Toluca celebrates 106 years of history!
One of the most successful clubs in the recent history of Mexican soccer is celebrating it’s birthday this weekend.
Club Toluca is a team with a great tradition in Mexico. Despite not being considered within the select group of the ‘Big Four’ (América, Chivas, Cruz Azul and Pumas), they could quite easily enter that list - especially in terms of Liga MX titles won, they have been crowned champions 10 times - more than UNAM and La Máquina.
As if that were not enough, the ‘Red Devils’ can boast of having had the great José Saturnino Cardozo among their ranks - the Paraguayan former striker is fourth in the list of all-time scorers in the Liga MX (249 goals), and is considered by many journalists and fans to be the best foreign player to have played in the Mexican league*, having won four titles and finished as the individual top scorer on four occasions.
Deportivo Toluca was founded on 12 February 1917 by the brothers Manuel and Francisco Henkel Bross and Román Ferrat Alday The club celebrated 106 years of existence on Sunday, which coinciding with the Week 7 league match against Cruz Azul in Clausura 2023; Toluca fans took the opportunity to proudly display a spectacular tifo on the occasion of the anniversary.
The perfect kickback
Within its extensive history, Toluca boasts several records in Mexican soccer, and although trophies have evaded them during the past decade (they have not been champions since 2010), there are moments will remain forever in the minds of fans. For example, the goal scored against América in 2003 - Cardozno began and finished off a lethal counter attack that today is considered one of the most spectacular goals in Liga MX history due to the beauty and technical quality of its execution.
*Some consider André-Pierre Gignac was the Liga MX’s best foreign import
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