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)
Founded 21 April 1937
Ground Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman Jaime Estévez
Manager Argentina Julio César Falcioni
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.


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.

Universidad Católica was the first winner of the trophy "Huemul de Plata" (2010).[1]

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 (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.

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.

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 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 de la 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 quarterfinals, knocking out Gremio 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.

Club information[edit]

  • 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


IFFHS ranking[edit]

  • Top 25 South American Ranking 20th century 1:
25th 2009[2]
  • Top 20 South American Ranking Decade (1):
18th 2010[3]
  • Top 55 World Ranking History (3):
47th 2007,[4] 51st 2008,[5] 52nd 2009[6]
  • Top 30 World Ranking (Year) 3:
18th 1993, 21st 1995,[7] 27th 2005[8]
  • Top 30 Ranking Mundial (Month) 10:
20th 2006,[9] 21st 2006,[10][11] 23rd 2011,[12] 24th 2006,[13] 24th 2006,[14] 26th 2011[15]

27th 2000,[16] 27th 2006,[17] 28th 1999,[18] 29th 2011[19]

Copa Libertadores ranking[edit]

10th 2006,[20] 10th 2007,[21] 10th 2008,[22] 10th 2009[23]


National honours[edit]

Universidad Católica 1939.
Universidad Católica 1949.
1949, 1954, 1961, 1966, 1984, 1987, 1997-A, 2002-A, 2005-C, 2010
1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997-C, 1999, 2001, 2002-C, 2007-A, 2009-C, 2011-A, 2013-T, 2013-A, 2014-C
1983-PG, 1983-R, 1991, 1995, 2011
1958, 1961, 1962, 1982, 1984, 1989, 1990, 2013
  • Chile Liguilla Pre-Libertadores: 8
1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
  • Chile Liguilla Pre-Sudamericana: 1
  • Chile Apertura Consolation Tournament: 1
1956, 1975

International honours[edit]

Runners-up (1): 1993


For a list of all former and current Universidad Católica players with a Wikipedia article, see Category: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[edit]

Current squad of Club Deportivo Universidad Católica as of 20 December 2013 (edit)
Sources: Official Web site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Cristopher Toselli
2  CHI DF Marko Biskupovic
3  CHI DF Enzo Roco
4  CHI DF Cristián Álvarez
5  ARG MF Tomás Costa
6  ARG DF Matías Cahais
7  CHI FW Álvaro Ramos
8  ARG FW Ramiro Costa
9  ARG FW Mauro Obolo
10  CHI MF Diego Rojas
11  CHI MF Fernando Cordero
12  CHI GK Claudio Santis
13  CHI DF Erick Pulgar
14  CHI FW José Luis Muñoz
No. Position Player
15  CHI MF Michael Ríos
16  CHI MF Claudio Sepúlveda
17  CHI FW David Llanos
18  ARG MF Darío Bottinelli
19  CHI MF Mark González
20  CHI MF Fabián Manzano
21  ARG GK Franco Costanzo
22  CHI MF Juan Pablo Gómez
23  CHI MF Gonzalo Sepúlveda
24  CHI DF Alfonso Parot
25  CHI GK Andrés Gutiérrez
26  CHI DF Guillermo Maripán
31  CHI MF Hugo Alarcón

Coach: Julio César Falcioni

Copa Chile squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
35 Chile MF Eduardo Leal
37 Chile FW Frank Fernández
40 Chile MF Camilo Peña
No. Position Player
43 Chile DF Jesús Villalobos
44 Paraguay FW Braulio Brizuela
-- Chile DF Eduardo Villagra

From Youth Team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
36 Chile MF Andrés Díaz
38 Chile DF Guillermo Soto
39 Chile DF Marcelo Pérez
41 Chile DF Vicente Starikoff
42 Chile DF Gonzalo Rodríguez
45 Chile DF Benjamín Kuscevic
No. Position Player
46 Chile MF Luis Oyarzo
48 Chile FW Carlos Rodríguez
49 Chile MF Ivo Cerda
-- Chile GK Sergio Lemus
-- Chile MF Gonzalo Mendiburo

