Atlético Nacional is a football club from the city of Medellín, capital of the department of Antioquia, Colombia. It is considered one of the most popular clubs in Colombia and South America. Founded on March 7, 1947 under the name of Club Atlético Municipal de Medellín and registered by public deed on April 30, 1947 at the first notary of Medellín. In 1950, the former president of the Antioqueña Soccer League, Luis Alberto Villegas, changed the name of the club to Club Atlético Nacional . The club has participated in the highest category of the Colombian Soccer Division, the First Category A since its foundation in 1948.
It is the most successful team in Colombian soccer with 29 official titles between national and international championships and for this reason it is popularly called the King of Cups . At the national level, it is the club with the most championships won in the Primera A with 16, the most champion of the Colombian Cup with four titles and, in turn, twice champion of the Super League. Internationally, it has won 7 titles, it is one of the only two Colombian teams to be crowned champion of the Copa Libertadores, along with Once Caldas, and with two cups it is the only one to achieve it more than once; It is also the club that won the most titles in the Merconorte Cup with 2; he was also champion of the Copa Interamericana twice and of the Recopa Sudamericana once. Since the 2017-I tournament, it is the team that achieved the most points in a round-robin phase, in short tournaments with It also holds the record for being the champion with the most points obtained in the history of the Copa Libertadores (33 points in the 2016 edition ) and is the team with the second best accumulated score in the Copa Sudamericana historical table, after Liga de Quito. He was runner-up in the Intercontinental Cup in 1989, the Copa Libertadores in 1995, the Recopa Sudamericana in 1990, the Copa Simón Bolívar in 1971 and was runner-up three times in the Copa Sudamericana in 2002, 2014 and 2016, in addition to this. at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup he earned the Bronze Medal by winning the match for third place in the tournament.
The club has played its home games since 1953 at the Atanasio Girardot stadium, its sports headquarters are located in the municipality of Guarne, to the east of the Aburrá Valley and its administrative headquarters are in the municipality of Itagüí. It disputes the Clásico paisa against the Independiente Medellín, in addition to having strong rivalries against Millonarios and América de Cali.
It is the best Colombian team of the 21st century in the period 2001-2010 according to the IFFHS.30 31 Likewise, in 2014 Atlético Nacional ranked as the 5th best club in the world, and as the best non-European club, according to the annual ranking of IFFHS clubs. Later, in 2016, the IFFHS recognized the Paisa team as the best in the world, being the first time that a non-European club occupies this position worldwide. In Conmebol it is also the best Colombian club in international tournaments with 579.6 points. By FIFA it is recognized as one of the Classic Clubs of the World and Cult of lyrical football .
The historic moment of the t-shirt
Transport yourself to that August 9, 95'... Atanasio Girardot Stadium to bursting, Copa Libertadores semifinal, against nothing more and nothing less than River Plate! As always, the different one on the team, René Higuita who says: "Aha teacher, let me take the free kick, let me, I've already dribbled in two world championships and I came out champion in 1989". Result? It couldn't be any different, one of the most historic goals of the Copa Libertadores. Yes, you too be like the "Crazy" and dare, remember that fear does not exist and simply make it happen. Face life!
- Segments taken from multiple web pages such as Wikipedia and Nacional.net