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Full nameClub Social y Deportivo Colo-Colo
Nickname(s)Los Albos (The White ones)
Eterno Campeón (The Eternal Champion)
El Cacique
Founded19 April 1925; 96 years ago (1925-04-19)
GroundEstadio Monumental David Arellano
PresidentEdmundo Valladares
ManagerDaniel Morón
CoachGustavo Quinteros
LeagueChilean Primera División
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club Social y Deportivo Colo-Colo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˌkolo ˈkolo]) is a Chilean professional football club based in Macul, Santiago. Founded in 1925 by David Arellano[1] they play in the Chilean Primera División, from which they have never been relegated.[2] The team has played its home games at Estadio Monumental David Arellano since 1989.[3] Colo-Colo is regarded as the most successful club of Chilean football.

Colo-Colo has won more Primera División de Chile (32) than any other Chilean club and a record eleven Copa Chile titles. It was the first Chilean team to win a continental tournament conquering the 1991 Copa Libertadores[4] Next year, the club went on to win two international titles that were 1992 Recopa Sudamericana[5] and 1992 Copa Interamericana,[6]

The club's most successful player is Luis Mena with eleven titles,[7] the historic top scorer is Esteban Paredes with 216 goals,[8] and the player with most appearances is the former goalkeeper Misael Escuti with 417 games.

Colo-Colo is the team with most supporters in Chile,[9] and holds a long-standing rivalry with Universidad de Chile. The club also holds a traditional rivalry in matches against Cobreloa and Universidad Católica. The IFFHS ranked the team in 14th place in 2007.[10] In 2009, that same institution named the team as the 20th century's top club of its country, and also within the top twenty clubs in South American football history.[11]


1925–1933: Foundation and early years[edit]

David Arellano, the founder of the club
One of the first Colo-Colo line-ups, 1925

The team was founded in early 1925 by Magallanes' footballer David Arellano, who led a group of young players leaving that club after institutional problems.[12][13] Finally, on 19 April, Arellano and the other youths officially established the institutions after meetings and negotiations, where Luis Contreras chose the name Colo-Colo for the club,[14] which refers to the eponymous Mapuche cacique Colo Colo.

The team began to play friendly games, but in 1926, Colo-Colo took part in the Metropolitan League of Honour, where they were proclaimed champions (unbeaten) and earned the nickname of "invincible".[15] The following year, Colo-Colo became the first Chilean football team to participate in a tour across Europe. However, on 2 May, during an exhibition match against Real Unión Deportiva at Valladolid, the team founder and captain David Arellano was critically injured after suffering a collision with an opposing player, which caused him peritonitis.[16] The inflammation led him to his death the next day.[17] Despite the great impact caused by Arellano's death, the club won the Central League of football tournament – then renamed Asociación de Football de Santiago – in the 1928,[18] 1929[19] and 1930[20] seasons.

In the 1931–32 season, Colo-Colo suffered its first institutional crisis due to financial problems, which led to a salary reduction for first team footballers and board members, with their consequent resistance.[21] That season the team played another tournament final against Audax Italiano. However, due to a platform collapse at Estadio Italiano and the subsequent fracas between the fans, it was decided that the game would be suspended. In that moment, Colo-Colo were winning 2–1. That day's tragedy resulted in 130 injuries and three deaths.[22] The match was cancelled and the champion position for that year remained vacant.[22] Other authors however declared that both Audax Italiano and Colo-Colo were declared champions.[23][24]

1933–1973: Beginnings in professional football[edit]

In 1933, Colo-Colo alongside six clubs from Santiago decided to create the Chilean professional football league.[25] On 23 July, the team won the Campeonato de Apertura (Copa Chile precursor), after defeating 2–1 to Unión Española.[25] However, in the first Primera División official tournament, Colo-Colo finished first alongside Magallanes, which forced the "Cacique" to play a tie-breaker match. That match was lost 2–1 by Colo-Colo.[26] In 1937 the team was undefeated,[27] and reached its first league title.[28] Two seasons later, in 1939, Colo-Colo won the league title for a second time, now under the guidance of the Hungarian coach Francisco Platko,[29] and with Alfonso Domínguez as goalscorer with 20 goals in 24 matches.[30] After another title in 1941 with Platko as coach,[31] the club went on to win the titles of 1944[32] and 1947.[33] The following year Colo-Colo organized the South American Club ChampionshipCopa Libertadores background – in Santiago,[34] which brought together the 1947 continent's champions. In 1945, the club had the worst season in its history, finishing penultimate in eleventh place only ahead of weak Badminton.[35]

