Santiago Wanderers

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Santiago Wanderers
Santiago Wanderers.png
Full name Club de Deportes Santiago Wanderers
Nickname(s) Caturros (Cockatiels)
Porteños (Harbour Men)
Decano (Dean)
Founded 15 August 1892
Ground Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander
Valparaíso, Chile
Ground Capacity 23,000
Chairman Chile Jorge Lafrentz
Manager Chile Nicolás Córdova
League Campeonato Nacional
2015–16 Apertura: 8th
Liguilla Apertura: Not qualified
Clausura: 6th
Liguilla Clausura: Finalists
Overall: 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

Club de Deportes Santiago Wanderers are a football club in Valparaíso, Chile, which plays in the Campeonato Nacional, the first tier of the Chilean Football Federation. Founded on 15 August 1892, it’s the country’s oldest club and the oldest football team at Latin America as well. There is a controversy in this last point because there are four clubs older than Wanderers in Perú and Argentina, but none of them started as football clubs and all of their football branches started after 1892.

Being Santiago Wanderers the oldest club in the Chilean football it has many cups won along its history. In the early times of the club, the institution was part of the Liga Valparaíso, where it won the leagues of: 1907, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1933, 1934 and 1935. In 1926 there was an unification of the football associations in Chile and begun the decline of Valparaíso as the administrative center of the Chilean football. After this period, the club won three additional league titles in (1958, 1968 and 2001).

Nevertheless, Wanderers have a rivalry with neighbour Everton and the two sides contest the Seaport Derby. The club have been based at Elías Figueroa Brander Stadium in Playa Ancha Hill, Valparaíso, since 1931, after moving from Barrio Puerto district.

Wanderers have had important players in the Chilean football history like Elías Figueroa, who is considered the best Chilean footballer of all time, as well as one of the greatest defenders of football, alongside Franz Beckenbauer.[1]

Wanderers form part of the Club de los 100 alongside other Chilean teams like Audax Italiano or Unión Española, which brings together all Conmebol clubs with over 100 years. Noteworthy, the club was declared as intangible heritage of Valparaíso. The club's home colours are green shirts and socks with white shorts, which are based in the Republic of Ireland national team colors.


Wanderers in 1901.

Santiago Wanderers was officially established on 15 August 1892 in the Barrio Puerto district of Valparaíso. Because the presence of a club called Valparaíso Wanderers, the name Santiago was adopted by the club founders to distinguish the new team to the already existent. Until 1936, the club played at an amateur level until officially joining the league competition in 1937 as soon as the Chilean Football Federation began organising championships in the center and the south of Chile since 1933. In their first season at professional league, after finishing in the bottom of the table — seventh place — without points, Wanderers decided to leave the Asociación de Fútbol de Santiago (federation's official entity that organized the professional football tournament; current ANFP) and return to the local football association. However, in 1944, Wanderers definitely joined the professional league and completed regular campaigns during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Mario Griguol, top-scorer from 1968’s champion team with 16 goals.

Wanderers' first successful era started when José Pérez was made manager in 1955. In 1958, his third season in charge, the club won their first League title and in 1959 its first ever Copa Chile where beat 5–1 win to Deportes La Serena in the final. However, Wanderers again reached the Cup title in 1961, defeating Universidad Católica in the aggregate.[2] For the remainder of the 1960s, after finishing fifth and eighth the following seasons, in 1968, Wanderers did reach their second League title and closed a cycle where saw birth players like Elías Figueroa.[3]

However, the success didn’t continue during the 1970s; José Pérez left the club and Wanderers were relegated to Second Division in 1977, following a permanent internal turmoil at the board and bad campaigns. Nevertheless, the club was promoted at the first attempt after winning the championship, just two points clear of Naval from Talcahuano. Once in top-tier Wanderers didn’t highlighted and generally finished on mid-table or the last places.

Wanderers were relegated for the third time in 1984 and did not return until 1989, after beating 4–1 to Unión San Felipe in the promotion playoffs. However, in 1991, Wanderers were relegated again to Second Division and celebrated its 100th anniversary close to fall to the Third Division, only five points from relegation. Following four seasons at second-tier, Wanderers finally returned to top level in 1995.

After spending between the Second Division and the First Division between 1997 and 1999, once definitely settled at top-level, in 2001, Wanderers led by Jorge Garcés achieved its third League title following 33 years without won an honor, after winning 4–2 to Audax Italiano during the tournament’s final matchday at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago with 50,000 supporters that traveled from Valparaíso.[4][5]

In 2007, after relative well seasons the club back to Primera B after finishing in the annual table’s penultimate place.[6] However two seasons later, the club returned once again to top-tier following a victory in both legs of promotion playoffs to San Luis Quillota.[7] After a 2010 season on mid-table, the team shook off the relegation against Naval.[8] In 2014, after realizing an impressive Torneo Clausura, Wanderers finished runner-up behind giants Universidad de Chile after beating Colo-Colo and advance the second place.[9] However the club qualified to an international tournament following a twelve-year absence, reaching the 2015 Copa Sudamericana, despite obstreperously losing 6–1 as home with Palestino.[10][11]


Wanderers team in 1905

In its early years the color that characterized Wanderers was white with the initials "SW" stamped in black, these uniforms were made manually (often by players’ wives), which made lose uniformity, as usually they differed from each other. In 1907 the team added a black diagonal band in the classic white uniform, although differences remained between the players costumes. It was like that when James McLean, an Englishman who had come to Valparaiso few years earlier, proposed sending uniforms from England, where they already manufactured especially for football teams. In McLean’s return, Wanderers received twenty green kits and twenty white shorts, besides a black uniform for the goalkeepers. The explanation of the design change was that McLean, of Irish origin, decided to send kits with the colors of the Republic of Ireland national team. The first time which Wanderers used that uniform was on 18 September 1908.[12]

Since then the team has maintained its home kit with some exceptions, where it was used a white shirt with thin green stripes in late 60s or in 2001 when Wanderers won its third league title.

