Founded In
Morelia, Mexico

About Morelia

Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia was established in November 1924 under the name Oro Morelia. They took on their current name in 2000. Today, the team is owned by Grupo Salinas, a group of organisations which includes the broadcast company TV Azteca.

In 1950, Morelia became founding members of the Mexican Segunda División, the second tier of the country's league system. After competing at that level for several years, the club gained promotion the the top flight, the Primera División, at the end of the 1956-57 season. In 1968, they were relegated back to the second divison, before gaining promotion once more in 1981.

Several near-misses, including a defeat in the final of the Copa México in 1965, meant that Morelia had to wait until the 21st century for their first taste of major success. In 2000, the club became Primera División title winners for the first time. In 2002, 2003 and 2011, the team finished as league runners up, helping to firmly establish their credentials as one of Mexico's top sides. The team won the Copa Pachuca in 2011 and experienced their first taste of international silverware in 2010, as they lifted the North American SuperLiga, beating New England Revolution in the last ever edition of the competition. To date, the team have never won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, although they finished as runners up in back-to-back seasons in 2002 and 2003.

Amongst the most notable players to have played for Morelia are a host of full Mexican national team players, including Fernando Arce, Miguel Zepeda and Jared Borgetti.

Since 1989, the club have played their home matches at the Estadio Morelos. The stadium is named after José María Morelos, a revolutionary figure in the Mexican War of Independence. The ground is used for a variety of purposes, and its capacity for football games stands at 35,000.   

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