5WF Crest of the Week: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, the hairless dog

Welcome to a new weekly feature on 5WFootball, where we will look at some of the best crests in football. When you think of past teams, the first thought may well be the players, but secondary, the thought turns to the identity: the kit, the crest, the stadium, the fans. The emblem, like many elements in football, is rather cliché like – yes, some look nice, but nobody really knows what they mean. They are the symbol for the passion shared between fans and teams. This weekly feature celebrates the best, from all over the world. Welcome to week 4: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente.

When it comes to Mexican club football, many teams have a strong following. Yet for Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, or Xolos for short, this is not the case. The club was only formed in January 2007, so until recently, Tijuana had no team to follow. Since then though, Xolos have gained a large fan base, with their promotion to Liga MX in 2011.

We are here for their crest though, so what is it? Very catchy, certainly. Similar to how everyone in England refers to Wolverhampton as ‘Wolves’, no one in Mexico terms ‘Xolos’ as their full Xoloitzcuintles – a bit of a tongue twister for certain, but what does that horribly long word that I have mastered how to spell mean?

Xoloitzcuintles is a breed of hairless dog found in Mexico, somewhat a legend in Aztec culture and has been for over 3000 years. In ancient Aztec history, the legend of the Xolos had great importance: it was considered sacred because its mission was to guide the deceased to the afterlife.

The animal weighs between 11 and 18 kilos and was on the verge of extinction. The Mexican Canopy Federation saved it via intense work and protection.

Whether it will remain or not, it will be the emblem and spirit animal of Club Tijuana, who have incorporated a head of a ‘xolo’ into their logo.


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