CF Atlante

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CF Atlante
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Basic data
Surname Club de Fútbol Atlante,
SA de CV
Seat Cancun , Mexico
founding 1916
Colours Blue carmine
president Gabriel Solares & Manuel Velarde
First soccer team
Head coach Alex Diego
Venue Andrés Quintana Roo ,
Places 21,000
league Ascenso MX
2018/19 Apertura: 3rd place
Clausura: 9th place

The Club de Fútbol Atlante , or Atlante for short , is a Mexican football club from Cancún .

Under the direction of the association, there is a team in North Carolina called Atlante USA .

Club history

Atlante was founded in 1916 on the corner of Valladolid and Sinaloa in Mexico City by Trinidad Martínez, a worker and leader of some street boys. At first they called themselves Sinaloa (after the road, were founded on the them), then Lusitania and then U-53 in honor of a German U-boat in World War I . Finally, the name Atlante , which is still valid today, was chosen, which can be traced back to the Atlantic .

With the appearance of the CF Atlante in the capital league (season 1927/28) a new audience was drawn into the stadiums. The stands were now populated with men in work suits, sandals, and palm hats; it was the common people. “Los Prietitos” (the dark-skinned), as the chronicler Don Facundo called them, formed a real football clan that formed out of the dusty plains of the capital.

The cultural differences between the clubs are also evidenced by the different ways in which they celebrated their successes. For example, while the English preferred whiskey for celebrations in the early days of Mexican football , the azulgranas (the blue-scarlet ones ) preferred to drink a well-chilled beer at the hour of triumph .

The milieu differences between the most important clubs in Mexico City in the 1930s are also illustrated by the author Carlos Calderón Cardoso: “The areas of Parque España were perfectly demarcated: the less affluent classes - like the supporters of Atlante and Necaxa - while the shady squares were populated by the fans who could afford the more expensive tickets, like the supporters of España and Asturias . The América supporters found themselves in both stands. "

In the same article, Calderón writes about Atlante fans: “One of the most atmospheric fan groups was those of Atlante; the Atlantistas protected themselves from the sun with the typical hats (sombrero de petate). ... Big palm hats and huge percussion instruments characterized the hardcore scene of Atlante, one of the most loyal fan groups in the Mexican football scene. "

The following lines, also from Calderón's pen, show that the Atlantistas were by no means “to be trifled with”: “Disputes in the stands were rare. One of the most violent happened on January 17, 1936; at a game between España and Atlante. Carreño, crowd favorite at Atlante, had been sent off. The people in the grandstand began to throw objects onto the field. Bottles, coins and stones pattered on the shadow stands, on the España players and even on the referee. The encounter was suspended for more than an hour. More than 100 soldiers were raised to calm the heated emotions. Finally, Carreño was accused by the league of inciting the crowd. The league even considered a one-year sentence for the player, but the pressure from the fans was so great that the sentence was finally dismissed. "

In the 1940s, when the UNAM team did not yet exist, Cruz Azul did not play in the capital or in the first division, America still did not receive the Televisa million subsidies and the metropolis was not yet inundated by millions of rural refugees, Atlante enjoyed the highest sympathy values ​​of the common people in the capital and was considered a real people's association. The club's popularity later waned, and it was almost exclusively long-time locals - mostly from the slums north and east of the city center - who remained loyal to the original workers' club.

There were two main reasons for the enormous loss of popularity over the past few decades. On the one hand, the club was systematically run down by a weak leadership. On the other hand, Mexico City has had to cope with an enormous increase in the population of rural refugees, which increased the number of inhabitants many times over. These new residents, unless they are already a fan of another team, such as B. Chivas Guadalajara , were - always one of the big three clubs in the city, so that the once glorious Club Atlante was not granted any growth.

With the intention of regaining its lost acceptance and increasing its fan base, which has now become relatively small, the club has played the role of a pilgrim in Mexican football since 1989. Because since then the association has already been based in four cities and just as many states.

After the club initially moved to Querétaro in the state of the same name for the 1989/90 season , where it was never really accepted by the local population and, to top it off, was also relegated , he moved back to Mexico City.

Fans of Atlante at the Estadio Azul .

At the beginning of the 2002/03 season there was another move, this time to the satellite town of Nezahualcóyotl in the state of México , east of the Mexican capital , where the club was allowed to use the Estadio de Neza, which was built especially for the 1986 World Cup , as its home ground. Although a large part of its actual fan potential still lives in this rapidly growing and extremely desolate suburb - in which many former capital city residents now live who can no longer afford the high rents in the metropolis - the club was not happy here either. Because the relationship between the club and its new host, the city of Nezahualcóyotl, was problematic and was clouded several times by disputes between the two parties. These were probably the trigger for the return to Mexico City during the Clausura 2004. Atlante had the third home game of the second half of 2003/04 on February 14, 2004 against the UNAM Pumas (2: 4) in Nezahualcóyotl, the next home game took place eleven days later against Veracruz (3: 3) again in the Aztec Stadium , which the club was very familiar with from earlier times.

The club's last move to date was in August 2007 in the Mexican seaside resort of Cancún in the state of Quintana Roo .

The move is likely to be mainly due to the low audience interest that the club recently enjoyed in the capital. If you weren't actually up against one of the three city rivals or Mexico's most popular club Chivas Guadalajara , rarely did more than 3,000 spectators get lost in the Aztec stadium , where the club recently enjoyed hospitality and played its "ghost games". Its loyal fan base does not seem to blame the club for the move, because whenever Atlante makes guest appearances in the capital, the team is supported in large numbers and with powerful voices by their supporters; as in their performance against CD Cruz Azul (0-0) on February 28, 2009 in the photo on the right.


Amateur era

Professional era

The championship teams

The names of the players from the two championship teams of the Primera Fuerza (1932 and 1941) and the first championship team of the Primera División (1947) are (with the exception of the goalkeeper always named first) in alphabetical order, those of the championship team from 1992/93 according to order RSSSF and the 2007 championship team according to the order at



Celebrity fans

The well-known fans of the Atlantistas include:

Web links

Commons : CF Atlante  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. Javier Bañuelos Renteria: Balón a tierra (1896-1932) (Editorial Clio, México 1998) p. 44
  2. Javier Bañuelos Renteria: Balón a tierra (1896-1932) (Editorial Clio, México 1998) p. 45
  3. Carlos Calderón Cardoso: Por amor a la camiseta (1932–1950) (Editorial Clio, México 1998) p. 45
  4. Archive link ( Memento from November 25, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  7. Archived copy ( Memento of the original from September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. Juan Cid y Mulet: Libro de Oro del Fútbol Mexicano - Tomo II (B. Costa-Amic, Mexico City, 1961), p. 262ff; the missing first names of the championship team from 1946/47 according to
  11. El Primer Gran Portero en la Historia del Athletic ( Memento of the original from April 29, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Spanish) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  12. a b Atlante team at Mediotiempo ( Memento from January 28, 2013 in the web archive ) (only players with at least one mission are listed)
  13. #ATLANTE: 5 famosos que sueñan con ver a su equipo en Primera División (Spanish; article from December 6, 2015)