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|Full name||Club de Deportes Cobreloa S.A.D.P.|
|Nickname(s)||Zorros del desierto (desert foxes)
|Founded||7 January 1977; 42 years ago|
|Ground||Estadio Zorros del Desierto|
|Manager||Marco Antonio Figueroa|
Club de Deportes Cobreloa S.A.D.P. (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ ðe ðe.ˈpoɾ.tes ko.βɾe.ˈlo.a] (listen)), commonly referred to as Cobreloa, is a Chilean football professional club based in Calama, Región de Antofagasta, Chile. That competes in the Primera División. The club's home ground is the Estadio Zorros del Desierto.
Founded on 7 January 1977, by the initiative of various local groups and the Chilean state-owned enterprise, CODELCO. This club was created starting from the Legal Personality of the local club, Deportes El Loa. On 30 March 2006, the club changed to a Limited sports company with the unanimous approval of 56 of its socios (members). According to the 2018 year public report, the capital of the club is $4.534 billion CLP (6.697.624,8 $ USD) spread on 1.000.000 shares of stock without nominal value, mostly owned by the socios (members of club) with 999,999 of them and the chairman of the club with 1 share. In 2018 the first team budget was $100 millon CLP.
The club's professional debut in Segunda división professional de Chile was in 1977, achieving the promotion to Primera División in the same year. The club has won the Primera División title in 8 times, and the 1986 Copa Polla Lan Chile. Some of its rivalries are with Club Social y Deportivo Colo-Colo team in the Clásico Albo-Loíno, Club de Deportes Cobresal who dispute the Clasico del Cobre and Deportes Antofagasta in the Clasico de la región de Antofagasta.
Cobreloa is a relatively new club, having been founded on 7 January 1977. The name Cobreloa comes from combining the Spanish word for copper (cobre), and loa, after the province and the Loa River, the longest river in Chile, which is located near Calama and Chuquicamata, the world's largest open pit copper mining|mine.
The club was able to establish itself in Chile's top flight very quickly, earning promotion after its first season, where they have stayed ever since. Only four years after their foundation, Cobreloa reached the finals of the Copa Libertadores in 1981, losing in a third match to Brazilian club Flamengo. Cobreloa reached the Copa Libertadores final the following year, losing to Peñarol of Uruguay. The club also reached the semi-final of the Copa Libertadores in 1987.
They have competed in the Copa Libertadores de América 13 times, 3 times in the Copa Sudamericana and twice in the Copa CONMEBOL. In 1995 they reached the quarter-finals and the following year were eliminated in the first round. Cobreloa have 8 Primera División titles and 1 Copa Chile title making them the most successful side outside Santiago in Chile and one of the four biggest clubs of the country.
Domestic League record
Domestic League Chart with each tier division who the team has participated since 1977.
- In 1977, the team go to primera división de Chile.
- In 2015, the team was relegated to Primera B de Chile.
In 2019 to get a membership of the club can be by the assistant to the headquarters of the club in Calama in Abaroa street N°1757 or through the online platform in the official website of the institution with previous registration. The necessary documents to get a membership are passport or ID Card and a photo.
The oldest oficial member of the club, is Rodolfo Yáñez Rojas, who is member since the foundation of the institution.
The first official supporters group was created in 1977, called Barra Oficial de Cobreloa by the workers from the El Loa province; Orlando Navarro, Mario Paniagua and José Santos Rodriguez and the support of the club directors.
In 1982, 35 CODELCO workers established the supporters group, Barra Chuquicamata. On this decade was created de group of supporters Mario Soto, tribute to Defense of the club, who dressed the club colors until 1985. They were characterized because they support with musical instruments.
In 1994 was created the supported group, Huracan Naranja, from the Santiago de Chile fans group Vicente Cantatore.
