Club Universidad de Chile

Club Universidad de Chile (Spanish pronunciation: [kluβ uniβeɾsiˈðað ðe ˈtʃile]) is a professional football club based in Santiago, Chile, that plays in the Primera División.

Universidad de Chile
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Full nameClub Universidad de Chile
Nickname(s)Los Azules (The Blues)
La U (The U)
El Romántico Viajero (Wanderlust)
El Bulla (The Noise)
Los Chuchos (Mestizos)
El Chuncho (The Owl)
León (Lion)
La Chile (The Chile)
Founded24 May 1927; 94 years ago (1927-05-24)
GroundEstadio Nacional Julio Martínez Pradanos (Could also be rotating)(Official stadium not yet developed)
ChairmanMichael Clark
ManagerSantiago Escobar
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website

The club was founded on May 24, 1927. Universidad de Chile is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in Chile, having won the league title 18 times.[2] In the last 10 years, the team has been crowned champion six times, including their undefeated run to the 2011 Copa Sudamericana title. The team has been throughout its history associated with the blue colour, also present on the logo, which was officially adopted in 1943. The club rivalries are with Colo-Colo and Universidad Católica, with whom they regularly contest the Santiago derbies known as Clásicos.

Despite not owning its stadium, the club usually plays its home games at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, in the commune of Ñuñoa in Santiago.

Universidad de Chile was the champion of the Copa Sudamericana 2011. In this tournament, the club had an excellent performance: wasn't defeated, won all their matches in Chile and had the top scorer of the tournament's history (Eduardo Vargas). Universidad de Chile has reached semi-finals in the Copa Libertadores four times (years 1970, 1996, 2010 and 2012).


The club was founded on May 24, 1927,[3] as Club Deportivo Universitario by the merger of Club Náutico and Federación Universitaria. Initially, the club was formed by students of the Universidad de Chile and was the sport brand of the university until 1980 when the university's rector and president of the club at the time (both of them appointed by the Pinochet dictatorship) decided to separate the club from the university and created the CORFUCH to manage the football team. This move was a part of the atomization of the Universidad de Chile made by the military dictatorship in order to strengthen the private universities that were founded during that time and also to reduce state power. This was seen as a major blow to the club, as it was left with nothing but a loyal fan base. From then on, the club started to decline in terms of results on the field and lack of support from various sectors of the economy when other major clubs in Chile were helped by main powers such as the government, the catholic church, and Codelco. Eventually, the team's poor performances led to a relegation to second division in 1988, and threats to dissolve the club were made by the university if the team did not manage to return to the first division within a year. In 1989, Universidad de Chile were able to earn the 2nd division's championship, thus bringing them back to the first division, where they have remained since then.

Bankruptcy and Azul AzulEdit

In 2006, the club declared bankruptcy and received an imposed administration that was criticized by the supporters, as the new chairman immediately fired club symbols and tried to transform the club into a private company of public stocks, being opposed to the decision of the club members in a previous assembly.[citation needed] The team finished the year with the worst campaign in the club history and the almost-sure transformation into private company due to the ties between the appointed chairman and several businessmen.

During 2007, the imposed administration gave the club into concession to a private group (Azul Azul). In 2008, the new university's rector agreed to enter a contract with the now private club, in which he allowed the use of the university's name and symbols in exchange for a royalty and the right to appoint two out of the eleven directors of the board.[citation needed]


Home kit and away kitEdit

The team's home kit from 1943 to 1958 consisted of a blue jersey, a white short and blue socks. In 1959, the home kit was changed to an all royal blue kit. In 1992 a darker tone of blue was used for the home kit and in 1996 a red stripe was added to the sleeves. The team's home kit saw its most drastic change in 2001–02 when red sleeves were included on the jersey; this kit retained the blue shorts and blue socks. In 2006, the team returned to the 1959 variation of its uniform and has not changed it since then. The current home kit features the classic red letter U on the front of the jersey.

From 1934 until 2001–02, Universidad de Chile's away kit consisted of a white jersey, shorts and socks, occasionally using blue shorts during the 1990s. In 2001–02, for the first time in the club's history a red kit was introduced; this kit consisted of a red jersey with dark blue sleeves, red shorts and red socks. In 2005, the club introduced a new all-red away kit, thereby dropping the blue sleeves in favor of red ones. The current away kit in a similar fashion to the home kit also features the red letter U on the front of the jersey.[4] Universidad de Chile wore a kit that featured the regular royal blue jersey, white shorts and royal blue socks for a game against Chivas during the 2010 Copa Libertadores. At the end of 2010 the historical all-white combination made a return as the club's alternate kit.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturersEdit

Period Kit Manufacter Shirt Sponsor
1974-78 New Leader  —
1979 Haddad
1980–85 Adidas
1986 Ñandu
1987 Umbro
1988–89 Adidas
1990 Scania
1991 Pony International Fiat
1991 Chilectra
1992–95 Avia
1996 Diadora
1997–98 Reebok
1998  —
1998 AdeS
1999–00 Adidas[5]
2001–03 LG
2004–07 Cristal (Beer)
2008–10 Telmex[6]
2010–16 Claro/Tramontina[7]
2017–2018 Chevrolet/Movistar/Loto
2019 Petrobras/Movistar
2020-2021 Petrobras/Directv
2022 Betano/Directv


The team's logo, a red and white chuncho (Austral pygmy owl), has its origins in the days of the Club Náutico Universitario which gave its emblem to the Club Universitario de Deportes (CUD), when was founded in 1927. The logo was taken from Germany by Pablo Ramírez Rodríguez, who turned into a Minister of Exchequer in 1945. The chuncho was chosen for its association with wisdom, mutual knowledge, harmony of the body and soul.[8]

The team's logo is not usually found on the team's uniform, being favored in turn by a red letter U with a white trim. The chuncho logo was absent from the team's jersey starting in 1979, but made a return during the 1996–97 season. Since 2006–07, a small chuncho logo could be found on the jersey along with the red U.[9]


Universidad de Chile's first title was won in 1940, just 3 years after their professional debut. The team won six titles (1959, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969) between 1959 and 1969 and the became known as the Blue Ballet in reference the beautiful style of football they played. Nine members of that squad were part of the Chilean national team that reached 3rd place in the 1962 FIFA World Cup, the best result ever achieved by Chile in a World Cup.

In 1995, Universidad de Chile won the cup once more, this time at home in front of almost 78,000 people in the Estadio Nacional. The team would then win back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000.

More recently Universidad de Chile has won the Apertura in 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2014/2015, and Clausura in 2011 and 2016/2017. The 2011, the title was won at the hands of defending champions Universidad Católica, by a global score of 4–3, having lost the first leg of the final 2–0 and needing to win by a 3-goal margin, the team managed to win the second leg by a 4–1 score.

On the international stage Universidad de Chile have had a few of good runs in Copa Libertadores, reaching the semi-finals in 1970, 1996, 2010, and 2012.

On 14 December 2011 they defeated Liga De Quito from Ecuador 3–0 (4–0 on aggregate) to win the Copa Sudamericana, becoming the third Chilean team to win a South American tournament, behind Colo-Colo's 1991 Copa Libertadores and Universidad Catolica's 1994 Copa Interamericana. In the tournament, the club had an excellent performance (undefeated, and winning all their matches in Chile), and was nicknamed the "South America's FC Barcelona".[10]

Also, the team was named the most successful chilean club of the 2010s, by winning a total of 9 titles in the whole decade. The achievement included 5 Primera División titles (2011 Apertura, 2011 Clausura, 2012 Apertura, 2014 Apertura and 2017 Clausura), 2 Copa Chile titles (2012-13 and 2015), the 2015 Supercopa and the 2011 Copa Sudamericana.[11][12]


Leonel Sánchez is still popular among the fans.
  • Record Primera División victory — 9–1 v. Magallanes (1962)
  • Record Primera División defeat — 0–6 v. Colo-Colo (1938)
  • Record Copa Chile victory — 7–1 v. Audax Italiano (1984)
  • Most goals scored in Primera División — 184 Carlos Campos (1956–69)
  • Most Primera División appearances — 386 Leonel Sánchez (1953–69)
  • Most appearances overall — 539 Luis Musrri (1988–04)
  • Record Unbeaten Matches in Primera Division (National Record) — 33 (1999)
  • Record Straight Wins in Primera Division (National Record) — 16 (1963–64)
  • Record Best Start in Primera Division (National Record) 9 straight wins (2011)
  • Highest attendance in Primera Division (National Record) — 85,268 v. Universidad Catolica (Dec 29, 1962)







First team squadEdit

Current squad of Club Universidad de Chile as of 6 September 2021 (edit)
Sources: Primer Equipo

No. Position Player
1   CHI GK Pedro Garrido
2   CHI DF Daniel Navarrete
3   CHI DF Ignacio Tapia
4   CHI DF José Castro
5   BOL DF José María Carrasco
6   CHI DF Yonathan Andía
7   CHI MF Mauricio Morales
8   CHI MF Pablo Aránguiz
9   CHI FW Junior Fernandes
10   CHI FW Jeisson Vargas
11   URU FW Cristian Palacios
12   ECU GK Hernán Galíndez
13   CHI MF Camilo Moya
14   CHI MF Felipe Seymour
15   CHI MF Felipe Gallegos
No. Position Player
16   CHI FW Simón Contreras
17   CHI DF Luis Casanova
18   CHI FW Franco Lobos
19   CHI FW Ronnie Fernández
20   CHI FW Lucas Assadi
21   CHI DF Bastián Tapia
22   CHI FW Cristóbal Muñoz
23   CHI DF Marcelo Morales
24   CHI MF Darío Osorio
25   CHI GK Cristóbal Campos
26   URU MF Álvaro Brun
27   ARG FW Nahuel Luján
28   CHI MF Israel Poblete
29   CHI MF Bastián Orellana

Youth AcademyEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
38 DF   CHI Bastián Ubal
41 MF   CHI Renato Cordero
No. Pos. Nation Player
42 MF   CHI Enzo Fernández

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   CHI Rodrigo Cancino (at Unión La Calera)
DF   CHI Felipe Saavedra (at Universidad de Concepción)
DF   CHI Bastián Tapia (at Deportes Iquique)
MF   CHI Maximiliano Guerrero (at Deportes La Serena)
FW   CHI Julián Alfaro (at Magallanes)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   CHI Matías Campos López (at Everton)
FW   CHI Nicolás Guerra (at Ñublense)
FW   CHI Alessandro Rizzoli (at Deportes La Serena)
FW   PAN Gabriel Torres (at Alajuelense)

2021 Summer transfersEdit


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ECU Hernán Galíndez (from Universidad Católica)
DF   BOL José María Carrasco (loan from Club Blooming)
DF   CHI Ignacio Tapia (from Huachipato)
MF   CHI Felipe Seymour (from O'Higgins)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   CHI Israel Poblete (from Huachipato)
FW   CHI Jeisson Vargas (from Unión La Calera)
FW   CHI Ronnie Fernández (from Santiago Wanderers)
FW   URU Cristian Palacios (from Unión Española)


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 FW   CHI Fernando de Paul (to Everton)
3 DF   CHI Diego Carrasco (to O'Higgins)
4 DF   CHI Osvaldo González (to Huachipato)
5 DF   URU Ramón Arias (to Peñarol)
7 MF   CHI Sebastián Galani (to Universidad Católica)
8 DF   CHI Augusto Barrios (to Unión Española)
10 MF   ARG Marcelo Cañete (Loan to Huachipato)
11 FW   ARG Brandon Cortés (back to Boca Juniors)
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 DF   VEN Luis Mago (to Ñublense)
20 FW   ARG Joaquín Larrivey (to Cosenza)
21 MF   CHI Gonzalo Espinoza (to Unión Española)
23 FW   CHI Thomas Rodríguez (to Unión La Calera)
24 MF   CHI Mario Sandoval (to Curicó Unido)
32 FW   CHI José Gatica (loan to Santiago Morning)
MF   CHI Jimmy Martínez (to Huachipato)
FW   VEN Anderson Contreras (Loan to Audax Italiano)

Player recordsEdit

Individual honoursEdit

Primera Division top scorersEdit

Copa Chile top scorersEdit

Copa Sudamericana top scorersEdit

Chilean Footballer of the YearEdit

Primera División Footballer of the YearEdit

America's Ideal TeamEdit

Most appearancesEdit

# Name Matches
1   Luis Musrri 539
2   Johnny Herrera 497
3   José Rojas 471
4   Vladimir Bigorra 468
5   Héctor Hoffens 451
6   Manuel Pellegrini 435
7   Jorge Socías 429
8   Sergio Vargas 428
9   Leonel Sánchez 412
10   Braulio Musso 390

Top scorersEdit

# Name Goals
1   Carlos Campos 199
2   Leonel Sánchez 167
3   Pedro González 121
4   Marcelo Salas 113
5   Rubén Marcos 110
6   Jorge Socías 102
7   Diego Rivarola 101
8   Pedro Araya 90
9   Braulio Musso 83
10   Ernesto Álvarez 83


Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Santiago Escobar
Assistant Manager   Winston Cifuentes
Fitness Coach   Juan Carlos Ángel
Goalkeeping Coach   Manuel Sanhouse

List of managersEdit

Average home attendances of Universidad de ChileEdit

2016-17 Clausura: 33,466
2016-17 Apertura: 30,041
2015-16 Clausura: 19,641
2015-16 Apertura: 12,901


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Inauguran remodelado Estadio Nacional
  2. ^ Juan Pablo Andrés and Eric Boesenberg. "Chile – List of Champions and Runners Up" (Rec.Sport.Football Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) ed.). Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  3. ^ "Chile's university challenge". FIFA. 29 October 2009. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  4. ^ Switch, Image (2009-10-17). "Universidad de Chile 2009/10 team kits". Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Ferplei » Universidad de Chile dejará de tener a Telmex en su camiseta". Archived from the original on 2010-10-27.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-16. Retrieved 2014-08-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Scaff, Patricio. "Sports' origin in Universidad de Chile and the "chuncho" in the club's history". Universidad de Chile. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  9. ^ Romántico Viajero. "Camisetas años 2000". Romántico Viajero. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  10. ^ Francis Fields. "Brazilian media praise visiting Universidad de Chile as "South America's Barcelona team"" (Footballanchor ed.). Retrieved 2011-11-23.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Completamente azul: Nos consagramos como el equipo chileno con más títulos de la década" [Completely blue: We were crowned as the chilean team with most titles in the decade]. Club Universidad de Chile (in Spanish). 31 December 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Universidad de Chile se consagró como el equipo nacional más ganador de la década" [Universidad de Chile is crowned as the biggest national team of the decade]. DAZN (in Spanish). 1 January 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Primera División 2016/2017 Clausura - Attendance".

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