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Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club S.A. de C.V. [depoɾˈtiβo toˈluka ˈfutβol ˈkluβ], commonly known as Deportivo Toluca or just Toluca, is a Mexican football club, playing in the Liga MX, the top-flight of Mexican football. Toluca's stadium, Estadio Nemesio Díez is located in Toluca, State of Mexico in Mexico. The team was founded in 1917.

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Full nameDeportivo Toluca Fútbol Club
S.A. de C.V.
Nickname(s)Los Diablos Rojos (The Red Devils)
Los Escarlatas (The Scarlets)
Founded12 February 1917; 102 years ago (1917-02-12)
GroundEstadio Nemesio Díez
Toluca, Mexico, Mexico
OwnerValentín Díez
ChairmanFrancisco Suinaga
ManagerRicardo La Volpe
LeagueLiga MX
Apertura 201918th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Toluca has won the Mexican Primera División 10 times, making it the third most winning team, behind América (13) and Guadalajara (12). Besides this, the team has also won two domestic cups and two CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

According to a 2018 poll, Toluca is the eighth most popular team in Mexico.[2]


Early yearsEdit

On 12 February 1917, the brothers Román Alday and Gerardo Ferrat alongside Filiberto Navas and Manuel Henkel created Deportivo Toluca Futbol Club. In 1950, the team joined the recently formed Segunda División, advancing to Mexican Primera División in 1953 by having tied with Irapuato by three goals, two by Rubén Pichardo and one by that tournament's goal scorer Mateo de la Tijera having left one more match to play.

The Teams first official First Division game was against Atlante, in which Toluca won 2 goals by one

The team won two consecutive championships in 1966 and 1967 under coach Ignacio Trelles. In 1975 Toluca won the championship one more time. Coached by Uruguayan Ricardo de León, Toluca played a style of game that was consistently criticized as ultra-defensive but won the championship by defeating León in the final-four mini-tournament 1-0, with the lone goal being scored by Ecuadorian Ítalo Estupiñan. This is the only time the Mexican Championship has been decided by a round-robin, two-legged, mini-tournament.

Enrique Meza eraEdit

In 1997 Enrique "Ojitos" Meza became the coach of the team, after reaching the finals of the Mexican league with Toros Neza. Toluca resurged, its tactical scheme was very offensive, which was very characteristic of its coach. It was not atypical to see scores like 5-3. The offensive idea suited perfectly the Paraguayan José Saturnino Cardozo, who became the best scorer of the league in four occasions.

On his second tournament with the team, Meza led Toluca to win the championship in the Verano 1998 tournament, the first one in twenty years. Finishing the regular season as leader of the tournament with 33 points, Toluca went on to beat Atlante and América in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. Toluca then faced Necaxa at the final.

After losing with the Hidrorrayos in the first leg of the final 1–2 at the Estadio Azteca, Necaxa scored two goals in the first two minutes of the second leg match at the Estadio Nemesio Díez, losing 1–4 at the aggregate score. Toluca then scored five goals with no answer from Necaxa, Taboada at 3', Abundis at 35' and 52', and Cardozo at 58' and 89'.[3] Toluca won the final with a 6–3 aggregate score, winning its fourth title and the first seven titles in the short tournaments era.

For the Invierno 1998, Toluca finished second in the regular season behind Cruz Azul, but was eliminated in the Liguilla's first round, losing 2–3 in the aggregate score against Atlas, seeded 7th.

The next tournament, Verano 1999, Toluca finished as leader of the tournament again with a record of 12 wins, 3 draws and losing only 2 matches, against Santos Laguna and Atlas. The team defeated Necaxa and Santos Laguna in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. Toluca went on to play the final against Atlas, second best team of the regular season.

After two thrilling matches, a 3–3 draw on the first leg at Estadio Jalisco and a 2–2 tie on the second leg at the Estadio Nemesio Díez, the championship was defined in penalties; Toluca won 5–4.

With Enrique Meza as coach, Toluca won the championship three times in a period of three years. Meza left the team in October 2000 to manage Mexico national football team.

Golden era in short tournamentsEdit

In the Invierno 2001 tournament Ricardo La Volpe became the coach of Toluca. He, along with Cardozo and Vicente Sánchez had one of the most successful and exciting teams in years. However, La Volpe left Toluca with a few weeks left in the season, but without him, they still won their 7th title.

