Club Deportivo Palestino is a Chilean fútbol club based in Santiago, Chile. The club currently plays in the Chilean Primera División, the country’s highest level of professional club fútbol.
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Club Deportivo Palestino History
The club was initially formed on August 20, 1920, when its members traveled to Osorno, Argentina, to take part in a colonial competition. The name of the club was chosen to honor the Palestinian population in Chile as well as the fact that it was established by a group of Palestinian refugees who had immigrated to Chile. According to American historian Brenda Elsey, in the 1940s, leaders of the Arab immigrant community made the decision to play football once more in order to give their groups a position in popular culture.
In doing so, they hoped to achieve this goal. In 1952, the Chilean Football Federation was the organization responsible for establishing the very first professional leagues. Palestino was allowed to compete in the Second Division, and after winning that competition, they were promoted to the First Division. In 1952, the Chilean Football Federation was the organization responsible for establishing the very first professional leagues.
Palestino was allowed to compete in the Second Division, and after winning that competition, they were promoted to the First Division. Elas Figueroa, a Chilean national, served as the club’s captain throughout its 1978 run to the league championship, which was the club’s second league title overall. They promptly won the Copa Chile to complete the league and cup double during this campaign, shattering the previous record for the most games in a domestic competition in which they did not suffer a loss. In 2004, the club became a legally recognized enterprise, but the anticipated improvement in performance did not materialize.
They finished 18th out of 20 teams in 2006, which meant that they had to engage in a play-off against Fernandez Vial in order to save their spot in the top level. In the end, the squad would emerge victorious, ensuring that they would continue to compete at the highest level in Chile. The club surprised everyone by making it all the way to the final of the Clausura 2008 tournament, but they were unable to prevail against the eventual champions, Colo-Colo.
After reaching this goal, the group has the ambition to become publicly traded on the stock markets of both Palestine and Chile. Palestino was fined the equivalent of $1,300 in January 2014 for wearing a new team jersey with the number one on the back that resembled the form of the map of Palestine before Israel was created in 1948. This shirt was worn in place of the club’s traditional red, green, and black colors. Jewish organizations in Chile voiced alarm about the political implications of this, and Patrick Kiblisky, the owner of first-division club UBlense, filed a formal protest with their national federation regarding the matter.
The club claimed that the jerseys were worn during the previous season, although it was believed that they were worn for the first time in December of 2013. As a result of the fact that the Federation frowns upon “any sort of political, religious, sexual, ethnic, social, or racial discrimination,” the club was penalized monetarily and denied permission to use the map that was printed on the back of the shirts. According to a post that the club made on its Facebook page, “For us, liberated Palestine will always remain historical Palestine, nothing less.”
Club Deportivo Palestino Stadium
Santiago, Chile’s Estadio Municipal de La Cisterna is a multifunctional stadium. The majority of football matches take place there, and it is now used as the venue for Palestino’s home games (home matches). The stadium first opened its doors in 1988 and now has room for 8,000 people.
There were 11,680 people in attendance at the Municipal de La Cisterna on October 16, 1988, when Palestino and Universidad de Chile played a league match in the Primera Division and played to a scoreless draw.