Club Deportivo Universidad Católica

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CD Universidad Católica
Full name Club Deportivo Universidad Católica
Nickname(s) 'UC
La Católica (The Catholic)
Los Cruzados (The Crusaders)
Caballeros Cruzados (The Crusader Knights)
Founded 21 April 1937
Ground Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
Ground Capacity 14,118[1]
Chairman Juan Tagle
Manager Mario Salas
League Campeonato Nacional
2016 Apertura 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Club Deportivo Universidad Católica is a professional football club based in Santiago, Chile, which plays in the Primera División.

Universidad Católica is one of the most successful and popular Chilean football clubs and considered one of the Chile's "Big Three".

Its traditional rival is Universidad de Chile. They contest the Clásico Universitario. Colo-Colo is the other big rival of the club.


Universidad Católica 1939.
Universidad Católica 1949.

While the club was born as one of the many sport branches of the Universidad Católica de Chile, officially founded in 1937, it began, strictly speaking, around 1910, when students of the University would reunite to play football matches, frequently facing historical rival Universidad de Chile. In time, the idea of creating a professional club emerged, and on 21 April 1937, the club officially and legally began. It made its professional debut, in the second division, against the Universidad de Chile. Rivalry, both in sports and in academic issues, made these matches between the universities become more and more important, eventually reaching the national status of "Universities' Derby". The rivalry maintains itself until today, with each match between these teams being considered a must-see for every football fan in the country.[citation needed]

The Universidad Católica has attained fame as a favorite of the higher classes, because of many factors, which range from the location of the club's stadium, San Carlos de Apoquindo (in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of the capital) and Headquarters, although there are "UC" fans all around the country, including popular regions or towns. For this reason, is planned to build a new stadium in a more popular place of Santiago. Due to the neighbourhood's strong influence (wealthy families), the club has been unable to be approved for projects to enlarge the stadium and thus draw larger crowds. Only until in recent years the club was allowed by the commune of Las Condes, to host their clasicos matches against Universidad de Chile and Colo-Colo in their own stadium. Although just a limited number of its rivals' supporters are allowed to be present at these matches due to security reasons inside the stadium and around its high-end neighborhood.

The club has reached notoriety, both in a national and South American level, as owner of one of the best infrastructures and training centers in the continent. As such, it is a good source of young talents, which occasionally rise to stardom in the club. Its most recent youth academy produced player known worldwide is Gary Medel, currently[when?] playing for FC Internazionale, among other clubs such as Boca Juniors, Sevilla, as well as playing a big role in Chile's 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads.

The club has won 12 national tournaments, and one international cup: Inter-American cup. Also, in 1993, Universidad Católica was the runner-up in the most important international tournament in South America: the Copa Libertadores de América, losing in the finals against the biggest club in Brazil and defending Libertadores' Champion São Paulo They lost to what was considered[by whom?] the best team of the decade, a team that defeated Johan Cruyff's Barcelona Dream Team in 1992 and the Mighty Milan of Fabio Capelo em 1993. Between the two legs after a heavy defeat away la Catolica won the second leg but lost the title on aggregate. In 1997 the club celebrated its 60th anniversary with a friendly tournament where they beat Ajax Amsterdam 3–2 in the Copa 60º Aniversario de Universidad Católica.[2]

In recent years,[when?] the club has been reemerged in international competition, advancing to the 2005 Copa Sudamericana semifinal before being knocked out by the powerful Boca Juniors from Argentina, who would go on to win the tournament. In 2006 the team made a good presentation in the Copa Libertadores, but was eliminated at the last minute by Tigres UANL of Mexico and failed to advance beyond the group stage. Universidad Católica did not qualify for the 2007 Copa Libertadores.

Católica again played Copa Libertadores in 2008 with no luck, being eliminated in group stage by goal difference by River Plate and América. In 2010, their performance was no better, finishing third in group stage behind Universidad de Chile and Flamengo.

In the 2011 edition, Católica finished first on the round robin, and then advanced to the quarter-finals, knocking out Grêmio of Brazil on the best 16 round, and falling to Peñarol of Uruguay 2–0 in Montevideo and winning their home match 2–1, which was not enough to advance.

In 2012 the club, under coach and former player Mario Lepe, finished last on the group stage, winning only 1 home game and losing on their away games in Colombia and Bolivia.

