Unión Magdalena

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. The club is currently playing in the Categoría Primera B. The club's home ground is the Sierra Nevada Stadium, which it moved to in 2018.

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; 67 years ago (1953-04-19) (officially)
GroundEstadio Sierra Nevada
Santa Marta, Colombia
ChairmanEduardo Dávila
ManagerCarlos Silva
LeagueCategoría Primera B
2020Categoría Primera B, 2nd (First stage table)
(Semifinals Group B: 3rd)
WebsiteClub website

Founded on 10 March 1951 as Deportivo Samarios, the club was re-founded as Unión Magdalena on 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 10 March 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.[1] 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 on 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. Carlos Valderrama, one of the most famous Colombian footballers, started his career here.

Relegated in 2005 after lost 3–0 against Deportivo Pereira, Unión earned automatic promotion to the 2019 Categoría Primera A season, after playing 13 years in the second division football league.[2] Unfotunately the club was relegated on 29 October 2019 after losing 3–1 to Once Caldas.[3]

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 San Lorenzo de Almagro 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 manufacturersEdit

Years Provider
1987–1988   Dida
1989–1997   Torino
1998–2000   Penalty
2001–2008   Zodium
2009–2010   FSS
2010–2011   Zodium
2012–2013   FSS
2014–2015   Kimo
2015–2016   VeraLima
2017–present   FSS


Years Provider
1979   Aerocondor Colombia
1981   Lotería del Libertador
1985   Hotel SantaMar
1986–1988   Kola Postobon
1989–1990   Colombiana
1991   Lotería La Cartagenera
1992–1994   Colombiana
1995–1996   Cerveza Leona
1997–2001   Cerveza Águila
2002   Cerveza Águila  Aposmar –   Coolechera -  Proleca
2003   Cerveza Águila  Aposmar –   Coolechera
2004   Cerveza Águila  Aposmar
2005   Cerveza Águila
2006   Freska Leche
2013   Gobernación de la Guajira
2015   Coolechera
2017   Tierra Santa –   Gobernación de Bolívar
2018   Tierra Santa –   Alcaldía de Santa Marta
2019   Supermercados Olímpica  Mercure Hotels  Tierra Santa –   Ron Viejo De Caldas –   Wplay.co –   Su Red
2020 - Present   Yajuego (Betjuego) -   Yoga Land -   Gatorade


The Eduardo Santos Stadium, inaugurated in 1951, was the highest sports venue for Magdalenes, located in the Olympic Village of Santa Marta. It served for the Unión Magdalena local games but since its inauguration, it has not only been the headquarters of the Unión Magdalena soccer club, it also witnessed the birth of prominent Colombian soccer figures such as the former Colombian team captain, Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama. It currently has a capacity of 23,000 spectators.

On March 3, 2013, Unión Magdalena played its last game at the stadium against Llaneros F.C., in compliance with the final closure order of the Eduardo Santos Stadium.

The team had a tour of venues around Riohacha (La Guajira) at the Federico Serrano Soto Stadium and then in the Magdalena municipality of Ciénaga, at the "Luis Tete Samper" Municipal Stadium, with a capacity of 5,000 spectators.

After the inauguration of the Sierra Nevada Stadium for the 2017 Bolivarian Games, the Union Magdalena made the agreement with the mayor of Santa Marta official to return to the city from the 2018 season.

Periode Stadium
1951 - 1991 Estadio Eduardo Santos
1991 Estadio Jaime Morón León
1992 - 2013 Estadio Eduardo Santos
2013 Estadio Federico Serrano Soto
2014 Estadio Cortes Campomanes (Julia Turbay Samur)
2014 - 2015 Estadio Municipal "Luis Tete Samper"
2016 Estadio Federico Serrano Soto
2017 Estadio Diego de Carvajal
2018 - present Estadio Sierra Nevada


Current squadEdit

As of 13 January 2020[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   COL Aldair Arnedo
2 MF   COL Ronaldo Lora
4 DF   COL Fabián Cantillo
5 MF   COL Roberto Vanegas
6 DF   COL Jermein Peña
8 MF   COL Roberto Hinojosa
9 FW   COL Daiver Vega
11 MF   COL Hernán Luna
13 DF   COL Diego Ruíz
14 DF   COL James Castro
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF   COL Brayan Correa
20 MF   COL Iván Iseda
22 GK   COL Homero Guerrero
26 MF   COL Jossymar Gómez
27 FW   COL Ruyery Blanco
28 DF   COL Andrés Escobar
29 MF   COL Jhon Labastidas
31 MF   BRA Lucas Sotero
FW   COL Andrés Cortabarria
-   COL Alain Guerrero
-   COL Mayer Zambrano
-   COL Jorge Torres
-   COL Juan Del Rio
-   COL Andres Canchano

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. Pos. Nation Player
GK   HUN Ernest Sabeditch
GK   COL Rubén Rocha
GK   COL Jaime de la Spriella
GK   YUG Zvonko Monsider
DF   COL Víctor Lanao
DF   ROU Alexandru Negrescu
DF   HUN Sándor Török
MF   HUN Gerro Hinduliak
MF   HUN József Samu
MF   COL Enrique Ortiz
MF   COL Nelson Pérez
MF   COL Rómulo Barrios
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   COL Felipe Fernández
MF   ARG Rafael Botto
FW   HUN György Marik
FW   HUN Joseph Kajml
FW   HUN Gyula Zsengellér (also Manager)
FW   COL Orlando Granados
FW   HUN László Füzesi
FW   YUG Milos Dragolovich
FW   AUT Rudolf Strittich
FW   COL Antonio Carrasquilla
FW   ITA Alessandro Adam
FW   COL Apolinar Pérez



Campeonato Profesional trophy replica from 1968
Winners (1): 1968
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2018
Third place (1): 2001
Runners-up (1): 1989

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

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

Notable playersEdit

Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama


Current technical staffEdit

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

Last updated: 30 April 2018
Source: Unión Magdalena


  1. ^ a b Ascencio, Jose Orlando (5 November 1999). "A la tierra del olvido" [Land of oblivion] (in Spanish). El Tiempo.
  2. ^ "Unión Magdalena pone fin a su larga odisea en la B". El Tiempo. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Balance de Unión Magdalena: el 'ciclón' perdió su fuerza en la Liga". futbolred. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Unión Magdalena". Dimayor. Retrieved 21 July 2019.

External linksEdit

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