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Universidad de Chile
C.F. Universidad de Chile logo.png
Full nameClub Universidad de Chile
Nickname(s)La U (The U)
Los Azules (The Blues)
El Chuncho (The Owl)
El Bulla (The Noise)
El Romántico Viajero (The Romantic Traveler)
El León (The Lion)
FoundedMay 24, 1927; 91 years ago (1927-05-24)
GroundEstadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
Capacity48,665 [1]
ChairmanCarlos Heller
ManagerFrank Kudelka
LeaguePrimera División
2018 Transición3rd
WebsiteClub website

Club Universidad de Chile (Spanish pronunciation: [kluβ uniβeɾsiˈðað ðe ˈtʃile]) is a professional football club based in Santiago, Chile, that plays in the Primera División.

The club was founded on May 24, 1927. Universidad de Chile is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in Chile, having won the league title 18 times.[2] In the last 10 years, the team has been crowned champion six times, including their undefeated run to the 2011 Copa Sudamericana title. The team has been throughout its history associated with the blue colour, also present on the logo, which was officially adopted in 1943. The club rivalries are with Colo-Colo and Universidad Católica, with whom they regularly contest the Santiago derbies known as Clásicos.

Despite not owning its stadium, the club usually plays its home games at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, in the commune of Ñuñoa in Santiago. The Estadio Nacional's modernization process, forced the team to play home games in various stadiums across Chile in 2010. Universidad de Chile made a return to the Estadio Nacional on August 2010 against Guadalajara of Mexico during the 2010 Copa Libertadores semi-finals.

Universidad de Chile was the champion of the Copa Sudamericana 2011 (the first international title of its history). In this tournament, the club had an excellent performance: wasn't defeated, won all their matches in Chile and had the top scorer of the tournament's history (Eduardo Vargas). Universidad de Chile has reached semi-finals in the Copa Libertadores four times (years 1970, 1996, 2010 and 2012).


The club was founded on May 24, 1927,[3] as Club Deportivo Universitario by the merger of Club Náutico and Federación Universitaria. Initially, the club was formed by students of the Universidad de Chile and was the sport brand of the university until 1980 when the university's rector and president of the club at the time (both of them appointed by the Pinochet dictatorship) decided to separate the club from the university and created the CORFUCH to manage the football team. This move was a part of the atomization of the Universidad de Chile made by the military dictatorship in order to strengthen the private universities that were founded during that time and also to reduce state power. This was seen as a major blow to the club, as it was left with nothing but a loyal fan base. From then on, the club started to decline in terms of results on the field and lack of support from various sectors of the economy when other major clubs in Chile were helped by main powers such as the government, the catholic church, and Codelco. Eventually, the team's poor performances led to a relegation to second division in 1988, and threats to dissolve the club were made by the university if the team did not manage to return to the first division within a year. In 1989, Universidad de Chile were able to earn the 2nd division's championship, thus bringing them back to the first division, where they have remained since then.

Bankruptcy and Azul Azul[edit]

In 2006, the club declared bankruptcy and received an imposed administration that was criticized by the supporters, as the new chairman immediately fired club symbols and tried to transform the club into a private company of public stocks, being opposed to the decision of the club members in a previous assembly.[citation needed] The team finished the year with the worst campaign in the club history and the almost-sure transformation into private company due to the ties between the appointed chairman and several businessmen.

During 2007, the imposed administration gave the club into concession to a private group (Azul Azul). In 2008, the new university's rector agreed to enter a contract with the now private club, in which he allowed the use of the university's name and symbols in exchange for a royalty and the right to appoint two out of the eleven directors of the board.[citation needed]


Home kit and away kit[edit]

The team's home kit from 1943 to 1958 consisted of a blue jersey, a white short and blue socks. In 1959, the home kit was changed to an all royal blue kit. In 1992 a darker tone of blue was used for the home kit and in 1996 a red stripe was added to the sleeves. The team's home kit saw its most drastic change in 2001–02 when red sleeves were included on the jersey; this kit retained the blue shorts and blue socks. In 2006, the team returned to the 1959 variation of its uniform and has not changed it since then. The current home kit features the classic red letter U on the front of the jersey.

From 1934 until 2001–02, Universidad de Chile's away kit consisted of a white jersey, shorts and socks, occasionally using blue shorts during the 1990s. In 2001–02, for the first time in the club's history a red kit was introduced; this kit consisted of a red jersey with dark blue sleeves, red shorts and red socks. In 2005, the club introduced a new all-red away kit, thereby dropping the blue sleeves in favor of red ones. The current away kit in a similar fashion to the home kit also features the red letter U on the front of the jersey.[4] Universidad de Chile wore a kit that featured the regular royal blue jersey, white shorts and royal blue socks for a game against Chivas during the 2010 Copa Libertadores. At the end of 2010 the historical all-white combination made a return as the club's alternate kit.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit Manufacter Shirt Sponsor
1974-78 New Leader  —
1979 Haddad
1980–85 Adidas
1986 Ñandu
1987 Umbro
1988–89 Adidas
1990 Scania
1991 Pony International Fiat
1991 Chilectra
1992–95 Avia
1996 Diadora
1997–98 Reebok
1998  —
1998 AdeS
1999–00 Adidas[5]
2001–03 LG
2004–07 Cristal (Beer)
2008–10 Telmex[6]
2010–16 Claro/Tramontina[7]
2017– Chevrolet/Movistar/Loto


