Club Deportivo Palestino

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Palestino
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Full name Club Deportivo Palestino S.A.D.P.
Nickname(s) Tino, Árabes, Tricolor, Baisanos
Founded 20 August 1920
Ground Estadio Municipal de La Cisterna
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Fernando Aguad
Manager Pablo Guede
League Primera División
2013 11th

Club Deportivo Palestino, is a professional football club based in the city of Santiago, Chile. The club was founded in 1920 and plays in the Primera División de Chile. They play their home games at the Estadio Municipal de La Cisterna stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 12,000 seats.

History[edit]

The club was founded on 20 August 1920, when they participated in a colonial competition in Osorno. It was founded by a group of Palestinian immigrants, the name of the club reflects the origin in Chile's Palestinian community. In 1952 the Federación de Fútbol de Chile set up the first professional leagues. Palestino was accepted into the Second Division, which they won to ascertain promotion to the Primera División.

In 1955 the club won their first national championship under the coaching of Argentine captain Guillermo Coll, in that era the club became known by the nickname millonario (Millionaire) because of their ability to attract top class footballers.

In 1978 the club won their second league title, this time the team was led by Chilean captain Elías Figueroa. In this campaign they set a new record in the domestic tournament, for the number of games unbeaten and soon won the Copa Chile to claim the league and cup double.

In 2004 the club became a registered company, but the change of status did not bring the expected improvement in results. In 2006 they finished in 18th place out of 20 teams, forcing them to face a playoff against Fernandez Vial to keep their place in the top flight. Ultimately the club would triumph thus preserving their spot within the Chilean first division.

The club made a surprising run to the final of the Clausura 2008 tournament, where they lost to champions Colo Colo. Following this success, the club intends to float on the Chilean and Palestinian stock exchanges.[1]

In January 2014, Palestino was fined the equivalent of $1,300 for using a new team jersey with the club's traditional colors, red, green and black, and with the number one shaped as the map of Palestine before the creation of Israel. Chilean Jewish groups complained, with a formal complaint to their national Federation being made by Patrick Kiblisky, owner of first-division club Ñublense. The jerseys were said to have been first used in December 2013, although the club said they were used in the prior season. The federation banned the shirts and fined the club by the grounds that the Federation is opposed to "any form of political, religious, sexual, ethnic, social or racial discrimination.". If the banning itself is discrimination was not stated by the federation. On its Facebook page, the club stated: "For us, free Palestine will always be historical Palestine, nothing less."[2]

National honors[edit]

1955, 1978
Runners-Up (4): 1953, 1974, 1986, 2008
1975, 1977
1952, 1972

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Palestino as of 18 April 2012 (edit)
Sources: Palestino squad at Football–Lineups.com

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Ivan Meirone
2  CHI DF Paulo Díaz
4  CHI DF Alejandro Contreras
5  PAR DF Rodrigo Riquelme
7  CHI DF Diego Rosende
8  CHI MF César Valenzuela
9  CHI FW Renato Ramos
10  CHI MF Jason Silva
12  CHI GK José Quezada
14  CHI MF Pablo Tamburrini
15  CHI MF Leonardo Valencia
16  CHI MF Diego Torres
17  CHI MF Mario Parra
18  CHI MF Jonathan Cantillana
No. Position Player
19  CHI DF Felipe Campos
20  CHI FW Matías Garcia
21  CHI MF Marcelo Morales
22  CHI FW Jorge Guajardo
24  CHI FW Matías Ramírez
30  CHI GK Felipe Núñez
--  CHI DF Jorge Schwager
--  ARG DF Germán Lanaro
--  CHI MF Esteban Carvajal
--  CHI MF Alejandro Márquez
--  ARG MF Luis Bevacqua
--  ARG MF Gabriel Díaz
--  ARG FW Marcos Riquelme
--  ARG FW Jorge Piris

Manager: Pablo Guedes

Former managers[edit]

See also[edit]

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