Unión La Calera

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Unión La Calera
Full nameClub Deportivo Unión La Calera
Nickname(s)Cementeros (Cement Men)
Rojos (Reds)
Founded26 January 1954
GroundEstadio Municipal Nicolás Chahuán,
La Calera, Chile
ChairmanGustavo Cerioni
ManagerFrancisco Meneghini
LeaguePrimera División de Chile
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Unión La Calera is a Chilean football club based in La Calera and competes the Primera División de Chile.

It was founded as Club de Deportes La Calera on 26 January 1954, after the merger of three teams from the city: Condor, Calera Comercio and Tifón. The following year, Deportes La Calera joined Club de Deportes Melón (originated by the merger between Cemento Melón and Minas Navío) to form Unión La Calera.

After spending six seasons in second level, the club obtained its first promotion to Primera División de Chile in 1961, category where they remained until 1974. In 1985, they returned to top-tier, but they were relegated the incoming season. From there, they wandered through second level and third level, until returning to the top category in 2011, and in 2018, after a brief stint in the promotion division (Primera B). In its palmares, Unión La Calera counts with three second division titles (the 1961 and 1984 Segunda División de Chile titles; and a 2017 Primera B title) and two Tercera División de Chile honors (1990 and 2000).

The color that identifies the club is red (present in their uniform since the formation as Union La Calera) and disputes their home games at the Estadio Municipal Nicolás Chahuán Nazar. Nevertheless, due to its reconstruction, around 2017 and 2018 they moved to Estadio Municipal Lucio Fariña Fernández in neighboring Quillota (which has a capacity for 7703 spectators). Their main local rivals are San Luis de Quillota.

The club is well known for be the team when Sergio Jadue began his sports manager career before coming to power in the ANFP in 2011. He assumed Unión La Calera Corporation's presidency in 2007. In June 2009 he was appointed Club's President of the Board. During his management, Unión La Calera was promoted, after 26 years, to top-tier in 2010. After his departure, the team had a brief success in 2011's first part, reaching the Torneo Apertura's semi-final. In that tournament, highlighted players like Ramón Ignacio Fernández, Braian Rodríguez or Gonzalo Barriga.


1954–1970: Beginnings[edit]

The club was founded on 15 April 1955. It was following the merger between five local clubs: Tifón, Minas Navío, Cóndor, Cemento Melón and Calera Comercio. Nevertheless, the club's foundation its recorded on 26 January 1954.

2011–2016: Primera División de Chile[edit]

The successful 2011 season[edit]

2011 Torneo Apertura[edit]

Unión La Calera began the 2011 season hiring eight players: Jonathan Domínguez (forward from Unión San Felipe),[1] Rodrigo Flores (goalkeeper from O'Higgins),[1] Ángel Carreño (midfielder from Deportes La Serena),[1] Jorge Ampuero (defender from Unión Española),[1] Ramón Ignacio Fernández (from Argentinian powerhouse Estudiantes de La Plata),[1] Braian Rodríguez (from Peru's top-tier Club Deportivo Universidad de San Martín de Porres),[1] Claudio Muñoz (from Universidad de Concepción)[1] and Luis Jiménez Barrera (from Deportes Melipilla).[1]

Regular Phase[edit]

They debuted in the 2011 Torneo Apertura on 30 January with a 1–1 draw with Santiago Morning.[2] In this match the scores were from Paraguayan striker Ever Cantero for Santiago Morning and an own-goal from Edgardo Abdala.[2][3] The next week on 6 February, the Uruguayan Braian Rodríguez (the striker from San Martín de Porres)[4] scored Calera's first goal in top-tier in a 1–0 home win over Unión San Felipe.[4] Besides, it was the club's first goal scored by a team's player after its 24 year-absence in Primera from 1987 season (considering Abdala's own goal). On 12 February, for the third week, they surprised everyone after beating 2–1 to Universidad Católica as local in Estadio Municipal Nicolás Chahuán Nazar.[5] The goals for Calera were scored by the defender Claudio Muñoz in the 39th minute[5] (who precisely played in Universidad Católica between 2004 and 2007, prior to play in Universidad de Concepción) and Diego Cuéllar in the 75th minute,[5] who netted the tie-breaker goal after Hans Martínez's equalizing goal in 66th minute.[5] Thereby, Unión La Calera broke the small unbeaten Universidad Católica had in the first two games[5] (a 0–2 away win over Deportes Iquique[6] and a 3–1 victory against Audax Italiano).[7] Nevertheless, on 19 February, now Calera's short unbeaten was broken by Cobresal which defeat 3–1 the team in El Salvador[8] with a hat-trick of Joel Soto.[9][8] The goal for Calera was of Alejandro Risso.[9] The following week the team was recovered from the 3–1 defeat with Cobresal, beating 2–0 to Deportes La Serena at Nicolás Chahuán Nazar, but after this victory, an important triumph was against Cobreloa in Calama with a goal of Ramón Fernández in the 17th minute.[10] This victory meant the team's climb to the league table's first place, being there with thirteen points next to Universidad Católica.[10] The next matchday, Católica and Calera remained as table's leaders after both teams won to Universidad de Concepción (Calera; 2–0) and Palestino (Católica; 1–2).[11]

