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Cobreloa's logo
Full name Club de Deportes Cobreloa
Nickname(s) Zorros del desierto (desert foxes)
Mineros (Miners)
Naranjas (Oranges)
Founded 7 January 1977; 37 years ago
Ground Estadio Zorros del Desierto
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Augusto González Aguirre
Manager Marco Antonio Figueroa
League Primera División
2015 18°
Website [ Club home page]

Club de Deportes Cobreloa is a Chilean football club from the Atacama Desert mining city of Calama which has established itself as one of the country's most competitive clubs. The club was founded on 7 January 1977 and plays in the Chilean top flight, the Primera División, where they have played since 1978. Cobreloa plays at the Estadio Zorros del Desierto, which has a capacity of 12,000. Their main rivals are Colo-Colo, O'Higgins, Deportes Antofagasta and Cobresal. They wear an all-orange home kit.


Cobreloa is a relatively new club, having been founded on 7 January 1977. The name Cobreloa comes from combining the Spanish word for copper (Cobre), and Loa, after the province and the Loa River, the longest river in Chile, which is located near Calama and Chuquicamata, the world's largest open pit copper mining|mine.

The club was able to establish itself in Chile's top flight very quickly, earning promotion after its first season, where they have stayed ever since. Only four years after their foundation, Cobreloa reached the finals of the Copa Libertadores in 1981, losing in a third match to Brazilian club Flamengo. Cobreloa reached the Copa Libertadores final the following year, losing to Peñarol of Uruguay. The club also reached the semi-final of the Copa Libertadores in 1987.

They have competed in the Copa Libertadores de América 13 times, 3 times in the Copa Sudamericana and twice in the Copa CONMEBOL: In 1995 they reached the quarter-finals and the following year were eliminated in the first round. Cobreloa have 8 Primera División titles and 1 Copa Chile title making them the most successful side outside Santiago in Chile and one of the four biggest clubs of the country.


Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Cobreloa as of 30 May 2014 (edit)

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Sebastián Contreras
3  CHI DF Miguel Sanhueza
4  CHI DF Rodolfo González
5  PAR DF Ricardo Martinez
6  ARG DF Martín Zbrun
8  CHI MF Fernando Cornejo
9  URU FW Santiago Barboza
12  CHI GK Matías Carrasco
13  CHI DF Diego Silva
14  CHI MF José Pérez
15  ARG GK Luciano Palos
No. Position Player
16  CHI FW Álvaro López
19  CHI FW Sebastián Romero
21  ARG MF Cristián Gaitán
22  CHI MF Patricio Troncoso
23  CHI MF José Luis Jiménez
24  CHI MF Paolo Gomez
25  CHI DF Matías González
26  CHI MF Felipe Palacios
30  CHI MF Iván Ledezma
32  CHI MF Eric Ahumada
--  CHI MF Bryan Cortés

Manager: Marco Antonio Figueroa

2015–16 Summer 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
-- Chile MF Bryan Cortés (loan from Universidad de Chile)
No. Position Player


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

No. Position Player
10 Chile FW Rodrigo Gattas (Released)
11 Paraguay MF Gustavo Cristaldo (to Universidad de Concepción)
No. Position Player
20 Chile DF Marco Hidalgo (Released)
28 Chile FW Ignacio Herrera (Released)


National honours[edit]

1980, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1992, 2003-A, 2003-C, 2004-C

International honours[edit]

Runners-up (2): 1981, 1982


Primera División Top scorers[edit]

Year Player Goals
1982 Jorge Luis Siviero 18
1983 Washington Olivera 29
1993 Marco Antonio Figueroa 18
Apertura 2004 Patricio Galaz 23
Clausura 2004 Patricio Galaz 19

Copa Chile Top scorers[edit]

Year Player Goals
1982 Jorge Luis Siviero 8
1986 Juan Carlos Letelier 11
1990 Adrián Czornomaz 13
1994 Alejandro Glaría 12


Cobreloa managers from 1977 to present


Cobreloa presidents from 1977 to present
  • 1977-1977: Francisco Núñez Venegas
  • 1978-1978: Esteban Ibáñez
  • 1978-1978: José Gorrini Sanguinetti
  • 1978–1982: Sergio Stoppel García
  • 1983–1987: Luis Gómez Araya
  • 1987–1988: Sergio Stoppel García
  • 1989–1991: Pedro Cortés Navia
  • 1991–1992: Luis Urrutia Concha
  • 1992–1993: Orlando Álvarez Campos
  • 1993–1998: Sergio Jarpa Gibert
  • 1998–1999: Pedro Pablo Latorre Muñoz
  • 1999–2003: Heriberto Pinto García
  • 2003–2006: Gerardo Mella Fernández
  • 2006–2007: Augusto González Aguirre
  • 2007–2010: Juan George George
  • 2010– 2012: Javier Maureira Alfaro
  • 2012–2014: Mario Herrera Pinto
  • 2014-2014: Jorge Pereira
  • 2014–present: Augusto González Aguirre