Club Universidad de Chile

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Universidad de Chile
C.F. Universidad de Chile logo.png
Full name Club 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)
Founded May 24, 1927; 89 years ago (1927-05-24)
Ground Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
Ground Capacity 48,665 [1]
Chairman Carlos Heller
Manager Víctor Hugo Castañeda
League Primera División
2016 Clausura 10th
Website Club home page

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 17 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, 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.[3] 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[4]
2001–03 LG
2004–07 Cristal (Beer)
2008–10 Telmex[5]
2010–17 Claro/Tramontina[6]
2018–21 N/A


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.[7]

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.[8]


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 and 2011. 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".[9]


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)







For a list of all former and current Universidad de Chile players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Club Universidad de Chile footballers.

First team squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2016[10]

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 Chile DF Christian Vilches
3 Chile DF Nicolás Ramírez
4 Chile DF Alejandro Contreras
6 Chile MF Sebastián Martínez
7 Chile MF Nicolás Maturana
8 Chile MF Franz Schultz
9 Chile FW Felipe Mora
10 Argentina FW Gastón Fernández
11 Chile FW Sebastián Ubilla
12 Chile GK Nelson Espinoza
13 Chile MF Matías Parada
14 Chile MF Yerko Leiva
15 Chile MF Jean Beausejour
16 Argentina DF Matías Rodríguez (3rd captain)
18 Chile DF Gonzalo Jara
No. Position Player
19 Chile MF Juan Leiva
20 Chile MF Fabián Carmona
21 Chile MF Lorenzo Reyes
22 Argentina MF Gustavo Lorenzetti (vice-captain)
24 Chile FW Mario Briceño
25 Chile GK Johnny Herrera (captain)
26 Chile FW Bryan Taiva
27 Argentina DF Fabián Monzón
28 Argentina MF Jonathan Zacaría
30 Chile MF Rodrigo Ureña
31 Chile MF Iván Rozas
32 Bolivia FW Bruno Miranda
33 Chile DF John Salas
35 Chile GK Gonzalo Collao
Chile FW Kevin Martínez

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 Camilo Trejos (at Dep. Temuco)
Chile GK Leandro Cañete (at Dep. Pintana)
Chile DF Diego Urquieta (at Iberia)
Chile DF Cristián Suárez (at Everton)
Chile DF Michael Contreras (at Cobreloa)
Chile DF Bernardo Cerezo (at Dep. La Serena)
Chile DF João Ortiz (at Dep. La Serena)
Chile DF Andrés Segovia (at Dep. Santa Cruz)
Chile DF Diego García (at Barnechea)
Chile DF Marcelo Jorquera (at Barnechea)
Chile DF Guillermo Díaz (at Rangers de Talca)
Chile MF Diego González (at Iberia)
No. Position Player
Chile MF Rodrigo Echeverría (at Everton)
Uruguay MF Guzmán Pereira (at Peñarol)
Chile MF Bryan Cortés (at Dep. La Serena)
Chile MF Gonzalo Espinoza (at Patronato)
Argentina FW Leandro Benegas (at Palestino)
Chile FW Felipe Pinilla (at Iberia)
Chile FW Sebastián Gómez (at Coquimbo Unido)
Chile FW Felipe Brito (at San Marcos de Arica)
Chile FW Matías Bizama (at Dep. Santa Cruz)
Chile FW Rubén Farfán (at Santiago Wanderers)
Chile FW Benjamín Inostroza (at Dep. Pintana)

