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 12,000[1]
Chairman Luis Larrain
Manager Mario Salas
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. Colo-Colo is the other big rival of the club.


Universidad Católica 1939.
Universidad Católica 1949.

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.

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, San Carlos de Apoquindo (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. Due to the neighbourhood's strong influence (wealthy families), the club has been unable to be approved for projects to enlarge the stadium and thus draw larger crowds. Only until in recent years the club was allowed by the commune of Las Condes, to host their clasicos matches against Universidad de Chile and Colo-Colo in their own stadium. Although just a limited number of its rivals' supporters are allowed to be present at these matches due to security reasons inside the stadium and around its high-end neighborhood.


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. Its most recent youth academy produced player known worldwide is Gary Medel, currently playing for FC Internazionale, among other clubs such as Boca Juniors, Sevilla, as well as playing a big role in Chile's 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads.

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 1997 the club celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a friendly tournament where they beat Ajax Amsterdam 3–2 in the Copa 60º Aniversario de Universidad Católica.[2]

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 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 quarter-finals, knocking out Grêmio 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.

Since 2012, the club has always been in the fight for the championship, however, by one reason or the other, it has been unable to finish first, thus becoming the target of jokes by its rivals and adopting a reputation of a "2nd place team". The lack of titles and frustrating important match losses against bitter rivals and smaller clubs, has infuriated a demanding fan base that is now looking for changes at the top level. The hard core fans have been expressing their anger at the games by blaming the club's executives for keeping the club between the elite, not opening up the club to the masses, lack of investment in acquisition of players and poor decisions in the acquisition of a few foreign players that were not up to the club's standards.

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


National honours[edit]

1949, 1954, 1961, 1966, 1984, 1987, 1997-A, 2002-A, 2005-C, 2010
1983-PG, 1983-R, 1991, 1995, 2011
  • Chile Liguilla Pre-Libertadores: 8
1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
  • Chile Liguilla Pre-Sudamericana: 2
2003, 2015
  • 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:Club Deportivo 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 2 January 2015 (edit)
Sources: Official Web site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Cristopher Toselli
2  CHI DF Marko Biskupovic
3  CHI DF Erick Pulgar
4  CHI DF Cristián Álvarez
5  ARG MF Tomás Costa
6  CHI MF César Fuentes
7  CHI FW Christian Bravo
8  URU DF Pablo Álvarez
10  CHI MF Diego Rojas
11  CHI MF Fernando Cordero
12  CHI GK Fabián Cerda
13  URU DF Walter Ibáñez
14  CHI FW José Luis Muñoz
15  CHI MF Michael Ríos
16  CHI FW Jeisson Vargas
No. Position Player
17  CHI FW David Llanos
18  CHI MF Carlos Espinosa
19  CHI MF Mark González
20  CHI MF Fabián Manzano
21  ARG GK Franco Costanzo
22  CHI FW Roberto Gutiérrez
23  ARG DF Germán Lanaro
24  CHI DF Alfonso Parot
25  CHI GK Miguel Vargas
26  CHI DF Guillermo Maripán
27  CHI DF Juan Carlos Espinoza
28  URU MF Matías Mier
29  CHI DF Stefano Magnasco
--  CHI DF Benjamín Kuscevic
--  PLE FW Matías Jadue

Coach: Mario Salas

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
31 Chile MF Carlos Lobos
32 Chile DF Raimundo Rebolledo
33 Chile DF Francisco Sierralta
41 Chile DF Vicente Starikoff
No. Position Player
46 Chile MF Luis Oyarzo
-- Chile MF Jaime Carreño
-- Chile FW Carlos Rodríguez

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 DF Diego Oyarzún (at Unión La Calera)
Chile DF Diego Opazo (at Rangers de Talca)
Chile DF Guillermo Soto (at Rangers de Talca)
Chile DF José Martínez (at Deportes Puerto Montt)
Chile MF Andrés Díaz (at Deportes Valdivia)
Chile MF Claudio Sepúlveda (at Huachipato)
No. Position Player
Chile MF Hugo Alarcón (at Ñublense)
Chile MF Juan Pablo Gómez (at Universidad de Concepción)
Chile FW Bernardo Correa (at Deportes Valdivia)
Chile FW Allan Luttecke (at Coquimbo Unido)
Chile FW Álvaro Ramos (at Santiago Wanderers)

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
-- Argentina DF Germán Lanaro (from Palestino)
-- Chile DF Juan Carlos Espinoza (from Huachipato)
-- Chile MF César Fuentes (from O'Higgins)
No. Position Player
-- Chile MF Carlos Espinosa (from Huachipato)
-- Chile FW Christian Bravo (Loan from Granada)
-- State of Palestine FW Matías Jadue (Back from Deportes Antofagasta)


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

No. Position Player
7 Chile FW Álvaro Ramos (Loan to Santiago Wanderers)
16 Chile MF Claudio Sepúlveda (Loan to Huachipato)
No. Position Player
18 Argentina MF Darío Bottinelli (to Toluca)
23 Chile MF Juan Pablo Gómez (Loan to Universidad de Concepción)

Current Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Chile Mario Salas
Assistant Manager Chile Leonardo Zamora
Assistant Manager Chile Fernando Gutierrez
Academy team Manager Chile Andrés Romero
Fitness coach Chile Osvaldo Alegria
Goalkeeping coach Chile Iván Contreras
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]


External links[edit]