Curicó Unido

Curicó Unido is a football club based in Curicó, Maule Region, Chile. They currently play in the Primera División, the first level of the Chilean football system. They are currently managed by Dalcio Giovagnoli.

Curicó Unido
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Full nameClub de Deportes Provincial Curicó Unido
Nickname(s)Curi
Albirrojos (The red & white)
Torteros (The Cake-makers)
La Banda Sangre (The Blood Stripe)
Founded1973
GroundEstadio La Granja
Capacity8,278
ChairmanFreddy Palma
CoachNicolás Larcamón
LeagueCampeonato Nacional
201913th

HistoryEdit

Curicó Unido was founded on 26 February 1973, with Edmundo Rojas as the first President of the club. They became the fourth football team from the Curicó city to play at the professional level, after Alianza de Curicó, Luis Cruz Martínez and Bádminton de Curicó.

Curicó Unido played since the season 1974 at the Primera B, but after seven poor seasons they gained relegation to the third level to the season 1981, returning to Primera B two years later, in 1983.

1984 and 1985 were the best seasons of Curicó Unido history, disputing the promotion until the last week, but with bad luck at the final matches.

The next campaigns were average, with the exception of the season 1990, when they lose the category after the final match with Deportes Valdivia, when they won 4–1, two goals short what they needed to stay at Primera B.

Since then, they stayed at the Tercera División without real chances to return to the Primera B, until the 2003 season. But at the next year that changed.

In 2004 the albirrojos were really close to returned to the Primera B. At the last week of the season, in Chillán, they arrived as leaders, to face Ñublense who was three points behind at the table; however the Chillanejos won that game 2–1, forcing a tie breaker match in Linares, where Ñublense won 2–0, taking the title and the promotion.

However, the year 2005 Curicó Unido had his revenge. They disputed the title with Trasandino until the last week. While Trasandino tied with Municipal Iquique, Curicó crushed Iberia 4–0, and in this way, after 15 years of suffering, Provincial Curicó Unido returned to the Chilean professional football.

In 2006, in their return to the Primera B, Curicó Unido finished in fifth place.

The next year, Curico avoided relegation only at the end of the season; Deportes Temuco finished last and fell down to the third level of national football for the upcoming season.

Curicó won promotion to the Primera Division after a 1–0 win over Deportes Puerto Montt on the last home game of the 2008 season, which was enough to securing 1st place of the Primera B and automatic promotion. Only to return to Primera B the next season, after losing a promotion play-off against San Luis.

They returned to the top-tier in 2017, after winning the 2016–17 Primera B tournament.

HonoursEdit

2008, 2016-17
2005

OthersEdit

  • Copa Confraternidad (Tercera Div.): 1
1991

RecordsEdit

Team coloursEdit

Curicó Unido's official kit is a white shirt with a diagonal red stripe that crosses the chest from the right shoulder to the left side of the hip. The shorts are black and socks are white.

Kit evolutionEdit

SponsorshipEdit

The club are currently sponsored by Multihogar and their technical sponsors are Dalponte.

Shirt SponsorsEdit

  • 1976: Buses Galgo Azul
  • 1977–78: Cecinas Soler
  • 1981–82: Multifrut
  • 1983–95: Fideos Suazo
  • 1996–: Multihogar

StadiumsEdit

Curicó Unido's traditional home-ground is the Estadio La Granja, located in Curicó city; an 8,000 football stadium with an athletic track around the pitch, located in the "La Granja sports complex", leased from Curicó city hall.

Curicó Unido have also used other grounds during their history.

The Estadio Carabineros de Curicó, was Curicó Unido's home in 1976 and 1977.

They also played their Tercera Division league home games of the season 1992, at the Estadio ANFA Luis H. Alvarez.

And recently, during the 2010 season, the Estadio Municipal Jorge Silva de San Fernando, was their temporary home ground due to the reconstruction of the Estadio La Granja.

SupportersEdit

Curicó Unido fans traditionally come from Curicó itself; and from the rest of the Curicó Province, but in smaller numbers.

The largest supporters' group is the Marginales, created in 1997.

Curicó Unido supporters' current main rivals are Rangers de Talca, and Ñublense.

Current squadEdit

Current squad of Curicó Unido as of 30 January 2020 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1   CHI GK Paulo Garcés
2   CHI DF Diego García
3   CHI DF Jorge Catejo
5   CHI DF Jens Buss
6   CHI MF Diego Urzúa
7   ARG FW Federico Castro
8   CHI MF Pablo Parra
9   URU FW Diego Vera
10   CHI MF Carlos Espinosa
11   CHI MF Bayron Oyarzo
12   CHI GK Fabián Cerda
13   CHI DF José Rojas
14   VEN MF Heber García
15   ARG MF Fernando Godoy
16   CHI MF Franco Bechtholdt
No. Position Player
17   CHI MF Martín Cortés
18   CHI MF Fernando Lazcano
19   CHI FW Sebastián Jaime
20   COL DF Héctor Urrego
21   CHI MF Matías Ormazábal
22   CHI GK Diego Tapia
23   CHI MF Pablo Corral
24   CHI FW Matías Cavalleri
25   CHI MF Alexander Pastene
28   CHI FW Gabriel Harding
29   CHI DF Kennet Lara
30   CHI GK Gonzalo Mall
33   CHI DF Alex Ibacache
--   CHI DF Yerson Opazo

Manager: Nicolás Larcamón

2020 Summer transfersEdit

InEdit

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

No. Position Player
--   GK Paulo Garcés (from Antofagasta)
--   GK Fabián Cerda (from Palestino)
--   GK Gonzalo Mall (from Deportes Magallanes)
--   DF Héctor Urrego (from Independiente Medellín)
--   DF Diego García (from Universidad de Chile)
--   DF José Rojas (from Huachipato)
No. Position Player
--   DF Alex Ibacache (Loan from Everton)
--   MF Bayron Oyarzo (from A.C. Barnechea)
--   MF Fernando Lazcano (from Ñublense)
--   MF Pablo Corral (from Deportes Iquique)
--   FW Federico Castro (from Palestino)

OutEdit

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Jorge Deschamps (to Cobresal)
2   DF Diego Díaz (to Deportes Santa Cruz)
4   DF Felipe Saavedra (to Deportes Iquique)
6   DF Mario Parra (to Deportes Valdivia)
11   FW Diego Vallejos (back to Universidad Catolica)
15   MF Daniel Franco (to Oriente Petrolero)
No. Position Player
20   MF Luis Bustamante (Released)
23   FW Gabriel Vargas (to Deportes Concepción)
26   MF Carlos Cisternas (to Deportes Santa Cruz)
27   MF Carlos Suárez (to Monagas)
30   GK Luis Santelices (to Everton)

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit