Independiente Medellín

Independiente Medellín
Deportivo Independiente Medellín
Full name Corporación Deportiva Independiente Medellín
Nickname(s) El Poderoso de la Montaña
El equipo del pueblo
El Rey de Corazones
Founded April 15, 1913
Ground Estadio Atanasio Girardot,
Medellín, Colombia
(Capacity: 52,872)
Chairman Colombia Jorge Osorio Ciro
Manager Colombia Guillermo Berrío
League Fútbol Profesional Colombiano
2009 - II Champion
Home colours
Away colours

Corporación Deportiva Independiente Medellín is a professional Colombian football (soccer) team competing in Fútbol Profesional Colombiano, the Colombian first division. The club is based in the city of Medellín and founded in 1913. It has won the league's national tournament known as Copa Mustang five times: in 1955, 1957, 2002-II, 2004-I and 2009-II. Its best performance at international level was in 2003, when the team achieved the third place in the Copa Libertadores de América.



Medellín's greatest rival is with the city's other major club Atlético Nacional, with whom they share the home stadium Atanasio Girardot. The team is dubbed "El Poderoso de la Montaña" or the powerful of the mountain due to Medellín's geographical location high in the Andean mountains. The rivalry is especially strong due to each team's main support club, Rexixtenxia Norte for Medellín and Los Del Sur for Atlético Nacional. The two clubs are named with the location that they occupy in the stadium where Rexixtenxia occupies the section behind the northern goal and Los Del Sur occupy the section behind the southern goal.

In 2004 Medellín and Nacional classified to the final of the Mustang Cup; in Antioquia everybody was very excited because this was the first "Paisa" final of the history of the short tournaments. This system requires 2 games to be the champion, in the first game, Medellín won 2-1 with a goal of Rafael Castillo in the 87 minute after the goals of Jorge Serna (DIM) and Carlos "Chumi" Alvarez in the first half. The final game was in the 27 of June, and it ended 0-0 and Medellín became the champion of the Colombian National League.


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Medellín won its third league title after 45 years of agony. However, there were two seasons where Medellín had the title within its reach only to lose it amid great controversy. From its foundation until 2002, the Colombian First Division League had adopted a league format commonly used in European leagues. The format was a year long tournament where the team at then end of the year in best standing was declared the winner. This format was changed in 2002 to an Apertura-Clausura format where two separate seasons are played during the year to determine two winners. In 1993 during the last game of the year, Medellín and Atlético Junior were fighting for a tight first place. Junior was playing América de Cali at home in Baranquilla while simultaneously Medellín played hometown rivals Atlético Nacional. The games were to start and end at the same time. A Medellín win with a Junior loss or draw would have given Medellín the title. Medellín beat Nacional 1-0 while awaiting the 2-2 game in Baranquilla to end. Medellín players were celebrating with a victory lap and giving interviews with reporters waiting for the final whistle in Baranquilla. However, the referee allowed an unprecedented amount of injury time which enabled Oswaldo Mackenzie to score an extremely late goal giving Junior the win 3-2 and the title. This was not the first time Medellín had a heartbreaking season, in 1989 a year where Medellín had the best team in the league and was expected to win the title, a tragic event occurred in Colombian soccer. During the final games of the season, Medellín tied América de Cali 0-0 at home. During the game, the linesman Álvaro Ortega made a mistake and annulled a Medellín goal. Afterwards, a Medellín sympathizer hunted down the linesman and assassinated him. In response, the Colombian Soccer Federation decided to cancel the rest of the season leaving the 1989 league without a winner.



National Honours

Official national tournaments

Friendly Tournaments

  • Copa Club Unión: 1942[2]
  • Triangular ‘Trofeo Coltejer’: 1955[3]
  • Torneo "Medellín sin tugurios": 1983[4]
  • Copa Montreal (Cánada): 1992
  • Copa D. C. United: 1994
  • Copa Ciudad de Popayan: 2005
  • Copa Gobernación de Antioquia: 2008 y 2010
  • Copa del Pacífico: 2009[5]
  • Runner-up Copa Movilco - Gobernación del Meta: 2009
  • Runner-up Copa del Pacífico: 2010[6]

