Santiago Wanderers

Club de Deportes Santiago Wanderers is a football club in Valparaíso, Chilean Football Federation, after being relegated from the Campeonato Nacional at the end of the 2017 Transición tournament. Their home ground, Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander, is in the north-west of the city. Wanderers have played their games there since 1931 after moving from Barrio Puerto.

Santiago Wanderers
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Full nameClub de Deportes Santiago Wanderers
Nickname(s)Caturros (Cockatiels)
Porteños (Harbour Men)
Decano (Dean)
Founded15 August 1892
GroundEstadio Elías Figueroa Brander
Valparaíso, Chile
ChairmanRafael González
ManagerMiguel Ramírez
LeagueCampeonato Nacional
2019Primera B, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Founded on 15 August 1892, it's the country's oldest club and the oldest football team in Latin America as well. There are four clubs older than Wanderers in Peru and Argentina, but none of those started out as football clubs and all of their football branches started after 1892. For this reason, Wanderers is known in Chile as the Decano del fútbol chileno ("The dean of Chilean football") and forms part of Conmebol's Club de los 100, section which congregates Latin-American teams founded over 100 years ago.[1] In 2007, the club was declared as part of Valparaíso's intangible heritage.[2] The club's home colours are green shirts and socks with white shorts, which are based on the colors of the Irish Football Association team.[3]

Wanderers have a fierce rivalry with neighbors Everton and the two sides contest the Clásico Porteño (Seaport Derby), the oldest derby in Chile, which started in 1916.[4] Wanderers are historically the working-class club whereas Everton are considered to be from the richer tourism-orientated areas.[5]

In the club's early history, the club was a member of the local championship held in the Valparaíso Region called Liga Valparaíso, where it won seven titles. In 1926, the football associations in Chile were unified, and Valparaíso went into decline as the administrative center of the Chilean football. After this period, having joined the professional football association in 1944, the club has won three further league titles in 1958, 1968, and 2001.

Wanderers have produced important players in Chilean football history like Elías Figueroa, who is considered the best Chilean footballer of all time, as well as one of the greatest defenders of football, alongside Franz Beckenbauer, according to FIFA.[6] Other important players that Wanderers has produced for Chile have been David Pizarro and Eugenio Mena, who were both 2015 Copa América champions, the first ever title of the nation in this contest.[7]



Wanderers in 1901.

Santiago Wanderers was officially established on 15 August 1892 in Barrio Puerto at Valparaíso. Because the presence of a team called Valparaíso Wanderers, the name Santiago was adopted by the club founders to distinguish the new team to the already existent.

Until 1936, the club played at an amateur level until officially joining the league competition in 1937 as soon as the Chilean Football Federation began organising championships in the center and the south of Chile since 1933. In their first season at professional league, after finishing in the bottom of the table – seventh place – without points, Wanderers decided to leave the Asociación de Fútbol de Santiago (federation's official entity that organized the professional football tournament; current ANFP) and return to the local football association. However, in 1944, Wanderers definitely joined the professional league and completed regular campaigns during the late 1940s and early 1950s.


Mario Griguol, top-scorer from 1968's champion team with 16 goals.

Wanderers' first successful era started when José Pérez was made manager in 1955. In 1958, his third season in charge, the club won their first league title and in 1959 its first ever Copa Chile where beat 5–1 win to Deportes La Serena in the final. In 1961, Wanderers again reached the Cup title defeating Universidad Católica in the aggregate.[8] For the remainder of the 1960s, after finishing fifth and eighth the following seasons, in 1968, Wanderers reached its second league title and closed a cycle where saw the emergence of players like Elías Figueroa.[9]

However, the success didn't continue during the 1970s; José Pérez left the club and Wanderers were relegated to second division in 1977, following a permanent internal turmoil at the board and bad campaigns. Nevertheless, the club was promoted at the first attempt after winning the championship, just two points clear of Naval from Talcahuano. Once in top-tier Wanderers didn't highlighted and generally finished on mid-table or the last places.

Wanderers were relegated for the third time in 1984 and did not return until 1989, after beating 4–1 to Unión San Felipe in the promotion playoffs. However, in 1991, Wanderers were relegated again to second division and celebrated its 100th anniversary close to fall to the third division, only five points from relegation. Following four seasons at second-tier, Wanderers finally returned to top level in 1995.

