Club de Fútbol Atlante, usually known as Atlante FC, was first established in April 1916. Nicknamed the Iron Colts, the team were traditionally based in Mexico City, but relocated to Cancún in 2007. Over the years, Atlante have enjoyed significant success at both domestic and international level.
In 1943, the Mexican Football Federation established a professional football league in the country. Atlante turned professional and became one of the founding members of the Primera División. Upon entering the division, the club took little time establishing itself, finishing as runners up in the 1945-46 season. The following year, the 1946-47 season, saw a marked improvement upon that performance and the team claimed their first league title.
Since their 1947 title win, Atlante have gone on to achieve Primera División wins on two more occasions, in 1992-93 and in 2007. They have also been runners up a total of four times. The club have lifted the Copa México three times, including back-to-back wins in 1951 and 1952 and have been crowned Campeón de Campeones twice. In addition, the club has also claimed silverware on the international front, winning the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 1983, finishing as runners up in the competition in 1994 and then adding a second win in 2009.
A number of full Mexican international players, including Horacio Casarín, Hugo Sánchez, Dionisio Mejía, Juan Carreño and Luis García Postigo, have represented the team. Other notable former players include the Colombian striker Luis Gabriel Rey, the Venezuela international Giancarlo Maldonado and the Brazilian player Cabinho, who remains the club's greatest ever goalscorer.
Since its opening in 2007, Atlante have played their home games at the Estadio Andrés Quintana Roo in Cancún. The stadium is able to hold up to 20,000 supporters and was inaugurated with a match against Pumas UNAM.