2012–13 Liga MX season

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Liga MX
Season 2012–13
Champions Apertura:
Tijuana (1st title)
Clausura:
América (11th title)
Relegated Querétaro
Champions League Tijuana
Toluca
Cruz Azul
América
Copa Libertadores Toluca
Tijuana
León
Matches played 326
Goals scored 804 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Apertura:
Christian Benítez
Esteban Paredes
(11 goals)
Clausura:
Christian Benítez
(12 goals)
Biggest home win Apertura:
Tigres 5-0 UNAM
(October 20, 2012)
Clausura:
Cruz Azul 5-0 Tijuana
(April 13, 2013)
Biggest away win Apertura:
Chiapas 0-4 Tigres
(July 20, 2012)
Querétaro 0-4 América
(August 18, 2012)
Clausura:
Monterrey 1-5 Cruz Azul
(May 4, 2013)
Highest scoring Apertura:
América 4-2 Chiapas
(July 28, 2012)
Morelia 3-3 San Luis
(August 3, 2012)
Clausura:
Atlante 4-3 Chiapas
(January 27, 2013)

The 2012–13 Liga MX season was the 66th professional season of the top-flight football league in Mexico, and the first under the league's current identity as "Liga MX". The season was split into two championships—the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura—each in an identical format and each contested by the same eighteen teams.

Clubs[edit]

Following is the list of the eighteen teams participating this season. Estudiantes Tecos was relegated to the Liga de Ascenso after accumulating the lowest coefficient over the past three seasons, ending its 36-year stay in the league. They were replaced by León, the winner of the 2011–12 Liga de Ascenso season. This was León's first season in the Mexican top flight after 10 years from being last relegated.

Club Home City Stadium Capacity
América Mexico City Azteca 105,000
Atlante Cancún Andrés Quintana Roo 20,000
Atlas Guadalajara Jalisco 63,200
Chiapas Tuxtla Gutiérrez Víctor Manuel Reyna 31,500
Cruz Azul Mexico City Estadio Azul 35,000
Guadalajara Guadalajara Omnilife 49,850
León León, Guanajuato León 33,943
Monterrey Monterrey Tecnológico 38,000
Morelia Morelia Morelos 35,000
Pachuca Pachuca, Hidalgo Hidalgo 30,000
Puebla Puebla Cuauhtémoc 48,650
Querétaro Querétaro La Corregidora 36,500
San Luis San Luis Potosí Alfonso Lastras Ramírez 24,000
Santos Laguna Torreón Corona 30,000
Tijuana Tijuana Caliente 21,000
Toluca Toluca Nemesio Díez 27,000
UANL San Nicolás Universitario 42,000
UNAM Mexico City Olímpico Universitario 63,000