In the early 1950s, club's president Antonio Labán hired Newcastle United striker George Robledo, paying £25,000 for its signing.[36] Robledo's performances led the team to the titles of 1953[37] and 1956.[38] During that age, the club acquired a terrain at Macul, where began the construction of Estadio Monumental.[39] Besides the acquisition, the directive invested in a headquarters located at Santiago Centro (located at Cienfuegos 41) in 1953. The next decade Colo-Colo win the titles of 1960[40] and 1963.[41] The 1963 team broke two top-tier records: Luis Hernán Álvarez scored 37 goals in a single season[42] (the highest number of goals scored by a Colo-Colo footballer during a season)[42] and the netting of the highest number of goals scored by a club in a season (130).[43] The team won its tenth honour in 1970.[44]

Colo-Colo 1973 and 1980s dominance[edit]

In 1972, now under the orders of coach Luis Álamos[45] and with figures like Carlos Caszely and Francisco Valdés,[46] the club won another championship.[47] It also obtained the country's attendance record of 45,929 people for a single season.[48] That team was the basis of the so-called "Colo-Colo 73", the first Chilean team to reach a Copa Libertadores final, where it lost against Independiente of Argentina.[49] After Colo-Colo's brilliant campaign, the club went into a competitiveness and institutional crisis not being able to win another league title until 1979.[50] That team featured the talented Brazilian midfielder Severino Vasconcelos alongside a returning Caszely.[51] Nevertheless, in 1975, the construction of Estadio Monumental was finished and the stadium was inaugurated in a league match against Deportes Aviación, but due to problems with the infrastructure and other basic services the stadium was indefinitely closed.

In the 1980s, the club obtained the league titles of 1981 and 1983[52] with coach Pedro García, and the 1986[53] and 1989[54] honours under Arturo Salah. The 1987 Alianza Lima air disaster claimed the lives of sixteen players and Colo-Colo was the first to help the Peruvian team, loaning them 4 players.[55] Nonetheless the team won four Copa Chile titles in that decade. During that period, the greatest disappointment was at the continental tournament level with the team only exceeding the first stage in the 1988 Copa Libertadores. On 30 September 1989, the Estadio Monumental was re-inaugurated in an exhibition match against Peñarol, which Colo-Colo won 2–1[3] with goals by Marcelo Barticciotto and Leonel Herrera, the son of a 1970s legendary former defender of the same name.

1991–1999: International success[edit]

Players of Colo-Colo celebrating the Copa Libertadores won in 1991
Colo-Colo's uniform at the 1991 Copa Libertadores Finals

The 1990s was the most successful decade in the club's history for the national and international honours achieved. Croatian Mirko Jozić arrived as coach, leading the team towards its first Bicampeonato for winning two national titles in a row.[56] On 5 June 1991, after beating Olimpia 3–0 at Monumental with two goals by Luis Pérez and one by Leonel Herrera, Colo-Colo became the first Chilean team to win a Copa Libertadores. That same season, the "Albos" lost the Intercontinental Cup final against Yugoslavian club Red Star Belgrade, after being defeated 3–0 in Tokyo.[57] At the local level, the club won the 1991 league, its third-consecutive title thus achieving its first Tricampeonato.[58] The following season, the club won the Recopa Sudamericana, after beating Brazil's Cruzeiro in a penalty shootout, and also obtained the Copa Interamericana, after winning 3–1 against Puebla in Mexico. The last title won by Jozić in Colo-Colo was the 1993 league title, thus closing a successful spell in South America.[59]

After Jozić's departure came a brief drought in national titles, but the team managed to get an unforgettable 3-0 win over arch rivals Universidad de Chile in 1995. The team was champion of the 1994 Copa Chile and reached the 1994 Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. The following season saw the arrival of Paraguayan coach Gustavo Benítez, who obtained the 1996,[60] 1997-C[61] and 1998[62] league titles. The team advanced to the semifinals of the Supercopa Libertadores in 1996, and of the Copa Libertadores in 1997, being eliminated both times by Cruzeiro. In 1999, Colo-Colo relived something like 1994, finishing fourth in the Chilean league and having three coaches during that single season: Brazilian Nelsinho Baptista, the caretaker manager Carlos Durán and then Fernando Morena of Uruguay, who remained until 2001.

1999–present: Bankruptcy and recovery[edit]

In 1999, after Benítez's departure, the club entered a serious financial crisis. In 23 January 2002, after years of economic mismanagement under the leadership of Peter Dragicevic as president,[63] the club was declared bankrupt. Justice named Juan Carlos Saffie as syndic responsible for the institution allowing it not to lose its legal status.[63] Despite the bankruptcy, under Jaime Pizarro as coach – key player in the obtaining of the 1991 Copa Libertadores – Los Albos won the Torneo de Clausura, with an almost completely juvenile squad.[64] Three years later, in 2005, the joint-stock company Blanco y Negro[65] took over the administration, concessioning all club assets for thirty years in exchange for paying all debts through an opening process at the Santiago Stock Exchange.[63] In the first half of 2006, the judiciary court declared the bankruptcy over.[63]

Colo-Colo squad celebrating the 2006 Torneo de Clausura obtaining.

With the Argentine Claudio Borghi as coach since 2006, and with players like Matías Fernández and Humberto Suazo, Colo-Colo obtained a Bicampeonato winning the Apertura[66] and Clausura tournaments.[67] The squad reached another international final, the Copa Sudamericana, losing 2–1 to Mexico's side Pachuca. That season, El Cacique was recognized by the IFFHS as the world's club of the month.[68] The following season Colo-Colo won two more consecutive tournaments, winning a Tetracampeonato for winning four back-to-back championships, being the first Chilean team to achieve that.[69]

After Borghi's departure, the club obtained its 28th title after defeating Palestino in the 2008 Torneo de Clausura finals under the coaching of Marcelo Barticciotto, and with Lucas Barrios as principal scorer, who equaled Luis Hernán Álvarez's record of highest number of goals scored by a Colo-Colo footballer during a single season with 37 goals.[70] The following season, the club became the first professional team to play on Easter Island.[71] After a poor Torneo de Apertura 2009 – not reaching the play-offs for the first time – Los Albos started the Clausura very close to relegation positions. However, the team reached the tournament's finals against Universidad Católica, beating them 4–2 in Santa Laura, with players like Esteban Paredes, Macnelly Torres and Ezequiel Miralles, coached by Hugo Tocalli.[72] Colo-Colo's last championship was in 2014 after winning the Torneo de Clausura. It was the team's 30th Chilean League title.

Badge, colours and kit[edit]

The club's badge represents Mapuche chieftain Colo Colo, an important Wall Mapu member who fought in the Arauco War against the Spanish empire (1536–1818).[73] On 19 April 1925, when the club was established, Luis Contreras – one of the players that founded the club – defined the team's badge, in representation of the chief and the country's indigenous people.

Throughout its history, Colo-Colo's uniform has been a white shirt and black shorts. The uniform was originally designed by Juan Quiñones following the recommendations of David Arellano.

In 1927, after Arellano's died while playing against Real Unión Deportiva (currently Real Valladolid), it was decided then that the badge will wear a black horizontal band over it forever, to represent the institution's eternal mourning.

The team's away kits have varied through its history, from green between 1927 and the mid-1970s and to red from 1975 to 1988.


Estadio Monumental
A semi-panoramic view of the stadium. The seats are white and black, and shows the club badge in the seats. The roof of the stand is supported by a cantilever structure, in a "buried" construction.
LocationMarathon Avenue #5300,
Capacity47,347 seated[74]
Broke ground1975
Opened30 September 1989
Construction costUS$1.5 million (1989)
ArchitectMario Recordón (1975)
Colo-Colo (1989–present)

Colo-Colo initially played on a field called Estadio El Llano but in January 1928 moved to the Campos de Sports de Ñuñoa. The team later moved to Estadio Nacional where it played from 1939 to the late 1980s. In 1946 the club bought a stadium from Carabineros de Chile – then called Fortín Mapocho – which was closed according security reasons. It was intended to build a 30,000 seat stadium at the site. However, a municipal ordinance prohibited construction in the area. For that reason, Colo-Colo sold the stadium in order to raise funds for the future Estadio Monumental.

In 1956, club's president Antonio Labán acquired a 28 ha terrain at Macul, close to the intersection between Vicuña Mackenna and Departamental. The new stadium was originally planned with a capacity of 120,000. Due to the work's high cost and lack of a government subsidy the project was halted. In 1960, after Chile's successful proposition to hold the World Cup, several congressmen proposed to build a 52,000-seat stadium at Colo-Colo's site. However, the 9.5 Valdivia earthquake and a willingness from congress stopped the initiative.

Colo-Colo's brilliant campaigns in 1972 and 1973 allowed the stadium construction to resume. It was inaugurated in a league match 1975 which Colo-Colo win 1–0 over Deportes Aviación with Juan Carlos Orellana, who become the first player to score a goal in Monumental's history.[75] However, the stadium was closed due to lack of basic services and infrastructure. It was not reopened until 1989 thanks to Hugo Rubio's transfer to Bologna which allowed the club to receive US$1 million to repair the problems mentioned. The stadium was called Monumental David Arellano in honour of its founder and its definitive inauguration was in a match against Uruguay's Peñarol which Colo-Colo won 2–1.[3]

Since its definitive opening, the stadium has seen the 1991 Copa Libertadores and 1992 Copa Interamericana titles as well as several league honors.

Monumental's public record attendance was in 1992 for a derby match with Universidad de Chile which registered an attendance of 70,000 fans approximately.[76] That record was closely followed in August 1993 during a 2–0 exhibition match win over Real Madrid with a 67,543 attendance.[77] Several remodeling works and stricter security brought down the total capacity to 47,347.

The Chilean national team usually use the stadium for its games since 1997.[78] The stadium was also used during the 2015 Copa América.


Current squad of Colo-Colo as of 16 April 2021 (edit)
Sources: Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Brayan Cortés
2  CHI DF Jeyson Rojas
3  CHI DF Miiko Albornoz
4  ARG DF Matías Zaldivia
5  ARG MF Leonardo Gil
6  CHI MF César Fuentes
8  PER MF Gabriel Costa
9  CHI FW Javier Parraguez
10  CHI MF Leonardo Valencia
11  CHI FW Marcos Bolados
12  CHI GK Omar Carabalí
13  CHI DF Bruno Gutiérrez
14  CHI MF Martín Rodríguez
15  ARG DF Emiliano Amor
16  CHI DF Óscar Opazo
17  CHI MF Gabriel Suazo
18  CHI FW Iván Morales
19  ARG FW Nicolás Blandi
No. Position Player
20  CHI MF Williams Alarcón
21  CHI FW Juan Carlos Gaete
22  CHI MF Bryan Soto
23  CHI DF Brayan Véjar
25  CHI GK Julio Fierro
26  CHI MF Carlo Villanueva
27  CHI DF Daniel Gutiérrez
28  CHI DF Felipe Campos
29  CHI FW Felipe Fritz
30  CHI MF Ignacio Jara
31  CHI DF Nicolás Garrido
32  CHI FW Luciano Arriagada
34  CHI MF Vicente Pizarro
35  CHI MF Joan Cruz
36  ARG FW Pablo Solari
37  URU DF Maximiliano Falcón
38  CHI MF Jorge Araya

Coach: Gustavo Quinteros

Youth Academy[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
39 DF Chile CHI Darko Fiamengo
41 MF Chile CHI Dylan Portilla
42 FW Chile CHI Jordhy Thompson
No. Pos. Nation Player
43 FW Chile CHI Lucas Soto
45 MF Chile CHI Fabián Alvarado

