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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. Unión Magdalena currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the Sierra Nevada Stadium.

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; 66 years ago (1953-04-19) (officially)
GroundEstadio Sierra Nevada
Santa Marta, Colombia
Capacity16,000
ChairmanLuis Eduardo Méndez
ManagerPedro Sarmiento
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2019–I8th (First stage)
4th, Group A (Semifinals)
WebsiteClub website

Founded in March 10, 1951 as Deportivo Samarios, the club was re-founded as Unión Magdalena in 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]

HistoryEdit

Unión Magdalena was founded as Deportivo Samarios on March 10, 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.[2] 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 in 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. Also being first in the Caribbean Region represented the country in the 1968 Copa Libertadores. Carlos Valderrama, one of the most famous Colombian footballers, started his career here.

Relegated in 2005, Unión earned automatic promotion to the 2019 Categoría Primera A season, after playing 13 years in the second division football league.

Red and blue stripes compose the traditional shirt of the team, and its design is inspired by Argentine club San Lorenzo de Almagro.

UniformEdit

 
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 Barça 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

Periodo Proveedor
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 – presente   FSS

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 21 July 2019[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 Horacio Ramírez
3   MF Fernando Batiste
4   DF Fabián Cantillo
5   MF Jahir Scott
6   DF Edisson Restrepo (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
8   MF Hernán Luna
9   FW Daiver Vega
10   MF David Ferreira
11   MF Cristhian Subero
12   GK César Giraldo
13   MF Jhojan Valencia
14   MF Abel Aguilar (captain)
15   MF Diego Ruiz
16   DF Brayan Correa
17   MF Lucas Sotero
18   FW Antonio Romero
No. Position Player
19   MF Aníbal Mosquera
20   FW Jean Carlos Blanco
21   FW Ricardo Márquez
22   GK Miguel Ospino
25   MF Juan Carlos Pereira (on loan from Independiente Medellín)
26   DF Yulián Gómez (on loan from Independiente Medellín)
27   MF Ruyery Blanco
28   MF Giovane (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
29   MF Jhon Labastidas
30   DF Henry Pernía
33   MF Ronaldo Lora
35   DF Dairín González
  DF Andrés Rodríguez
  FW Andrés Cortabarria
  FW Luis Carlos Arias

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

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

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

PersonnelEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ascencio, Jose Orlando (5 November 1999). "A la tierra del olvido" [Land of oblivion] (in Spanish). El Tiempo.
  2. ^ Ascencio, Jose Orlando (5 November 1999). "A la tierra del olvido" [Land of oblivion] (in Spanish). El Tiempo.
  3. ^ "Unión Magdalena". Dimayor. Retrieved 21 July 2019.

External linksEdit

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