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1997–98 Mexican Primera División season

The 1997-98 Primera División de México (Mexican First Division) was the 56th professional season of Mexico's top-flight football league. The season began on Friday, July 25, 1997, and ended on April 6, 1998.

Primera División de México
Season1997-98
ChampionsInvierno 1997: Cruz Azul (8th Title)
Verano 1998: Toluca (4th Title)
RelegatedVeracruz
Champions' CupCruz Azul
Toluca
León
Copa LibertadoresGuadalajara
América
Matches played338
Goals scored958 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorerInvierno 1997:
Carlos Hermosillo (14 goals)
Verano 1998:
José Saturnino Cardozo (18 goals)
1996-97

UANL was promoted to the Mexico Primera División as Pachuca was relegated to the Primera División A.

Contents

OverviewEdit

TeamsEdit

Location of the 1997-98 Primera División teams
Team City Stadium
América Mexico City Azteca
Atlante Mexico City Azteca
Atlas Guadalajara, Jalisco Jalisco
Celaya Celaya, Guanajuato Miguel Alemán Valdés
Cruz Azul Mexico City Azul
Guadalajara Guadalajara, Jalisco Jalisco
León León, Guanajuato Nou Camp
Morelia Morelia, Michoacán Morelos
Monterrey Monterrey, Nuevo León Tecnológico
Necaxa Mexico City Azteca
Puebla Puebla, Puebla Cuauhtémoc
Santos Laguna Torreón, Coahuila Corona
Tecos Zapopan, Jalisco Tres de Marzo
Toluca Toluca, State of Mexico La Bombonera
Toros Neza Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico Neza 86
UANL San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León Universitario
UNAM Mexico City Olímpico Universitario
Veracruz Veracruz, Veracruz Luis "Pirata" Fuente


Torneo InviernoEdit

"Invierno 1997" began on Friday, July 25, 1997, and ran until October 26 not including the playoffs. In the final Cruz Azul defeated León and became champions for the 8th time.

Final Standings (groups)Edit

Group 1Edit

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. León 17 9 5 3 30 22 +8 32
2. Atlante 17 8 6 3 26 17 +9 30
3. Veracruz 17 5 6 6 19 25 -6 21
4. Celaya 17 5 5 7 21 26 -5 20
5. Puebla 17 5 4 8 20 27 -7 19

Group 2Edit

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Cruz Azul 17 8 7 2 29 16 +13 31
2. Guadalajara 17 8 5 4 28 24 +4 29
3. Monterrey 17 6 4 7 22 22 0 22
4. Toluca 17 5 4 8 21 21 0 19
5. UANL 17 5 3 9 20 26 -6 18

Group 3Edit

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Morelia 17 7 7 3 25 19 +6 28
2. Toros Neza 17 6 5 6 29 29 0 23
3. UNAM 17 3 7 7 26 30 -4 16
4. Santos 17 3 7 7 22 31 -9 16

Group 4Edit

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. América 17 8 5 4 27 19 +8 29
2. Atlas 17 6 5 6 28 26 +2 23
3. Necaxa 17 4 6 7 26 31 -5 18
4. Tecos 17 3 7 7 19 27 -8 16
Teams directly qualified to the Liguilla

