Atlético Junior

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. In present day they are sitting in the 25th place in best South American team as of 2022.[citation needed]

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)
  • Los Reyes de la Costa (The Kings of the Coast)
  • Los Curramberos (The Curramberos)
Short nameJUN
Founded7 August 1924; 98 years ago (1924-08-07) as Juventud Infantil
GroundEstadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
OwnerFuad Char
PresidentAlejandro Arteta
ManagerHernán Darío Gómez
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2022Primera A, 5th of 20
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 Finalización, 2010 Apertura, 2011 Finalización, 2018 Finalización and 2019 Apertura). 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, Sebastián Viera and Luis Díaz.


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.

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 6 cm 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 9 points; each star represents a league championships the team has won.


Junior's flag is composed of 9 horizontal stripes representing the 9 stars they have now, 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



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


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

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

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


Current squadEdit

As of 25 January 2023[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   URU Sebastián Viera (captain)
2 DF   COL Howell Mena
3 DF   COL Edwin Herrera
4 MF   COL Carlos Sierra
6 MF   COL Didier Moreno
7 MF   VEN Luis González
8 MF   COL Fredy Hinestroza
9 FW   COL Brayan León
10 MF   COL Juan Fernando Quintero
12 DF   COL Gabriel Fuentes
13 DF   COL Nilson Castrillón
14 MF   COL Homer Martínez
15 DF   COL Iván Scarpeta
16 MF   COL Vladimir Hernández
18 MF   COL Leider Berrío
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   COL Luis Sandoval
21 DF   COL Walmer Pacheco
22 GK   COL Sebastián Araújo
24 DF   COL Dany Rosero
28 MF   COL Enrique Serje
29 MF   COL Omar Albornoz
30 GK   COL Jefersson Martínez
31 DF   COL José Ortíz
70 FW   COL Carlos Bacca
DF   COL César Haydar
DF   COL Alfonso Simarra
DF   COL Amaury Torralvo
MF   COL Leider Berdugo
MF   COL Jhon Vélez


Technical staffEdit

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

Source:[citation needed]

Notable playersEdit

Most appearancesEdit

Rank Player Appearances
1.   Sebastián Viera 627
2.   Dulio Miranda 445
3.   Hayder Palacio 432
4.   Alexis Mendoza 417
5.   José María Pazo 392
6.   Gabriel Berdugo 379
7.   Víctor Pacheco 367
8.   Jesús Rubio 363
9.   Luis Grau 341
10.   Othon Dacunha 333

Most goalsEdit

Rank Player Goals
1.   Ivan Valenciano 180
2.   Victor Ephanor 86
3.   Nelson Silva Pacheco 81
6.   Teófilo Gutiérrez 90
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.
  4. ^ Copa Libertadores
  5. ^ "Equipo | Junior de Barranquilla".
  6. ^ "Alfredo Araújo y Lucho Grau, asistentes de Comesaña".
  7. ^ "Alfredo Araújo y Lucho Grau, asistentes de Comesaña".
  8. ^ "La octava será la vencida para Julio Comesaña en Junior". 10 April 2018.

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