Venados F.C.

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Venados Fútbol Club is a Mexican football club based in Mérida, Yucatán. The team are currently plays in the Liga de Ascenso, the second tier of the Mexican football league system. For the Clausura 2011 season they became the filial team of Atlante, whilst until that point they had been the subsidiary team of Monarcas Morelia.[1]

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Full nameVenados Fútbol Club
Nickname(s)Los Venados (The Bucks)
Los Ciervos (The Deers)
Los Astados (The Horned)
Founded1988; 32 years ago (1988)
GroundEstadio Carlos Iturralde,
Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
OwnerRodolfo Rosas Cantillo
ManagerCarlos Gutiérrez
LeagueAscenso MX
Apertura 201814th
WebsiteClub website


Origins and first Merida franchiseEdit

Mérida F.C. was founded in 2003 by the brothers Arturo and Mauricio Millet Reyes, who obtained the franchise of Nacional de Tijuana.[2]

Loss of franchise in 2005 and continuation at lower levelsEdit

After the Clausura 2005 tournament, the Millet brothers announced that they would be selling the team to Irapuato FC due to economic problems, citing lackluster attendance and poor support from the local government. Nevertheless, the brothers formed a team that participated in an amateur league in Yucatán and also opened a training facility in Argentina to scout local talent. Mérida F.C. returned to the professional ranks when they participated in the Tercera División in 2006/07. During 2007, the brothers oversaw the construction of a training facility located at the Unidad Deportiva Tamanché. By the 2007/08 season Mérida was participating in the Segunda División.[2]

Return of second level franchise with MoreliaEdit

On June 16, 2008, Arturo Millet Reyes announced that he had acquired the filial team of Morelia.[3] Millet Reyes has stated that his intention is to maintain the team in Mérida for an extended period of time, unlike in previous years. He also received a guarantee that if the Venados were to be promoted to the Primera División that the team would remain in Mérida.[4]

On November 11, 2008, the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (FMF) granted the club the certification required to be promoted to the Primera División.[5]

In the Clausura 2009 season Mérida defeated Club Tijuana 1–0 on aggregate to win the Clausura title. Mérida lost the subsequent promotion play-off for the Primera Division de Mexico, after a defeat by Querétaro FC on penalties.

Sale of franchise to AtlanteEdit

On 4 December 2010 the brothers Arturo and Mauricio Millet Reyes announced that Mérida F.C. would no longer form part of the Liga de Ascenso and that Monarcas Morelia would decide if a team would stay in the city, but that talks were also underway with Atlante F.C. regarding the creation of a link with them.[6]

The Mérida franchise was subsequently sold to Atlante and they became that team's filial team for the Clausura 2011, whilst the original Atlante filial team (Atlante UTN) swapped franchises to become the subsidiary team for Morelia.[1]

Ascenso MX Changes 2015 and RebrandingEdit

The Mexican Football Federation said the Apertura 2015 tournament will be 16 teams who play the Ascenso MX instead of 14, as it was in recent tournaments. In addition, two clubs change city and state to the next season.

Estudiantes de Altamira will become Cafetaleros of Tapachula, whose headquarters will be the Olympic Stadium in Tapachula, in Chiapas; while Irapuato become Murcielagos FC and will play in Los Mochis, Sinaloa at the Estadio Centenario.

In addition to these changes, there will be two new franchises, that of Cimarrones de Sonora, located in Heroes de Nacozari Stadium de Hermosillo. As the FC Juárez will use Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium.

Finally, FC Mérida now be changing logo and will be called Venados FC (keeping the venue in Mérida).[7]

This could mean that the Venados FC team is the "rebirth" of Venados de Yucatán franchise .


The home stadium for Venados F.C. is the Estadio Carlos Iturralde.[8]


First-team squadEdit

As of 9 January 2020

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 Raiko Arozarena
3   DF Carlos Galeana (on loan from Toluca)
4   DF Jonathan Sánchez (on loan from América)
5   DF Héctor Acosta (on loan from Toluca)
6   DF Carlos Ramos (on loan from Necaxa)
7   MF Eduardo Fernández
8   MF Aldo Polo
9   FW Darío Carreño
10   FW Víctor Lojero
11   MF Alejandro Vela
12   GK Armando Navarrete
13   MF Alfonso Tamay (on loan from UANL)
15   FW Esteban Torres
16   MF Víctor Zúñiga (on loan from Cruz Azul)
17   DF Alberto Hernández
18   MF Sergio Nápoles
19   MF Gael Acosta (on loan from Querétaro)
20   FW Alan Murialdo
No. Position Player
21   MF Luis Sánchez (on loan from Veracruz)
22   FW Mathews Gómes (on loan from Querétaro)
23   MF Heider Ruíz
25   FW Marco Rosello
27   FW Francisco Uscanga (on loan from Querétaro)
28   GK Rafael Ramírez
29   MF Jorge Ibarra
30   MF Gustavo Núñez
31   DF Héctor Ortegon
32   DF Ángel González
33   DF Gonzalo Camargo (on loan from Racing Montevideo)
  DF Jair Díaz (on loan from UANL)
  MF Raúl Torres (on loan from UANL)
  FW Rodrigo Prieto
  FW Freddy Martín
  FW Saúl Ramírez (on loan from UNAM)

Out on loanEdit

No. Position Player
  DF Gustavo Cano (at Yalmakán)
  DF Juan Antonio Trejo (at Necaxa)
No. Position Player
  MF Fernando Mercado (at Matamoros)
  MF Emmanuel Villafaña (at Cancún)


Club HonorsEdit

Clausura 2009
Apertura 2008


  1. ^ a b 2010/11 Liga de Ascenso (Clausura 2011) results, table and explanation of team changes at RSSSF
  2. ^ a b Mario Peniche Gorocica (15 February 2008). "EL MÉRIDA FC, UNA ORGANIZACIÓN". Historia de los Venados del Mérida F.C. (in Spanish). Mape Sports. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Retornan los Venados" (in Spanish). Diario de Yucatán. 2008-06-17. Archived from the original on 2009-06-30.
  4. ^ "Los Venados regresan para quedarse, dice Arturo Millet Reyes" (in Spanish). Diario de Yucatán. 2008-06-17. Archived from the original on 2009-06-30.
  5. ^ "Certifican a los Venados" (in Spanish). Diario de Yucatán. 2008-11-11. Archived from the original on 2009-06-30.
  6. ^ Herbert O. Martínez Fuente (4 December 2010). "El Mérida FC no sigue en la Liga de Ascenso" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  7. ^ Espinosa, Eduardo (7 June 2015). "Confirman cambios en el Ascenso MX".
  8. ^ "Mérida FC". Club. Retrieved 4 March 2012.

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