Club Deportivo Universidad Católica

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Full nameClub Deportivo Universidad Católica
La Católica (The Catholic)
Los Cruzados (The Crusaders)
Caballeros Cruzados (Crusaders Knights)
Founded21 April 1937
Ground Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
Capacity14,118 [1]
ChairmanJuan Tagle
Manager Gustavo Quinteros
League Campeonato Nacional
2018 1st (Champion)
Website Club website
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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.

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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.

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The Clásico Universitario is one of the most important rivalries of Chilean soccer and refers to any match contested between Universidad Católica and Universidad de Chile. This clásico (derby) has been recognized by FIFA as the most traditional of Chile. It is the oldest confrontation between two clubs from academic roots, as the first confrontation goes back to the University Classic of 1909. These two teams have played twenty championship definitions against each other, Universidad Católica has won thirteen and Universidad de Chile six.

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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.

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"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]

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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
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 July 2018 ( edit )
Sources: Universidad Católica official website

1Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG GK Matías Dituro
2Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Germán Lanaro
3Flag of Colombia.svg  COL FW Duvier Riascos
4Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Vicente Fernández
5Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Valber Huerta
6Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF César Fuentes
7Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG FW Sebastián Sáez
8Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF Jaime Carreño
9Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW Edson Puch
10Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF Diego Rojas
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 Chile.svg  CHI DF Yerco Oyanedel
16Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW Jeisson Vargas
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 MF Carlos Lobos
21Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Raimundo Rebolledo
22Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW David Henríquez
23Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Juan Cornejo
24Flag of Chile.svg  CHI MF Ignacio Saavedra
26Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Benjamín Vidal
27Flag of Cuba.svg  CUB FW César Munder
28Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Juan Carlos Espinoza
29Flag of Chile.svg  CHI DF Stefano Magnasco
30Flag of Chile.svg  CHI FW Diego Valencia

Coach: Gustavo Quinteros

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 Álvaro Ogalde (at Deportes Limache)
Flag of Chile.svg GK Miguel Vargas (at Cobresal)
Flag of Chile.svg DF Yonathan Parancán (at Barnechea)
Flag of Chile.svg DF Juan José Soriano (at Deportes La Serena)
Flag of Chile.svg MF Andrés Souper (at Puerto Montt)
Flag of Chile.svg MF Kevin Medel (at Deportes La Serena)
Flag of Chile.svg MF Gonzalo Jara (at Magallanes)
Flag of Chile.svg FW Sebastián Pérez (at Ñublense)
Flag of Chile.svg FW Matías Rosas (at Puerto Montt)
Flag of Chile.svg FW Brian Leiva (at Melipilla)
Flag of Chile.svg FW Diego Vallejos (at Curicó Unido)

2019 Summer transfers


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

3 Flag of Colombia.svg FW Duvier Riascos (from Dalian Yifang)
4 Flag of Chile.svg DF Vicente Fernández (back from Unión La Calera)
5 Flag of Chile.svg DF Valber Huerta (from Huachipato)
9 Flag of Chile.svg FW Edson Puch (loaned from Pachuca)
14 Flag of Chile.svg MF César Pinares (from Colo-Colo)
16 Flag of Chile.svg FW Jeisson Vargas (loaned from Montreal Impact)
17 Flag of Chile.svg GK Cristopher Toselli (back from Everton)
23 Flag of Chile.svg DF Juan Cornejo (loaned from León)
26 Flag of Chile.svg DF Benjamín Vidal (back from Palestino)
28 Flag of Chile.svg DF Juan Carlos Espinoza (back from O'Higgins)


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

3 Flag of Argentina.svg DF Germán Voboril (to Universidad de Concepción)
4 Flag of Chile.svg DF Cristián Álvarez (Retired)
5 Flag of Chile.svg DF Branco Ampuero (back to Deportes Antofagasta)
9 Flag of Chile.svg FW Andrés Vilches (to Colo-Colo)
14 Flag of Chile.svg FW David Llanos (to Unión Española)
16 Flag of Chile.svg FW Marcos Bolados (back to Colo-Colo)
23 Flag of Chile.svg FW Brian Leiva (loaned to Deportes Melipilla)
25 Flag of Chile.svg GK Miguel Vargas (loaned to Cobresal)
28 Flag of Chile.svg DF Yonathan Parancán (loaned to Barnechea)
-- Flag of Chile.svg DF Juan José Soriano (loaned to Deportes La Serena)

Current coaching staff

Manager Flag of Argentina.svg Gustavo Quinteros
Assistant Manager Flag of Argentina.svg Darío Sala
Academy team Manager Flag of Chile.svg Andrés Romero
Fitness coach Flag of Argentina.svg Hugo Rolán
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Chile.svg Jorge Martínez
Director of Football Flag of Argentina.svg José María Buljubasich

Individual honours

1º Division top scorers

International cups top scorers

America's Ideal Team

Notable coaches

Other sports

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