Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente

Founded In
Tijuana, Mexico

About Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente

Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente was founded at the start of 2007. The club is owned by Jorge Hank Rhon's betting company, Grupo Caliente, and his son, Jorge Alberto Hank, serves as the club's current president. The team, which is commonly referred to as Xolos de Tijuana, or Tijuana, have enjoyed a rapid and dramatic rise to prominence in Mexican football, which has already led to them winning major honours.

Tijuana's first taste of success came in 2010. After beating Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz 3-0 on aggregate, they were crowned winners of the Liga de Ascenso's Apertura tournament. This victory helped to steer the club towards Mexico's top flight. They completed their promotion push in May 2011, by defeating Deportivo Irapuato in the final of the Clausura 2011.

Upon reaching the top division, the club established itself quickly, signing several players and forging one of the best defensive units in the Liga MX. In the division's Apertura tournament, Tijuana overcame Monterrey in the quarter finals and then Club León in the semi finals in order to reach the final. There, they defeated Toluca 4-1 over two legs in order to win the championship. In doing so, they became the team to win the title in the fastest time after reaching the top flight of Mexican football.

The club's current record goalscorer is Raul Enriquez. Already, a number of full international players have represented Tijuana, including the Mexican midfielder, Fernando Arce, and the Argentine striker, José Sand.

Tijuana's home matches are played at the Estadio Caliente, which opened in November 2007. Since its opening, the stadium has undergone significant renovations, steadily increasing its maximum capacity, which started out at 13,333. At present, the ground is able to hold up to 21,000 supporters and it is expected that the capacity will eventually reach in excess of 30,000.   

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