|Full name||Club de Fútbol Lobos de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla|
|Nickname(s)||Los Lobos (The Wolves) |
La Manada (The Pack)
Los Licántropos (The Lycanthropes)
|Founded||28 May 1967|
|Ground||Estadio Universitario BUAP|
Puebla City, Puebla, Mexico
|League||Liga de Balompié Mexicano|
Club de Fútbol Lobos de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla is a Mexican football club based in Puebla, Mexico. The club represented the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. The club's history goes back to the early 1930s when the club was known as Preparatoria, formed exclusively by players that attended the university. The club has played on and off since then. It was not until the 1990s when the club made a serious comeback. It has been playing in the lower level Mexican football divisions. In 2003 the club was awarded a spot in the Primera A (now known as the Liga de Ascenso), a league where the club played until earning promotion in 2017 to the Liga MX Primera División. The club marked its home in the Estadio Universitario BUAP.
Early BUAP soccer teams
The club's history dates back to 1930 when the club was known as Preparatoria, composed exclusively of players that attended the university. It was not until 1966 when the Mexican Football Federation allowed the club to join the third division; the club played under the name Carolinos UAP, named for the university's main building that today houses the rector's office.
By 1969, Rafael Moreno Valle owned the team. He went on to leave the club and become one of the owners of Puebla FC, the other major local team in the city. Management of the club was taken over by the university's Department of Physical Studies of Puebla. The club failed to be sustained economically and folded in 1971. The final match was placed in the Copa México, on August 22, 1971.
In the mid-1990s, during the term of José Doger Corte as rector, Eduardo Rivera Hernández and Paul Moreno pitched the idea of buying a franchise in the Segunda División de México for the university. The brothers Adolfo and Pedro Ayala later joined the board of directors, with Ayala as the club's executive president.
It was made clear that the club should only consist of Players attending the University. The club played its first game in the Estadio Ignacio Zaragoza and was managed by a former Puebla FC player Gustavo Moscoso. Lobos was the first Second Division club ever to air its games on broadcast television, with Televisa Puebla airing twelve games. T.V on Televisa Puebla. The Mexican federation congratulated the owners board for setting a good example on how a club should be run by doing so inspired other Second Division clubs to do the same.
In its first season, the club performed poorly, but the next year, Lobos battled for a spot in the playoffs against the Águilas of the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), a private university in Puebla.
The club would fold three years later due to the club's poor performance; the university was unable and owners were not willing to spend more money on a club that was headed nowhere. The main economic support at the time came from a group of Engineers who decided to leave the club, leaving the university without a soccer team for almost two months.
A new rector and a new business leader, Alberto Ventosa Coghlan, quickly revived the franchise. Coghlan secured an agreement with first division club Necaxa to have Lobos as a Second Division affiliate. Mario Marin, the new mayor of Puebla City helped the club as did Leopoldo García, former director of Televisa Puebla, who would be named executive president. Despite a season in which two players, Carlos Muñoz and Emmanuel Sacramento, tied for the league lead in goals with 15, and good players including Gerardo Espinoza and Luis Gabriel Rey, who would later go on and win various championships with Atlante F.C., the new club failed to catch on, and after two seasons of poor play, Grupo Pegaso moved the team to Oaxaca.
In 2002 Enrique Doger Guerrero, acting rector of the university, revived the club under the name Lobos de la B.U.A.P.
Managed by Evanivaldo Castro, a former Brazilian player who had played in the first division in the 1970s – 1990s, the club was admitted into the Second Division. After failing to reach the playoffs in their first season, Evanivaldo Castro was replaced by Victor Valdemar Marine for the following tournament. The team improved immensely under Marine, reaching the playoffs before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Delfines de Coatzacoalcos. That season also saw the team move into their new home, Benito Juárez García Field, in the San Baltazar Campeche borough of Puebla. Along with a new home, the team also got increased exposure after agreeing to a deal with national cable company Megacable to have all home games broadcast locally.
In 2003 the club had a great year, winning almost all of its home games, finishing first in the south zone and qualifying to the playoffs, where they defeated Interplaya de Ciudad del Carmen and Jaguares de Villaflores. The club played the semifinal in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc against Club Deportivo Autlán who they also beat. The club would go on to win that tournament. It lost to Pachuca B in the promotion playoff game, but the team was still promoted: that same year, Salamanca was not able to pay its players and folded, which left a spot open, which was awarded to the runner-up Lobos.
In the 2009 Liga de Ascenso Apertura the club had one of its most successful campaigns to date, finishing runner up in the league with a record of 8–4–4 for a total of 28 points, just four less than Irapuato FC. In the quarterfinals the club played against Potros Neza, winning both legs. In the semifinals, Lobos fell to recently relegated Necaxa 2–0 on aggregate, with both Necaxa goals being scored in the Estadio Victoria in Aguascalientes.
In the 2010 Liga de Ascenso Bicentenario, the club just managed to qualify to the playoffs after finishing seventh in the league with a record of 7–3–6 for a total of 24 points. In the quarterfinals the club played Necaxa again. Despite a scoreless tie in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Necaxa won in the match in Aguascalientes on their way to another title. Necaxa would later go to win the title again and would automatically earn its promotion to the Primera División de México just a year later.
