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|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|
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
|Chairman||Gustavo Guzmán Sepúlveda|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Youth Academy
- 3 International competitions
- 4 Estadio Jalisco
- 5 Fans
- 6 Players
- 7 Shirt sponsors and manufacturers
- 8 Current technical staff
- 9 Honors
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers winter 2013–14.
- Reserve team that plays in the Segunda División in the third level of the Mexican league system.
Hugo Norberto Castillo (El Misionero)
Shirt sponsors and manufacturers
Current technical staff
|Assistant Manager||José de Jesús Aceves|
|Assistant Manager||Rafael García|
|Physical Trainer||Sergio Martín|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Martín Salcedo|
Last updated: 18 April 2010
Source: F.C. Atlas Official Website
- Copa México: 4
- 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
- Copa Cuadrangular: 2
- 2010, 2011
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