Independiente Medellín

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Independiente Medellín
Full name Deportivo Independiente Medellín
Nickname(s) El Rojo Paisa (The Red Paisa),[1]
El Poderoso de la Montaña (The Powerful of the Mountain),[2]
Medallo, DIM,
El Equipo del Pueblo (The People's Team),
El Rey de Corazones (The King of Hearts),
El Decano del Fútbol Colombiano (The Dean of Colombian Football)
Founded 14 November 1913; 105 years ago (1913-11-14)
Ground Estadio Atanasio Girardot
Medellín, Colombia
Ground Capacity 63,926
Chairman Eduardo Silva Meluk
Manager Leonel Álvarez
League Categoría Primera A
2015 2nd
Website Club home page

Deportivo Independiente Medellín, also known as DIM, is a professional Colombian football team based in Medellín, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the Atanasio Girardot stadium.

Medellín has won the national league known as Categoría Primera A 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 June, and it ended 0–0 and Medellín became the champion of the Colombian National League.


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. After Oswaldo Mackenzie to score an extremely late goal (45 minutes and 5 seconds of the second half) 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 one the best teams in the league and was expected to win the title but Junior with legendary players such as Valderrama, Mackenzie, Pacheco and Valenciano. 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.



  • Copa Jimenez Jaramillo (1): 1923[3]
  • Campeonato Nacional (7): 1918, 1920, 1922, 1930, 1936, 1937, 1938[3]
  • Campeonato Departamental (8): 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944 y 1945[3]

National Honours

Official national tournaments

Friendly Tournaments

  • Copa Club Unión: 1942[4]
  • Triangular ‘Trofeo Coltejer’: 1955[5]
  • Torneo "Medellín sin tugurios": 1983[6]
  • 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[7]
  • Runner-up Copa Movilco – Gobernación del Meta: 2009
  • Runner-up Copa del Pacífico: 2010[8]

Internationals Participations

  • Copa Libertadores de America
1967: First Round
1994: Quarter-finals
2003: Semi-finals (Third Place)
2005: First Round
2009: Second Round
2010: Second Round
2006: First Round
1995: First Round


Current squad

As of 6 November 2015

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

No. Position Player
1 Colombia GK Luis Erney Vásquez
2 Colombia DF Hernán Pertúz
3 Colombia DF Luis Tipton
4 Colombia DF Andrés Mosquera
5 Argentina DF Matías Cahais
6 Colombia MF Didier Moreno (on loan from Santa Fe)
7 Colombia FW Juan David Pérez (on loan from Boyacá Chicó)
8 Colombia MF John Hernández
9 Colombia FW Juan Fernando Caicedo
10 Colombia MF Brayan Angulo
12 Paraguay GK Antony Silva
13 Colombia DF Juan Camilo Angulo
15 Colombia MF Cristian Restrepo
16 Colombia MF Daniel Torres
No. Position Player
17 Colombia MF Cristian Marrugo
18 Colombia DF Frank Fabra
19 Colombia FW John Pajoy
20 Argentina MF Hernán Hechalar
21 Colombia MF Julián Guillermo
22 Colombia GK David González
23 Colombia DF Carlos Valencia
24 Colombia FW Charles Monsalvo
25 Colombia MF William Arboleda
26 Colombia DF Jorge Enrique Arias
27 Colombia FW Alfredo Morelos
28 Colombia MF William Parra Sinisterra
Argentina DF Diego Herner
Colombia MF Mauricio Molina

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Colombia GK Carlos Bejarano (at América)
Colombia GK Juan Camilo Chaverra (at Valledupar)
Colombia GK Aldair Quintana (at Depor)
Colombia DF Andrés Correa (at Fortaleza)
Colombia DF Javier López (at Águilas Pereira)
Colombia DF Jhonny Mena (at Depor)
Colombia DF Lewis Ochoa (at Millonarios)
Colombia DF Juan Pablo Zuluaga (at Depor)
Colombia MF Javier Calle (at New York City)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Elton (at Patriotas)
Colombia MF Víctor Moreno (at Depor)
Colombia MF Yairo Moreno (at La Equidad)
Colombia MF Leonardo Ossa (at Cúcuta Deportivo)
Colombia MF Juan Carlos Pereira (at Depor)
Colombia FW Leonel García (at Uniautónoma)
Colombia FW Mateo González (at Bogotá)
Colombia FW Ray Vanegas (at Patriotas)

Top scorers

As of 16 August 2015[9]
No. Name Goals Country
1 José Vicente Grecco 92 Argentina
2 Carlos Castro 90 Colombia
3 Felipe Marino 77 Argentina
4 Jorge Serna 75 Colombia
5 Diego Álvarez 69 Colombia
6 Uriel Cadavid 65 Colombia
7 Perfecto Rodríguez 64 Argentina
8 Jackson Martinez 56 Colombia
9 Jaime Castrillón 55 Colombia
10 Germán Cano 52 Argentina

Most games played

As of 16 August 2015[9]
No. Name Games Country
1 Héctor Echeverri 457 Colombia
2 Ricardo Calle 418 Colombia
3 Roberto Carlos Cortés 351 Colombia
4 Ponciano Castro 342 Colombia
5 John Restrepo 335 Colombia
6 José Zárate 318 Colombia
7 Álvaro Escobar 315 Colombia
8 Carlos Alberto Castro 283 Colombia
9 Uriel Cadavid 277 Colombia
10 Jaime Castrillón 276 Colombia


Presidents [3]

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 2012
Julio Roberto Gomez 2012 2013
Carlos Mario Mejia 2013 2014
Eduardo Silva Meluk 2014 present


  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "DEPORTIVO INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLÍN ,EL PODEROSO", es una publicación de El Colombiano Ltda. en Cia SCA.
  4. Medellín ganó la Copa Club Unión (Spanish)
  5. Fernando Paternoster primer técnico campeón con Nacional (Spanish)
  6. Torneos amistosos en RSSSF (Spanish)
  7. DIM se llevó la Copa del Pacífico – CRE Satelital Ecuador (Spanish)
  8. (Spanish)
  9. 9.0 9.1 [1]

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