Club Santos Laguna
|Full name||Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V.|
|Nickname(s)||Guerreros (Warriors) Laguneros (Harriers) Verdiblancos (The Green-and-Whites) Albiverdes (The White-and-Greens)|
|Founded||September 4, 1983|
Club Santos Laguna is a Mexican football club. They represent the urban area of Comarca Lagunera, which is made up of Torreón, Gómez Palacio, and Lerdo. Santos Laguna currently plays in the Liga MX. The club was founded in 1982, and reached Mexico's top division after buying the franchise belonging to the Ángeles de Puebla. The club's debut in Mexico's top division was in the 1988/89 tournament. They have won the league championship four times: first in the Invierno 1996 tournament, second in the Verano 2001 tournament, third in the Clausura 2008 tournament, and the most recent in the Clausura 2012 tournament. They have also reached the finals in the 1993–94 season, the Verano 2000 tournament, the Bicentenario 2010 tournament, the Apertura 2010 tournament, and the Apertura 2011 tournament. The club made history on November 20, 2012 assigning for the first time a European coach, Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha.
It is currently the fifth most popular team in Mexico according to the latest poll by Consulta Mitofsky on February 17, 2013. Is ranked 74th in the current world rankings Classification According to the IFFHS clubes. Is considered the 4th best club XXI Century Concacaf zone and the sixth CONCACAF team of the 1st Decade of the Century XXI.
Club Santos Laguna was founded in 1982 under the auspices of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) of the State of Durango. IMSS Santos Laguna was the first official name of this team, which was founded and hosted in his first season with the Mexican Social Security Institute and that is where its origins.
Since the late seventies, the IMSS organized a national football tournament, with teams representing different parts of the country attended these competitions for five consecutive years, the hometown of Gomez Palacio, a team that won several championships and always left a good impression, this group of players who mostly played on the team, "Asturias" Gomezpalatinian League were represented at the IMSS base for their city.
Jose Diaz Couder, as head of social services in the IMSS Gomez Palacio, was invited to participate in those tournaments without having its own team, drew on the expertise to shape a team, building on the Asturias. Regularly results were good, so on the insistence of Diaz Couder with senior management of the Institute to send a franchise of the second division to La Laguna.
In 1982, Tuberos de Veracruz, forming part of the Second Division "B" of Mexican soccer disappeared, giving the franchise to IMSS, one to his collection, as they had several, the most important and Oaxtepec Atlante. That franchise was offered in the last minute to Gomez Palacio, but with time running out and little infrastructure declined to accept and went to Santa Cruz, Tlaxcala, a small town, where Social Security is the resort located in La Trinidad, with a good stage there arose the first Santos Laguna, a name taken by the town, Santa Cruz, its people thus were Santos Laguna.
Jose Diaz Couder, Sports Coordinator of the IMSS in Gomez Palacio, received the news from Professor Lorenzo García González, Director of Soccer Schools and Social Security of Mr. Juan Antonio Carranza, Assistant Director of Corporate Services of the IMSS, so spread Diaz Couder news and chained to the Comarca Santos Laguna.
Due to a lack of facilities in Gomez Palacios, efforts were made to acquire Moctezuma Stadium in Torreón, then owned by John Abusaid. An agreement was struck and Santos began hosting home games at what later became Estadio Corona (now replaced by Corona II or Territorio Santos Laguna).
As the team was formed, training began under the direction of Juan Manuel Ramirez Meza "Janiel". However, because coach Ramirez Meza did not have license to train professionally in Mexico, the club had to resort to Don Grimaldo Gonzalez. Because Don Grimaldo Gonzales was not naturalized and could not participate as a foreigner in lower divisions of Mexican Football, the coach post had to be replaced yet again, this time by Fernando Zamora, only filling in a few days before the start of the tournament.
The only reinforcement that came with professional experience was Carlos Gonzalez, who had debuted years ago with the Green Wave, old equipment neighboring towns, the rest of the players were those who represented IMSS Gómez Palacio for years. With the aim of spreading the sport and health, the Santos team began recruiting players from the region and enrolled in professional football to establish a new circuit between the second and third divisions that the Mexican Football Federation called "II B" . Short has won 3 championships.