The team's logo, a red and white chuncho (Austral pygmy owl), has its origins in the days of the Club Náutico Universitario which gave its emblem to the Club Universitario de Deportes (CUD), when was founded in 1927. The logo was taken from Germany by Pablo Ramírez Rodríguez, who turned into a Minister of Exchequer in 1945. The chuncho was chosen for its association with wisdom, mutual knowledge, harmony of the body and soul.[8]

The team's logo is not usually found on the team's uniform, being favored in turn by a red letter U with a white trim. The chuncho logo was absent from the team's jersey starting in 1979, but made a return during the 1996–97 season. Since 2006–07, a small chuncho logo could be found on the jersey along with the red U.[9]


Universidad de Chile's first title was won in 1940, just 3 years after their professional debut. The team won six titles (1959, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969) between 1959 and 1969 and the became known as the Blue Ballet in reference the beautiful style of football they played. Nine members of that squad were part of the Chilean national team that reached 3rd place in the 1962 FIFA World Cup, the best result ever achieved by Chile in a World Cup.

In 1995, Universidad de Chile won the cup once more, this time at home in front of almost 78,000 people in the Estadio Nacional. The team would then win back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000.

More recently Universidad de Chile has won the Apertura in 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2014/2015, and Clausura in 2011 and 2016/2017. The 2011, the title was won at the hands of defending champions Universidad Católica, by a global score of 4–3, having lost the first leg of the final 2–0 and needing to win by a 3-goal margin, the team managed to win the second leg by a 4–1 score.

On the international stage Universidad de Chile have had a few of good runs in Copa Libertadores, reaching the semi-finals in 1970, 1996, 2010, and 2012.

On December 14, 2011 they defeated Liga De Quito from Ecuador 3–0 (4–0 on aggregate) to win the Copa Sudamericana, becoming the third Chilean team to win a South American tournament, behind Colo-Colo's 1991 Copa Libertadores and Universidad Catolica's 1994 Copa Interamericana. In the tournament, the club had an excellent performance (undefeated, and winning all their matches in Chile), and was nicknamed the "South America's FC Barcelona".[10]


Leonel Sánchez is still popular among the fans.
  • Record Primera División victory — 9–1 v. Magallanes (1962)
  • Record Primera División defeat — 0–6 v. Colo-Colo (1938)
  • Most Primera División appearances — 386 Leonel Sánchez (1953–69)
  • Most appearances overall — 539 Luis Musrri (1988–04)
  • Record Unbeaten Matches in Primera Division (National Record) — 33 (1999)
  • Record Straight Wins in Primera Division (National Record) — 16 (1963–64)
  • Record Best Start in Primera Division (National Record) 9 straight wins (2011)
  • Highest attendance in Primera Division (National Record) — 85,268 v. Universidad Catolica (Dec 29, 1962)







First team squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2018[11]

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

No. Position Player
1 Chile GK Fernando de Paul
2 Argentina DF Lucas Aveldaño
3 Chile DF Diego Carrasco
4 Chile MF Jimmy Martínez
5 Argentina DF Sergio Vittor
6 Argentina DF Matías Rodríguez (vice-captain)
7 Chile FW Leandro Benegas
8 Chile DF Augusto Barrios
9 Chile FW Ángelo Henríquez
10 Argentina MF Nicolas Oroz
11 Chile FW Sebastián Ubilla
12 Chile GK Gonzalo Collao
13 Chile MF Camilo Moya
14 Chile FW Pablo Parra
15 Chile DF Jean Beausejour
No. Position Player
16 Chile MF Yerko Leiva
17 Chile MF Rafael Caroca
18 Chile FW Matías Campos López
20 Chile DF Rodrigo Echeverría
21 Chile MF Gonzalo Espinoza
22 Chile DF Matías Campos Toro
23 Panama FW Gabriel Torres
24 Chile MF Iván Rozas
25 Chile GK Johnny Herrera (captain)
26 Chile FW Nicolás Guerra
28 Chile FW Francisco Arancibia
32 Chile FW Julian Alfaro
34 Chile DF Lucas Alarcón
- Argentina MF Jonathan Zacaría

