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Universidad de Chile
Emblema del Club Universidad de Chile.png
Full name Club 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)
Founded May 24, 1927; 96 years ago (1927-05-24)
Ground Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
Ground Capacity 48,665
Chairman Michael Clark
Manager Mauricio Pellegrino
League Primera División
2022 CPD, 13th of 16
Third colours

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.

Founded on 24 May 1927, Universidad de Chile is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in Chile, having won the league title 18 times. 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 associated with the colour blue throughout its history, blue is 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 24 May 1927, 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 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 Azul

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. 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.

Home kit and away kit

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. 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 manufacturers

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
2001–03 LG
2004–07 Cristal (Beer)
2008–10 Telmex
2010–16 Claro/Tramontina
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.

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.


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 Chile 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".

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.


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 (29 December 1962)



  • Primera División: 18
    • 1940, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2004-A, 2009-A, 2011-A, 2011-C, 2012-A, 2014-A, 2017-C
  • Torneo Metropolitano: 2
    • 1968, 1969
  • Segunda División: 1
    • 1989
  • Serie B: 2
    • 1936, 1937


  • Copa Chile: 5
    • 1979, 1998, 2000, 2012–13, 2015
  • Copa Francisco Candelori: 1
    • 1969
  • Supercopa de Chile: 1
    • 2015



  • Suruga Bank Championship
    • Runner-up (1): 2012


First team squad

Current squad of Club Universidad de Chile as of 23 July 2022 (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  ARG MF Emmanuel Ojeda
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  CHI GK Martín Parra
14  CHI MF Felipe Seymour
15  CHI MF Felipe Gallegos
17  CHI DF Luis Casanova
No. Position Player
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  CHI MF Enzo Fernández
28  CHI MF Israel Poblete
30  CHI MF Agustín Arce
32  ARG DF Nery Domínguez
--  CHI DF Juan Pablo Gómez

Manager: Diego López

Youth Academy

No. Position Player
29 Chile GK Ignacio Sáez
33 Chile MF Renato Cordero
No. Position Player
38 Chile DF Bastián Ubal

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Chile GK Rodrigo Cancino (at Unión La Calera)
Chile GK Nelson Espinoza (at Deportes Copiapó)
Chile DF Lucas Alarcón (at Deportes La Serena)
Argentina MF Marcelo Cañete (at Huachipato)
Chile MF Jeison Fuentealba (at Deportes La Serena)
No. Position Player
Chile FW Simón Contreras (at Universidad de Concepción)
Chile FW José Gatica (at Santiago Morning)
Chile FW Nicolás Guerra (at Ñublense)
Argentina FW Nahuel Luján (at Agropecuario)

2022 Summer transfers


No. Position Player
Chile DF Juan Pablo Gómez (from Curicó Unido)
Argentina DF Matías Zaldivia (from Colo-Colo)
Argentina MF Federico Mateos (from Ñublense)
No. Position Player
Argentina FW Leandro Fernández (from Independiente)
Chile FW Nicolás Guerra (from Ñublense)


No. Position Player
8 Chile MF Pablo Aránguiz (to Ñublense)
9 Chile FW Junior Fernandes (Released)
No. Position Player
12 Chile GK Martín Parra (back to Huachipato)
26 Uruguay MF Álvaro Brun (Released)

Player records

Individual honours

Primera Division top scorers

  • Chile Víctor Alonso: 20 goals (1940)
  • Uruguay Ubaldo Cruche: 17 goals (1945), 25 goals (1946)
  • Chile Carlos Campos: 24 goals (1961), 34 goals (1962), 21 goals (1966)
  • Paraguay Eladio Zárate: 25 goals (1971)
  • Paraguay Richart Báez: 10 goals (Clausura 1997)
  • Chile Pedro González: 23 goals (1998), 26 goals (2000)
  • Chile Felipe Mora: 13 goals (Clausura 2017)

Copa Chile top scorers

  • Argentina Luis Alberto Ramos: 12 goals (1979)
  • Chile Marcelo Salas: 12 goals (1994)

