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Club Deportivo Universidad Católica

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CD Universidad Católica
Full name Club Deportivo Universidad Católica
Nickname(s) UC
La Católica (The Catholic)
Los Cruzados (The Crusaders)
Caballeros Cruzados (The Crusader Knights)
Campeón del Bicentenario (The Bicentennial Champion)
Founded 21 April 1937
Ground Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
Ground Capacity 12,000[1]
Chairman Luis Larrain
Manager 23x15px Mario Salas
League Primera División
2011 Apertura 2nd place

Club Deportivo Universidad Católica is a professional football club based in Santiago, Chile, which plays in the Primera División.

Universidad Católica is one of the most successful and popular Chilean football clubs and considered one of the Chile's "Big Three".

Its traditional rival is Universidad de Chile. They contest the Clásico Universitario. Colo-Colo is the other big rival of the club.


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Universidad Católica 1939.
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Universidad Católica 1949.

While the club was born as one of the many sport branches of the Universidad Católica de Chile, officially founded in 1937, it began, strictly speaking, around 1910, when students of the University would reunite to play football matches, frequently facing historical rival Universidad de Chile. In time, the idea of creating a professional club emerged, and on 21 April 1937, the club officially and legally began existing. It made its professional debut, in the second division, against the Universidad de Chile. Rivalry, both in sports and in academic issues, made these matches between the Universities become more and more important, eventually reaching the national status of "Universities' Derby". The rivalry maintains itself until today, with each match between these teams being considered a must-see for every football fan in the country.

The Universidad Católica has attained fame as a favorite of the higher classes, because of many factors, which range from the location of the club's stadium, San Carlos de Apoquindo (in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of the capital) and Headquarters, although there are "UC" fans all around the country, including popular regions or towns. For this reason, is planned to build a new stadium in a more popular place of Santiago. Due to the neighbourhood's strong influence (wealthy families), the club has been unable to be approved for projects to enlarge the stadium and thus draw larger crowds. Only until in recent years the club was allowed by the commune of Las Condes, to host their clasicos matches against Universidad de Chile and Colo-Colo in their own stadium. Although just a limited number of its rivals' supporters are allowed to be present at these matches due to security reasons inside the stadium and around its high-end neighborhood.

The club has reached notoriety, both in a national and South American level, as owner of one of the best infrastructures and training centers in the continent. As such, it is a good source of young talents, which occasionally rise to stardom in the club. Its most recent youth academy produced player known worldwide is Gary Medel, currently playing for FC Internazionale, among other clubs such as Boca Juniors, Sevilla, as well as playing a big role in Chile's 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads.

The club has won 10 national tournaments, and one international cup: Inter-American cup. Also, in 1993, Universidad Católica was the runner-up in the most important international tournament in South America: the Copa Libertadores de América, losing in the finals against the powerful Brazilian team, São Paulo. In 1997 the club celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a friendly tournament where they beat Ajax Amsterdam 3–2 in the Copa 60º Aniversario de Universidad Católica.[2]

In recent years, the club has been reemerged in international competition, advancing to the 2005 Copa Sudamericana semifinal before being knocked out by the powerful Boca Juniors from Argentina, who would go on to win the tournament. In 2006 the team made a good presentation in the Copa Libertadores, but was eliminated at the last minute by Tigres UANL of Mexico and failed to advance beyond the group stage. Universidad Católica did not qualify for the 2007 Copa Libertadores.

Católica played again Copa Libertadores in 2008 with no luck, being eliminated in group stage by goal difference by River Plate and América. In 2010, their performance was no better, finishing third in group stage behind Universidad de Chile and Flamengo.

On the 2011 edition, Católica finished 1st on the round robin, and then proceeded to advance up to quarter-finals, knocking out Grêmio of Brazil on the best 16 round, and falling to Peñarol of Uruguay 2–0 in Montevideo and winning their home match 2–1, which was not enough to advance.

On 2012 the club, under coach and former player Mario Lepe, finished last on the group stage, winning only 1 home game and losing on their away games in Colombia and Bolivia.

Since 2012, the club has always been in the fight for the championship, however, by one reason or the other, it has been unable to finish first, thus becoming the target of jokes by its rivals and adopting a reputation of a "2nd place team". The lack of titles and frustrating important match losses against bitter rivals and smaller clubs, has infuriated a demanding fan base that is now looking for changes at the top level. The hard core fans have been expressing their anger at the games by blaming the club's executives for keeping the club between the elite, not opening up the club to the masses, lack of investment in acquisition of players and poor decisions in the acquisition of a few foreign players that were not up to the club's standards.

