The team's roots trace all the way back to 1918, when some students from Colegio Santa Librada formed their own team, called "America F.C.", to compete with other schools. The team won the CopaCentenario Batalla de Boyacá in 1919. The team's uniform was light blue with white vertical stripes, light blue shorts, and socks with horizontal stripes in white and light blue.
The curse of "Garabato"Benjamin Urrea, better known as "Garabato", was a dentist and one of the most faithful fans of "la mechita". However, he was very strongly opposed to the professionalization of the club and whenhe learned of this process being carried out by Humberto Salcedo Fernández, he placed a curse on the institution. He is quoted as saying "que lo vuelvan profesional, que hagan con el equipo lo quequieran... que, por mi Dios, América nunca sera campeón", which means that if the team is professionalized, I swear to God that it will never be champion. Although it is said that this curse was brokenin 1979 when the team obtained its first national title, there are many people who believe the curse still holds true in the Copa Libertadores since America has reached 4 finals and never been able towin the cup. The popular "Garabato" died on January 5, 2008 in Cali.
The new millennium and the "Clinton List"
Despite having won the Colombian League three more times from 2000–2002,América has entered the millennium in economic hardship and unable to prove the team that astonished the world in the 1980s. In 1995, Corporación Deportiva América was placed under watch by Executive...