Atlético Junior

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Atlético Junior
Escudo de Atlético Junior.svg
Full nameClub Deportivo Popular
Junior Fútbol Club S.A.
  • Los Tiburones (The Sharks)
  • El Equipo Tiburón (The Shark Team)
  • Los Rojiblancos (The Red-and-Whites)
  • Los Quilleros (The Quilleros)
  • Tu Papá (Your Dad)
  • Los Reyes de la Costa (The Kings of the Coast)
  • Los Curramberos
Short nameJunior
Founded7 August 1924; 95 years ago (1924-08-07) as Juventud Infantil
GroundEstadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
OwnerFuad Char
PresidentAntonio Char
CoachJulio Comesaña
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2019–I7th, Champions
WebsiteClub website

Club Deportivo Popular Junior F.C. S.A.,[1] (American Spanish: [ˈʝunjoɾ]), commonly known as Junior de Barranquilla, by its old name Atlético Junior, or simply as Junior, is a Colombian professional football team based in Barranquilla, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. Junior is the main Caribbean team in the top flight of Colombian football.

The club was founded on August 7, 1924. Known as Los Tiburones (The Sharks), or El Equipo Tiburón (The Shark Team). Junior have won the Colombian professional football championship nine times (1977, 1980, 1993, 1995, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2019). Some of the most notable players that have played for the club include Heleno de Freitas, Garrincha, Dida, Juan Ramón Verón, Efraín Sánchez, Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama, Iván Valenciano, Teófilo Gutiérrez, Carlos Bacca, Julio César Uribe, Giovanni Hernández and Sebastián Viera.


In the early 1920s a team named Juventus came into being at the Colegio Salesiano in the San Roque neighborhood of Barranquilla, unsurprisingly given the name made up primarily of Italian immigrants. Soon after its launch the name was changed to the Spanish Juventud, though both translate the same in English: youth. In August 1924 some of the younger members of Juventud along with other young men from San Roque created an offshoot of Juventud: Juventud Infantil.

Around the 1940s (and the club's name was shortened to simply Junior) they became known as one of the country's best clubs. In 1945 the players of Junior were selected to represent Colombia at the South American Championship (now known as the Copa América), finishing a respectable fifth (though losing 7–0 to Uruguay and 9–1 to Argentina along the way). In 1949 they were again selected to represent Colombia (finishing last place) but this time their decision to play would have its consequences.

In 1948 Junior were founder members of División Mayor del Fútbol Profesional Colombiano (commonly known as the Dimayor). Their debut match as a professional outfit came at home on August 15, 1948 against Deportivo Cali, which ended in a 2–0 victory for the home side. Early the following year they were again chosen to play as the de facto Colombia national team. Because of ongoing strife between Adefutbol (the original amateur Colombian football association) and the Dimayor, Junior were threatened with expulsion from the Dimayor if they participated. They went ahead and did so and were initially given a two-year suspension from the league. This was later reduced to one year and they returned to the Dimayor for the 1950 season.

This was the golden age of Colombian football commonly referred to as El Dorado, a time when the Dimayor was a "rebel league" unaffiliated with FIFA and many high-profile players from around the world broke their contracts and came to play. Junior were no exception, picking up players from Brazil, Argentina, Hungary and the Czech Republic in these years. But El Dorado eventually came to an end for Colombian football and for Junior and the club left the Dimayor because of financial problems after the 1953 season.

A way ahead surfaced in the mid-1960s when a rift had again developed in Colombian football, this time between Adefutbol and the newly created Federación Colombiana de Fútbol, an organization devoted to developing professional football in the country. Adefutbol was still the official body in the eyes of FIFA and organized the national team in this period and additionally Colombian clubs did not enter the Copa Libertadores. Peace was finally made and the bulk of the amateur team that had attempted to qualify for the England World Cup signed up for Junior, who returned to the Dimayor in 1966. Junior have remained in the top level ever since.

In 1977 Junior won their first Colombian championship, finishing first place in the Apertura. They won further championships in 1980, 1993, 1995, the 2004-II (Finalización), the 2010-I (Apertura), and the 2011-II (Finalizacion). Junior have appeared in the Copa Libertadores nine times (reaching the semi-finals in 1994), and the Copa Sudamericana and Copa CONMEBOL once each.[citation needed]



The team's badge has a Swiss shape; it's 6cm wide by 8cm tall, divided into two horizontal stripes. The inferior stripe is divided into 9 vertical white and red stripes. The superior part is another horizontal blue stripe where the stars are placed. The stars have 5 points; each star represents a league championships the team has won.


