Club de Deportes Antofagasta is a Chilean fútbol club based in Antofagasta, Chile. The club currently plays in the Chilean Primera División, the country’s highest level of professional club fútbol.
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CD Antofagasta History
On May 14, 1966, two separate amateur clubs, Unión Bellavista and Portuario Atacama, came together to form what is now known as the club. The first moniker for the squad was the Club de Deportes Antofagasta Portuario. The very first manager of the team was Luis Santibaez, who would go on to become the head coach of the Chilean national team.
The team finished in tenth place in its first season competing in the league. While Francisco Hormazábal was the head coach for Antofagasta in 1968, the team won the championship for the second division. The title game was played on January 19, 1969, against San Luis, which was the opponent. Juan Pelayo Ayala, a footballer from Paraguay, was the one who scored the game’s lone goal. Following that match, the squad was elevated to the next level, which is the first level.
On July 21, 1974, the team became known as Club Regional Antofagasta after having its name changed. Following an 18th place performance in the rankings in 1977, the squad was demoted to the second tier of competition.
Jorge León was chosen president of the team in 1979, at which time he also changed the name of the organization to Club de Deportes Antofagasta. Due to the formation of a second team in the Antofagasta Region, the regional no longer held any significance.
This team was known as Cobreloa. On June 30, 1983, D. Antofagasta, under the direction of Manuel Rodriguez as head coach, prevailed over Lota Schwager by a score of 9-0 and returned to the first level. The team was relegated to a lower division for the next season. During the years 1991 to 1995, when D. Antofagasta was competing at the highest level and receiving coaching from the Croatian Andrija Peri, they enjoyed one of the most successful eras in their history. D. Antofagasta enjoyed one of its most lucrative phases from 1991 to 1995 when they were participating in the top division.
During this time, they were coached by the Croatian coach Andrija Peri and featured notable sportsmen like Marco Cornez and Gabriel Caballero. They were at the top of the table in 1997, but they finished in last place, so they were demoted to the second level. In 2005, both Santiago Morning and D. Antofagasta were elevated to the top tier of the Chilean soccer league.
The team was relegated to Primera B in 2008 due to the fact that it finished in last place in the cumulative standings from 2007 to 2008. After claiming the title of champions in the Primera B division in 2011, they were promoted to the Primera division.
CD Antofagasta Stadium
Home games for Deportes Antofagasta are played in the Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, which is owned by the Municipality of Antofagasta. The stadium is located in Antofagasta. On October 8, 1964, the stadium, which had been planned from the beginning to act as a backup location for the FIFA World Cup in 1962, was ultimately dedicated on the grounds of the property that formerly housed the Antofagasta Riding Club. Since the very first game of professional football that was ever played there in 1966, Deportes Antofagasta has been there to compete.
In Santiago, Deportes Puerto Montt played at the Estadio Municipal de La Pintana, Huachipato played at the Estadio Municipal de Calama, Lota Schwager played at the Estadio Carlos Dittborn in Arica, and up until 2013, home matches were played at the Estadio Parque Juan López.