Note: Article N°8 of the historical research about Club Deportivo Palestino for the project ‘4 Colores’
Club Deportivo Palestino, from its professional history, has only obtained the Chilean league championship twice: In 1955 and 1978.
For a contemporary thing, a whole generation has engraved in their minds the revolutionary coach Caupolicán Peña and ‘Don Elias’ Figueroa in defense. But it is difficult to find fans who have lived through the 1950s era. When Palestino won the 1955 championship in an overwhelming way, winning by more than 10 points difference (when 2 points were added per game won). Several players stood out from that team, one of them was the great Roberto ‘Muñeco’ Coll, a legend of the team that played until the age of 43 before retiring, and who is the best foreign player who has played for the Chilean league. Apparently, nobody says anything about the coach. This is the reason, why we took on the mission to research more about this enigmatic figure.
Continue reading The mysterious Mr Stefanovic
‘The main purpose of this visit is to reconnect the team to our origins in Palestine,’ said team general manager Christian Elben Nazal.
For over a week, Palestinian soccer fans have been enjoying a special Christmas-season present: the first visit by Chilean soccer club Deportivo Palestino to the West Bank.
Continue reading Christmas-season Present: Chilean Soccer Club Deportivo Palestino Visits the West Bank (Haaretz)
Club Deportivo Palestino has become a focal point for tensions between Santiago’s sizeable Arab and Jewish communities
In Patronato, a poor quarter of Santiago, the Palestinian community meets at the Beit Jala cafe. It’s just a step away from San Jorge, Chile’s oldest orthodox church founded by the first Palestinian migrants in 1917. Here the elders sip their coffee and savour oriental pastries. The walls are covered with photographs of Beit Jala, the village from where most of the Palestinians in Chile originated.
Continue reading Chile’s Gaza sympathisers rally behind Palestinian football colours (The Guardian)