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. Pos. Nation Player
13 DF Chile CHI Pedro Navarro (at Barnechea)
19 DF Chile CHI Ronald de la Fuente (at Curicó Unido)
21 MF Chile CHI Ethan Espinoza (at Barnechea)
39 DF Chile CHI David Tati (at Universidad de Concepción)
DF Chile CHI Nicolás Aravena (at Universidad de Concepción)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Chile CHI Matías Ferrari (at Santiago Morning)
DF Chile CHI Agustín Ortiz (at Deportes Copiapó)
FW Chile CHI Matías Colossi (at Deportes Melipilla)
FW Chile CHI Diego Orellana (at Santiago Morning)
FW Chile CHI Alexander Oroz (at Deportes Iquique)

2020 Winter transfers[edit]


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF Chile CHI Miiko Albornoz (free)
5 MF Argentina ARG Leonardo Gil (loan from Al-Ittihad)
12 GK Chile CHI Omar Carabalí (back from San Luis)
13 DF Chile CHI Bruno Gutiérrez (back from Deportes Iquique)
14 MF Chile CHI Martín Rodríguez (from UNAM)
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF Argentina ARG Emiliano Amor (loan from Vélez Sarsfield)
21 FW Chile CHI Juan Carlos Gaete (from Cobresal)
29 FW Chile CHI Felipe Fritz (from Unión Española)
38 MF Chile CHI Jorge Araya (back from Palestino)


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
5 DF Argentina ARG Julio Barroso (to Everton)
6 DF Argentina ARG Juan Manuel Insaurralde (to Independiente)
7 FW Chile CHI Esteban Paredes (to Coquimbo Unido)
12 GK Chile CHI Miguel Pinto (to Unión Española)
14 MF Chile CHI Matías Fernández (to Deportes La Serena)
15 FW Argentina ARG Pablo Mouche (to Sud América)
27 MF Chile CHI Branco Provoste (to Ñublense)
29 MF Chile CHI Carlos Carmona (to Coquimbo Unido)
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 GK Chile CHI Darío Melo (to Deportes Concepción)
38 MF Chile CHI Jorge Valdivia (to Unión La Calera)
DF Chile CHI Hardy Cavero (to Universidad de Concepción)
DF Chile CHI Felipe Loyola (to Fernández Vial)
DF Chile CHI Sebastián Valencia (to San Antonio Unido)
MF Chile CHI Misael Llantén (to San Marcos)
FW Chile CHI Zederick Vega (to San Marcos)


Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Coach Bolivia Gustavo Quinteros
Assistant Coach Argentina Walter Lemma
Assistant Coach Argentina Leandro Stillitano
Fitness Coach Argentina Hugo Roldán
Goalkeeping Coach Chile Jorge Martínez

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Colo-Colo is the club with the largest following in Chile, with approximately 42% of the total Chilean football fans according to research published in August 2012 by Spanish newspaper agency Marca.[79] The study showed a 4% growth in comparison to 2006 research by Fundación Futuro that ranked the club in first place with the 38% of the preferences, leaving its rival Universidad de Chile in second place.[80]

Since the early 1960s, the club has had organized fan groups, which evolved in the mid-1980s into the so-called Garra Blanca. They attended Colo-Colo's games and generally rioted, especially in derbies, turning Estadio Monumental surroundings into battlefields against the military police. In 2000, the group was declared as Barra brava.






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Further reading[edit]

  • Larraín, Fernando (1940). Club Deportivo Magallanes. Memorias Históricas. Santiago: Tall. de Molina Lackington y Cia.
  • Jaime, Drapkin S. (1952). Historia de Colo-Colo Club de Deportes 1925–1952. Without editorial indication.
  • Jaime, Marín, Edgardo y Salviat, Julio (1975). De David a "Chamaco": medio siglo de goles. Santiago: Editorial Nacional Gabriela Mistral.
  • Historia del fútbol chileno. Tomo 2. La Nación. 1985.
  • Salinas, Sebastián (2004). Por Empuje Y Coraje. Los Albos en la época amateur 1925–1933. Santiago: Central de Estadísticas Deportivas (Cedep). ISBN 956-299-125-3.

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