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Club Atlas
Full nameAtlas Fútbol Club
Nickname(s)"Los Rojinegros" (The Red and Blacks)
"Los Zorros" (The Foxes)
"La Academia" (The Academy)
"La Furia" (The Fury)
"Las Margaritas" (The Daisy Flowers)
Short nameATS
Founded15 August 1916; 107 years ago (1916-08-15)
GroundEstadio Jalisco
OwnerGrupo Orlegi
ChairmanJosé Riestra
ManagerBeñat San José
LeagueLiga MX
Clausura 2023Regular phase: 9th
Final phase: Quarter-finals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Atlas Fútbol Club is a Mexican professional football club based in Guadalajara, Jalisco that currently plays in Liga MX. It plays home matches at the Estadio Jalisco.

Founded in 1916, Atlas has won three league titles and four domestic cups. Los Roginegros had their golden era in the 1950s and 60s, but recently they became one of the few "bicampeones" (back-to-back champions) of Mexican football.[3][4]

Atlas has a rivalry with city rivals Chivas called "Clasico Tapatio."


Atlas was founded in a bar in Guadalajara, Mexico, where a few friends recalled their friends experience while studying at the Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, England. In August 1916, Alfonso and Juan José "Lico" Cortina, Pedro "Perico" and Carlos Fernández del Valle, the three Orendain brothers and Federico Collignon (who had studied in Berlin) finally decided to set up a football team. They chose the name "Atlas" based on the Titan of Greek mythology of the same name, and chose red and black as the club's colours to mimic those of Ampleforth College whose patron saint, St Lawrence, was also chosen as the patron saint of Atlas. The red signifies the blood of St Lawrence and the black signifies his martyrdom. Occasionally the crest of Ampleforth College is seen hanging from a banner in the stadium.

The first title for the club was the Copa MX in 1945–46, where they beat Atlante in the final. That same year, they won the supercup (league vs. cup champion) against Veracruz 3–2. Four years later, Atlas won their second Copa MX, in the 1949–50 season. The following year, in the 1950–51 Mexican Primera División season, Atlas won its first league title, with twelve wins in 22 matches. However, just two years later, Atlas was relegated for the first time after losing 4–0 against Tampico. But the following season, Atlas made an immediate return to the top flight.

Atlas had a golden age in the late 1990s under the management of Ricardo La Volpe, with promising players such as Rafael Márquez, Daniel Osorno, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Pavel Pardo, Mario Méndez, Omar Briceño, and Miguel Zepeda, but even though they had a team with enormous talent and reached the Verano 1999 final, they couldn't conquer the title and lost against Deportivo Toluca in a match defined by penalties after a 5–5 draw on aggregate and with extra time.

In 2000, Atlas participated in the Copa Libertadores for the first time. They began their campaign in a round-robin preliminary stage where they played against Club America, Deportivo Táchira, and Deportivo Italchacao. Their first match was a 2–0 loss to America, followed by draws against Tachira and Italchacao. However they would recover and finish top of the group after beating America 6–3 and then beating Tachira, followed by a draw against Italchacao. As a result, Atlas gained entry into the proper competition in group 4 alongside River Plate, U. de Chile and Atletico Nacional. The Guadalajara-based club's first match was on 23 February, a 1–1 draw against River. Their next match was a 3–2 win against Atletico Nacional in Medellín. The club then drew against U. de Chile and lost to River, followed by a 5–1 rout of Colombian champions Nacional, but a loss in their final match against U. de Chile in Santiago. Although Atlas finished level with U. de Chile on points, a better goal difference would see them go through. In the round of 16, the Mexican club defeated Colombian club Atlético Junior 5–1 on aggregate and were through to the quarter-finals, where their run would end after losing twice to eventual runner-up Palmeiras and being eliminated 5–2 on aggregate.

In 2008, Atlas made their second appearance in the Copa Libertadores. Their campaign started with a qualifying tournament called InterLiga where they faced Toluca, Morelia, and America. At the end of the InterLiga they were tied on points and goal difference with Toluca, so a coin toss decided who would advance to the next round. Atlas won the coin toss and advanced to the first stage, where they defeated Bolivian club La Paz 2–1 on aggregate. In the group stage with Boca Juniors, Colo-Colo, and Maracaibo, Atlas finished first with eleven points, including notable victories against Boca Juniors and Colo-Colo. In the round of 16 they would eliminate Lanus 3–2 on aggregate. In the quarter-finals, they were matched up with Boca Juniors again. In the first leg, played in Buenos Aires, Atlas secured a 2–2 draw, but in the second leg in Guadalajara, Boca won 3–0 and eliminated the club.

