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Atlético Marte
Full nameClub Deportivo Atlético Marte
Nickname(s)Los Marcianos (The Martians)
El Equipo Bandera (The Flag Team)
El Bombardero Marciano (The Martians Bombers)
Los Carabineros (The Police)
Founded22 April 1950; 71 years ago (1950-04-22)
GroundEstadio Cuscatlán
San Salvador
ChairmanEl Salvador Germán Estrada
ManagerEl Salvador Nelson Mauricio Ancheta
LeagueEl Salvador Primera División
2020 AperturaOverall: 10th
Playoffs: Did not qualify

Club Deportivo Atlético Marte, also known as Atlético Marte, is a Salvadorian association football club based in San Salvador.[1]

The club plays in the Primera División de Fútbol Profesional, the top tier of the El Salvador football league system, and host matches at the Estadio Cuscatlán.[2][3]

Atlético Marte have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbouring club Alianza, with whom they have contested the derby since 1968.

Since its formation in 1950, the club has won eight Primera División titles—in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1969, 1970, 1980–81, 1982, and 1985—and the Segunda División de El Salvador once, in Torneo Clausura 2009).

In 1981, the team was runner-up of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup losing to SV Transvaal of Suriname. Atlético Marte won their inaugural international title, the 1991 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup with 2 victories over Racing Gonaïves and Leones Negros UdeG and a loss to Comunicaciones F.C.

The club has changed their name several times to C.D. Árabe Marte (1998–99), (1999–00) and C.D. Atlético Marte Quezaltepeque (2006–08). The club returned to the original name in 2008; C.D. Atlético Marte.

In the 1980s, Salvadoran football legend Luis Ramírez Zapata and Norberto Huezo, Ramón Fagoaga, José Luis Rugamas were among their star players.


Foundation and early history

The history of Atletico Marte started at the end of the 1940s, when the San Salvadorian team España FC was dissolved.

Emilio Guardado and Carlos Carranza, leaders of the recent dissolved España FC, called a meeting with the players that remained of this team and others in the capital city of San Salvador to give life to another club called Alacranes F.C.

After a year playing under the name of Alacranes F.C., club president Colonel José Castro Melendez called a meeting at the old national gymnasium, and at the initiative of the player Conrado Miranda, it was decided to change the club name to Atletico Marte.

The club was officially born on the 2 June 1950 by the combination of military-related members such as José Castro Melendez, Fidel Quintanilla and Jesús Rodríguez and the general public such as Emilio Guardado, José Santiago Avelar and Armando Carranza.

The original uniform colors were ochre and beige, however with the passage of time the colors were changed to the current blue and white.

One of the most significant events of Atetico Marte was a 2–0 triumph on the home turf of Deportivo Saprissa, the first time a Salvadorian club had defeated a Costa Rican side on the opponent's home turf. The goals were scored by Gustavo "el Bordador" Lucha y Raúl Peña.

Premierships success

The club had played in the Primera División for five years, however it wasn't until the 1955 season under the players-coaches of Conrado Miranda and Isaiah Choto they won their first title. This was done thanks to 1–0 victory over Leones de Sonsonate with the lone goal coming from Fernando "El Gato" Barrios.

The players included Manuel "Tamalón" Garay, Antonio Montes, Armando Larín, Rutilio Rivera, Luis Antonio Regalado "Loco", Conrado Miranda, Gerónimo Pericullo (Argentina), Juan Bautista Pérez (Argentina), Raúl "Pibe" Vásquez (Argentina), Gustavo "el Bordador" Lucha, Fernando "el Gato" Barrios and René Pimentel.

Atletico Marte with the same core group of players from the previous campaign and the inclusion of Guatemalan Gabriel Urriolawere able to capture their second title consecutively, always under the command of Conrado Miranda and Isaiah Choto.

In 1956–57 campaign, the club was rejuvenated with players such as goalkeeper Francisco "Paco" Francés, Argentinian Rodolfo Baello, Guillermo "Loro" Castro, Julio César "Muñeca" Mejía, Mauricio "Pachín" González and many others. The club was able to win their 3rd title.

A winning title would escape the club for more than a decade until 1969 when they won their fourth title thanks to future world cup coach Chilean Hernán Carrasco Vivanco and star players Raúl "Araña" Magaña, Guillermo Castro, Argentinian Rodolfo Baello, José Antonio "Ruso" Quintanilla, Chilean Ricardo Sepúlveda and Sergio Méndez. This was followed up with their fifth title in 1970 making the second time the club had won back to back title, this time they were reinforced with players such as Francisco Roque, Ernesto Aparicio, Manuel Cañadas, Adonay Castillo, Fernando Villalta, Roberto Morales, Elenilson Franco and Brazilian Odir Jacques.

