Atlético Nacional (Panama)

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Atletico Nacional
Full name Atletico Nacional de Panama
Nickname(s) Los Linces
Founded 1995
Dissolved 2001
Ground Estadio Agustín "Muquita" Sánchez
La Chorrera, Panama
Ground Capacity 3,000

Atletico Nacional was a Panamanian football team founded in 1995 and disbanded in 2001.

It was based in Panama City and most of its squad was part of the national police.


Nicknamed Los Linces (The Bobcats),[1] Atlético Nacional had always been one of Panama's historic teams to play in ANAPROF, and even though they had never won a championship they managed to become a surprise team in the league on more than one occasion. In 1996–97 the club played a modest season after just coming 1 point short of reaching the hexagonal round of ANAPROF, it finished 8th of 12 teams. In the next season there were changes in the league format, instead of having a general table, the 1997–98 season was divided in two groups, Atletico Nacional managed to improve its performance by finishing 3rd in its group. However they lost the quarter-final match against Plaza Amador 2–1 on aggregate. The following season Atletico Nacional managed to achieve the same success they had accomplished the previous season, finishing 2nd in their group, but were eliminated in the hexagonal round (yet another ANAPROF change in its format) when finishing 5th. The same results would occur in the 1999–2000 season, after finishing 6th in the general table and classifying to the hexagonal round, the team was eliminated when it finished last. The 2000–01 season was its last season where the team reached the hexagonal round, after finishing 5th in the general table, but the same results as the previous season repeated themselves and the team finished 6th.

Final season[edit]

2001 was the last season of Atletico Nacional, after the league was reformatted and divided into Apertura and Clausura championships, the team never managed to get into the hexagonal round. The apertura was the worst of its history; the team finished 9th of 10 teams. In the clausura they managed to improv,e but still came one point short of reaching the hexagonal round. Atletico Nacional's last game in ANAPROF was against Alianza F.C. where they were defeated 2–1. Rolando Escobar scored the last goal for the team.


In October 2001 Atlético Nacional were ejected from the league because of violating ANAPROF rules. They had been using Colombian player Luis Palacios on a Panamanian registration, because only 5 foreigners were allowed by ANAPROF.[2] Their expulsion saved Chiriquí from the drop.[3]

In 2005 the team was re founded as CD Policía Nacional and later renamed Sociedad Deportiva Atlético Nacional.


External links[edit]

  • [1] – RSSSF