CF Monterrey Rayados

 
CF Monterrey Rayados
(also see the club website at www.rayados.com )

CONCACAF Champions League  
2013   2012   2011
FIFA Club World Cup  2012 (3rd Place) 
CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup  1993
 
Mexican League
        Champions           2nd Place  
        Mexico 86                     1992-3 
         Clausura 2003               Apertura 2004
         Apertura 2009               Apertura 2005
         Apertura 2010               Clausura 2012
 
Copa MX    1991-1992    Apertura 2017
 
 
Principal Owner: FEMSA
 
 

ABOUT CF MONTERREY RAYADOS

Club de Futbol Monterrey is a Mexican football club from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Founded on 28 June 1945, it is the oldest active team in the professional division fromthe northern part of
 
Mexico and currently plays in Liga MX. The club is owned by FEMSA, Latin America's largest bottling company. Its homegames have beenplayed in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer since 2015.
 
Monterrey has won four league titles, two domestic cups, and three CONCACAF Champions League titles (notably, three consecutive tournaments in 2011, 2012 and 2013). The team is commonly known as the Rayados (the striped ones), due to the club's traditional navy blue striped uniform. The uniform is reflected in the club's current crest, which is also decorated with stars above the crest representing the club's league titles and stars below the crest representing continental titles. In terms of overall performance, it is the strongest club from Mexico and all of CONCACAF at the FIFA World Cup, with a 5th-place ranking in the all-time table.
 
The club's oldest rival is Tigres UANL of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. The local derby, known as the Clasico Regiomontano, is known for being one of the most intensely competed derbies in Mexican football and is regarded by people in the city of Monterrey as the most important Mexican derby.
 
Colors
 
Since the club’s founding in 1945, the colours used by the club have been white and blue, with varied use from the usual stripes. The shade of the blue itself has been in constant change, ranging from navy and cobalt to slightly lighter tones. The third colour has also been inconsistent, sometimes presented as being red, orange, cyan, and recently, violet, purple, or green.
 
Rivalry
 
Rayados’ biggest rival is Tigres. This rivalry is called Clásico Regiomontano. Monterrey sells out all of their home games regardless of weather conditions and the teams’ status. On every Clásico the stadium is sold out as soon as tickets go on sale. 

 

As of July 2017, there have been a total of 112 official Clásico games, Tigres has been victorious in 40 of them, while Monterrey has won 38, and a total of 33 games have been draws. Monterrey and Tigres played their first Clásico on 13 July 1974 in the Estadio Universitario, with the match ending in a 1–1 draw. Monterrey would be the first team to win the Clásico in their second confrontation, 2–1. Almost all their first encounters were played in the Estadio Universitario, with averages of 70,000 fans attending these games, which were before the stadium renovation. In addition, there were also another six "non-official" games before the first official Clásico, in five of which Rayados were victorious.

Monterrey has recently held somewhat of a regional rivalry with state neighbors Santos Laguna, whom they have played a total of four finals, with Monterrey winning three of them and Santos one.

 
Fan base
 
Los Rayados supporters constantly fill the Estadio BBVA Bancomer. They had the highest average Liga MX attendance (50,000 per game) in 2016. The city of Monterrey claims and does have Mexico's most loyal supporting crowds for their teams, due to the city having the only venues that regularly sell-out in the Prmiera Division. There is a rivalry between the La Adicción, a C.F. Monterrey support crowd, and the Libres y Lokos, a Tigres UANL support crowd, each time a Clásico takes place. And although the overall record is tied. Although Rayados lost the final, several fouls were controversially awarded to Tigres. Monterrey still remains at the top of the table.
 
 
History
 
1940s–50s
 
At the end of World War II, a group of industrial businessmen headed by Ramón Cárdenas Coronado, Enrique Ayala Medina, Paul C. Probert, Rogelio Cantú Gómez and Miguel Margáín Zozaya, decided to create the Club de Fútbol Monterrey.
 
The team’s nickname was popularly accepted, after the team’s uniform, which is traditionally white with navy blue vertical stripes. Although the original uniform was white with a diagonal blue upper shoulder, the stripes were inspired in 1965, when the Tampico Madero (nicknamed "Jaibas Bravas", or Brave crabs) football team wore them, and the Monterrey team adopted them. Since, the home uniform consists of vertical blue and white striped jerseys with blue shorts.
 
In its first professional game, played August 19, 1945 against San Sebastián de León, Monterrey won 1–0, with José "Che" Gómez scoring the winner. That joy quickly came to an end, first by losing 6–0 to Montezuma, and then having the club’s travelling bus involved in a tragic accident in the San Juan de los Lagos roads that would take the lives of many of the club’s players and had a big impact on the surviving players. The other Mexican clubs in solidarity loaned players to Monterrey in order to continue playing the tournament, but the club struggled nevertheless losing 21 games in a row and allowing in 121 goals that year, finishing last in the league. Due to these events, the club decided to stop playing in the league in 1946 in honor to the players who died.
 
It was not until 1952 when the club resumed action thanks to Dr. Carlos Canseco, president of the Asociación de Fútbol de Nuevo León. The club enrolled in the second division and just 4 years later the club earned a promotion to the top division. Once again the joy was short-lived, when the club finished last in their first year back and was relegated once again to the second division after finishing with a record of 4 wins, 7 draws and 13 losses for a total of 15 points, just 1 short of Zacatepec who kept the category. The club would once again earn the promotion in the 1959–60 tournament which they have held to date.
 