At the end of the Apertura 2005 tournament, the team became champions again, beating Monterrey by an aggregate of 6-3, after the questionable decisions of Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez "El Chiquidracula", who expelled three players from Monterrey on their first foul committed.

In Apertura 2006, they tied in the first leg (1-1) but suffered a loss in the Estadio Nemesio Díez (2-1) against Guadalajara.

In the Clausura 2007 tournament, Toluca had one of their worst seasons, finishing in last place. In the Copa Libertadores 2007, they made it to the round of 16, where they were subsequently eliminated by Cúcuta Deportivo from Colombia. Following the elimination from both tournaments, Gallego resigned from his position stating the need for a year off as his reason for resigning from Club Toluca. José Pekerman, former coach of the Argentine national team, was appointed as head coach of Club Toluca on May 30, 2007.[4] In the Apertura 2007, Toluca had a much better finish than the previous tournament, placing 2nd place out of 18 only behind league leader Santos Laguna. They were ultimately eliminated by league runner-up Pumas in the quarter-finals of the Apertura 2007 playoffs.

Club Toluca failed to qualify for the 2008 Copa Libertadores. On the Apertura 2008, Toluca had a weak start under their new coach, Jose Manuel "El Chepo" De La Torre, on one point going on a four-game streak of only draws. On the last five games of the regular season, they reversed the tying streak, making 13 points out of a possible 15, ending the regular season in 2nd place overall with 27 points and thus advancing to the playoffs. Their goalkeeper Hernan Cristante set a record by not allowing any goals for 773 minutes.

Toluca would go on to win the Bicentenario 2010 tournament by beating Santos Laguna in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, earning them the tenth cup win, the same amount as Club América. Besides winning the domestic title ten times, Toluca has also been the Runner-Up of the Mexican domestic tournament six times. On the Apertura 2012, Toluca finished first place and therefore earned a place for the Copa Libertadores. On the Ligullia of the Apertura 2012, Toluca went all the way to the final and lose to Club Tijuana 4-1 aggregate. On the Cluasura 2013, Toluca finished 13th and did not qualify for the Ligullia. At the end of that season then coach Enrique Meza resigned his job. The next day Toluca contacted its top scorer former player José Cardozo as its new head coach.

Cardozo era and declineEdit

In the new era of Jose Cardozo as head coach, Toluca went to be the most offensive club in the Apertura 2013 with 33 goals and receiving 17 goals. In the Apertura 2013 Pablo Velázquez became the league's goal scorer with 12 goals. In that season Club Toluca ended in the semifinals losing to Club America in away goals. In the next season being the Clausura 2014, Club Toluca became the most defensive club in the league with 14 goals scored against and scoring 25 goals and came second in the league and lost to Club León in the semifinals.

Cristante era (2016–2019)Edit

Hernán Cristante, former goalkeeper and five times champion with the club, was appointed as new manager for the Apertura 2016 tournament.[5] On February 24, 2019 in a match against Santos Laguna, Cristante was fired after a 4-0 away loss.


Kit manufacturers and sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Primary shirt partner
1991–1993   Adidas None
1993–1994   Umbro   Victoria
1994–1998   Corona Sport
1998–1999   Diadora
1999–2000   Atlética
2001–2010   Banamex
2010–   Under Armour

Additional club sponsors and partners:[6]


First-team squadEdit

As of 19 July 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   GK Alfredo Talavera
2   DF Fernando Tobio
3   DF Santiago García
4   DF Adrián Mora
5   DF Jonatan Maidana
6   DF Aníbal Chalá
7   MF Alan Medina
8   MF William da Silva
9   FW Emmanuel Gigliotti
10   MF Diego Rigonato
11   MF Federico Mancuello
12   GK Ramón Pasquel
No. Position Player
15   MF Antonio Ríos (captain)
17   MF Felipe Pardo
22   GK Luis Manuel García
23   DF Richard Ruíz (on loan from Cruz Azul)
24   MF Ricardo Cruz
25   FW Alexis Canelo
26   DF Gastón Sauro
27   FW Luis López
28   MF Víctor Jaramillo
29   DF Rodrigo Salinas
30   DF Luis Hernández (on loan from Necaxa)