Atletico Marte once again went a decade without a title, until 1980, when under the technical direction of Armando Contreras Palma and a squad predominately made up of Salvadoran players such as Carlos Felipe Cañadas, Milton Campos, Alfredo Rivera, José Castillo, Jorge Peña, Manuel Ramos, Danilo Blanco, Ramón Fagoaga, Norberto Huezo, Jorge Salomón Campos and Miguel González were able to win their sixth title.

Atletico Marte under the technical direction of Armando Contreras Palma and assistant coach former world cup player Juan Ramón "Mon" Martinez the club was able to win their seventh title i 1982. The tournament was called President Alvaro Alfredo Magaña Cup, in honor of the current president of the republic El Salvador. This was thanks to a two-game series win over Independiente of San Vicente, the first game was 1–0 victory with a lone goal José Antonio "Tolín" Infantozzi and this was followed with a 2–0 victory with goals by José Antonio "Tolín" Infantozzi and Wilfredo "El Doctorcito" Huezo.

On the 25th of December 1985, Atlético Marte won their eighth and final Primera División title. This was thanks to a 5–2 victory over Alianza with the goals of Atletico Marte coming from Salomón Campos Mezquita, Norberto Huezo, Mario Figueroa (2) and Wilfredo Huezo. The list of players that helped them win the title included José Luis Rugamas, Alfredo Fagoaga, Marcial Turcios, Santana Cartagena, Danilo Blanco, Guillermo Ragazzone, Nelson Escobar, Norberto Huezo, Salomón Campos, Mauricio Perla, Carlos Meléndez, William "el Pony" Rosales, Uruguayan Raúl Esnal and Mario Figueroa.[4]

Champions of CONCACAF 1992

On the international stage Atlético Marte had reached the final of the 1981 CONCACAF Champions Cup, however they lost the series to the SV Transvaal from Suriname. However, in 1991, the club was finally recognized internationally thanks to being crowned the champions of the CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup, a competition which was held in Guatemala and had strong clubs such as Universidad de Guadalajara from Mexico, Comunicaciones from Guatemala, Deportivo Saprissa from Costa Rica and Real Estelí from Nicaragua.[5] Atletico Marte finished first in the group with a record of 2 wins and 1 loss.

Relegation to Segundo División

After several attempts to win another domestic title, by assembling top quality national and foreign players, Atletico Marte suffered a massive decline due to administrative mismanagement and eventually entered into economic crisis which led to poor results eventually getting the club relegated at the end of the 2002 season.[citation needed]

Promotion-back to the Primera División

However, leaders of Atletico Marte never gave up on the team and there was always a well publicized effort to return it to the Primera División. It was not until 2004, that the mythical Raul Alfredo "spider" Magaña approached the directors, presenting a draft where it recruited new sponsors and new management.

After almost five years of work, they won the Clausura 2008 title and would contest the winner of the Apertura to determine direct promotion. The loser would contest the ninth place side in the Primera División to determine if there should be promotion/relegation.

Atletico Marte was unsuccessful at apertura and clausura when they lost to Marte Soyapango in a penalty shootout in the semi-final.

On 14 June 2009 Atletico Marte returned to the Primera División by defeating AFI El Roble 1–0, at the Estadio Cuscatlan.

The only goal of this historic victory was by Roberto Maradiaga, and the technician that made possible the rise was the Argentine Ramiro Cepeda, a former player in Martian[clarification needed] Segundo División in his first year working as a coach.

Modern era

Atletico Marte's run in the Primera División from 2009 to 2015 was a mix of little to moderate success, excluding the Apertura 2013 season where under the guidance of Guillermo Rivera the team finished first in the league (including a record 14 undefeated matches) and reached the semi-final where they were eliminated by the tournament champion Isidro Metapan 3–2 on aggregate, the team was a middle to low league team.[6]

Although the emergence of talented players such as Gilberto Baires, Ibsen Castro, Otoniel Salinas, Javier Gomez, Anibal Parada, Christopher Ramirez, Christian Esnal, Argentinian Gonzalo Mazzia and Uruguayan Mauro Aldave.

