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Full name Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Nickname(s) Los Xolos
El Xolaje (The Xolos-Crowd in Mexican Spanish)
La Jauría (The Pack)
Founded January 14, 2007; 17 years ago (2007-01-14)
Ground Estadio Caliente
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Ground Capacity 27,333 expanding to 33,333
Owner Grupo Caliente
Chairman Jorge Hank Inzunsa
Manager Miguel Herrera
League Liga MX
Clausura 2023 Regular phase: 15th
Final phase: Did not qualify

Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, commonly known as Tijuana, or simply as Xolos, is a Mexican professional football club based in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The club's badge is the founder's (Jorge Hank) hairless xoloitzcuintle, Hermoso.

Founded on 14 January 2007 as Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, the club plays their home games at the Estadio Caliente.

Tijuana has won 1 Liga MX and 1 Ascenso MX championship, as well as 1 Promotional Final.


The club is the 2nd latest in a long line of league teams in the city of Tijuana. Gallos Caliente was instituted in the summer of 2006 but it disappeared that same year. Then some businessmen from Tijuana bought the Guerreros de Tabasco and moved it to Tijuana, becoming Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente. The team and owner announced the construction of the Estadio Caliente, a new stadium with a capacity for 33,333 people near Grupo Caliente's Agua Caliente Racetrack. Jorge Alberto Hank, the son of Jorge Hank Rhon, is the President of the team. They became the Apertura 2012 champions after defeating Toluca 4–2 in a two-legged series.

The team advanced to the Primera División de México with a win at home over Irapuato, 2–1 on May 21, 2011.

Jorge Alberto Hank and Gog Murguia Fernandez, the vice president, became the youngest executives in the history of Mexican professional football to be at the head of a club in the Primera División de México.

The First Title

Joaquín Alberto del Olmo Blanco
Joaquín del Olmo promoted the club to Primera División de México in 2011.

The team obtained its first title in the Apertura 2010 tournament, after having finished as general leader during the regular tournament, which gave them a direct pass to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals the Xolos faced Albinegros de Orizaba. In both semifinal legs, the Xolos and Albinegros finished 0–0, with the aggregate score 0–0 too. The position that the Xolos had during the regular tournament permitted them to pass to the final against the Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz. In the first leg the "Xolos" had a surprise win 0–2 in the Estadio Luis "Pirata" Fuente in Veracruz, while in their field they won again 1–0 and this way Tijuana obtained half a ticket towards the Mexican football maximum circuit, the Primera División Mexicana.

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The Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles played their first game in Mexico's Primera Division "We've just started".
Estadio Caliente's capacity was increased after the team's promotion.

Promotion to Liga MX

The final of the Clausura 2011 of the Liga de Ascenso was between Tijuana and Irapuato. The first leg was played on Wednesday May 11 in Tijuana's stadium. The game finished 1–1. The second leg played was in Irapuato, in the Estadio Sergio León Chavez. Irapuato won the game 1–0, being crowned champion of the Clausura 2011 afterwards. With the Tijuana having won the Apertura 2010 title, the Promotion Final was going to be, yet again, Tijuana vs Irapuato. The first leg was played in Irapuato on Wednesday May 18 and it remained 0–0, with the second leg deciding what team was going to be promoted to the Primera División de la Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (now known as Liga MX). Played in Tijuana's Estadio Caliente, the second leg saw the Club Tijuana being crowned champion of the Promotion Final with a result of 2–1. Thus Tijuana replaced the Necaxa as the new Primera Division Team in Mexico.

Liga MX Debut

Kicking off their inaugural season in the Primera Division, Tijuana signed José Sand, Leandro Augusto, Fernando Arce, Egidio Arévalo and Dayro Moreno would move to Tijuana for a fee of US$3.5 m. during summer 2011.

Tijuana opened the 2011–12 season with a 2–1 home loss to Morelia. American Joe Corona scored the club's first top-flight goal in the defeat. They would earn their first victory as a top-flight club in a 3–1 victory at Santos Laguna on August 6; however, after five consecutive home matches without a victory manager Joaquin del Olmo was sacked and replaced by Antonio Mohamed.

After having finished the 2011 Apertura with just three wins against nine draws and five losses, Tijuana would have more success in the 2012 Clasura. Behind the league's top defense (allowing just eleven goals in 17 matches), Tijuana finished with seven wins and seven draws against just three defeats and earned their first playoff berth in the top flight, where they would fall to Monterrey.

Apertura 2012 Champions

Xolos would continue their strong defense in the 2012–13 Liga MX season. In the 2012 Apertura, Xolos allowed joint-fewest goals with 15 while finishing tied atop the table with Toluca. Seeded #2 in the La liguilla, they would avenge the previous season's defeat to Monterrey before rallying from a 2–0 deficit against León in the semi-finals. They would win the Liguilla over Toluca with a 4–1 aggregate victory, achieving the title in the shortest time after promotion to the top flight in Mexican history.

