Deportivo Independiente Medellín, also known as Independiente Medellín or DIM, 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.
Independiente Medellín Youth Development System
Deportivo Independiente Medellín’s youth academy is its most important heritage, it is where the talents that will nurture the professional team in the future are forged and all vital aspects in the growth of human beings that go beyond sports are developed. In recent years, the categories have grown enormously, as reflected in the 2018 season, in which they won multiple titles and great participation in national tournaments.
The basic forces are made up of professionals up to the challenges. Trainers, physical trainers, medical staff; all this under, the supervision of the sports management of the institution. The maximum objective is the promotion of players to the first team, all based on a project recognized by the Colombian Football Federation as the best in the country.
The minor divisions participate in the championships organized by the Liga Antioqueña de Fútbol and in the national championships. This good process is also noticeable in the calls made by the club’s players to the Antioquia National Team and the youth Colombian National Teams.
Antioquia Football League
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Futbol DIM Academy
We were born powerful! In our Academy we design and implement plans and actions based on the practice of soccer for boys and girls between 2 and 18 years of age, which allow us to cooperate with families in the process of integral formation of their children, strengthening different aspects of life. Living and feeling from the first moment the passion for belonging to the DIM ACADEMY, is our reason for being
Objectives: Develop and perfect psychomotricity through play and advanced training techniques, through specialized methodologies and tools according to age, for this purpose. Strengthen strategic thinking through learning, understanding and putting the rules of the game into practice. Make children aware that sporting success is based on the effort to manifest the greatest physical, technical, tactical and, above all, human potential, prioritizing values.
Values: We believe that, through sports practice, the Academy is a structure that trains people and transmits values: WE ACT WITH INTELLIGENCE, RESPECT AND HUMILITY WE WORK WITH PASSION (joy) WE RESPOND WITH COMMITMENT (Punctuality, responsibility) WE INNOVATE IN WHAT WE DO (strategy) WE WORK AS A TEAM (solidarity, loyalty, camaraderie)
Philosophy: The DIM ACADEMIES have a training-recreational approach in their younger categories and is complemented by a training-sports process as the players reach competitive age. This process is carried out with a joint effort between our trainers and parents, since we are convinced that education in values is a project that we start on the field and must be extended to all other spaces in society.
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Independiente Medellín History
On November 14, 1913, brothers Alberto, Luis, and Rafael Uribe Piedrahata established the Medellin Foot Ball Club, which later became known as Independiente Medelln. The club’s original name was Independiente Medelln. The team’s first game was against an amateur squad from Medellin known as Sporting of Medellin, whom the team ultimately lost to 11–0. 1948 was the year that Medelln became a member of the professional football league and competed in its inaugural season.
After winning seven of their ten matches, Medelln finished in seventh place out of ten teams. In their opening encounter, they were defeated by América de Cali by a score of 4-0. Their first victory came against Junior, with a score of 3–2. In the following decade, Medellin signed Peruvian Segundo Castillo Varela, who won the 1939 South American Championship, the first title of his country, in a movement of what was known as El Dorado, when Colombian teams signed many foreign footballers.
This movement occurred during the time when Colombian teams signed a large number of foreign players. Medellín did not play in 1952 and 1953 due to economic concerns. The club was given its current name, Deportivo Independiente Medelln, and its whole management was replaced in 1953. Additionally, the club’s name was altered.
After placing second in the league that year, Medelln qualified for the Copa Libertadores for the first first time in its history. This accomplishment came in the year 1966. They competed against teams from other countries, including Racing de Avellaneda and River Plate from Argentina, 31 de Octubre and Bolvar from Bolivia, and Independiente Santa Fe from Colombia.
They were eliminated from competition after finishing fifth out of six in their group. After an absence of 27 years, they finally became eligible for the Copa Libertadores in 1994, however they were knocked out by Junior in the quarterfinals.
Although this title is not officially recognized by many experts or by DIMAYOR, Independiente Medellin won their first Copa Colombia in 1981. Although this title is not legally recognized, it is recognized by CONMEBOL.
Due to the fact that both Medelln and Atlético Junior entered the final match of the season tied for first place with the same number of points, the match on December 19, 1993 was an intense battle for the top spot. While Junior was playing América de Cali at home in Barranquilla, Medelln was competing against their local rivals Atlético Nacional.
Junior was playing in Barranquilla. The games were scheduled to begin at the same time. If Medellin were to win and Junior were to lose or draw, then Medellin would be awarded the championship. But in the event that both Junior and Medelln drew, Junior would emerge victorious and claim the championship. Due to the fact that América was leading the game in Barranquilla by a score of 1–0 while the score in Medellin remained 0–0, it was clear that they would go on to win the championship despite the fact that the game was tied in Medellin. With ten minutes left in the match, Junior scored two goals to tie the game at 2–1, and Independiente Medelln scored at the same time to put the match in their favor 1–0.
With seven minutes remaining in regulation, América evened the score at 2-2. Independiente Medelln won the game 1–0 while they waited for the game in Barranquilla, which was tied 2–2, to finish. There were still five minutes left because there was a delay at the beginning of the second half. While they waited for the final whistle in Barranquilla, the players from Medelln were celebrating by taking a victory lap and giving interviews to media.
The players and fans of Medelln were left in despair as Oswaldo Mackenzie scored a goal in the 89th minute to give Junior a 3–2 victory and the championship. Mackenzie’s strike handed Junior the win. Throughout the 2010s, DIM came very close to claiming several league titles on multiple occasions. They were defeated by Millonarios in the final of the Torneo Finalización in 2012, which was played on penalties.
In the Finalización competition that took place in 2014, they competed against Independiente Santa Fe and came in second place overall. They got it back to the final again after six months, however this time they were defeated by Deportivo Cali. These defeats were finally turned around for the team during the 2016 campaign, when they won their sixth league title.
They faced off against Junior in the championship match of the Apertura competition; the first leg of the match was tied 1–1 in Barranquilla, while the second leg was won by Medelln 2–0, with Christian Marrugo scoring a brace to secure a 3–1 triumph overall.
The year 2017 saw DIM’s first appearance in the Copa Libertadores since 2010, and the club was put in Group 3 alongside River Plate, Emelec, and Melgar. This was DIM’s first appearance in the tournament since 2010. The team finished in third place in their group and advanced to the Copa Sudamericana, where they ultimately faced and were defeated by Racing Club in the second round of competition. In the course of their journey in the Copa Libertadores, one of the highlights was when they defeated the perennial powerhouse River Plate 2–1 at Estadio Monumental.
Independiente Medellín Stadium
The Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex, also known as the Unidad Deportiva Atanasio Girardot, is a sports complex that can be found in the city of Medelln in Colombia.
Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medelln, two of the most successful and well-known football clubs in Colombia, are the two teams that play the majority of their games at Estadio Atanasio Girardot. The stadium’s current name is 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.