|Full name||Club Deportivo Huachipato|
"Campeón del Sur" (Champion of the South)
|Founded||June 7, 1947|
Club Deportivo Huachipato, is a Chilean multisports club based in the city of Talcahuano. Although many activities are hosted by the club, CD Huachipato is mostly known for its football team, currently playing in the Primera División, the top level of the Chilean football league system.
The club was founded June 7, 1947 and plays its home games at the Estadio CAP, which has a capacity of 10,500 people (all-seated).
In 1947, CD Huachipato was officially notarized and the first official recorded game was played. The original fans were the local company employees of the steel industry. It took a few years for the club to achieve its first successes, obtaining regional championships in 1956 and 1964.
In its early seasons "the Steelers", as they are known, were quite satisfactory in the second division. The 1965 debut was against Municipal de Santiago with a 3-0 victory.
After 36 games the standings would show Huachipato second with 46 points, 3 points less than that of Ferrobádminton another second division team that took the championship and thus passage (which is how it was granted in those years) to the First Division.
However a year later (1966), the Steelers managed promotion to first division, after winning the second division champions Chile with 49 points, they remained well above teams like Coquimbo (42 points) and San Antonio (39) who stayed with the second and third place respectively after thirty games.
With only two years in the professionalism of Talcahuano Huachipato was installed in the top flight professional football in Chile, La Primera Division.
With a tie on a goal, as local and against Audax Italiano, the "Steelers" debuted in first division. In the first season of first division Huachipato an acceptable term in sixth place among 18 teams, although the tournament was on two wheels. The following years were quiet for steel culminating their shares in the mid-high zone of the standings. However a few years after this change.
Huachipato won the 1974 First Division Football Championship, with this triumph they are the only Chilean Football team from the south of Chile to obtain the title.
1974 was a year that many Huachipato fans will never forget, after 34 matches played, Huachipato had to beat Aviación to become champions in their last match, and they did it, Moisés Silva scored the only goal that crowned Huchipato champions that year.
Since then the club has never won any other title, but it has always caused difficulties for the big teams when playing against Huachipato, especially in the Estadio Las Higueras, their former home ground.
From the end of the 1990s, Huachipato was characterized by a club trainer of players from lower divisions. Examples of these are important values steelmaker emerged from the quarry as Roberto Cartes, Cristian Uribe, Rodrigo Rain, Cristián Reynero, Rodrigo Millar, Mario Salgado, Héctor Mancilla, Gonzalo Jara, Pedro Morales, Mauricio Arias, among others.
As for sporting achievements, reached the Semi-Finals in the Torneos Apertura in the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In addition since the end of the 1990s, Huachipato classification achieved an international tournament and the Copa Sudamericana 2006 and their second championship since 38 years, after defeating Unión Española in the 2012 Chilean Clausura Tournament final. All this has undoubtedly been the highlight of "Champion of Southern Chile" in recent years.
Although best known as a professional football club, the club has other sports branches; these are: basketball, karate, taekwondo, artistic roller skating, roller hockey, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, among others.
Current squad of Huachipato as of 2013 (
Sources: Huachipato at Football–Lineups
Manager: Hugo Vilches
Dates and Honours
- Seasons in Primera División: 36
- Seasons in Primera B: 9
- Copa Libertadores appearances: 1
- Copa Sudamericana appearances: 1
- 1974, 2012-C
- 1979, 1983
Performance in CONMEBOL competitions
- Copa Libertadores: 2 appearance
- Copa Sudamericana: 1 appearance
- 2006: First Round
- Corporación de Acero del Pacífico (ACEROCAP)