Curicó Unido

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Curicó Unido
Escudo Curicó Unido.jpg
Full nameClub de Deportes Provincial Curicó Unido
Nickname(s)Curi
Albirrojos (The red & white)
Torteros (The Cake-makers)
La Banda Sangre (The Blood Stripe)
Founded1973
GroundEstadio La Granja
Capacity8,278
ChairmanFreddy Palma
CoachNicolás Larcamón
LeagueCampeonato Nacional
201913th

Curicó Unido is a football club based in Curicó, Maule Region, Chile. They currently play in the Primera División, the first level of the Chilean football system. They are currently managed by Dalcio Giovagnoli.

History[edit]

Curicó Unido was founded on 26 February 1973, with Edmundo Rojas as the first President of the club. They became the fourth football team from the Curicó city to play at the professional level, after Alianza de Curicó, Luis Cruz Martínez and Bádminton de Curicó.

Curicó Unido played since the season 1974 at the Primera B, but after seven poor seasons they gained relegation to the third level to the season 1981, returning to Primera B two years later, in 1983.

1984 and 1985 were the best seasons of Curicó Unido history, disputing the promotion until the last week, but with bad luck at the final matches.

The next campaigns were average, with the exception of the season 1990, when they lose the category after the final match with Deportes Valdivia, when they won 4–1, two goals short what they needed to stay at Primera B.

Since then, they stayed at the Tercera División without real chances to return to the Primera B, until the 2003 season. But at the next year that changed.

In 2004 the albirrojos were really close to returned to the Primera B. At the last week of the season, in Chillán, they arrived as leaders, to face Ñublense who was three points behind at the table; however the Chillanejos won that game 2–1, forcing a tie breaker match in Linares, where Ñublense won 2–0, taking the title and the promotion.

However, the year 2005 Curicó Unido had his revenge. They disputed the title with Trasandino until the last week. While Trasandino tied with Municipal Iquique, Curicó crushed Iberia 4–0, and in this way, after 15 years of suffering, Provincial Curicó Unido returned to the Chilean professional football.

In 2006, in their return to the Primera B, Curicó Unido finished in fifth place.

The next year, Curico avoided relegation only at the end of the season; Deportes Temuco finished last and fell down to the third level of national football for the upcoming season.

Curicó won promotion to the Primera Division after a 1–0 win over Deportes Puerto Montt on the last home game of the 2008 season, which was enough to securing 1st place of the Primera B and automatic promotion. Only to return to Primera B the next season, after losing a promotion play-off against San Luis.

They returned to the top-tier in 2017, after winning the 2016–17 Primera B tournament.

Honours[edit]

2008, 2016-17
2005

Others[edit]

  • Copa Confraternidad (Tercera Div.): 1
1991

Records[edit]

Team colours[edit]

Curicó Unido's official kit is a white shirt with a diagonal red stripe that crosses the chest from the right shoulder to the left side of the hip. The shorts are black and socks are white.

Kit evolution[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

The club are currently sponsored by Multihogar and their technical sponsors are Dalponte.

Shirt Sponsors[edit]

  • 1976: Buses Galgo Azul
  • 1977–78: Cecinas Soler
  • 1981–82: Multifrut
  • 1983–95: Fideos Suazo
  • 1996–: Multihogar

Stadiums[edit]

Curicó Unido's traditional home-ground is the Estadio La Granja, located in Curicó city; an 8,000 football stadium with an athletic track around the pitch, located in the "La Granja sports complex", leased from Curicó city hall.

Curicó Unido have also used other grounds during their history.

The Estadio Carabineros de Curicó, was Curicó Unido's home in 1976 and 1977.

They also played their Tercera Division league home games of the season 1992, at the Estadio ANFA Luis H. Alvarez.

And recently, during the 2010 season, the Estadio Municipal Jorge Silva de San Fernando, was their temporary home ground due to the reconstruction of the Estadio La Granja.

Supporters[edit]

Curicó Unido fans traditionally come from Curicó itself; and from the rest of the Curicó Province, but in smaller numbers.

The largest supporters' group is the Marginales, created in 1997.

Curicó Unido supporters' current main rivals are Rangers de Talca, and Ñublense.

Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Curicó Unido as of 30 January 2020 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Paulo Garcés
2  CHI DF Diego García
3  CHI DF Jorge Catejo
5  CHI DF Jens Buss
6  CHI MF Diego Urzúa
7  ARG FW Federico Castro
8  CHI MF Pablo Parra
9  URU FW Diego Vera
10  CHI MF Carlos Espinosa
11  CHI MF Bayron Oyarzo
12  CHI GK Fabián Cerda
13  CHI DF José Rojas
14  VEN MF Heber García
15  ARG MF Fernando Godoy
No. Position Player
16  CHI MF Franco Bechtholdt
17  CHI MF Martín Cortés
18  CHI MF Fernando Lazcano
19  CHI FW Sebastián Jaime
21  CHI MF Matías Ormazábal
22  CHI GK Diego Tapia
23  CHI MF Pablo Corral
24  CHI FW Matías Cavalleri
25  CHI MF Alexander Pastene
28  CHI FW Gabriel Harding
29  CHI DF Kennet Lara
30  CHI GK Gonzalo Mall
32  CHI DF Yerson Opazo
33  CHI DF Alex Ibacache