Second Division "B" 
On September 4, 1983 the Warriors played their first game with his name Santos Laguna, winning 2 goals to 0 against the Second Division Bachilleres with annotations Leobardo Avalos and José Luis Hernández. A year later, on July 8 and being champions of the Second Division "B", the Warriors defeated in the final of the Champion of Champions at the Autonomous University of Querétaro in the two games by a score 1–0. Both teams reached the Second Division "A ".
Second Division "A" 
Santos Laguna changed owners, when the IMSS decided to get rid of all the professional clubs, so entrepreneur harrier Salvador Necochea Sagui bought the club. Warriors in their first year in the Second Division "A" fought to save himself in the league for non-drop, which succeeded thanks to 3 wins, 2 draws and only one defeat, the players featured were William "The Clash" Galindo, Carlos González[disambiguation needed], Julio Cesar Armendariz, Tomas Moreno and Fernando de la Rosa.
In 1985, the Guerreros earned the nickname after the campaign began with bad results, changed technical and managed to reach the 10° position of the table, not just that the fans began to grow in number and also achieved have its own stadium when the owners bought the old Estadio Corona.
In 1986, there were several changes to the team, previous first coat was replaced by the current shield the idea was the then owner Salvador Necochea, the latter was first played in the uniform settlement in green and white stripes and third at last a league ranked by the rise when 4 dates to finish the regular season defeat to Santos Laguna Tepic by a score of 1:0 and gets the lead in the Second Division "A".
In 1987, the Guerreros returned to be leaders and scored again at 4 days to finish the regular season, however, despite only having lost a home game in the tournament Santos Laguna went back to the shore in their struggle to ascend to the Mexican First Division.
Of the 18 founding clubs of the new professional circuit in the Second Division "B", only two made it to the first division, the Correcaminos UAT and Santos Laguna. Although the Roadrunners as monarchs of the second, moved up 87–88, after eight seasons of staggering, fell to the new branch promotion dubbed Primera A, which is still struggling to return.
Instead, the Guerreros arrived at the maximum circuit for the purchase of the franchise Angeles de Puebla and justified his rise over time because not won on the field becoming 15 years in a successful club it is today.
Early years in First Division 
Santos Laguna was promoted in 1988 to buy the franchise of Angeles de Puebla and although it was not sporting manner as warriors with reinforcements Wilson Graniolatti, Martín Zúñiga and Miguel Herrera gave a good image in the Cup Tournament with 3 wins, 4 draws and one defeat. Santos Laguna in this tournament began with a tie at 1 as against Atlético Morelia, and scoring the first goal in the first division Lucas Ochoa. Warriors in the hands of Carlos (the banana) Ortiz would be saved from falling, when, thanks to two goals from Miguel Herrera, Santos Laguna defeated Atletico Potosino 3:1 Potosino in Week 34.
In 1991, the company Grupo Modelo became majority shareholder of the club. That same year would mean one of the saddest for Santos Laguna when Roberto Matos save the Warriors in the last round thanks to a miraculous 0:0 tie against Atlético Morelia, young Ramon Ramírez also make his debut in First Division scored in the Chivas de Guadalajara. In late 1992, the club gets hit very hard by the death of its president, Armando Navarro Gazcón, who perished along with his wife in a car accident.
In 1993 begins the ascent sports club with the arrival of President Alberto Canedo and Chilean coach Pedro Garcia, who after finishing the 1991–1992 season indicated to the local press newspaper Noticias El Sol de La Laguna continue only on the computer if you gave players to be within the top 10 in Mexico and it was. There was a strong investment between Ruben Martinez stressed reinforcements who arrived after being crowned three-time scoring in Chile and achieved the championship in the Libertadores Cup in 1991, the Recopa Sudamericana in 1991 and in 1992 with the Chilean Colo-Colo, Antonio Apud (who was injured in his right knee before his arrival but I get to wear the Argentina jersey.), Daniel Guzmán, Olaf Heredia, Diego Silva[disambiguation needed], Héctor Adomaitis (a young man who came to be a stranger and national football eventually became a benchmark of soccer in the Comarca Lagunera) and Richard Zambrano, who joined the players who came from the second division as Guadalupe Rubio and Pedro Muñoz. This season was achieved for the first time qualifying for the playoffs in the first division and reached the final in their tenth anniversary of the foundation, which lost in overtime to Tecos UAG.
