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Lobos BUAP
Lobos BUAP logo.png
Full name Club de Fútbol Lobos de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Nickname(s) Los Lobos (The Wolves)
La Manada (The Wolfpack)
Los Licántropos (The Lycanthropes)
Founded 28 May 1967; 50 years ago (1967-05-28)
Ground Estadio Universitario BUAP
Puebla City, Puebla, Mexico
Ground Capacity 19,283
Owner BUAP
Chairman Rafael Cañedo
Manager Rafael Puente, Jr.
League Liga MX
Clausura 2017 6th (Champions)
Website Club home page

Club de Fútbol Lobos de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla is a Mexican football club based in Puebla, Mexico. The club represents 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 makes its home in the Estadio Universitario BUAP.

History[edit]

Early BUAP soccer teams[edit]

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.

Lobos BUAP[edit]

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 to 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.

Modern club[edit]

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 4 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[edit]

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.[1]

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Notes
1967–68 3rd Division
1968–69 3rd Division
1969–70 3rd Division
1970–71 3rd Division
1996–1997 2nd Division
1997–1998 2nd Division
Apertura 99 2nd Division
Clausura 00 2nd Division
Apertura 02 2nd Division
Clausura 03 2nd Division
Apertura 03 2nd Division
Season Division GP W L D GS GA Dif PTS
Apertura 04 Primera A
Clausura 05 Primera A
Apertura 05 Primera A
Clausura 06 Primera A
Apertura 06 Primera A
Clausura 07 Primera A
Apertura 07 Primera A
Clausura 08 Primera A
Apertura 08 Primera A 16 6 3 7 22 30 -8 21
Clausura 09 Primera A 16 6 7 3 24 17 +7 25
Apertura 09 Primera A 16 8 4 4 19 13 +6 28
Bicentenario 10 Primera A 16 7 3 6 17 22 -5 24
Apertura 10 Primera A 16 8 3 5 23 12 +11 27
Clausura 11 Primera A 16 4 3 9 26 34 -8 16
Apertura 11 Primera A 14 4 6 4 12 12 0 18
Clausura 12 Primera A 14 6 2 6 20 20 0 20
Apertura 12 Ascenso MX 14
Clausura 13 Ascenso MX 14
Apertura 13 Ascenso MX 14
  • 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.[2]
  • 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 reappearedd a fourth time and has been active ever since.

Stadium[edit]

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.

In October 2011 it was announced that the Estadio Olímpico de C.U. would be finally have an expansion from 9,000 to 20,700, which is set to open in January 2012.[3]

Official jersey[edit]

Kit evolution and rare kits[edit]

  • 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.

Past Jerseys[edit]

First kit evolution Home
1967
1997
1998
2007
2009
2010

First kit evolution away[edit]

First kit evolution away
1967
1997
1998
2007
2009
2010

Badge[edit]

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.

Players[edit]

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 Uruguay GK Lucero Álvarez (on loan from Oaxaca)
2 Mexico DF César Cercado
3 Mexico DF Francisco Rodríguez (on loan from Cruz Azul)
4 Mexico DF Richard Okunorobo
5 Mexico DF Orlando Rincón
6 Mexico MF Carlos Treviño (on loan from Atlas)
7 Mexico FW Amaury Escoto (on loan from Querétaro)
8 Mexico MF Jorge Ibarra
9 Mexico FW Diego Jiménez
10 Colombia MF Luis Quiñones (on loan from UANL)
11 Mexico MF Alfonso Tamay (on loan from UANL)
12 Mexico DF Heriberto Olvera (on loan from Pachuca)
13 Mexico MF Omar Tejeda (Captain)
16 Mexico FW Alfonso Sánchez (on loan from América)
No. Position Player
17 Peru DF Luis Advíncula (on loan from UANL)
18 Peru MF Pedro Aquino (on loan from Monterrey)
19 Colombia FW William Palacio (on loan from UANL)
20 Mexico FW Guillermo Clemens (on loan from Celaya)
21 Mexico DF Eduardo Tercero
22 Mexico FW Emmanuel Escobar
24 Mexico DF Rodrigo Godínez (on loan from Morelia)
25 Mexico DF Juan Carlos García Sancho (on loan from Cruz Azul)
26 Mexico MF Juan Carlos Medina (on loan from Atlas)
27 Mexico MF Luis Olascoaga (on loan from América)
28 Mexico DF Carlos Adrián Morales (on loan from Morelia)
31 Mexico GK Francisco Canales
33 Colombia FW Julián Quiñones (on loan from UANL)

For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers summer 2017.

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player
Panama MF Alberto Quintero (loan to Universitario)
Mexico FW José Tehuitzil (loan to Oaxaca)
No. Position Player
Mexico FW Michel Vázquez (loan to Boyacá Chicó)

Reserve teams[edit]

BUAP Premier
Reserve team that plays in the Segunda División in the second level of the Mexican league system.

Club honors[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Clausura 2017
Runner up: Clausura 2012
Apertura 2003

Friendlies[edit]

  • Copa Ciudad Hermanas:
1969

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]