On 3 May 2015, after 7 years of top flight football, Atletico Marte were relegated to the Segundo División despite a 4–1 victory over Dragon. They were knocked out by C.D. Pasaquina by one point.[7] On 18 June 2015 the team purchased a franchise license in the new expansion of the Primera División and would compete in the Primera División for the Apertura 2015 season.[8] At the end of 2016 clausura season, Atletico Marte were relegated[9]

In April 2020, El Vencedor announced that due to financial hardship they would be releasing their spot in the Primera División to Atletico Marte.[10]



  • Primera División and predecessors
    • Champions (8): 1955, 1956, 1957, 1969, 1970, 1980–81, 1982, 1985
  • Segunda División and predecessors
    • Champions (1): 2008 Apertura[note 1]
    • Promotion Play-off Winners: 2008–2009


Performance in CONCACAF and Domestic competitions

Overall seasons table in Primera División de Fútbol Profesional

Pos. Club Season In D1 Pl. W D L GS GA Dif.
TBA Atlético Marte 65 1945 715 600 630 2872 2522 +350

Last updated: 17 July 2015 [1]


The playing field of the Estadio Cuscatlán
The playing field of the Estadio Cuscatlán

Since its establishment in 1950, Atletico Marte stadiums has been:

The team plays its home games in the 45,000 capacity all-seater Estadio Cuscatlán, in San Salvador. Previously the team played at Flor Blanca, where they had played their home matches from 1950 until the end of the 2001 season. The stadium in San Salvador. The team's headquarters are located in TBD.


Atletico Marte's chief rivalry is with the San Salvador-based team Alianza F.C., against whom they contest the Derbi capitalino. The two teams met 182 times since 1959, with the Alianza winning 74 matches and Atletico Marte winning 47 games. [3]


Companies that Atletico Marte currently has sponsorship deals with include:

  • Arijam Sports – Official Kit Suppliers
  • Sudagrip - Official sponsors
  • Total - Official sponsors
  • OM Diversos - Official sponsors
  • Sevisal - Official sponsors
  • Electrolit – Official sponsors
  • Water Depot – Minor sponsors
  • Las Perlitas – Minor sponsors
  • Canal 4 – Minor sponsors
  • Five Stars – Minor sponsors

Current squad

As of 2021 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
El Salvador SLV Jose Guevara
El Salvador SLV Hector Crespin
Colombia COL Andrés Quejada
El Salvador SLV Henry Reyes
El Salvador SLV Nelson Barrios
GK El Salvador SLV Matías Coloca
FW El Salvador SLV Edgar Valladares
El Salvador SLV Bladimir Osorio
El Salvador SLV Diego Chavarria
El Salvador SLV Diego Alejandro Chévez
El Salvador SLV Fernando Villalta
El Salvador SLV Oscar Daniel Torres
El Salvador SLV Eresto Crespin
No. Pos. Nation Player
El Salvador SLV Jose Guevara
Brazil BRA Ricardinho
El Salvador SLV Jorge Moran
El Salvador SLV Luis Figueroa
Colombia COL Jhony Moran Chan
Colombia COL Joan Ballestero
El Salvador SLV Wilmer Novoa
GK El Salvador SLV Hector Carrillo
El Salvador SLV Julio Cerritos
El Salvador SLV Armando Gomez
El Salvador SLV Kevin Alvarenga
El Salvador SLV Hugo Lopez

Players with dual citizenship

  • El Salvador United States Cristian Rodríguez
  • El Salvador Argentina Matías Coloca

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW El Salvador SLV TBD (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)
MF El Salvador SLV TBD (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF El Salvador SLV TBD (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)
DF El Salvador SLV TBD (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
Colombia COL Andrés Quejada (From C.D. Aguila)
El Salvador SLV Henry Reyes (From C.D. Chalatenango)
El Salvador SLV Hector Carrillo (From Jocoro F.C.)
Brazil BRA Ricardinho (From TBA)
No. Pos. Nation Player
El Salvador SLV Jorge Moran (From C.D. Sonsonate)
El Salvador SLV Luis Figueroa (From A.D. Isidro Metapan)
El Salvador SLV Julio Cerritos (From TBA)
El Salvador SLV Armando Gomez (From TBA)


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
El Salvador SLV Anthony Roque (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Jose Portillo (To C.D. FAS)
GK El Salvador SLV Rolando Morales (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Mayer Gil (To AD Destroyer)
El Salvador SLV Cristian Rodríguez (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Jose Henriquez Leal (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Rodrigo Artiga (To TBD)
Colombia COL Sebastián Viáfara (To TBD)
Colombia COL Argenis Alba (To C.D. Marte Soyapango)
No. Pos. Nation Player
El Salvador SLV Cristian Bernabe (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Sebastian Rodriguez (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Marcos Portillo (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Mauricio Gomez (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Julio Rivera (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Diego Jiminez (To TBD)
El Salvador SLV Fernando Montes (To TBD)

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager El Salvador Nelson Mauricio Ancheta (*)
Assistant Manager El Salvador Ernesto Gochez (*)
Assistant Manager El Salvador Cristian Lopez
Reserve Manager El Salvador Emerson Umana/ Saul Portal (*)
Ladies's Manager El Salvador TBD
Fitness coach El Salvador Juan Palma (*)
Goalkeeper Coach El Salvador Obed Rodriguez (*)
Kineslogic El Salvador Ever Lucano and Sergio Trejo
Utility Equipment El Salvador Manuel Navarro
Football director El Salvador Oliver Sanchez
Team Doctor El Salvador TBD


