|Full name||Irapuato Fútbol Club|
|Nickname(s)||La Trinca(The Lashers)
Los Freseros(The Strawberries)
|Founded||15 February 1911|
|Ground||Estadio Sergio León Chavez
Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
|Chairman||Alfredo Achar Penhos|
|League||Segunda División de México|
Irapuato has mostly played in the Promotion League of Mexico (formerly Primera División A or Ascenso MX. From 2000 to 2004, the team briefly rose to prominence in the Liga MX reaching the playoffs. Historically, Irapuato has spent over 26 years in the Primera División, never quite excelling to challenge for the title.
The team was relegated from the Primera División in 2004 but not because of their on-field performance, but because of financial irregularities. In 2013, the team then took a turn for the worse being relegated to Liga Premier, the Third Division of Mexico for a year.
- 1 History
- 2 Clausura 2011 Champions
- 3 After Promotional Final
- 4 Historic Badges
- 5 Stadium
- 6 Season to season
- 7 League Goal scoring Champions
- 8 Nickname
- 9 Shirt Sponsors and Manufacturers
- 10 Past Managers
- 11 Supporters
- 12 Rivalries
- 13 Notable players
- 14 Club Honors
- 15 References
- 16 External links
The club dates back to 1910 in the city of Irapuato where a club was founded under the name Club Mutualista Irapuatense by Pedro Garnu and by Diego Mosqueda who was an important person in the sports development in the city, and would later go on to establish the clubs rival Club León in the 1920s. In its first years many clubs were formed in order to create a futbol league in Guanajuato Deportivo Irapuato, Internacional, Club Marte, ISCO and Club León inaugurated the league in 1925.
The first tournament was won by Club Marte because the tournament was not finished due to problems between Irapuato and ISCO. In 1928 the club reached the final and played it against Deportivo Internacional; the club's squad was made up by Kurt Lenk as keeper Antonio Aguilar and José Núñez playing defender Julián Ramírez, Francisco Belman and Salvador Silva in the mid field and Antonio "El Gato" Baltazar, Crisoforo Juárez, Secundino Alvarado, Teofilo and Juan Aguilera playing as forwards. The club managed to come out with a 1–0 victory, winning its first league title. This club wore a white shirt with black shorts and socks.
The club that plays today under the name Club Deportivo Irapuato was founded in 1948 where it had trouble staying in the league. in the late 1940s there were various clubs that represented the city of Irapuato and it was until 1948 when they decide to merge in order to become more competitive and so they did and join the Second division in 1949. The men in charge of the merge were Oscar Bonfiglio and Jesús Vaca Gaona both had participated in the 1928 Olympic games in Amsterdam. The club would once again change its name this time to Club Deportivo Irapuato A.C which many people believe to be the date when the club was established.
México Primera División
The club was one of the first clubs to inaugurate the Segunda División de México in the 1949–50 tournament where after 3 seasons the club managed to win its first promotion. The club made its Primera División debut in the league on 22 August 1954 against Zacatepec who they beat 4–5. In the second round the club played at home in the Estadio Revolución stadium against Puebla FC who they also defeated 4-0. The club also revived its rivalry which had stopped in the late 1930s against Club Leon, that game ended in a 1–1 draw. The club's best tournament was the 1963–64 Mexican Primera División season where the club finished 4th with 32 points; Guadalajara finished with 33 points.
In the 1971-72 season the club found itself playing in group 2 with clubs Monterrey, Guadalajara, Puebla, Atlante, Pachuca, Pumas, Toluca and Torreón. At the end of the tournament the club finished last and had to play a relegation series against the other last place teams. The series was played against Torreón, Atlético Español, and Veracruz. the first match was played against Veracruz who defeated them 3–1 the first leg, the second leg ended in a 0-0 draw. The last game was played against Torreón in the Estadio Jalisco where Irapuato lost 1–0 and were relegated for the first time in 18 years to the second division .
