primera Division A Invierno 99
Uruguay Martín Rodríguez Alba
Primera División de México Invierno 01
Argentina Ariel González
Liga de Ascenso Apertura 2009
Argentina Ariel González
Liga de Ascenso Bicentenario 2010


The nickname "Trinca Fresera", which means "Strawberry Lashers", originates from the year 1949, when the team got an invitation to Play teams such as La Piedad, Leon, and the Brazilian Team Vasco da Gama. The Games would Take Place in The Estadio de la Ciudad de Los Deportes now know as Estadio Azul in Mexico City. Vasco da Gama had a very good Offence, in that time it was known as "la trinca infernal" the term trinca, utilized in that time as a reference for 3, trinca infernal referenced Vasco da Gama's Offence witch had 3 verry agile, quick men. Don Agustín González Escopeta, Master of the Sport Commentary, Watched the Match between Irapuato and La Piedad, chronically the Leon vs Vasco match was on and He said: "si el Vasco da Gama es una trinca infernal, el Irapuato es la trinca fresera" ¡que bonito juegan!, which meant "If Vasco da Gama are the Infernal Lashers then Irapuato are the Strawberry Lashers ¡boy they play nice!" . It was then that don Agustín González Escopeta, Baptized Irapuato as la trinca fresera, To this date in any Stadium they enter the fans identify them as la trinca fresera del Irapuato.

Clausura 2011 Champions[edit]

In the Clausura 2011 Season, Irapuato Was crowned Champion by defeating Tijuana in the final with a score of 2–1. The First Leg was played in Tijuana and it ended in a 1-1 draw goals were scored by Luis Alberto Valdez at 8' for Irapuato, and Alejandro Molina at 60' for Tijuana. The Second Leg was Played in Irapuato and ended in a 1-0 win for Irapuato Crowning them as Champions of the 2011 Clausura, the Goal was scored by José Cruz Gutiérrez in the 85' minute of the game.



2011 Promotional Final[edit]

21 May 2011
Tijuana 2–1 Irapuato
Joe Corona Goal 29'
Mauro Néstor Gerk Goal 31'
[1] Alejandro Molina (own goal) Goal 38'
Estadio Caliente, Tijuana,Mexico
Attendance: 33,333
Referee: Oscar Macias Romo
GK 25 Mexico Leonín Pineda
RB 2 Mexico Richard Ruíz
CB 3 Argentina Javier Gandolfi (c) Substituted off 64'
CB 13 Mexico Alejandro Molina Goal OG 38'
LB 5 Mexico Joshua Abrego
CM 16 Mexico Gerardo Galindo Booked 50'
CM 17 Mexico Félix Ayala Booked 4' Substituted off 71'
RW 15 United States Joe Corona Goal 29'
AM 10 Mexico Raúl Enríquez
LW 24 Argentina Javier Yacuzzi
CF 9 Argentina Mauro Néstor Gerk Goal 31' Substituted off 60'
CB 4 Mexico Miguel Almazán Substituted in 64'
CM 22 Mexico Juan Carlos Núñez Substituted in 72'
FW 11 Mexico Luis Orozco Substituted in 60'
Mexico Joaquín del Olmo
GK 1 Mexico Adrián Martínez
RB 16 Mexico Arturo Alvarado Substituted off 74'
CB 13 Mexico Gandhi Vega Booked 65'
CB 44 Mexico Juan Carlos Arellano
CB 2 Mexico Margarito González
LB 27 Mexico Gerardo Gomez
CM 8 Mexico Jorge Manrique
RW 58 Mexico Efraín Cruz Booked 23' Substituted off 33'
LF 11 Argentina Ariel Gonzalez (c) Substituted off 55'
LW 45 Mexico José Cruz Gutiérrez
RF 28 Mexico Luis Alberto Valdes Booked 47'
LB 19 Mexico Jonathan Miramontes Substituted in 74'
LW 21 Mexico José Luis López Substituted in 33'
RF 7 Mexico Alejandro Castillo Substituted in 5'
Mexico Ignacio Ramirez

Tijuana gets promoted to the Primera División de México while Irapuato remains in the Liga de Ascenso

