Rafael Caroca

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Rafael Caroca
Personal information
Full name Rafael Antonio Caroca Cordero
Date of birth (1989-07-19) 19 July 1989 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Curicó, Chile
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Universidad de Chile
Number 17
Youth career
2004–2007 Colo-Colo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Colo-Colo 53 (0)
2008 O'Higgins (loan) 6 (0)
2011 La Serena (loan) 31 (2)
2013–2014 Dep. Iquique (loan) 37 (1)
2014–2017 Dep. Iquique 93 (6)
2017– Universidad de Chile 0 (0)
National team
2009 Chile U20 4 (0)
2008– Chile 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 January 2017

Rafael Antonio Caroca Cordero (born 19 July 1989) is a Chilean footballer that currently plays for Universidad de Chile as a midfielder.

He is from Chilean father and Venezuelan mother.

Club career[edit]

Born in Curicó, Maule Region, Caroca arrived in Colo-Colo's youth academy aged 14, after being discovered in 2004 by Marcelo Espina, club’s legend.[1] Three years later, already on mid-2007, he was promoted to the first-adult team and appeared in the bench some Torneo Clausura games.

For the 2008 he was loaned to O'Higgins to gain experience. However, he returned to Macul–based team the following year and was part of the champion team that reached the Torneo Clausura. In January 2010, Caroca was loaned to Deportes La Serena and stayed there until December 2011 where was an immovable player during his spell.

Since 2013 he plays for Deportes Iquique, being on loan during 2013-14 season (where won the Copa Chile) and then definitely joining the incoming season.

International career[edit]

In January 2008, Marcelo Bielsa called up Caroca to the Chilean national team which were played in Asia for friendlies against Japan and South Korea.[2] He was also called up for the March 2008 friendly against Israel in Jerusalem; Caroca was the only player from the domestic league to be named in the squad.[3]

In May 2008, Caroca was once again selected by Bielsa. This time it was to the u-23 2008 Toulon Tournament. Caroca started the last three games Chile played in the tournament. Caroca was one of the youngest players to see significant playing time during the tournament. Caroca was named the best young player of the tournament.[4]

Nine years later, he was called up by Argentine coach Juan Antonio Pizzi to Chilean senior team for play the 2017 China Cup. He played one game against Croatia in the friendly tournament that Chile won.



Deportes Iquique



  1. ^ a b Pannain, Guilherme (2 June 2009). "Caroca: futuro chileno" (in Portuguese). Trivela. 
  2. ^ "Chile enfrentará a Japón en amistoso" (in Spanish). AFP. 25 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Marcelo Bielsa jugará con un tridente ofensivo contra Israel" (in Spanish). Yahoo!. 25 March 2008. 
  4. ^ JFM (31 May 2008). "La nueva hornada criolla toma Europa". Diario Vasco. 

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