Atlas qualified for the 2015 Copa Libertadores after finishing second on the table in the 2014 Apertura. The team was led by Tomás Boy and was matched up in the group stage with Independiente Santa Fe, Atletico Mineiro, and Colo-Colo. In their first match they lost 1–0 to Santa Fe, but in the second match they had a historic 1–0 victory against Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, which ended a 37-year undefeated home streak for the club in the Copa Libertadores. Atlas later beat Atletico again at home, but exited the competition with a last-placed finish in the group and a loss to Santa Fe in Bogotá.

On 12 December 2021, Atlas ended a 70-year title drought when they defeated Club León at the Estadio Jalisco via penalties 4–3 and won their second league title.[5]

Atlas 1916 first team

On 5 March 2022, during a match between Atlas and Querétaro at Querétaro's stadium, a riot broke out between fans attending the match.[6] Videos posted on social media showed groups of men beating, kicking, dragging and stripping victims.[7] According to the Querétaro state civil protection agency, at least 22 men were injured.[8] The Liga MX sanctioned Queretaro by banning Queretaro-affiliated barras from attending home matches for up to six months in response to the riots. Atlas were awarded a 0-3 win for the game which was abandoned at 0-1. [9][10]

Atlas won its third league championship on 29 May 2022 against Pachuca. In the first leg on 26 May, Atlas defeated Pachuca at Estadio Jalisco 2–0, and although they lost the second leg 2–1, they won 3–2 on aggregate to become only the third team in league history to win back to back titles.

Youth Academy[edit]

Atlas are renowned for having a successful youth academy setup. In the last few decades, Atlas have developed many players who have gone on to have professional careers domestically and internationally. Many young players enter the Atlas youth academy knowing that they'll have a strong possibility to play with the first team due to the club philosophy of allowing youth players the opportunity to be promoted to the first team. Although Atlas has only won the league championship three times, their academy has been famous for developing players for the Mexico national football team in the past few decades like Jared Borgetti, Daniel Osorno, José de Jesús Corona, Pável Pardo, Oswaldo Sánchez, Rafael Márquez, Juan Carlos Medina, Jorge Hernández, Mario Méndez, Miguel Zepeda, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Juan Pablo Garcia, Joel Herrera, Jorge Torres Nilo, Edgar Ivan Pacheco, Andrés Guardado, Jeremy Márquez, Diego Barbosa and many more. The club's lower youth divisions have achieved many titles domestically as well as internationally.

Estadio Jalisco[edit]

Panoramic view of Estadio Jalisco

Atlas currently plays in the Estadio Jalisco, which is the third largest stadium in Mexico and was constructed on 31 January 1960. It is a venue that has played host to historic matches and teams including Pelé's Brazil in 1970. In total, It was host for 8 games in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, 6 of which were from group stage matches, and two were quarter and semi-finals. Subsequently, the stadium was again host for 9 games in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, 6 of which were group stage matches, 1 was round of sixteen and the last 2 were quarter and semi-finals.

Supporters and rivalry[edit]

Atlas fans are as a whole collectively known as La Fiel (The Faithful), while La Barra 51 is the main organized supporter group. La Barra 51's name recalls Atlas' first championship in the Primera División de México in 1951. Through the team's struggling performance La Fiel has earned its name, supporting the team for 70 years without any major accomplishments.

Clásico Tapatío[edit]

Atlas' fierce rivals are Guadalajara city-rivals C.D. Guadalajara, known as Chivas. The derby is known as the Clásico Tapatío and is said to be the oldest football derby in Mexico, dating back to 1916. The first match between the two sides was a friendly that took place shortly after Atlas were founded, the game ended 0–0. The first competitive match between the two sides came in the 1917 "Torneo de Primavera", which translates into English as the "Tournament of Spring". Atlas were victorious this time round, winning 2–1. The game sparked controversy, however, when complaints of a bad refereeing performance were put forward by Chivas. Chivas were so angered by the result, that they refused to play in the next "Liga Amateur de Jalisco" tournament of 1917–18, unless the president of refereeing, Justo García Godoy, resigned from his position; when Godoy failed to do so, Chivas refused to join the tournament.