Back in the Segunda División the club became a top club reaching the final in its first year back against Petroleros de Ciudad Madero. The first game was played in Irapuato which they won 1–0. It seemed the club would clinch its promotion having the second match at home but surprisingly Ciudad Madero came out with a 2–0 victory and so earning its promotion.
In the 1974-75 season the club had its second opportunity when they once again reached the final this time playing against Tecos. The club would lose that final match 1–0. It took place in the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
The club would get a third opportunity to earn a promotion in 1978; this time against Zacatepec. This time a series was played. The first match ended in a 1–0 victory for Zacatepec. The second match ended in a 4–1 victory for Zacatepec and so the club would lost its third Promotion series in 6 years.
In the 1980s the club had a streak of qualifying to the quarterfinals but not been able to reach the final. After four years the club finally managed to reach the final in the 1984-85 tournament under the management of Diego Malta Solano against Pachuca . The first match was played in Irapuato where they took a 2–1 advantage. in the return match Irapuato came out with a win and finally earn the promotion after 13 years. Notable players from that club were Anselmo Romero, Rafael Lira, Jesús Montes, Eugenio Constantino and Teodoro Orozco.
In the 1990-91 season Irapuato got relegated to the second division for the second time. in 1994 Irapuato joined the newly formed Primera Division A and got the opportunity to return to the Primera División.
in the Invierno 99 season Irapuato faced Zacatepec in the Final, they beat them 3-1 in the first leg with goals from Cristián Ariel Morales, and Martín Rodríguez in the second leg things got complicated when Zacatepec tied the game but Morales and Rodriguez scored and they took the championship with an overall score of 5–3.
In the Verano 00 season the champion Irapuato made it to the Final again this time facing Cruz Azul Hidalgo if Irapuato would win they would be promoted to the Primera División, the first leg was played in Hidalgo and the score was 2–2 Martín Rodríguez and Jesús Gutiérrez scored the two goals for Irapuato. The second leg and Promotional Final was played in The Sergio León Chávez on 10 June 2000. The final score was 2–2 Cristián Morales and Martín Rodríguez scored for Irapuato, Alejandro Corona and James Owusu-Ansah scored for Cruz Azul Hidalgo. In extra time no one scored so they went to penalties, Cruz Azul Hidalgo's Pedro Resendiz, Josef Nemec, scored the penalties but Erik Marín, and Mario Ramírez missed. However Irapuato's Martín Rodríguez, Cristián Morales, Víctor Saavedra and Héctor Gómez scored the penalties the final score was 4–2 in penalties. Irapuato would return to the Primera División almost a decade after being relegated in 1991.
Suddenly on 26 December 2001 Grupo Pegaso announces Irapuato was sold to Veracruz for its spot in the Primera División and Irapuato was left without a team for the Verano 2002 season. And in the Invierno 2002 season or Apertura 2002 as it was now called, Querétaro a Second Division team moved to Irapuato under the name Real Irapuato. In their first season they made it to the final versus C.F. La Piedad and eventually win the Apertura 2002 championship in penalties.
For the Apertura 2002, Querétaro F.C. from the Primera Division A transferred to Irapuato when La Piedad dissolved in the Primera Division.
In the 2003 season Irapuato makes it to the 2002-03 promotional final against Clausura 2003 champions and arch rivals Club Leon. The first leg was played on 18 June 2003 Irapuato won the Clasico del Bajio and the first game in Leon's home 2–1 with a goal from Ariel González and an own goal from Gorsd, the second leg was played in Irapuato and in the last moments of the game Josias Ferreira scores a goal ending the game 1–0 and returning Irapuato to the Primera División.
After Clausura 2004, Irapuato with 6 wins, 8 ties and 5 losses with a total of 26 points. They announced the club was relocated to Colima. But the federation reduced the league from 20 to 18 teams, Irapuato join Querétaro to dissolved their teams.
Second reappearance and third relegation
Irapuato was the city without a soccer team for 1 year, but Mérida F.C. from the Segunda Division transferred to Irapuato for the Apertura 2005. After Clausura 2006 was playing for survival to stay in the league, but they relegated to Tercera Division after losing in a playoff against Delfines de Coatzacoalcos.
