Yesterday, amputee football’s Polideportivo Tigres return to training for the first time this season in preparation for their opener in Liga Nacional in Mexico. It is the second year for the national league, and the Tigres look to earn more hardware for their trophy case by season end.
The team goes into the season stacked with talent and an ability to attract the best amputee footballers in their area. Eduardo Cantú, Carlos Vázquez and Emmanuel de Hoyos are three members of the squad who have international experience after having donned the jersey for Mexico at the most recent world championships. They also have support and resources from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, where many of the players attend university and the university gives them access to its training facilities.
The Tigres were founded in 2012 by Arturo Larraga, Eduardo Gallardo, Giovanni Fraire, Carlos Vázquez and Jesús Montes after they saw a game on television and wanted to try the sport. That year, they played their first unofficial game in club history when they beat Lobos de Jalisco 3 – 1 in a game in December in Guadalajara.