Dorados de Sinaloa

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Dorados de Sinaloa
Dorados de Sinaloa.png
Full nameClub Social y Deportivo Dorados de Sinaloa
Nickname(s)Los Dorados (The Dorados)
El Gran Pez (The Great Fish)
Founded9 August 2003; 16 years ago (2003-08-09)
GroundEstadio Banorte
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
OwnerGrupo Caliente
ChairmanJosé Antonio Núñez
ManagerDavid Patiño
LeagueAscenso MX
Clausura 20182nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Dorados de Sinaloa, or Dorados, is a Mexican professional football club based in Culiacán. The club plays its home games in Culiacán, Mexico. Dorados was the youngest franchise to play in the Primera División de México, having joined the division for the first time for the Apertura 2004 tournament, when the club was only one year old. Dorados currently plays in Ascenso MX, the second tier of the Mexican league. The goalkeeper's primary colours are a red shirt and white shorts, and the secondary attire is all white.[1]


Dorados was founded on 9 August 2003, when Eustaquio de Nicolas and Valente Aguirre announced the creation of the Dorados.[2]

First promotion and relegation[edit]

On 20 December 2003, Dorados won their first title in the Apertura 2003 tournament of Primera División A. Guadalupe Castaneda scored the goal beating Cobras de Ciudad Juárez. They finished as runners up in the Apertura 2004 but they won the play-off promotion beating Club León with a goal from Roberto Dominguez and winning the promotion to Liga MX just one year after the club was founded. The club was relegated in the Apertura 2006 tournament after playing just two years in the top tier.

Return to first Division[edit]

On 27 July 2015, Dorados played their first game in the First Division after 8 seasons in the Second Division. The game was celebrated in the Banorte Stadium against Jaguares de Chiapas, with a 0-0 final score. Their first 3 points came on the second game of the season on July 31, against Xoloitzcuintles de Tijuana in the Caliente Stadium. Dayro Moreno scored for the North Californian team, but Mauricio Martín Romero scored the first goal of Dorados in the 2015–16 Liga MX season. At minute 71' the Chilean Héctor Raúl Mancilla scored the away team, making it 1-2 and winning their first game in the first division in 9 years. The last game the team won in the first division was on 22 April 2006, when Dorados beat Jaguares de Chiapas 4-2, with goals from Andrés Orozco, Cristian Patiño, and Pep Guardiola.

Dorados de Sinaloa, playing against C.F. Monterrey at Estadio Banorte

Second relegation[edit]

On 16 April 2016, after losing 5–2 to Tigres UANL, Dorados was relegated after just one season in Liga MX, finishing last in the relegation table of 2015–16 Liga MX season. This was the second time the club was relegated to Ascenso MX.

Rivalry with Club León[edit]

When Dorados de Culiacán's arrived at Primera División A in 2003, a rivalry was born. When the franchise was first created in 2003, Dorados became champions in their first tournament, becoming the first team to ever accomplish this feat in the Primera A. In their second tournament, Dorados made it to the final once again, falling to Club León. Despite losing this final, Dorados and León played the promotion game to Primera División de México where Dorados were victorious. Dorados and León have played a total of four finals, with each team winning two.

Since the relegation of Dorados to the Ascenso MX, the two sides have not played in a league match.


Apertura 2003, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2015, Apertura 2016
  • Campeón de Ascenso: 2
2004, 2015
Apertura 2012
  • International Copa Ricardo:
Second Place


Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Mexico David Patiño
Assistant managers Mexico Christian Ramírez
Mexico Salvador Patiño
Goalkeeper coach Mexico Félix Resanó
Fitness coach Argentina José Altieri
Physiotherapists Mexico Kevin Ponce
Team doctor Mexico Hernando Casillas


First team squad[edit]

As of 21 January 2020

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

No. Position Player
4 Mexico DF Jesús Chávez
6 Mexico MF Pablo Jáquez (loan from UNAM)
8 Argentina FW Facundo Juárez
11 United States FW Rubio Rubin (on loan from Tijuana)
12 Mexico GK Luis López
13 Mexico DF Alejandro Molina
14 Paraguay DF Rubén Monges
15 Mexico DF Osciel de la Cruz (on loan from Tijuana)
19 Argentina MF Daniel González
21 Mexico MF José Daniel Guerrero
No. Position Player
22 Mexico DF Hiram Muñoz (on loan from Tijuana)
23 Uruguay GK Lucero Álvarez
24 Mexico DF Cristian González (on loan from Atlas)
25 Mexico MF José Lugo
26 Colombia FW José Zúñiga
28 Mexico FW Samuel López (on loan from Tijuana)
29 Ecuador MF Djorkaeff Reasco (on loan from LDU Quito)
30 Mexico DF Carlos Villanueva (on loan from Guadalajara)
87 Mexico MF Gabriel Zanatta (on loan from Querétaro)
Mexico DF Víctor Torres

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 FW José Coronel (loan to Tepatitlán)
No. Position Player
Mexico FW Christian Montero (loan to Murciélagos)

Reserve teams[edit]

Dorados de Sinaloa Premier

Reserve team that plays in the Liga Premier in the fourth level of the Mexican league system.
Dorados de Sinaloa (Liga TDP)
Reserve team that plays in the Liga TDP, the fifth level of the Mexican league system.

Notable players[edit]



  1. ^ es:Dorados de Sinaloa
  2. ^ "Historia Dorados". Dorados official website. 5 April 2013.

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