After spending between the second division and the first division between 1997 and 1999, once definitely settled at top-level, in 2001, Wanderers led by Jorge Garcés achieved its third League title following thirty three years without won an honour, after winning 4–2 to Audax Italiano during the tournament's final matchday at Estadio Nacional in Santiago with 50,000 supporters that traveled from Valparaíso.[10][11]

The Ups and Downs: 2007–presentEdit

Following relative good seasons, in 2007, the club back to Primera B after finishing in the annual table's penultimate place.[12] However two seasons later, the club returned once again to top-tier following a victory in both promotion playoffs legs to San Luis Quillota.[13] After a 2010 season on mid-table, the incoming year the team shook off the relegation against Naval.[14]

In 2014, Wanderers realized an impressive Torneo Clausura finishing runner-up behind giants Universidad de Chile after beating Colo-Colo and advance to the second place.[15] However the club qualified to an international tournament following a twelve-year absence, reaching the 2015 Copa Sudamericana, despite obstreperously losing 6–1 as home with Palestino in the final of the playoffs for qualify to the continental tournament.[16][17]

In 2017, the club won its third Copa Chile title after beating to Universidad de Chile in the final held in Estadio Ester Roa Rebolledo at Concepción.[18]


Wanderers team in 1905

In its early years the color that characterized Wanderers were white with the initials "SW" stamped in black. These uniforms were made manually (often by players' wives), which made lose uniformity, as usually they differed from each other.

In 1907 the team added a black diagonal band in the classic white uniform, although differences remained between the players costumes. It was like that when James McLean, an Englishman who had come to Valparaiso few years earlier, proposed sending uniforms from England, where they already manufactured especially for football teams. In McLean's return, Wanderers received twenty green kits and twenty white shorts, besides a black uniform for the goalkeepers. The explanation of the design change was that McLean, of Irish origin, decided to send kits with the colors of the Irish Football Association team. The first time which Wanderers used that uniform was on 18 September 1908.[3]

Since then the team has maintained its home kit with some exceptions, where it was used a white shirt with thin green stripes in late 60s or in 2001 when Wanderers won its third league title.

In 2007 was released a similar uniform to the used in 1965 and 1966, as a way to honor the 115 years of the institution.

Kit manufacturers & shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1892–1975 None
1976–1980 Costa
1983 Haddad La Estrella de Valparaíso
1988 Le Coq Sportif Óptica Naranjo Internacional New York
1989 Adidas Pilsener Dorada
1990–1992 ENAP
1993–1994 Avia Cristal
1995–1997 Uhlsport
1998 Avia
1999 Sauro
1999–2000 Avia
2001 Corre Corre None
2001–2002 Wanderers Sport Metalpar
2003 Adidas None
2004 Training Promepar
2005 Lotto Pullman Bus
2006–2008 Training None
2008 TPS
2009–2015 Mitre
2016– Macron


Wanderers and Everton in 1925.

Santiago Wanderers' traditional rivals are Everton de Viña del Mar and both teams dispute the Clásico Porteño. Although the first games between both date from 1910s, in that age the rival of Wanderers was La Cruz Football Club from Valparaíso too. The rivalry with Everton began to take shape towards mid-1930s and was intensified with the transfer of that club to Viña del Mar.

During the amateurism Wanderers dominated the historial of facings against Everton, but today the club hasn't been able to reverse that difference in the professional era, which explains the current historical's disadvantage (only overcomed in early 1970s). Deepening in the last point, both have faced 165 times, of which 40 have been draws, 68 have been victories for Everton and 57 have been for Wanderers, whilst for top-tier, the greens have won 32 times, Everton do it in 38 times, having a registered 27 ties.

The first professional match between Wanderers and Everton team took place on 9 July 1944 with a 2–0 win for Vina del Mar's team. Nevertheless, it was in these times where the biggest win for derbies came, with a 7–0 victory for Santiago Wanderers on 2 October 1949.



Current squadEdit

Current squad of Santiago Wanderers as of 21 September 2019 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1   CHI GK Christian Fuentes
3   CHI DF Daniel González
4   CHI MF Víctor Espinoza
5   CHI DF Francisco Alarcón
6   CHI DF Felipe Alvarado
7   CHI MF Matías Fernández
8   CHI DF Bernardo Cerezo
9   CHI FW Ronnie Fernández
10   ARG FW Enzo Gutiérrez
11   VEN FW Néstor Canelón
12   CHI GK Mauricio Viana
13   CHI FW William Gama
14   CHI FW Sebastián Ubilla
15   CHI FW Matías Marín
16   CHI FW Alexis Valencia
No. Position Player
17   VEN MF Esli García
18   CHI DF Víctor Retamal
19   ARG DF Ezequiel Luna
21   CHI MF Marco Medel
22   CHI MF Juan Pablo Miño
23   CHI MF Franco Ortega
24   CHI DF Luis García
25   CHI GK Byron Martinez
26   CHI MF Ángelo Quiñones
27   CHI DF Juan Carlos Soto
28   CHI MF Jason Leon
29   ARG FW Carlos Rotondi
31   CHI MF Axel Herrera
32   CHI FW Kennan Sepúlveda
--   ARG FW Gustavo Lanaro

Manager: Miguel Ramírez

2020 Winter 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
-- MF   CHI Ángelo Quiñones (back from Unión La Calera)
-- MF   CHI Juan Pablo Miño (from Deportes Iquique)
No. Pos. Nation Player
-- FW   CHI Sebastián Ubilla (from Universidad de Chile)


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 GK   CHI Elías Hartard (Released)
2 DF   PAR Mario López (to Aldosivi)
13 DF   CHI Nelson Rebolledo (to Rangers)
14 MF   CHI Kevin Valenzuela (to Ñublense)
17 DF   CHI Jorge Ampuero (Released)
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW   CHI Francisco Castro (to Barnechea)
18 FW   ARG Lionel Altamirano (to Deportes Puerto Montt)
22 MF   CHI Matías Campos (Released)
23 DF   CHI Luis Valenzuela (Released)


The club's supporters are known as Porteños or Wanderinos. Wanderers principal fan group are The Panzers, whose politics tend to be left-wing.


