Club Deportivo Palestino

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Full nameClub Deportivo Palestino S.A.D.P.
Nickname(s)Tino, Árabes, Tricolor, Baisanos
Founded20 August 1920
GroundEstadio Municipal de La Cisterna
ChairmanJorge Uauy
CoachIvo Basay
LeagueCampeonato Nacional
WebsiteClub website

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 8,000 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 Clausura
1975, 1977, 2018
1952, 1972


Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Club Deportivo Palestino as of 10 October 2018 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1  COL GK Daniel Murillo
2  URU DF Alejandro González
5  ARG MF Julián Fernández
7  CHI MF Diego Rosende
12  CHI GK Matías Bórquez
13  CHI MF César Cortés
14  CHI MF Michael Sandoval
15  CHI DF Nicolás Díaz
16  CHI MF Santiago Lizana
17  CHI DF Enzo Guerrero
18  CHI MF Camilo Saldaña
19  CHI MF Luis Jiménez
20  CHI DF Guillermo Soto
21  CHI MF Ignacio Ayala
22  CHI FW Roberto Gutiérrez
No. Position Player
24  CHI DF Bayron Saavedra
26  CHI GK Darío Melo
28  ARG MF Agustín Farías
29  CHI FW Fabián Ahumada
30  CHI MF Joaquín Romo
31  CHI FW Nicolás Zedan
32  CAN MF Diego Gutiérrez
33  CHI FW Nicolás Gutiérrez
--  CHI GK Ignacio González
--  CHI DF Brayan Véjar
--  CHI MF Cristóbal Jorquera
--  VEN MF Luis Mago
--  CHI FW Renato Tarifeño
--  ARG FW Lucas Passerini

Manager: Ivo Basay

2019 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 San Luis de Quillota)
-- Venezuela DF Luis Mago (from Carabobo)
-- Chile DF Brayan Véjar (loaned from Colo-Colo)
No. Position Player
-- Chile MF Cristóbal Jorquera (from Free agent)
-- Argentina FW Lucas Passerini (from Guaraní)


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

No. Position Player
3 Argentina DF Oliver Benítez (back to Gimnasia La Plata)
4 Chile DF Benjamín Vidal (back to Universidad Católica)
6 Chile MF Diego Torres (to Audax Italiano)
8 Chile MF Fabián Manzano (to Unión La Calera)
9 Chile FW Matías Campos López (to Universidad de Chile)
No. Position Player
10 Uruguay MF Jorge Rodríguez (Released)
11 Chile FW José Luis Muñoz (to O'Higgins)
23 Chile FW Felipe Barrientos (to Huachipato)
25 Chile GK Sebastián Pérez (to Deportes Iquique)
27 Chile FW Diego Vallejos (back to Universidad Católica)

Former coaches[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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