Shirt Sponsors and Manufacturers[edit]

  • Championship jerseys*
Year Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1999-00* Garcis Corona
2002-03* Garcis Pegaso/Bimbo
2003-04 Eescord Boing/Tres Hermanos Shoes/Rezza Editores
2004-05 Eescord Volkswagen
2005-06 Keuka C.Botanica Azteca
2006-07 Keuka Caja Libertad/Honda
2007-08 Keuka Caja Libertad/Corona
2008-09 Keuka Caja Libertad/Corona
2009-10 Keuka Caja Libertad/U Taisan/ALDE/Credicor Mexicano/Corona
2010 Concord Caja Libertad/U Taisan/ALDE/Credicor Mexicano/Corona
Clausura 2011* Concord Caja Libertad/U Taisan/ALDE/ETN/Adhler/Tele Cable/Corona
Apertura 2011-Clausura 2012 Concord Caja Libertad/ALDE/Don Billete/Corona/Tele Cable/Life and Fitness
Apertura 2012-Clausura 2014 Silver Sports Wear Caja Popular Mexicana/Coca-Cola/Corona/Cemento Monterrey/Nivada
Apertura 2014- Keuka TBD

Past Managers[edit]

Year Manager Notes
2009-2010 Argentina Osvaldo Batocletti
2010-2011 Mexico Ignacio Rodriguez Lead the team to the 2011 promotional Final Against Club Tijuana
2011 Mexico Omar Arellano Nuño
2011-2012 Mexico Ricardo Rayas
2012 Mexico Teodoro Orozco
2012 Mexico Héctor Medrano
June 2014- Mexico Roberto Sandoval


Irapuato FC Official Supporter group are Los Hijos de la Mermelada which translates to The Children of the Jam in English


El Clásico del Bajio[edit]

Irapuato's most fierce rivalry according to the fans is against León, named after both of the teams region "Clásico del Bajio".

El Clásico[edit]

Irapuato Also have other Rivals Such As Celaya and Salamanca both teams in Guanajuato.

Current roster[edit]

As of 8 June 2014.[2]

For the Apertura 2014 season

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 Carlos Fernández
4 Mexico DF Valentin Arredondo
5 Mexico DF Marco Tovar
6 Mexico MF Héctor Hernández (on loan from Zacatecas)
7 Mexico MF Julio Atilano
8 Mexico MF Julio Betancio (on loan from Atlas)
9 Mexico DF Emmanuel Tapia
10 Colombia MF Fabián Cuellar (on loan from Oaxaca)
11 Mexico MF Allam Bello (on loan from Cruz Azul)
12 Mexico GK Armando Navarrete (on loan from América)
15 Mexico DF Manuel García
No. Position Player
17 Mexico MF José Manuel Rivera
18 Mexico DF Jesús Arturo Paganoni (on loan from Atlas)
19 Mexico MF Heriberto Beltrán
20 Mexico DF Gerardo Bernal
21 Mexico FW Stefano Rodríguez
22 Mexico DF Alejandro Mercado
23 Mexico MF Ricardo Bocanegra (on loan from Atlas)
26 Mexico DF Alfonso Rippa
27 Mexico FW Xavier Barreras
28 Colombia FW Carlos Urrego
29 Mexico FW Bernardo López Obeso

Notable players[edit]

Club Honors[edit]


Champion : Invierno 1999, Verano 2000, Apertura 2002, Clausura 2011.
Runner-up (2): Apertura 2008, Apertura 2009
Champion : 1953–54, 1984–85
Runner-up (1): 1955-56
  • Copa Mexico Segunda División (2)
Champion : 1953, 1954


  • Canpeonato Liga Mayor del Centro (11)
Champion : 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
  • Campeonato Estatal de Futbol (7)
Champion : 1919, 1924, 1925, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1938
  • Campeonato Federacion Nacional de Futbol (4)
Champion : 1931, 1936, 1938, 1942
  • Campeonato FMF para Asociaciones Afiliadas (3)
Champion : 1943, 1946, 1959
  • Liga Amateur de Guanajuato (1)
Champion : 1928


  • Copa de Oro de Occidente (4)
Champion : 1957, 1959.


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