Return to Liga de Ascenso
- Apertura 2008: Promoted from Segunda Division from Pachuca Juniors and renamed "Club Irapuato Por Siempre". They made all the way to the Final but lost to Querétaro on the road after tied 0–0 at their home turf.
- Clausura 2009: Bad Torneo, with 20 points (17th overall and 4th in Group 2).
- Apertura 2009: Changed format to one full standings from 3 groups from the federation and reduced the teams to 17. Clinched Homefield and 1st round bye with a first-place finish of a total of 32 points. They made all the way to the Final for the 2nd Time in 3 Torneos but lost to Necaxa in extra time at home after losses 1–0 on the road in the first leg.
- Bicentenario 2010: They maintain their roster but finished 11th with 20 points.
- Apertura 2010: Increased the teams to 18. They brought Cuauhtémoc Blanco to Irapauto for 1.5 seasons. They made all the way to the Final for the 3rd Time in 5 Torneos but lost to Veracruz (the top seed in the playoffs) in full-time on the road after tied 1–1 at their home turf in the first leg with their 26 points and finished in the top 4.
Clausura 2011 Champions
In the Clausura 2011 Season, Irapuato Was crowned Champion by defeating Tijuana in the final with a score of 2–1. The First Leg was played in Tijuana and it ended in a 1-1 draw goals were scored by Luis Alberto Valdez at 8' for Irapuato, and Alejandro Molina at 60' for Tijuana. The Second Leg was Played in Irapuato and ended in a 1-0 win for Irapuato Crowning them as Champions of the 2011 Clausura, the Goal was scored by José Cruz Gutiérrez in the 85' minute of the game.
- 1 Adrián Martínez
- 2 Margarito González
- 8 Jorge Manrique
- 10 Cuauhtémoc Blanco
- 11 Ariel González 89'
- 13 Gandhi Vega
- 16 Arturo Alvarado
- 18 Esteban Alberto González 64'
- 21 José Luis López 88'
- 27 Gerardo Gomez
- 44 Juan Carlos Arellano
- 6 Francisco Razo 89'
- 7 Alejandro Castillo
- 45 José Cruz Gutiérrez 64'
- 23 Javier Saavedra
- 28 Luis Alberto Valdés
- 29 José Guadalupe Martínez
- 58 Efraín Cruz 88'
- 5 Ezequiel Brítez
2011 Promotional Final
After being crowned Champions of the Clausura 2011 season. Irapuato faced Tijuana the Apertura 2010 Champions again, for a spot in the Primera División. The First leg of the Promotional final was played at Irapuato on Wednesday May 18, 2011 4 days after winning the championship at home. Irapuato Were highly motivated to return to the Primera División after 7 years of absence, Tijuana on the other hand had never had Primera División experience. The 1st leg of the final was tied in a scoreless tie between the two teams.
Irapuato v Tijuana
18 May 2011
3 days after the first match in Irapuato, the second leg of the Promotional final was played in Tijuana's Estadio Caliente stadium. Tijuana made several changes to their starting 11 players, replacing defender Miguel Almazán with a forward, and changing their formation from a 5-4-1 formation to a more attacking 4-2-2 formation. Irapuato made drastic changes as well, They changed to a 5-3-2 formation fortifying their defense with 5 players. During the Match Tijuana had various chances for goal and the first goal came from young prospect Joe Corona scoring a header in the first half. 3 minutes later Mauro Gerk scored. 5 minute after the second goal Irapuato scored after Alejandro Molina from Tijuana accidentally pushed the ball into the net from a free kick done by José Cruz Gutiérrez. The game ended in a 2-1 win for Tijuana. Tijuana got promoted to the Primera División while Irapuato remained in the Second Division.
Tijuana v Irapuato
21 May 2011
|Joe Corona 29'
Mauro Gerk 31'
|Report||Alejandro Molina (own goal) 38'|
After Promotional Final
- Apertura 2011: Reduced again the teams to 16. Cuauhtémoc Blanco played some games due to injury but they made finished in the top 5 however eliminated in the Quarterfinals against their rivals Leon (no goals for irapuato).
