Pumas Dorados de la UNAM

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Also known as "Pumas CU", "Pumas", or "Universidad" is the varsity American football team representing the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Spanish: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, or UNAM). Is one of the most important and oldest teams in Mexico. They maintain a fierce rivalry with teams from the National Polytechnic Institute (Spanish: Instituto Politécnico Nacional, or IPN) particularly with its Miguel Hidalgo based team from Santo Tomás, Águilas Blancas.

History[edit]

The team was founded in 1927 by a group of students led by Noriega brothers, but it wasn't until 1931 when Pumas was officially the varsity team of National Autonomous University of Mexico. In addition, American oil magnate Harry Ford Sinclair sponsored the team with generous donations until 1935. In the early years, Pumas had a long string of consecutive championships from 1933 to 1945 (including an appearance in the 1945 Sun Bowl; this was followed by the so-called "Golden Age" of 1946 to 1957. Between the years 1958 and 1969 the team consolidated its position within ONEFA, Mexico's league of American football. For the period 1970-1980 the university authorities decided to disband the team and create three teams (Cóndores / Condors; Aguilas Reales / Royal Eagles; and Guerreros Aztecas / Aztec Warriors), from 1981 to 1990 only the Cóndores could reclaim the tradition of the Pumas and win championships. In 1998, the University government decided to reduced to one team per campus and created Pumas CU and Acatlan. Unfortunately, conditions within the league and the existence of other powerful newcomer squads undermined the strength and dominance of the team. Its first position tradition vanished rapidly during the seasons of 1998 to 2007. Pumas Dorados has been represented since 1969 by a selection of the best players of all UNAM teams until 2002, they didn't play any regular season game, though. Pumas Dorados used to play a Classic game against Burros Blancos at the end of season until 2002 when it was suspended.

National Championships[edit]

Puma's Football National Championships
Year Head Coach
1933 Reginald Root
1934 Converse Killculler
1935 Millard 'Dixie' Howell
1936 Charlie B. Marr
1937 Charlie B. Marr
1938 Gonzalo Flores
1939 Ernesto Navas
1940 Ernesto Navas
1941 Bernard A. Hoban
1942 Roberto Mendez
1943 Bernard A. Hoban
1944 Bernard A. Hoban
1946 Roberto Mendez
1947 Roberto Mendez
1951 Roberto Mendez
1952 Roberto Mendez
1956 Roberto Mendez
1957 Roberto Mendez
1959 Roberto Mendez
1961 Roberto Mendez
1966 Manuel Neri
1967 Manuel Neri
*+ 2008 Raul Rivera (ONEFA)
*+ 2010 Raul Rivera (ONEFA)
*+ 2013 Raul Rivera (ONEFA)
  • In 2008 was created another league for the major category in Mexico (Liga Mayor) and the National Championship is shared in 2 leagues since then.

+ This is not the same team as previous Pumas Dorados teams. Championships in 2008 and 2010 were won by the Main Campus (CU). There is another Pumas team located in Acatlan Campus. Pumas Dorados currently represents a selection of the best players of both Pumas teams and the last selection was made in 2002 and played against a selection of the best players of the IPN.

Rivalry[edit]

The team has an historic rivalry with Aguilas Blancas IPN, due to both of them being the biggest public universities in the country. More recently, another mayor rivalry arise with Borregos Salvajes Mty, Borregos Salvajes CEM and Aztecas UDLAPAutenticos Tigres UANL.

Venue[edit]

The team plays at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City, inaugurated in 1952 with the game between Pumas and Burros Blancos. Capacity: 68000.

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