C.D. Universidad Católica del Ecuador
|Full name||Club Deportivo de la Universidad Católica del Ecuador|
"El Trencito Azul" (The Blue train)
"Los Santos" (The Saints)
|Founded||May 15, 1963|
|Ground||Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa|
|President||Miguel Almeida Suárez|
Universidad Católica del Ecuador is a football club based in Quito, Ecuador. They currently play in the top tier of Ecuadorian football and have spent the majority of their history in the top-flight Serie A.
Universidad Católica was founded as a university football team for Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, a Catholic university in Quito. In 1962, they won the inter-university championship. Soon after, they became a football club on May 15, 1963 under Liga Deportiva de la Universidad Católica.
On January 15, 1965, they beat Club Gladiador for the right to compete professional. They then won their first professional title at the 12th Interandean Professional Championship that same year.
In 1973 & 1979, Universidad Católica finished second in the national championship. As a results, they were allowed to participate in the Copa Libertadores the following years (1974 & 1980). Although being in the First Category (Primera A & Primera B) for most of their history, they descended to the Second Category in 1993. They returned to Primera B in 1998, and ascended briefly to Primera A for 2008.
- Campeonato Professional Interandino (1): 1965
- Serie A
- Runner-up (2): 1973, 1979
- Serie B
- Winner (3): 1990 E1, 2007, 2012
- Runner-up (6): 1972 E2, 1989 E1, 2005 C, 2006 E1, 2006 E2, 2009
- As of March 27, 2017.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Media related to Club Deportivo de la Universidad Católica (Ecuador) at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Spanish)
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