Standout teams 
1993–94 Runner-up 
In the first leg the team defeated Tecos UAG 1–0 in Corona Stadium; in the second leg it lost 2–0 in 3 de Marzo Stadium.
- Adrián Marmolejo
- Ramón Ramírez
- Hector Adomaitis
- Diego Silva
- Antonio Apud Nieva
- Daniel Guzmán
- Richard Zambrano
- Felipe de Jesús Amezcua
- Jose Antonio Alcantara
- Jesús Gómez
- Ricardo Wagner de Souza
Invierno 1996 Champions 
In the Invierno of 1996 Santos Laguna won its first title, defeating Necaxa 4–3 on aggregate (first leg 0–1, second leg 4–2). The winning goal is still controversial, as the team's detractors assert that the scorer (Jared Borgetti) was off-side.
- Jose Miguel
- Francisco Gabriel de Anda
- Pedro Muñoz
- Jose Guadalupe Rubio
- Ricardo Wagner de Souza
- Nicolás Ramírez
- Miguel España
- Benjamín Galindo
- Héctor Adomaitis
- Jared Borgetti
- Gabriel Caballero
- Francisco Del Rio
Verano 2001 Champions 
In the Verano of 2001 Santos Laguna won its second title, 4–3 on aggregate (first leg 1–2, second leg 3–1) against Pachuca.
- Adrián Martínez
- Héctor Altamirano
- Héctor López
- Miguel Ángel Carreón
- Mariano Trujillo
- Carlos Cariño
- Luis Romero
- Johan Rodríguez
- Rodrigo "El Pony" Ruiz
- Joaquín Reyes Chávez
- Jared Borgetti
- Carlos Augusto Gomes "Guto"
- Robson Luiz
- Luis Fernando Soto
- Ignacio Vázquez
- Enrique Vizcarra
Current years 
In the Clausura 2007 season, Santos was in grave danger of being relegated to the Primera División A along with other teams Querétaro and Tigres UANL. Despite having bought several important players such as Oswaldo Sánchez, Daniel Ludueña and Vicente Matías Vuoso, the team lost five games of their first seven. However, the team managed to keep a steady pace and scored 22 points during the season. They were benefited by the "20/11 rule", which made Querétaro lose three points for not using enough players under 20 years, 11 months. Thanks to this, Santos remained in the Primera División. Not only did they save themselves from relegation, but they made enough points to play the repechage. There they would face the preferable San Luis to whom they had lost the 1st leg 1–0 at home, but miraculously came from behind and won the 2nd leg 2–0, thus eliminating San Luis. In the quarter finals, Santos would lose to the champion of the season, Pachuca in a global score of 2–2 eliminating Santos for the positioning on the table.
The Apertura 2007 season was a much better season for Santos leaving them first place on the regular season standings, eliminating Monarcas Morelia with a global score of 5–2 in the quarter-finals, but they were defeated by Pumas UNAM with a global score of 5–4 in the semi-finals.
Clausura 2008 Champions 
Torneo Bicentenario 2010 
In the finals they played against FC Toluca. In the first game, the final score was 2-2 with a goal by Carlos Darwin Quintero and another one by Vicente Matías Vuoso. In the second game the scored was tied 0–0 and lead to penalty kicks, Santos was 2 penalties ahead of Toluca, the ones that scored the penalties were: Lacerda, Chato and Ludueña, Santos only needed to score a goal and the championship was theirs, but Vuoso failed his penalty kick, then toluca scored, then Morales also failed his pk, the penalty kicks were 3–3, then Arce failed his shoot, and then Toluca scored, leaving Santos in the second place.
