Atlético Nacional S. A., best known as Atlético Nacional, is a Colombian professional football club based in Medellín, Colombia. The club currently plays in the Categoría Primera A, the country’s highest level of professional club football.
Atlético Nacional Youth Development System
Atlético Nacional has two development models, which are the football school and their academy with several age groups.
Atlético Nacional Football School
The training processes at Atlético Nacional are essential for the optimum development and evolution of athletes. Players like Stefan Medina, Andrés Perea, and Nelson Palacio were part of these processes, which contributed to them in all aspects to become professional soccer players.
For more information on the Atletico Nacional football school, click here to visit their official news section for the latest dates of enrollment.
Atlético Nacional Academy
Atlético Nacional has several youth academy categories in age groups that are U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U17, U18, and U20.
Atlético Nacional Recruitment Trials
At the time of this writing, there are no official publishings on Atlético Nacional trials. Please come back at a later date while we monitor this club or click here to visit their official academy news section.
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Atlético Nacional History
On March 7, 1947, Luis Alberto Villegas López, a previous president of the football league of Antioquia, established Atlético Nacional as Club Atlético Municipal de Medelln.
At that time, the club was known as Atlético Nacional. Officially taking ownership of the squad in 1996 was Organización Ardila Lülle, which is the current owner. It has been reported by CONMEBOL that Atlético Nacional is the club in Colombia that has the greatest number of supporters.
The stadium that Atlético Nacional calls home, Atanasio Girardot, has a capacity of 45,943, and it is where the team plays its home games. It shares the stadium with Independiente Medelln, one of its primary rivals in the area. El Clásico Paisa is a local derby that pits the two teams against one another.
It is widely regarded as one of the most significant and competitive local derbies in the entire nation. There is also a rivalry between Atletico Nacional and Millonarios, which is considered to be one of the most prominent rivalries in Colombian football. This competition, known as the Copa Libertadores, took place in 1989.
It is one of the most consistent clubs in Colombia, which contributes to its reputation of being one of the strongest clubs in the country. Atletico Nacional is the most successful team in Colombia, having won a total of 23 domestic titles, including 16 league titles, five Copa Colombia titles, and two Superliga Colombiana titles. These victories make Atletico Nacional the most successful team in Colombia.
It was also the first Colombian club to win the Copa Libertadores, which it accomplished in 1989. After claiming the trophy for a second time in 2016, it became the Colombian team with the most victories in that competition. It also boasts the most international championships of any Colombian team, having won the Copa Merconorte twice, the Copa Interamericana twice, and the Recopa Sudamericana once, for a total of seven foreign trophies. This gives it the most international trophies of any Colombian club.
The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) recognized Atlético Nacional as the finest football club in the world in 2016, making them the first team from outside of Europe and the first club from South America to receive such a distinction in the list. According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), it holds the 58th spot on the global ranking of the best clubs of all time, making it the second-highest placed Colombian side on the list. In addition to this, it is considered the second-best Colombian club of the 20th century and the best Colombian club of the 21st century up to this point. In addition, Nacional has been recognized as the greatest Colombian team to compete in CONMEBOL club championships, and they currently hold the seventh spot in the official club rating for the Copa Libertadores.
Atlético Nacional Stadium
Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medelln, two of the most successful and well-liked football clubs in Colombia, are the two teams that play the majority of their games at Estadio Atanasio Girardot (Atanasio Girardot Stadium).
The stadium is currently known as Estadio Atanasio Girardot. The stadium first opened in 1953, and in preparation for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, it underwent a renovation that increased its seating capacity to 40,943.
Additionally, it is the country’s third-largest stadium, coming in behind only Estadio Deportivo Cali and Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in terms of capacity. Atanasio Girardot, a revolutionary leader from Colombia who fought with Simon Bolivar, was honored with the naming of the stadium in his honor.