Estadio Atanasio Girardot


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

Extra stadium info – Estadio Atanasio Girardot

The Estadio Atanasio Girardot, which is named after a Colombian revolutionary leader, is among the main sports venues in Colombia. The venue 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 use the stadium for home games. They were founded in 1947 under a different name.

Atlético Nacional won the Colombian top-flight football league various times. They 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. 68,000 people attended the game in Yokohama.

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