2016–17 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
1 Chile GK Fernando de Paul (from San Luis de Quillota)
2 Chile DF Christian Vilches (from Atlético Paranaense)
4 Chile DF Alejandro Contreras (from Palestino)
7 Chile MF Nicolás Maturana (back from Palestino)
8 Chile MF Franz Schultz (from Santiago Wanderers)
9 Chile FW Felipe Mora (from Audax Italiano)
10 Argentina FW Gastón Fernández (from Estudiantes)
No. Position Player
15 Chile MF Jean Beausejour (from Colo-Colo)
19 Chile MF Juan Leiva (from Dep. Concepción)
21 Chile MF Lorenzo Reyes (from Betis)
24 Chile FW Mario Briceño (from Dep. La Serena)
28 Argentina MF Jonathan Zacaría (from Quilmes)
30 Chile MF Rodrigo Ureña (back from Cobresal)
Chile FW Kevin Martínez (from Dep. Concepción)


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 Miguel Jiménez (to Iberia)
2 Chile DF Benjamín Vidal (to Palestino)
4 Chile DF Osvaldo González (to Toluca)
5 Uruguay DF Mathías Corujo (to San Lorenzo)
7 Chile FW Francisco Castro (to Dep. Antofagasta)
8 Chile FW Patricio Rubio (back to Querétaro)
9 Chile FW Felipe Pinilla (loaned to Iberia)
10 Argentina MF Luis Fariña (back to Benfica)
13 Chile MF Diego González (loaned to Iberia)
15 Chile MF Leonardo Valencia (back to Palestino)
17 Chile DF João Ortiz (loaned to Dep. La Serena)
19 Chile FW Gustavo Canales (to Botafogo)
21 Chile MF Gonzalo Espinoza (loaned to Patronato)
23 Chile DF Cristián Suárez (loaned to Everton)
24 Uruguay MF Guzmán Pereira (loaned to Peñarol)
Chile GK Camilo Trejos (loaned to Dep. Temuco)
Chile GK Leandro Cañete (loaned to Dep. Pintana)
Chile DF Nicolás Grünwald (to Dep. Santa Cruz)
No. Position Player
Chile DF Diego Urquieta (loaned to Iberia)
Chile DF Bernardo Cerezo (loaned to Dep. La Serena)
Chile DF Michael Contreras (loaned to Cobreloa)
Chile DF Andrés Segovia (loaned to Dep. Santa Cruz)
Chile DF Diego García (loaned to Barnechea)
Chile DF Marcelo Jorquera (loaned to Barnechea)
Chile DF Guillermo Díaz (loaned to Rangers de Talca)
Argentina MF Ramón Fernández (to Colo-Colo)
Chile MF Rodrigo Echeverría (loaned to Everton)
Chile MF Bryan Cortés (loaned to Dep. La Serena)
Argentina FW Enzo Gutiérrez (to Millonarios)
Argentina FW Leandro Benegas (loaned to Palestino)
Chile FW Sebastián Gómez (loaned to Coquimbo Unido)
Chile FW Felipe Brito (loaned to San Marcos de Arica)
Chile FW Matías Bizama (loaned to Dep. Santa Cruz)
Chile FW Rubén Farfán (loaned to Santiago Wanderers)
Chile FW Benjamín Inostroza (loaned to Dep. Pintana)

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 Jorge Socías 429
7 Argentina Sergio Vargas 428
8 Chile Leonel Sánchez 411
9 Chile Johnny Herrera 401
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 Argentina Ernesto Álvarez 83


Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Chile Víctor Hugo Castañeda
Assistant Manager Chile Luis Musrri
Assistant Manager Chile Cristián Castañeda
Fitness coach Chile Luis Rodoni
Goalkeeping coach Argentina Gustavo Flores

List of managers[edit]

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.). Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ Switch, Image (2009-10-17). "Universidad de Chile 2009/10 team kits". Retrieved 2009-10-19. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ Scaff, Patricio. "Sports' origin in Universidad de Chile and the "chuncho" in the club's history". Universidad de Chile. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Romántico Viajero. "Camisetas años 2000". Romántico Viajero. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Francis Fields. "Brazilian media praise visiting Universidad de Chile as "South America's Barcelona team"" (Footballanchor ed.). Retrieved 2011-11-23. [dead link]
  10. ^ Primer Equipo - Plantel Profesional

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