Apertura 2010 
In the Apertura 2010, Santos Laguna played against Monterrey. The first leg was at TSM with a score of 3–2 in favor of Santos Laguna with goals of Gutty 23', Quintero 41', Davino (own goal) 85' and for Monterrey Suazo 37' and Cardozo 54' scoring their goals. The second leg was played in Monterrey, with Los Regios winning 3–0 with goals of Suazo 28' & 85' and Basanta 72' winning aggregate 5–3.
Apertura 2011 
In this tournament, Santos Laguna went to the final playing against Tigres. The first leg was played at TSM with Tigres winning 1–0 with the goal of Damian Alvarez. The second leg was at El Volcan, with Tigres also winning that game 3–1 with goals of Mancilla 52', Danilinho 63', and Pulido 87' and for Santos Laguna, Peralta scored at 30' with Tigres winning aggregate 4–1. The referee for the second leg's match, was Marco Antonio Rodriguez with very controversial decisions, including the sending off of Oswaldo Sánchez at 12' of the first half. Later on, he would send off Baloy of Santos Laguna and Jimenez of Tigres at 69'.
CONCACAF Champions League 2011–2012 Final 
Santos Laguna lost to Monterrey in this CCL, with Monterrey winning the first leg 2–0 Humberto Suazo scoring for the Regios when he was supposed to be sent off before scoring the goals. Santos Laguna won 2–1 the second leg, Daniel Luduena and Oribe Peralta scoring for the Laguneros and Nery Cardozo for the Regios. This was the 4th lost final for Santos Laguna.
Clausura 2012 Champions 
In the Clausura 2012 season, Santos would come out champion by fourth time, defeating Tigres dramatically in the semi-finals with two last minute goals, and defeating Monterrey in the finals by a winning aggregate score of 3–2. The goals were scored by Daniel Luduena at 6' and Oribe Peralta at 64' for Santos, and Aldo De Nigris at 78' for Monterrey.
- Oswaldo Sánchez
- Jorge Iván Estrada
- Felipe Baloy
- Aarón Galindo
- Osmar Mares
- Marc Crosas
- Rodolfo Salinas
- Carlos Darwin Quintero
- Christian Suárez
- Daniel Ludueña
- Oribe Peralta
- Juan Pablo Rodríguez
- César Ibáñez
- Cándido Ramírez
Shirt sponsors and manufacturers 
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt partner|
|1991–92||Topper||Quesos La Risueña|
|1996–97||Corona Sport*||Corona/Victoria/Modelo Light/Lala|
|1998–99||Corona Sport||Corona/Victoria/Modelo Light/Lala|
|1999-00||Corona Sport||Coca-Cola/Corona/Victoria/Modelo Light/Lala|
|2003–04||Atletica||Peñoles/Coca-Cola/Soriana/Lala/Corona/Consejo de la Comunicación|
|2005–06||Atletica||Peñoles/Coca-Cola/Soriana/Lala/Corona/Ómnibus de México|
|2006–07||Atletica||Peñoles/Coca-Cola/Soriana/Lala/Corona/Ómnibus de México|
|2007–08||Atletica*||Peñoles/Coca-Cola/Soriana/Lala/Extra/Banamex/Corona/Ómnibus de México|
|2008–09||Atletica||Peñoles/Pepsi/Soriana/Lala/Extra/Banamex/Corona/Ómnibus de México|
|2009–10||Atletica||Peñoles/Pepsi/Soriana/Lala/Extra/Banamex/Corona/Ómnibus de México|
|2010–11||Atletica||Peñoles/Pepsi/Soriana/Lala/Extra/Banamex/Corona/Ómnibus de México|
|2011||Puma||Peñoles/Pepsi/Soriana/Lala/Extra/Banamex/Corona/Ómnibus de México|
|2012||Puma*||Peñoles/Pepsi/Soriana/Lala/Extra/Banamex/Corona/Ómnibus de México|
|2013||Puma||Peñoles/Pepsi/Soriana/Lala/Apasco/Banamex/Corona/Ómnibus de México|
- Championship jerseys
Estadio Corona 
The Estadio Corona (the name comes from the beer brand) was one of the smallest football (soccer) stadiums in Mexico having only capacity for 20,100 seats. It was located in the city of Torreón, Coahuila. This sport facility was used mostly for football games and was the home of the club. From its opening in 1970 to 1986, the stadium was known as "Estadio Moctezuma".