Position Staff
Owner Inversiones Sport Claros
President El Salvador
Vice President El Salvador
Secretary El Salvador Marlon Claros
Sportraadslid El Salvador German Estrada

Notable players

Foreign players

Players with senior international caps:

Copa America winners

Amílcar Cabral Cup winners

Team captains

Name Years
El Salvador Alberto Villalta 1969-1970
Brazil Helio Rodrigues 19
Argentina Luis Cesar Condomi 1978
El Salvador 19
El Salvador Ramón Fagoaga 19
El Salvador Freddy Rivera 1981
Uruguay Raúl Esnal 1986-1987
El Salvador Carlos Cacho Melendez 1989
El Salvador Santana Sanabria 1990-1991
El Salvador Carlos Castro Borja 1992-1993
El Salvador Wilfredo Iraheta Sanabria 1993-1994
El Salvador Ricardo Guevara 1994-1995
El Salvador Carlos Castro Borja 1996
El Salvador Juan Carlos Hernández Baldizón 2002
El Salvador Anibal Parada 2008-2012
El Salvador Gilberto Baires 2012
El Salvador Erick Molina 2013-2014
El Salvador Anibal Parada 2015
El Salvador Erick Molina 2016
El Salvador Diego Hunter 2019-2020
Guatemala Luis Tatuaca 2020-2021
El Salvador Jose Portillo 2021-

Club records

  • Longest unbeaten run: 20 matches (1985 season)
  • First and only Salvadoran team to win the CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup (1991)
  • First coach of El Salvador that won three championships consecutively: Salvadoran Conrado Miranda with Atletico Marte in 1955–57.

Head coaches of Atlético Marte

The club's current manager is Argentine Cristian Domizzi.[11] 12] There have been TBD permanent and TBD caretaker managers of Atletico Marte since the appointment of the club's first professional manager, Emilio Guardado in 1950. The club's longest-serving manager, in terms of both length of tenure and number of games overseen, is TBD, who managed the club between 1996 and 2018. Argentine José Santacomba was Atletico Marte's first manager from outside the El Salvador. Salvadorans Conrado Miranda and Armando Contreras Palma is the club's most successful coach, having won three Primera División titles; followed closely by Chilean Hernán Carrasco Vivanco, who won two Primera División titles.

The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of Atlético Marte
Name Period Trophies
El Salvador Emilio Guardado 1950–52 2 TBD
El Salvador Conrado Miranda 1955–57 3 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
El Salvador Marcelo Estrada TBD 1 TBD
Chile Hernán Carrasco Vivanco 1968–70, 2002 2 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
El Salvador Armando Contreras Palma 1981–85 3 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
Uruguay Carlos Jurado & El Salvador Juan Ramón Paredes


1991 1 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup
Argentina Ramiro Cepeda 2008–10 1 Segunda División de El Salvador

List of presidents

Atletico Marte have had numerous presidents[clarification needed] over the course of their history, some of which have been the owners of the club, others have been Military rulers. Here is a complete list from when Jesús Rodolfo Rodríguez took over at the club in 1950, until the present day.

Name Years
El Salvador Jesús Rodolfo Rodríguez (Military Leader) 1950
El Salvador José Castro Meléndez (Military Leader) 1950
El Salvador Carlos H. Cornejo (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Salvador Henríquez (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Oscar René Serrano (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Miguel Angel Castillo (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Angel Napoleón Orantes (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Jesús Gabriel Contreras (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Max Leiva (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Jorge Alberto Domínguez (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Marco A. González (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Mauricio Ernesto Vargas (Military Leader) 1995
El Salvador Héctor Lobo (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Sigifredo Ochoa Pérez (Military Leader) TBD
El Salvador Mauricio Hernandez (Military Leader) 1988–89
Name Years
El Salvador Esteban Munguía TBD
El Salvador Félix Castillo Mayorga 1982–84
El Salvador Felipe Mira, Orlando Calderón TBD
El Salvador José A. Platero TBD
El Salvador Odilio Viche TBD
El Salvador Saúl Salguero TBD
El Salvador Otmaro Luna TBD
El Salvador Osmín Viscarra TBD
El Salvador Emilio Charur TBD
El Salvador Ernesto "El Chato" Vargas 1994
El Salvador Vicente Carranza 2001
El Salvador Félix Guardado 2002–12
El Salvador Hugo Carrillo 2012–2016
El Salvador Tomas Aguirre 2017–2018
El Salvador Hugo Carrillo 2019–


  1. ^ On June 14, 2009, the club won the right to be in the Primera División by defeating AFI-El Roble of Ilobasco in the Finals of the Segundo División.



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