Universitario de Sucre

Club Deportivo Universitario San Francisco Xavier is a professional football team based in Sucre, Bolivia, that competes in the Bolivian Primera División.

Universitario de Sucre
Full nameClub Deportivo Universitario San Francisco Xavier
Nickname(s)Los Doctos (The Doctos)
La U de Sucre (U from Sucre)
El equipo Estudiantil (Student team)
Founded5 April 1962; 62 years ago (5 April 1962) (as Medicina)
GroundEstadio Olímpico Patria
OwnerUniversity of Saint Francis Xavier
ChairmanPeter Campos
LeagueBolivian Football Regional Leagues

The club has two titles in its history and also has three international appearances in continental tournaments of South America, one in the Copa Libertadores and two in the Copa Sudamericana, the most notable in the 2010 season of that tournament, finishing in the Round of 16.

Universitario's home matches are played at Estadio Olímpico Patria since 1992, the complex count with 32,000 spectators. The also club is owned by the Sucre's public academy, University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca.

History edit

Foundation and amateur era edit

Universitario was established under the expectation of the teacher Alfredo Sandi on 5 April 1962 under the name of Medicina. In the first seasons of the team, the club has the support of the "Father of the University sport" and the moral and material support of the lawyer Óscar Salas, in this moment rector of the Saint Francis Xavier University.

A memorable day for the club was when the team play his first match in its history against Ciencias Económicas at Cancha del Seminario (today Complejo Deportivo Universitario). In the half-time of the game, Sandi was to congratulate to the players and also proposed to the team to represent to the university in the championship of the Asociación de Fútbol de Sucre (AFS). The proposal was accepted by the players and the young students are committed to participate in this tournament.

In the committee of the AFS, the club was enrolled in the association under the name of Club Universitario for play in the Copa Simón Bolívar, the second tier of Bolivia. The first uniform of the club was a white kit with a blue strip, blue shorts and white socks. Subsequent, was formalized the red kit with a letter U in the chest and blue shorts.

Seasons in Primera División edit

In 2005, Universitario achieved 49 points in the regional league of Sucre, qualifying for Group B of the Copa Simón Bolívar, finally the club ended in first place in the group with 13 points, now qualifying for the play-offs. Sucre reached the final, defeating Guabirá in the game for an aggregate result of 8–1, after winning the tournament, the club was promoted to the first tier and qualified for the 2006 Copa Sudamericana.

In the first season of Universitario in the first division, the club finished in the third place of the regular fase with 42 points, qualifying for the final hexagonal. In the hexagonal, the club ended in the fourth position. In the Copa Sudamericana, Sucre won for an aggregate result of 3–2 to Bolívar in the club's debut for the tournament, however Universitario was eliminated by El Nacional of Ecuador in the next round. In the next season, Universitario was nearly relegated after of finish in the 11th place (the penultimate place) with 25 points, one point over the relegated team Real Mamoré.

In 2008, the club achieved his first title in Primera División during the Torneo Apertura, finishing in the first position with 43 points, also advancing to Group 5 of the Copa Libertadores 2010. In his debut for the Libertadores, Universitario tied 1–1 with Deportivo Quito at Sucre. However Sucre, only finished with two points in the group, this two points were obtained in Bolivia for the advantage of the altitude. Whilst in the league the club finished in the fifth position with 33 points in the Apertura and in the Clausura in the second place of the Group B with 18 points.

In the season 2010, because of be the winner of Apertura Loser's Hexagonal, the club qualified for the Copa Sudamericana 2010. Universitario debuted in the tournament with a home victory 2–0 in the first round, against the Chilean champion of the Libertadores 1991, Colo-Colo, with the goals of Roberto Galindo and Sacha Lima. After of the same game, the left back of the Chilean club, Roberto Cereceda was involved in a doping controversy, with a risk a two-year ban for part of the CONMEBOL. In the rematch, "the doctos" were nearly eliminated of the tournament, after of loss 3–1 at Santiago. In the next round, Sucre won 1–0 over Cerro Porteño with a goal of Galindo at Estadio Olímpico Patria, however in Paraguay once Galindo saved to the "doctos" after score two goals in a 2–2 draw at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco. Now in the round of 16 of the tournament, Universitario played with a hard rival, the Brazilian side Palmeiras, being finally eliminated by the Brazilians for an aggregate result of 4–1. In the Clausura, Sucre ended in the 12th place (last position) with 22 points.

Rivalries edit

South Bolivia derby edit

Universitario's biggest rival is Real Potosí from Potosí, despite both cities not having a regular 1st division team, they enjoy a heated derby between their teams and usually the matches have crowds up to 20,000 spectators.

The current South Bolivia derby started in 2006, with both teams being dominant when playing home as an away win on official tournaments is yet to be seen.

Honours edit

Domestic edit

Winners (2): 2008 Apertura, 2014 Clausura
  • Bolivian Second Division
Winners (1): 2005

Players edit

Current squad edit

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   ARG Ivan Brun (captain)
2 DF   BOL Carlos Balsera
3 DF   BOL Jorge Cuellar
5 MF   BOL Leandro Maygua
7 DF   BOL Ricardo Verduguez
8 MF   BOL Rodrigo Borda
9 FW   ARG Federico Miño
10 MF   ESP Bruno Pascua
11 MF   BOL Dustin Maldonado
12 DF   COL Juan Camilo Rios
13 MF   BOL Adriel Fernandez
14 FW   ARG Marcelo Argüello
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   BOL Marcos Andia
16 DF   PAR José Carlos Baez
17 MF   BOL Iván Vidaurre
18 FW   BOL Nahuel Vaca
19 FW   BOL Carlos Vargas
20 DF   BOL Jorge Ayala
21 DF   BOL Óscar Baldomar
22 GK   BOL Éder Jordán
23 MF   BOL Edwin Rivera
25 FW   BOL Oscar Díaz
31 GK   BOL Manuel Valda

Administration edit

Carlos Tellez, one of the founders and first club's vicepresident

The club's institution is owned by Sucre's public university, the University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca. The first board of Universitario was elected by the sport secretaries of each student center and the first club's directive was composed by students of his university.

First board edit

Position Board Occupation
President   Enrique Loayza Professor on law's faculty
Vice president   Carlos Tellez Professor on dentistry's faculty
General secretary   Enrique Cuellar Professor on law's faculty
Delegate to Sucre Football Association   Luis Ríos Medicine student

Presidents edit

President Years
  Enrique Loayza 1961–68
  Carlos Tellez 1969–76
  Jhonny de la Riva 1976–78
  Miguel Hayes 1978–87
  Julio Castro 1961–69
  Aquilino Parra 1989–93
  Julio Heredia 1994–97
  Gonzalo Pórcel 1998–03
  Wálter Arízaga 2004–05
  Jaime Barrón 2006–09
  Wálter Arízaga 2009–14
  Cristian Copa 2014–

Managers edit

External links edit