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Atlético Morelia

Atlético Morelia is a football (soccer) club from Mexico.

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Club Atlético Morelia is a Mexican professional football (soccer) club based in Morelia, Michoacán currently playing in the Primera División de México. The team is owned by the TV broadcasting company TV Azteca and plays its home games in Estadio Morelos.


Club Atlético Morelia was founded November 21, 1924, as "Oro Morelia" in Morelia, Michoacán. In 1950, Club Deportivo Morelia was among the teams that founded the Primera División A. After the 1956–1957 season, in which they ended up in second place, they were officially promoted into the Primera División de México to replace Puebla F.C.. After an unsuccessful season, in 1968 Monarcas Morelia was relegated back to the Segunda División. During mixed 1968–1971 seasons, C.A. Morelia appointed Nicandro Ortiz as chairman. Ortiz acquired the team and strengthened its position in the league.

The 1978–1979 season thrust Morelia into contention for promotion; in 1980, Monarcas Morelia played under manager Diego Malta who helped his team towards the Mexican Championship and finally promotion to the Primera División in 1981.

In 1996 the major broadcast company TV Azteca bought the team. By the year 2000 the club were playing under the Monarcas moniker. In recent years Monarcas Morelia has been one of the main protagonists in the Primera División.

Although the team had played Mexican professional soccer for 70 years, it had never won a first division tournament until winter 2000, when the club raised the cup after beating Deportivo Toluca F.C. on penalties. The team was crowned champions in the Estadio Nemesio Díez and not at home. The Morelos Stadium has never seen its team actually winning a final. On the day after the victory, a crowd that some estimate to have consisted of 100 thousand people welcomed the team as it paraded along Morelia's main avenue, Avenida Madero. Later they arrived at the stadium where the crowd congregated as the team raised the cup and the fans congratulated the team for its first ever first division trophy.

Monarcas Morelia has played three other finals (Clausura 2002, Apertura 2003 and Clausura 2011) which they lost to Toluca, C.F. Monterrey and Club Universidad Nacional respectively.

Tomás Boy was hired as their new manager in February 2009, replacing Luis Fernando Tena.

After missing the playoffs for three straight tournaments, Morelia ended up in third place in the general table in the Apertura 2009. Morelia defeated Santos Laguna in the first round, 4–2 on aggregate. Morelia was defeated by C.D.S.C. Cruz Azul in a semi-final that was filled with controversy because Cruz Azul player Joel Huiqui intentionally used his hand to hit the ball away and prevent Morelia midfielder Wilson Tiago Mathías from scoring. (Ironically, Huiqui now plays for Morelia.) With a 2–1 aggregate score, Morelia was eliminated. Morelia qualified for the 2010 Copa Libertadores by ending in third place in the classification phase. It was the second time that Morelia participated in the Copa Libertadores, the first being in 2002. Morelia was the Runner-up of the Clausura 2011, after a hard fought final. Pumas won this 3–2 on aggregate, taking the trophy home.

Morelia is the 2010 North American SuperLiga champion, with a 2-1 victory in the finals over the New England Revolution in which Miguel Sabah scored both Morelia's goals.


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In the club's beginnings the club went under the name of Oro and were known as the canarios (Atlantic Canary) until 1999 when the club changed its name to Monarcas, due to the 3 monarchs found in the city's flag, which has been used from its foundation.

First kit evolution 1924-1999
) was lacking capacity and that a new stadium with a greater number of seats needed to be constructed. On April 9, 1989, after several construction delays, Stadium Jose Maria Morelos and Pavón (located on the outskirts of the Quinceo mountain) was opened, and the inaugural game was between Atletico Morelia and Club America (who are Morelia's main rivals). The stadium has an official capacity of 45,000, although on inauguration in 1989 it is estimated that more than 50,000 were in attendance. Morelia won the match with the score 2–1. In 2011, the stadium was given a new look, seeing as the FIFA U-17 World Cup was taking place in Mexico.


Morelia has had some notable players in their history. Marco Antonio Figueroa is the club's all-time leading scorer with 130 goals. Adolfo Bautista, Rafael Márquez Lugo, Moisés Muñoz, Miguel Sabah, Adrian Aldrete, and Elias Hernandez, Miguel Sabah are some of the players that were called up to the Mexico national football team while playing with the team.

Out on loan

Top Goalscorers

- Damián Álvarez
- Ángel Comizzo
- Darío Franco
- Ariel Garcé
- Sergio Verdirame
- Alex Fernandes
- Wilson Tiago Mathías
- Hugo Droguett
- Marco Antonio Figueroa
- Aníbal González
- David Henriquez
- Reinaldo Navia
- Jaime Patricio Ramírez
- Jaime Vera
- Juan Carlos Vera
- José Luis Villanueva
- Mauricio Molina

- Andrés Orozco
- Luis Gabriel Rey
- Iván Valenciano
- Oscar Emilio Rojas
- Jafet Soto
- Ariel Graziani
- Mauricio Cienfuegos
- Arnold Cruz
- Carlos Pavón
- Fernando Arce
- Adolfo Bautista
- Jared Borgetti
- Flavio Davino
- Luis García Postigo
- Carlos Humberto González
- Elías Hernández
- Luis Ángel Landín
- Carlos Adrián Morales

- Heriberto Morales
- Moisés Muñoz
- José Antonio Noriega
- Johan Rodríguez
- Fernando Salazar
- Mariano Trujillo
- Omar Trujillo
- Miguel Zepeda
- Andrés Mendoza (footballer)
- Roberto Palacios
- Cle Kooiman
- Jorge Salcedo
- Gabriel Alvez
- Carlos Miloc



- Primera División de México: 1

- Segunda División Profesional: 1

- Copa Pachuca: 1

- Copa Mexico: 0


- North American Superliga: 1

- CONCACAF Champions' Cup: 0

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