Dorados de Sinaloa

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Full name Club Social y Deportivo Dorados de Sinaloa

Los Dorados (The Dorados or The Mahi-Mahis)
El Gran Pez (The Big Fish)

El Benjamín (The Benjamin)
Founded 9 August 2003; 12 years ago (2003-08-09)
Ground Estadio Banorte
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Ground Capacity 21,000
Owner Grupo Caliente
Chairman José Antonio Núñez
Manager José Guadalupe Cruz
League Liga MX
Apertura 2015 18th
Website Club home page

Club Social y Deportivo Dorados de Sinaloa, or simply Dorados, is a Mexican professional football club based in the city of Culiacán.

The club plays its home games in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in the northwest of 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 Dorados was only one year old. In the Clausura 2006 tournament Dorados was relegated to Primera División A when their rival San Luis F.C. maintained in the Primera División de México. Dorados reclaimed glory as the team reached the Clausura 2007 championship on May 19, 2007 defeating Club León with an aggregate score of 5-4. They were then able to play for a spot in the Mexican First Division facing Puebla F.C. but went on to lose the two-legged series by an aggregate score of 4-3. Later, in the Apertura 2007 tournament Dorados earned their way to the league final for second time in one year, although, Indios de Ciudad Juárez, the rivals, obtained the victory of the two legged series by 7-0. After the second game of the Clausura 2008 tournament, the Dorados board of directors and the former manager, Hugo Fernandez, made an agreement to end their contract, and signed the return of Juan Carlos Chavez who was the man to ascend the franchise to the Primera División de México in the summer of 2004. In 2008, Dorados broke a record of three consecutive finals in Primera División A, to Dorados' dismay, they lost this final 3-2 against their archival Club León. This victory was a form of retribution now that they made up for losing to Dorados last year.

Rivalry with Club Leon[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 Leon though they lost. Despite losing this final, Dorados and Leon, played the promotion game to Primera División de México where Dorados were victorious. Dorados and Leon have played a total of 4 finals, of which Dorados and Leon have both won 2. Dorados de Sinaloa vs. Club Leon has become one of the biggest rivalries in Primera Division A in the 21st century.


The nickname given to this club is "The Dorados" (known internationally as Dolphinfish or Mahi Mahi) for a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide, and with characteristical bright yellow and blue colors that can reach the length of 5 ft is also known widely as dorado, it is one of two members of the Coryphaenidae family, the other being the pompano dolphinfish. The name of Mahi Mahi was given by the Hawaiians and it means very strong. This fish is also known with some other different names besides dolphinfish and mahi mahi, for example dorado which means golden in Mexico, or lampuka in the Mediterranean regions. It is popularly used in Mexican cooking, especially in Sinaloa.

Back to First Division[edit]

On 27 July 2015, Dorados played their first game in 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. The first 3 points came on the second game of the season on July 31, against Xoloitzcuintles de Tijuana in the Caliente Stadium. Dayro Moreno score for the North Californian team, but Mauricio Martín Romero score the first goal of Dorados in the 2015–16 Liga MX season. At minute 71' the Chilean Héctor Raúl Mancilla score the away team, making it 1-2 and winning their first game in first division in 9 years.

The last game that the team had won in first division was on April 22, 2006 when they beat Jaguares de Chiapas 4-2. With goals from Andrés Orozco, 2, Cristian Patiño and actual Bayern München manager, Pep Guardiola.


Apertura 2003, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2015
2004, 2015
Apertura 2012
  • International Copa Ricard:

Second Place


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
1 Mexico GK Luis Ernesto Michel (vice-captain)
2 Mexico DF Néstor Vidrio (on loan from Guadalajara)
3 Uruguay DF Jonathan Lacerda
4 Mexico DF Jesús Chávez (on loan from Tijuana)
5 Mexico DF Joshua Abrego (on loan from Tijuana)
6 Mexico DF Severo Meza (on loan from Monterrey)
7 Colombia FW Wilson Morelo (on loan from Monterrey)
8 Mexico MF Fernando Arce (on loan from Guadalajara) (captain)
9 Argentina FW Milton Caraglio (on loan from Vélez Sarsfield)
10 Mexico FW Freddy Martín (on loan from Venados)
11 United States MF Joe Corona (on loan from Tijuana)
12 Mexico GK Alfredo Frausto (on loan from Chiapas)
13 Mexico MF Javier Salas
No. Position Player
15 Mexico DF Heriberto Aguayo (on loan from Zacatecas)
17 Mexico MF Diego Mejía
18 Mexico DF Daniel Arreola (on loan from Pachuca)
19 Mexico MF Guillermo Rojas (on loan from Querétaro)
21 Mexico MF Héctor Velázquez
22 Uruguay MF Mathías Cardaccio (on loan from Defensor Sporting)
23 Colombia FW Yimmi Chará (on loan from Monterrey)
25 Mexico GK Jesús García
26 Mexico DF Jairo González (on loan from U. de G.)
27 Mexico FW Martín Zúñiga (on loan from América)
28 Mexico MF Carlos Pinto
29 Brazil MF Wilson Tiago (on loan from Veracruz)
33 United States MF Sonny Guadarrama (on loan from Atlante)

For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers winter 2015–16.

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 Miguel Marín (at Atlante)
Mexico DF Elio Castro (at Tijuana)
Mexico DF Sergio Quiróz (at Tepic)
Mexico MF Pedro Hernández (at Tijuana)
Ecuador MF Segundo Castillo (at Barcelona SC)
Venezuela MF Jesús Gómez (at Necaxa)
No. Position Player
Mexico MF Mario Padilla (at Oaxaca)
Mexico MF Juan Meza (at UAT)
Mexico MF José Rosas (at UAT)
Mexico FW Rodrigo Prieto (at Necaxa)
Panama FW Roberto Nurse (at Zacatecas)
Mexico FW Christian López (at Zacatecas)

Reserve teams[edit]

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

Notable players[edit]


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