On 11 March, Unión La Calera had to play with giants Colo-Colo at Estadio Monumental in the capital city Santiago. However, the team was defeated in a 2–0 loss with goals of the Argentinian Lucas Wilchez and Chilean international José Pedro Fuenzalida.[12] The next matchday, on 20 March, Unión La Calera defeated 3–1 as local to Audax Italiano, thereby confirming its second place behind Universidad Católica.[13] The team began losing with a goal of Bryan Carrasco in the 20th minute, but the score of Braian Rodríguez through a penalty, gave encouragement so that later Octavio Pozo and Jorge Ampuero contribute with goals.[13]

Since the 10th week after a 3–1 loss to Unión Española,[14][15] the team went into a losing streak until the end of the regular phase which finished in the seventeenth week. Since there, Unión La Calera draw then with Palestino (with a goal of Braian Rodríguez in 90th minute),[16] lost with Universidad de Chile by a 2–0 score,[17] again 2–0 with O'Higgins the next week (13th)[18] and in the 15th matchday (after a 0–0 draw Huachipato in the 14th week[19]) lost 1–0 to Deportes Iquique with a score of defender Juan González Calderón.[20] Only a 2–0 win over Ñublense with a twice of Braian Rodríguez in the 16th matchday,[21] and a 1–1 away draw with Santiago Wanderers in regular phase's final matchday,[22] secured the team's classification to the playoffs (the qualified were eight teams out of a total of eighteen).[22] The team finished in the sixth position with 25 points over Unión San Felipe with 24 points (7th) and Colo-Colo with 23 points (8th).[22][23]

League table[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
4 Palestino 17 9 3 5 26 20 +6 30 Playoffs
5 O'Higgins 17 8 3 6 29 26 +3 27
6 Unión La Calera 17 7 4 6 18 18 0 25
7 Unión San Felipe 17 7 3 7 24 21 +3 24
8 Colo-Colo 17 7 3 7 28 26 +2 24[a]
Source: Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional
Rules for classification: 1. Points; 2. Wins; 3. Goal difference; 4. Goals scored; 5. Away goals; 6. Red cards; 7. Yellow cards; 8. Draw.
  1. ^ Colo-Colo lost three points for not present hiring files of midfielder Joan Muñoz during the game against Cobresal, so that Colo-Colo lost for walkover.
Background and Results[edit]

The favorite to win the championship was Universidad Católica which finished in the regular phase's first place. Nevertheless, Católica (after winning to Unión La Calera in the semi-finals) lost to Universidad de Chile in the final's second leg, where Universidad de Chile won 4–1, reversing the first leg's 0–2.[24] For its part, Unión La Calera already without the surprise sensation which generated in the tournament's early part, defeated to Unión Española in the quarterfinals[25] for then repeat a 2–1 triumph over Católica in the semifinals first leg.[26] Unfortunately, in the next leg, the team was eliminated after losing 1–0 in Santiago.[27]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1 Universidad Católica 4 1 5  
8 Colo-Colo 2 1 3  
  1 Universidad Católica 1 1 2  
  6 Unión La Calera 2 0 2  
3 Unión Española 0 0 0
6 Unión La Calera 1 0 1  
  1 Universidad Católica 2 1 3
  2 Universidad de Chile 0 4 4
2 Universidad de Chile 2 1 3  
7 Unión San Felipe 1 1 2  
  2 Universidad de Chile 1 7 8
  5 O'Higgins 0 1 1  
4 Palestino 1 0 1
5 O'Higgins 1 3 4  
Quarterfinals: Calera vs. Unión Española[edit]
First Leg

On 26 May, Unión La Calera and Unión Española played the quarterfinal's first leg at Estadio Municipal Nicolás Chahuán Nazar and the team recovered from its 3–1 lost in the regular phase. The game's only one goal was scored by Ángel Carreño in the 68th minute.[25][28] The match had 2.459 spectators.[28]

