|Full name||Deportivo Independiente Medellín S.A|
|Nickname(s)||El Poderoso (The Powerful),
El Rojo de la Montaña (The Red of the Mountain),
El Equipo del Pueblo (The People's Team),
El Rey de Corazones (The King of Hearts),
Danza del Sol (Dance of the Sun),
El Decano del Fútbol Colombiano (Colombian Football Dean)
|Founded||15 April 1913|
|Ground||Estadio Atanasio Girardot
|Chairman||Carlos Mario Mejia|
|League||Categoría Primera A|
|2012||11th (aggregate table)|
|Website||Club home page|
Deportivo Independiente Medellín S.A., also known as Independiente Medellín, is a professional Colombian football team based in Medellín, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the Atanasio Girardot stadium.
Medellín has won the national league known as Categoría Primera A five times: in 1955, 1957, 2002-II, 2004-I and 2009-II. Its best performance at international level was in 2003, when the team achieved the third place in the Copa Libertadores de América.
Medellin was known for being a favorite (along with their local rivals Atletico Nacional) to Pablo Escobar, who personally funded both teams based on the same city which allowed a strong solid well-funded financial club.
Medellín's greatest rival is with the city's other major club Atlético Nacional, with whom they share the home stadium Atanasio Girardot. The team is dubbed "El Poderoso de la Montaña" or the powerful of the mountain due to Medellín's geographical location high in the Andean mountains. The rivalry is especially strong due to each team's main support club, Rexixtenxia Norte for Medellín and Los Del Sur for Atlético Nacional. The two clubs are named with the location that they occupy in the stadium where Rexixtenxia occupies the section behind the northern goal and Los Del Sur occupy the section behind the southern goal.
In 2004 Medellín and Nacional classified to the final of the Mustang Cup; in Antioquia everybody was very excited because this was the first "Paisa" final of the history of the short tournaments. This system requires 2 games to be the champion, in the first game, Medellín won 2-1 with a goal of Rafael Castillo in the 87 minute after the goals of Jorge Serna (DIM) and Carlos "Chumi" Alvarez in the first half. The final game was in the 27 June, and it ended 0-0 and Medellín became the champion of the Colombian National League.
Medellín won its third league title after 45 years of agony. However, there were two seasons where Medellín had the title within its reach only to lose it amid great controversy. From its foundation until 2002, the Colombian First Division League had adopted a league format commonly used in European leagues. The format was a year long tournament where the team at then end of the year in best standing was declared the winner. This format was changed in 2002 to an Apertura-Clausura format where two separate seasons are played during the year to determine two winners. In 1993 during the last game of the year, Medellín and Atlético Junior were fighting for a tight first place. Junior was playing América de Cali at home in Baranquilla while simultaneously Medellín played hometown rivals Atlético Nacional. The games were to start and end at the same time. A Medellín win with a Junior loss or draw would have given Medellín the title. Medellín beat Nacional 1-0 while awaiting the 2-2 game in Baranquilla to end. Medellín players were celebrating with a victory lap and giving interviews with reporters waiting for the final whistle in Baranquilla. However, the referee allowed an unprecedented amount of injury time which enabled Oswaldo Mackenzie to score an extremely late goal giving Junior the win 3-2 and the title. This was not the first time Medellín had a heartbreaking season, in 1989 a year where Medellín had the best team in the league and was expected to win the title, a tragic event occurred in Colombian soccer. During the final games of the season, Medellín tied América de Cali 0-0 at home. During the game, the linesman Álvaro Ortega made a mistake and annulled a Medellín goal. Afterwards, a Medellín sympathizer hunted down the linesman and assassinated him. In response, the Colombian Soccer Federation decided to cancel the rest of the season leaving the 1989 league without a winner.
- Copa Jimenez Jaramillo (1): 1923
- Campeonato Nacional (7): 1918,1920,1922,1930,1936,1937,1938
- Campeonato Departamental (8): 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944 y 1945
Official national tournaments
- Categoría Primera A (5): 1955, 1957, 2002-II, 2004-I, 2009-II
- Copa Colombia (1): 1981
- Runner-up Categoría Primera A (7): 1959, 1961, 1966, 1993, 2001, 2008-II, 2012-II.
- Runner-up Copa Colombia (1): 1955-1956.
- Copa Club Unión: 1942
- Triangular ‘Trofeo Coltejer’: 1955
- Torneo "Medellín sin tugurios": 1983
- Copa Montreal (Cánada): 1992
- Copa D. C. United: 1994
- Copa Ciudad de Popayan: 2005
- Copa Gobernación de Antioquia: 2008 y 2010
- Copa del Pacífico: 2009
- Runner-up Copa Movilco - Gobernación del Meta: 2009
- Runner-up Copa del Pacífico: 2010
- 'Copa Libertadores de America
- 1967: First Round
- 1994: Quarter finals
- 2003: Semi final (Third Place)
- 2005: First Round
- 2009: Second Round
- 2010: Second Round
- 2006: First Round
- 1995: First Round
As of August 1, 2012 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of July 12, 2010.
|1.||José Vicente Grecco||92|
|5.||Jorge Horacio Serna||66|
|9.||Bernardo Iván Aristizabal||49|
Most games played
- As of August 28, 2010.
|1.||Héctor "Canocho" Echeverri||457|
|5.||Roberto Carlos Cortés||311|
|José Luis Restrepo Jaramillo||1913||1928|
|Luis Eduardo Ramírez||1932||1936|
|Jesus Maria Burgos||1936||1939|
|Bernardo Munera A.||1940||1947|
|Javier Arriola del Valle||1954||1958|
|Alfonso Arriola del Valle||1959||1970|
|Oscar Serna Mejía||1971||1974|
|Gabriel Toro Pérez||1975||1977|
|Oscar Serna Mejía||1978||1978|
|Hernán Gómez Agudelo||1978||1979|
|Pablo Correa Ramos||1979||1981|
|Oscar Serna Mejía||1981||1981|
|Héctor Mesa Gómez||1981||1983|
|Oscar Serna Mejía||1984||1985|
|Pablo Correa Ramos||1985||1985|
|Mario de J. Valderrama||1986||1987|
|Gabriel Toro Pérez||1987||1987|
|Luis Fernando Correa||1987||1987|
|Hernán Gómez Agudelo||1988||1989|
|Antonio Mesa Escobar||1989||1991|
|Alberto Montoya Callejas||1991||1992|
|jesús Aristizábal Guevara||1992||1992|
|Julio César Villate||1992||1995|
|Mario de J. Valderrama||1998||2000|
|Juan Guillermo Montoya||2005||2006|
|John Cardona Arteaga||2006||2006|
|Carlos Alberto Palacio Acosta||2006||2008|
|Jorge Osorio Ciro||2008||2012|
|Julio Roberto Gomez||2012||2013|
|Carlos Mario Mejia||2013||present|
- "DEPORTIVO INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLÍN ,EL PODEROSO", es una publicación de El Colombiano Ltda. en Cia SCA.
- Medellín ganó la Copa Club Unión (Spanish)
- Fernando Paternoster primer técnico campeón con Nacional (Spanish)
- Torneos amistosos en RSSSF (Spanish)
- DIM se llevó la Copa del Pacífico - CRE Satelital Ecuador (Spanish)
- http://www.santafecd.net/Prensa/Centro_de_Prensa/Noticias/El_clasico_de_rojos_y_la_Copa_Movilco_fue_para_Santa_Fe_269-52168.html (Spanish)
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