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Atlético Nacional
Atlético Nacional
Full name Corporación Deportiva Atlético Nacional
Nickname(s) Los Verdolagas (The Green-Lookings),
El Verde (The Green),
El Verde y Blanco (The Green and White),
Rey de Copas (King of Cups)
Founded 1947 As Atletico Municipal
Ground Estadio Atanasio Girardot
Medellín, Colombia
(Capacity: 52,872)
Chairman Colombia Victor Marulanda
Manager Spain Argentina Ramon Cabrero
League Fútbol Profesional Colombiano
2009 - II 3rd
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Corporación Deportiva Atlético Nacional is a Colombian football team based in Medellín. They play their home games at the Estadio Atanasio Girardot stadium which also serves as home to Deportivo Independiente Medellín. It is also known for being not only one of the most important clubs in Colombia (with ten championships won), but also for being one of the most important football clubs in South America, wining the 1989 Libertadores cup, and marking an era of South American football in the 90's decade.



The club Unión, now known as Club Atletico Nacional, was founded in 1947 by Luis Alberto Villegas Lopera, Jorge Osorio, Alberto Eastman, Jaime Restrepo, Gilberto Molina, Raúl Zapata Lotero, Jorge Gómez Jaramillo, Arturo Torres Posada and Julio Ortiz.

The team is currently owned by Carlos Ardila and Jaime Restrepo. Jaime is the only one remaining from the founders (see above), the others sold their accions to Carlos Ardila.

Atletico Nacional was the first Colombian team to win the Copa Libertadores de América, they did so in 1989, and were also runner-ups in 1995. The winning of this cup was done in a special manner since all of the team's players were Colombian and thus Atletico Nacional earned the nickname of the "Puros Criollos" (Only colombian-born players).

The team has been at the top of the Fútbol Profesional Colombiano ten times, winning in 1954, 1973, 1976, 1981, 1991, 1994, 1999 (when there was only one champion per year), 2005, 2007-I and 2007-II.

Atlético Nacional was home to international stars like Faustino Asprilla, René Higuita, Víctor Aristizábal, Andrés Escobar, Iván Córdoba, Leonel Alvarez, Alexis García, Albeiro Usuriaga, Aquivaldo Mosquera, Mauricio Serna, Juan Pablo Angel and others. The best foreigners: Cesar Cueto and Oscar Rossi

The team wears green and white vertically striped jerseys. The team is actually owned by the Organización Ardila Lülle. Nacional's pet is Nacho, a tiger with green and white striped shirt as it is the team's uniform. Nacho was created in 1998.

For fifteen years, from 1989 to 2004, the team was regarded as the only team to win the Copa Libertadores (until Once Caldas won over Boca Juniors), and until 1999, the only Colombian team to win any major international tournament (America de Cali, winning over Independiente Santa Fe the Copa Merconorte). The team is also the only Colombian club to reach the final stage of the Copa Sudamericana, losing against Argentina's San Lorenzo in 2002

El Clásico Paisa

Atletico Nacional has had a long rivalry with Independiente Medellin. When the two teams face each other it is considered one of the most important matches in Colombia. It is mainly a rivalry because both teams share the same stadium (Estadio Atanasio Girardot), and both teams have about the same number of fans within the city of Medellin. The rivalry started to be taken noticed by the early 90's since Independiente Medellin was growing stronger year by year. Now days both teams are declared one of the top teams in Colombia. Independiente Medellin is sometimes referred to have a Green Star since in the 2004-I tournament they won the only final the two have ever faced. However Atletico Nacional has 104 wins over Independiente Medellin who only has 70 and tied 81.

Los Puros Criollos

The all "criollos", which refers to The all Colombians, names a period between 1987 to 1999, in where the philosophy of the team was to play only with Colombian players or preferably footballers from Medellin. In this time period Nacional fans remember the best club times, when the team play was compared to pure magic or art. It was a slow, pass by pass motioned game, but also a game designed to entertain the fans and bring the attention to the ball itself and how to treat it as a philosophy of play. In other means, it was a concept that marked an era in Colombian football and launched the golden era of the national team too.

From this era, Nacional started to be the base of the national Colombian team to the qualification and world cups of 1990, 1994 and 1998, being the base team with numerous players (whom like Faustino Asprilla or Rene Higuita later went globaly famous) and also with managers like Francisco Maturana and Hernan Dario Gomez, who made a guarantee that Colombian national team game would be the same as the trademarked Atletico Nacional's way to play.


Amateur Era

    • Winners (1):1942

National Honors

International Honors

Friendly Tournaments

  • Penalty Cup: 1 appearance
    • Winners (1): 2006
  • Copa Ciudad de Santa Fe: 1 appearance
    • Winners (1): 2005
  • America's Cup (USA):1 appearance
    • Winners (1): 2003
  • Marlboro Cup: 1 appearance
    • Winners (1): 1988


Current roster

  • Last updated Feb 7 2010.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Colombia GK Eduardo Blandon
2 Colombia DF Humberto Antonio Mendoza
3 Colombia DF Walter José Moreno
4 Colombia DF Andres Mosquera
5 Colombia DF Andrés Orozco Captain
6 Colombia MF Francisco Delgado
7 Colombia MF Jairo Patiño
8 Colombia MF Victor Ibarbo
9 Argentina FW Ezequiel Maggiolo
10 Colombia MF Giovanni Moreno
11 Colombia MF Stalin Motta
12 Colombia DF Víctor Giraldo
13 Colombia MF José Amaya
14 Colombia MF Jairo Palomino
No. Position Player
15 Colombia MF Wbeimar Gonzales
16 Colombia MF Jair Iglesias
17 Colombia DF Daniel Santa
18 Colombia DF Camilo Perez
19 Argentina FW Marcos Mondaini
20 Colombia DF Juan David Duque
21 Colombia DF Marlon Piedrahita
22 Colombia FW Yeison Devoz
23 Colombia MF Edwin Cardona
24 Colombia FW Edison Villalba
25 Colombia GK Cristian Vargas
26 Colombia MF Daniel Arango
28 Colombia MF Orlando Berrío
32 Argentina GK Gastón Pezzuti

Reserve & Youth Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
-- Colombia DF Juan Guillermo Arboleda
-- Colombia DF Jose Luis García
-- Colombia DF Juan Pulgarín
-- Colombia MF Santiago Ceferino
-- Colombia MF Jhon Edison Parra
-- Colombia MF Luis Londoño
-- Brazil FW John Cèiler
-- Colombia FW Juan Gonzalez

Current season

Stadium Information

  • Name - Estadio Atanasio Girardot
  • City - Medellin
  • Capacity - 53,000
  • Inauguration - 1953
  • Pitch size - 105 × 70 m
  • Other Facilities: - Unidad Deportiva Atanasio Girardot

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