Out on Loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Chile GK Fabián Cerda (at Cobresal)
Chile DF Diego Oyarzún (at San Marcos de Arica)
Chile DF Diego Opazo (at Curico Unido)
Chile DF José Martínez (at Everton de Viña del Mar)
Chile MF Pablo González (at San Marcos de Arica)
No. Position Player
Chile MF Santiago Dittborn (at San Marcos de Arica)
Chile MF Camilo Gainza (at Curico Unido)
Uruguay MF Matías Mier (at Santiago Wanderers)
Chile FW Matías Jadue (at Deportes Antofagasta)
Chile FW Allan Luttecke (at Coquimbo Unido)

2014 Winter Transfers[edit]


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

No. Position Player
6 Argentina DF Matías Cahais (from Racing Club)
9 Argentina FW Mauro Obolo (from Godoy Cruz)
13 Chile DF Erick Pulgar (from Deportes Antofagasta)
No. Position Player
17 Chile FW David Llanos (from Huachipato)
22 Chile MF Juan Pablo Gómez (back from Unión La Calera)


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

No. Position Player
6 Argentina DF Jonathan Bottinelli (Returns to River Plate)
7 Chile MF Rodrigo Valenzuela (Retired)
9 Chile MF Fernando Meneses (to Released)
10 Chile MF Milovan Mirošević (to Unión Española)
12 Chile GK Fabián Cerda (Loan to Cobresal)
No. Position Player
13 Chile FW Francisco Pizarro (to Barnechea)
20 Chile DF Diego Oyarzún (Loan to San Marcos de Arica)
22 Chile FW Matías Jadue (Loan to Deportes Antofagasta)
28 Chile MF Camilo Gainza (Loan to Curicó Unido)
30 Chile MF Santiago Dittborn (Loan to San Marcos de Arica)

Current Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Argentina Julio César Falcioni
Assistant Manager Argentina Omar Píccoli
Assistant Manager Argentina Javier Sanguinetti
Academy team Manager Chile Andrés Romero
Fitness coach Argentina Gustavo Otero
Goalkeeping coach Argentina Néstor Lo Tártaro
Director of Football Argentina José María Buljubasich

Individual honours[edit]

1º Division top scorers[edit]

International cups top scorers[edit]

America's Ideal Team[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Catolica champions, Everton relegated – Primera Division de Chile 2010: Season Review
  2. ^ "El Club del Siglo de América del Sur". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  3. ^ South America’s Club of the 1st Decade of the 21st century (2001–2010) web: 30 November 2010.
  4. ^ (2007). "clasificación histórica de clubes". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "locosxliga". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  6. ^ IFFHS (2009). "Clasificación histórica del Ranking Mundial de Clubs (1.1.1991–31.12.2009)". Federación Internacional de Historia y Estadística de Fútbol. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Clasificación Mundial de los Clubes: Los 'Primeros 25' de cada año (1991–2008)". Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "U. Católica se ubicó entre los 30 mejores equipos del mundo". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "U. Católica comparte con Villarreal el 20º lugar mundial de clubes". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "IFFHS: La UC iguala al Real Madrid en el ranking mundial de clubes". Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "U. Católica quedó a un paso de los mejores 20 equipos del mundo". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ranking IFFHS: UC es el mejor evaluado entre los equipos chilenos". 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "U. Católica se mantuvo entre los 25 mejores clubes del mundo". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "Inter de Pizarro es el mejor club del mundo y la UC sigue entre los 25 primeros". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Sumar de a tres (Sum of three)". Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "La corona tiene nombre". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  17. ^ "U. Católica quedó como el 27º mejor equipo del mundo según la IFFHS". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "El mejor equipo de 1999". Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  19. ^ "World Ranking Clubs". Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  20. ^ Table 1960–2006 Source: date: dic 4 2010.
  21. ^ Table 1960–2007 Source: date: dic 4 2010.
  22. ^ Table 1960–2008 Source: date: dic 4 2010.
  23. ^ Table 1960–2009 Source: date: dic 4 2010.

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