Junior's flag is composed of 9 horizontal stripes, 5 red and 4 white ones which alternate, the superior and the inferior ones are red. Overlaped on top of the strips there is a blue triangle. This triangle occupies all the wide of the flag on its vertical side. The white stars are superimposed on the triangle.

Flag of Atlético Junior


Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (9): 1977, 1980, 1993, 1995, 2004–II, 2010–I, 2011–II, 2018–II, 2019–I
Runners-up (9): 1948, 1970, 1983, 2000, 2003–I, 2009–I, 2014–I, 2015–II, 2016–I
Winners (2): 2015, 2017
Runners-up (1): 2016
Winners (1): 2019
Runners-up (1): 2012

International honours[edit]

Winners (1): 1997
Runners-up (1): 2018

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

Best: Semi-finals in 1994
2004: Quarterfinals
2015: Second stage
2016: Quarterfinals
2017: Semifinals
2018: Runners-up
1992: Quarter-finals


Current squad[edit]

As of 15 September 2019[2][3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Uruguay GK Sebastián Viera (captain)
2 Colombia DF Germán Gutiérrez
3 Colombia DF César Haydar
4 Colombia DF David Murillo
5 Colombia DF Rafa Pérez
6 Colombia MF James Sánchez
7 Colombia MF Sebastián Hernández
8 Colombia MF Fredy Hinestroza
9 Colombia FW Luis Sandoval
10 Venezuela MF Luis González
11 Colombia MF Daniel Moreno
12 Colombia GK José Luis Chunga
13 Colombia MF Fabián Ángel (on loan from Barranquilla)
14 Colombia MF Leonardo Pico
15 Colombia MF Luis Narváez
16 Colombia DF Germán Mera
No. Position Player
17 Colombia DF Gabriel Fuentes
18 Chile MF Matías Fernández
19 Colombia DF Willer Ditta
20 Colombia DF Marlon Piedrahita
21 Colombia DF Jefferson Gómez
22 Colombia GK Sergio Pabón
23 Venezuela MF Yohandry Orozco (on loan from Puebla)
24 Colombia MF Víctor Cantillo
25 Colombia FW Stiwart Acuña (on loan from Barranquilla)
26 United States FW Iván Luquetta (on loan from Barranquilla)
27 Colombia FW Luis Carlos Ruiz
28 Colombia MF Edwuin Cetré
29 Colombia FW Teófilo Gutiérrez (vice-captain)
30 Venezuela FW Edder Farías (on loan from Atlético Venezuela)
32 Venezuela FW Kevin Martínez
33 Venezuela MF Jhesuad Salamanca

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Colombia MF Enrique Serje (at Once Caldas until 30 June 2020)
Uruguay FW Jonathan Álvez (at Barcelona until 31 December 2020)
Colombia FW Michael Rangel (at América de Cali until 30 June 2020)


Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Colombia Julio Comesaña[4]
Assistant manager Colombia Luis Grau[5]
Assistant manager Colombia José María Pazo[6]
Fitness coach Colombia César Gaitán[7]

Source:[citation needed]

Notable players[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Player Appearances
1. Colombia Dulio Miranda 445
2. Colombia Hayder Palacio 432
3. Colombia Alexis Mendoza 417
4. Colombia José María Pazo 392
5. Colombia Gabriel Berdugo 379
6. Colombia Víctor Pacheco 367
7. Colombia Jesús Rubio 363
8. Uruguay Sebastián Viera 351
9. Colombia Luis Grau 341
10. Brazil Othon Dacunha 333

Most goals[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1. Colombia Iván Valenciano 158
2. Brazil Victor Ephanor 86
3. Uruguay Nelson Silva Pacheco 81
6. Colombia Teófilo Gutiérrez 80
4. Colombia Víctor Pacheco 78
5. Colombia Carlos Bacca 73
7. Colombia Martín Arzuaga 70
8. Colombia Vladimir Hernández 61
9. Colombia Orlando Ballesteros 56
10. Brazil Marcos Cardoso 55

Historic players[edit]


Affiliated clubs[edit]


  1. ^ "DIMAYOR Official Website". Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  2. ^ Junior de Barranquilla squad
  3. ^ "Junior". Dimayor. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
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