Since 2012, the club has always been in the fight for the championship, however, by one reason or the other, it has been unable to finish first, thus becoming the target of jokes by its rivals and adopting a reputation of a "2nd place team". The lack of titles and frustrating important match losses against bitter rivals and smaller clubs, has infuriated a demanding fan base that is now looking for changes at the top level. The hard core fans have been expressing their anger at the games by blaming the club's executives for keeping the club between the elite, not opening up the club to the masses, lack of investment in acquisition of players and poor decisions in the acquisition of a few foreign players that were not up to the club's standards.

Club information[edit]

  • Seasons in 1st Division: 66
  • Seasons in 2nd Division: 3
  • Best position in 1st Division: 1st
  • Worst position in 1st Division: 18th
  • Best IFFHS position: 9th
  • Most games won in one league season: 27 (1999)
  • Most games won in short tournaments: 18 (Clausura 2005)
  • Most goals scored in one league season: 102 (1999)
  • Most goals scored in short tournaments: 56 (Apertura 2002)
  • Least beaten goalkeeper: José María Buljubasich 1352 minutes (4th on IFFHS ranking)
  • Most matches played for Copa Libertadores de América: Mario Lepe (76 matches)
  • Most second places in a local league: 44



1949, 1954, 1961, 1966, 1984, 1987, 1997-A, 2002-A, 2005-C, 2010, 2016-C, 2016-A
1956, 1975


1983, 1991, 1995, 2011


Runners-up (1): 1993
Winners (1): 1994


The Chilean Football Federation rules allow a maximum of seven foreign players per team, but only five can be on the pitch at any one time. Currently Católica has six foreign players.

Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Club Deportivo Universidad Católica as of 9 September 2016 (edit)
Sources: Universidad Católica official website

No. Position Player
1  CHI GK Cristopher Toselli
2  CHI DF Germán Lanaro
3  CHI DF Guillermo Maripán
4  CHI DF Cristián Álvarez
5  CHI MF Fabián Manzano
6  CHI MF César Fuentes
9  URU FW Santiago Silva
10  CHI MF Milovan Mirošević
11  CHI DF Fernando Cordero
12  CHI GK Álvaro Ogalde
13  CHI DF Benjamín Kuscevic
14  CHI FW David Llanos
17  CHI MF Carlos Espinosa
No. Position Player
18  ARG MF Diego Buonanotte
19  CHI FW José Pedro Fuenzalida
20  CHI MF Carlos Lobos
21  ARG GK Franco Costanzo
23  ARG MF Enzo Kalinski
24  CHI DF Alfonso Parot
26  CHI DF Fabian Monilla
27  CHI DF Juan Carlos Espinoza
28  CHI MF Ignacio Saavedra
29  CHI DF Stefano Magnasco
30  ARG FW Ricardo Rodríguez
--  CHI DF Branco Ampuero

Coach: Mario Salas

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Chile GK Miguel Vargas (at Deportes Santa Cruz)
Chile DF Francisco Sierralta (at Palestino)
Chile DF Vicente Starikoff (at Rangers de Talca)
Chile DF Dino Agote (at Deportes Antofagasta)
Chile DF Raimundo Rebolledo (at Curicó Unido)
Chile MF Jaime Carreño (at Everton)
No. Position Player
Chile MF Kevin Medel (at Everton)
Chile MF Claudio Sepúlveda (at Huachipato)
Chile MF Diego Bravo (at San Luis de Quillota)
Chile MF Diego Rojas (at Everton)
Chile FW José Luis Muñoz (at Santiago Wanderers)

2017 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
-- Chile DF Branco Ampuero (Loan from Deportes Antofagasta)
No. Position Player


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

No. Position Player
7 Chile FW Christian Bravo (back to Granada)
8 Chile MF Jaime Carreño (Loan to Everton)
15 Chile DF Raimundo Rebolledo (Loan to Curicó Unido)
No. Position Player
16 Argentina FW Ricardo Noir (back to Racing)
22 Chile FW Roberto Gutiérrez (to Palestino)

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Chile Mario Salas
Assistant Manager Chile Leonardo Zamora
Assistant Manager Chile Fernando Gutierrez
Academy team Manager Chile Andrés Romero
Fitness coach Chile Osvaldo Alegria
Goalkeeping coach Chile Iván Contreras
Director of Football Argentina José María Buljubasich

Individual honours[edit]

1º Division top scorers[edit]

International cups top scorers[edit]

America's Ideal Team[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

Other sports[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]