Copa Sudamericana top scorers

Chilean Footballer of the Year

Primera División Footballer of the Year

  • Chile Juan Rodríguez: 1969
  • Argentina Cristian Traverso: 1995
  • Chile Pedro González: 1999
  • Chile Sergio Vargas: 2000
  • Chile Miguel Pinto: 2009
  • Chile Eduardo Vargas: 2011
  • Chile José Rojas: 2012

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Most appearances

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

Top scorers

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


Current coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Chile Sebastián Miranda
Assistant Manager Chile Nilton Sepúlveda
Fitness Coach Chile Ignacio Fabres
Goalkeeping Coach Chile Carlos Arias

List of managers

  • Chile Luis Tirado (1938–41)
  • Argentina Alejandro Scopelli (1941–45)
  • Chile Luis Tirado (1946–49)
  • Chile Salvador Nocetti (1950)
  • Argentina Alejandro Scopelli (1950–52)
  • Chile Miguel Busquets (1952)
  • Hungary Jorge Ormos (1953–54)
  • Chile Luis Álamos (1954)
  • Chile Luis Tirado (1955)
  • Chile Luis Álamos (1956–66)
  • Chile Washington Urrutia (interim) (1966)
  • Argentina Alejandro Scopelli (1967–68)
  • Chile Washington Urrutia (1968)
  • Chile Ulises Ramos (1969–74)
  • Chile Braulio Musso (1974)
  • Chile Hugo Tassara (1975)
  • Chile Luis Ibarra (1975–77)
  • Chile Nelson Oyarzún (1978)
  • Chile Ulises Ramos (1978)
  • Chile Fernando Riera (1978–80)
  • Chile Juan Rodríguez Vega (1981)
  • Chile Ulises Ramos (interim) (1981)
  • Chile Fernando Riera (1981–82) (Ulises Ramos int.)
  • Chile Luis Santibáñez (1983)
  • Chile Ulises Ramos (1983–84)
  • Chile Hernán Carrasco (1984)
  • Chile Luis Ibarra (1985)
  • Chile Leonel Sánchez (1985–86)
  • Chile Fernando Riera (1987)
  • Chile Leonel Sánchez (1987)
  • Chile Alberto Quintano (1987)
  • Chile Manuel Pellegrini (1988) (Carlos Urzúa int.)
  • Chile Luis Ibarra (1989)
  • Chile Juan Rodríguez Vega (1990)
  • Chile Pedro Morales (1991) (Juan Rodríguez Vega int.)
  • Chile Alberto Quintano (1991)
  • Chile Arturo Salah (1992–94)
  • Chile Jorge Socías (1994–95)
  • Argentina Miguel Ángel Russo (1996)
  • Chile Roberto Hernández (1997–98)
  • Chile César Vaccia (1999–01)
  • Chile Víctor Hugo Castañeda (2002–03)
  • Chile Héctor Pinto (2003–04)
  • Chile Gustavo Huerta (2006)
  • Argentina Salvador Capitano (2007)
  • Chile Jorge Socías (2007)
  • Chile Arturo Salah (2007–08)
  • Uruguay Sergio Markarián (2009)
  • Argentina José Basualdo (2009)
  • Uruguay Gerardo Pelusso (2010)
  • Argentina Jorge Sampaoli (2011–12)
  • Argentina Darío Franco (2013)
  • Chile Marco Antonio Figueroa (2013–14)
  • Chile Cristián Romero (interim) (2014)
  • Uruguay Martín Lasarte (2014–15)
  • Argentina Sebastián Beccacece (2016)
  • Chile Víctor Hugo Castañeda (2016)
  • Argentina Ángel Guillermo Hoyos (2017–2018)
  • Chile Esteban Valencia (interim) (2018)
  • Argentina Frank Darío Kudelka (2018–2019)
  • Uruguay Alfredo Arias (2019)
  • Chile Hernán Caputto (2019–2020)
  • Venezuela Rafael Dudamel (2020–2021)
  • Chile Esteban Valencia (interim) (2021)
  • Colombia Santiago Escobar (2022)
  • Chile Sebastián Miranda (interim) (2022)
  • Uruguay Diego López (2022)
  • Chile Sebastián Miranda (interim) (2022)
  • Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino (2023–)

Average home attendances of Universidad de Chile

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

See also

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