In the 2010 Liga de Ascenso Apertura, under the management of Carlos Poblete, the club managed to qualify to the quarterfinals with a record of 8–3–5. In the quarterfinals the club played against Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz; despite the two teams tying in the first match played at the Estadio Luis "Pirata" Fuente, Tiburones Rojos came out with a 1–0 win in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc to eliminate the Lobos.
With their fifth-place finish in the regular season, the 2012 Liga de Ascenso Clausura tournament saw Lobos BUAP make a final for the first time, beating Toros Neza 1–0 on aggregate with a goal scored at home and defeating Necaxa 3–1 in the semifinals. Against Club León, the Lobos tied 3–3 in Puebla but then lost 4–0 in the Estadio León.
Promotion to Liga MX
Lobos BUAP finished sixth in the 2017 Clausura tournament, earning it a playoff spot. In the quarterfinals, Lobos eliminated Alebrijes de Oaxaca with a 2–1 victory on aggregate. The semifinal round saw them defeat the Mineros de Zacatecas, which had finished with the best record in the regular season, in a resounding 6–2 victory. In the finals, they defeated Bravos de Juárez by a score of 4–1 to win their first ever league title.
In order to win promotion to the Liga MX, however, Lobos would have to face the Dorados de Sinaloa, who had won the 2016 Apertura tournament. At the Estadio Universitario BUAP, the Lobos won 1–0, and a 2–2 tie at the Estadio Banorte in Culiacán was enough to win the series and send Lobos to the Primera División for the first time.
In the 2017–18 season, Lobos BUAP played its first season in Primera División, however, the team resented its lack of experience and its low budget, so it was relegated category at the end of the season. Lobos BUAP was able to continue in the Liga MX after paying a fine of 120 million pesos (6 million dollars), this after the winner of the Ascenso MX, Cafetaleros de Chiapas, was not certified to promote.
Re-locations and Failed Return
In June 2019 it was announced that Lobos BUAP had only four players to face the 2019–20 season. On June 11, it was announced that FC Juárez bought the Lobos BUAP franchise, so it took its place in Liga MX. The Lobos board was left with the license of Juárez, nevertheless, this was put in hiatus during a year. The University created another squad in the semi-professional sector called Cefor Lobos BUAP, this team got the championship in their competition.
On June 2020 Lobos and the University it represents decided to join the newly created Liga de Balompié Mexicano after battling LigaMX in court due to corruption accusations involved during the sale of the team to Juarez. In August 2020, the return was canceled due to differences between the sports project board and the BUAP board. The franchise was moved to Zacatepec and renamed as Lobos Zacatepec. However, in November 10, 2020, the team was disaffiliated by the LBM due to debts.
Season to season
- Has Played 4 3rd Division Tournaments last in 1971.
- Has Played 7 2nd Division Tournaments last in 2003.
- Has Played 19 Primera A Tournaments last in 2013.
- After the 1971 tournament, the club folded.
- In 1996 the club reappeared then re-folded in 1997
- In 1999 the club reappeared for the third time and folded in 2001
- In 2002 the club reappeared a fourth time and folded in 2019.
The club started off playing its home games in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc in the late 1960s. By the early 1990s the club made the Estadio Ignacio Zaragoza its home. In 1999 the club had a stadium for themselves right next to the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla with a capacity of 9,000. Due to the small stadium capacity, in 2007 the club was forced to move back to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc in order to meet the FMF Liga de Ascenso requirements, which requires a club to have a home stadium of at least 15,000.
Kit evolution and rare kits
- Home kit: White shirt with a blue sash, blue shorts and white socks.
- Away kit: Blue shirt with a white sash, blue shorts and stocks.
- Sponsor: Pirma (2011–present).
- Previous sponsors: Vento (1997–2002), Lotto(2002), Pirma (2003), Cruzeiro (2004–2006), Lotto (2007–08), Kappa 2009.
The club's uniform has always been in the university colours and throughout the years it has varied from Green, Yellow, Gold and blue. In 2007 after the club joined forces with Local First division club Puebla FC the club has used a sash that runs from the right shoulder to the left.
- First kit evolution Home
First kit evolution away
- First kit evolution away
The club's badge is a Wolf was taken from Melchor de Covarrubias family coats of arms. Melchor de Covarrubias helped found the university in 1587. In its early years the club used the university coats of arms which consists of a shield with a phoenix rising from the ashes. This was taken from the Melchor de Covarrubias family coats of arm. Throughout the years the cubs has used various Badges, in the beginning using the university coats of arms.
- As of 10 July 2019
- Ascenso MX: (1)
- Clausura 2017
- Runner up: Clausura 2012
- Apertura 2003
- Copa Ciudad Hermanas:
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- Marshall, Tom. "FC Juarez buys Lobos BUAP, takes spot in Liga MX". ESPN. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
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- "¡Nueva historia! Lobos deja a la BUAP y se muda a Zacatepec en la Liga del Balompié". Mediotiempo.com (in Spanish). 7 August 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
- "Zacatepec es desafiliado de la Liga de Balompié Mexicano. Salcido manda mensaje" [Zacatepec is disaffiliated from the Liga de Balompié Mexicano; Salcido sends a message] (in Spanish). 10 November 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
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