Xolos would falter in the Clausura, finishing in 10th place, two points outside of Liguilla qualification. However, invited to Copa Libertadores, Tijuana would make a run to the quarter-finals before falling to Atlético Mineiro.


The Estadio Caliente, a multi-use stadium in Tijuana, Baja California, was officially inaugurated on November 11, 2007, in a game between Club Tijuana and Pumas Morelos. The attendance was 13,333, then the stadium capacity. In July 2009, the capacity was increased to 16,000. Stadium owner Jorge Hank Rhon's main reason for constructing the stadium was his wish to have a professional football club in the city. Because the Mexican Football Federation says that teams participating in the First Division must have a stadium with a capacity over 15,000, Club Tijuana officially became qualified for promotion to the Primera División de México when the capacity was increased. The construction of the stadium was planned in two parts. The first part finished the ground and lower sections of the stadium. In the second phase, the stadium's capacity was increased. Club Xoloitzcuintles added 4,000 seats to its home field of Estadio Caliente, pushing its capacity to 20,000, according to the team's management. The team also remodeled the players’ dressing rooms and resurfaced the dirt parking lot with a stone surface. Among the construction projects is the installation of stadium lights, which should not be an issue.

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A view inside Caliente Stadium in 2009.

Institutional vision

What first seemed to be a hobby to the football aficionado Jorge Hank Rhon, has now been projected as a business and institution with many ambitions by his son Jorge Alberto Hank Inzunza, President of Club Tijuana, and co-owner Alberto Murguia Orozco. The president has announced several times in press conferences that the project is far bigger than a stadium and a First Division team. The institutional plan involves football schools and clinics throughout the region, including San Diego and Los Angeles, professional football training, talent recruitment squads; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd division affiliates; foundations and green campaigns, and a heavily invested commercial complex.

Finances and ownership

Controversy surrounded the lease, because the team would have ties to a company whose major business is that of betting on sports events, including football. The case was presented to high authorities in the Mexican Football Federation, where it was ruled that no action would be taken against Xoloitzcuintles De Caliente or its parent company.


Current technical staff

Position Staff
Head coach Mexico Miguel Herrera
Assistant coaches Mexico Ávaro Galindo
Mexico Óscar Escobar
Mexico Raúl Chabrand
Goalkeeper coach Mexico José Torruco
Fitness coaches Mexico Giber Becerra
Mexico José Rangel
Physiotherapists Argentina Gustavo González
Mexico Raúl López
Team Doctor Mexico Carlos Rincón


Position Staff
Chairman Mexico Jorge Alberto Hank Inzunza
Vice-chairman Mexico Gog Murguia Fernandez
General director Mexico José Antonio Núñez
Director of football Mexico Juan Pablo Santiago
Coordinator of football Mexico Roberto Cornejo
Director of academy Mexico Fernando Arce
Director of strategic planning Mexico Jeronimo Vera
Director of marketing and commercialization Mexico Esteban de Anda
Sports adviser Mexico Ignacio Palou

Source: Liga MX


First-team squad

No. Position Player
2 Mexico GK José Antonio Rodríguez
3 Mexico DF Rafael Fernández
4 Chile DF Nicolás Díaz
5 Mexico DF Rodrigo Parra
6 United States MF Joe Corona
8 Mexico MF Fernando Madrigal
9 Ivory Coast FW Aké Loba
10 Mexico MF Kevin Castañeda
11 Argentina MF Lucas Rodríguez
12 Mexico DF Areli Hernández
13 Colombia FW José Raúl Zúñiga
14 Colombia MF Christian Rivera
15 Mexico DF Diego Barbosa
17 Mexico FW Rubén Hernández
No. Position Player
18 Mexico DF Aarón Mejía
19 Mexico MF Eduardo Armenta
20 Mexico MF Francisco Contreras
21 Mexico GK Ricardo Díaz
22 Argentina MF Carlos Valenzuela
23 Mexico MF Iván Tona
26 Mexico MF Efraín Álvarez
27 Argentina MF Domingo Blanco (on loan from Dnipro-1)
28 Mexico DF Alejandro Gómez (on loan from Santos Laguna)
30 Mexico GK José de Jesús Corona
32 Paraguay FW Carlos González
33 Mexico DF Rodrigo Godínez
35 Colombia DF Kevin Balanta

Out on loan

No. Position Player
United States GK Benny Díaz (at Juárez)
Mexico GK Carlos Higuera (at Juárez)
Mexico GK Jonathan Vaal (at Sinaloa)
Mexico DF Jair Díaz (at Mazatlán)
Mexico DF Abraham Flores (at Sinaloa)
No. Position Player
Mexico DF Alan Vega (at Querétaro)
Mexico DF Sebastián Yanez (at Sinaloa)
Colombia MF Fabián Castillo (at Deportivo Cali)
Argentina MF Federico Lértora (at Querétaro)
Chile MF Joaquín Montecinos (at Querétaro)

