Universitario de Sucre

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Universitario de Sucre
Club Universitario de Sucre.png
Full name Club Deportivo Universitario San Francisco Xavier
Nickname(s) Los Doctos (The Doctos), La U de Sucre (U de Sucre), El equipo Estudiantil (Student team)
Founded 5 April 1962, as
Ground Estadio Olímpico Patria
Ground Capacity 32,000
Owner University of Saint Francis Xavier
Chairman Eduardo Rivero
Manager Daniel Cordoba
League Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano
Apertura 2016

Club Deportivo Universitario San Francisco Xavier is a professional football team based in Sucre, Bolivia that competes in the Bolivian Primera División.

The club has two titles in its history and also has three international appearances on continental tournaments of South America, one in the Copa Libertadores and two in the Copa Sudamericana, the most notable in the 2010 season of that tournament, finishing in the Round of 16.

Universitario's home matches are played at Estadio Olímpico Patria since 1992, the complex count with 32,000 spectators. The also club is owned by the Sucre's public academy, University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca.


Foundation and amateur era[edit]

Universitario was established under the expectation of the teacher Alfredo Sandi on 5 April 1962 under the name of Medicina. In the first seasons of the team, the club has the support of the "Father of the University sport" and the moral and material support of the lawyer Óscar Salas, in this moment rector of the Saint Francis Xavier University.

A memorable day for the club was when the team play his first match in its history against Ciencias Económicas at Cancha del Seminario (today Complejo Deportivo Universitario). In the half-time of the game, Sandi was to congratulate to the players and also proposed to the team to represent to the University in the championship of the Asociación de Fútbol de Sucre (AFS). The proposal was accepted by the players and the young students are committed to participate in this tournament.

In the committee of the AFS, the club was enrolled in the association under the name of Club Universitario for play in the Copa Simón Bolívar, the second tier of Bolivia. The first uniform of the club was a white kit with a blue strip, blue shorts and white socks. Subsequent, was formalized the red kit with a letter U in the chest and blue shorts.

Seasons in Primera División[edit]

In 2005, Universitario achieved 49 points in the regional league of Sucre, qualifying to the Group B of the Copa Simón Bolívar, finally the club ended in the first place of the group with 13 points, now qualifying to the play-offs. Sucre achieve reach to the final, defeating Guabirá in the game for an aggregate result of 8–1, after of win the tournament, the club was promoted to the first tier and qualified to the 2006 Copa Sudamericana.

In the first season of Universitario in the first division, the club finished in the third place of the regular fase with 42 points, qualifying to the final hexagonal. In the hexagonal, the club ended in the fourth position. In the Copa Sudamericana, Sucre won for an aggregate result of 3–2 to Bolívar in the club's debut for the tournament, however Universitario was eliminated by El Nacional of Ecuador in the next round. In the next season, Universitario was nearly relegated after of finish in the 11th place (the penultimate place) with 25 points, one point over the relegated team Real Mamoré.

In 2008, the club achieved his first title in Primera División during the Torneo Apertura, finishing in the first position with 43 points, also qualifying to the Group 5 of the Copa Libertadores 2010. In his debut for the Libertadores, Universitario tied 1–1 with Deportivo Quito at Sucre. However Sucre, only finished with two points in the group, this two points were obtained in Bolivia for the advantage of the altitude. Whilst in the league the club finished in the fifth position with 33 points in the Apertura and in the Clausura in the second place of the Group B with 18 points.

In the season 2010, because of be the winner of Apertura Loser's Hexagonal, the club was qualified to the Copa Sudamericana 2010. Universitario debuted in the tournament with a home victory 2–0 in the first round, against the Chilean champion of the Libertadores 1991, Colo-Colo, with the goals of Roberto Galindo and Sacha Lima. After of the same game, the left back of the Chilean club, Roberto Cereceda was involved in a doping controversy, with a risk a two-year ban for part of the CONMEBOL. In the rematch, "the doctos" were nearly eliminated of the tournament, after of loss 3–1 at Santiago. In the next round, Sucre won 1–0 over Cerro Porteño with a goal of Galindo at Estadio Olímpico Patria, however in Paraguay once Galindo saved to the "doctos" after score two goals in a 2–2 draw at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco. Now in the round of 16 of the tournament, Universitario played with a hard rival, the Brazilian side Palmeiras, being finally eliminated by the Brazilians for an aggregate result of 4–1. In the Clausura, Sucre ended in the 12th place (last position) with 22 points.


South Bolivia derby[edit]

Universitario's biggest rival is Real Potosí from Potosí, despite both cities not having a regular 1st division team, they enjoy a heated derby between their teams and usually the matches have crowds up to 20,000 spectators.

The current South Bolivia derby started in 2006, with both teams being dominant when playing home as an away win on official tournaments is yet to be seen.



Winners (2): 2008 Apertura, 2014 Clausura
  • Bolivian Second Division
Winners (1): 2005


Current squad[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 Bolivia GK Marcelo Robledo
2 Argentina DF Rodrigo Colombo
3 Bolivia DF Pedro Rojas
4 Bolivia DF Juan Pablo Rioja
5 Argentina MF Federico Silvestre
6 Bolivia MF Victor Hugo Melgar
7 Argentina MF Alexis Bravo
8 Bolivia MF Cristian Urdininea
9 Bolivia FW Aldo Velasco
10 Brazil MF Marcelo Gomes
11 Bolivia FW Gustavo Pinedo
No. Position Player
13 Bolivia FW Marcos Andia
14 Bolivia DF Gerson Garcia
15 Bolivia MF Saulo Guerra
17 Brazil MF Tinga
18 Bolivia DF Juan Rivero
23 Bolivia MF Edwin Rivera
24 Bolivia DF Ronald Puma
25 Bolivia GK Paolo Castro
27 Argentina FW Alejandro Quintana
28 Bolivia DF Carlos Balsera
30 Argentina MF Aníbal Domeneghini


Carlos Tellez, one of the founders and first club's vicepresident

The club's institution is owned by Sucre's public university, the University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca. The first board of Universitario was elected by the sport secretaries of each student center and the first club's directive was composed by students of his university.

First board[edit]

Position Board Occupation
President Bolivia Enrique Loayza Professor on law's faculty
Vice president Bolivia Carlos Tellez Professor on dentistry's faculty
General secretary Bolivia Enrique Cuellar Professor on law's faculty
Delegate to Sucre Football Association Bolivia Luis Ríos Medicine student


President Years
Bolivia Enrique Loayza 1961–68
Bolivia Carlos Tellez 1969–76
Bolivia Jhonny de la Riva 1976–78
Bolivia Miguel Hayes 1978–87
Bolivia Julio Castro 1961–69
Bolivia Aquilino Parra 1989–93
Bolivia Julio Heredia 1994–97
Bolivia Gonzalo Pórcel 1998–03
Bolivia Wálter Arízaga 2004–05
Bolivia Jaime Barrón 2006–09
Bolivia Wálter Arízaga 2009–14
Bolivia Cristian Copa 2014–


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