Club Deportivo Palestino

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Club Deportivo Palestino is a professional football club based in the city of Santiago, Chile. The club was founded in 1920 and plays in the Primera División de Chile. They play their home games at the Estadio Municipal de La Cisterna stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 8,000 seats.

Club Deportivo Palestino badge.svg
Full nameClub Deportivo Palestino S.A.D.P.
Nickname(s)Tino, Árabes, Tricolor, Baisanos
Founded20 August 1920
GroundEstadio Municipal de La Cisterna
ChairmanJorge Uauy
CoachIvo Basay
LeagueCampeonato Nacional
WebsiteClub website


The club was founded on 20 August 1920, when they participated in a colonial competition in Osorno. It was founded by a group of Palestinian immigrants; the name of the club reflects the origin in Chile's Palestinian community. In 1952 the Federación de Fútbol de Chile set up the first professional leagues. Palestino was accepted into the Second Division, which they won to ascertain promotion to the Primera División.

In 1955 the club won their first national championship under the coaching of Argentine captain Guillermo Coll, in that era the club became known by the nickname millonario (Millionaire) because of their ability to attract top class footballers.

In 1978 the club won their second league title, this time the team was led by Chilean captain Elías Figueroa. In this campaign they set a new record in the domestic tournament, for the number of games unbeaten and soon won the Copa Chile to claim the league and cup double.

In 2004 the club became a registered company, but the change of status did not bring the expected improvement in results. In 2006 they finished in 18th place out of 20 teams, forcing them to face a play-off against Fernandez Vial to keep their place in the top flight. Ultimately the club would triumph thus preserving their spot within the Chilean first division.

The club made a surprising run to the final of the Clausura 2008 tournament, where they lost to champions Colo-Colo. Following this success, the club intends to float on the Chilean and Palestinian stock exchanges.[1]

In January 2014, Palestino was fined the equivalent of $1,300 for using a new team jersey in the club's traditional colors, red, green and black, but with the number one in the squad numbers on the back shaped as the map of Palestine prior to the creation of Israel in 1948. Chilean Jewish groups complained about the political significance of this, with a formal complaint to their national Federation being made by Patrick Kiblisky, owner of first-division club Ñublense. The jerseys were said to have been first used in December 2013, although the club said they were used in the prior season. The federation banned the club from using the map on the back of the shirts and imposed a fine on the club on the grounds that the Federation is opposed to "any form of political, religious, sexual, ethnic, social or racial discrimination". On its Facebook page, the club stated: "For us, free Palestine will always be historical Palestine, nothing less."[2]


Primera División

Copa Chile

Primera B


Current squadEdit

Current squad of Palestino as of 21 August 2019 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site Palestino Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1   URU GK Gastón Guruceaga
2   CHI DF Sebastián Silva
3   ARG DF Lucas Acevedo
4   CHI DF Nicolás Díaz
5   ARG MF Agustín Farías
6   CHI MF Diego Oyarzún
7   CHI FW Matías Campos López
8   CHI MF Esteban Carvajal
9   CHI FW Leandro Benegas
10   CHI MF Luis Jiménez
11   ARG FW Jonathan Benítez
13   CHI MF César Cortés
14   CHI MF Benjamín Rojas
15   CHI DF Vicente Fernández
16   CHI FW Nicolás Solabarrieta
No. Position Player
17   CHI DF Enzo Guerrero
19   CHI MF Diego Soto
20   CHI DF Guillermo Soto
21   CHI DF Henry Sanhueza
22   URU DF Sergio Felipe
23   CHI FW Renato Tarifeño
24   CHI MF Jorge Araya
25   CHI GK Cristián Guerra
26   COL GK Daniel Murillo
27   CHI DF Sebastián Cabrera
28   CHI MF Bryan Carrasco
29   CHI FW Fabián Ahumada
--   CHI GK Matías Bórquez
--   CHI MF Ignacio Ayala

Manager: Ivo Basay

2019 Winter TransfersEdit


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

No. Position Player
10   MF Luis Jiménez (from Al-Ittihad)
--   GK Cristián Guerra (from Unión Española)
--   GK Gastón Guruceaga (Loan from Peñarol)
--   DF Sergio Felipe (from Danubio)
--   DF Henry Sanhueza (from Barnechea)
--   DF Vicente Fernández (Loan from Universidad Catolica)
No. Position Player
--   DF Sebastián Cabrera (from Coquimbo Unido)
--   MF Esteban Carvajal (from Coquimbo Unido)
--   FW Nicolás Solabarrieta (from Tacuarembó)
--   FW Matías Campos López (Loan from Universidad de Chile)
--   FW Leandro Benegas (from Universidad de Chile)
--   FW Jonathan Benítez (from Coquimbo Unido)


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 Ignacio González (to Antofagasta)
7   MF Diego Rosende (Released)
9   FW Lucas Passerini (to Cruz Azul)
11   FW Federico Castro (to Curicó Unido)
12   GK Fabián Cerda (to Curicó Unido)
14   DF Luis Mago (to Universidad de Chile)
16   MF Santiago Lizana (to Santiago Morning)
No. Position Player
18   FW Yerko Rojas (to Coquimbo Unido)
19   DF Brayan Véjar (back to Colo-Colo)
22   FW Roberto Gutiérrez (to O'Higgins F.C.)
27   FW Ignacio Herrera (to Mushuc Runa)
28   GK Federico Lanzillota (back to Argentinos Juniors)

Former coachesEdit

Women's teamEdit

The Palestino women's team plays in the Campeonato Nacional Primera División de Fútbol Femenino, the top women's football competition in Chile. In 2015 they won the Clausura tournament, thus ending a ten-season title streak by Colo-Colo. The captain, Ashraf Khatib, lifted the title. She was quoted as saying it was a pleasure to be the first actual Palestinian woman to lift the title in Chile. [3][4]

Former Palestino forward María José Urrutia was a member of the Chile women's national football team for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. With a header against Thailand in Chile's 2-0 win in the group stage, she became the first Chilean player to score a goal in the FIFA Women's World Cup.[5] Former Palestino defender Javiera Toro was also a member of the Chilean team at the 2019 tournament.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cerda, Claudio (17 August 2009). "Chile's Palestino tapping roots to go public". Reuters. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Chile bans Palestino football club 'anti-Israel' shirt". BBC.
  3. ^ "Sorpresa en Quilín: Palestino Femenino gritó campeón en la cara de Colo Colo" (in Spanish). 5 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  4. ^ "alestino acaba con hegemonía de Colo Colo y se corona campeón nacional femenino" (in Spanish). 5 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Women's World Cup: Chile penalty miss costs them last-16 tie against England". 20 June 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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