Primera División de México Invierno 1997

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Primera División de México (Mexican First Division) Invierno 1997 is a Mexican football tournament - one of two short tournaments that take up the entire year to determine the champion(s) of Mexican football. It began on Friday, July 25, 1997, and ran until October 26, when the regular season ended. U.A.N.L. was promoted to the Primera División de México thus, Pachuca was relegated to the Primera División A. In the final Cruz Azul defeated León and became champions for the 8th time.

Final Standings (groups)[edit]

Group 1

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. León 17 9 5 3 30 22 +8 32
2. Atlante 17 8 6 3 26 17 +9 30
3. Veracruz 17 5 6 6 19 25 -6 21
4. Celaya 17 5 5 7 21 26 -5 20
5. Puebla 17 5 4 8 20 27 -7 19

Group 2

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Cruz Azul 17 8 7 2 29 16 +13 31
2. Guadalajara 17 8 5 4 28 24 +4 29
3. Monterrey 17 6 4 7 22 22 0 22
4. Toluca 17 5 4 8 21 21 0 19
5. U.A.N.L. 17 5 3 9 20 26 -6 18

Group 3

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Morelia 17 7 7 3 25 19 +6 28
2. Toros Neza 17 6 5 6 29 29 0 23
3. U.N.A.M. 17 3 7 7 26 30 -4 16
4. Santos 17 3 7 7 22 31 -9 16

Group 4

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. América 17 8 5 4 27 19 +8 29
2. Atlas 17 6 5 6 28 26 +2 23
3. Necaxa 17 4 6 7 26 31 -5 18
4. U.A.G. 17 3 7 7 19 27 -8 16
Teams directly qualified to the Liguilla

Final Standings (general)[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. León 17 9 5 3 30 22 +8 32
2. Cruz Azul 17 8 7 2 29 16 +13 31
3. Atlante 17 8 6 3 26 17 +9 30
4. América 17 8 5 4 27 19 +8 29
5. Guadalajara 17 8 5 4 28 24 +4 29
6. Morelia 17 7 7 3 25 19 +6 28
7. Atlas 17 6 5 6 28 26 +2 23
8. Toros Neza 17 6 5 6 29 29 0 23
9. Monterrey 17 6 4 7 22 22 0 22
10. Veracruz 17 5 6 6 19 25 -6 21
11. Celaya 17 5 5 7 21 26 -5 20
12. Toluca 17 5 4 8 21 21 0 19
13. Puebla 17 5 4 8 20 27 -7 19
14. Necaxa 17 4 6 7 26 31 -5 18
15. U.A.N.L. 17 5 3 9 20 26 -6 18
16. U.N.A.M. 17 3 7 7 26 30 -4 16
17. U.A.G. 17 3 7 7 19 27 -8 16
18. Santos 17 3 7 7 22 31 -9 16

Top scorers[edit]

Goals scored throughout the entire tournament including Repechaje, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals.

Pos. Nat. Player Team Goals
1 Mexico Carlos Hermosillo Cruz Azul 14
2 Mexico Luis García Postigo Atlante 13
3 Mexico Jesús Olalde Pumas 10
Mexico Ricardo Peláez America 10
5 Mexico Daniel Guzmán Atlas 9
Argentina Germán Arangio Toros Neza 9
7 Mexico Gustavo Nápoles Guadalajara 8
Uruguay Mexico Julio César Yegros Cruz Azul 8
Argentina Antonio Mohamed Toros Neza 8
10 Mexico Sigifredo Mercado Leon 7
Mexico Jared Borgetti Santos 7
Brazil Claudio Da Silva Morelia 7
Paraguay José Saturnino Cardozo Toluca 7
Chile Claudio Núñez U.A.N.L. 7
Argentina Juan Ramón Fleita Toros Neza 7
Honduras Carlos Pavón Necaxa 7

Playoffs[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                       
  5  Guadalajara 1 0 1  
4  América 3 1 4  
  2  Cruz Azul 1 1 2  
  3  Atlante 1 0 1  
6  Morelia 0 0 0
  3  Atlante 0 1 1  
    2  Cruz Azul 1 1 2
  1  Léon 0 1 1
  7  Atlas 0 1 1  
2  Cruz Azul 1 4 5  
  4  América 1 1 2
  1  Léon 0 3 3  
8  Toros Neza 1 3 4
  1  Léon 0 6 6  
Invierno 1997 winners:
Cruz Azul
8th Title

The Curse[edit]

The final of the Mexican football (soccer) league on 1997 was played by Cruz Azul and Club León. When they played they were the 3rd and 4th teams with more championships in Mexico. They were tied but at the last minute Leon's goalkeeper Ángel Comizzo kicked Carlos Hermosillo in the face causing a penalty kick. Hermosillo wanted to shoot the penalty kick; the referee asked Hermosillo to clean the blood from his face, but he decided the take the penalty kick filled with blood. Cruz Azul became the champion, but people believed that both teams were cursed by the blood. None of the teams have been champions since then. Leon has played most of the time at an inferior league and Cruz Azul has lost 5 finals of the Mexican league, and the three finals they have played at international tournaments (two CONCACAF Champions League and one Copa Libertadores), many of them at the last minute. Some people say the curse will be broken if they play a final together without blood.[1][2][3]

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