Águilas Blancas

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Águilas Blancas
Team helmet
Team logo
Based in Mexico City, Mexico
Home stadium Estadio Wilfrido Massieu
(built in 1959, grass surface, seats 15,000[1][2])
Head coach Enrique Zarate Martinez
League National Student Organization of American Football
Division Green Conference
League titles 5 (1973, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1992)
Website www.aguilasblancas.org

Águilas Blancas de la ESCA-ESIQIE[3] (English: White Eagles), also known as Politécnico or simply Águilas Blancas, is a Mexican college football team representing the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, Mexico. The Águilas Blancas participate in the Green Conference as part of the National Student Organization of American Football (ONEFA). It is one of the most successful college football teams in Mexico having won 5 national championships throughout their history. They maintain a fierce rivalry with teams from the National Autonomous University of Mexico particularly with its Coyoacán based team from Ciudad Universitaria, Pumas Dorados de la UNAM.

History[edit]

Politécnico National Championships

This squad is the heir of the Burros Blancos del IPN that was one of the oldest institution with an ancient American football tradition in Mexico (the other and their main competitor is the Pumas Dorados de la UNAM), the beginning of this squad can be traced to the late 40's.

The modern age started in the sixties and the origin of this squad as we know it now was the mid sixties, with the foundation of the three teams of IPN; the Búhos ESM-ENCB (Owls), Cheyenes ESIME-ESIA (Cheyennes) and Águilas Blancas ESCA (White Eagles).

Águilas Blancas was the best ranked team of the IPN during the first years after the foundation. The first championship came in 1973; later from 1974 to 1980 the squad found a lot of ups and downs; in 1981 came the second championship and in 1982 the third championship.

Due to the critical economic situation in Mexico the IPN authorities decided to merge the three teams and then came the foundation of Poli Guinda.

1988 was the year of the fourth championship and this time the relevance was large, because Águilas Blancas (now revived) defeated the Pumas Dorados de la UNAM at the final match.

In 1992 came the fifth and last championship of the team.

From 1998 to 2006; the team did not reach any post season game, the season 2000 was the worst of its history. Today the team is in a renewal process and is one of the mayor candidates to win the champion ship of the new Green Conference (Conferencia Verde).

National Championships[edit]

Politécnico players acknowledging fans after a game
Águilas Blancas Football National Championships
Year Head Coach
1973 Jacinto Licea Mendoza
1981 Jacinto Licea Mendoza
1982 Jacinto Licea Mendoza
1988 Jacinto Licea Mendoza
1992 Jacinto Licea Mendoza

Rivalry[edit]

The team has an historic rivalry with Pumas Dorados de la UNAM, 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 UDLAP.

Venue[edit]

The team plays at the Estadio Wilfrido Massieu, built in 1959 and renovated in 1994. The stadium has a seating capacity of 15,000. It is located north of Mexico City, within the "Unidad Profesional Adolfo Lopez Mateos", IPN's main campus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raúl Ochoa. "Liberen su casa" (in Spanish). Proceso (magazine). Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Regresa el Futbol Americano al Wilfrido Massieu" (in Spanish). Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://u2000.com.mx/PDFs/U2000-633_web.pdf

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