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Pre-Apertura changes
Guadalajara Mexico Alberto Coyote End of tenure as caretaker April 23, 2012 Netherlands John Van't Schip April 23, 2012 15th
San Luis Mexico Sergio Bueno Resigned April 29, 2012 Mexico José Luis Trejo May 23, 2012 16th
UNAM Mexico Guillermo Vázquez Mutual consent May 9, 2012 Mexico Joaquín del Olmo May 25, 2012 13th
Pachuca Mexico Efraín Flores Mutual consent May 9, 2012 Mexico Hugo Sánchez May 15, 2012 6th
Morelia Mexico Tomás Boy Mutual consent May 15, 2012 Argentina Rubén Omar Romano May 21, 2012 4th
Cruz Azul Mexico Enrique Meza Mutual consent May 15, 2012 Mexico Guillermo Vázquez May 24, 2012 9th
Atlante Mexico José Luis González China End of tenure as caretaker May 16, 2012 Argentina Ricardo La Volpe May 16, 2012 14th
Toluca Uruguay Wilson Graniolatti Sacked May 17, 2012 Mexico Enrique Meza May 18, 2012 10th
Querétaro Argentina Ángel Comizzo Sacked May 21, 2012 Mexico Carlos de los Cobos May 21, 2012 17th
Apertura changes
Puebla Uruguay Daniel Bartolotta Sacked August 17, 2012 Spain Carlos Muñoz Cobo August 17, 2012 17th
Puebla Spain Carlos Muñoz Cobo End of tenure as caretaker August 21, 2012 Mexico Daniel Guzmán August 22, 2012 17th
Atlas Mexico Juan Carlos Chávez Mutual consent August 27, 2012 Mexico Rubén Duarte August 27, 2012 11th
San Luis Mexico José Luis Trejo Sacked August 27, 2012 Ecuador Alex Aguinaga August 27, 2012 17th
UNAM Mexico Joaquín del Olmo Sacked August 28, 2012 Mexico Juan Antonio Torres August 28, 2012 12th
Atlas Mexico Rubén Duarte End of tenure as caretaker August 30, 2012 Mexico Tomás Boy August 30, 2012 11th
UNAM Mexico Juan Antonio Torres End of tenure as caretaker August 31, 2012 Mexico Mario Carrillo September 1, 2012 9th
Querétaro Mexico Carlos de los Cobos Sacked September 4, 2012 Mexico Sergio Bueno September 4, 2012 18th
UNAM Mexico Mario Carrillo Sacked October 28, 2012 Mexico Juan Antonio Torres October 30, 2012 11th
Puebla Mexico Daniel Guzmán Resigned October 30, 2012 Chile Carlos Poblete October 30, 2012 16th
Pre-Clausura changes
Pachuca Mexico Hugo Sánchez Sacked November 15, 2012 Mexico Gabriel Caballero November 15, 2012 13th
Santos Laguna Mexico Benjamín Galindo Sacked November 15, 2012 Portugal Pedro Caixinha November 20, 2012 9th
San Luis Ecuador Alex Aguinaga Sacked November 15, 2012 Mexico Eduardo Fentanes November 20, 2012 15th
Puebla Chile Carlos Poblete End of tenure as caretaker December 7, 2012 Mexico Manuel Lapuente December 7, 2012 16th
Guadalajara Netherlands John Van't Schip Sacked January 2, 2013 Mexico Benjamín Galindo January 2, 2013 9th
Clausura changes
Atlante Argentina Ricardo La Volpe Left due to health issues January 28, 2013 Mexico Daniel Guzmán January 29, 2013 15th
Querétaro Mexico Sergio Bueno Sacked February 4, 2013 Mexico Ignacio Ambriz February 4, 2013 14th
Morelia Argentina Rubén Omar Romano Sacked February 18, 2013 Argentina Carlos Bustos February 18, 2013 11th
San Luis Mexico Eduardo Fentanes Sacked February 18, 2013 Uruguay Carlos María Morales February 18, 2013 18th
San Luis Uruguay Carlos María Morales Resigned March 12, 2013 Mexico Gerardo Silva March 12, 2013 18th

Torneo Apertura[edit]

The 2012 Apertura was the first championship of the season. The Regular Season began on July 20, 2012 and ended on November 11, 2012. The Liguilla tournament began on November 14, 2012 and ended on December 2, 2012. Santos Laguna were the defending champion, having won their fourth title last season.

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Toluca 17 10 4 3 28 17 +11 34 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage 2, 3
2 Tijuana 17 9. 7 1 23 15 +8 34
3 León 17 10 3 4 34 17 +17 33 2013 Copa Libertadores First Stage 2, 3
4 América 17 8 7 2 28 15 +13 31 Advance to the Liguilla 3
5 Morelia 17 6 9 2 25 16 +9 27
6 Cruz Azul 17 6 8 3 22 15 +7 26
7 Monterrey 17 5 8 4 23 23 0 23 Advance to the Liguilla and cannot qualify for South American competitions 1, 3
8 Guadalajara 17 6 5 6 17 17 0 23
9 Santos Laguna 17 6 5 6 22 26 −4 23 Cannot qualify for South American competitions 1
10 UNAM 17 7 2 8 18 23 −5 23
11 Chiapas 17 6 4 7 23 24 −1 22
12 UANL 17 5 6 6 23 18 +5 21 Cannot qualify for South American competitions 1
13 Pachuca 17 5 6 6 13 20 −7 21
14 Atlante 17 5 5 7 23 28 −5 20
15 San Luis 17 3 6 8 14 24 −10 15
16 Puebla 17 3 4 10 16 26 −10 13
17 Atlas 17 1 9 7 16 27 −11 12
18 Querétaro 17 1 4 12 11 30 −19 7

