C.D. Atlético Marte

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Atlético Marte
Atletico Marte.jpg
Full name Club Deportivo Atlético Marte
  • Los Marcianos (The Martians)
  • El Equipo Bandera (The Team Flag)
  • El Bombardero Marciano (The Martians Bombers)
  • Los Carabineros (The Polices)
Founded 22 April 1950; 64 years ago (1950-04-22)
Ground Estadio Cuscatlán,
San Salvador
Ground Capacity 53,000
Chairman El Salvador Hugo Atalio Carrillo
Manager El Salvador Guillermo Rivera
League Primera División
Clausura 2014 Primera Division, 7th

Club Deportivo Atlético Marte is an Salvadorian association football club based in San Salvador that plays in the Primera División de Fútbol Profesional. Since its formation in 1950,the club has won eight Primera División de Fútbol Profesional titles—in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1969, 1970, 1980–81, 1982, and 1985—and the Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño once, in 2009 Clausura.

Atletico Marte play their home games at the 45,000 capacity all-seater Estadio Cuscatlán having moved from Flor Blanco in 2001. Atletico Marte have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbouring club Alianza F.C., with whom they have contested the derby since 1968.

In 1981, the team was runner-up of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup losing to SV Transvaal of Surinam. Atletico Marte won their first international title CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup in 1991 with a 2 victories over .

The club has changed their name a couple of times to C.D. Arabe Marte (1998–1999), (1999–2000) and C.D. Atlético Marte Quezaltepeque (2006–2008). The club changed to its original name again in 2008; C.D. Atlético Marte.

In the 1980s, Salvadoran football legend Luis Ramírez Zapata and Norberto Huezo, Ramón Fagoaga, José Luis Rugamas were among their stars [1] .


Foundation and Early History[edit]

The history of Atletico Marte started at the end of the 1940s, when the San Salvadorian team España F.C. was dissolved.

Emilio Guardado and Carlos Carranza, leaders of the recent dissolved España F.C., called a meeting with the players that remained of this team and others in the capital city of San Salvador to give life to another club called Alacranes F.C..

However after a year playing under the name of Alacranes F.C., club president Colonel José Castro Melendez called another meeting at the old national gymnasium, and at the initiative of the player Conrado Miranda, they decided to change the name of the club to Atletico Marte.

The club was officially born on the 2 June 1950 thanks to the combination of military personnels such as José Castro Melendez, Fidel Quintanilla and Jesús Rodríguez and members of the public such as Emilio Guardado, José Santiago Avelar and Armando Carranza.

The original uniform colors were the ochre and beige, however with the passage of time the colors were changed to the current blue and white.

One of the most important historical dates in the history of Atetico Marte was a 2-0 triumph against Deportivo Saprissa in their own home soil, the first time an Salvadorian club had defeated a Costan Rican on their own soil. The goals were scored by Gustavo "el Bordador" Lucha y Raúl Peña.

Premierships Success[edit]

The club had played in the Primera division for five years, however it wasn't until the 1955 season under the players-coaches of Conrado Miranda and Isaiah Choto they won their first title. This was done thanks to 1-0 victory over Leones de Sonsonate with the lone goal coming from Fernando "el Gato" Barrios.

The players included Manuel "Tamalón" Garay, Antonio Montes, Armando Larín, Rutilio Rivera, Luis Antonio Regalado "Loco" , Conrado Miranda, Gerónimo Pericullo (Argentina), Juan Bautista Pérez (Argentina), Raúl "Pibe" Vásquez (Argentina), Gustavo "el Bordador" Lucha, Fernando "el Gato" Barrios and René Pimentel.

Atletico Marte with the same core group of players from the previous campaign and the inclusion of Guatemalan Gabriel Urriolawere able to capture their second title consecutively, always under the command of Conrado Miranda and Isaiah Choto.

In 1956-1957 campaign, the club was rejuvenated with players such as goalkeeper Francisco "Paco" Francés, Argentinian Rodolfo Baello, Guillermo "Loro" Castro, Julio César "Muñeca" Mejía, Mauricio "Pachín" González and many others. The club was able to win their 3rd title.

