Deportivo Toluca F.C.

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Full name Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club
S.A. de C.V.
Nickname(s) Los Diablos Rojos (The Red Devils)
Los Choriceros (The Sausagers)
Los Escarlatas (The Scarlets)
Founded 12 February 1917; 101 years ago (1917-02-12)
Ground Estadio Nemesio Díez
Toluca, Mexico, Mexico
Ground Capacity 31,000
Owner Valentín Díez
Chairman Francisco Suinaga
Manager Hernán Cristante
League Liga MX
Clausura 2018 1st (Liguilla Runner-up)
Website Club website

Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club S.A. de C.V. [deporˈtiβo toˈluka ˈfutβol ˈkluβ] is a Mexican football club. Toluca's stadium Nemesio Díez Riega is located in Toluca, State of Mexico in Mexico. Toluca plays in the Liga MX, has been champion ten times and is one of the most successful clubs of Mexico.


On 12 February 1917, the brothers Román Alday and Gerardo Ferrat alongside Filiberto Navas and Manuel Henkel created Deportivo Toluca Futbol Club. In 1950, the team joined the recently formed Segunda División, advancing to Mexican Primera División in 1953 by having tied with Irapuato by three goals, two by Rubén Pichardo and one by that tournament's goal scorer Mateo de la Tijera having left one more match to play.

The Teams first official First Division game was against Atlante, in which Toluca won 2 goals by one

The team won three consecutive championships in 1966 and 1967 under coach Ignacio Trelles. In 1975 Toluca won the championship one more time. Coached by Uruguayan Ricardo de León, Toluca played a style of game that was consistently criticized as ultra-defensive but won the championship by defeating León in the final-four mini-tournament 1-0, with the lone goal being scored by Ecuadorian Ítalo Estupiñan. This is the only time the Mexican Championship has been decided by a round-robin, two-legged, mini-tournament.

In 1997 Enrique "Ojitos" Meza became the coach of the team, after reaching the finals of the Mexican league with Toros Neza. Toluca resurged, its tactical scheme was very offensive, which was very characteristic of its coach. It was not atypical to see scores like 5-3. The offensive idea suited perfectly the Paraguayan José Saturnino Cardozo, who became the best scorer of the league in four occasions.

Toluca won the championship in 1998, the first one in twenty years. With Enrique Meza as coach, Toluca won the championship three times in a period of three years.

In the Invierno 2001 tournament Ricardo La Volpe became the coach of Toluca. He, along with Cardozo and Vicente Sánchez had one of the most successful and exciting teams in years. However, La Volpe left Toluca with a few weeks left in the season, but without him, they still won their 7th title.

At the end of the Apertura 2005 tournament, the team became champions again, beating Monterrey by an aggregate of 6-3, after the questionable decisions of Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez "El Chiquidracula", who expelled three players from Monterrey on their first foul committed.

In Apertura 2006, they tied in the first leg (1-1) but suffered a loss in the Estadio Nemesio Díez (2-1) against Guadalajara.

In the Clausura 2007 tournament, Toluca had one of their worst seasons, finishing in last place. In the Copa Libertadores 2007, they made it to the round of 16, where they were subsequently eliminated by Cúcuta Deportivo from Colombia. Following the elimination from both tournaments, Gallego resigned from his position stating the need for a year off as his reason for resigning from Club Toluca. José Pekerman, former coach of the Argentine national team, was appointed as head coach of Club Toluca on May 30, 2007. In the Apertura 2007, Toluca had a much better finish than the previous tournament, placing 2nd place out of 18 only behind league leader Santos Laguna. They were ultimately eliminated by league runner-up Pumas in the quarter-finals of the Apertura 2007 playoffs.

Club Toluca failed to qualify for the 2008 Copa Libertadores. On the Apertura 2008, Toluca had a weak start under their new coach, Jose Manuel "El Chepo" De La Torre, on one point going on a four-game streak of only draws. On the last five games of the regular season, they reversed the tying streak, making 13 points out of a possible 15, ending the regular season in 2nd place overall with 27 points and thus advancing to the playoffs. Their goalkeeper Hernan Cristante set a record by not allowing any goals for 773 minutes. Toluca would go on to win the Bicentenario 2010 tournament by beating Santos Laguna in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, earning them the tenth cup win, the same amount as Club América. Besides winning the domestic title ten times, Toluca has also been the Runner-Up of the Mexican domestic tournament six times. On the Apertura 2012, Toluca finished first place and therefore earned a place for the Copa Libertadores. On the Ligullia of the Apertura 2012, Toluca went all the way to the final and lose to Club Tijuana 4-1 aggregate. On the Cluasura 2013, Toluca finished 13th and did not qualify for the Ligullia. At the end of that season then coach Enrique Meza resigned his job. The next day Toluca contacted its top scorer former player Jose Cardozo as its new head coach.

In the new era of Jose Cardozo as head coach, Toluca went to be the most offensive club in the Apertura 2013 with 33 goals and receiving 17 goals. In the Apertura 2013 Pablo Velázquez became the league's goal scorer with 12 goals. In that season Club Toluca ended in the semifinals losing to Club America in away goals. In the next season being the Clausura 2014, Club Toluca became the most defensive club in the league with 14 goals scored against and scoring 25 goals and came second in the league and lost to Club León in the semifinals.


