Estadio Atanasio Girardot


* Address: Medellín
* Country: Colombia
* Capacity: 40,000
* Opened: 19 March 1953
* Main use: Football
* Tenants: Atlético Nacional (football), DIM (football)

Extra stadium info – Estadio Atanasio Girardot

The Estadio Atanasio Girardot, which is named after a Colombian revolutionary leader, opened with a football match between Atlético Nacional and Alianza Lima from Peru. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. In 2001, the stadium was one of the venues for the Copa América. The South American championship for national football teams was won by Colombia for the first time in their history. Atlético Nacional and Deportivo Independiente Medellín use the stadium for home games. Atlético Nacional were founded in 1947 and Deportivo Independiente Medellín were founded in 1913.

Atlético Nacional and Deportivo Independiente Medellín both won the Colombian top-flight football league several times. Atlético Nacional became the first football club from Medellín with 10 top division titles. In 1989, Atlético Nacional became the first Colombian club with a Copa Libertadores title. In 2016, they won the South American championship for football clubs again in front of tens of thousands of fans in Medellín. The same year, Atlético Nacional finished third place in their first-ever FIFA Club World Cup participation. Real Madrid from Spain won the tournament after defeating the Kashima Antlers from Japan in the final.

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