The club went for more than a decade without winning a title, this changed however in 1969 when they won their fourth title thanks to future world cup coach Chilean Hernán Carrasco Vivanco and star players Raúl "Araña" Magaña, Guillermo Castro, Argentinian Rodolfo Baello, José Antonio "Ruso" Quintanilla, Chilean Ricardo Sepúlveda and Sergio Méndez. This was followed up with their fifh tiitle in 1970 making the second time the club had won back to back title, this time they were reinforced with players such as Francisco Roque, Ernesto Aparicio, Manuel Cañadas, Adonay Castillo, Fernando Villalta, Roberto Morales, Elenilson Franco and Brazilian Odir Jacques.

Atletico Marte once again went a decade without a title, until 1980, when under the technical direction of Armando Contreras Palma and a squad predominately made up of Salvadoran players such as Carlos Felipe Cañadas, Milton Campos, Alfredo Rivera, José Castillo, Jorge Peña, Manuel Ramos, Danilo Blanco, Ramón Fagoaga, Norberto Huezo, Jorge Salomón Campos and Miguel González were able to win their sixth title.

Atletico Marte under the technical direction of Armando Contreras Palma and assistant coach former world cup player Juan Ramón "Mon" Martinez the club was able to win their seventh title. This was thanks to a two game series win over Independiente of San Vicente, the first game was 1-0 victory with a lone goal José Antonio "Tolín" Infantozzi and this was followed with a 2-0 victory with goals by José Antonio "Tolín" Infantozzi and Wilfredo "el doctorcito" Huezo.

On the 25th of December 1985, Atletico Marte won their eighth and last primera division title. This was thanks to a 5-2 victory over Alianza F.C. with the goals of Atletico Marte coming from Salomón Campos Mezquita, Norberto Huezo, Mario Figueroa (2) and Wilfredo Huezo. The list of players that helped them win the title included José Luis Rugamas, Alfredo Fagoaga, Marcial Turcios, Santana Cartagena, Danilo Blanco, Guillermo Ragazzone, Nelson Escobar, Norberto Huezo, Salomón Campos, Mauricio Perla, Carlos Meléndez, William "el Pony" Rosales, Uruguayan Raúl Esnal and Mario Figueroa.

Champions of Concacaf 1992[edit]

On The international stage Atletico Marte had reached the final of the 1981 Concacaf Champions Cup, however they lost the series to the SV Transvaal from Suriname.

However in 1992, the club was finally recognised internationally thanks to being crowned the champions of the CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup, a competition which was held in Guatemala and had strong clubs such as Club Universidad de Guadalajara from Mexico, C.S.D. Comunicaciones from Guatemala, Deportivo Saprissa from Costa Rica and Real Esteli from Nicaragua.

Relegated to the Segunda Division[edit]

After several attempts to win another domestic title, By assembling top quality national and foreign players, Atletico Marte suffered a massive decline due to administrative mismanagement and eventually entered into economic crisis which lead to poor results eventually getting the club relegated at the end of the 2002 season.


However, leaders of Atletico Marte never gave up on the team and there was always a well publicized effort to return it to the first division. It was not until 2004, that the mythical Raul Alfredo "spider" Magaña approached the directors, presenting a draft where it recruited new sponsors and new management.

After almost five years of work, the team won the Apertura 2008 title of the second division, which the winner of the Apertura will face the winner of the Clausura title to win direct promotion to the primera with the loser having to play the ninth place in the primera division.

Atletico Marte failed to achieve direct promotion with winning by apertura and Clausura, thanks to losing to C.D. Marte Soyapango in a penalty shootout in the semi final.

However,on 14 June 2009 Atletico Marte acieved history by returning to the primera division thanks to defeating AFI El Roble 1-0 at the Estadio Cuscatlan.

The lone goal of the historic victory was due to Roberto Garcia Maradiaga, and the technician that made possible the rise was the Argentine Ramiro Cepeda, a former player in martian second division who in his first year working as a coach.





