Club Atlas

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Full name Atlas Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) Los Zorros (The Foxes)
Los Rojinegros (The Red-and-Blacks)
La Academia (The Academy)
Founded 15 August 1916; 101 years ago (1916-08-15)
Ground Estadio Jalisco,
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Ground Capacity 55,110[1]
Owner Grupo Salinas
Chairman Gustavo Guzmán
Manager José Guadalupe Cruz
League Liga MX
Apertura 2017 8th (Liguilla Quarterfinals)

Atlas Fútbol Club (Spanish pronunciation: [kluβ ˈatɬas]) is a Mexican football club. Atlas plays in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the Liga MX. The club's home stadium is Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara.


Club Atlas was founded in a bar of Guadalajara, Mexico, where a few friends recalled their football experience at the Ampleforth College 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 1916 to set up a football team called "Club Atlas" and founded it in 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'.

Youth Academy[edit]

Atlas are renowned for having a successful youth academy setup. In the last few decades, Atlas have developed many players who have gone on to have professional careers domestically and internationally. Many young players enter the Atlas youth academy knowing that they'll have a strong possibility to play with the first team due to the club philosophy of allowing youth players the opportunity to be promoted to the first team. Although Atlas has only won the league championship once, their academy has been famous for developing players for the Mexico national football team in the past few decades 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. The club's lower youth divisions have achieved many titles domestically as well as internationally.

Club Atlas had a golden age in the late 90's under the management of Ricardo La Volpe, with promising players such as Rafael Márquez, Daniel Osorno, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Pavel Pardo, Mario Méndez, Omar Briceño, Miguel Zepeda, and Cesar Andrade.

International competitions[edit]

Atlas has participated twice in Copa Libertadores. The first appearance was in 2000 after qualifying through a preliminary round-robin stage where they faced Club America, Deportivo Tachira and Deportivo Italchacao. They got off to a bad start losing 2–0 to America then drawing with Deportivo Tachira 2–2 and 3–3 with Deportivo Italchacao. However they would recover and finish first of the group after defeating Club America 6–3, Deportivo Tachira 2–0 and drawing 2–2 with Deportivo Italchacao on the second legs.

Atlas would then be drawn into Group 4 alongside River Plate, Universidad de Chile and Atletico Nacional. At home they would draw 1–1 with River Plate, draw 0–0 with Universidad de Chile and defeat Atletico Nacional 5–1. In the second legs they would defeat Atletico Nacional by a score of 3–2 but lose to both River Plate and Universidad de Chile by the same score. Atlas would go on to finish 2nd in the group with just a point behind River Plate and leveled in points with Universidad de Chile but a better goal difference would see them go through. After having impressed in the group stage they would eliminate Junior of Barranquilla in the Round of 16 with scores of 2–0 and 3–1. However, in the quarterfinals their run would come to an end after losing twice to Palmeiras with scores of 2–0 and 3–2.

Their second appearance was in the year 2008 after first having to earn a ticket by participating in the qualifying tournament known as the Interliga where they faced Toluca, Morelia and Club America. After a goalless draw to Toluca, a 2–0 victory over Morelia and a 3–2 defeat to Club America, they would find themselves second of the group and statistically leveled with Toluca in every possible way. Given the circumstances a coin toss was issued in which Atlas ended up winning. Having finished second they lost their opportunity to automatically qualify for the Copa Libertadores and had to play San Luis for a ticket to the Copa Libertadores First Stage. They would defeat San Luis easily by a score of 3–0.

In the preliminary First Stage Atlas faced the Bolivian team La Paz and defeated them 2–0 at the Jalisco then they lost 1–0 in La Paz and so with a 2–1 aggregate they would finally earn their ticket and be drawn in group 3 with Boca Juniors, Colo-Colo and Maracaibo. Atlas were impressive and finished first in the group with 11 points. At home they defeated Boca Juniors 3–1 and defeated both Colo-Colo as well as Maracaibo with a score of 3–0. Away from home they drew 1–1 with Maracaibo and Colo-Colo but lost 3–0 to Boca Juniors. In the Round of 16 they would eliminate Lanus with scores of 1–0 and 2–2 at home. In the quarterfinals they would face Boca Juniors once again. The first match was played at the Jose Amalfitani stadium due to the sanction that was imposed on Boca Juniors. The game was spectacular, undoubtedly one of the best of the tournament. Atlas went ahead early on by a headed goal from Omar Flores then Boca Juniors would tie after an own goal from Hugo Ayala. Both teams would have several goal scoring chances throughout the game and 15 minutes before the end of the match, Caceres would put Boca up 2–1. However, in the 88th minute Atlas would equalize from a set piece from a sensational header from Jorge Torres. So with much optimism the team would head home to receive the Argentines at the Jalisco. In the second game Atlas were not so fortunate. They suffered early inuries but the worst was yet to come for them as Palermo would have a memorable hat-trick before half time. The game ultimately ended 3–0 and Atlas once again find themselves knocked out in the quarterfinals.

In their 3rd appearance they lost at Home against Santa Fe 1–0. They were obligated to get a win in their next visit against Atletico Mineiro which they defeated with a goal scored by Christian Suarez in the 86th minute which gave them the Victory 1–0 and ended a 37-year undefeated streak at Home in Copa Libertadores for Atletico Mineiro.

Estadio Jalisco[edit]

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 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 accomplishments.


Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Mexico José Guadalupe Cruz
Assistant manager Mexico J. Guadalupe Ramos
Assistant manager Mexico Ramón Villa Zevallos
Assistant manager Mexico Ángel Maldonado
Goalkeeper coach Mexico Jesús Gallardo
Fitness coach Spain Carlos González Haro
Physiotherapists Mexico Guillermo López
Mexico Salvador Magalla
Team doctor Mexico José Ángel Gutiérrez


First-team squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Óscar Ustari
2 Colombia DF Jaine Barreiro
3 Colombia DF Leiton Jiménez
4 Mexico DF Rafael Márquez (captain)
5 Mexico DF Gaddi Aguirre
6 Mexico MF Edgar Zaldívar
7 Mexico DF Daniel Arreola (on loan from Morelia)
8 Mexico MF Uvaldo Luna (on loan from UANL)
9 Ecuador FW Fidel Martínez
12 Mexico GK Santiago Hernández
14 Mexico DF Luis Reyes
15 Mexico MF Bryan Garnica
16 Argentina DF Facundo Erpen
17 Argentina FW Milton Caraglio
No. Position Player
18 Mexico MF Luis Robles
19 Mexico MF Juan Pablo Vigón
20 Ghana MF Clifford Aboagye (on loan from Granada)
21 Mexico MF Cándido Ramírez (on loan from Monterrey)
24 Mexico DF Cristian González
25 Mexico MF José Ávila
26 Mexico DF Cristian Calderón
28 Cameroon MF Patrick Soko
29 Mexico FW Carlos Nava
30 Mexico GK Miguel Fraga
33 England MF Ravel Morrison (on loan from Lazio)
Peru MF Alexi Gómez
Colombia FW Jefferson Duque
Mexico FW Flavio Santos

For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers summer 2017.

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player
Mexico DF Diego Cruz (at Puebla)
Mexico DF Giovanni León (at Murciélagos)
Mexico DF José Madueña (at Cruz Azul)
Mexico DF Enrique Pérez (at Morelia)
Mexico DF Fernando Ruíz (at Juárez)
Mexico MF Ricardo Bocanegra (at Real Estelí)
Mexico MF Daniel Hernández (at Atlante)
Mexico MF Juan Carlos Medina (at BUAP)
Chile MF Rodrigo Millar (at Morelia)
Colombia MF Aldo Leão Ramírez (at Atlético Nacional)
Mexico MF Javier Salas (at Cruz Azul)
Mexico MF Rodolfo Salinas (at Celaya)
No. Position Player
Uruguay MF Christian Tabó (at Puebla)
Mexico MF Luis Télles (at Juárez)
Mexico MF Carlos Treviño (at BUAP)
Mexico MF Fernando Vázquez (at Oaxaca)
Mexico MF Rodolfo Vilchis (at Morelia)
Argentina FW Matías Alustiza (at UNAM)
Colombia FW Franco Arizala (at Atl. Bucaramanga)
Mexico FW Martín Barragán (at Necaxa)
Mexico FW Jahir Barraza (at Atl. San Luis)
Paraguay FW Luis Nery Caballero (at Nacional)
Mexico FW Édson Rivera (at Sinaloa)
Mexico FW Sergio Rodríguez (at Oaxaca)

Reserve teams[edit]

Atlas Premier
Reserve team that plays in the Segunda División in the third level of the Mexican league system.

Former players[edit]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1989–90 Pajarito Sport Bing
1990–91 Vicmar Peñafiel
1991–92 Pajarito Sport Peñafiel
1992–93 Vicmar Peñafiel
1993–94 Umbro Tecate
1994–95 ABA Sport Tecate
1995–96 ABA Sport No Sponsors
1996–99 Atletica Corona/Estrella
1999–00 Atletica Corona/Coca-Cola/Estrella
2000–01 Atletica Coca-Cola/Omnilife/Corona
2001–02 Nike Coca-Cola/Omnilife/Corona
2002–03 Nike Coca-Cola/Corona
2003–04 Nike Coca-Cola/Corona/Telcel
2004–05 Kappa Coca-Cola/Bedoyecta/
2005–06 Kappa Coca-Cola/Sky/Corona
2006–07 Kappa Bedoyecta/Coca-Cola/Corona
2007–08 Atletica Bedoyecta/Coca-Cola/Corona/Sky/Megacable
2008–09 Atletica DiversityCapital/Coca-Cola/Corona/Sky/Megacable
2009–10 Atletica Jalisco/Coca-Cola/Corona
2010–11 Atletica Coca-Cola/Lubricantes Akron/Corona
2011–12 Atletica Coca-Cola/Guadalajara 2011/Lubricantes Akron/Corona
Apertura 2012 Atletica Coca-Cola/Lubricantes Akron/Corona
2013–14 Nike Coca-Cola/Casas Javer/Corona/Volaris/Sky
2014– Puma Bridgestone/Coca-Cola/Sky Sports/Azteca (multimedia conglomerate)/Corona/Banco Azteca/Volaris

Former managers[edit]


Runner-up (3): 1948–49, 1965–66, Verano 1999
1945–46, 1949–50, 1961–62, 1967–68
Runner-up (1): Apertura 2013
Runner-up (1): 2008
1945–46, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1961–62
Runner-up (1): 1967–68
1954–55, 1971–72, 1978–79
1917–21, 1935–36

Friendly International tournaments[edit]

  • Copa Cuadrangular: 3
2010, 2011, 2012


External links[edit]