Club Universidad de Guadalajara

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U. de G.
Full name Club Leones Negros de la Universidad de Guadalajara
Nickname(s) Los Leones Negros (The Black Lions)
Los Melenudos (The Hairy Ones)
Los Universitarios (The College Ones)
Founded 1 January 1970; 49 years ago (1970-01-01)
Ground Estadio Jalisco
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Ground Capacity 54,500
Owner U. de G.
Chairman José Alberto Castellanos
Manager Joel Sánchez
League Ascenso MX
Clausura 2015 16th (Relegated)
Website Club home page

Club Leones Negros de la Universidad de Guadalajara, mostly known as Leones Negros or Universidad de Guadalajara, is a football club that currently plays in the Ascenso MX.


The Universidad de Guadalajara football club, nicknamed Leones Negros (Black Lions), was founded the 19th of August, 1970 and started in the Tercera División (third division) in the Mexican professional league, where they played for two seasons after which they gained promotion to Segunda División Profesional.

They reached the top division by acquiring the Primera Division's franchise of Club Torreón.

During their first years in the top flight they had several skilled Brazilian players, reason for which noted sports broadcaster Angel Fernandez started to call them "Leones Negros" (the Black Lions), a nickname that stuck and remains part of the folklore of Mexican football.

Disappearance of los Leones Negros de la U. de G.

After 20 years in top flight football the team was in decline, alleged questionable financial dealings, a very poor squad and hardly any local fans (who are loyal to more popular teams like Guadalajara, better known as "Chivas" and to a lesser extent, Club Atlas) Leones Negros were acquired by the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, to make way for the reduction in the number of teams in the Primera División. Their last game was on May 27, 1994 against Atlas, in which they lost 2–1.

New Era

After the disappearance of the team by the Federación Mexicana de Futbol, the franchise was returned to the third division, the team obtained a title in the verano 1997 tournament, gaining promotion to the Primera División "A" where they stayed until the franchise was sold and moved to Coatzacoalcos.

The team played in Segunda División Mexicana in the Norte region and a few seasons back was close to gaining promotion to the Primera División A, first losing the final against, Académicos and then losing to Chivas La Piedad. For the Apertura 2007 season they changed stadium to Estadio Municipal Santa Rosa de Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco, but have stated that some of their home games will still played at their traditional home in twice worldcup host Estadio Jalisco.

Return to the Primera División A

For some time businessmen, among them Jorge Vergara, tried to return the team of Club Universidad de Guadalajara to the top divisions of football in Mexico, this was achieved through the purchase of the franchise of Primera División A's CD Tapatio for $800,000 USD from Guadalajara of which CD Tapatio was a subsidiary.

On May 21 of 2009 it was confirmed that team Club Universidad de Guadalajara entered the Primera División A instead of CD Tapatio, which disappeared completely.

Apertura 2013 Champions and Promotion to Liga MX

In the Apertura 2013 tournament, Leones Negros finished 5th and entered the Liguilla, where they reached the final and ended as Champions beating Necaxa 2–1, earning the right to compete in the Final de Ascenso and the possibility to be promoted to the 2014–15 Liga MX.

After a hard Clausura 2014 tournament, Leones Negros ended 4th placed, but lost in the quarter-finals against Oaxaca. However, as Apertura 2013 champions they played the Final de Ascenso against Estudiantes Tecos, who were the Clausura 2014 Champions.

After two very disputed games, both of them ended in a tie, the Promotion was defined in a penalty shoot-out, in which goalkeeper Humberto "Gansito" Hernández scored the final and decisive penalty, giving the Leones Negros the promotion and the right to play in the 2014–15 Liga MX season.

Club Universidad de Guadalajara was officially relegated after only one season in the Mexican top flight on May 9, 2015. Despite winning the match against Cruz Azul 2–0, relegation rivals Puebla managed to obtain a 2–2 tie, thus giving them more percentage in the relegation table. As a result U. de G. will have to return to Ascenso MX.

Kit Evolution

First kit evolution Home
Home 1970
Home 1976
1977 Home
1982 Home
1987 Home
1994 Home
First kit evolution Away
Away 1982
Away 1984
Away 1986
Away 1985
Away 1987
Away 1989



Apertura 2013
Runner-up (3): 1975–76, 1976–77, 1989–90
Runner-up (1): Apertura 2005




First-team squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Mexico GK Florencio Morán
2 Mexico DF Christian López
3 Mexico FW Alberto García, Jr. (on loan from Atlante)
5 Uruguay MF Ribair Rodríguez (on loan from Santos Laguna)
6 Brazil DF Rodrigo Follé
7 Mexico MF Jorge Hernández (on loan from Atlante)
8 Mexico MF Jorge Mora (on loan from Guadalajara)
9 Ecuador FW Juan Anangonó
10 Uruguay FW Pablo Olivera
11 Mexico FW Isaac Romo (on loan from Querétaro)
13 Mexico MF Mauricio Castañeda (on loan from León)
14 Mexico DF Wenceslao Díaz
15 Mexico MF Luis Télles (on loan from Atlas)
17 Mexico DF Fidel Vázquez
No. Position Player
18 Mexico MF Jesús Vázquez
19 Mexico DF Rafael Figueroa
20 Mexico GK Humberto Hernández (Captain)
21 Mexico FW Obed Estrada
22 Mexico MF Efrén Mendoza
23 Ecuador MF Fernando Guerrero
24 Colombia DF Armando Nieves
25 Mexico DF José Partida (on loan from Zacatecas)
26 Mexico FW Jonathan Quintero
27 Mexico MF José Hernández
28 Mexico DF Jorge Padilla
30 Mexico MF Nahoshi Lugo
32 Mexico DF Oliver Ortíz (on loan from Tijuana)

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Mexico GK Iván Vázquez Mellado (at Juárez)
Mexico DF Jairo González (at Sinaloa)
Mexico MF Diego Campos (at Atl. San Luis)
Mexico MF César Valdovinos (at Oaxaca)
No. Position Player
Mexico MF Jesús Palacios (at Venados)
Mexico MF Alberto Pindter (at Venados)
Mexico FW Édgar González (at Oaxaca)

Reserve teams

Cachorros U. de G.
Reserve team that plays in the Segunda División in the third level of the Mexican league system.


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