In 2007 was released a similar uniform to the used in 1965 and 1966, as a way to honor the 115 years of the institution.[13]

Kit manufacturers & shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1892–1975 None
1976–1980 Costa
1983 Haddad La Estrella de Valparaíso
1988 Le Coq Sportif Óptica Naranjo Internacional New York
1989 Adidas Pilsener Dorada
1990–1992 ENAP
1993–1994 Avia Cristal
1995–1997 Uhlsport
1998 Avia
1999 Sauro
1999–2000 Avia
2001 Corre Corre None
2001–2002 Wanderers Sport Metalpar
2003 Adidas None
2004 Training Promepar
2005 Lotto Pullman Bus
2006–2008 Training None
2008 TPS
2009–2015 Mitre
2016– Macron
Wanderers and Everton in 1925.


The club's supporters are known as Porteños or Wanderinos. Wanderers principal fan group are The Panzers, whose politics tend to be left-wing.


Wanderers have a fierce rivalry with neighbors Everton and the two sides contest the Clásico Porteño (Seaport Derby), the oldest derby in Chile started in 1916. Wanderers are historically the working-class club whereas Everton is considered to be from the richer tourist-orientated areas.[14]


Based in the rhythm of English march Captain Craddock, the most commonly accepted and widespread version is that this dates back to 1912 and would be work from the performer and composer Efrain Arévalo López, who would have donated the composition in a gesture of thanks to the club's board, for the joys lived with the team.



Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Santiago Wanderers as of 27 July 2016 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK David Perez
2  PAR DF Mario López
3  CHI MF Adrián Cuadra
4  URU DF Federico Pérez
5  CHI DF Mario Parra
6  CHI MF Kevin Vázquez
7  URU FW Jonathan Charquero
8  URU FW Rodrigo Pastorini
9  CHI FW Javier Parraguez
10  URU MF David Terans
11  CHI FW José Luis Muñoz
12  CHI GK Nery Veloso
13  CHI DF Matías Fernández
14  CHI MF Kevin Valenzuela
15  CHI DF Reinaldo Ahumada
No. Position Player
16  CHI DF Óscar Opazo
17  CHI MF Luis Valenzuela
18  CHI MF Jimmy Cisterna
19  CHI FW Sebastian Reyes
20  CHI MF Ángelo Quiñones
21  CHI MF Gonzalo Candia
22  CHI FW Rubén Farfán
23  CHI FW Yerko Muñoz
24  CHI DF Luis García
25  CHI GK Gabriel Castellón
26  CHI DF Agustín Parra
27  CHI MF Juan Carlos Soto
29  CHI DF Luis Pavez
31  CHI FW Fabián Pavez

Manager: Nicolás Córdova

2016 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
No. Position Player


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

No. Position Player
4 Uruguay DF Mauricio Prieto (Released)
5 Chile DF Nélson Saavedra (back to Audax Italiano)
6 Chile FW Andrés Robles (Loan to Huachipato)
9 Chile FW Ronnie Fernández (to Deportivo Cali)
10 Argentina MF Paulo Rosales (Released)
12 Chile GK Mauricio Viana (to Chiapas)
No. Position Player
14 Chile DF Franz Schultz (to Universidad de Chile)
15 Chile DF Manuel Bravo (back to Colo-Colo)
16 Chile FW Carlos Muñoz (back to Al Ahli)
17 Chile FW Álvaro Ramos (back to Universidad Católica)
19 Argentina DF Ezequiel Luna (to Palestino)
21 Chile MF Bryan Cortés (back to Universidad de Chile)




Amateur era[edit]

  • National Football Association
    • Winners (1): 1897
  • Liga de Valparaiso
    • Winners (10): 1907, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1933, 1934, 1934
  • Copa Sporting
    • Winners (1): 1907
  • Challenge Cup Football Association of Chile
    • Winners (1): 1899

Professional era[edit]


  1. ^ "Figueroa, Chile's defensive commander". Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "La historia de un gigante: José 'Gallego' Pérez". (in Spanish). 15 November 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Santiago Wanderers Campeón 1968". (in Spanish). 29 October 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Santiago Wanderers Campeón 2001". (in Spanish). 3 November 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Así les ha ido a los equipos chilenos ante Boca Juniors en torneos internacionales". (in Spanish). 15 February 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Plantel de Santiago Wanderers fue desmantelado tras descenso a Primera B". Radio Cooperativa (in Spanish). 22 November 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Wanderers empata con San Luis y sube a la Primera División". La Nación (in Spanish). 22 December 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Santiago Wanderers empata ante Naval y aseguró su permanencia en la Primera A". (in Spanish). 10 December 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "De cara a final: Colo Colo no vence hace 5 años a Wanderers en calidad de forastero". (in Spanish). 4 December 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Palestino humilla a Wanderers y se queda con el tercer cupo para la Copa Libertadores 2015". (in Spanish). 22 December 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Palestino goleó a Santiago Wanderers y está en Copa Libertadores". CDF (in Spanish). 22 December 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  12. ^ Patricio Vidal Walton (27 November 2007). "Verde que te quiero, Verde". Idioma y Deporte (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Indumentaria, Verde". Santiago Wanderers Official Site (in Spanish). 27 November 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Esas clásicas diferencias". (in Spanish). 13 November 2006. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 

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