Who is Santos Laguna?
Hometown: Torreón, Mexico
Stadium: Nuevo Estadio Corona
Manager: Ruben Omar Romano
Qualification Method: Mexican 2010 Clausura runners-up
Champions League Appearances: 1; 2008-’09 semifinals
Honors: 1996 Invierno, 2001 Verano & 2008 Clausura Mexican league champions
One of Mexico’s strongest clubs and current Mexican Apertura
leaders, Santos features an explosive attack that has proven it can
score at will. In fact, they have scored three or more goals in four of
their first six matches – all victories – in all competitions between
the Mexican Apertura and the Champions League preliminary round.
The speed of Colombian Carlos Darwin Quintero and Ecuadorean
Christian Benitez, the latter fresh off a recent loan spell at
Birmingham City, is what makes Santos so deadly. Experienced Mexican
national team midfielder Fernando Arce, the skilful Juan Pablo “El
Chato” Rodríguez, as well as crafty lefty Argentine Daniel Ludueña are
also a critical part of their attacking game. This is an ambitious and
established side, backed by a major corporation, which is on the hunt
for trophies as they enter another season at its newly constructed
stadium, the Estadio Corona.