Club Deportivo Palestino

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For the Honduran football club, see Palestino FC.
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 8,000
Chairman Fernando Aguad
Manager Nicolás Córdova
League Campeonato Nacional
2014–15 Apertura: 4th
Liguilla Apertura: Finalist
Clausura: 16th
Liguilla Clausura: Not qualified
Overall: 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

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.


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 play-off 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". 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


Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Club Deportivo Palestino as of 27 July 2016 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Darío Melo
4  CHI DF Benjamín Vidal
5  ARG MF Agustín Farías
6  CHI MF Diego Torres
7  CHI DF Diego Rosende
8  ARG MF Franco Mazurek
9  ARG FW Leandro Benegas
10  CHI MF Leonardo Valencia
11  CHI DF Roberto Cereceda
13  CHI DF Francisco Sierralta
14  CHI MF Michael Sandoval
15  CHI FW Jason Silva
16  CHI FW Richard Paredes
No. Position Player
17  CHI MF Esteban Carvajal
18  CHI MF Yerko Rojas
19  ARG DF Ezequiel Luna
20  CHI DF Diego Oyarzún
21  CHI MF Ignacio Ayala
22  CHI FW Gonzalo Mosquera
23  CHI MF Jonathan Cisternas
24  CHI DF Byron Saavedra
25  CHI GK Claudio Abarca
28  PLE MF Shadi Shaban
29  CHI MF Mathías Vidangossy
31  CHI GK Ignacio González
32  CHI FW Ariel Hernández

Manager: Nicolás Córdova

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 GK Ignacio González (from Deportes Copiapó)
Chile DF Diego Oyarzún (from Unión La Calera)
Chile DF Francisco Sierralta (Loan from Granada CF)
Chile DF Benjamín Vidal (from Universidad de Chile)
Chile DF Roberto Cereceda (from Unión La Calera)
Argentina DF Ezequiel Luna (from Santiago Wanderers)
Chile MF Jason Silva (back from Unión La Calera)
No. Position Player
Chile MF Leonardo Valencia (back from Universidad de Chile)
Argentina MF Franco Mazurek (Loan from Colón)
State of Palestine MF Shadi Shaban (Loan from Ahli Al-Khaleel)
Chile MF Mathías Vidangossy (from Pumas UNAM)
Argentina FW Leandro Benegas (loaned from Universidad de Chile)
Chile FW Yerko Rojas (back from Deportes La Serena)


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

No. Position Player
2 Chile DF Lucas Domínguez (to Unión Española)
3 Chile DF Francisco Alarcón (to Universidad de Concepción)
4 Chile DF Alejandro Contreras (to Universidad de Chile)
8 Chile MF César Valenzuela (to Huachipato)
9 Argentina FW Marcos Riquelme (to Audax Italiano)
10 Argentina MF Cristián Álvarez (Released)
11 Chile FW Enzo Gutiérrez (to Millonarios)
13 Chile MF César Cortés (to Audax Italiano)
No. Position Player
14 Chile FW Rubén Farfán (loaned to Santiago Wanderers)
16 Chile MF Roberto Ávalos (Retired)
18 Chile FW Fabián Ahumada (Loan to Coquimbo Unido)
20 Chile MF Nicolás Maturana (back to Universidad de Chile)
21 Argentina MF Jonathan Zacaría (to Universidad de Chile)
28 Chile DF Felipe Campos (to Colo-Colo)
30 Argentina DF Fernando Meza (to Necaxa)
31 Chile GK Luis Marín (to Deportes Temuco)

Former managers[edit]

Women's team[edit]

The women's team have won the 2015 Clausura tournament. Thus ending a ten season title streak of Colo-Colo. The captain, Ashraf Khatib, lifted the title. She was quoted as saying it was a pleasure to be the first actual Palestinian woman to lift the title in Chile. [3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cerda, Claudio (17 August 2009). "Chile's Palestino tapping roots to go public". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Chile bans Palestino football club 'anti-Israel' shirt". BBC. 
  3. ^ "Sorpresa en Quilín: Palestino Femenino gritó campeón en la cara de Colo Colo" (in Spanish). 5 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "alestino acaba con hegemonía de Colo Colo y se corona campeón nacional femenino" (in Spanish). 5 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 

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