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 GK Nelson Espinoza (at Magallanes)
Chile DF Sergio Sandoval (at Dep. Puerto Montt)
Chile DF Alonso Rodríguez (at Dep. Puerto Montt)
Chile DF Diego Urquieta (at Deportes Santa Cruz)
Chile DF Bernardo Cerezo (at Santiago Wanderers)
Chile DF Andrés Segovia (at Deportes Santa Cruz)
Chile DF Carlos Villagrán (at San Marcos de Arica)
Chile DF Diego García (at Dep. Copiapó)
Chile MF Sebastián Amar (at Unión Española)
Chile MF John Salas (at Coquimbo Unido)
No. Position Player
Chile MF Esteban Valencia (at San Marcos de Arica)
Chile MF Ángelo Araos (at Corinthians)
Chile MF Sebastián Martínez (at Huachipato)
Chile MF Danilo Catalán (at Deportes La Serena)
Chile MF Fabián Carmona (at Deportes La Serena)
Chile FW Martín Arenas (at Magallanes)
Bolivia FW Bruno Miranda (at Jorge Wilstermann)
Chile FW Sebastián Gómez (at Malleco Unido)
Chile FW Mario Briceño (at Barnechea)

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
2 Argentina DF Lucas Aveldaño (from CD Tenerife)
3 Chile DF Diego Carrasco (from Coquimbo Unido)
4 Chile MF Jimmy Martínez (from Huachipato)
5 Argentina DF Sergio Vittor (loaned from Racing Club)
8 Chile MF Augusto Barrios (from Deportes Antofagasta)
10 Argentina MF Nicolás Oroz (loaned from Racing Club)
12 Chile GK Gonzalo Collao (back from Cobreloa)
No. Position Player
13 Chile MF Camilo Moya (back from San Luis)
14 Chile MF Pablo Parra (loaned from Cobreloa)
18 Chile FW Matías Campos López (from Palestino)
22 Chile DF Matías Campos Toro (from Audax Italiano)
23 Panama FW Gabriel Torres (from Huachipato)
-- Chile MF Matías Parada (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
2 Chile DF Christian Vilches (to Unión La Calera)
3 Chile DF Alejandro Contreras (loaned to O'Higgins)
5 Brazil DF Rafael Vaz (to Goiás)
8 Chile MF David Pizarro (Retired)
10 Venezuela FW Yeferson Soteldo (to Santos FC)
14 Chile MF Felipe Seymour (to Unión Española)
16 Chile FW Isaac Diaz (loaned to Everton)
18 Chile DF Gonzalo Jara (to Estudiantes de La Plata)
No. Position Player
22 Chile MF Gustavo Lorenzetti (loaned to Nacional)
23 Chile MF Franz Schultz (to Deportes Antofagasta).
28 Chile MF Bryan Garrido (loaned to Deportes Melipilla)
29 Chile DF Felipe Saavedra (loaned to Curicó Unido)
31 Chile MF Giovanni Bustos (loaned to Coquimbo Unido)
32 Chile FW Bryan Taiva (to Deportes Temuco)
-- Chile GK Nelson Espinoza (loaned to Magallanes)
-- Chile DF Nicolás Ramírez (loaned to Huachipato)

Player records[edit]

Individual honours[edit]

Primera Division top scorers[edit]

Copa Chile top scorers[edit]

Copa Sudamericana top scorers[edit]

Chilean Footballer of the Year[edit]

Primera División Footballer of the Year[edit]

America's Ideal Team[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

# Name Matches
1 Chile Luis Musrri 539
2 Chile José Rojas 471
3 Chile Vladimir Bigorra 468
4 Chile Héctor Hoffens 451
5 Chile Manuel Pellegrini 435
6 Chile Johnny Herrera 429
7 Chile Jorge Socías 429
8 Chile Sergio Vargas 428
9 Chile Leonel Sánchez 411
10 Chile Braulio Musso 390

Top scorers[edit]

# Name Goals
1 Chile Carlos Campos 197
2 Chile Leonel Sánchez 166
3 Chile Pedro González 120
4 Chile Marcelo Salas 113
5 Chile Rubén Marcos 110
6 Chile Jorge Socías 102
7 Argentina Diego Rivarola 101
8 Chile Pedro Araya 90
9 Chile Braulio Musso 83
10 Chile Ernesto Álvarez 83


Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Argentina Frank Darío Kudelka
Assistant Manager Argentina Martín Ciccotello
Assistant Manager Argentina Raul Armando
Fitness coach Argentina Mauro Ceruti
Fitness coach Argentina Sebastián Burrows
Goalkeeping coach Argentina Gustavo Flores

List of managers[edit]

Average home attendances of Universidad de Chile[12][edit]

2016-17 Clausura: 33,466

2016-17 Apertura: 30,041

2015-16 Clausura: 19,641

2015-16 Apertura: 12,901

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Inauguran remodelado Estadio Nacional
  2. ^ Juan Pablo Andrés and Eric Boesenberg. "Chile – List of Champions and Runners Up" (Rec.Sport.Football Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) ed.). Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  3. ^ "Chile's university challenge". FIFA. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  4. ^ Switch, Image (2009-10-17). "Universidad de Chile 2009/10 team kits". Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ Scaff, Patricio. "Sports' origin in Universidad de Chile and the "chuncho" in the club's history". Universidad de Chile. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  9. ^ Romántico Viajero. "Camisetas años 2000". Romántico Viajero. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  10. ^ Francis Fields. "Brazilian media praise visiting Universidad de Chile as "South America's Barcelona team"" (Footballanchor ed.). Retrieved 2011-11-23.[dead link]
  11. ^ Primer Equipo
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