Manager: Nicolás Larcamón

2020 Summer transfers[edit]

In[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
-- GK Chile CHI Paulo Garcés (from Antofagasta)
-- GK Chile CHI Fabián Cerda (from Palestino)
-- GK Chile CHI Gonzalo Mall (from Deportes Magallanes)
-- DF Colombia COL Héctor Urrego (from Independiente Medellín)
-- DF Chile CHI Diego García (from Universidad de Chile)
-- DF Chile CHI José Rojas (from Huachipato)
No. Pos. Nation Player
-- DF Chile CHI Alex Ibacache (Loan from Everton)
-- MF Chile CHI Bayron Oyarzo (from A.C. Barnechea)
-- MF Chile CHI Fernando Lazcano (from Ñublense)
-- MF Chile CHI Pablo Corral (from Deportes Iquique)
-- FW Argentina ARG Federico Castro (from Palestino)

Out[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
1 GK Chile CHI Jorge Deschamps (to Cobresal)
2 DF Chile CHI Diego Díaz (to Deportes Santa Cruz)
4 DF Chile CHI Felipe Saavedra (to Deportes Iquique)
6 DF Chile CHI Mario Parra (to Deportes Valdivia)
11 FW Chile CHI Diego Vallejos (back to Universidad Catolica)
15 MF Argentina ARG Daniel Franco (to Oriente Petrolero)
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF Argentina ARG Luis Bustamante (Released)
23 FW Chile CHI Gabriel Vargas (to Deportes Concepción)
26 MF Chile CHI Carlos Cisternas (to Deportes Santa Cruz)
27 MF Venezuela VEN Carlos Suárez (to Monagas)
30 GK Chile CHI Luis Santelices (to Everton)

Managers[edit]

  • Chile Ricardo Oteíza (1973)
  • Chile Julio Campos (1974)
  • Chile Eugenio Jara (1974–75)
  • Chile Pedro Araya (1975–76)
  • Chile Leonardo Bedoya (1976–77)
  • Chile Sergio Gutiérrez (1977)
  • Chile Pedro Araya (1977–78)
  • Chile José González (1978–79)
  • Chile Luis Álvarez (1979)
  • Chile Sergio Navarro (1979–80)
  • Chile Guillermo Páez (1980)
  • Chile Luis Álvarez (1981)
  • Chile Enrique Arredondo (1982)
  • Chile Francisco Quinteros (1983)
  • Chile Carlos Contreras (1983)
  • Chile Eugenio Horta (1983–84)
  • Chile Sergio Gutiérrez (1985)
  • Chile Luis Orrego (1985)
  • Chile Roque Mercury (1986)
  • Chile Guillermo Páez (1986–87)
  • Chile Luis Orrego (1987–88)
  • Chile Sergio Gutiérrez (1988–90)
  • Chile Manuel Rubilar (1990)
  • Chile Eugenio Horta (1990–91)
  • Chile Julio García (1991)
  • Chile Manuel Espinoza (1991–93)
  • Chile Julio García (1993)
  • Chile Sergio Gutiérrez (1993–94)
  • Chile Julio García (1994–95)
  • Chile Hugo Cicamois (1995–96)
  • Chile Eugenio Horta (1996)
  • Chile Esaú Bravo (1996)
  • Chile Pedro Araya (1997)
  • Peru Roberto Ortiz (1998)
  • Chile Carlos Encina (1998)
  • Chile Manuel Alvarado (1999)
  • Chile Luis Urrutia (1999)
  • Chile Eugenio Jara (2000)
  • Chile John Castro (2000)
  • Chile Hugo Cicamois (2001)
  • Chile Enzo Silva (2001)
  • Uruguay Ramón Castro (2002)
  • Chile Esaú Bravo (2002–03)
  • Chile Alex Barrales (2003)
  • Chile Jaime Nova (2004–05)
  • Chile Eduardo Cortázar (2005–06)
  • Chile Nelson Mores (2006)
  • Chile Germán Cornejo (2007)
  • Chile Juan Ubilla (2007)
  • Chile Luis Marcoleta (2008–10)
  • Chile Raúl Toro (2010–11)
  • Chile Juan Aliaga (2011)
  • Chile Eduardo Cortázar (2011)
  • Chile Jorge Socías (2012)
  • Chile Cristián Castañeda (2012)
  • Chile Eduardo Cortázar (2012)
  • Argentina Pablo Abraham (2012–13)
  • Argentina Mauricio Giganti (2013)
  • Argentina Germán Corengia (2014–15)
  • Argentina Cristián Molins (2015)
  • Chile Luis Marcoleta (2015–2018)
  • Chile Jaime Vera (2018)
  • Argentina Dalcio Giovagnoli (2019)
  • Chile Hugo Vilches (2019)
  • Argentina Nicolás Larcamón (2020–)

References[edit]

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