Kit manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Primary shirt partner
1991–1993 Adidas None
1993–1994 Umbro Victoria
1994–1998 Corona Sport
1998–1999 Diadora
1999–2000 Atlética
2001–2010 Banamex
2010– Under Armour

Additional club sponsors and partners:[1]


First-team squad[edit]

As of 20 July 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 Mexico GK Alfredo Talavera
2 Argentina DF Fernando Tobio
3 Argentina DF Santiago García
4 Chile DF Osvaldo González
7 Mexico FW Luis Ángel Mendoza (on loan from Puebla)
8 Brazil MF William da Silva
9 Mexico FW Alexis Vega
11 Mexico FW Amaury Escoto (on loan from Querétaro)
12 Mexico GK Ramón Pasquel
13 Mexico DF Héctor Acosta
14 Argentina MF Rubens Sambueza (Captain)
15 Mexico MF Antonio Ríos
No. Position Player
16 Mexico MF Adolfo Domínguez (on loan from Tijuana)
17 Mexico DF Richard Ruiz
21 Argentina FW Enrique Triverio
22 Mexico GK Luis Manuel García
23 Colombia MF Luis Quiñones
24 Argentina MF Pablo Barrientos
25 Argentina FW Alexis Canelo
26 Colombia DF Cristian Borja
27 Chile DF Fabián Monilla
29 Mexico DF Rodrigo Salinas
30 Mexico MF Alan Medina
33 Mexico DF Carlos Calvo (on loan from Atlante)

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
Mexico GK Juan Mercado (at UAEM)
Mexico DF Carlos Galeana (at Celaya)
Mexico DF Francisco Gamboa (at Atlante)
Mexico DF Juan Carlos Morales (at UAEM)
Mexico DF Christian Pérez (at Tapachula)
Mexico DF Mario Quezada (at Murciélagos)
Mexico DF Gerardo Rodríguez (at Morelia)
Mexico DF Emilio Yamín (at UAEM)
Mexico MF Diego Aguilar (at Atlante)
Argentina MF Darío Bottinelli (at América de Cali)
No. Position Player
Mexico MF Carlos Esquivel (at Veracruz)
Argentina MF Rodrigo Gómez (at Unión de Santa Fe)
Mexico MF Renato Román (at Oaxaca)
Mexico MF Arturo Tapia (at UAEM)
Mexico MF Moisés Velasco (at UAT)
Mexico FW Edy Brambila (at Tapachula)
Mexico FW Daniel González (at UAEM)
Mexico FW Raúl Nava (at Atlante)
Mexico FW Alexis Ochoa (at UAEM)

Reserve teams[edit]

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





Name From To
Román Ferrat Alday 1917 1923
Fernando Barreto 1923 1945
Samuel Martínez García 1945 1953
Luis Gutiérrez Dosal 1953 1959
Enrique Enríquez 1953 1953
Alfonso Faure Lopez 1969 1970
Nemesio Díez Riega 1953 1972
Fernando Corona Álvarez 1972 1977
Germán Sánchez Fabela 1977 1980
Ernesto Nemer Naime 1980 1981
Jesús Fernandez del Cojo 1981 1983
Germán Sánchez Fabela 1983 1984
Jesús Fernández del Cojo 1984 1985
Fernando Corona Álvarez 1985 1986
Germán Sánchez Fabela 1986 1987
Kurt Visetti Vogelbach 1987 1989
Antonio Mañón 1989 1992
José Antonio Roca 1992 1993
Jesús Fernández del Cojo 1993 1995
Sergio Peláez Farell 1995 1997
Rafael Lebrija Guiot 1997 2007
Fernando Corona Álvarez 2007



Top goalscorers in a season[edit]

Primera División
Player Tournament Goals
Brazil Amaury Epaminondas Mexican Primera División 1966-67 21
Mexico Vicente Pereda Mexican Primera División 1969-70 20
Paraguay José Cardozo Verano 1998 10
Paraguay José Cardozo Verano 1999 15
Paraguay José Cardozo Apertura 2002 29
Paraguay José Cardozo Clausura 2003 21
Argentina Bruno Marioni Apertura 2006 11
Chile Héctor Mancilla Apertura 2008 11
Chile Héctor Mancilla Clausura 2009 14
Uruguay Iván Alonso Apertura 2011 11
Uruguay Iván Alonso Clausura 2012 14
Paraguay Pablo Velazquez Apertura 2013 12
Copa México
Player Tournament Goals
Mexico Carlos Carús Temporada 1960–61 7
Mexico Vicente Pereda Temporada 1966–67 5
Mexico Francisco Linares Temporada 1967–68 7
Mexico Jesús Romero Temporada 1969–70 4
Paraguay Edgar Benítez Copa México Apertura 2012 5
Segunda División
Player Tournament Goals
Mexico Mateo de la Tijera Liga de Ascenso de México 1952–53 22
Copa Pre Libertadores
Player Tournament Goals
Paraguay José Cardozo 1999 3


Position Player Period Games
1 Mexico Sinha 1999–14 515
2 Argentina Hernan Cristante 1993–94
3 Paraguay José Cardozo 1995–05 332
4 Mexico Vicente Pereda 1960–75 322
5 Mexico Edgar Dueñas 2004–14 307
6 Mexico Carlos Esquivel 2005–Present 339
7 Mexico José Manuel Abundis 1992–00
8 Paraguay Paulo da Silva 2003–09
9 Uruguay Juan Carlos Paz 1978–85 256
10 Uruguay Vicente Sánchez 2001–07 242


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