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The Cruz Azul youth squads who have come to European football

The striker of the Cruz Azul Machine, Santiago Gimenezis close to signing with Feyenoord of the Dutch Eredivisie and he would become the fir


The striker of the Cruz Azul Machine, is close to signing with Feyenoord of the Dutch Eredivisie and he would become the first Cruz Azul youth squad in almost 10 years to go to European football directly from the Machine.

the quarry of It does not stand out for its export to European soccer, however, in the last 20 years, they have sent some important players to European soccer, where some had successful steps in the old continent, while others did not have the same luck.

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Francis Palencia He was the first of the new millennium to set foot in European football with the Cruz Azul flag in his ‘cradle’. The ‘Gatillero’ caught the attention of Espanyol de Barcelona in 2001, when it was not at all common to export Mexicans to Europe, however, luck only followed him for one season, because for the 2002-03 season, he returned to the Machine.

Another of the exported players was Richard osorio, the only one that has been able to be champion in Europe. He won the Bundesliga with Stuttgart in 2008. In 2010 he returned to Mexico with Monterrey.

Aaron Galindo he was the one who ‘almost’ walked out the back door. He left Cruz Azul in 2006 for Hércules and also played for Grasshopper in Switzerland and Eitracht Frankfurt before returning to Mexico in 2009 to play for Chivas. In 2017 he returned to Europe with Toledo of the Spanish Second Division and retired there in 2019.

Javier Aquino, the youth squad who was most excited at Cruz Azul; talented, skilled and with a promising future in Europe. He arrived at Villarreal in January 2013, 6 months after being Olympic champion in London.

After a season and a half in the Yellow Submarine, he went to Rayo Vallecano where he played the 2014-15 season, his last in Europe. He returned to Mexico with Tigres after finishing that season.

The last Cruz Azul youth squad to emigrate to Europe and the only one who did not do so through the Máquna was Néstor Araujo. He left La Noria in 2013 to arrive at Santos and in 2018 he arrived at Celta de Vigo, where he had a good performance, playing 4 seasons before returning to La Liga MX with América.