Unión Magdalena

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Unión Magdalena
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Full nameClub Unión Magdalena S.A.
Nickname(s)El Ciclón Bananero (The Banana Cyclone)
Founded10 March 1951 (as Deportivo Samarios)
19 April 1953; 66 years ago (1953-04-19) (officially)
GroundEstadio Sierra Nevada
Santa Marta, Colombia
ChairmanLuis Eduardo Méndez
ManagerPedro Sarmiento
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2019–I8th (First stage)
4th, Group A (Semifinals)
WebsiteClub website

Unión Magdalena (Spanish pronunciation: [uˈnjon maɣðaˈlena]) commonly known as El Unión, and nicknamed as El Ciclón Bananero (The Banana Cyclone), is a professional Colombian football club based in Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia. Unión Magdalena currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the Sierra Nevada Stadium.

Founded in March 10, 1951 as Deportivo Samarios, the club was re-founded as Unión Magdalena in 19 April 1953. The original playing squad was largely composed of Hungarians who were touring Colombia when their club, the Hungaria FbC Roma, was disbanded.[1]


Unión Magdalena was founded as Deportivo Samarios on March 10, 1951. The team was founded with the help of José Eduardo Gnecco Correa and Eduardo Dávila Riascos and was formed by the squad of the Hungaria FbC Roma when it was disbanded after a tour in South America.[2] The first team consisted in 10 Colombians, 8 Hungarians, 2 Yugoslavs, 1 Austrian, 1 Argentine, 1 Italian and 1 Romanian. Deportivo Samarios debuted on league that same year and placed 14th. That season, the team achieved the record of the biggest win in the Colombian league against Universidad, with a score of 12–1.

The club was re-founded as Unión Magdalena in 19 April 1953. Unión has only won one championship, in 1968 playing against Deportivo Cali in the final. The first football club of the Caribbean region of Colombia to win a football championship in history. Also being first in the Caribbean Region represented the country in the 1968 Copa Libertadores. Carlos Valderrama, one of the most famous Colombian footballers, started his career here.

Relegated in 2005, Unión earned automatic promotion to the 2019 Categoría Primera A season, after playing 13 years in the second division football league.

Red and blue stripes compose the traditional shirt of the team, and its design is inspired by Argentine club San Lorenzo de Almagro.


flag of the Magdalena department.

The club uniform is directly inspired by the colors of the flag of the Magdalena Department since the founding of the team in 1953, although for many years it played with a white uniform. For the 2012 season, his uniform continued with the traditional Barça vertical stripes, and he again used the clothes of the Bogota company FSS with whom he had signed in past seasons. With the change of the shield, the gray color was added to the vertical and horizontal lines, therefore, the averages of the banana set are of such color.

Kit manufacturers[edit]

Periodo Proveedor
1987–1988 Brazil Dida
1989–1997 Colombia Torino
1998–2000 Brazil Penalty
2001–2008 Colombia Zodium
2009–2010 Colombia FSS
2010–2011 Colombia Zodium
2012–2013 Colombia FSS
2014–2015 Colombia Kimo
2015–2016 Colombia VeraLima
2017 – presente Colombia FSS


Current squad[edit]

As of 21 July 2019[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 Argentina GK Horacio Ramírez
3 Argentina MF Fernando Batiste
4 Colombia DF Fabián Cantillo
5 Colombia MF Jahir Scott
6 Colombia DF Edisson Restrepo (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
8 Colombia MF Hernán Luna
9 Colombia FW Daiver Vega
10 Colombia MF David Ferreira
11 Colombia MF Cristhian Subero
12 Colombia GK César Giraldo
13 Colombia MF Jhojan Valencia
14 Colombia MF Abel Aguilar (captain)
15 Colombia MF Diego Ruiz
16 Colombia DF Brayan Correa
17 Brazil MF Lucas Sotero
18 Colombia FW Antonio Romero
No. Position Player
19 Colombia MF Aníbal Mosquera
20 Colombia FW Jean Carlos Blanco
21 Colombia FW Ricardo Márquez
22 Colombia GK Miguel Ospino
25 Colombia MF Juan Carlos Pereira (on loan from Independiente Medellín)
26 Colombia DF Yulián Gómez (on loan from Independiente Medellín)
27 Colombia MF Ruyery Blanco
28 Brazil MF Giovane (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
29 Colombia MF Jhon Labastidas
30 Venezuela DF Henry Pernía
33 Colombia MF Ronaldo Lora
35 Colombia DF Dairín González
Colombia DF Andrés Rodríguez
Colombia FW Andrés Cortabarria
Colombia FW Luis Carlos Arias

First Team (Deportivo Samarios – 1951)[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Hungary GK Ernest Sabeditch
Colombia GK Rubén Rocha
Colombia GK Jaime de la Spriella
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia GK Zvonko Monsider
Colombia DF Víctor Lanao
Romania DF Alejandro Negrescu
Hungary DF Sándor Török
Hungary MF Gerro Hinduliak
Hungary MF József Samu
Colombia MF Enrique Ortiz
Colombia MF Nelson Pérez
Colombia MF Rómulo Barrios
No. Position Player
Colombia MF Felipe Fernández
Argentina MF Rafael Botto
Hungary FW György Marik
Hungary FW Joseph Kajml
Hungary FW Gyula Zsengellér (also Manager)
Colombia FW Orlando Granados
Hungary FW László Füzesi
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FW Milos Dragolovich
Austria FW Rudolf Strittich
Colombia FW Antonio Carrasquilla
Italy FW Alessandro Adam
Colombia FW Apolinar Pérez



Winners (1): 1968
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2018
Third place (1): 2001
Runners-up (1): 1989

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Pen.
1969 Copa Libertadores GS Colombia Deportivo Cali 2–2 1–3
Venezuela Deportivo Italia 3–0 0–2
Venezuela Deportivo Canarias 0–1 1–0

Notable players[edit]


Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Colombia Harold Rivera
Assistant manager Colombia Gonzalo Martinez
Physical Trainer Colombia Daily Orozco
Goalkeeping coach Colombia Diego Rojas
Psychologist Colombia Joaquín Valdés
Doctor Colombia Edgar Sanchez Comas
Kinesiologist Colombia Rafael Lamus

Last updated: 30 April 2018
Source: Unión Magdalena


  1. ^ Ascencio, Jose Orlando (5 November 1999). "A la tierra del olvido" [Land of oblivion] (in Spanish). El Tiempo.
  2. ^ Ascencio, Jose Orlando (5 November 1999). "A la tierra del olvido" [Land of oblivion] (in Spanish). El Tiempo.
  3. ^ "Unión Magdalena". Dimayor. Retrieved 21 July 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Unión Magdalena S. A. at Wikimedia Commons