Santiago Wanderers

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Santiago Wanderers
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Full name Club de Deportes Santiago Wanderers
Nickname(s) Caturros (Cockatiels)
Porteños (Harbour Men)
El Decano (The Dean)
Founded 15 August 1892
Ground Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander
Valparaíso, Chile
Ground Capacity 23,000
Chairman Jorge Lafrentz
Manager Emiliano Astorga
League Campeonato Nacional
2014–15 Apertura: 2nd
Liguilla Apertura: Finalist
Clausura: 17th
Liguilla Clausura: Already qualified
Overall: 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Club de Deportes Santiago Wanderers is a Chilean football club based in Valparaíso, in V Region. Founded on 15 August 1892, it is the country’s oldest club and currently plays in Primera División (first-tier), holding home games at Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander, which has a 23,000 capacity.

Despite being the oldest club in the Chilean football, Wanderers was not one of first-tier eight founding members in 1933, but the institution joined it eleven years later after a brief spell in 1937. The club has won three league titles during its history (1958, 1968 and 2001).


Amateur era[edit]

According to the official version, Santiago Wanderers was founded on 15 August 1892 in the District of Puerto Carampagne in Valparaíso, where thirty men, led by Gilberto Hidalgo and Francisco Avaria began what would become the dean of Chilean football, the oldest existing institution.

Despite its place of origin, the founders decided to name it Santiago to distinguish the club from another team in the city that existed at that time, the Valparaíso Wanderers. On several occasions, attempts were made to replace Santiago with Valparaíso as a way to ratify the link with the city. However, the idea has been highly rejected by the fans.

The club began formally its activity in 1897, as part of the National Football Association, from which backdraw in 1899 to enter the official competition of the Football Association of Chile, which also abandoned, in 1937, to join the Professional Football Association', returning again, the following year.

The first ever game played by Wanderers was against the National Football Club del Cerro Artillería and squad of the club was composed by; Eduardo Real (goalkeeper), Gilberto Hidalgo and Francisco Avaria (defenders); Real Romeo, Enrique Gonzalez, Pedro Mujica (midfielders); Manuel Alvarez, Eduardo Pizarro, Arturo Acuna, Germán Sánchez and Carlos Salar (strikers).

Even when there's no official records that proves that the club was founded in 1892, it should be noted, however, that in the Valparaíso earthquake of 1906, the then headquarters of Wanderers, were completely destroyed, losing much of the documentation of the club and several trophies, from which, the only one that it could be saved, was the Challenger Cup of the Football Association of Chile (1899); still preserved by the club.

Professional Era[edit]

Mario Griguol, topscorer of the team champion in 1968.

In 1937 the club decided to enter to Asociación Profesional de Fútbol (currently ANFP). However, the club has a bad season losing all 12 matches. It also received 37 goals and only scored 17 goals. Due to this, the team decided to return to the League of Valparaíso in 1938.

In the 1950s Wanderers had some ups and downs. In 1951 it was ranked in the 9th place, 10th in 1952, and 9th again in 1953. In 1954 improved, was in the third position of tournament, but in 1955 after a bad season 1955 the club reached the Argentina coach Jose Perez that under his direction the club was fighting the title in 1956 where it ranked in second place after five points lower Colo-Colo. But in 1958 managed to be first division champion.

In the 1960s managed to repeat the feat and came out champion again in 1969 against Audax Italiano at the Estadio Nacional.

In the 1970s was in an institutional crisis, in 1970 was ranked in penultimate place safing of the relegation to Second Division. In 1977 was promoted to Second Division, and assumed again the argentin coach was managed the first title of Wanderers in Primera, José Pérez. In 1978 was the only season in Primera B (in this moment) but managed the promotion to Primera División.

Jersey of Santiago Wanderers in 2004.

In 2001 was champion of Primera División de Chile under the management of Jorge Garcés and with players in the team like Jaime Riveros, Arturo Sanhueza, Moisés Villarroel, Alex Varas Joel Soto, Silvio Fernández Dos Santos among others what lead the team to participate in the Copa Libertadores 2002. Preview the season the directive decided not renew the contract to Jorge Garcés and ended his contract. In Copa Libertadores was ended in the third position with 9 points after Boca Juniors with 13 points and Montevideo Wanderers with 10 points, staying in the first round. In details Wanderers won 2 times, loss 1 time and tied 3 times, among themselves was won and tied against Boca Juniors 1–0 and 0–0.

Before the international participation, early 2003 assumed as coach Matt Yuri Fernández from Club Deportivo Universidad de Concepción. During the first half of year the team made an irregular season having to use playoff for a spot in the playoffs, being finally eliminated by Cobreloa. Already in the Torneo de Clausura, Wanderers made a regular season, ranked in the fourth place in the regular fase and after qualified as best loser versus Universidad Católica and eliminate to Palestino reached to the semi-finals being eliminated again by Cobreloa.

The good appearances continued during the Torneo Apertura de 2004, ranked second in the regular fase only one point after Cobreloa. In the playoffs reached the semi-finals being defeated by Universidad de Chile after having eliminated to Rangers and Unión Española. Highlighted in this tournament the season of Jaime Riveros who achieve break the record of goals in consecutive weeks of Chilean football, after totalize 21 goals in 15 matches and the rout by 4–0 against Everton broke a streak of 29 years without winning in the first division against archi-rival.

In midly of 2004, after elimination in the group stages at Union San Felipe, Colo-Colo and Cobresal got back to classify the Copa Sudamericana where they were eliminated in first round by the Universidad de Concepción. In the Clausura failed to revalidate the Torneo Apertura season, finishing last in the regular phase, resulting in the cessation of Yuri Fernandez by the directive causing great unease among fans.

In 2007, the team relegated to the Second Division, but in 2009, Wanderers promoted to the First Division of 2010.

Supporters and Rivalries[edit]

Wanderers have a fierce rivalry with neighbors Everton and the two sides contest the Clásico Porteño (Seaport Derby). Wanderers are historically the working-class club whereas Everton is considered to be from the richer tourist-orientated areas.[1][2]


Professional era[edit]

Amateur era[edit]

  • National Football Association
    • Winners (1): 1897
  • Liga de Valparaiso
    • Winners (10): 1907, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1933, 1934, 1934
  • Copa Sporting
    • Winners (1): 1907
  • Challenge Cup Football Association of Chile
    • Winners (1): 1899



Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Santiago Wanderers as of 26 July 2015 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
2  PAR DF Mario López
3  CHI MF Kevin Valenzuela
4  URU DF Mauricio Prieto
5  CHI DF Nélson Saavedra
6  CHI MF Andrés Robles
7  CHI MF David Pizarro
8  CHI MF Jorge Ormeño
9  CHI FW Ronnie Fernández
10  ARG MF Paulo Rosales
11  CHI FW Roberto Saldías
12  CHI GK Mauricio Viana
No. Position Player
14  CHI DF Franz Schultz
15  CHI DF Manuel Bravo
16  CHI FW Carlos Muñoz
17  CHI FW Álvaro Ramos
18  PAR FW Carlos González
19  ARG DF Ezequiel Luna
20  CHI MF Jimmy Cisterna
21  CHI MF Bryan Cortés
22  CHI MF Óscar Opazo
25  CHI GK Gabriel Castellón
26  CHI DF Agustín Parra

Manager: Emiliano Astorga

Notable players[edit]



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  2. ^ Gatica Labra, Ricardo (2009). Historia de Everton 1909-2009. Viña del Mar: Orgraf Impresores.

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