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Dorados de Sinaloa
Full nameClub Dorados de Sinaloa[1]
Nickname(s)Los Dorados (The Dorados)
El Gran Pez (The Great Fish)[2]
Founded9 August 2003; 17 years ago (2003-08-09)
GroundEstadio Dorados
OwnerGrupo Caliente
ChairmanJosé Antonio Núñez
ManagerRafael García
LeagueLiga de Expansión MX
Guardianes 20219th (Reclassification)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Dorados de Sinaloa, or Dorados, is a Mexican professional football club based in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.


Dorados was founded on 9 August 2003.[3] Dorados was the youngest franchise to play in the Primera División de México, having joined the division for the first time for the Apertura 2004 tournament, when the club was only one year old. Dorados currently play in the Liga de Expansión MX, the second tier of the Mexican league. The goalkeeper's primary colours are a red shirt and white shorts, and the secondary attire is all white.[4]

First promotion and relegation

On 20 December 2003, Dorados won their first title in the Apertura 2003 tournament of Primera División A. Guadalupe Castaneda scored the goal, beating Cobras de Ciudad Juárez. They finished as runners up in the Apertura 2004, and won the play-off promotion beating Club León with a goal from Roberto Dominguez and winning the promotion to Liga MX, just one year after the club was founded. The club was relegated in the Apertura 2006 tournament after playing just two years in the top tier.

Return to first Division

On 27 July 2015, Dorados played their first game in the First Division after 8 seasons in the Second Division. The game was celebrated in the Banorte Stadium versus Jaguares de Chiapas, with a 0–0 final score. Their first 3 points came on the second game of the season on July 31, against Xoloitzcuintles de Tijuana in the Caliente Stadium. Dayro Moreno scored for the North Californian team, but Mauricio Martín Romero scored the first goal of Dorados in the 2015–16 Liga MX season. The Dorados played and won their first game in the first division in 9 years, 1–2. The previous game being on 22 April 2006, when Dorados beat Jaguares de Chiapas 4–2, with goals from Andrés Orozco, Cristian Patiño, and Pep Guardiola.

Dorados de Sinaloa, playing against C.F. Monterrey at Estadio Banorte
Dorados de Sinaloa, playing against C.F. Monterrey at Estadio Banorte

Second relegation

On 16 April 2016, after losing 5–2 to Tigres UANL, Dorados was relegated after just one season in Liga MX, finishing last in the relegation table of 2015–16 Liga MX season marking the second time the club was relegated to Ascenso MX.

Rivalry with Club León

When Dorados de Culiacan arrived at Primera División A in 2003, a rivalry was born. When the franchise was first created in 2003, Dorados became champions in their first tournament, becoming the first team to ever accomplish this feat in Primera A. In their second tournament, Dorados made it to the final once again, falling to Club León. Despite losing this final, Dorados and León played the promotion game to Primera División de México where Dorados were victorious. Dorados and Leon have played a total of four finals, with each team winning two.

Since the relegation of Dorados to the Ascenso MX, the two sides have not played in a league match.


Apertura 2003, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2015, Apertura 2016
2004, 2015
Apertura 2012
Second Place


Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Mexico Rafael García
Assistant managers Mexico Rubén Duarte Casillas
Mexico Carlos Heriberto Pinto
Goalkeeper coach Mexico Daniel Zamora
Fitness coaches Mexico Hugo Carbajal
Mexico Carlos Ortíz
Physiotherapist Mexico Kevin Ponce
Team doctor Mexico Hernando Casillas


First-team squad

As of 12 January 2021[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Mexico MEX Rafael Fernández
4 DF Mexico MEX Víctor Torres
5 MF Mexico MEX Martín Rodríguez
7 MF Mexico MEX Iván Tona (on loan from Tijuana)
8 MF Mexico MEX Jesús Vázquez
9 FW Mexico MEX Daniel López (on loan from Tijuana)
10 MF Brazil BRA Lucas Xavier
11 MF Mexico MEX Antonio Nava (on loan from Tijuana)
12 GK Mexico MEX Luis López
13 GK Mexico MEX Víctor Mendoza (on loan from Tijuana)
14 FW Mexico MEX Adrián Marín
15 DF Mexico MEX Osciel De La Cruz (on loan from Tijuana)
17 MF Mexico MEX Gabriel Zanatta
18 MF Mexico MEX Adolfo Domínguez
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Colombia COL Estiven Mina
20 MF Mexico MEX Jonathan Martínez
23 MF Mexico MEX Giovanny León (on loan from Toluca)
24 DF Mexico MEX Juan Martínez
25 MF Mexico MEX José Lugo
26 FW Colombia COL José Raúl Zúñiga
27 DF Mexico MEX Alonso Zamora
28 FW Mexico MEX Samuel López (on loan from Tijuana)
29 MF Ecuador ECU Esteban Chacón
33 DF Mexico MEX Hiram Muñoz
GK Mexico MEX Carlos Higuera (on loan from Tijuana)
DF Mexico MEX Arturo Cárdenas
DF Mexico MEX Salvador Manríquez
MF Mexico MEX Jesús Vega (on loan from Tijuana)

For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers summer 2019.

Reserve teams

Dorados de Sinaloa (Liga TDP)
Reserve team that plays in the Liga TDP, the fourth level of the Mexican league system.

Notable players



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  3. ^ "Historia Dorados". Dorados official website. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  4. ^ es:Dorados de Sinaloa
  5. ^ "Dorados de Sinaloa". Liga BBVA Expansión MX (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 January 2021.