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Atlético Nacional

Atlético Nacional
Full name Club Atlético Nacional S. A.
Nickname(s) Los Verdolagas (The Purslanes),
El Verde (The Green),
Rey de Copas (King of Cups),
El Verde de la Montaña (The Green from the Mountains),
El Verde Paisa (The Paisa Green),
El Siempre Verde (The Evergreen)
Founded 1947 (1947)
Ground Estadio Atanasio Girardot
Medellín, Colombia
Ground Capacity 44,765
Owner Organización Ardila Lülle
Chairman Juan Carlos de la Cuesta
Manager Reinaldo Rueda
League Categoría Primera A
2015–I 7th (aggregate table)
Website Club home page

Club Atlético Nacional S. A., also known as Atlético Nacional, is a professional Colombian football team based in Medellín, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. Considered to be one of the strongest clubs from Colombia, it is one of the most consistent clubs in the country.

The club was founded on 7 March 1947 by former president of the league of

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  13. ^ Atlético Nacional, Rey de Copas. Periódico El Colombiano, Medellín, Colombia. 2004.   pp. 13


  • Nacional official website

External links

Affiliated clubs


Notable players

No. Position Player
GK Cristian Bonilla (at La Equidad)
DF Felipe Aguilar (at Alianza Petrolera)
DF Felipe Álvarez (at Alianza Petrolera)
DF Juan Arboleda (at Alianza Petrolera)
DF Deivy Balanta (at Alianza Petrolera)
DF Cristian Cassiani (at Leones)
DF Julián Franco (at Leones)
DF José Luis García (at Real Santander)
DF Esteban Morales (at Bogotá)
DF Luis Muriel (at Alianza Petrolera)
DF Jeisson Palacios (at Alianza Petrolera)
MF Jonathan Álvarez (at La Equidad)
MF Daniel Arango (at Bogotá)
No. Position Player
MF Níver Arango (at Alianza Petrolera)
MF Víctor Cantillo (at Leones)
MF Sherman Cárdenas (at Atlético Mineiro)
MF Rafael Carrascal (at Alianza Petrolera)
MF Julián Mendoza (at Real Cartagena)
MF Félix Micolta (at Marítimo)
MF Juan Pablo Nieto (at Alianza Petrolera)
MF Cristian Palomeque (at San Antonio Scorpions)
MF Santiago Tréllez (at Libertad)
FW Leonardo Acevedo (at Porto)
FW Diego Álvarez (at Envigado)
FW Jhoaho Hinestroza (at Cúcuta Deportivo)
FW Ángelo Rodríguez (at Envigado)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Out on loan

No. Position Player
1 GK Camilo Vargas
2 DF Daniel Bocanegra
3 DF Oscar Murillo
5 DF Francisco Nájera
6 DF Juan David Valencia
8 MF Diego Arias
9 FW Jefferson Duque
10 MF Macnelly Torres
12 DF Alexis Henríquez
13 MF Alexander Mejía
14 MF Jairo Palomino
16 FW Jonathan Copete
17 MF Yulián Mejía
18 MF Alejandro Guerra (on loan from Mineros de Guayana)
19 DF Farid Díaz
20 MF Alejandro Bernal
No. Position Player
21 FW Yimmi Chará
22 DF Gilberto García (on loan from Once Caldas)
23 DF Diego Peralta
24 MF Sebastián Pérez Cardona
25 GK Christian Vargas
26 DF Dávinson Sánchez
27 FW Luis Carlos Ruiz
28 FW Orlando Berrío
29 FW Marlon Moreno
30 DF Miller Mosquera
34 GK Franco Armani
33 MF Brayan Rovira
35 GK Luis Enrique Martínez (on loan from Envigado)
MF Dayron Mosquera
FW Rodin Quiñónes
MF John Sánchez
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 6 August 2015

Current squad


Winners (1): 2013
Runners-up (1): 1989
Runners-up (1): 1990
Winners (2): 1990, 1995
Runners-up (2): 2002, 2014
Semifinals (1): 2003
Winners (2): 1998, 2000
Winners (1): 1989
Runners-up (1): 1995

International honours

Winners (1): 2012
Winners (2): 2012, 2013
Winners (14): 1954, 1973, 1976, 1981, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2005-I, 2007-I, 2007-II, 2011-I, 2013-I, 2013-II, 2014-I
Runners-up (10): 1955, 1965, 1971, 1974, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2002-I, 2004-I, 2004-II

National honours


The club has played six finals of the Colombian championship at this stage which has won four and lost two, also played in the final of the 1995 Copa Libertadores, the final of the 2002 and 2014 Copa Sudamericana, the final of the 1990 Copa Interamericana, 1998 Copa Merconorte and the final of the 2000 Copa Merconorte.

The club has played six finals of the Colombian championship at this stage which has won four and lost two, also played in the final of the 1995 Copa Libertadores, the final of the 2002 Copa Sudamericana and 2014, the final of the 1990 Copa Interamericana, Merconorte the end of the 1998 Cup and the final of the 2000 Copa Merconorte.

Before the construction of the stadium, when Union F. C. still existed in 1935, the parties of the Antioquia Football League were played on the soccer field of the Racecourse Los Libertadores.[13] Then by 1948, with the creation of Colombian Professional Soccer, Atlético Municipal played his first professional match at the racetrack-stadium San Fernando from Itagüí until 1952 when it stop playing there.

