Deportivo Toluca F.C.

Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club S.A. de C.V. (Spanish pronunciation: [depoɾˈtiβo toˈluka ˈfuðβol 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.

Club Toluca Logo.svg
Full nameDeportivo Toluca Fútbol Club
S.A. de C.V.
Nickname(s)Los Diablos Rojos (The Red Devils)
Los Escarlatas (The Scarlets)
Los Choriceros (The Choriceros)
Founded12 February 1917; 104 years ago (1917-02-12)
GroundEstadio Nemesio Díez
Toluca, Mexico, Mexico
OwnerValentín Díez
ChairmanFrancisco Suinaga
ManagerHernán Cristante
LeagueLiga MX
Guardianes 202111th
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 de México 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, and Toluca won this by two goals to 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

Stadium in 2017.

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]

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.

The decade without titlesEdit

On May 31, 2016, José Luis Real is presented as director of sports development and a new project is presented as technical director, headed by Hernán Cristante, who would arrive with another reference of the club such as Enrique Alfaro together with Joaquín Velázquez as his technical assistants, during the process, Antonio Naelso was to end his successful career within the club, then he managed to bring the goalkeeper on loan Luis García as the only transfer, with a solid base within the club after the losses of Richard Ortiz, Christian Cueva, Heriberto Vidales and Lucas Lobos at the end of the contract, and Liborio Sánchez, Christian Pérez, Mari o Quezada, Nicolás Saucedo and Omar Arellano who ended their loan, other players were Daniel González and Héctor Acosta who were loaned to Chiapas and Alebrijes in the same order, were not incorporated into the current team and their loans to other teams were renewed Chivas and Venados F.C.respectively, while the team was in the preseason, David Rangel joined the coaching staff who will achieve as a player of the institution to be captain and champion in the years 1998, 1999, and 2000 with Enrique Alfaro and with Hernán Cristante in 1999 and 2000, while in 2005 he also won the title with Sinha.

For the part of foreign player transfers for the Apertura 2016, an old acquaintance would arrive again, who was champion at the club in 2010, the Chilean Osvaldo González, plus the Brazilian Maikon Leite who previously in 2014 played in Mexico for Atlas FC; other transfers were Rodrigo Gómez , Pablo Barrientos, Antonio Pedroza, and Jesús Méndez.

Deportivo Toluca found themselves playing at home at the Estadio Universitario Alberto "Chivo" Córdoba, because Estadio Nemesio Díez was undergoing remodeling work for the next celebration of 100 years. Starting Clausura 2017, Estadio Nemesio Díez fully ready, Rodrigo Salinas, Gabriel Hauche, Efraín Velarde, and Rubens Sambueza arrived as transfers. In that Clausura 2017 they reached the semifinals where they were eliminated by Club Deportivo Guadalajara, which ultimately became the champion. Later in the Apertura 2017 tournament they reached the quarterfinals as fifth place, being defeated by Monarcas Morelia. By 2018, Velarde was terminated at the end of the loan, Rodrigo Gomez, Maikon Leite and Pedroza, there were surprising transfers of Luis Quiñones, Leonel Lopez and Angel Reyna. They reached the final of the Copa MX, being defeated by Club Necaxa. While in the league tournament Toluca was the general leader, dramatically eliminating Morelia in the quarterfinals, in the semifinals they beat Club Tijuana and in the final they faced Santos Laguna, a team they had already beaten in the late years 2000 and 2010. This time the "laguneros" were the champions with an aggregate score of 3–2.

For Apertura 2018, Toluca signed William da Silva, Adolfo Dominguez, Amaury Escoto, Richard Ruiz, Luis Ángel Mendoza, Héctor Acosta, Fernando Tobio and the return of Enrique Triverio, during the tournament he spent all 17 days in Liguilla positions, to culminate 7th. In the quarterfinals they faced America, who would ultimately be champion, being eliminated by a 5-4 aggregate. In the following tournament Cristante is kept, in his first two matches the team remains as Super Leader, but then there was a streak of 6 games without a win, 5 losses and a draw. In which Cristante was dismissed and his replacement was Ricardo La Volpe who began his second stage, during the La Volpe stage there was improvement, but it was not possible to qualify for the league.

During the 2019 Apertura La Volpe remains in the technical direction, but his results did not improve, having his worst tournament since 2001. La Volpe resigned in the absence of a day to complete. finished in third to last position with 17 points


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
2010–2021   Under Armour
2021–present   Roshfrans

Additional club sponsors and partners:[5]



Position Staff
Sporting Chairman   Francisco Suinaga
Director of football   Sinha

Source: Liga MX

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Hernán Cristante
Assistant managers   Pablo Morant
  Ernesto Corti
  Eugenio Villazón
Goalkeeper coach   César Lozano
Fitness coaches   Osvaldo Scansetti
  Mariano Filippi
Physiotherapists   Miguel Ángel Reyes
  Adrián Sánchez
  Alfredo Morales
Team doctors   José Serrano
  Rodrigo López


First-team squadEdit

As of 23 July 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   MEX Luis Manuel García
2 DF   MEX Raúl López
3 DF   MEX Jorge Torres Nilo (on loan from UANL)
5 MF   MEX Pablo González
6 DF   ARG Miguel Barbieri (on loan from Tijuana)
7 FW   ECU Michael Estrada
8 MF   MEX Kevin Castañeda
11 FW   MEX Diego Chávez
12 GK   MEX Gustavo Gutiérrez
13 GK   MEX Alfredo Saldívar
14 MF   ARG Rubens Sambueza (on loan from León)
15 MF   MEX Antonio Ríos (captain)
16 MF   MEX Iván Acero
17 MF   COL Felipe Pardo
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   PAR Braian Samudio
19 FW   ESP Ian
20 MF   CHI Claudio Baeza
22 DF   MEX Diego Rosales
23 DF   MEX Haret Ortega
24 DF   MEX Óscar Chávez
25 FW   ARG Alexis Canelo
26 DF   MEX Brandon Sartiaguin
28 DF   COL Óscar Vanegas
29 DF   MEX Rodrigo Salinas
30 MF   MEX Omar Rodríguez
33 DF   BRA Diego Rigonato
35 MF   MEX José Juan Vázquez (on loan from Guadalajara)

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ARG Dante Campisi (at Sol de América)
GK   MEX Ramón Pasquel (at Pumas Tabasco)
DF   MEX Luis Alonso (at Cancún)
DF   MEX Diego Gallegos (at Atlético Morelia)
DF   MEX Adrián Mora (at Juárez)
MF   MEX Christopher Engelhart (at Tlaxcala)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   MEX Kevin Escamilla (at Querétaro)
MF   MEX Giovanny León (at Sinaloa)
MF   MEX Óscar Millán (at Sonora)
MF   ARG Federico Mancuello (at Vélez Sarsfield)
MF   MEX Alan Medina (at Necaxa)
FW   MEX Diego Abella (at Atlético Morelia)

Reserve teamsEdit

Deportivo Toluca F.C. (Liga TDP)
Reserve team that plays in the Liga TDP, the fourth level of the Mexican league system.

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. ^ "Deportivo Toluca F.C. – Sitio oficial". Deportivo Toluca.
  6. ^ Hernán Cristante - Mediotiempo

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