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; 15 years ago (2003-08-09)
GroundEstadio Banorte
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
OwnerGrupo Caliente (60%)
Eustaquio de Nicolás (30%)
ChairmanJosé Antonio Núñez
ManagerDiego Maradona
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 colours are a red shirt and white shorts primarily, 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 runner up in the Apertura 2004 but they won the play-off promotion beating Club León with a goal of 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]

Since Dorados de Culiacán's arrival to Primera División A in 2003, a rivalry was born. When the franchise was first created, in the year 2003, Dorados became champions on 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, facing Club León though they lost. 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, of which Dorados and León have both won two.


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


First-team squad[edit]

As of 13 January 2019

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

No. Position Player
2 Mexico DF Diego Barbosa (on loan from Atlas)
3 Argentina DF Gustavo Canto (on loan from Tijuana)
4 Mexico DF Jesús Chávez (on loan from Tijuana)
5 Argentina MF Luis Jerez Silva (on loan from Godoy Cruz)
6 United States MF Fernando Arce (on loan from Tijuana)
7 Mexico MF Édson Rivera (on loan from Atlas)
8 Mexico MF Alonso Escoboza (on loan from Tijuana)
9 Argentina FW Jorge Córdoba
10 Argentina FW Fabián Bordagaray
11 Mexico MF Julio Nava
12 Mexico GK Luis López
14 Mexico FW Édgar López (on loan from Tijuana)
15 Mexico MF Mauricio López (on loan from Monterrey)
16 Argentina MF Fernando Elizari
17 Mexico DF Juan Pablo Meza
No. Position Player
18 Mexico MF Pedro Rentería
19 Colombia FW Juan Galíndrez (on loan from Tijuana)
20 Mexico DF Adrián Ramos (on loan from Tijuana)
21 Mexico DF Víctor Torres
22 Colombia DF Santiago Ramírez
23 Argentina GK Gaspar Servio (on loan from Banfield)
25 Mexico FW Amaury Escoto (on loan from BUAP)
26 Mexico DF Héctor Xibille (on loan from Tijuana)
27 Argentina FW Facundo Juárez (on loan from Celaya)
28 Mexico MF Francisco Contreras
30 Mexico DF Raúl Sandoval (on loan from Tijuana)
33 Paraguay DF Cristian Báez
34 Mexico FW José Alberto García (on loan from Tijuana)
35 United States FW Rubio Rubin (on loan from Tijuana)

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 Nemer Lajud (at Celaya)
Mexico GK Luis Ernesto Michel (at Tijuana)
Mexico DF Elio Castro (at Juárez)
Uruguay DF Jonathan Lacerda (at Juárez)
Mexico DF Gilberto López (at UdeC)
Mexico DF Johan Mendívil (at Pacific)
Mexico DF Raúl Valdez (at UdeC)
No. Position Player
Mexico MF Jesús Angulo (at Tijuana)
Mexico MF Édgar Juárez (at Tapachula)
Mexico MF Josué Pérez (at Murciélagos)
Mexico FW José Ángel Coronel (at UdeC)
Mexico FW Freddy Martín (at Venados)
Colombia FW Jairo Molina (at Deportivo Pasto)
Mexico FW Aarón Sicairos (at Murciélagos)

Reserve teams[edit]

Sinaloa Premier

Reserve team that plays in the Liga Premier in the third 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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