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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.

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 (Your Dad)
  • Los Reyes de la Costa (The Kings of the Coast)
  • Los Curramberos
Short nameJunior
Founded7 August 1924; 95 years ago (1924-08-07) as Juventud Infantil
GroundEstadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
OwnerFuad Char
PresidentAntonio Char
CoachJulio Comesaña
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2019–I7th, Champions
WebsiteClub website

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 8cm 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. Overlaped 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 competitionsEdit

Winners (9): 1977, 1980, 1993, 1995, 2004–II, 2010–I, 2011–II, 2018–II, 2019–I
Runners-up (9): 1948, 1970, 1983, 2000, 2003–I, 2009–I, 2014–I, 2015–II, 2016–I
Winners (2): 2015, 2017
Runners-up (1): 2016
Winners (1): 2019
Runners-up (1): 2012

International honoursEdit

Winners (1): 1997
Runners-up (1): 2018

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

Best: Semi-finals in 1994
2004: Quarterfinals
2015: Second stage
2016: Quarterfinals
2017: Semifinals
2018: Runners-up
1992: Quarter-finals


Current squadEdit

As of 15 September 2019[2][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   GK Sebastián Viera (captain)
2   DF Germán Gutiérrez
3   DF César Haydar
4   DF David Murillo
5   DF Rafa Pérez
6   MF James Sánchez
7   MF Sebastián Hernández
8   MF Fredy Hinestroza
9   FW Luis Sandoval
10   MF Luis González
11   MF Daniel Moreno
12   GK José Luis Chunga
13   MF Fabián Ángel (on loan from Barranquilla)
14   MF Leonardo Pico
15   MF Luis Narváez
16   DF Germán Mera
No. Position Player
17   DF Gabriel Fuentes
18   MF Matías Fernández
19   DF Willer Ditta
20   DF Marlon Piedrahita
21   DF Jefferson Gómez
22   GK Sergio Pabón
23   MF Yohandry Orozco (on loan from Puebla)
24   MF Víctor Cantillo
25   FW Stiwart Acuña (on loan from Barranquilla)
26   FW Iván Luquetta (on loan from Barranquilla)
27   FW Luis Carlos Ruiz
28   MF Edwuin Cetré
29   FW Teófilo Gutiérrez (vice-captain)
30   FW Edder Farías (on loan from Atlético Venezuela)
32   FW Kevin Martínez
33   MF Jhesuad Salamanca

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Enrique Serje (at Once Caldas until 30 June 2020)
  FW Jonathan Álvez (at Barcelona until 31 December 2020)
  FW Michael Rangel (at América de Cali until 30 June 2020)


Technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Julio Comesaña[4]
Assistant manager   Luis Grau[5]
Assistant manager   José María Pazo[6]
Fitness coach   César Gaitán[7]

Source:[citation needed]

Notable playersEdit

Most appearancesEdit

Rank Player Appearances
1.   Dulio Miranda 445
2.   Hayder Palacio 432
3.   Alexis Mendoza 417
4.   José María Pazo 392
5.   Gabriel Berdugo 379
6.   Víctor Pacheco 367
7.   Jesús Rubio 363
8.   Sebastián Viera 351
9.   Luis Grau 341
10.   Othon Dacunha 333

Most goalsEdit

Rank Player Goals
1.   Iván Valenciano 158
2.   Victor Ephanor 86
3.   Nelson Silva Pacheco 81
6.   Teófilo Gutiérrez 80
4.   Víctor Pacheco 78
5.   Carlos Bacca 73
7.   Martín Arzuaga 70
8.   Vladimir Hernández 61
9.   Orlando Ballesteros 56
10.   Marcos Cardoso 55

Historic playersEdit


Affiliated clubsEdit


  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 21 July 2019.
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