Independiente Medellín

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Independiente Medellín
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Full nameDeportivo Independiente Medellín
Nickname(s)El Rojo Paisa (The Paisa Red),[1]
El Poderoso de la Montaña (The Mighty of the Mountain),[2]
El Equipo del Pueblo (The People's Team),
El Rey de Corazones (The King of Hearts),
DIM (Deportivo Independiente Medellín)
Founded14 November 1913; 106 years ago (1913-11-14)
GroundEstadio Atanasio Girardot
Medellín, Colombia
ChairmanMichael Gil Gómez
ManagerAldo Bobadilla
LeagueCategoría Primera A
WebsiteClub website

Deportivo Independiente Medellín, also known as DIM, is a Colombian professional football team, based in Medellín, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the Atanasio Girardot stadium, which is part of the Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex.

Independiente Medellín has won the Categoría Primera A six times: in 1955, 1957, 2002-II, 2004-I, 2009-II and 2016-I. Its best performance at international level was in 2003, when the team reached the semifinals at the Copa Libertadores.


Independiente Medellín was founded on 14 November 1913 under the name of Medellín Foot Ball Club by siblings Alberto, Luis and Rafael Uribe Piedrahíta. The team played its first match with the amateur team Sporting of Medellin, who defeated them 11–0. After several years, Medellín joined professional football and played the first edition of the league. Medellín placed 7 out of 10, winning seven matches. Their first match was a 4–0 defeat against América de Cali.[4]

The next decade, Medellín signed Peruvian Segundo Castillo Varela, whom won the 1939 South American Championship, the first title of his country, in a movement of what was known as El Dorado, when teams of the league signed a lot of foreign footballers. Medellín won its first title in the 1955 Campeonato Profesional. The team was first with 31 points and just one defeat. Argentine Felipe Marino was the top goalscorer of the team and the tournament, with 22 goals. In 2009, with the departure of Santiago Escobar as the coach of the team, his assistant, Leonel Álvarez, replaced him to play 2009 Torneo Finalización, where the team got its fifth title against Atlético Huila. In that season, the forward, Jackson Martinez, broke a record of the player with the most goal in the league (a record that was broken again later by forward of Cortuluá, Miguel Borja, in 2016).


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 on 27 June, it ended 0–0 and Medellín became the champion of the Colombian National League.


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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 the 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 Barranquilla 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 Barranquilla to end. Medellín players were celebrating with a victory lap and giving interviews with reporters waiting for the final whistle in Barranquilla. After Oswaldo Mackenzie to score an extremely late goal (45 minutes and 5 seconds of the second half) 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 one of the best teams in the league and was expected to win the title but Junior with legendary players such as Valderrama, Mackenzie, Pacheco and Valenciano. 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 Football Federation decided to cancel the rest of the season leaving the 1989 league without a winner.


Domestic honours[edit]

Official tournaments[edit]

Winners (6): 1955, 1957, 2002–II, 2004–I, 2009–II, 2016–I
Runners-up (10): 1959, 1961, 1966, 1993, 2001, 2008–II, 2012–II, 2014–II, 2015–I, 2018–II
Winners (2): 1981, 2019
Runners-up (2): 1955–56, 2017
Runners-up (1): 2017


  • Copa Jimenez Jaramillo (1): 1923[5]
  • Campeonato Nacional (7): 1918, 1920, 1922, 1930, 1936, 1937, 1938[5]
  • Campeonato Departamental (8): 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945[5]

Friendly tournaments[edit]

  • Copa Club Unión: 1942[6]
  • Triangular ‘Trofeo Coltejer’: 1955[7]
  • Torneo "Medellín sin tugurios": 1983[8]
  • Copa Montreal (Canada): 1992
  • Copa DC United: 1994
  • Copa Ciudad de Popayan: 2005
  • Copa Gobernación de Antioquia: 2008, 2010
  • Copa del Pacífico: 2009[9]
  • Runner-up Copa Movilco – Gobernación del Meta: 2009
  • Runner-up Copa del Pacífico: 2010[10]

International participation[edit]