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Juan Mercado (at UAEM)
  DF Carlos Galeana (at Venados)
  DF Andy García (at Durango)
  DF Fabián Monilla (at Malleco Unido)
  DF Juan Carlos Morales (at UAEM)
  DF Mario Quezada (at Sonora)
  DF Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez (at Puebla)
  MF Diego Aguilar (at Tlaxcala)
  MF Edy Brambila (at Juárez)
  MF Carlos Esquivel (at UAEM)
  MF Diego González (at Herediano)
  MF Brian López (at Irapuato)
No. Position Player
  MF Michel Navarro (at La Piedad)
  MF Alan Rodríguez (at UdeC)
  MF Renato Román (at Zacatecas)
  MF Arturo Tapia (at UAEM)
  MF Moisés Velasco (at Oaxaca)
  MF Iván Zamora (at UAEM)
  FW Diego Abella (at Puebla)
  FW Martín Abundis (at UAEM)
  FW Diego Gama (at Tlaxcala)
  FW Alexis Ochoa (at UAEM)
  FW Jonathan Osuna (at Murciélagos)

Reserve teamsEdit

World Cup playersEdit

The following players have represented their country at the World Cup whilst playing for Toluca:

Olympic playersEdit

The following players have represented their country at the Summer Olympic Games whilst playing for Toluca:

Historic badgesEdit



Name From To
Román Ferrat Alday 1917 1923
Fernando Barreto 1923 1945
Samuel Martínez García 1945 1953
Luis Gutiérrez Dosal 1953 1959
Enrique Enríquez 1953 1953
Alfonso Faure Lopez 1969 1970
Nemesio Díez Riega 1953 1972
Fernando Corona Álvarez 1972 1977
Germán Sánchez Fabela 1977 1980
Ernesto Nemer Naime 1980 1981
Jesús Fernandez del Cojo 1981 1983
Germán Sánchez Fabela 1983 1984
Jesús Fernández del Cojo 1984 1985
Fernando Corona Álvarez 1985 1986
Germán Sánchez Fabela 1986 1987
Kurt Visetti Vogelbach 1987 1989
Antonio Mañón 1989 1992
José Antonio Roca 1992 1993
Jesús Fernández del Cojo 1993 1995
Sergio Peláez Farell 1995 1997
Rafael Lebrija Guiot 1997 2007
Fernando Corona Álvarez 2007 2010
Santiago Velasco 2010 2011
Fernando Corona Álvarez 2011 2013
Jesús Vallejo 2013 2015
Jaime León 2015 2017
Francisco Suinaga 2017



Top goalscorers in a seasonEdit

Primera División
Player Tournament Goals
  Amaury Epaminondas Mexican Primera División 1966-67 21
  Vicente Pereda Mexican Primera División 1969-70 20
  José Cardozo Verano 1998 10
  José Cardozo Verano 1999 15
  José Cardozo Apertura 2002 29
  José Cardozo Clausura 2003 21
  Bruno Marioni Apertura 2006 11
  Héctor Mancilla Apertura 2008 11
  Héctor Mancilla Clausura 2009 14
  Iván Alonso Apertura 2011 11
  Iván Alonso Clausura 2012 14
  Pablo Velazquez Apertura 2013 12
Copa México
Player Tournament Goals
  Carlos Carús Temporada 1960–61 7
  Vicente Pereda Temporada 1966–67 5
  Francisco Linares Temporada 1967–68 7
  Jesús Romero Temporada 1969–70 4
  Edgar Benítez Copa México Apertura 2012 5
Segunda División
Player Tournament Goals
  Mateo de la Tijera Liga de Ascenso de México 1952–53 22
Copa Pre Libertadores
Player Tournament Goals
  José Cardozo 1999 3


Position Player Period Games
1   Sinha 1999–14 515
2   Hernan Cristante 1993–94
3   José Cardozo 1995–05 332
4   Vicente Pereda 1960–75 322
5   Edgar Dueñas 2004–14 307
6   Carlos Esquivel 2005–Present 339
7   José Manuel Abundis 1992–00
8   Paulo da Silva 2003–09
9   Juan Carlos Paz 1978–85 256
10   Vicente Sánchez 2001–07 242


  1. ^ "Estadio" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  2. ^ "¿Qué tanta afición tiene cada uno de los 18 equipos de la Liga MX?". Récord (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Toluca 5–2 Necaxa Resumen". 10 May 1998. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  4. ^ "El argentino José Pekerman, nuevo técnico del Toluca". Proceso (in Spanish). 31 May 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Hernán Cristante, nuevo entrenador del Toluca". Milenio (in Spanish). May 31, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Deportivo Toluca F.C. – Sitio oficial". Deportivo Toluca.
  7. ^ Hernán Cristante - Mediotiempo[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit