Club Deportivo Universidad Católica

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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.

Universidad Católica
Full nameClub Deportivo Universidad Católica
U Católica
La Católica (The Catholic)
Los Cruzados (The Crusaders)
Caballeros cruzados (Knights Crusaders)
Founded21 April 1937
GroundEstadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
ChairmanJuan Tagle
ManagerAriel Holan
LeagueCampeonato Nacional
20191st, champions
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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!.


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 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 informationEdit

  • Seasons in Primera División: 79 (1939–1955, 1957–1973, 1976–)
  • Seasons in Segunda División: 3 (1956, 1974–1975)
  • Best Finish in Primera División: Champions
  • Worst position in Primera División: 18th
  • Best Finish in Copa Chile season: Champions
  • Best IFFHS position: 9th
  • Record Primera División victory: 10–1 v. Palestino (1994)
  • Record Copa Chile victory: 10–0 v. Selección San Pedro de Atacama (2010)
  • Record Primera División defeat: 2–9 Audax Italiano (1945)
  • Highest home attendance: 77,890 v. Universidad de Chile (11 January 1967) (at Estadio Nacional)
  • 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)
  • Most goals scored in Primera División: Raimundo Infante (103 goals)
  • Most goals scored overall: Rodrigo Barrera (118 goals)
  • Most matches played overall:Mario Lepe (639 matches)
  • Least beaten goalkeeper: José María Buljubasich 1352 minutes (4th on IFFHS ranking)
  • Most matches played for Copa Libertadores de América: Mario Lepe (76 matches)



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 tournamentsEdit

  • International Tournament of Pascua: 1
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 squadEdit

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

No. Position Player
1   ARG GK Matías Dituro
2   CHI DF Germán Lanaro
3   CHI DF Cristóbal Finch
4   CHI DF Carlos Salomon
5   CHI DF Valber Huerta
6   CHI MF Francisco Silva
7   CHI DF Tomás Asta-Buruaga
8   CHI MF Ignacio Saavedra
9   ARG FW Fernando Zampedri
10   CHI FW Edson Puch
11   ARG MF Luciano Aued
12   CHI GK Marcelo Suárez
13   CHI DF Benjamín Kuščević
14   CHI MF César Pinares
15   ARG FW Gastón Lezcano
16   CHI FW César Munder
No. Position Player
17   CHI GK Cristopher Toselli
18   ARG MF Diego Buonanotte
19   CHI FW José Pedro Fuenzalida
20   CHI FW Gonzalo Tapia
21   CHI DF Raimundo Rebolledo
22   CHI FW Bruno Barticciotto
23   CHI DF Juan Cornejo
24   CHI DF Alfonso Parot
25   CHI MF Kevin Fernández
26   CHI MF Marcelino Núñez
27   CHI FW Alexander Aravena
28   CHI GK Vicente Bernedo
29   CHI DF Stefano Magnasco
30   CHI FW Diego Valencia
--   CHI FW Matías Rosas

Coach: Ariel Holan

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  GK Miguel Vargas (at Unión La Calera)
  DF Enzo Ferrario (at Deportes La Serena)
  DF Benjamín Vidal (at Coquimbo Unido)
  DF Yonathan Parancán (at Santiago Morning)
  DF Vicente Fernández (at Palestino)
  DF Yerco Oyanedel (at Rangers de Talca)
  MF Andrés Souper (at Antofagasta)
No. Position Player
  MF Jaime Carreño (at Oriente Petrolero)
  MF Kevin Medel (at Deportes La Serena)
  FW Diego Vallejos (at Coquimbo Unido)
  FW David Henríquez (at A.C. Barnechea)
  FW Sebastián Pérez (at Ñublense)
  FW Brian Leiva (at Melipilla)

2020 Summer transfersEdit


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

No. Position Player
7   DF Tomás Asta-Buruaga (loan from Antofagasta)
9   FW Fernando Zampedri (loan from Rosario Central)
No. Position Player
15   FW Gastón Lezcano (from Morelia)


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

No. Position Player
6   MF César Fuentes (to Colo-Colo)
7   FW Sebastián Sáez (to Unión La Calera)
8   MF Jaime Carreño (Loan to Oriente Petrolero)
9   FW Duvier Riascos (Released)
15   DF Yerco Oyanedel (Loan to Rangers de Talca)
No. Position Player
16   FW Jeisson Vargas (back to Montreal Impact)
20   MF Carlos Lobos (to Everton)
22   FW David Henríquez (Loan to A.C. Barnechea)
--   DF Juan Carlos Espinoza (to Coquimbo Unido)

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Ariel Holan
Assistant Manager   Juan Manuel Esparis
Academy team Manager   Andrés Romero
Fitness coach   Facundo Peralta
Goalkeeping coach   Juan Fariello
Director of Football   José María Buljubasich

Individual honoursEdit

First Division top scorersEdit

International cups top scorersEdit

America's Ideal TeamEdit

Notable coachesEdit

Other sportsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Chilean Clubs - Friendly Matches 1991-2001". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ Fundación Club Deportivo Universidad Católica de Chile (1993), pp.37–38

External linksEdit