Club Atlas

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Atlas
Club Atlas de Guadalajara logo.svg
Full name Club Social y Deportivo Atlas de Guadalajara
Nickname(s) Los Zorros (The Foxes)
Los Rojinegros (The Red-blacks)
La Academia (The Academy)
Margaritas (The Puppies)
Founded 15 August 1916
Ground Jalisco,
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Ground Capacity 63,163[1]
Owner Grupo Salinas
Chairman Gustavo Guzmán Sepúlveda
Manager Tomás Boy
League Liga MX
Apertura 2014 3rd

Club Social y Deportivo Atlas de Guadalajara (Spanish pronunciation: [kluβ ˈatɬas]) is a Mexican football club. Atlas is one of three teams that play in Guadalajara, Mexico, along with Club Deportivo Guadalajara and Club Universidad de Guadalajara in the Liga MX. The club's home stadium is Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara.

History[edit]

Club Atlas was founded in a bar of Guadalajara, Mexico, where a few friends recalled their football experience at English college squads where they had spent the last few years. Alfonso and Juan José "Lico" Cortina, Pedro "Perico" and Carlos Fernández del Valle, the three Orendain brothers and Federico Collignon (who had studied in Berlin) finally decided in the summer of 1910 to set up a football team called "Club Atlas"[citation needed] and founded it in Tlaquepaque, outside the city of Guadalajara.

The technical ability that the "Atlistas" employed – triangular passing and skillful dribbling to avoid opponents' tackles – was impressive and they quickly joined the elite in Mexican football. As a result, Atlas and Chivas, a fellow Guadalajara team, have a long history in the first division and the game between them is called the 'Clásico Tapatío'. This rivalry is losing its luster though as Chivas have been terrible for the last few years and Atlas is clearly better.

Youth Academy[edit]

Atlas has one of the best youth academies in Mexico. In the last decade Atlas has developed and let many young players play more than any other team in Mexico. Many young players go in Atlas youth academy knowing that they'll have a strong possibility to play with the first team. Although Atlas has only won the league championship once, their academy has been famous for developing national idols who have played with the Mexico national football team in the past decade like Jared Borgetti, Daniel Osorno, José de Jesús Corona, Pável Pardo, Oswaldo Sánchez, Rafael Márquez, Juan Carlos Medina, Jorge Hernández, Mario Méndez, Miguel Zepeda, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Juan Pablo Garcia, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Edgar Ivan Pacheco, Andrés Guardado and many more. As of 2007, most teams in Mexico's Primera División have at least one player who started their career in Club Atlas.

Club Atlas had a golden age in the year 1998 with promising players such as Rafael Márquez, Daniel Osorno, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Mario Méndez, Omar Briceño, and Miguel Zepeda. They lost the final to Toluca and next season became dominant 1st place overall but never claimed a title. Today many of the once young jewels of the team are on elite squads and play important roles.

International competitions[edit]

Atlas has participated twice in Copa Libertadores. The first appearance been in the year 2000 when the team made it to the quarterfinals and lost to former cup champions Palmeiras. In 2008, Atlas had another chance participation in Copa Libertadores making it to the quarterfinals and losing to cup champions Boca Juniors. In June 2009 Atlas was chosen with other 3 teams from FMF to participate in the Superliga. The Superliga is a tournament that 4 teams from FMF and MLS participate. The winner receives the prize of $1 million.

Estadio Jalisco[edit]

Atlas currently plays in the Estadio Jalisco, which is the third largest stadium in Mexico and was constructed on 31 January 1960. It is a venue that has played host to historic matches and teams including Pelé's Brazil in 1970. In total, It was host for 8 games in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, 6 of which were from group stage matches, and two were quarter and semi-finals. Subsequently, the stadium was again host for 9 games in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, 6 of which were group stage matches, 1 was round of sixteen and the last 2 were quarter and semi-finals.