- Clausura 2012: Reduced again the teams to 15. Cuauhtémoc Blanco was release from the team due to injury issues but a Bad Torneo, with 14 points and finished in 12th place after they can't win in final 5 games.
- Apertura 2012: They have the very worst Torneo, with 16 points and finished in 12th place after they can't win in final 5 games. When the Tornio was over, the federation was owe 3 million for Cuauhtémoc Blanco. On December 15, they have a 65% chance of dissolved the team and be relocated to Morelos also renamed to Zacatepec beginning next season.
Third Disappearance and Played in Segunda Division
After Clausura 2013, Irapuato finished at the bottom 5 of the standings and the team was moved to Zacatepec, Morelos and were rebranded to Zacatepec 1948. Union de Curtidores was rumored to be moving into the city of Irapuato to replace the dissolved franchise there, but the owner of Union decided to keep the team in Leon after getting approval to play their home games in Estadio Nou Camp. However, some time after a franchise from Querétaro FC was purchased to the team was revived in Segunda Division de Mexico playing in the Liga Premier for the Apertura 2013.
The franchise came to join the Copa de la Liga Premier de Ascenso Apertura 2013, where they reached the final against Cruz Azul Jasso and lost 1-0 on aggregate, so Irapuato was runner-up. At the end of the tournament the franchise returned to Querétaro, because of the restructuring that occurred in Grupo Delfines, which decided that the team that played in the Apertura 2013 at Estadio Sergio León Chávez as Irapuato, would return to their roots to play either at Estadio Corregidora or La Cañada.
Return to Ascenso MX and Third Reappearance
On 29 May 2014, Enrique Bonilla, Sports CEO of Ascenso MX unveiled the emergence of Irapuato, instead of Ballenas Galeana, who had to relocate because of their economic problems, same which were resolved by guanajuatenses entrepreneurs which in turn called for the team to move to their state. Furthermore, circulated a letter from the President of the Civil Association Club Irapuato, J. Concepcion Director and Enrique Enriquez Bonilla, secretary general of Ascenso MX, where the AC are declared owners of the brand name and badge Irapuato equipment. Ballenas Morelos was sold and moved to Irapuato and named Club Irapuato.
Fourth Disappearance and Returns to Liga Premier
On June 7, 2015, Irapuato was officially relocated from Irapauto to Los Mochis, Sinaloa and renamed to Murcielagos Los Mochis but they were close of losing a football team, now they are returned to Segunda Division de Mexico (Liga Premier) after one season in the Ascenso MX.
Main article(s): Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez
|Former names||Estadio Irapuato (1969–1990)|
|Location||Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico|
Irapuato FC play their home matches at Estadio Irapuato founded on 23 March 1969 under the name "Estadio Irapuato" renamed Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez in 1990. Irapuato played their first home matches at Estadio Revolucion. On 27 October 1968 the board of Irapuato invited the Spanish Olympic football team that competed at the 1968 Olympics to play a friendly match against Irapuato, the stadium recorded a large entry in that game the Spanish beat Irapuato.
The first goal was scored by the captain of Spain Juan Manuel Asensi and Marco Antonio Sanchez Moya of Irapuato tied the score. 23 March 1969 was the official opening. in 1970 the Mexico National Team played vs Irapuato at that time Mexico was being prepared for the 1970 FIFA World Cup, The Mexico national team came out victorious with a score of 4-1.
