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Full name Club de Deportes Cobreloa
Nickname(s) Zorros del desierto (desert foxes)
Mineros (Miners)
Naranjas (Oranges)
Founded 7 January 1977; 37 years ago
Ground Estadio Zorros del Desierto
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Augusto González Aguirre
Manager César Vigevani
League Primera División
2015 18th
Website Club home page

Club de Deportes Cobreloa is a Chilean football club from the Atacama Desert mining city of Calama which has established itself as one of the country's most competitive clubs. The club was founded on 7 January 1977 and plays in the Chilean top flight, the Primera División, where they have played since 1978. Cobreloa plays at the Estadio Zorros del Desierto, which has a capacity of 12,000. Their main rivals are Colo-Colo, O'Higgins, Deportes Antofagasta and Cobresal. They wear an all-orange home kit.


Cobreloa is a relatively new club, having been founded on 7 January 1977. The name Cobreloa comes from combining the Spanish word for copper (Cobre), and Loa, after the province and the Loa River, the longest river in Chile, which is located near Calama and Chuquicamata, the world's largest open pit copper mining|mine.

The club was able to establish itself in Chile's top flight very quickly, earning promotion after its first season, where they have stayed ever since. Only four years after their foundation, Cobreloa reached the finals of the Copa Libertadores in 1981, losing in a third match to Brazilian club Flamengo. Cobreloa reached the Copa Libertadores final the following year, losing to Peñarol of Uruguay. The club also reached the semi-final of the Copa Libertadores in 1987.

They have competed in the Copa Libertadores de América 13 times, 3 times in the Copa Sudamericana and twice in the Copa CONMEBOL: In 1995 they reached the quarter-finals and the following year were eliminated in the first round. Cobreloa have 8 Primera División titles and 1 Copa Chile title making them the most successful side outside Santiago in Chile and one of the four biggest clubs of the country.


Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Cobreloa as of 26 June 2015 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Sebastián Contreras
2  CHI DF Jhonatan Retamal
3  CHI DF Miguel Sanhueza
4  CHI DF Juan Carlos Araya
5  CHI DF Paulo Olivares
6  CHI MF José Barrera
7  ARG FW Jorge Piris
8  CHI MF Fernando Cornejo
9  URU FW Facundo Peraza
10  ARG MF Carlos Santibáñez
12  CHI GK Matías Carrasco
13  CHI FW Sebastián Romero
14  CHI MF Iván Ledezma
15  CHI DF Enzo Guerrero
16  CHI FW Álvaro López
No. Position Player
17  CHI MF Carlos Gómez
18  CHI MF Manuel Simpertegui
19  ARG MF Facundo Pansardi
20  CHI DF Boris Sandoval
21  ARG MF Cristián Gaitán
22  CHI MF Bryan Danesi
23  CHI MF José Luis Jiménez
24  CHI MF Paolo Gomez
25  ARG DF Walter Gómez
26  CHI MF Felipe Palacios
27  CHI FW Vildan Alfaro
28  CHI FW Nino Rojas
32  CHI MF Eric Ahumada
33  ARG GK Jorge De Olivera

Manager: César Vigevani

2015–16 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
-- Argentina GK Jorge De Olivera (from Guaraní Antonio Franco)
-- Chile MF Carlos Gómez (back from Santiago Morning)
-- Chile MF Manuel Simpertegui (from Santiago Morning)
No. Position Player
-- Chile MF José Barrera (from Deportes Magallanes)
-- Chile MF Richard Catrileo (back from Rangers de Talca)
-- Uruguay FW Facundo Peraza (from Atenas)


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

No. Position Player
5 Paraguay DF Ricardo Martinez (to Nacional)
6 Argentina DF Martín Zbrun (Released)
9 Uruguay FW Santiago Barboza (Released)
10 Chile FW Rodrigo Gattas (to Cobresal)
11 Paraguay MF Gustavo Cristaldo (to Universidad de Concepción)
13 Chile DF Diego Silva (to Cobresal)
No. Position Player
14 Chile DF José Pérez (Released)
15 Argentina GK Luciano Palos (to San Marcos de Arica)
20 Chile DF Marco Hidalgo (Released)
28 Chile FW Ignacio Herrera (Released)


National honours[edit]

1980, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1992, 2003-A, 2003-C, 2004-C

International honours[edit]

Runners-up (2): 1981, 1982


Primera División Top scorers[edit]

Year Player Goals
1982 Jorge Luis Siviero 18
1983 Washington Olivera 29
1993 Marco Antonio Figueroa 18
Apertura 2004 Patricio Galaz 23
Clausura 2004 Patricio Galaz 19

Copa Chile Top scorers[edit]

Year Player Goals
1982 Jorge Luis Siviero 8
1986 Juan Carlos Letelier 11
1990 Adrián Czornomaz 13
1994 Alejandro Glaría 12


Cobreloa managers from 1977 to present


Cobreloa presidents from 1977 to present
  • 1977-1977: Francisco Núñez Venegas
  • 1978-1978: Esteban Ibáñez
  • 1978-1978: José Gorrini Sanguinetti
  • 1978–1982: Sergio Stoppel García
  • 1983–1987: Luis Gómez Araya
  • 1987–1988: Sergio Stoppel García
  • 1989–1991: Pedro Cortés Navia
  • 1991–1992: Luis Urrutia Concha
  • 1992–1993: Orlando Álvarez Campos
  • 1993–1998: Sergio Jarpa Gibert
  • 1998–1999: Pedro Pablo Latorre Muñoz
  • 1999–2003: Heriberto Pinto García
  • 2003–2006: Gerardo Mella Fernández
  • 2006–2007: Augusto González Aguirre
  • 2007–2010: Juan George George
  • 2010– 2012: Javier Maureira Alfaro
  • 2012–2014: Mario Herrera Pinto
  • 2014-2014: Jorge Pereira
  • 2014–present: Augusto González Aguirre



  • (Spanish) Libro Oficial Cobreloa Un Impacto en el Desierto (2007), Carlos Gómez/Cedep, Chile

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