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Atletico Junior

Corporacion Deportiva Popular Junior, known simply as Junior or by its old name Atletico Junior, is a Colombian football team based in Barranquilla. The club was founded in 1924 Known as "Los Tiburones" (The Sharks), or "El Equipo Tiburon" (The Shark Team) they have won the Colombian professional football championship five times . Famous players before 1985 included Heleno de Freitas, Garrincha, Juan Ramon Veron, Efrain Sanchez, and Julio Cesar Uribe.

The pride of Colombia's Caribbean coast, it had a golden age in the mid-90's, when under the conduction of Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama, it won two of its championships, in 1993 and 1995. The team also included players such as Alexis Mendoza, Victor Danilo Pacheco, Miguel "Niche" Guerrero, Cristian Montecinos and Ivan Rene Valenciano, which is the all-time scorer of the team with 158 goals.

Thereafter, the club owners focused on creating talent from within, and following years of up and downs, the club became once again national champions in December 2004, after scoring in the last minute and beating Atletico Nacional from Medellin in penalty kicks. The star of that season was the Argentine Omar Sebastian Perez, who earned the love and respect of the team's fans not only for his great technique and high quality of play, but for the way he melted with the rest of the team. Currently the team is still one of the most populars in Colombia and led by Uruguayan born coach Julio Comesana. Its best current players are Giovanni Hernandez, Teofilo Gutierrez, Luis Yanes, Emerson Acuna, and Ricardo Ciciliano.

They have participated several times in Conmebol's Copa Libertadores de America, where they ended up in 3rd place In 1994. One penalty kick away by Ronald Valderrama (Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama 's brother) from reaching the final, they ended up losing against Velez Sarsfield, who would then become the tournament's champion that year.

Junior's home stadium is called the Estadio Metropolitano or Roberto Melendez Stadium, which has also been home to the Colombian national football team


National Honors

Futbol Profesional Colombiano

* Winners (5): 1977, 1980, 1993, 1995, 2004-II

* Runners-Up (6): 1948, 1970, 1983, 2000, 2003-I, 2009-I


Reebok Cup

* Winners (1): 1997

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

Copa Libertadores: 9 appearances

Best: Semi-Final in 1994

Copa Sudamericana: 1 appearance

2004: Quarter-Final

Copa CONMEBOL: 1 appearance

1992: Second Round

Current squad

As of January 28, 2010



2010 Transfers



Selected Former Players

Martin Arzuaga

Efrain "El Caiman" Sanchez

Roberto "El Flaco" Melendez

Jose Kaor Doku

Rigoberto "Memuerde" Garcia

Alfredo Arango

Didi Alex Valderrama


Victor Ephanor

Julio Comesana

Carlos Babington

Juan Carlos Delmenico

William Martinez

Edgardo Bauza


Heleno de Freitas

Omar Sebastian Perez

Victor Danilo Pacheco

Carlos Valderrama

Ivan Valenciano

Juan Ramon Veron

Jose Daniel Ponce

Carlos Ischia

Alexis Mendoza

Jorge Bolano

Julio Cesar Uribe

Giovanni Hernandez

External links

Official Web site of Corporacion Popular Deportiva Junior

Fuerza Tiburona Supporter's Team Website

Junior Pasion

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