The stadium was inaugurated on July 2, 1970 in a friendly match between the now-defunct C.F. Torreón and Club Deportivo Guadalajara, the score was three goals to one in favor of the visitors. Francisco Jara was the first goal scorer in this stadium.The last official goal recorded at this stadium was scored by Vicente Matías Vuoso at the 66th minute on November 1, 2009.
The stadium was demolished on November 2, 2009.
Estadio TSM Corona 
Santos Laguna currently play at Estadio Nuevo Corona, which holds 30,050 people. The new stadium cost US$100,000,000. Construction started on February 22, 2008. On November 11, 2009 the new stadium opened its doors hosting a friendly match between Santos Laguna and Santos F.C., of the Brazilian Série A. The sold out crowd included Mexican President, Felipe Calderón, and Brazilian legend, Pelé. Santos Laguna won 2–1.
On December 9, 2010, Santos formed a partnership with current Scottish champions, Celtic F.C.
Like Celtic, Santos wear a green and white hooped kit.
The two clubs regularly mention one another on Twitter and Facebook.
Current squad 
For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers winter 2012–13. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan 
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable players 
Most Appearances and top Scorers 
|2||Vicente Matías Vuoso||94|
- Players in bold are currently active with Santos Laguna
- Players in italic are still active but are not currently with Santos Laguna
|5||Jorge Iván Estrada||238|
|7||Juan Pablo Rodríguez||230|
|9||Vicente Matías Vuoso||226|
- Players in bold are currently active with Santos Laguna
- Players in italics are still active but not currently with Santos Laguna
- All goals and appearances correct as of March 16, 2013
- All goals and appearances counted for the domestic league only.
Current technical staff 
List of Managers 
|1988–89||Carlos Ortiz||1989–90||Rubén Matturano|
|1990||José de la Paz Herrera||1991||José Luis Estrada|
|1991–92||Rubén Matturano||1992||Ignacio Jáuregui|
|1992||Pedro Dellacha||1992–93||Roberto Matosas|
|1993–94||Pedro García||1994–95||Miguel Ángel López|
|1995–96||Patricio Hernández||1996||José Vantolrá|
|1996–98||Alfredo Tena||1998||Miguel Ángel López|
|Jan 1999 – Oct 99||Juan de Dios Castillo||Oct 1999 – Aug 2||Fernando Quirarte|
|July 2002 – Sep 2||Sergio Bueno||Sept 2002 – Dec 3||Luis Fernando Tena|
|Jan 2004 – Oct 5||Eduardo de la Torre||Nov 2005 – Dec 5||Jorge Vantolrá|
|Jan 2006 – Feb 6||Benjamín Galindo||March 2006 – Sep 6||Wilson Graniolatti|
|Sept 2006 – March 9||Daniel Guzmán||March 2009 – Dec 9||Sergio Bueno|
|Jan 2010 – Feb 11||Rubén Omar Romano||Feb 2011 – Sep 11||Diego Cocca|
|Sept 2011||Eduardo Rergis (interim)||Sept 2011 – Nov 12||Benjamín Galindo|
|Jan 2013–present||Pedro Caixinha|
- InterLiga: (1)
- Copa Independencia: (1)
- Copa Xango: (1)
Distintions and awards 
- Brand of the Year 2012 
- Stadiums in Mexico Football Stadiums of the World
- Chivas y América: los más populares (10 de marzo de 2013) (Spanish)
- Celtic to form ties with Mexican club Santos Laguna BBC Sport, December 9, 2010
- Convenio entre Atlético Nacional y Santos Laguna de México (Spanish)
- Entrega FMF Balón de Oro Apertura 2007 y Clausura 2008
- Ganadores del Balon de Oro Clausura 2012
- Received Santos Brand of the Year Award (Spanish)
- Official website
- Santos Laguna Official Facebook
- Santos Laguna Official Twitter
- Santos Laguna YouTube
- Santos Laguna Flickr
- Super Santos Laguna
- Federacion Mexicana de Futbol