Based in the rhythm of English march Captain Craddock, the most commonly accepted and widespread version is that this dates back to 1912 and would be work from the performer and composer Efrain Arévalo López, who would have donated the composition in a gesture of thanks to the club's board, for the joys lived with the team.



Amateur eraEdit

  • National Football Association
    • Winners (1): 1897
  • Liga de Valparaiso
    • Winners (10): 1907, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1933, 1934, 1934
  • Copa Sporting
    • Winners (1): 1907
  • Challenge Cup Football Association of Chile
    • Winners (1): 1899

Professional eraEdit

South American cups historyEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1969 Copa Libertadores Group 2   Universidad Católica 2–3 3–1 2nd Place
  Sporting Cristal 2–0; 1–1 1–2
  Juan Aurich 4–1 1–3; 1–0
Second Stage   Nacional 1–1 0–2 3rd Place
  Deportivo Cali 3–3 1–5
2002 Copa Libertadores Group 6   Boca Juniors 1–0 0–0 3rd Place
  Montevideo Wanderers 1–1 1–3
  Emelec 2–1 1–1
2002 Copa Sudamericana Second Round   Cobreloa 3–2 1–0 4–2
Quarterfinals   Santa Fe 1–0 1–2 2–2 5-6p
2004 Copa Sudamericana Preliminary Round   Universidad de Concepción 0–1 1–2 2–3
2015 Copa Sudamericana First Round   Libertad 0–0 1–2 1–2
2018 Copa Libertadores Second Prel. Round   Melgar 1–1 1–0 2–1
Third Prel. Round   Santa Fe 1–2 0–3 1–5


Seasons and participationsEdit

  • 60 seasons in Primera División 1937, 1944–77, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1996–98, 2000–07, 2010–2017
  • 17 seasons in Primera B 1978, 1981, 1982, 1985–89, 1992–95, 1999, 2008–09, 2018–
  • 3 Participations in Copa Libertadores 1969, 2002, 2018
  • 3 Participations in Copa Sudamericana 2002, 2004, 2015

Results and players achievementsEdit

  • Record Primera División victory: 7–0 v. Everton (1949) & v. Universidad Católica (1954).
  • Record Copa Chile victory: 7–2 v. San Luis (2014)
  • Record Primera División defeat: 1–7 Audax Italiano (2007)
  • Most goals scored (Primera División matches) — 84, Juan Álvarez
  • Most goals scored in a Primera División league  — 30, Mario Véner (1996).
  • Highest home attendance  — 30,099 v. Colo-Colo (30 August 1964) (at Estadio Sausalito)
  • Primera División Best Position  — Champions (1958, 1968, 2001)
  • Copa Chile Best Season  — Champions (1959, 1961, 2017)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Conmebol - El club de los 100". Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Santiago Wanderers: el decano del fútbol chileno cumple 125 años". 15 August 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Patricio Vidal Walton (2004). "Verde que te quiero, Verde". Idioma y Deporte. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ "En 94 años de Clásico Porteño, la ventaja es de Everton". El Mercurio de Valparaíso. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Esas clásicas diferencias". (in Spanish). 13 November 2006. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Figueroa, Chile's defensive commander". Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  7. ^ "El perfil de la "generación dorada" del fútbol chileno". Radio Cooperativa. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  8. ^ "La historia de un gigante: José 'Gallego' Pérez". (in Spanish). 15 November 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Santiago Wanderers Campeón 1968". (in Spanish). 29 October 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Santiago Wanderers Campeón 2001". (in Spanish). 3 November 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Así les ha ido a los equipos chilenos ante Boca Juniors en torneos internacionales". (in Spanish). 15 February 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Plantel de Santiago Wanderers fue desmantelado tras descenso a Primera B". Radio Cooperativa (in Spanish). 22 November 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Wanderers empata con San Luis y sube a la Primera División". La Nación (in Spanish). 22 December 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Santiago Wanderers empata ante Naval y aseguró su permanencia en la Primera A". (in Spanish). 10 December 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  15. ^ "De cara a final: Colo Colo no vence hace 5 años a Wanderers en calidad de forastero". (in Spanish). 4 December 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Palestino humilla a Wanderers y se queda con el tercer cupo para la Copa Libertadores 2015". (in Spanish). 22 December 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Palestino goleó a Santiago Wanderers y está en Copa Libertadores". CDF (in Spanish). 22 December 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Wanderers sorprende a la U y se queda con la Copa Chile". (in Spanish). 11 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.

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