Independiente Medellín

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Deportivo Independiente Medellín
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Full name Deportivo Independiente Medellín
Nickname(s) El Poderoso (The Powerful),
El Rojo de la Montaña (The Red of the Mountain),
Medallo, DIM,
El Equipo del Pueblo (The People's Team),
El Rey de Corazones (The King of Hearts),
El Decano del Fútbol Colombiano (The Dean of Colombian Football)
Founded 14 November 1913; 100 years ago (1913-11-14)
Ground Estadio Atanasio Girardot
Medellín, Colombia
Ground Capacity 43,943
Chairman Colombia Eduardo Silva Meluk
Manager Colombia Hernán Torres Oliveros
League Categoría Primera A
2014-I 11th
Website Club home page

Deportivo Independiente Medellín, also known as DIM, 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.

Rivalries[edit]

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.

Controversies[edit]

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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.

Honours[edit]

Amateur[edit]

  • Copa Jimenez Jaramillo (1): 1923[1]
  • Campeonato Nacional (7): 1918,1920,1922,1930,1936,1937,1938[1]
  • Campeonato Departamental (8): 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944 y 1945[1]

National Honours[edit]

Official national tournaments[edit]

Friendly Tournaments[edit]

  • Copa Club Unión: 1942[2]
  • Triangular ‘Trofeo Coltejer’: 1955[3]
  • Torneo "Medellín sin tugurios": 1983[4]
  • 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[5]
  • Runner-up Copa Movilco - Gobernación del Meta: 2009
  • Runner-up Copa del Pacífico: 2010[6]

Internationals Participations[edit]

  • '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

Current roster[edit]

As of March 15, 2014

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

No. Position Player
1 Equatorial Guinea GK Carlos Bejarano
2 Colombia DF Hernán Pertuz
3 Colombia DF Luis Tipton
4 Colombia DF Andrés Mosquera
5 Colombia DF Jefferson Mena
6 Argentina DF Diego Herner
7 Colombia FW Ray Vanegas
8 Colombia MF John Edison Hernández
9 Colombia FW Yorley Mena
10 Colombia FW Cristian Marrugo
11 Colombia DF Vladimir Marin
12 Colombia GK Luis Erney Vasquez
13 Colombia DF Andrés Correa
14 Argentina FW Germán Cano
No. Position Player
15 Colombia MF Cristian Restrepo
16 Colombia MF Dager Palacios
17 Colombia MF Yairo Moreno
18 Colombia MF Javier Calle
19 Colombia MF Jherson Córdoba
20 Colombia MF William Arboleda
22 Colombia GK Leandro Castellanos
24 Colombia DF Alcatraz García (on loan from Once Caldas)
26 Colombia DF Jorge Enrique Arias
27 Colombia FW Alfredo Morelos
28 Colombia MF Juan Carlos Pereira
Brazil MF Elton

Top scorers[edit]

As of July 12, 2010.[1]

No. Name Goals Country
1. José Vicente Grecco 92 Argentina
2. Carlos Castro 90 Colombia
3. Diego Álvarez 78 Colombia
4. Felipe Marino 77 Argentina
5. Jorge Horacio Serna 66 Colombia
6. Uriel Cadavid 65 Colombia
6. Jackson Martínez 65 Colombia
8. Perfecto Rodríguez 64 Argentina
9. Bernardo Iván Aristizabal 49 Colombia
10. Jhon Jaramillo 45 Colombia

Most games played[edit]

  • As of August 28, 2010.[1]
No. Name Games Country
1. Héctor "Canocho" Echeverri 457 Colombia
2. Ponciano Castro 452 Colombia
3. Ricardo Calle 324 Colombia
4. Álvaro Escobar 315 Colombia
5. Roberto Carlos Cortés 311 Colombia
6. John Restrepo 300 Colombia
7. Carlos Castro 283 Colombia
8. Uriel Cadavid 277 Colombia
9. Rodolfo Ávila 273 Argentina
10. Javier Arango 267 Colombia

Notable players[edit]

Managers[edit]

Presidents [1][edit]

Name Since To
José Luis Restrepo Jaramillo 1913 1928
Luis Eduardo Ramírez 1932 1936
Jesus Maria Burgos 1936 1939
Bernardo Munera A. 1940 1947
Federico Kahn 1948 1948
Alejandro Cano 1948 1951
Ignacio Gómez 1953 1954
Javier Arriola del Valle 1954 1958
Alfonso Arriola del Valle 1959 1970
Oscar Serna Mejía 1971 1974
Gustavo Arbeláez 1974 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
Humberto Betancur 1987 1988
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
Jorge Castillo 1995 1997
Mario de J. Valderrama 1998 2000
Javier Velásquez 2000 2005
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 2014
Eduardo Silva Meluk 2014 present

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "DEPORTIVO INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLÍN ,EL PODEROSO", es una publicación de El Colombiano Ltda. en Cia SCA.
  2. ^ Medellín ganó la Copa Club Unión (Spanish)
  3. ^ Fernando Paternoster primer técnico campeón con Nacional (Spanish)
  4. ^ Torneos amistosos en RSSSF (Spanish)
  5. ^ DIM se llevó la Copa del Pacífico - CRE Satelital Ecuador (Spanish)
  6. ^ 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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