Deportivo Toluca F.C.
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|Full name||Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club
S.A. de C.V.
|Nickname(s)||Los Choriceros (The Sausagers)
Los Escarlatas (The Scarlets)
Los Diablos Rojos (The Red Devils)
|Founded||12 February 1917|
Toluca, Mexico, Mexico
|Owner||Valentín Díez Morodo|
|Apertura 2013||5th (Semifinalists)|
Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club S.A. de C.V. [deporˈtiβo toˈluka ˈfutβol ˈkluβ] is a Mexican professional football club. Toluca's stadium Nemesio Díez Riega is located in Toluca, State of Mexico in Mexico. Toluca plays in the Liga MX, has been champion ten times and is one of the most successful clubs of Mexico.
In 12 February 1917, the brothers Román Alday and Gerardo Ferrat alongside Filiberto Navas and Manuel Henkel created Deportivo Toluca Futbol Club. In 1950, the team joined the recently formed Segunda División, advancing to Mexican Primera División in 1953.
The team won three consecutive championships in 1966 and 1967 under coach Ignacio Trelles. In 1975 Toluca won the championship one more time. Coached by Uruguayan Ricardo de León, Toluca played a style of game that was consistently criticized as ultra-defensive but won the championship by defeating León in the final-four mini-tournament 1-0, with the lone goal being scored by Ecuadorian Ítalo Estupiñan. This is the only time the Mexican Championship has been decided by a round-robin, two-legged, mini-tournament.
In 1997 Enrique "Ojitos" Meza became the coach of the team, after reaching the finals of the Mexican league with Toros Neza. Toluca resurged, its tactical scheme was very offensive, which was very characteristic of its coach. It was not atypical to see scores like 5-3. The offensive idea suited perfectly the Paraguayan José Saturnino Cardozo, who became the best scorer of the league in four occasions.
Toluca won the championship in 1998, the first one in twenty years. With Enrique Meza as coach, Toluca won the championship three times in a period of three years.
In the Invierno 2001 tournament Ricardo La Volpe became the coach of Toluca. He, along with Cardozo and Vicente Sánchez had one of the most successful and exciting teams in years. However, La Volpe left Toluca with a few weeks left in the season, but without him, they still won their 7th title.
At the end of the Apertura 2005 tournament, the team became champions again, beating C.F. Monterrey by an aggregate of 6-3, after the questionable decisions of Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez "El Chiquidracula", who expelled three players from Monterrey on their first foul committed.
In the Clausura 2007 tournament, Toluca had one of their worst seasons, finishing in last place. In the Copa Libertadores 2007, they made it to the round of 16, where they were subsequently eliminated by Cúcuta Deportivo from Colombia. Following the elimination from both tournaments, Gallego resigned from his position stating the need for a year off as his reason for resigning from Club Toluca. José Pekerman, former coach of the Argentine national team, was appointed as head coach of Club Toluca on May 30, 2007. In the Apertura 2007, Toluca had a much better finish than the previous tournament, placing 2nd place out of 18 only behind league leader Santos Laguna. They were ultimately eliminated by league runner-up Pumas in the quarter-finals of the Apertura 2007 playoffs.
Club Toluca failed to qualify for the 2008 Copa Libertadores. On the Apertura 2008, Toluca had a weak start under their new coach, Jose Manuel "El Chepo" De La Torre, on one point going on a four game streak of only draws. On the last five games of the regular season, they reversed the tying streak, making 13 points out of a possible 15, ending the regular season in 2nd place overall with 27 points and thus advancing to the playoffs. Their goalkeeper Hernan Cristante set a record by not allowing any goals for 773 minutes. Toluca would go on to win the Bicentenario 2010 tournament by beating Santos Laguna in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, earning them the tenth cup win, the same amount as Club América. Besides winning the domestic title ten times, Toluca has also been the Runner-Up of the Mexican domestic tournament six times. On the Apertura 2012, Toluca finished first place and therefore earned a place for the Copa Libertadores. On the Ligullia of the Apertura 2012, Toluca went all the way to the final and lose to Club Tijuana 4-1 aggregate. On the Cluasura 2013, Toluca finished 13th and did not qualify for the Ligullia. At the end of that season then coach Enrique Meza resigned his job. The next day Toluca contacted its top scorer former player Jose Cardozo as its new head coach.
In the new era of Jose Cardozo as head coach, Toluca went to be the most offensive club in the Apertura 2013 with 33 goals and receiving 17 goals. In the Apertura 2013 Pablo Velázquez became the league's goal scorer with 12 goals. In that season Club Toluca ended in the semifinals losing to Club America in away goals. In the next season being the Clausura 2014, Club Toluca became the most defensive club in the league with 14 goals scored against and scoring 25 goals and came second in the league and lost to Club Leon in the semifinals.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers winter 2013–14.
- Mexican Primera División: (10) 1966-67, 1967–68, 1974–75, Verano 1998, Verano 1999, Verano 2000, Apertura 2002, Apertura 2005, Apertura 2008, Bicentenario 2010
- Runner Up: (6) 1956-57, 1957–58, 1970–71, Invierno 2000, Apertura 2006, Apertura 2012
- Segunda División de México: (1) 1952-53
- Copa México: (2) 1955-56, 1988–89
- Campeón de Campeones: (4) 1966-67, 1967–68, 2002–03, 2005–06
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup: (2) 1968, 2003
- Copa Orgullosamente Marty: 1998
- Copa Chihuahua-El Heraldo: 2008
- III Torneo Pentagonal Internacional de la Ciudad de México: 1960
- Singapore International Foursquare: 1999
- Trofeo Hispanomexicano: 2003
- México-Yemen: 2008 Sub-15
Club President's list
|Román Ferrat Alday||1917||1923|
|Samuel Martínez García||1945||1953|
|Luis Gutiérrez Dosal||1953||1959|
|Nemesio Díez Riega||1953||1972|
|Fernando Corona Álvarez||1972||1977|
|Germán Sánchez Fabela||1977||1980|
|Ernesto Nemer Naime||1980||1981|
|Jesús Fernandez del Cojo||1981||1983|
|Germán Sánchez Fabela||1983||1984|
|Jesús Fernández del Cojo||1984||1985|
|Fernando Corona Álvarez||1985||1986|
|Germán Sánchez Fabela||1986||1987|
|Kurt Visetti Vogelbach||1987||1989|
|José Antonio Roca||1992||1993|
|Jesús Fernández del Cojo||1993||1995|
|Sergio Peláez Farell||1995||1997|
|Rafael Lebrija Guiot||1997||2007|
|Fernando Corona Álvarez||2007|
Top goalscorers in a season
|3||José Saturnino Cardozo||1995-2005||332|
|7||José Manuel Abundis||1992-2000
|8||Paulo Da Silva*||2003-2009
|9||Juan Carlos Paz||1978-1985||256|
- Current players