Season to season
League Goal scoring Champions
|Martín Rodríguez Alba||
The nickname "Trinca Fresera", which means "Strawberry Lashers", originates from the year 1949, when the team got an invitation to Play teams such as La Piedad, Leon, and the Brazilian Team Vasco da Gama. The Games would Take Place in The Estadio de la Ciudad de Los Deportes now known as Estadio Azul in Mexico City. Vasco da Gama had a very good Offence, in that time it was known as "la trinca infernal" the term trinca, utilized in that time as a reference for 3, trinca infernal referenced Vasco da Gama's Offence which had 3 very agile, quick men. Don Agustín González Escopeta, Master of the Sport Commentary, Watched the Match between Irapuato and La Piedad, chronically the Leon vs Vasco match was on and He said: "si el Vasco da Gama es una trinca infernal, el Irapuato es la trinca fresera" ¡que bonito juegan!, which meant "If Vasco da Gama are the Infernal Lashers then Irapuato are the Strawberry Lashers ¡boy they play nice!" . It was then that don Agustín González Escopeta, Baptized Irapuato as la trinca fresera, To this date in any Stadium they enter the fans identify them as la trinca fresera del Irapuato.
Shirt Sponsors and Manufacturers
- Championship jerseys*
|Year||Kit manufacturer||Shirt partner|
|2003-04||Eescord||Boing/Tres Hermanos Shoes/Rezza Editores|
|2009-10||Keuka||Caja Libertad/U Taisan/ALDE/Credicor Mexicano/Corona|
|2010||Concord||Caja Libertad/U Taisan/ALDE/Credicor Mexicano/Corona|
|Clausura 2011*||Concord||Caja Libertad/U Taisan/ALDE/ETN/Adhler/Tele Cable/Corona|
|Apertura 2011-Clausura 2012||Concord||Caja Libertad/ALDE/Don Billete/Corona/Tele Cable/Life and Fitness|
|Apertura 2012-Clausura 2014||Silver Sports Wear||Caja Popular Mexicano/Coca-Cola/Corona/Cemento Monterrey/Nivada|
|Apertura 2014||Keuka||Grupo Rotoplas/Corona/State of Guanajuato/Pollo Feliz/Jimsa Electrónica|
|Clausura 2015||Keuka||Aeroméxico/Nivada/Corona/State of Guanajuato/Pollo Feliz/Jimsa Electrónica|
|Apertura 2007||Eduardo Antonio Bacas|
|Clausura 2008||Martin Manjarrez Herrera||Originally from Irapuato, Guanajuato|
|Apertura 2008-Clausura 2009||Ricardo Rayas||Left midway through the Clausura 2009 season|
|Clausura 2009-Clausura 2010||Teodoro Orozco||Orozco was the Assistant Manager of the team, but took charge of the Team when Rayas left.|
|Clausura 2010||Osvaldo Batocletti|
|Clausura 2010||Juan Alvarado Martin|
|Apertura 2010||Luis Américo Scatolaro|
|Apertura 2010||Carlos Turrubiates|
|Clausura 2011||Ignacio Rodriguez||Lead the team to the 2011 promotional Final Against Club Tijuana|
|2011||Omar Arellano Nuño|
|June 2014–15||Roberto Sandoval|
Irapuato FC Official Supporter group are Los Hijos de la Mermelada which translates to The Children of the Jam in English
El Clásico del Bajio
- Irapuato vs. Leon
Irapuato's most fierce rivalry according to the fans is against León, named after both of the teams region "Clásico del Bajio".
- Irapuato vs. Celaya
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- For all Irapuato players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Club Irapuato players.
- Ascenso MX: (4)
- Campeón de Ascenso: (2)
- Champion : 2000, 2003
- Segunda División: (2)
- Champion : 1953–54, 1984–85
- Copa México: (0)
- Runner-up (1): 1955-56
- Copa Mexico Segunda División (2)
- Champion : 1953, 1954
- Canpeonato Liga Mayor del Centro (11)
- Champion : 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
- Campeonato Estatal de Futbol (7)
- Champion : 1919, 1924, 1925, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1938
- Campeonato Federacion Nacional de Futbol (4)
- Champion : 1931, 1936, 1938, 1942
- Campeonato FMF para Asociaciones Afiliadas (3)
- Champion : 1943, 1946, 1959
- Liga Amateur de Guanajuato (1)
- Champion : 1928
- Copa de Oro de Occidente (4)
- Champion : 1957, 1959.