Chivas are the most victorious in Guadalajara derbies, however, winning 16 of 35 competitive fixtures the two sides have played. Atlas have only won 9 and the sides have drawn 8 times.



Position Staff
Chairman Mexico José Riestra
Directors of football Mexico Álvaro Lebois
Mexico Eduardo Herrera
Executive director Mexico Aníbal Fájer
Director of academy Argentina Hernán Lisi

Source: Liga MX

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain Beñat San José
Assistant managers Spain Iban Fagoaga
Mexico Omar Flores
Fitness coach Argentina Gastón Lloveras
Goalkeeper coach Mexico Luis Valls
Team doctor Mexico Rodrigo Ambriz
Physiotherapist Argentina Rodrigo Nicolau


First-team squad[edit]

As of 12 January 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Mexico MEX José Hernández
2 DF Argentina ARG Hugo Nervo
3 DF Mexico MEX Idekel Domínguez
6 MF Mexico MEX Édgar Zaldívar
7 MF Mexico MEX Raymundo Fulgencio (on loan from UANL)
8 MF Argentina ARG Mateo García
11 FW Colombia COL Mauro Manotas
12 GK Colombia COL Camilo Vargas
13 DF Mexico MEX Gaddi Aguirre
14 DF Mexico MEX Luis Reyes
15 MF Venezuela VEN Jhon Murillo (on loan from Atlético San Luis)
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF Mexico MEX Rivaldo Lozano
18 MF Mexico MEX Jeremy Márquez
19 FW Mexico MEX Eduardo Aguirre (on loan from Santos Laguna)
21 DF Mexico MEX Carlos Robles
22 MF Argentina ARG Augusto Solari
23 FW Ecuador ECU Jordy Caicedo (on loan from UANL)
26 MF Mexico MEX Aldo Rocha (captain)
29 MF Uruguay URU Brian Lozano
GK Mexico MEX Antonio Sánchez
DF Mexico MEX Adrián Mora (on loan from Toluca)
FW Mexico MEX Leonardo Flores (on loan from UANL)

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Mexico MEX Kevin Esquivel (at Tlaxcala)
MF Peru PER Edison Flores (at Universitario)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Mexico MEX Christopher Trejo (at Atlético Morelia)

Reserve teams[edit]

Former players[edit]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1989–90 Pajarito Sport Bing
1990–91 Vicmar Peñafiel
1991–92 Pajarito Sport Peñafiel
1992–93 Vicmar Peñafiel
1993–94 Umbro Tecate
1994–95 ABA Sport Tecate
1995–96 ABA Sport No Sponsors
1996–99 Atletica Corona/Estrella
1999–00 Atletica Corona/Coca-Cola/Estrella
2000–01 Atletica Coca-Cola/Omnilife/Corona
2001–02 Nike Coca-Cola/Omnilife/Corona
2002–03 Nike Coca-Cola/Corona
2003–04 Nike Coca-Cola/Corona/Telcel
2004–05 Kappa Coca-Cola/Bedoyecta/
2005–06 Kappa Coca-Cola/Sky/Corona
2006–07 Kappa Bedoyecta/Coca-Cola/Corona
2007–08 Atletica Bedoyecta/Coca-Cola/Corona/Sky/Megacable
2008–09 Atletica DiversityCapital/Coca-Cola/Corona/Sky/Megacable
2009–10 Atletica Jalisco/Coca-Cola/Corona
2010–11 Atletica Coca-Cola/Lubricantes Akron/Corona
2011–12 Atletica Coca-Cola/Guadalajara 2011/Lubricantes Akron/Corona
Apertura 2012 Atletica Coca-Cola/Lubricantes Akron/Corona
2013–14 Nike Coca-Cola/Casas Javer/Corona/Volaris/Sky
2014–17 Puma Bridgestone/Coca-Cola/Sky Sports/Azteca (multimedia conglomerate)/Corona/Banco Azteca/Volaris
2017–18 Adidas Corona/Coca-Cola/Sky Sports/Azteca (multimedia conglomerate)/Banco Azteca/Volaris
2018–19 Adidas Estrella Jalisco/Coca-Cola/Totalplay/Linio/Banco Azteca/Ganabet/Mobil Super
2019–2020 Adidas MoPlay/Urrea/Oxxo Gas/Banco Azteca/Bud Light/INTERprotección/Unifin
2020– Charly Banco Azteca/Urrea/Perdura/Caliente/INTERprotección/Oxxo Gas/Berel/Volaris




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