Internationals Participations

Copa Libertadores de America

2006: First Round
1995: First Round

Current roster

As of Jul 18, 2011

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

No. Position Player
1 Colombia GK Bréiner Castillo
2 Colombia DF Roberto Carlos Cortés
3 Colombia DF Hernán Pertúz
4 Colombia DF Ricardo Calle
5 Brazil DF Davi Rancan
6 Argentina MF Pablo Despósito
7 Colombia FW Santiago Tréllez
8 Colombia MF John Edward Hernández
9 Colombia FW Iván Velásquez
10 Colombia MF Luis Fernando Mosquera
11 Colombia FW César Valoyes
12 Colombia GK Juan Camilo Chaverra
13 Colombia FW Javier Calle
14 Colombia FW Francisco Córdoba
15 Colombia MF Juan López
No. Position Player
16 Colombia MF Alexis Ossa
17 Colombia FW Felipe Pardo
18 Colombia FW Luis Carlos Arias
20 Colombia MF William Arboleda
21 Colombia MF John Javier Restrepo
22 Colombia GK Jhon Bayron García
23 Colombia MF Jaime Castrillon
25 Colombia DF Leiton Jiménez
27 Colombia DF Luis Tipton
Colombia DF Jefferson Mena
Colombia DF Andrés Felipe Mosquera
Colombia DF Andrés Felipe Ortiz
Colombia DF Jorge Enrique Arias
Colombia MF Mauricio Arroyo

2011 transfers

As of Jul 18, 2011



  • Bolivia Carlos Saucedo [11]
  • Colombia Iván Corredor (transferred to Colombia Patriotas F.C.)[12]
  • Colombia Alexander Jaramillo [8]
  • Colombia Juan Fernando Leal [8]
  • Colombia Alejandro Vasco (transferred to Venezuela Trujillanos FC)[13]

Top scorers

As of Jul 12, 2010.[1]

No. Name Goals Country
1. José Vicente Grecco 92 Argentina
2. Carlos Castro 90 Colombia
3. Diego Álvarez 78 Colombia
4. Felipe Marino 77 Argentina
5. Jorge Horacio Serna 66 Colombia
6. Uriel Cadavid 65 Colombia
6. Jackson Martínez 65 Colombia
8. Perfecto Rodríguez 64 Argentina
9. Bernardo Iván Aristizabal 49 Colombia
10. Jhon Jaramillo 45 Colombia

Most games played

  • As of Aug 28, 2010.[1]
No. Name Games Country
1. Héctor "Canocho" Echeverri 457 Colombia
2. Ponciano Castro 452 Colombia
3. Ricardo Calle 324 Colombia
4. Álvaro Escobar 315 Colombia
5. Roberto Carlos Cortés 311 Colombia
6. John Restrepo 300 Colombia
7. Carlos Castro 283 Colombia
8. Uriel Cadavid 277 Colombia
9. Rodolfo Ávila 273 Argentina
10. Javier Arango 267 Colombia

Notable former players







Presidents [1]

Name Since To
José Luis Restrepo Jaramillo 1913 1928
Luis Eduardo Ramírez 1932 1936
Jesus Maria Burgos 1936 1939
Bernardo Munera A. 1940 1947
Federico Kahn 1948 1948
Alejandro Cano 1948 1951
Ignacio Gómez 1953 1954
Javier Arriola del Valle 1954 1958
Alfonso Arriola del Valle 1959 1970
Oscar Serna Mejía 1971 1974
Gustavo Arbeláez 1974 1974
Gabriel Toro Pérez 1975 1977
Oscar Serna Mejía 1978 1978
Hernán Gómez Agudelo 1978 1979
Pablo Correa Ramos 1979 1981
Oscar Serna Mejía 1981 1981
Héctor Mesa Gómez 1981 1983
Oscar Serna Mejía 1984 1985
Pablo Correa Ramos 1985 1985
Mario de J. Valderrama 1986 1987
Gabriel Toro Pérez 1987 1987
Luis Fernando Correa 1987 1987
Humberto Betancur 1987 1988
Hernán Gómez Agudelo 1988 1989
Antonio Mesa Escobar 1989 1991
Alberto Montoya Callejas 1991 1992
jesús Aristizábal Guevara 1992 1992
Julio César Villate 1992 1995
Jorge Castillo 1995 1997
Mario de J. Valderrama 1998 2000
Javier Velásquez 2000 2005
Juan Guillermo Montoya 2005 2006
John Cardona Arteaga 2006 2006
Carlos Alberto Palacio Acosta 2006 2008
Jorge Osorio Ciro 2008 Present


  1. ^ a b c d e f "DEPORTIVO INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLÍN ,EL PODEROSO", es una publicación de El Colombiano Ltda. en Cia SCA.
  2. ^ Medellín ganó la Copa Club Unión (Spanish)
  3. ^ Fernando Paternoster primer técnico campeón con Nacional (Spanish)
  4. ^ Torneos amistosos en RSSSF (Spanish)
  5. ^ DIM se llevó la Copa del Pacífico - CRE Satelital Ecuador (Spanish)
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  8. ^ a b c (Spanish)
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