Fans[edit]

Atlas fans are as a whole collectively known as La Fiel (The Faithful), while the La Barra 51 is the main organized supporter group. La Barra 51's name recalls Atlas' last and only championship in the Primera División de México in 1951. Through the team's struggling performance La Fiel has earned its name, supporting the team for 60 years without any major silverware.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 9 November 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 United States DF Édgar Castillo
2 Mexico DF Enrique Pérez (on loan from Morelia)
3 Argentina GK Federico Vilar
4 Mexico DF Luis Venegas
5 Argentina DF Facundo Erpen
6 Mexico DF Jesús Chávez (on loan from Puebla)
7 Mexico DF Óscar Razo
8 Colombia MF Aldo Leão Ramírez
9 Paraguay FW Luis Nery Caballero
10 Brazil FW Maikon Leite
11 Mexico FW Édson Rivera
13 Mexico FW Jahir Barraza
14 Mexico MF Carlos Treviño
No. Position Player
15 Mexico MF Arturo González
16 Mexico DF Amaury Ponce
17 Mexico FW Rodolfo Vilchis
18 Mexico FW Juan de Dios Hernández
19 Mexico MF Edy Brambila (on loan from Toluca)
20 Chile MF Rodrigo Millar (captain)
21 Mexico GK Alan López
22 Mexico MF Pablo Mascareñas
23 Mexico FW Enrique Esqueda (on loan from Pachuca)
26 Mexico MF Juan Carlos Medina
28 Mexico FW Martín Barragán
30 Mexico GK Miguel Ángel Fraga
33 Mexico DF Giovanni León

For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers winter 2013–14.

Reserve squads[edit]

Académicos
Reserve team that plays in the Segunda División in the third level of the Mexican league system.

Former players[edit]

For further information, see Category:Club Atlas footballers.

Hugo Norberto Castillo (El Misionero)

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1989–90 Pajarito Sport Bing
1990–91 Vicmar Peñafiel
1991–92 Pajarito Sport Peñafiel
1992–93 Vicmar Peñafiel
1993–94 Umbro Tecate
1994–95 ABA Sport Tecate
1995–96 ABA Sport No Sponsors
1996–99 Atletica Corona/Estrella
1999-00 Atletica Corona/Coca-Cola/Estrella
2000–01 Atletica Coca-Cola/Omnilife/Corona
2001–02 Nike Coca-Cola/Omnilife/Corona
2002–03 Nike Coca-Cola/Corona
2003–04 Nike Coca-Cola/Corona/Telcel
2004–05 Kappa Coca-Cola/Bedoyecta/
2005–06 Kappa Coca-Cola/Sky/Corona
2006–07 Kappa Bedoyecta/Coca-Cola/Corona
2007–08 Atletica Bedoyecta/Coca-Cola/Corona/Sky/Megacable
2008–09 Atletica DiversityCapital/Coca-Cola/Corona/Sky/Megacable
2009–10 Atletica Jalisco/Coca-Cola/Corona
2010–11 Atletica Coca-Cola/Akron/Corona
2011–12 Atletica Coca-Cola/Guadalajara 2011/Akron/Corona
Apertura 2012 Atletica Coca-Cola/Akron/Corona
2013–2014 Nike Coca-Cola/Casas Javer/Corona/Volaris/Sky
2014- Puma Bridgestone/Coca-Cola/Sky Sports/Azteca (multimedia conglomerate)/Corona/Banco Azteca/Volaris

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Mexico Tomás Boy
Assistant Manager Mexico José de Jesús Aceves
Assistant Manager Mexico Rafael García
Physical Trainer Mexico Sergio Martín
Goalkeeping Coach Mexico Martín Salcedo

Last updated: 18 April 2010
Source: F.C. Atlas Official Website

Former managers[edit]

Honors[edit]

1950-51
1945-46, 1949–50, 1961–62, 1967–68
1945-46, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1961–62
1954-55, 1971–72, 1978–79
1917-21, 1935–36

Friendly International tournaments[edit]

1990
  • Copa Cuadrangular: 2
2010, 2011

References[edit]

External links[edit]