Astorga this time played with a 3–4–1–2 lineup:[28] Lucas Giovini in the goal;[28] in the rear, Jorge Ampuero as left sweeper,[28] Mario Berríos as centre-back,[28] Nicolás Suárez as right sweeper;[28] in the midfield, Ángel Carreño and Claudio Muñoz as central midfielders,[28] Francisco Bahamondes and Gonzalo Barriga as left midfielder and right midfielders respectively[28] and finally with Ramón Fernández as playmaker;[28] meantime the forward was composite by Braian Rodríguez and Jonathan Domínguez.[28] On the other hand, José Luis Sierra played with a 4–2–1–3 lineup:[28] Eduardo Lobos in the goal;[28] in the rear, Rafael Olarra and Leandro Delgado as centre backs,[28] Fernando Cordero as left back[28] and Esteban González as right back;[28] in the midfield, Braulio Leal and Gonzalo Villagra (captain) as central midfielders[28] and Martín Ligüera as playmaker;[28] the forwards were Raúl Estévez,[28] Sebastián Jaime[28] and Mario Aravena.[28]

Second Leg

On 29 May, the teams played the quarterfinal's second leg at Estadio Santa Laura. The game ended in a 0–0 draw which allowed to Unión La Calera the qualification to the semifinal.[29] The match had 4.842 spectators.[30]

For its part, Unión with Sierra also repeated the 4–2–1–3 lineup,[30] being the only one change Leonardo Monje (who scored against Calera in the team's 3–1 defeat as visitors in Santa Laura for the regular phase) instead Mario Aravena.[30] Between the key events, Leal missed a penalty in the 24th minute and Jaime was sent-off in the 71st minute.[30]

Semifinals: Católica vs. Calera[edit]
First Leg

Unión La Calera played the semifinal's first leg with Universidad Católica on 2 June. Astorga played with the same lineup that occupied against Unión Española in the quarterfinal's second leg,[31] whilst Católica, coached by Juan Antonio Pizzi, played with a 4–2–2–2 lineup:[31] Christopher Toselli in the goal;[31] David Henríquez and Alfonso Parot as central backs;[31] Rodrigo Valenzuela and Juan Eluchans as full backs;[31] Gonzalo Sepúlveda and Tomás Costa as central midfielders;[31] Fernando Meneses and Milovan Mirosevic as right and left midfielders;[31] and finally Pablo Calandria and Francisco Pizarro as forwards.[31]

Bahamondes opened the score in the 26th minute[31] and a minute later Gonzalo Barriga scored the partial 2–0.[31] Eight minutes later, Milovan Mirosevic scored through a header the discount, beating thereby to Giovini.[31] The rest of the game was dominated by Unión La Calera, and Universidad Católica suffered the sent-off of Mirosevic (double yellow card; 64th minute)[31] and Rodrigo Valenzuela (direct red card; 72nd minute).[31]

Finished the game, with this victory Unión La Calera had the first opportunity to qualify to the final. They just had to draw in Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo or win by one goal there, in Chile's capital city Santiago.

Second Leg

For this match, Pizzi changed Católica's lineup to face Calera, this time he remained Toselli in the goal, but played with a 3–2–3–2 lineup (similar to Astorga's 3–4–1–2 lineup):[32] the defenders were Enzo Roco (then Enzo Andía) as left sweeper,[32] Hans Martínez as centre back[32] and Alfonso Parot as right sweeper;[32] as central midfielders were Jorge Ormeño and Francisco Silva;[32] the attacking midfielders were Fernando Meneses (left midfielder), Marcelo Cañete (playmaker) and Felipe Gutiérrez;[32] whilst the forwards were Roberto Gutiérrez and Lucas Pratto.[32] Astorga for its part, remained the same lineup, again with the same players.

The game's only one goal was scored by Enzo Andía in the beginnings of the second half (46th minute). This goal, frustrated Calera's chances to qualify to the final. In that way, thereby was how Calera concluded its first great campaign in Chilean top-level.


Traditionally Unión La Calera's home kit is composed by a red shirt, white pants and white socks. Its away kit meanwhile is entirely white. During the 2007 Primera B season, Calera's home kit was symbolized by a white and red horizontal striped shirt; its pants and socks were white. This kit is similar to the one used by the team when it got its promotion to Primera División in 1984.

For the 2010 second-tier season, the titular uniform is a red shirt with vertical white bars, red pants and red socks.

Once promoted to 2018 Primera División de Chile, during that tournament, the team changed its kit colors to entirely red like the kit which occupied during the 2014–15 season.


Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1955–1983 None None
1983–1984 Costa
1985–1992 None None
1994–1996 Torpedo Sport None
Maquinaria Ribas
1997 Diadora
1998–2001 Torpedo Sport None
Santa Isabel
2001–2003 Adidas None
2004–2016 Training Cemento Melón
2017– KS7 Refugio de Cristo


Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Unión La Calera as of 10 February 2019 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Lucas Giovini
2  ARG DF Pablo Alvarado
3  CHI DF Matías Navarrete
4  CHI DF Claudio Meneses
5  ARG MF Matías Laba
6  CHI MF Yonathan Andía
7  CHI FW Marcelo Larrondo
8  CHI MF Sebastián Leyton
9  CHI FW Josepablo Monreal
10  CHI FW Sebastián Zúñiga
11  CHI FW Juan Leiva
12  CHI GK Pablo Heredia
13  SWE DF Erik Figueroa
14  CHI MF Kevin Vásquez
15  CHI MF Fabián Manzano
No. Position Player
16  CHI MF Fabrizio Manzo
17  CHI DF Christian Vilches
18  CHI FW Franco Lobos
19  ARG FW Eugenio Isnaldo
20  CHI DF Erick Wiemberg
21  CHI MF Thomas Rodríguez
22  ARG GK Augusto Batalla
23  CHI MF Ángelo Quiñones
24  CHI MF Yerko Leiva
25  CHI DF César Pizarro
27  CHI MF Esteban Valencia
28  CHI MF Diego Rojas
29  ARG FW Nicolás Stefanelli
30  CHI MF Ariel Cáceres
--  CHI FW Matías Álvarez

Manager: Francisco Meneghini

2019 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
21 Chile MF Diego Rojas (loaned from Universidad Católica)
29 Argentina FW Nicolás Stefanelli (loaned from AIK)
No. Position Player
-- Chile MF Yerko Leiva (from Universidad de Chile)
-- Chile MF Thomas Rodríguez (from Genoa)


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

No. Position Player
29 Argentina FW Walter Bou (to Unión de Santa Fe)
No. Position Player



Estadio Nicolás Chahuán Nazar.

Club facts[edit]


1961, 1984, 2017
1990, 2000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Unión La Calera lidera contrataciones en regiones de cara al Apertura". Solamente Fútbol. 2 January 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "U. La Calera oficializó su retorno a Primera con paridad ante Santiago Morning". Radio Cooperativa. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  3. ^ See in RSSSF Chile 2011 the section Primera División (Campeonato Nacional "Petrobras" 2011) — Apertura). Here is verified Calera's 1–1 away draw with Santiago Morning on 30 January. The score for Morning was of Ever Cantero (76'), whilst for Calera the score was an own-goal of Edgardo Abdala (2').
  4. ^ a b "U. La Calera venció a San Felipe en cierre de la segunda fecha del Apertura". Radio Cooperativa. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "U. La Calera batió a Universidad Católica y derribó su invicto en el Apertura". Radio Cooperativa. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  6. ^ RSSSF Chile 2011 — Apertura Round 1; 28 January
  7. ^ RSSSF Chile 2011 — Apertura Round 2; 4 February
  8. ^ a b "Joel Soto es figura en triunfo de Cobresal ante La Calera". La Tercera. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b RSSSF Chile 2011 — Apertura Round 4; 19 February
  10. ^ a b "Unión La Calera complicó aún más a Nelson Acosta". ADN Radio. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Resumen: U. La Calera junto a U. Católica son líderes y mandan en el Torneo de Apertura". Radio Cooperativa. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Están de vuelta: Colo Colo venció 2-0 a U. la Calera". Canal Del Fútbol. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Unión La Calera venció con autoridad a Audax Italiano y quedó como escolta de la UC". Emol. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  14. ^ "La Calera no pudo con Unión en Santa Laura (3-1)". Charla Técnica. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Unión Española 3-1 Unión La Calera - Apertura 2011 - Resumen". YouTube's Account "Goles de Unión Española". 7 July 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  16. ^ RSSSF Chile 2011 — Apertura Round 11; 9 April
  17. ^ "Universidad de Chile derrota a U. La Calera y le mete presión a la UC". Emol. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  18. ^ RSSSF Chile 2011 — Apertura Round 13; 23 April
  19. ^ RSSSF Chile 2011 — Apertura Round 14; 30 April
  20. ^ RSSSF Chile 2011 — Apertura Round 15; 7 May
  21. ^ RSSSF Chile 2011 — Apertura Round 16; 15 May
  22. ^ a b c "Wanderers y Calera repartieron puntos en el puerto". ADN Radio. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  23. ^ RSSSF Chile 2011 — Apertura Final Table
  24. ^ "U. Católica ganó 2 a 0 a la 'U' y acaricia el Bicampeonato". Canal del Fútbol. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Unión La Calera ganó con lo justo a Unión Española en el Nicolás Chahuán". Radio Cooperativa. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  26. ^ "La Calera se impone sobre U. Católica y toma ventaja en la semifinal". El Mostrador. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  27. ^ "U. Católica sufrió para vencer a Unión La Calera y timbró su paso a la final del Apertura". Radio Cooperativa. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  28. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Unión La Calera 1 Unión Española 0". 26 May 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Unión La Calera gana su llave y sigue haciendo historia". Canal del Fútbol. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  30. ^ a b c d "Unión Española 0 Unión La Calera 0". 29 May 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Unión La Calera 2 Universidad Católica 1". 2 June 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  32. ^ a b c d e f g "Universidad Católica 1 Unión La Calera 0". 2 June 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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