Puebla

Founded In
1944
Location
Puebla, Mexico

Puebla

About Puebla

Club de Fútbol Puebla, usually referred to as Puebla FC, was first established in 1944, after football had been professionalised by the Mexican Football Federation. The club were given entry into the Primera División and made their competitive debut in a Copa México match in May. Over the years, Puebla have established themselves as one of the most important and successful teams in the country. The team's biggest rivals are Veracruz, with whom they contest El Clásico Del Sur.

However, despite their history of success, the 21st century has brought about mixed results for the side. At the conclusion of Clausura 2005, they were relegated from the top flight, although they earned the right to return to the division in May 2007.

The 1982–83 season saw the club claim their first ever Primera División title, which was won after defeating C.D. Guadalajara via a penalty shootout. A second league title followed in 1990, along with a Copa México, earning them the prestigious double, or 'Campeónísimo'. The Copa México has brought the club notable success over the years, with the team winning the competition on four occasions. In 1991, Puebla achieved success in an international competition for the first time, winning the CONCACAF Champions Cup, beating Police FC from Trinidad and Tobago in the final. The following year, they were runners up in the Copa Interamericana.

Ricardo Álvarez holds the club record for most goals, having scored 87 times during his time at Puebla. Some of the club's other legendary former players include Argentine striker Silvio Fogel, Spanish international Carlos Muñoz Cobo and Uruguayan forward Álvaro Fabián González.

The team play home games at the Estadio Cuauhtémoc, which is one of Mexico's largest stadiums. The ground was used as a venue for the two FIFA World Cups hosted in Mexico in 1970 and 1986. For the latter tournament, it underwent renovations to increase its size. The Estadio Cuauhtémoc now has a capacity of 49,200.