Deportes Iquique

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Deportes Iquique
Full nameClub de Deportes Iquique S.A.D.P.
Nickname(s)Los Dragones Celestes (The Sky Blue Dragons)
Founded21 May 1978
GroundEstadio Municipal de Cavancha,
ChairmanCésare Rossi
CoachMiguel Riffo
LeaguePrimera División de Chile
2017 Transición16th
WebsiteClub website

Club de Deportes Iquique S.A.D.P.[1] is a Chilean football club based in Iquique that is a current member of the Campeonato Nacional. Founded in 1978, the club's home stadium is the Estadio Municipal de Cavancha, which has a 3,500 capacity.

Iquique has been Primera División member nineteen times, having its most large period ten years (1980–90), having also integrated thirteen times the Primera B (second tier) and four times the Tercera División (third-tier). Among its titles, Iquique has won three Copa Chile titles (1980, 2010 and 2013–14).[2]

They have a fierce local rivalry with San Marcos de Arica, disputing the derby since early 1980s.[3]


The team was founded on 21 May 1978 by the merger of Cavancha and Estrella de Chile.[4] The following year Iquique integrated the Segunda División, winning it and reaching its promotion to Campeonato Nacional as well as its first ever professional title.[5][6]

In its first season at top-level, the club finished in the 14th place of eighteen teams and won the Copa Polla Gol (current Copa Chile), beating in the final to giants Colo-Colo at the Estadio Nacional.[7][8]

Between 1981 and 1987, Iquique remained at the middle-table positions. In 1988, The Dragons reached the liguilla to qualify to the 1989 Copa Libertadores after finishing in the third place. Nevertheless, Iquique lost in the final against Colo-Colo and failed to achieve its first ever qualification to a continental tournament.[9] That season, Juan José Oré, team’s player, was the tournament goalscorer with eighteen goals.[10]

In 1991, following a poor campaign where the team finished in the bottom of the table, were relegated to second-tier. Iquique remained six years there (except for a brief spell at top-level in 1993).[11] After only two seasons in the honor division, the team once again lost the category in 1999.[12] However, three years later, Iquique's situation worsens due to its relegation to third division and, besides, its bankruptcy, issue which the club had to change his name to Municipal Iquique.[13][14]

During its four-year presence at third division, and on the positive side, Iquique saw the rice of Chilean international Edson Puch, key player in the title obtention in 2006.[15][16] Two years later, Iquique reached its fourth promotion to first-level following beat during the promotion playoffs to Coquimbo Unido at the shootout, broking thereby a ten-year absence in that category.[17] Nevertheless, after an impressive first half at the Apertura,[18] for the incoming tournament Iquique suffered the departure of its stars Puch (Universidad de Chile) and Cristian Bogado (Colo-Colo), only obtained nine points and finished in the annual table’s bottom which meant the club’s return to second-level.[19]

In 2010, Iquique won its third second division title[20] and its second Copa Chile title,[21] this last send the club to the 2011 Copa Sudamericana; Iquique’s first ever continental tournament, where was eliminated in the preliminary stage by Universidad Católica.[22] Already at first division that year, the team finished in the eleventh place of the general table.

In 2012, Iquique participated in the Copa Sudamericana for second consecutive time,[23] reaching the qualification following an impressive third place at the Apertura[24] which featured the return of Puch, Bogado, incorporations such as Rodrigo Díaz and rising performances like of the young Álvaro Ramos. However, once again the team would be eliminated at the preliminary stage, now by Uruguay’s Nacional after a 4–2 aggregate loss.[25] That season even, the club achieved its qualification to the Copa Libertadores after finishing third at the annual table.[26][27] Following beating Mexican side León in the first stage, Iquique entered in the Group 1 where finished in the bottom.[28][29][30]

In 2014, Iquique won its third Copa Chile,[31] reaching for third time a Copa Sudamericana qualification, and for third time too, its elimination at the preliminary stage after loss against Universitario de Sucre from Bolivia.[32] Then, the team would complete a discreet 2014–15 season where as only landmark had the title snatching to Católica which lost the race for it against Cobresal in the final matchday after drawing 3–3 with them as visitors, a match which Iquique was losing 3–0 at the end of the first half.[33] During the 2015–16 season they finished tenth in the annual table.


The Estadio Municipal de Cavancha is currently the home stadium of the club. The stadium holds 3,500 spectators and was built in 1933. It has been home to Deportes Iquique since the club's founding, in 1978, until 1993, and from 2016 until at least 2019. The club played at the Estadio Tierra de Campeones between 1994 and 2016, but this stadium is currently undergoing a complete reconstruction.


Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Deportes Iquique as of 20 June 2018 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Rodrigo Naranjo
3  CHI DF Matías Blásquez
4  COL DF Carlos Sierra
5  CHI MF Abel Hidalgo
6  CHI MF Eduardo Farías
7  CHI MF Jonathan Rebolledo
8  CHI DF Mauricio Zenteno
9  CHI FW Leonardo Espinoza
11  CHI MF Hans Salinas
12  CHI GK Junior Bórquez
14  CHI DF Nicolás Peñailillo
15  CHI MF Michael Ríos
16  VEN FW Edwuin Pernía
17  CHI DF Alan Moreno
18  CHI MF Misael Cubillos
No. Position Player
19  CHI MF Esteban Carvajal
20  ARG MF Gonzalo Bustamante
21  CHI FW Raúl Becerra
22  ARG MF Leonardo Rolón
23  CHI GK Luis Sotomayor
24  CHI MF Diego Fernández
25  CHI GK Maximiliano Mori
26  ARG DF Hernán Lopes
27  CHI FW Michael Fuentes
28  CHI MF Johan Fuentes
29  CHI MF Pablo Corral
30  CHI MF Juan Pablo Miño
--  CHI DF Piero Arredondo
--  CHI FW César Huanca

Manager: Miguel Riffo

  • The teams of the Chilean Primera Division are limited to five players without Chilean nationality and also the same number of foreign players in the field.

2018 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
16 Venezuela FW Edwuin Pernía (from Caracas FC)
22 Argentina MF Leonardo Rolón (from Arsenal de Sarandí)
No. Position Player
-- Colombia MF Carlos Sierra (from Deportivo Lara)


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

No. Position Player
10 Argentina MF Diego Torres (to Chapecoense)
13 Chile DF Lucas Fernández (to Provincial Osorno)
No. Position Player
31 Uruguay FW Nicolás Royón (to Patronato)
32 Uruguay MF Leonardo Melazzi (to Liverpool Montevideo)


2010 Copa Chile obtained by Iquique



1980, 2010, 2013–14
1979, 1997-C, 2010


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