Artilleros Puebla

Artilleros Puebla (English: Puebla Artillerymen), officially Artilleros, is a professional american football team based in Puebla City, Mexico. The Artilleros compete in the Central Division of the Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional, the top American football league in Mexico. The team plays its home games at the Estadio Universitario BUAP.

Artilleros Puebla
Team helmet
Team logo
Established2018; 3 years ago (2018)
Based inPuebla City, Puebla, Mexico
Home fieldEstadio Universitario BUAP
Head coachGustavo Torres
General managerDavid Vera
LeagueLiga de Fútbol Americano Profesional
DivisionCentral Division
ColoursOrange, blue, white
     
Mascot(s)Nacho
Current uniform
LFA Artilleros Puebla Uniforme 2020.png

HistoryEdit

The team was founded on 17 August 2018, as the first team of the 2019 Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional expansion (the other being the Osos), and the seventh team overall in the LFA.[1]

The Artilleros are part of LFA's Central Division, alongside the Condors, Mayas and Mexicas.

The name of the team is a tribute to the patriots that defeated the army of the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Artilleros is the Spanish word for artillerymen.[2]

On their first season, Artilleros debuted with a victory against the 2018 champions, Mexicas.[3] Despite finishing the season with 5–3 record, the team was unable to qualify for the playoffs after losing their last game of the season against Mayas 20–25.[4]

StadiumsEdit

Artilleros Puebla stadiums
Stadium Tenure
Estadio Templo del Dolor 2019
Estadio Universitario BUAP 2020–present

During their first season, the Artilleros played their home games at Estadio Templo del Dolor, located in San Andrés Cholula within the Universidad de las Américas Puebla campus. The stadium had a capacity of 4,500 spectators and it was normally used by the UDLAP's college football team: the Aztecas.[5]

In 2020, Artilleros moved from the Templo del Dolor to the Estadio Universitario BUAP, with a larger capacity of 19,283 seated spectators.[6] The stadium, originally built from 1997–1999, was renovated in 2012 and used to host Lobos BUAP Liga MX matches until 2019, when the club was dissolved.

RosterEdit

Artilleros Puebla roster
Quarterbacks
  •  2 Diego Ruiz

Running backs

  • 28 Raymundo Torres
  • 39 Antonio Hernández

Wide receivers

  •  6 Humberto Noriega
  •  7 Andrés Chío
  • 12 Luis Miguel Ramírez
  • 17 Anwar Landa
  • 31 Rodrigo Arias
  • 80 Diego Vásquez
  • 81 Eduardo Retana

Tight ends

  • 82 Marcelo Zumalacárregui
  • 89 Alberto Cebada
Offensive linemen
  • 51 Diego Bedolla
  • 59 Jorge Ruiz
  • 67 Marco Bautista
  • 69 Oscar Tellez
  • 70 Marcos Covarrubias
  • 72 Juan Manuel Gray
  • 73 Josué Figueroa

Defensive linemen

  •  9 José López
  • 41 Germán Meza DT
  • 45 Hassen Aguilar
  • 78 Guillermo Calderón DT
  • 90 Javier Marín
  • 95 Daniel Carreón DT
  • 97 Francisco Krauss
  • 98 Mario Campos
  • 99 Noé Paredes
Linebackers
  • 21 Carlos Quiroz
  • 32 Diego Torres
  • 44 Joaquín Guerra
  • 52 Germán Villarreal
  • 56 Armando Vargas
  • 57 Sergio Silva

Defensive backs

  •  1 Zachary Alexis CB
  •  3 Elroy Douglas CB
  •  5 Osvaldo Zumalacárregui S
  • 13 Brandon Barrios S
  • 18 Geovanni Gómez CB
  • 26 Luis Daniel Rivera
  • 27 Daronne Russell S
  • 37 Manuel Hernández S

Special teams

StaffEdit

Artilleros Puebla staff
Front office
  • Owner – Luis Vera
  • General manager – David Vera

Head coaches

  • Head coach – Gustavo Torres
  • Assistant head coach – Alejandro Bravo
 

Offensive coaches

  • Wide receivers – Rodrigo Núñez
  • Offensive line – Anuar Gutiérrez

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive line – Gerardo Frías
  • Defensive backs – Erick Zuluaga

Season-by-seasonEdit

Season Head coach Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2019 Gustavo Torres 5 3 .625 3rd (Central)
2020 Gustavo Torres 2 3 .400 3rd (Central) Season cancelled

MascotEdit

 
Nacho

The team's mascot is Nacho, a Mexican army general from the times of the Second French intervention in Mexico. The name Nacho is a nickname for Ignacio. Thus, the mascot's name is most likely inspired by Ignacio Zaragoza, the general who led the Mexican Army that defeated invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Nacho was first introduced in the first game of the 2019 season, against the Mexicas. Since, Nacho makes appearances at every Artilleros' home game at the Estadio Templo del Dolor.

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Presenta la LFA a su séptimo equipo; los Artilleros de Puebla". Máximo Avance (in Spanish). August 17, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Artilleros". LFA.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Artilleros debutó "abollando" la corona del campeón". LFA.mx. 25 February 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Artilleros cae con Mayas y dice adiós a la temporada". Milenio. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Nuestro campus - Instalaciones deportivas". www.udlap.mx. UDLAP. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Artilleros LFA anuncia su nueva casa". LFA.mx (in Spanish). LFA. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2020.