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 in the club's traditional colors, red, green and black, but with the number one in the squad numbers on the back shaped as the map of Palestine prior to the creation of Israel in 1948. Chilean Jewish groups complained about the political significance of this, 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 club from using the map on the back of the shirts and imposed a fine on the club on 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 21 August 2019 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site Palestino Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Ignacio González
3  CHI DF Sebastian Silva
4  CHI DF Nicolás Díaz
6  CHI MF Camilo Saldaña
7  CHI MF Diego Rosende
8  CHI MF Cristóbal Jorquera
9  ARG FW Lucas Passerini
11  ARG FW Federico Castro
12  CHI GK Fabián Cerda
13  CHI MF César Cortés
14  VEN DF Luis Mago
15  CHI FW Nicolás Zedan
16  CHI MF Santiago Lizana
17  CHI DF Enzo Guerrero
No. Position Player
18  CHI FW Yerko Rojas
19  CHI DF Brayan Véjar
20  CHI DF Guillermo Soto
21  CHI MF Ignacio Ayala
22  CHI FW Roberto Gutiérrez
23  CHI FW Renato Tarifeño
24  CHI GK Matías Bórquez
25  ARG MF Agustín Farías
26  COL GK Daniel Murillo
27  CHI FW Ignacio Herrera
28  ARG GK Federico Lanzillota
29  CHI FW Fabián Ahumada
30  CHI MF Diego Oyarzún
31  CHI MF Jorge Araya

Manager: Ivo Basay

2019 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
11 Argentina FW Federico Castro (from Independiente Rivadavia)
No. Position Player
28 Argentina GK Federico Lanzillota (loaned from Argentinos Juniors)


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

No. Position Player
2 Uruguay DF Alejandro González (to Barcelona S.C.)
5 Argentina MF Julián Fernández (to Newell's Old Boys)
No. Position Player
10 Chile MF Luis Jiménez (to Al-Ittihad)
11 Chile FW Richard Paredes (loaned to Deportes La Serena)

Former coaches[edit]

Women's team[edit]

The Palestino women's team plays in the Campeonato Nacional Primera División de Fútbol Femenino, the top women's football competition in Chile. In 2015 they won the Clausura tournament, thus ending a ten-season title streak by 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]

Former Palestino forward María José Urrutia was a member of the Chile women's national football team for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. With a header against Thailand in Chile's 2-0 win in the group stage, she became the first Chilean player to score a goal in the FIFA Women's World Cup.[5] Former Palestino defender Javiera Toro was also a member of the Chilean team at the 2019 tournament.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cerda, Claudio (17 August 2009). "Chile's Palestino tapping roots to go public". Reuters. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  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.
  5. ^ "Women's World Cup: Chile penalty miss costs them last-16 tie against England". 20 June 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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