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Unión Magdalena

Unión Magdalena
Full name Club Unión Magdalena S.A.
Nickname(s) El Ciclón Bananero (The Bananaquit Cyclone)
Founded 10 March 1951 (as Deportivo Samarios)
19 April 1953 (1953-04-19) (officially)
Ground Estadio Federico Serrano Soto,
Riohacha, Colombia
Ground Capacity 7,000
Chairman José María Campo Alzamora
Manager Víctor González Scott
League Categoría Primera B
2014-I 8th
Website Club home page

The Asociación Deportiva Unión Magdalena is a professional Colombian football team based in Santa Marta, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera B. They play their home games at the Federico Serrano Soto stadium, in Riohacha, because their previous stadium, the Eduardo Santos stadium, will be demolished.

Founded in March 10, 1951 as Deportivo Samarios, the club was re-founded as Unión Magdalena in April 19, 1953. The original playing squad was largely composed of Hungarians who were touring Colombia when their club, the Hungária FC, was disbanded.[1]

Unión has only won one championship, in 1968, playing against Deportivo Cali in the final. Carlos Valderrama, one of the most famous Colombian footballers, started his career here.

Red and blue stripes compose the traditional shirt of the team. It is also nicknamed El Ciclón Bananero (The Bananaquit Cyclone), based in San Lorenzo de Almagro, which is also based its uniform.


  • First Team (Deportivo Samarios - 1951) 1
  • Honours 2
    • National Honours 2.1
  • Performance in CONMEBOL competitions 3
  • Notable Players 4
  • References 5

First Team (Deportivo Samarios - 1951)

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Ernest Sabeditch
GK Rubén Rocha
GK Jaime de la Spriella
GK Zvonko Monsider
DF Víctor Lanao
DF Alejandro Negrescu
DF Sandor Torok
MF Gerro Hinduliak
MF Joseph Samu
MF Enrique Ortiz
MF Nelson Pérez
MF Rómulo Barrios
No. Position Player
MF Felipe Fernández
MF Rafael Botto
FW Georgy Marik
FW Joseph Kajml
FW Gyula Zsengellér (also Manager)
FW Orlando Granados
FW Ladislao Fussesy
FW Milos Dragolovich
FW Rudolf Strittich
FW Antonio Carrasquilla
FW Alessandro Adam
FW Apolinar Pérez


National Honours


Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

Best: First Round in 1969
1969: First Round

Notable Players


  1. ^ Ascencio, Jose Orlando (5 November 1999). "A la tierra del olvido" [Land of oblivion] (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 

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