Atlético Nacional plays at the Estadio Atanasio Girardot, which is owned by the Municipality of Medellín and is shared with Independiente Medellín, this scenario is located in the west of the city and has a capacity of 45,000 spectators, all seated.[11] It was inaugurated on March 19, 1953 in a quadrangular between Nacional, Alianza Lima of Peru, Flamengo of Brazil and Deportivo Cali. The first game in the new stadium was played between Atlético Nacional and Alianza Lima with a 2-2 draw.[12]


Flag Use
Flag of Antioquia
Flag of Medellín
The purslane plant or verdolaga; the white variety is associated with the club's color scheme.

The club's main nickname, Verdolagas was coined early in the club's history, with association to the purslane plant, endemic to the Paisa region since pre-Columbian times though very few people make the association. The plant blooms a diminutive yellow, white or red flower; the white variety is the most common in the region, giving the color scheme to the team. It is also noteworthy that Antioquia has a great tradition regarding the planting of flowers, most notoriously during the Festival of Flowers. The nickname is also associated with the Argentinian club Ferrocarril Oeste, that shares the same color scheme.

The colors of the team are derived from the flags of the province of Antioquia and the city of Medellín.


Atlético Nacional has had a long rivalry with Independiente Medellín. When the two teams face each other it is considered one of the most important matches in Colombia. Both teams share the same stadium (Estadio Atanasio Girardot), but Atlético Nacional has more number of fans than Independiente Medellín within the city of Medellín and in the whole country. The rivalry increased in the early 1990s as Independiente Medellín was growing stronger year by year. Currently both teams are considered among the top teams in Colombia. Independiente is sometimes referred to having a Green Star since in the 2004-I tournament they won the only final the two have ever faced. Atlético Nacional has 104 wins over Independiente Medellín, who in turn have 70, with 81 games tied.


Nacional's head coach since 2012, Juan Carlos Osorio, has proven to be a successful yet controversial steersman, as he uses a rotatory system that varies with each match that is played. As such, and for the first time in the team's history, there is not a definitive main team nor there are permanent subs. With this system, he has achieved a Copa Colombia and a Superleague in 2012, and three domestic leagues the two leagues disputed in 2013 and the first tournament in 2014. It has been controversial, since as such, the team does not resort to individual talent or flashy displays of football. Veteran and seasoned players like Colombian international striker Juan Pablo Angel do not have a permanent place in the main team.

Atlético Nacional has been home to international stars like América de Cali also has consecutive titles in 2000 and 2001-I, but the 2000 tournament was held with the long format.

The team has won the Fútbol Profesional Colombiano fourteen times, in 1954, 1973, 1976, 1981, 1991, 1994, 1999 (when there was only one champion per year), 2005, 2007-I, 2007-II, 2011-I, 2013-I, 2013-II and 2014-I. For fifteen years, from 1989 to 2004, the team was the only Colombian team to win the Copa Libertadores (until Once Caldas defeated Boca Juniors). Until 1999, it was the only Colombian team to win any major international tournament (when América de Cali defeated Independiente Santa Fe in 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. Regarding the Copa Libertadores, it was the first out of only four American teams representing a country with a Pacific Ocean coastline to win the tournament, followed by Colo-Colo from Chile in 1991, Once Caldas in 2004 and LDU Quito from Ecuador in 2008.

The club Unión, now known as Club Atlético 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. Atlético Nacional was the first Colombian team to win the Copa Libertadores de América, which they did in 1989. They were also runners-up in 1995. The winning of this cup was done in a special manner, since all of the team's players were Colombian; thus Atlético Nacional earned the nickname "Puros Criollos" (All Creoles). The late 1980s to mid-1990s teams are considered as the best individual teams of all time in Colombia, partly because of contributing to forming the framework for the teams that disputed the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups, considered the best Colombian national teams of all time to that day. The club is the most successful team of the short tournaments, first instituted in 2002, with six titles out of twenty one that have been played to date (2013-II).



  • History 1
  • Rivalries 2
  • Colors 3
  • Stadium 4
  • Honours 5
    • National honours 5.1
    • International honours 5.2
  • Players 6
    • Current squad 6.1
    • Out on loan 6.2
  • Notable players 7
  • Managers 8
  • Affiliated clubs 9
  • External links 10
  • References 11

Due to their success, Atlético Nacional is ranked 5th in the rankings of American clubs by IFFHS,[6][7] and is ranked as the best Colombian club within the 21st century.[8][9] It is also credited as the best Colombian team in CONMEBOL club tournaments.[10]

A strong rich history, Nacional has won 14 league titles, one Superliga Colombiana title, and two Copa Colombia titles, earning a total of 17 domestic titles, tied to Millonarios. It is also the first Colombian team to win the Copa Libertadores de América in 1989 thus marking the era of Colombian football. They also have the most international titles of any Colombian club, having won also the Copa Merconorte twice and the Copa Interamericana twice, having a total of five international trophies to their name. They are also one of the only three teams to play every first division tournament in the country, with the other two teams being Millonarios and Santa Fe.

They play their home games at the Atanasio Girardot stadium, with a capacity of over 40,000. They share the same stadium with local bitter rivals, Independiente Medellín, said rivalry is known as El Clásico Paisa. Infamous for its aggressive background, it is considered to be the most important derby in Colombia, as well as one of the most important in South America. All while being recognized by FIFA as a 'classic' match-up.[2][3][4][5] Nacional is also known to have rivalries with Millonarios by the El Clásico de la rivalidad regional derby, and América de Cali. Although these rivalries are based on rivaling success; with Millonarios being the only club that has the same domestic trophies, whereas America has met with Nacional on numerous occasions during league/cup finals.

, among many others. Víctor Aristizábal and Andrés Escobar and most noticeably, David Ospina, Juan Pablo Angel, Iván Córdoba, Juan Camilo Zúñiga, Rene Higuita Many Colombian legends have originated from Nacional such as [1]

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