Club information

  • Seasons on 1st Division: 66
  • Seasons on 2nd Division: 3
  • Best Position on 1st Division: 1st
  • Worst Position on 1st Division: 18th
  • Best IFFHS Position: 9th
  • Maximum amount of games won in 1 league season: 27 (1999)
  • Maximum amount of games won in short tournaments: 18 (Clausura 2005)
  • Maximum amount of goals scored in 1 league season: 102 (1999)
  • Maximum amount of goals scored in short tournaments: 56 (Apertura 2002)
  • Least beaten Goalkeeper: José María Buljubasich 1352 minutes (4th on IFFHS Ranking)
  • Most matches played for Copa Libertadores de América: Mario Lepe (76 matches)
  • Maximum number of second places in a local league: 44


National honours

1949, 1954, 1961, 1966, 1984, 1987, 1997-A, 2002-A, 2005-C, 2010
1983-PG, 1983-R, 1991, 1995, 2011
  • 23x15px Liguilla Pre-Libertadores: 8
1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
  • 23x15px Liguilla Pre-Sudamericana: 2
2003, 2015
  • 23x15px Apertura Consolation Tournament: 1
1956, 1975

International honours

Runners-up (1): 1993


For a list of all former and current Universidad Católica players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Club Deportivo Universidad Católica footballers.

The Chilean Football Federation rules allow a maximum of seven foreign players per team, but only five can be on the pitch at any one time. Currently Católica has six foreign players.

Current squad

Current squad of Club Deportivo Universidad Católica as of 2 January 2015 (edit)
Sources: Official Web site

No. Position Player
1 23x15px CHI GK Cristopher Toselli
2 23x15px CHI DF Marko Biskupovic
3 23x15px CHI DF Erick Pulgar
4 23x15px CHI DF Cristián Álvarez
5 23x15px ARG MF Tomás Costa
7 23x15px CHI FW Álvaro Ramos
8 23x15px URU DF Pablo Álvarez
10 23x15px CHI MF Diego Rojas
11 23x15px CHI MF Fernando Cordero
12 23x15px CHI GK Fabián Cerda
14 23x15px CHI FW José Luis Muñoz
15 23x15px CHI MF Michael Ríos
16 23x15px CHI MF Claudio Sepúlveda

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No. Position Player
17 23x15px CHI FW David Llanos
18 23x15px ARG MF Darío Bottinelli
19 23x15px CHI MF Mark González
20 23x15px CHI MF Fabián Manzano
21 23x15px ARG GK Franco Costanzo
22 23x15px CHI FW Roberto Gutiérrez
25 23x15px CHI GK Miguel Vargas
26 23x15px CHI DF Guillermo Maripán
27 23x15px CHI FW Jeisson Vargas
28 23x15px URU MF Matías Mier
29 23x15px CHI DF Stefano Magnasco
-- 23x15px ARG DF Germán Lanaro
-- 23x15px CHI FW Christian Bravo
</table>Coach: Mario Salas

From Youth Team

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

No. Position Player
30 23x15px DF Guillermo Soto
31 23x15px MF Carlos Lobos
32 23x15px DF Raimundo Rebolledo
33 23x15px DF Francisco Sierralta
36 23x15px MF Andrés Díaz
No. Position Player
41 23x15px DF Vicente Starikoff
46 23x15px MF Luis Oyarzo
-- 23x15px MF Jaime Carreño
-- 23x15px FW Carlos Rodríguez

Out on Loan

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

No. Position Player
23x15px GK Claudio Santis (at San Antonio Unido)
23x15px DF Jesús Villalobos (at Rangers de Talca)
23x15px DF Benjamín Kuscevic (at Real Madrid Castilla)
23x15px DF Diego Oyarzún (at Unión La Calera)
23x15px DF Diego Opazo (at Rangers de Talca)
23x15px DF José Martínez (at Everton de Viña del Mar)
23x15px DF Marcelo Pérez (at Coquimbo Unido)
23x15px MF Santiago Dittborn (at San Marcos de Arica)
No. Position Player
23x15px MF Eduardo Leal (at Lota Schwager)
23x15px MF Camilo Peña (at Trasandino)
23x15px MF Camilo Gainza (at Curico Unido)
23x15px MF Juan Pablo Gómez (at Universidad de Concepción)
23x15px FW Matías Jadue (at Deportes Antofagasta)
23x15px FW Allan Luttecke (at Coquimbo Unido)
23x15px FW Braulio Brizuela (at Lota Schwager)
23x15px FW Ramiro Costa (at Unión La Calera)

2015–16 Summer Transfers


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

No. Position Player
-- 23x15px DF Germán Lanaro (from Palestino)
No. Position Player
-- 23x15px FW Christian Bravo (Loan from Granada)


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

No. Position Player
13 23x15px DF Walter Ibáñez (Released)
23 23x15px MF Juan Pablo Gómez (Loan to Universidad de Concepción)
No. Position Player
24 23x15px DF Alfonso Parot (Released)

Current Coaching staff

Position Name
Manager 23x15px Mario Salas
Assistant Manager 23x15px Leonardo Zamora
Assistant Manager 23x15px Fernando Gutierrez
Academy team Manager 23x15px Andrés Romero
Fitness coach 23x15px Osvaldo Alegria
Goalkeeping coach 23x15px Iván Contreras
Director of Football 23x15px José María Buljubasich

Individual honours

1º Division top scorers

International cups top scorers

America's Ideal Team

Notable coaches

See also


External links