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Performance in CONCACAF & Domestic competitions[edit]

Overall seasons table in Primera División de Fútbol Profesional[edit]

Pos. Club Season In D1 Pl. W D L GS GA Dif.
TBA Atlético Marte 52 1509 583 476 450 2306 1948 +308

Last updated: 15 June 2009 [2]


Companies that Marte currently has sponsorship deals with include:

  • Galaxia
  • Lemus
  • Evisal

Current squad[edit]

As of Apertura 2013:
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 El Salvador GK Wilber Ramírez
2 El Salvador DF Kenny Lemus
3 El Salvador DF Marcelo Tejeda
4 El Salvador DF Antonio Ramirez
5 El Salvador DF Francisco Garcia
6 El Salvador MF Ricky Martinez
7 El Salvador MF Wilbert Reyes
8 El Salvador MF Erick Molina (Captain)
Colombia FW Carlos Parra
10 Paraguay FW Nestor Ayala
11 El Salvador FW Cristopher Ramírez
No. Position Player
14 El Salvador MF Henry Escobar
15 El Salvador MF Ibsen Adalberto
16 El Salvador MF Noe Reyes
17 El Salvador FW Franklin Lemus
19 El Salvador FW Felipe Platero
20 El Salvador DF Wilson Rugamas
21 El Salvador MF Allam Fernández
22 El Salvador MF Mario Lopez
23 El Salvador DF Edwin Benitez
24 Colombia MF Marcelo Ospina
25 El Salvador GK Javier Gómez

Squad Changes for the Clausura 2015[edit]



  • El Salvador TBD - Transferred to TBD


Current technical staff[edit]

Head Coach El Salvador Guillermo Rivera
Assistant coach El Salvador Jorge Abrego
Resever coach El Salvador Salvador Velásquez Lov
Assistant Resever coach El Salvador Juan Carlos Melgar
Physical El Salvador Roberto Valiente
Director Deportivo El Salvador Carlos Castro Borja
Medical trainer El Salvador TBA
Goalkeeping Coach El Salvador Mauricio Henríquez Vargas

Notable players[edit]

Copa America winners[edit]

Amílcar Cabral Cup winners[edit]

Head coaches of Atlético Marte[edit]

The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of Atlético Marte
Name Period Trophies
El Salvador Emilio Guardado 1950-1952 2 TBD
El Salvador Conrado Miranda 1955-1957 3 Salvadoran Primera División
El Salvador Marcelo Estrada TBD 1 TBD
Chile Hernán Carrasco Vivanco 1968-1970, 2002 2 Salvadoran Primera División
El Salvador Armando Contreras Palma 1981-1985 3 Salvadoran Primera División
Uruguay Carlos Jurado & El Salvador Juan Ramón Paredes [3] 1991 1 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup
Argentina Ramiro Cepeda 2008-2010 1 Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño

List of President[edit]

Military rulers

  • Jesús Rodolfo Rodríguez (1950)
  • José Castro Meléndez (1950)
  • Carlos H. Cornejo
  • Salvador Henríquez
  • Oscar René Serrano
  • Miguel Angel Castillo
  • Angel Napoleón Orantes
  • Jesús Gabriel Contreras
  • Max Leiva
  • Jorge Alberto Domínguez
  • Marco A. González
  • Mauricio Ernesto Vargas
  • Héctor Lobo
  • Sigifredo Ochoa Pérez
  • Mauricio Hernandez (1988-1989)

Civilian presidents

  • Esteban Munguía
  • Félix Castillo Mayorga (1982-1984)
  • Felipe Mira, Orlando Calderón
  • José A. Platero
  • Odilio Viche
  • Saúl Salguero
  • Otmaro Luna
  • Osmín Viscarra
  • Emilio Charur
  • Vicente Carranza (2001)
  • Félix Guardado (2002–2012)
  • Hugo Carrillo (2012-)


  1. ^ On June 14, 2009, the club won the right to be in the Primera División by defeating AFI-El Roble of Ilobasco in the Finals of the Second Division.

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