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 (Who's your daddy!)
  • Los Reyes de la Costa (The Kings of the Coast)
  • Los Curramberos
Short nameJunior
Founded7 August 1924; 96 years ago (1924-08-07) as Juventud Infantil
GroundEstadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
OwnerFuad Char
PresidentAntonio Char
CoachLuis Amaranto Perea
LeagueCategoría Primera A
20192nd, aggregate table
(Apertura 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 8 cm 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. Overlapped 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 (10): 1948, 1970, 1983, 2000, 2003–I, 2009–I, 2014–I, 2015–II, 2016–I, 2019–II
Winners (2): 2015, 2017
Runners-up (1): 2016
Winners (2): 2019, 2020
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: Semi-finals
2018: Runners-up
1992: Quarter-finals


Current squad[edit]

As of September 23, 2020[2][3][4]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Uruguay URU Sebastián Viera (captain)
2 MF Colombia COL Yhonatan Murgas
4 DF Colombia COL Willer Ditta
5 MF Colombia COL Larry Vásquez (on loan from Tigres UANL)
6 MF Colombia COL James Sánchez
7 MF Colombia COL Sherman Cárdenas
8 MF Colombia COL Fredy Hinestroza
9 FW Colombia COL Miguel Borja (on loan from Palmeiras)
10 MF Venezuela VEN Luis González
11 FW Colombia COL Daniel Moreno
12 GK Colombia COL José Luis Chunga (vice-captain)
13 MF Colombia COL Cristian Higuita
14 MF Colombia COL Leonardo Pico
15 FW Colombia COL Michael Rangel
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF Colombia COL Germán Mera
17 DF Colombia COL Gabriel Fuentes
18 MF Colombia COL Didier Moreno
19 FW Colombia COL Carmelo Valencia
20 DF Colombia COL Marlon Piedrahita
21 DF Colombia COL Jefferson Gómez
22 GK Colombia COL Reinaldo Fontalvo
23 DF Colombia COL Jeison Angulo (on loan from Deportivo Cali)
24 DF Colombia COL Dany Rosero
25 FW Colombia COL Luis Sandoval
27 DF Colombia COL Fabián Viáfara (on loan from Deportivo Pasto)
28 FW Colombia COL Edwuin Cetré
29 FW Colombia COL Teófilo Gutiérrez (vice-captain)
30 MF Colombia COL Fabián Ángel

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. Pos. Nation Player
DF Colombia COL Rafa Pérez (at Talleres de Córdoba until December 31, 2020)
FW Uruguay URU Jonathan Álvez (at Barcelona until December 31, 2020)


Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Colombia Luis Amaranto Perea[5]
Assistant manager Colombia Luis Grau[6]
Assistant manager Colombia José María Pazo[7]
Fitness coach Colombia César Gaitán[8]

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 90
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 July 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Copa Libertadores
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