Updated to games played on 7 November 2012.
Source: MedioTiempo
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Guadalajara, Monterrey, Santos Laguna and UANL cannot qualify for the 2013 Copa Libertadores because they are participating in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League competition.
2 All 3 teams who qualify for Copa Libertadores will also participate in the Playoffs of this competition.
3 The first 8 places in the table qualify for the Playoffs.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away AMÉ ATE ATL CHI CRU GUA LEÓ MON MOR PAC PUE QUE SLU SLA TIJ TOL UNL UNM
América 1–1 4–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 0–1
Atlante 2–2 1–0 3–1 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–3 1–2
Atlas 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–3 1–3 0–0 1–1
Chiapas 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 2–0 0–4 3–0
Cruz Azul 1–1 4–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–2 3–0
Guadalajara 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–0
León 3–1 4–1 1–2 2–0 1–3 3–0 4–0 2–0 2–1
Monterrey 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 3–2 1–1 2–2 0–1
Morelia 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–1
Pachuca 0–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 2–2 1–0
Puebla 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–3
Querétaro 0–4 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–1
San Luis 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–2
Santos Laguna 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–2
Tijuana 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0
Toluca 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 4–1 4–1
UANL 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 5–0
UNAM 0–1 3–2 0–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–1 1–2

Updated to games played on 11 November 2012.
Source: FeMexFut (Spanish)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Liguilla - Apertura[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
1 Toluca 2 3 5  
8 Guadalajara 1 1 2  
  1 Toluca 2 1 3  
  4 América 0 2 2  
4 América 2 1 3
5 Morelia 0 2 2  
  1 Toluca 1 0 1
  2 Tijuana 2 2 4
2 Tijuana 1 1 2  
7 Monterrey 0 1 1  
  2 Tijuana 0 3 3
  3 León 2 0 2  
3 León 1 3 4
6 Cruz Azul 2 0 2  
  • If the two teams are tied after both legs, the higher seeded team advances.
  • Both finalists qualify to the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (champion in Pot A, runner-up in Pot B).


Apertura 2012 winners:
Tijuana
1st Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Players sorted first by goals scored, then by last name.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Ecuador Christian Benítez América 11
Chile Esteban Paredes Atlante 11
3 Uruguay Nelson Sebastián Maz León 8
Colombia Luis Gabriel Rey Chiapas 8
Colombia Duvier Riascos Tijuana 8
Mexico Miguel Sabah Morelia 8
7 Argentina Mariano Pavone Cruz Azul 7
Colombia Carlos Quintero Santos Laguna 7
9 Uruguay Matías Britos León 6
Argentina Alfredo Moreno Tijuana 6
Chile Héctor Mancilla Atlas 6
Mexico Rafael Marquez Lugo Guadalajara 6
Mexico Carlos Peña León 6
Chile Humberto Suazo Monterrey 6
Panama Luis Tejada Toluca 6

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Mexico Alberto Acosta UANL UNAM 5–0 October 20, 2012
Ecuador Christian Benítez América Pachuca 4–0 November 3, 2012

Torneo Clausura[edit]

The 2013 Clausura is the second and final championship of the season. The Regular Season began on January 4, 2013. Tijuana are the defending champions, having won their first title last season.

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 UANL 17 10 5 2 30 14 +16 35 Advance to the Liguilla
2 América 17 9 5 3 30 15 +15 32
3 Atlas 17 9 5 3 20 13 +7 32
4 Morelia 17 8 6 3 25 18 +7 30
5 Cruz Azul 17 8 5 4 35 19 +16 29
6 Santos Laguna 17 8 5 4 20 13 +7 29
7 UNAM 17 8 5 4 19 14 +5 29
8 Querétaro 17 6 6 5 18 20 −2 241 Disqualified from postseason competition
9 Monterrey 17 7 2 8 22 22 0 23 Advance to the Liguilla
10 Tijuana 17 6 3 8 19 21 −2 21
11 Pachuca 17 6 2 9 18 25 −7 20
12 Puebla 17 5 4 8 20 27 −7 19
13 Toluca 17 5 3 9 14 21 −7 18
14 Chiapas 17 4 5 8 21 32 −11 17
15 León 17 3 7 7 14 18 −4 16
16 San Luis 17 4 4 9 19 25 −6 16
17 Guadalajara 17 3 7 7 15 24 −9 16
18 Atlante 17 4 1 12 16 33 −17 13

Updated to games played on May 4, 2013.
Source: www.ligamx.net

1.^ Querétaro could not qualify to the liguilla as they were relegated to Ascenso MX for the 2013-14 season. Instead, Monterrey, the team placing 9th, qualified to the liguilla.
Rules for classification:

1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away AMÉ ATE ATL CRU GUA CHI LEÓ MON MOR PAC PUE QUE SLU SLA TIJ TOL UNL UNM
América 4–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–0
Atlante 0–3 4–3 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–3 1–2
Atlas 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–0
Cruz Azul 1–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–0 5–0 1–2 1–1
Guadalajara 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1
Chiapas 0–2 1–2 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–3 2–0
León 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 1–2
Monterrey 1–5 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–2 3–0
Morelia 1–1 4–0 3–3 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–0 2–1
Pachuca 2–4 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–2
Puebla 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–1
Querétaro 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1
San Luis 2–2 3–0 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–2
Santos Laguna 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1
Tijuana 1–2 2–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 0–0
Toluca 0–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–4 0–1
UANL 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–2
UNAM 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–1

Updated to games played on 27 April 2013.
Source: FeMexFut (Spanish)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Liguilla - Clausura[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
1 UANL 0 1 1  
9 Monterrey 1 1 2  
  9 Monterrey 2 1 3  
  2 America 2 2 4  
2 América 1 2 3
7 UNAM 0 1 1  
  2 America (pen.) 0 2 2 (4)
  5 Cruz Azul 1 1 2 (2)
3 Atlas 0 1 1  
6 Santos Laguna 0 3 3  
  6 Santos Laguna 0 1 1
  5 Cruz Azul 3 2 5  
4 Morelia 2 1 3
5 Cruz Azul 4 0 4  
  • If the two teams are tied after both legs, the higher seeded team advances.
  • Away goals rule is applied in the play-off round.
  • Both finalists qualify to the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (champion in Pot A, runner-up in Pot B).
Clausura 2013 winners:
Club América
11th Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of May 5, 2013. Source LigaMX.net - Estadística - Tabla de Goleo Individual
Players sorted first by goals scored, then by last name.

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Ecuador Christian Benítez América 17
2 Chile Héctor Mancilla Morelia 12
3 Argentina Mariano Pavone Cruz Azul 12
4 Mexico Raúl Jiménez América 10
5 Argentina Emmanuel Villa UANL 9
7 Argentina Lucas Lobos UANL 8
Mexico Oribe Peralta Santos Laguna 8
9 Ecuador Félix Borja Puebla 7
Mexico Javier Cortés UNAM 7
Mexico Rafael Márquez Lugo Guadalajara 7

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Argentina Emanuel Villa UANL Chiapas 3-0 January 5, 2013
Ecuador Christian Benítez América Cruz Azul 3-0 March 2, 2013
Ecuador Christian Benítez América Pachuca 4-2 April 27, 2013
Argentina Mariano Pavone Cruz Azul Monterrey 5-1 May 4, 2013

Relegation[edit]

Pos
Team '10 A
Pts
'11 C
Pts
'11 A
Pts
'12 C
Pts
'12 A
Pts
'13 C
Pts
Total
Pts
Total
Pld
Avg
Relegation
1 Cruz Azul 39 26 29 25 26 29 174 102 1.7059
2 UANL 24 35 28 31 21 35 174 102 1.7059
3 Santos Laguna 30 23 27 36 23 29 168 102 1.6471
4 Morelia 21 31 26 31 27 30 166 102 1.6275
5 América 27 26 15 32 31 32 163 102 1.598
6 Monterrey 32 26 24 32 23 23 160 102 1.5686
7 UNAM 25 35 25 16 23 29 153 102 1.5
8 Tijuana 0 0 18 28 34 21 101 68 1.4853
9 León 0 0 0 0 33 16 49 34 1.4412
10 Pachuca 25 18 26 28 21 20 138 102 1.3529
11 Toluca 22 21 20 22 34 18 137 102 1.3431
12 Guadalajara 22 25 30 15 23 16 131 102 1.2843
13 Chiapas 25 14 26 27 22 17 131 102 1.2843
14 San Luis 26 21 24 12 15 16 114 102 1.1176
15 Atlas 13 23 12 20 12 32 112 102 1.098
16 Atlante 16 27 19 16 20 13 111 102 1.0882
17 Puebla 19 18 22 19 13 19 110 102 1.0784
18 Querétaro 19 16 26 12 7 24 104 102 1.0196 Relegation

Updated to games played on May 5, 2013
Source: LigaMX.net - Estadística - Tabla General de Cociente

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