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Dorados de Sinaloa, or Dorados, is a Mexican professional football club based in Culiacán. The club plays its home games in Culiacán, Mexico. Dorados was the youngest franchise to play in the Primera División de México, having joined the division for the first time for the Apertura 2004 tournament, when the club was only one year old. Dorados currently plays in Ascenso MX, the second tier of the Mexican league. The goalkeeper's primary colours are a red shirt and white shorts, and the secondary attire is all white.[1]

Dorados de Sinaloa
Dorados de Sinaloa.png
Full nameClub Social y Deportivo Dorados de Sinaloa
Nickname(s)Los Dorados (The Dorados)
El Gran Pez (The Great Fish)
Founded9 August 2003; 15 years ago (2003-08-09)
GroundEstadio Banorte
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
OwnerGrupo Caliente
ChairmanJosé Antonio Núñez
ManagerJosé Guadalupe Cruz
LeagueAscenso MX
Clausura 20182nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season



Dorados was founded on 9 August 2003, when Eustaquio de Nicolas and Valente Aguirre announced the creation of the Dorados.[2]

First promotion and relegationEdit

On 20 December 2003, Dorados won their first title in the Apertura 2003 tournament of Primera División A. Guadalupe Castaneda scored the goal beating Cobras de Ciudad Juárez. They finished as runner up in the Apertura 2004 but they won the play-off promotion beating Club León with a goal from Roberto Dominguez and winning the promotion to Liga MX just one year after the club was founded. The club was relegated in the Apertura 2006 tournament after playing just two years in the top tier.

Return to first DivisionEdit

On 27 July 2015, Dorados played their first game in the First Division after 8 seasons in the Second Division. The game was celebrated in the Banorte Stadium against Jaguares de Chiapas, with a 0-0 final score. Their first 3 points came on the second game of the season on July 31, against Xoloitzcuintles de Tijuana in the Caliente Stadium. Dayro Moreno scored for the North Californian team, but Mauricio Martín Romero scored the first goal of Dorados in the 2015–16 Liga MX season. At minute 71' the Chilean Héctor Raúl Mancilla scored the away team, making it 1-2 and winning their first game in the first division in 9 years. The last game the team won in the first division was on 22 April 2006, when Dorados beat Jaguares de Chiapas 4-2, with goals from Andrés Orozco, Cristian Patiño, and Pep Guardiola.

Dorados de Sinaloa, playing against C.F. Monterrey at Estadio Banorte

Second relegationEdit

On 16 April 2016, after losing 5–2 to Tigres UANL, Dorados was relegated after just one season in Liga MX, finishing last in the relegation table of 2015–16 Liga MX season. This was the second time the club was relegated to Ascenso MX.

Rivalry with Club LeónEdit

When Dorados de Culiacán's arrived at Primera División A in 2003, a rivalry was born. When the franchise was first created, in the year 2003, Dorados became champions on their first tournament, becoming the first team to ever accomplish this feat in the Primera A. In their second tournament, Dorados made it to the final once again, facing Club León although they lost. Despite losing this final, Dorados and León played the promotion game to Primera División de México where Dorados were victorious. Dorados and León have played a total of four finals, of which Dorados and León have both won two.


Apertura 2003, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2015, Apertura 2016
  • Campeón de Ascenso: 2
2004, 2015
Apertura 2012
  • International Copa Ricardo:
Second Place


First-team squadEdit

As of 5 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
3   DF Gustavo Canto (on loan from Tijuana)
4   DF Jesús Chávez (on loan from Tijuana)
10   FW Fabián Bordagaray
11   MF Julio Nava
12   GK Luis López
14   FW Édgar López (on loan from Tijuana)
15   MF Mauricio López (on loan from Monterrey)
16   MF Fernando Elizari
17   DF Juan Pablo Meza
18   MF Pedro Rentería
20   DF Adrián Ramos (on loan from Tijuana)
22   DF Santiago Ramírez
23   GK Gaspar Servio (on loan from Banfield)
24   DF Ángel Uribe (on loan from Tijuana)
No. Position Player
25   FW Amaury Escoto (on loan from BUAP)
26   DF Héctor Xibille (on loan from Tijuana)
27   FW Facundo Juárez (on loan from Celaya)
28   MF Francisco Contreras
30   DF Raúl Sandoval (on loan from Tijuana)
34   FW José Alberto García (on loan from Tijuana)
35   FW Rubio Rubin (on loan from Tijuana)
  MF Adolfo Domínguez (on loan from Toluca)
  FW Vinicio Angulo
  DF Luis Paz
  DF Hiram Muñoz (on loan from Tijuana)
  MF Daniel González
  DF Rubén Monges

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 Luis Ernesto Michel (at Tijuana)
  DF Elio Castro (at Juárez)
  DF Jonathan Lacerda (at Juárez)
  DF Gilberto López (at UdeC)
  DF Johan Mendívil (at Pacific)
  DF Víctor Torres (at Tijuana)
  DF Raúl Valdez (at UdeC)
No. Position Player
  MF Édgar Juárez (at Tapachula)
  MF Josué Pérez (at Murciélagos)
  FW José Ángel Coronel (at UdeC)
  FW Freddy Martín (at Venados)
  FW Jairo Molina (at Deportivo Pasto)
  FW Aarón Sicairos (at Murciélagos)

Reserve teamsEdit

Sinaloa Premier

Reserve team that plays in the Liga Premier in the third level of the Mexican league system.

Notable playersEdit



  1. ^ es:Dorados de Sinaloa
  2. ^ "Historia Dorados". Dorados official website. 5 April 2013.

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