Final Standings (general)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 León 17 9 5 3 30 22 +8 32 Advance to Liguilla
2 Cruz Azul (C) 17 8 7 2 29 16 +13 31
3 Atlante 17 8 6 3 26 17 +9 30
4 América 17 8 5 4 27 19 +8 29
5 Guadalajara 17 8 5 4 28 24 +4 29
6 Morelia 17 7 7 3 25 19 +6 28
7 Atlas 17 6 5 6 28 26 +2 23
8 Toros Neza 17 6 5 6 29 29 0 23
9 Monterrey 17 6 4 7 22 22 0 22
10 Veracruz 17 5 6 6 19 25 −6 21
11 Celaya 17 5 5 7 21 26 −5 20
12 Toluca 17 5 4 8 21 21 0 19
13 Puebla 17 5 4 8 20 27 −7 19
14 Necaxa 17 4 6 7 26 31 −5 18
15 UANL 17 5 3 9 20 26 −6 18
16 UNAM 17 3 7 7 26 30 −4 16
17 UAG 17 3 7 7 19 27 −8 16
18 Santos Laguna 17 3 7 7 22 31 −9 16
Source: Liga MX
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results between tied teams; 5) Number of goals scored away; 6) Highest relegation coefficient; 7) Fair Play points
(C) Champion.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AME ATE ATS CEL CAZ GDL LEO MTY MOR NEC PUE SAN TEC TOL TRN UNL UNM VER
América 0–2 2–3 1–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 4–2 1–1 3–1
Atlante 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0
Atlas 2–3 2–1 4–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0
Celaya 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–3 1–2 1–3 1–0 2–2 1–0
Cruz Azul 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–2
Guadalajara 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1
León 1–2 3–2 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–1
Monterrey 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–3
Morelia 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 6–3 0–0 1–0 3–0 0–0
Necaxa 2–2 2–2 3–3 1–3 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1
Puebla 2–1 3–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–2
Santos 0–2 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 4–3 1–1
Tecos 0–0 1–0 3–4 0–2 2–3 2–3 1–2 2–2 1–1
Toluca 1–1 2–3 0–0 1–2 1–0 4–0 1–3 4–0
Toros Neza 2–1 1–1 4–2 3–1 2–2 4–1 2–0 3–2 1–3
UANL 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–4 2–1
UNAM 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 1–1
Veracruz 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–2 1–2 2–1 3–2 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 26 October 1997. Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.


Top scorersEdit

Goals scored throughout the entire tournament including Repechaje, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals.

Pos. Nat. Player Team Goals
1   Carlos Hermosillo Cruz Azul 14
2   Luis García Atlante 13
3   Jesús Olalde Pumas 10
  Ricardo Peláez America 10
5   Daniel Guzmán Atlas 9
  Germán Arangio Toros Neza 9
7   Gustavo Nápoles Guadalajara 8
    Julio César Yegros Cruz Azul 8
  Antonio Mohamed Toros Neza 8
10   Sigifredo Mercado Leon 7
  Jared Borgetti Santos 7
  Claudio Da Silva Morelia 7
  José Saturnino Cardozo Toluca 7
  Claudio Núñez UANL 7
  Juan Ramón Fleita Toros Neza 7
  Carlos Pavón Necaxa 7

PlayoffsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
               
1 Léon 0 6 6
8 Toros Neza 1 3 4
1 Léon 0 3 3
4 América 1 1 2
4 América 3 1 4
5 Guadalajara 1 0 1
1 Léon 0 1 1
2 Cruz Azul 1 1 2
2 Cruz Azul 1 4 5
7 Atlas 0 1 1
2 Cruz Azul 1 1 2
3 Atlante 1 0 1
3 Atlante 0 1 1
6 Morelia 0 0 0

Quarter-finalsEdit


León6-3Toros Neza
Espinoza   3'76'
Prátola   40'
Turrubiates   48'
Peña   55'
Davino   84'
Report Vázquez   26'
Ruiz   43'
Antonio Mohamed   89'
Referee: Armando Archundia Téllez

León won 6-4 on aggregate.


Guadalajara1-3América
Suárez   15' Report Peláez   10'57'
García Aspe   80'
Referee: León Padro Borja
América1-0Guadalajara
Terrazas   75' Report
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter

América won 4-1 on aggregate.


Atlas0-1Cruz Azul
Report Hermosillo   62'
Cruz Azul4-1Atlas
Yegros   17'
Hermosillo   21'80' 
López   75' (own)
Report Pardo   22'

Cruz Azul won 5-1 on aggregate.


Morelia0-0Atlante
Report
Referee: Pascual Rebolledo Cárdenas
Atlante1-0Morelia
Luis García   49' Report

Atlante won 1-0 on aggregate.



Semi-finalsEdit

Atlante1-1Cruz Azul
Ubaldi   52' Report Galindo   59'
Referee: León Padro Borja
Cruz Azul1-0Atlante
Yegros   63' Report

Cruz Azul won 2-1 on aggregate.


América1-0León
Peláez   53' Report
León3-1América
Begines   12'19'
Espinoza   15'
Report Zárate   5'
Referee: Arturo Brizio Cartera

León won 3-2 on aggregate.



FinalEdit

Cruz Azul1-0León
Galindo   53' (pen) Report
León1-1Cruz Azul
Espinoza   53' Report Hermosillo   101' (pen)

Cruz Azul won 2-1 on aggregate.



Invierno 1997 winners:
Cruz Azul
8th Title

Torneo VeranoEdit

"Verano 1998" began on Saturday, January 3, 1998, and ran until April 6. In the final Club Toluca defeated Necaxa and became champions for the 4th time on May 10.

Final Standings (groups)Edit

Group 1Edit

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Atlante 17 5 8 4 19 18 +1 23
2. Puebla 17 4 6 7 23 30 -7 18
3. León 17 4 5 8 20 32 -12 17
4. Celaya 17 3 6 8 13 23 -10 15
5. Veracruz 17 3 5 9 20 29 -9 14

Group 2Edit

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Toluca 17 10 3 4 39 25 +14 33
2. Cruz Azul 17 8 6 3 32 18 +14 30
3. UANL 17 7 2 8 15 22 -7 23
4. Guadalajara 17 5 4 8 19 17 +2 19
5. Monterrey 17 4 6 7 20 25 -5 18

Group 3Edit

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Santos 17 8 2 7 24 22 +2 26
2. Toros Neza 17 7 3 7 21 24 -3 24
3. Morelia 17 5 6 6 26 30 -4 21
4. UNAM 17 6 3 8 23 28 -5 21

Group 4Edit

Club Pld W D L GF GA +/- Points
1. Necaxa 17 10 2 5 34 18 +16 32
2. Atlas 17 9 3 5 29 23 +6 30
3. Tecos 17 9 3 5 23 21 +2 30
4. América 17 7 5 5 27 22 +5 26
Teams directly qualified to the Liguilla
Teams qualified for the Repechaje

Final Standings (general)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Toluca (C) 17 10 3 4 39 25 +14 33 Advance to Liguilla
2 Necaxa 17 10 2 5 34 18 +16 32
3 Cruz Azul 17 8 6 3 32 18 +14 30
4 Atlas 17 9 3 5 29 23 +6 30
5 UAG 17 9 3 5 23 21 +2 30 Advance to Repechaje
6 América 17 7 5 5 27 22 +5 26
7 Santos Laguna 17 8 2 7 24 22 +2 26 Advance to Liguilla
8 Toros Neza 17 7 3 7 21 24 −3 24 Advance to Repechaje
9 Atlante 17 5 8 4 19 18 +1 23 Advance to Liguilla
10 UANL 17 7 2 8 15 22 −7 23
11 Morelia 17 5 6 6 26 30 −4 21
12 UNAM 17 6 3 8 23 28 −5 21
13 Guadalajara 17 5 4 8 19 17 +2 19
14 Monterrey 17 4 6 7 20 25 −5 18
15 Puebla 17 4 6 7 23 30 −7 18 Advance to Repechaje
16 León 17 4 5 8 20 32 −12 17
17 Celaya 17 3 6 8 13 23 −10 15
18 Veracruz 17 3 5 9 20 29 −9 14 Team is last in Relegation table
Source: Liga MX
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results between tied teams; 5) Number of goals scored away; 6) Highest relegation coefficient; 7) Fair Play points
(C) Champion.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AME ATE ATS CEL CAZ GDL LEO MTY MOR NEC PUE SAN TEC TOL TRN UNL UNM VER
América 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–3 5–2
Atlante 0–0 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–0 2–0 2–2 2–3 1–0
Atlas 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 3–2 1–2 4–1 2–0
Celaya 4–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0
Cruz Azul 5–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 5–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–2
Guadalajara 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 4–0
León 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–3 0–0 1–5 1–2
Monterrey 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–2
Morelia 1–2 2–2 4–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1
Necaxa 2–1 2–0 4–0 5–2 3–0 1–2 1–2 4–0
Puebla 1–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 5–3 3–1 2–4 1–0
Santos 1–1 2–3 3–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 1–3 2–0 2–0
Tecos 1–2 1–0 1–0 3–1 3–2 1–2 1–0 0–0
Toluca 1–3 4–1 3–3 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 4–1 2–1
Toros Neza 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–3 2–1 2–0
UANL 3–1 0–3 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–3 3–0
UNAM 3–1 3–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–0
Veracruz 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 5–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 6 April 1998. Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.


Top scorersEdit

Goals scored throughout the entire tournament including Repechaje, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals.

Pos. Nat. Player Team Goals
1   José Saturnino Cardozo Toluca 18
2   Pedro Pineda Necaxa 11
  Carlos Hermosillo Cruz Azul 11
  Claudio Da Silva Morelia 11
5   José Manuel Abundis Toluca 10
  Hugo Norberto Castillo Atlas 10
7   Luis Hernández Necaxa 9
  Ruben Da Silva Tecos 9
9   Jesús Olalde Pumas 8
10   Ricardo Peláez America 7
  Cuauhtémoc Blanco Necaxa 7
  Jared Borgetti Santos 7
  Daniel Guzmán Atlas 7
  Carlos Muñoz Puebla 7
  Germán Arangio Toros Neza 7
  Martín Felix Ubaldi Atlante 7

PlayoffsEdit

RepechajeEdit

Repechaje Qualifiers
5 Tecos 1 4 5
15 Puebla 2 1 3 5 Tecos
6 América 2 4 6 6 América
8 Toros Neza 1 2 3
Puebla2-1Tecos
Muñoz   50'
Sol   66'
Report da Silva   29' (pen)
Tecos4-1Puebla
Rizo   4' 
Rosales   27'
da Silva   56'
Muf   70'
Report Rivera   87'

Tecos won 5-3 on aggregate.


Toros Neza1-2América
Ruiz   1' Report Torres   10'
Cedrés   28'
América4-2Toros Neza
Torres   27' 
Zague   47'
Cedrés   77'
Pantoja   87'
Report Fleita   17'65'

América won 6-3 on aggregate.



Playoffs SeriesEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
               
1 Toluca 1 5 6
9 Atlante 0 1 1
1 Toluca 1 2 3
6 América 0 1 1
3 Cruz Azul 1 1 2
6 América 2 1 3
1 Toluca 1 5 6
2 Necaxa 2 2 4
2 Necaxa 0 2 2
7 Santos 0 1 1
2 Necaxa 2 1 3
4 Atlas 1 1 2
4 Atlas 1 4 5
5 Tecos 2 2 4
Quarter-finalsEdit
Atlante0-1Toluca
Report Cardozo   28'
Toluca5-1Atlante
Vukić   35'
Abundis   40'
Cardozo   81'85'
Ruiz   90+1'
Report Moreno   77' (pen)

Toluca won 6-1 on aggregate.


América2-1Cruz Azul
Lara   17'
Zárate   62'
Report Galindo   89'
Cruz Azul1-1América
Yegros   48' Report Zague   52'

América won 3-2 on aggregate.


Santos0-0Necaxa
Report
Necaxa2-1Santos
Pineda   73' 
Aguinaga   89'
Report Borgetti   82'

Necaxa won 2-1 on aggregate.


Tecos2-1Atlas
da Silva   65'90' Report Obledo   17'
Atlas4-2Tecos
Zepeda   24'66'
Guzmán   42'
Obledo   54'
Report Parks   63'
Garcés   68'

Atlas won 5-4 on aggregate.


Semi-finalsEdit
América0-1Toluca
Report Alfaro   52'
Toluca2-1América
Abundis   14' 
Estay   65'
Report Cedrés   83'

Toluca won 3-1 on aggregate.


Atlas1-2Necaxa
Castillo   46' Report Pineda   24'
Aguinaga   43'
Necaxa1-1Atlas
Pineda   48' Report Castillo   57'

Necaxa won 3-2 on aggregate.



FinalEdit

Necaxa2-1Toluca
Pineda   56'87' Report Ruiz   76'
Toluca5-2Necaxa
Taboada   3' 
Abundis   35'52' 
Cardozo   58'89'
Report Montes de Oca   1'
Aguinaga   2'

Toluca won 6-4 on aggregate.



Verano 1998 winners:
Toluca
4th Title

Relegation tableEdit

Pos. Team Pts. Pld. Ave.
14. UANL 41 34 1.2058
15. Morelia 122 102 1.1961
16. Celaya 116 102 1.1372
17. Puebla 116 102 1.1372
18. Veracruz 113 102 1.1078


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