Pachuca vs Cruz Azul, April 28, 2011. (Photo: Mexsport)
Founded by British Cornish miners in 1901, Club de Fútbol Pachuca is one of the oldest and most decorated clubs in Mexico. The Tuzos are making their second appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League after capturing the 2009/10 championship on the away goals rule over Cruz Azul after their two-legged final ended in a 2-2 draw. Since being promoted to the top flight in 1998, Pachuca has won five domestic titles (1999 Invierno, 2001 Invierno, 2003 Apertura, 2006 Clausura, 2007 Clausura), four CONCACAF club crowns (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009/10) and a Copa Sudamericana (2006), becoming the first CONCACAF club to win a COMMEBOL tournament. Pachuca earned a spot in this year’s CCL by reaching the Mexican Clausura final, where it fell to Leon 4-3 on aggregate. Pachuca, one of the founding members of the Mexican Primera Division, features Ecuadorian internationals Walter Ayovi and Enner Valencia, who was the 2014 Clausura’s top scorer with 12 goals. Coached by Enrique Meza, it plays in the 30,000-seat Estadio Hidalgo. Pachuca has been drawn in Group 1 with Real España (Honduras) and Municipal (Guatemala).
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