1960s
 
The club started of the 1960s in bad shape just avoiding relegation with 3 more points than Club Celaya. The club finished the 1960–61 tournament with a record of 7 wins 7 draws 12 losses for a total of 21 points.
 
In the 1961–62 tournament the club was again came close to relegation finishing 2nd 2 last for the second year in arrow just ahead of Zacatepec who would now loss the category. The club had a record of 7 wins 5 draws and 15 losses for a total of 19 points.
 
In the 1962–63 tournament the club finally managed to have a successful year in the first division finishing 5th in the league 8 points behind CD Oro that year’s champions who finished with a leagues best 36 points. That year record was 8 wins 12 draws and only 6 losses for a total of 28 points.
 
In the 1963–64 tournament the club would finish 3rd in the league just 5 points behind club Guadalajara who would have a league best 37 points. That year record was 12 wins 8 draws 6 losses for a total of 32 points.
 
In the 1964–65 tournament the club would once again finish 3rd in the league this time just 3 points behind club Guadalajara who won its second consecutive league title with 40 points. This year’s record was 17 wins 3 draws and 10 losses for a total of 37 points.
 
In the 1965–66 tournament the club finished tied for 4th in the league with Club Atlante with 33 points. This year is also remember for Club Nuevo León promotion to the first division having for the first time 2 clubs from Monterrey participating in the first division. This year record was 13 wins 7 draws and 10 losses for a total of 33 points.
 
In the 1966-67 tournament the club felt back into mediocrity finishing tied for 8th in the league with Irapuato with 30 points each. This year record was 10 wins, draws and losses for a total of 30 points.

In the 1967-68 tournament the club continue its descent finishing tied for 14 in the league with CD Oro. That year record was 6 wins 9 draws and 15 losses for a total of 21 points.

In the 1968-69 tournament the club finished tied for 10th place in the league with Pachuca. This year is also remembered for Club Nuevo León's relegation after the club finished tied for last place with CD Oro both with 21 points. A playoff series was held where after 3 matches CD Oro managed to maintain its category. This year record was 10 wins 8 draws and 12 losses for a total of 28 points.

In the 1969-70 tournament the club close this decade tied for 9th place along with Atlante both with 28 points. This year record was 9 wins 10 draws and 11 losses for a total of 2 points. The 1960s saw the club fight for the title as well to maintain the category.

 
1970s
 
In the 1970s the tournament was split in to 2 short tournaments due to the 1970 world cup that was taking part in Mexico for the first time. The club was place in group 1 where they managed to finish 2 with 17 points 1 less than group leader Toluca. In the second part of the tournament the club finished 7th. The following year Monterrey finished runner up to Club América who went on to win the league title that year against Toluca.
 
In the 1971–72 tournament the club would qualify to the playoff which had been introduce a few years back. The club would loss in quarterfinals to Club América 2-1 in aggregated time. The following year the club failed to qualify finishing tie for 5th with Veracruz and Guadalajara each with 32 points.
 
In the 1975–76 tournament the club finished in first place with a total of 44 points by means of 16 wins, 12 draws and 10 losses. In quarterfinals the club played Cruz Azul who they managed to beat 7–2 in aggregated time scoring 5 goals in the first match and 2 more in the second winning both games. In semifinals the club played Guadalajara who eliminated them with a score of 2–3 in aggregated time. For the 1976–77 tournament the club fail to qualify finishing 4th in group 2 with 32 points by means of 10 wins, 12 draws losing 16 games. For the 1977–78 tournament the club once again fell short and did not qualify finishing 4th in group 2 with 38 points just 6 shy of cross town rival Tigres U.A.N.L., who won its first league title.
 
In the 1978–79 tournament the club once again qualified to the playoffs finishing 1st in group one with a total of 40 points by means of 14 wins 12 draws losing 12. This time a short tournament was played by the best 8 teams in the league who were then split in to 2 groups. Monterrey was placed in group 2 along with Pumas U.N.A.M., Tigres U.A.N.L. and Zacatepec. after 6 rounds of play the club finished in 3rd place with 6 points by means of 1 win, 4 draws losing just 1 match, just 2 points behind Pumas who went on to loses to Cruz Azul who had won the other group.
 
1980s
 
On 1 March 1986, the Rayados won their first league title in the return leg of a series against Tampico Madero in the Estadio Tecnológico during the Torneo Mexico 86, winning by an aggregate 3–2 score. The goals were scored by Brazilian Reinaldo Güeldini, who scored from a penalty after Mario Bahia was fouled, and Mexican 20 year-old Francisco Javier "El Abuelo" Cruz, who finished the season as the league leader in goals. For many years, the team's logo did not show the star of the first league title, up until 2001.

The next season, the team signed several players, including Brazilian midfielder Ricardo Ferretti, but the team had an inconsistent season and would finish the remaining years of the decade without lifting a trophy.

 
Modern Day
 
In the Apertura 2017 season, Monterrey finished the regular season in first place with 37 points and advanced to playoffs. In quarterfinals, Monterrey beat Atlas 2-1 in the first leg and 4-1 in the second, a 6-2 aggregate. Monterrey faced Morelia in semifinals, winning 1-0 in the away leg and 4-0 in the home leg, a 5-0 aggregate. Monterrey advanced to the final against arch rival Tigres UANL. In the first leg, the teams tied 1-1 at the Estadio Universitario. In the second leg at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Tigres beat Monterrey 2-1 with goals from Edu Vargas and Francisco Meza.