  • Copa Libertadores de America: 0
1967: First Round
1994: Quarter-finals
2003: Semi-finals (Third Place)
2005: First Round
2009: Second Round
2010: Second Round
2006: First Round
2016: Quarter-finals
2017: First Round
1995: First Round


Current squad[edit]

As of 20 July 2019[11]

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

No. Position Player
2 Colombia DF Jaime Giraldo
3 Colombia DF Jesús Murillo
4 Colombia DF Jonathan Marulanda (on loan from Patriotas)
5 Colombia MF Diego Arias
6 Colombia DF Andrés Cadavid
7 Colombia MF Bryan Castrillón
8 Argentina MF Adrián Arregui (on loan from Temperley)
9 Colombia FW Diego Herazo
10 Colombia MF Andrés Ricaurte
11 Colombia FW Maurício Cortés
12 Colombia GK Andrés Mosquera
13 Colombia DF Elvis Perlaza
14 Argentina FW Germán Cano (captain)
15 Colombia DF Héctor Urrego
16 Colombia FW Steven Rodríguez
18 Colombia MF Mateo López
No. Position Player
19 Colombia MF Juan Díaz
21 Colombia DF Dairon Mosquera (on loan from Pachuca)
22 Colombia GK David González
23 Colombia FW Leonardo Castro
24 Colombia MF Guillermo Tegue
25 Colombia FW Juan Cuesta
26 Colombia DF Brayan Carabalí
27 Colombia MF Yesid Díaz
28 Colombia MF Larry Angulo
29 Colombia DF Sebastián Macías
30 Colombia MF Edwin Mosquera
Colombia DF Hernán Pertúz
Colombia MF Nicolás Palacios
Colombia FW Déinner Quiñones (on loan from Deportes Quindío)
Colombia FW David Lopez (on loan from Patriotas Boyacá)

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 GK Juan Camilo Chaverra (at Cúcuta Deportivo)
Colombia GK Luis Vásquez (at Valledupar)
Colombia DF Yulián Gómez (at Unión Magdalena)
Colombia DF Juan Camilo Saiz (at Cerro Porteño)
Peru MF Héctor Campos (at Deportivo Coopsol)
No. Position Player
Argentina MF Hernán Hechalar (at Atlético Huila)
Colombia MF Víctor Moreno (at Atlético Huila)
Colombia MF William Parra (at HJK)
Colombia MF Juan Carlos Pereira (at Unión Magdalena)
Colombia MF Ever Valencia (at Cúcuta Deportivo)

Top scorers[edit]

As of 29 October 2018[12]
No. Name Goals Country
1 German Cano 99 Argentina
2 José Vicente Grecco 92 Argentina
3 Carlos Castro 90 Colombia
4 Felipe Marino 77 Argentina
5 Jorge Serna 75 Colombia
6 Diego Álvarez 69 Colombia
7 Uriel Cadavid 65 Colombia
8 Perfecto Rodríguez 64 Argentina
9 Jackson Martinez 56 Colombia
10 Jaime Castrillón 55 Colombia

Most games played[edit]

As of 16 August 2015[12]
No. Name Games Country
1 Héctor Echeverri 457 Colombia
2 Ricardo Calle 418 Colombia
3 Roberto Carlos Cortés 351 Colombia
4 Ponciano Castro 342 Colombia
5 John Restrepo 335 Colombia
6 José Zárate 318 Colombia
7 Álvaro Escobar 315 Colombia
8 Carlos Castro 283 Colombia
9 Uriel Cadavid 277 Colombia
10 Jaime Castrillón 276 Colombia


Presidents [5][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


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  5. ^ a b c d "DEPORTIVO INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLÍN, EL PODEROSO", es una publicación de El Colombiano Ltda. en Cia SCA.
  6. ^ Medellín ganó la Copa Club Unión (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Fernando Paternoster primer técnico campeón con Nacional Archived 2011-09-13 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Torneos amistosos en RSSSF (in Spanish)
  9. ^ DIM se llevó la Copa del Pacífico – CRE Satelital Ecuador Archived 2011-12-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2009-07-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Independiente Medellín". Dimayor. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b [1]

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