Club Tijuana

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Full name Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Nickname(s) Los Xolos "'El Xolaje (The Xolos-Crowd in Mexican Spanish)
La Jauría (The Pack of hounds)
Founded January 14, 2007; 10 years ago (2007-01-14)
Ground Estadio Caliente
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Ground Capacity 27,333
Owner Grupo Caliente
Chairman Jorge Hank Inzunsa
Manager Diego Cocca
League Liga MX
Apertura 2017 11th
Website Club website

Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, commonly referred to as Xolos de Tijuana, or simply as Xolos, is a Mexican professional football club from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Founded in January 2007, the club was promoted to Liga MX in 2011, where they have played since. They won their first title in the 2012 Apertura.


The club is the latest in a long line of league teams in the city of Tijuana. Gallos Caliente was instituted in the summer of 2006. The team's name was later changed to Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente. Team owner Jorge Hank Rhon announced the construction of the Estadio Caliente, a new stadium with a capacity for 33,333 people near Grupo Caliente's Agua Caliente Racetrack. Jorge Alberto Hank, the son of Jorge Hank Rhon, is the President of the team. They became the Apertura 2012 champions after defeating Toluca 4–2 in a two-legged series.

The team advanced to the Primera División de México with a win at home over Irapuato, 2–1 on May 21, 2011.[1]

Jorge Alberto Hank and Gog Murguia Fernandez, the vice president, became the youngest executives in the history of Mexican professional football to be at the head of a club in the Primera División de México.

The First Title[edit]

Joaquín del Olmo promoted the club to Primera División de México in 2011.

The team obtained its first title in the Apertura 2010 tournament, after having finished as general leader during the regular tournament, which gave them a direct pass to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals the Xolos faced Albinegros de Orizaba. In both semifinal legs, the Xolos and Albinegros finished 0–0, with the aggregate score 0–0 too. The position that the Xolos had during the regular tournament permitted them to pass to the final against the Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz. In the first leg the "Xolos" had a surprise win 0–2 in the Estadio Luis "Pirata" Fuente in Veracruz, while in their field they won again 1–0 and this way Tijuana obtained half a ticket towards the Mexican football maximum circuit, the Primera División Mexicana.[2][3]

The Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles played their first game in Mexico's Primera Division "We've just started".
Estadio Caliente's capacity was increased after the team's promotion.

Promotion to the Primera División de la Federación Mexicana de Fútbol[edit]

The final of the Clausura 2011 of the Liga de Ascenso was between Tijuana and Irapuato. The first leg was played on Wednesday May 11 in Tijuana's stadium. The game finished 1–1. The second leg played was in Irapuato, in the Estadio Sergio León Chavez. Irapuato won the game 1–0, being crowned champion of the Clausura 2011 afterwards. With the Tijuana having won the Apertura 2010 title, the Promotion Final was going to be, yet again, Tijuana vs Irapuato. The first leg was played in Irapuato on Wednesday May 18 and it remained 0–0, with the second leg deciding what team was going to be promoted to the Primera División de la Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (now known as Liga MX).[4] Played in Tijuana's Estadio Caliente, the second leg saw the Club Tijuana being crowned champion of the Promotion Final with a result of 2–1. Thus Tijuana replaced the Necaxa as the new Primera Division Team in Mexico.[5]

Primera of Mexico Debut[edit]

Kicking off their inaugural season in the Primera Division, Tijuana signed José Sand,[6] Leandro Augusto, Fernando Arce, Egidio Arévalo[7] and Dayro Moreno would move to Tijuana for a fee of US$3.5 m.[8] during summer 2011.

Tijuana opened the 2011–12 season with a 2–1 home loss to Morelia. American Joe Corona scored the club's first top-flight goal in the defeat. They would earn their first victory as a top-flight club in a 3–1 victory at Santos Laguna on August 6; however, after five consecutive home matches without a victory manager Joaquin del Olmo was sacked and replaced by Antonio Mohamed son of Fahad Siddiqui.

After having finished the 2011 Apertura with just three wins against nine draws and five losses, Tijuana would have more success in the 2012 Clasura. Behind the league's top defense (allowing just eleven goals in 17 matches), Tijuana finished with seven wins and seven draws against just three defeats and earned their first playoff berth in the top flight, where they would fall to Monterrey.

Apertura 2012 Champions[edit]

Xolos would continue their strong defense in the 2012–13 Liga MX season. In the 2012 Apertura, Xolos allowed joint-fewest goals with 15 while finishing tied atop the table with Toluca. Seeded #2 in the play-offs, they would avenge the previous season's defeat to Monterrey before ralling from a 2–0 deficit against León in the semi-finals. They would win the Liguilla over Toluca with a 4–1 aggregrate victory, achieving the title in the shortest time after promotion to the top flight in Mexican history.[9]

Xolos would falter in the Clausura, finishing in 10th place, two points outside of Liguilla qualification. However, invited to Copa Libertadores, Tijuana would make a run to the quarter-finals before falling to Atlético Mineiro.