Reserve teams

Xolos Hermosillo
Reserve team that plays in the Liga TDP, the fourth level of the Mexican league system.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner Sponsors
2007 Ardex Caliente
2007–08 Atletica Casas GEO/Nissan/TVC Deportes/Mexicana
2008 Voit
2009–10 Atletica Casas GEO/Nissan
2011 Kappa Casas GEO/Nissan/TVC Deportes/Volaris
2011–13 Nike Casas GEO/ABC/Waldos
2013–14 Nike Boing!/Casas GEO/ABC/Calimax
2015–2017 Adidas Boing!/Carls Jr/Calimax/Farmacias del Ahorro
2017– Charly Boing!/Carls Jr/Calimax/Farmacias del Ahorro


Domestic competitions

  • Liga MX: 1
    • Apertura 2012
  • Liga de Ascenso: 1
    • Apertura 2010
  • Promotional Final: 1
    • Campeón de Ascenso 2010–11

Friendly competitions

Date Home Team Result Away Team Tournament Venue Spectators
March 26, 2023 Club Tijuana Mexico 1–2 Mexico Club América Tour Aguila Snapdragon Stadium TBD
February 19, 2022 Club Tijuana Mexico 2–3 United States San Diego Loyal Club Friendly Torero Stadium 4,500
July 10, 2021 Club Tijuana Mexico 1–0 United States San Diego Loyal Club Friendly Torero Stadium 6,000
January 31, 2018 Club Tijuana Mexico 2–3 Canada Toronto FC Club Friendly Torero Stadium 6,000
December 28, 2013 Club Tijuana Mexico 3–3 Mexico Club América Los Angeles Clasico Dignity Health Sports Park 25,000
October 13, 2013 Club Tijuana Mexico 1–1 Mexico Santos Laguna Club Friendly Toyota Field -
July 6, 2013 Club Tijuana Mexico 5–2 Mexico Club América San Diego Clasico Petco Park 29,000
June 30, 2012 Club Tijuana Mexico 1–1 Mexico Club América San Diego Clasico Qualcomm Stadium 19,880
February 22, 2012 Club Tijuana Mexico 5–2 United States Chivas USA San Diego Clasico Torero Stadium 6,000
March 2, 2011 Club Tijuana Mexico 2–2 United States LA Galaxy San Diego Clasico Torero Stadium 6,000

International competitions

Copa Libertadores
Year Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Stage
2013 10 5 4 1 13 8 +5 13 Lost quarter-finals
Total 10 5 4 1 13 8 +5 13
CONCACAF Champions League
Year Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Stage
2013–14 9 5 1 3 15 8 +7 10 Lost semi-finals
Total 9 5 1 3 15 8 +7 10


Raul enriquez
Raúl Enríquez, the Xolos top scorer of all time.
Most goals scored
Rank Name Goals
1 Mexico Raul Enriquez 81
2 Colombia Dayro Moreno 47
3 Colombia Duvier Riascos 23
4 Argentina Dario Benedetto 21
5 Ecuador Fidel Martínez 21
Most Appearances
Rank Name Matches
1 Argentina Javier Gandolfi 243
2 Mexico Juan Carlos Núñez 221
3 Mexico Richard Ruiz 191
4 Mexico Raul Enriquez 190
5 United States Joe Corona 180


  • Mexico Víctor Rangel (2007)
  • Uruguay Wilson Graniolatti (2008 – 2009)
  • Mexico Juan Antonio Luna (2009 – 2010)
  • Mexico Joaquín del Olmo (2010 – 2011)
  • Argentina Antonio Mohamed (2011 – 2013)
  • Argentina Jorge Almirón (2013)
  • Venezuela César Farías (2013 – 2014)
  • Mexico Daniel Guzmán (2014 – 2015)
  • Argentina Rubén Omar Romano (2015)
  • Mexico Raúl Chabrand (2015)
  • Mexico Miguel Herrera (2015 – 2017)
  • Argentina Eduardo Coudet (2017)
  • Argentina Diego Cocca (2017 – 2018)
  • Colombia Oscar Pareja (2018 – 2019)
  • Bolivia Gustavo Quinteros (2020)
  • Argentina Pablo Guede (2020 – 2021)
  • Uruguay Robert Siboldi (2021)
  • Argentina Sebastián Méndez (2021 – 2022)
  • Argentina Ricardo Valiño (2022 – 2023)
  • Mexico Miguel Herrera (2023–present)

Women's section

Club Tijuana (Women), founded in 2014, that participated in the US-based Women's Premier Soccer League in the summer and in the Liga Mayor Femenil in the winter. In their first year, they finished in the middle of the competitive Pac-South division of WPSL before becoming Mexican national champions. Since 2017 participates in the Liga MX Femenil.

See also

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