A poll called, Encuesta GFK Adimark, study who is the most popular team on Chile. Cobreloa in 2015 reached the most high value on the poll, with a 1,5% of the total of the population polled. And in the 2018 the lowest value with 0,9%. In both polls the team was the 5th most popular club in country. In Región de Antofagasta the team reach since 2015 until 2019 the 12,752% of preference of the population.
|Year||Antogagasta||Arica y Parinacota||Tarapacá||Coquimbo||Valparaíso||Metropolitana||Maule||Bío Bío||Los Lagos||Araucanía||Aisen||Source|
The data has been collected according to the percentages by region shown in each survey translated in person surveyed.
The Cobreloa supporters, specifically the CODELCO Workers are known for been donates a day of salary to contribute to pay his signing pass of the defender, Mario Soto.
Colours, badge and symbols
The traditional color of Cobreloa is orange, according to president, José Gorrini, the color of the club was selected due to give tribute to Netherlands National Football Team, in the 70's this selection was very popular by players like Johan Cruyff. Also, by commercial reasons this color was selected due obtain travel discounts in the national airline, Ladeco (Línea aérea del Cobre), whose corporative color was orange.
The first Cobreloa kit was red shirt and white shorts due lack of clothing, so its improvised in February 1977, valid for Copa Chile, facing up Regional Antofagasta. Since 1977 the classical kit of the team is full orange, with some modifications, like 1992–93 season with white shorts, in 2009–10 the official kit was change with white socks. The away kit has been mostly full white, until 2001–2006 year it changed by color black, also in 2013–15 and 2017–18 seasons alternating with white color during those years.
The first commemorative shirt of the club was in 2007, with Spanish sportswear company, Kelme. That attire was a special logo on them. In December 2016, the sportswear company, Macron, announced for sale a commemorative shirt to celebrate 40 years of the club; the design was similar to the 1980s kits style.
On 4 February 2019, was shown its first third kit in Cobreloa, being the black the color that was elected due to the popular choice of the club fans.
The first badge was created by Enrique Escala, inspired by the symbol of copper, make reference to corporate logo of Codelco also, with a soccer ball insert instead the ball in the company logo. This badge has been changed multiple times, especially in the kits. The most notable change was change the name Cobreloa below the badge instead Calama word and adding the "Cobreloa" words in the upper side of the badge.
Y en los triunfos y derrotas, gladiador tu frente noble
The first anthem of the club was written and composed by the musician and writer, Alejandro Álvarez Vargas—the winning contestant from a contest advertised through the local radio station
The first mascot of the club was a cartoon fox called Loíto; it was the original idea and creation of journalist, Alfredo Llewellyn Bustos. The design of the mascot was by the director René Vásquez Rodríguez. The mascot appears for the first time on a handbill of the club for membership recruitment and also in the local journal El Mercurio de Calama in 1977 with the purpose of following the activities of the team week-by-week.
Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit supplier||Shirt main sponsor||Notes|
|1998||Le Coq Sportif|
|2000–2001||Adidas||None||Change of away kit colors from white to black.|
|2007||Kelme||Lider Presto||First Commemorative kit to celebrate 30 years of the club.|
||June 2015 – August 2018 (3 years)|
||August 2018 – January 2021 (2,5 years)|
The Orange Hell
|Location||Matta Avenue, no Number, Calama, Chile|
|Owner||Municipality of Calama|
|Operator||Municipality of Calama|
|Broke ground||3 February 2013|
|Opened||12 November 1952|
|Renovated||18 April 2015|
|Construction cost||US$ 8.66 million|
|Architect||Gerardo Marambio Cortés
Claudio Aceituno Husch
Patricia Vidal Aguayo
|Club de Deportes Cobreloa
Since 1977 the first home ground of the club was the Estadio Municipal de Calama, who played the national league and internationals Cups matches until 27 January 2013. The last match that was played by the team in this stadium was against Colo-Colo, the team won 5–2.
For the two finals of Copa Libertadores the team played in the Estadio Nacional de Chile, in 1981 and 1982, against Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Club Atletico Peñarol respectively.
