Toluca's Dueñas Says Club "Defines An Era"

Toluca are the most successful club in Mexico since the short-season era began in 1996.
When Mexico got away from playing a summer-to-spring season, there were more championships to be had.

With two titles at stake per calendar year, the odds of more teams winning championships went down.

However, Toluca have been stingy as los Diablos Rojos had laid claim to six short-season titles before the Bicentenario 2010 season.

A successful final series over Santos made that number increase by one, and Toluca once again are proving their club is a dynasty.

"This is a team that defines an era, preceded by an institution who takes things seriously and characterezises itself by that," Dueñas told reporters. "This team always plays to win. We're used to it."

Toluca beat Santos in penalty kicks and won their second championship in four seasons. Toluca won the Apertura 2008 title over Cruz Azul, and beat Santos in the semifinals en route to that championship. The club has also won trophies in the Apertura '05, Verano '02, Apertura '02 as well as Verano titles in '98, '99 and 2000.

To be part of a winning tradition is what makes life as a professional footballer so enjoyable, Dueñas said.

"I'm happy because of how this team is," he said. "Individually you have the chance to experience many things but while things happen for the better of the team, you can enjoy it more."

Santos players complained bitterly after the match that their team should have won, that their side played better throughout the series but gave the series away. For Dueñas, such talk does not take away from the club's championship.

"We need to manage the moments more when we have a worthy rival like Santos," he said. "This team always stayed on level with Santos, and that's they we are a worthy champion."

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