Club Atlético Zacatepec

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Full nameClub Atlético Zacatepec
Nickname(s)Los Cañeros (The Sugarcane Growers)
Founded1948; 71 years ago (1948)[1] as Club Social y Deportivo Zacatepec
GroundEstadio Agustín "Coruco" Díaz
Zacatepec, Morelos, Mexico
OwnerVíctor Manuel Arana
ManagerRicardo Valiño
LeagueAscenso MX
Apertura 201811th

Club Atlético Zacatepec is a Mexican football team based in Zacatepec, Morelos. They are nicknamed Cañeros (sugarcane growers). Their colors are white and green (from sugar and sugarcane, respectively). Their uniform color is a white shirt with a big green line in the middle and white shorts and socks. Their greatest achievements were in the 1950s when Zacatepec won two titles in First Division. They won their first league title in the 1954–1955 season and their second title in the 1957–1958 season. Zacatepec won the Copa Mexico championship in the 1958–1959 season.

The head coach of Zacatepec during the 1950s was Ignacio Trelles, a former professional Mexican football player who became head coach of the Mexico national team in the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile and 1966 FIFA World Cup in England.


Zacatepec champions in 1955

The club dates back to the early 1920s and was formed by local farmers and co-op members that operated the local sugar mill.

It was not until 1948 when Rodrigo Ampudia del Valle along with the sugar mill's coop membership, including the mill's superintendent and its chief chemist Gustavo de la Parra, founded Club Social y Deportivo Zacatepec who from its foundation sought to play in the professional division. A few years later the club would go on to win important things in the national level and international level.[3]

It was in 1951 when[who?] future manager Ignacio Trelles took over the club. In the 1951 second division final they won, earning a promotion to the Primera División de México, taking over the spot left by Club San Sebastián de León who would never again return to the top division.

The club finished runner-up in 1953. In 1955, the club won its first league title,[4] becoming the first club in the state of Morelos to achieve that, Which made the locals celebrate in the streets thing that had no been seen before. The following year the club won the 1956–57 Copa Mexico against León for the first time.

The club won the 1957 league title just ahead of Toluca once ageing under the care of Ignacio Trelles who would go on to win titles with other clubs in the league becoming one of the best managers in the league history.[citation needed] The following tournament the club finished third, 4 points behind runner-up León and 6 points behind Guadalajara who would go on to win the next 6 out of 7 titles from 1958 to 1965. The club would also go on to lose the 1957–58 Copa Mexico to León.

In the following years the club struggled, finishing 10th in 1959–60 and 6th in 1960–61, and it was finally in 1961 when the club played its worst tournament, finishing last and being relegated to the second division

That club from the 1950s is still remembered[by whom?] as one of the best in the club's history. The club played some importation international friendlies in the 1950s against some of the best clubs from around the world. The club defeated Nacional who had won the Campeón Mundial de Clubes and would also go on to beat Manchester United in a friendly game.

The club started the 1960s playing the top division but after a bad league tournament in 1961 the club was relegated to the second division where after one year in the lower league the club was promoted after winning the 1962–63 tournament and was once again in the Primera División de México, taking over the spot left by Jaibos Tampico Madero. The club struggle in its first years back and it was in their third year when the club once again finished last in the competition and was relegated to the second division. The club allied in the second division from 1965 to 1970 when the club won its second second division title and earning the promotion along with Puebla who had one a promotional play-off series with four other clubs that year in order to increase the numbers of clubs in the league.

The club started the 1970s once again in the first division; in the 1970–71 tournament the club finished tied for second in Group Corsairs 5 points behind the group leader and league runner-up Toluca. In the 1971–72 tournament the club finished fifth in Group A 15 points behind leader and league champion Cruz Azul. In the 1972–73 tournament the club just barely avoided relegation and finished four points ahead of Pachuca. The club struggled the following year finish in eighth in group 8 Group A once again avoiding relegation. In the 1974–75 tournament the club's struggles continued once again finishing in the bottom five. In the 1975–76 the club once again avoided relegation finishing six points ahead of Atlante, who was relegated. It was finally in the 1976–77 tournament when the club could not avoid relegation after having a bad year, finishing with 27 points—fewest in the league.

It didn't take long for the club to return to the main stage after winning the 1977–78 second division title its third in its history. The club had a good year in the 1978–79 tournament qualifying to the play-off tournament, a short tournament where they finished last. In the 1979–80 the club once again qualify after finishing first in group 4 with 44 points but would again have a bad play-off tournament. And so the 1970s were over having the club struggles at the beginning of the decade and finishing with back-to-back play-off berths.

The club started the 1980s in the first division. In the 1980–81 tournament the club qualified to the playoff stage with 42 points by means of 17 wins, 8 draws, and 13 defeats. In the play-offs the club played out of group 1 where they finished second behind Cruz Azul who would go on to lose the final against the winner of group 2 Pumas UNAM. In the 1981–82 tournament the club once again qualified this time playing a series which they lost to Deportivo Neza 2–3 after two matches. In the 1982–83 tournament the club tied for the worst record in the league with Atletico Morelia both only earning 30 points on 38 games. A relegation match was held where after two matches Atletico Morelia managed to keep the category winning the series after a penalty shootout. The club would play for the fifth time in the second division but it would only take them one year to return winning the 1983-82 second division championship. After their 5th promotion the club would lose the category again in the 1984–85 tournament, being the last time the club played in the first division.

After bouncing between the second and third tiers of Mexican football during the 2000s, Zacatepec finally found stability in 2013 when it was announced that their home stadium would receive a multimillion-dollar renovation.[5] After the 2017 Clausura season, Zacatepec owners decided to place the club in brief hiatus while the club would be restructured. Shortly after, franchise owner of Coras de Tepic Jose Luis Higuera received temporary permission to move his franchise to Zacatepec for the football year along with temporary use of naming rights.[6]


Agustín "Coruco" Díaz stadium is the home of Zacatepec. It was founded in November 1954. It was inaugurated by then president of Mexico Adolfo López Mateos. The stadium is nicknamed la selva cañera (the sugarcane jungle) due to Zacatepec's humid weather conditions.


Club Zacatepec's motto is "Hacer Deporte es Hacer Patria" which means doing sports is to be a patriot.

On 23 March 2013, Morelos governor announced the team would return to the Ascenso MX in August 2013, taking the place of Irapuato. Zacatepec was relegated after just 2 season in Ascenso MX, but bought Cruz Azul Hidalgo and will remain in the Ascenso MX for the Apertura 2014.

Past Crests[edit]

Past kits[edit]


  • Home Kit white shirt with a green strip that runs across the chest with green shorts and white socks.
  • Away Kit green shirt with a white strip that runs across the chest with white shorts and green socks.
  • Third Kit white shirt with green strip that runs across chest white shorts and white socks.



Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Notes
1950–51 2nd Division 1st Promoted
1951–52 1st Division 9th
1952–53 1st Division 2nd
1953–54 1st Division 9th
1954–55 1st Division 1st First Title
1955–56 1st Division 7th
1956–57 1st Division 12th
1957–58 1st Division 1st Second Title
1958–59 1st Division 3rd
1959–60 1st Division 10th
1960–61 1st Division 6th
1961–62 1st Division 14th 1st Relegation
1962–63 2nd Division 1st Champion
1963–64 1st Division 6th
1964–65 1st Division 13th
1965–66 1st Division 16th 2nd Relegation
1966–67 2nd Division ?
1967–68 2nd Division ?
1968–69 2nd Division ?
1969–70 2nd Division 1st Champion
1970–71 1st Division 2nd G.1
1971–72 1st Division 5th G.1
1972–73 1st Division 8th G.1
1973–74 1st Division 8th G.1
Season Division Place Notes
1974–75 1st Division 8th G.2
1975–76 1st Division 4th G.3
1976–77 1st Division 5th G.2 3rd Relegation
1977–78 2nd Division 1st Champion
1978–79 1st Division 2nd G.4
1979–80 1st Division 1st G.4
1980–81 1st Division 2nd G.3
1981–82 1st Division 1st G.1
1982–83 1st Division 5th G.3 4th Relegation
1983–84 2nd Division 1st Champion
1984–85 1st Division 5th G.4 5th Relegation
1985–86 2nd Division
1986–87 2nd Division
1987–88 2nd Division
1988–89 2nd Division
1989–90 2nd Division
1990–91 2nd Division
1991–92 2nd Division
1992–93 2nd Division Lost Promotion
1993–94 2nd Division
1994–95 Primera A
1995–96 Primera A
1996–97 Primera A
1997–98 Primera A
Season Division Place Copa MX or Notes
1998–99 Primera A
1999–00 Primera A
2000–01 Primera A
2001–02 Primera A
2002–03 Primera A 1st defunct
2006–07 Primera A Return
Apertura 2007 3rd Division
Clausura 2008 3rd Division
Apertura 2008 3rd Division
Cluasura 2009 3rd Division
Apertura 2009 3rd Division
Clausura 2010 3rd Division
Apertura 2010 3rd Division
Clausura 2011 3rd Division
Apertura 2011 2nd Division
Clausura 2012 2nd Division
Apertura 2012 2nd Division
Clausura 2013 2nd Division
Apertura 2013 Ascenso MX
Clausura 2014 Ascenso MX Descend but buy Cruz Azul Hidalgo
Apertura 2014 Ascenso MX 8th
Season Division Place Copa MX or Notes
Clausura 2015 Ascenso MX 13th
Apertura 2015 Ascenso MX 14th
Clausura 2016 Ascenso MX 14th
Apertura 2016 Ascenso MX 3rd (quarterfinals)
Clausura 2017 Ascenso MX 7th (quarterfinals) Group stage
Apertura 2017 Ascenso MX 4th (quarterfinals) Round of 16
Took over Coras Tepic
Clausura 2018 Ascenso MX 4th Semifinals
Apertura 2018 Ascenso MX 11th Round of 16


1954–55, 1957–58
  • Runner-up: 1
1956–57, 1958–59
  • Runner-up: 2
1957–58, 1970–71
1950–51, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1977–78, 1983–84
  • Runner-up: 2
1968–69, 1991–92
Verano 1998, Invierno 1999


First-team squad[edit]

As of 19 August 2019

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 Alejandro Arana
2 Mexico MF Bryan Colula (on loan from América)
3 Mexico DF Daniel Zamora (on loan from América)
4 Mexico DF Oswaldo León (on loan from América)
5 Argentina MF Ezequiel Cirigliano
6 Brazil DF Elbis
7 Argentina FW Facundo Taborda
8 Mexico FW Rodrigo Prieto (on loan from Necaxa)
9 Mexico FW Armando González
10 Mexico MF Giovani Hernández (on loan from Guadalajara)
11 Argentina FW Julián Cardozo
12 Mexico DF Juan Carlos López
13 Peru GK Alejandro Duarte
14 Mexico MF Isaác Aguilar (on loan from América)
15 Mexico DF Tony Alfaro (on loan from Guadalajara)
16 Mexico MF Alfonso Sánchez (on loan from América)
17 Mexico MF Kevin Magaña (on loan from Guadalajara)
18 Mexico MF José Guillén (on loan from América)
19 Mexico MF José Lozada (on loan from América)
No. Position Player
20 Mexico MF Carlos Ochoa (on loan from Guadalajara)
21 Mexico MF Josué Lázaro (on loan from Guadalajara)
22 Mexico MF José Hernández (on loan from América)
23 Mexico MF Iván Moreno (on loan from América)
24 Mexico DF Miguel Basulto (on loan from Guadalajara)
25 Mexico FW Alejandro Díaz (on loan from América)
26 Mexico MF Erbín Trejo (on loan from Querétaro)
27 Paraguay FW Gustavo Ramírez (on loan from Zacatecas)
28 Mexico GK Juan Orozco (on loan from Guadalajara)
30 Ghana DF Jacob Akrong
31 Ecuador FW José Javier Cortez
32 Mexico MF Marcos Montiel (on loan from América)
33 United States DF Matthew Dixon
34 Mexico MF Giovanni Soto (on loan from América)
35 Mexico GK César Estrada (on loan from América)
36 Mexico MF Mauricio Galvan (on loan from América)
38 Mexico FW Kevin Rudman (on loan from Puebla)
39 Mexico FW Luis Gutiérrez (on loan from América)



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