Cruz Azul, also known as ‘Los Cementeros,’ came from humble roots based in the modest workers’ cooperative, currently one of Latin America’s largest and most successful cement companies. It is perhaps this modest approach that has garnered them such a huge fan base, with many referring to Cruz Azul as a ‘family club.’
Founded in 1927, C.D Cruz Azul was one of many teams set up for the workers of various cement companies, and found themselves playing reserve teams from first division clubs for nearly 30 years. In 1960, the team broke into the Mexican second division and soon became a force to be reckoned with playing their way to the top division.
Estadio Azul, home of ‘Los Cementeros’, adds some tradition to the mix. It is the oldest stadium still in use in Mexico. Opened in 1947, this gem in the heart of Mexico City has a capacity of 35, 161.
The Cruz Azul Club Crest
Cruz Azul’s crest may be simple in design but it carries huge meaning to the players and fans. The design adopted when the club was founded in 1927 was a blue cross with the letters ‘C’ and ‘A’ above it enclosed in a white circle with a red border. This is the same logo still used by the cement producer.
In 1964, the crest was updated for the first time. The base remained the same except that the letters moved up and the words ‘Cruz Azul Club Deportivo’ were added. The final touch was to include the design on a coat of arms.
1972 opened the doors to another re-design and coincided with the club winning their 3rd Mexican championship. A decision was made to drop the circle and the coat of arms and instead a square would be used and only the words ‘Deportivo Cruz Azul.’ A star for each championship was added to the top of the crest. From 1972-1980, with the addition of more champions stars the crest continued to evolve.
The very last dramatic change to the crest occurred in 1997 when the square was replaced with a navy blue circle with the 7 championship stars at the top of the circle and ‘MEXICO’ written at the bottom. A final star was added in 1998 making a total of eight stars.
With such humble beginnings in the midst of the middle class, the most important value here would certainly have to be dedication and never-ending support of ‘Los Cementeros.’