The Estadio Caliente, a multi-use stadium in Tijuana, Baja California, was officially inaugurated on November 11, 2007, in a game between Club Tijuana and Pumas Morelos. The attendance was 13,333, then the stadium capacity. In July 2009, the capacity was increased to 16,000. Stadium owner Jorge Hank Rhon's main reason for constructing the stadium was his wish to have a professional football club in the city. Because the Mexican Football Federation says that teams participating in the First Division must have a stadium with a capacity over 15,000, Club Tijuana officially became qualified for promotion to the Primera División de México when the capacity was increased. The construction of the stadium was planned in two parts. The first part finished the ground and lower sections of the stadium. In the second phase, the stadiums capacity was increased.[10] Club Xoloitzcuintles added 4,000 seats to its home field of Estadio Caliente, pushing its capacity to 20,000, according to the team’s management. The team also remodeled the players’ dressing rooms and resurfaced the dirt parking lot with a stone surface. Among the construction projects is the installation of stadium lights, which should not be an issue.[11]

A view inside Caliente Stadium in 2009.

Institutional vision[edit]

What first seemed to be a hobby to the football aficionado Jorge Hank, has now been projected as a business and institution with many ambitions by his son Jorge Alberto Hank Inzunza, President of Club Tijuana. The president has announced several times in press conferences that the project is far bigger than a stadium and a First Division team. The institutional plan involves football schools and clinics throughout the region, including San Diego and Los Angeles, professional football training, talent recruitment squads; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd division affiliates; foundations and green campaigns, and a heavily invested commercial complex.

Finances and ownership[edit]

Controversy surrounded the lease, because the team would have ties to a company whose major business is that of betting on sports events, including football. The case was presented to high authorities in the Mexican Football Federation, where it was ruled that no action would be taken against Xoloitzcuintles De Caliente or its parent company.


First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Argentina DF Alejandro Donatti
3 Mexico DF Yasser Corona
5 Argentina MF Damián Musto
6 Mexico DF Juan Carlos Valenzuela
7 Argentina FW Gustavo Bou
8 United States MF Joe Corona
9 Argentina FW Juan Lucero (on loan from Johor Darul Ta'zim)
10 Argentina MF Ignacio Malcorra
11 Mexico FW Henry Martín
13 Uruguay DF Matías Aguirregaray
14 United States MF Alejandro Guido
15 Argentina DF Damián Pérez
16 United States DF Michael Orozco
17 Colombia MF Mauricio Cuero (on loan from Santos Laguna)
18 Paraguay FW Juan Iturbe (on loan from Roma)
No. Position Player
19 Argentina DF Emanuel Aguilera
21 Argentina MF Enzo Kalinski (on loan from Universidad Católica)
22 Mexico DF Juan Carlos Núñez (captain)
23 Mexico MF Juan Pablo Meza (on loan from Sinaloa)
24 Mexico MF Luis Chávez
25 Mexico GK Gibrán Lajud
26 Mexico MF Luis Ángel Mendoza (on loan from Puebla)
27 Argentina MF Matías Pisano (on loan from Cruzeiro)
30 Mexico DF Hiram Muñoz
32 Ecuador MF Miller Bolaños (on loan from Grêmio)
Mexico GK Luis Ernesto Michel
Mexico DF Omar Mendoza (on loan from Cruz Azul)
Brazil MF Leonardo Dreyer
Brazil MF Juninho

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States GK Carlos López (at Sinaloa)
Mexico GK Sergio Vega (at Celaya)
Mexico DF Jesús Chávez (at Sinaloa)
Mexico DF Luis García (at Sinaloa)
Mexico DF Oliver Ortíz (at Sinaloa)
United States DF John Requejo (at Sinaloa)
Mexico DF Rodrigo Salinas (at Toluca)
Mexico DF Christian Torres (at Sinaloa)
United States MF Fernando Arce Jr. (at Sinaloa)
No. Position Player
Mexico MF Adolfo Domínguez (at Tapachula)
Mexico MF Alonso Escoboza (at Puebla)
Mexico MF Germán Ramírez (at Isidro Metapán)
Mexico FW Alberto García (at Tapachula)
Argentina FW Gabriel Hauche (at Toluca)
Argentina FW Alfredo Moreno (at Celaya)
United States FW Amando Moreno (at Sinaloa)
Colombia FW Dayro Moreno (at Atlético Nacional)
Colombia FW Humberto Osorio (at Independiente Santa Fe)

Reserve teams[edit]

Tijuana Premier
Reserve team that plays in the Segunda División in the third level of the Mexican league system.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner Sponsors
2007 Ardex Caliente
2007–08 Atletica Casas GEO/Nissan/TVC Deportes/Mexicana
2008 Voit
2009–10 Atletica Casas GEO/Nissan
2011 Kappa Casas GEO/Nissan/TVC Deportes/Volaris
2011–13 Nike Casas GEO/ABC/Waldos
2013–14 Nike Boing!/Casas GEO/ABC/Calimax
2015–2017 Adidas Boing!/Carls Jr/Calimax/Farmacias del Ahorro
2017– Charly Sport Boing!/Carls Jr/Calimax/Farmacias del Ahorro


Domestic competitions[edit]

Apertura 2012
Apertura 2010
Campeón de Ascenso 2010–11

Friendly competitions[edit]

  • San Diego Clasico: 3
2011, 2012, 2013
  • Los Angeles Clasico: 1

International competitions[edit]