1997–98 Mexican Primera División season

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Primera División de México
Season 1997-98
Champions Invierno 1997: Cruz Azul (8th Title)
Verano 1998: Toluca (4th Title)
Relegated Veracruz
Champions' Cup Cruz Azul
Toluca
León
Copa Libertadores Guadalajara
América
Matches played 338
Goals scored 958 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorer Invierno 1997:
Carlos Hermosillo (14 goals)
Verano 1998:
José Saturnino Cardozo (18 goals)

The 1997-98 Primera División de México (Mexican First Division) was the 56th professional season of Mexico's top-flight football league. The season began on Friday, July 25, 1997, and ended on April 6, 1998.

UANL was promoted to the Mexico Primera División as Pachuca was relegated to the Primera División A.

Torneo Invierno[edit]

"Invierno 1997" began on Friday, July 25, 1997, and ran until October 26 not including the playoffs. In the final Cruz Azul defeated León and became champions for the 8th time.

Final Standings (groups)[edit]

Group 1[edit]

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[edit]

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. UANL 17 5 3 9 20 26 -6 18

Group 3[edit]

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. UNAM 17 3 7 7 26 30 -4 16
4. Santos 17 3 7 7 22 31 -9 16

Group 4[edit]

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. Tecos 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. UANL 17 5 3 9 20 26 -6 18
16. UNAM 17 3 7 7 26 30 -4 16
17. Tecos 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 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 UANL 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

Torneo Verano[edit]

"Verano 1998" began on Saturday, January 3, 1998, and ran until April 6. In the final Club Toluca defeated Necaxa and became champions for the 4th time on May 10.

Final Standings (groups)[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Atlante 17 5 8 4 19 18 +1 23
2. Puebla 17 4 6 7 23 30 -7 18
3. León 17 4 5 8 20 32 -12 17
4. Celaya 17 3 6 8 13 23 -10 15
5. Veracruz 17 3 5 9 20 29 -9 14

Group 2[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Toluca 17 10 3 4 39 25 +14 33
2. Cruz Azul 17 8 6 3 32 18 +14 30
3. UANL 17 7 2 8 15 22 -7 23
4. Guadalajara 17 5 4 8 19 17 +2 19
5. Monterrey 17 4 6 7 20 25 -5 18

Group 3[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Santos 17 8 2 7 24 22 +2 26
2. Toros Neza 17 7 3 7 21 24 -3 24
3. Morelia 17 5 6 6 26 30 -4 21
4. UNAM 17 6 3 8 23 28 -5 21

Group 4[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Necaxa 17 10 2 5 34 18 +16 32
2. Atlas 17 9 3 5 29 23 +6 30
3. Tecos 17 9 3 5 23 21 +2 30
4. América 17 7 5 5 27 22 +5 26
Teams directly qualified to the Liguilla
Teams qualified for the Repechaje

Final Standings (general)[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Toluca 17 10 3 4 39 25 +14 33
2. Necaxa 17 10 2 5 34 18 +16 32
3. Cruz Azul 17 8 6 3 32 18 +14 30
4. Atlas 17 9 3 5 29 23 +6 30
5. Tecos 17 9 3 5 23 21 +2 30
6. América 17 7 5 5 27 22 +5 26
7. Santos 17 8 2 7 24 22 +2 26
8. Toros Neza 17 7 3 7 21 24 -3 24
9. Atlante 17 5 8 4 19 18 +1 23
10. UANL 17 7 2 8 15 22 -7 23
11. Morelia 17 5 6 6 26 30 -4 21
12. UNAM 17 6 3 8 23 28 -5 21
13. Guadalajara 17 5 4 8 19 17 +2 19
14. Monterrey 17 4 6 7 20 25 -5 18
15. Puebla 17 4 6 7 23 30 -7 18
16. León 17 4 5 8 20 32 -12 17
17. Celaya 17 3 6 8 13 23 -10 15
18. Veracruz 17 3 5 9 20 29 -9 14

Top scorers[edit]

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

Pos. Nat. Player Team Goals
1 Paraguay José Saturnino Cardozo Toluca 18
2 Mexico Pedro Pineda Necaxa 11
Mexico Carlos Hermosillo Cruz Azul 11
Brazil Claudio Da Silva Morelia 11
5 Mexico José Manuel Abundis Toluca 10
Argentina Hugo Norberto Castillo Atlas 10
7 Mexico Luis Hernández Necaxa 9
Uruguay Ruben Da Silva Tecos 9
9 Mexico Jesús Olalde Pumas 8
10 Mexico Ricardo Peláez America 7
Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco Necaxa 7
Mexico Jared Borgetti Santos 7
Mexico Daniel Guzmán Atlas 7
Spain Carlos Muñoz Puebla 7
Argentina Germán Arangio Toros Neza 7
Argentina Martín Felix Ubaldi Atlante 7

Playoffs[edit]

Repechaje Qualifiers
15 Puebla 2 1 3
5 Tecos 1 4 5 5 Tecos
8 Toros Neza 1 2 3 6 América
6 América 2 4 6
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                             
9 Atlante 0 1 1
1 Toluca 1 5 6
4 Atlas 1 1 2
2 Necaxa 2 1 3
7 Santos 0 1 1
2 Necaxa 0 2 2
2 Necaxa 2 2 4
1 Toluca 1 5 6
5 Tecos 2 2 4
4 Atlas 1 4 5
6 América 0 1 1
1 Toluca 1 2 3
6 América 2 1 3
3 Cruz Azul 1 1 2
Verano 1998 winners:
Toluca
4th Title

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