In February 2013 due to the renovation of the Stadium, the team had to play in another's home ground, the first stadium at which it was elected to play was the Parque Estadio Juan López located in Antofagasta. For the first class matches the stadium elected was the Tierra de Campeones on Iquique, where Club de Deportes Universidad Católica plays.
The complaints of the team about the infrastructure of the stadium Juan López, the directing of the club made negotiations with the Municipality of Antofagasta to play in the Stadium Calvo y Bascuñan, in this homeground the team played the Copa Sudamericana matches, with Club Atletico Peñarol and Club Deportivo La Equidad and local first Class matches of the Local League for the rest of the year.
From June of this year, the main stadium at which the team played mostly the national league, in the recently inaugurated stadium Estadio Luis Becerra Constanzo, formerly called Estadio la Madriguera de Calama in Calama, the team inaugurated the home ground in a Copa Chile match against Club de Deportes Cobresal.
Since 2015, the team plays in the stadium Zorros del Desierto of Calama. The first match was against Club de Deportes Antofagasta. The team plays the local competitions like the Primera B de Chile and Copa Chile.
The team have won 8 domestic Leagues and the 1986 Copa Chile.
- Copa Chile: 1
Hector Puebla holds the most appearances with the club with 663 and holds the most appearances in domestics leagues with 457, on 16 years in the team (1980-1996), also, is the player with most titles with the club with 5 domestic leagues (1980, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1992) and the 1986 national Cup.
This institution owns the fifth local unbeaten streak of the world, which extended from 22 December 1980 until 22 September 1985, with a total of 91 matches without loss in Calama for Domestic Matches.
- Club records
- Individual records
Primera División top scorers
|1982||Jorge Luis Siviero||18|
|1993||Marco Antonio Figueroa||18|
|Apertura 2004||Patricio Galaz||23|
|Clausura 2004||Patricio Galaz||19|
Copa Chile top scorers
|1982||Jorge Luis Siviero||8|
|1986||Juan Carlos Letelier||11|
Current squad of Cobreloa as of 28 March 2020 (
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site
Manager: Marco Antonio Figueroa
2020 Summer transfers
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Managerial and technical staff
- As of 8 August 2020
|Head Coach||Marco Antonio Figueroa|
|Assistant Coach||Andrés Rozo Hincapié|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Felipe Donoso|
|Head of Fitness||Diego Jímenez|
|Head of Medical||Sergio Silva Oporto|
The club is managed by Sociedad Anonima Deportiva Profesional (Professional Sports Corporation) format in Chile, through the Chilean law, N° 20.019 relativa a las Organizaciones Deportivas Profesionales (Related to Professional Sports Organizations). This law allow to organize, produce, marketing and participate in professional sports activities in the country.
On 2 October 2017, the club made an extraordinary assembly with the members of the club, the assistance of these with suffrage right was of 86. The purpose was to reform the statute regime of the club in that moment. This renewed statutes lay down the official address of the club, Calama, the indefinite length time of the directory and the unlimited number of member who could be owns.
This statute allude the principles and objectives of the institution, the rights and duties of the members, the heritage and the administration, the members general assemblies, the directory, the duties of the directors of the corporation, subsidiaries of the club and the rules of this.
Board of directors
|President||Walter Aguilera Valenzuela|
|Vice president||Duncan Araya Vega|
|Secretary||Jose Luis Vega Chilla|
|Treasurer||Jorge Pereira Vallejos|
|First Director||Adrian León Diaz|
|Second Director||Leonardo Troncoso Ramírez|
|third Director||Luis Vega Campos|
|Directors President||Legal Staff|
|Operations manager||Finance Manager||Sports Manager|
|Operational Personal||Administrative Staff||Technical Staff|
|Directors President||Walter Aguilera Valenzuela|
|Finance Manager||María Calderón Calderón|
|Sports Manager||Ramón Tapia Díaz|
|Operational Manager||Carlos Oyanedel Labarca|
Source: Memoria Anual 2019
|Cobreloa managers from 1977 to present|
|Cobreloa presidents from 1977 to present|
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