Club Deportivo Universidad Católica

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Universidad Católica
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Full nameClub Deportivo Universidad Católica
U Católica
La Católica (The Catholic)
Los Cruzados (The Crusaders)
Caballeros cruzados (Knights Crusaders)
Founded21 April 1937
Ground San Carlos de Apoquindo
Capacity14,118 [1]
ChairmanJuan Tagle
Manager Ariel Holan
League Campeonato Nacional
2019 1st, champions
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

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


Universidad Católica is one of the most successful and popular Chilean football clubs and considered one of 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.

Its official fight song is the Hymn of the Sports Club of the Catholic University, based on the song Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!.


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Universidad Católica 1939
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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 neighborhood'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 the 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 playing for Turkish side Beşiktaş J.K., among other clubs such as Boca Juniors, Sevilla and Internazionale, as well as playing a big role in Chile's 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads.

"La Cato" is the 3rd team that has won the most tournaments at a national level. The club has won 13 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 the 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.

Club information



1949, 1954, 1961, 1966, 1984, 1987, 1997-A, 2002-A, 2005-C, 2010, 2016-C, 2016-A, 2018, 2019
1956, 1975


1983, 1991, 1995, 2011
2016, 2019


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

Unofficial international tournaments

Winners (1): 1950


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

Current squad of Club Deportivo Universidad Católica as of 1 March 2020 ( edit )
Sources: Universidad Católica official website

1Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG GK Matías Dituro
2Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Germán Lanaro
3Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Cristóbal Finch
4Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Carlos Salomon
5Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Valber Huerta
6Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF Francisco Silva
7Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Tomás Asta-Buruaga
8Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF Ignacio Saavedra
9Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG FW Fernando Zampedri
10Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW Edson Puch
11Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG MF Luciano Aued
12Flag of Chile.svg  CHI GK Marcelo Suárez
13Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Benjamín Kuščević
14Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF César Pinares
15Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG FW Gastón Lezcano
16Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW César Munder
17Flag of Chile.svg  CHI GK Cristopher Toselli
18Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG MF Diego Buonanotte
19Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW José Pedro Fuenzalida
20Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW Gonzalo Tapia
21Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Raimundo Rebolledo
22Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW Bruno Barticciotto
23Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Juan Cornejo
24Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Alfonso Parot
25Flag of Chile.svg  CHI GK Vicente Bernedo
26Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF Marcelino Núñez
27Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW Alexander Aravena
28Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF Kevin Fernández
29Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Stefano Magnasco
30Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW Diego Valencia
--Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF Jaime Carreño
--Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW Matías Rosas

Coach: Ariel Holan

Out on loan

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

Flag of Chile.svg GK Miguel Vargas (at Unión La Calera)
Flag of Chile.svg DF Enzo Ferrario (at Deportes La Serena)
Flag of Chile.svg DF Benjamín Vidal (at Coquimbo Unido)
Flag of Chile.svg DF Yonathan Parancán (at Santiago Morning)
Flag of Chile.svg DF Vicente Fernández (at Palestino)
Flag of Chile.svg DF Yerco Oyanedel (at Rangers de Talca)
Flag of Chile.svg MF Andrés Souper(at Antofagasta)
Flag of Chile.svg MF Kevin Medel (at Deportes La Serena)
Flag of Chile.svg FW Diego Vallejos (at Coquimbo Unido)
Flag of Chile.svg FW David Henríquez (at A.C. Barnechea)
Flag of Chile.svg FW Sebastián Pérez (at Ñublense)
Flag of Chile.svg FW Brian Leiva (at Melipilla)

2020 Winter transfers


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

-- Flag of Chile.svg MF Jaime Carreño (back from Oriente Petrolero)


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


Current coaching staff

Manager Flag of Argentina.svg Ariel Holan
Assistant Manager Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Esparis
Academy team Manager Flag of Chile.svg Andrés Romero
Fitness coach Flag of Argentina.svg Facundo Peralta
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Fariello
Director of Football Flag of Argentina.svg José María Buljubasich

Individual honours

First Division top scorers

International cups top scorers

America's Ideal Team

Notable coaches

Other sports

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