by Carlos Medina Lahsen
Original article (Spanish): https://asifuch.cl/club-sportivo-palestina-y-la-declaracion-balfour-cuando-comienza-todo/
This article aims to elucidate how Club Sportivo Palestina originated, as possibly one of the first sports and social institutions of the Palestinian community in Chile, and how it became in its short existence an organization. To understand its development, it is necessary to delve into the context that allowed the arrival of Palestinians to Chile and the importance of the Balfour Declaration as a fundamental milestone that marks the development of both the Palestinians in their homeland, and as well as the Palestinian community in Chile.
Continue reading Club Sportivo Palestina and Balfour Declaration: When Everything Starts
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)
Colo-Colo claimed the Chilean Championship for a record 28th time after beating Palestino 3-1 at the Estadio Monumental de Santiago. The Chilean giants continued their domination of recent years…
Colo-Colo proved that they are the most dominant club in Chile, after claiming the Clausura Championship with a 3-1 victory over Palestino. It was Colo Colo’s 28th title triumph, and their fifth of the past six seasons.
Continue reading Colo Colo Obtain Chilean Clausura Championship (Goal.com)
Despite playing with nine men for almost an entire half, Palestino came from behind to force a 1-1 draw with Colo-Colo in the first leg of the final of the Chilean Clausura Championship…
Palestino, who played with nine men from the 50th minute, drew 1-1 with Colo Colo in the first leg of the final of the Chilean Clausura Championship at the Estadio Nacional de Santiago.
Continue reading Nine-Man Palestino Hold Colo-Colo In Fiery Final (Goal.com)
Note: This is the article Nº5 about the historical research about Club Deportivo Palestino for the project ‘4 Colores’
Previously it was said that Club Deportivo Palestino, after having participated between 1921 and 1923 in the youth championship of the Football Association of Santiago, and having retired from competition for finding a hostile environment in Chilean society, chose for focusing their energies on playing tennis, because it is a less contact sport and more of a gentleman’s game. (1)
Indeed, during those years it was called ‘Palestina Sport Club’ or ‘Palestina Sporting Club’, on the style of tennis club names.
Continue reading Article N°5: Palestina Sport Club, the golden age of tennis
Note: This is the article Nº4 about the historical research about Club Deportivo Palestino for the project ‘4 Colores’
Most of the fans of the Club Deportivo Palestino don’t know what was the design of the first t-shirt of the team.
Continue reading Article Nº4: The First T-shirt of Club Deportivo Palestino and its most likely origin
Note: This is the article Nº3 about the historical research about Club Deportivo Palestino for the project ‘4 Colores’
First Palestino’s line up in 1920
This was the so-called “honor team”, first team of Club Deportivo Palestino from 1920s, the team was made up entirely of elements of the Palestinian community. (1)
Continue reading Article Nº3: First line up of Club Deportivo Palestino and origins of football in Palestine.
Note: This is the article Nº2 about the historical research about Club Deportivo Palestino for the project ‘4 Colores’
Continuing with the historical discoveries from the ‘4 Colores’ Project, we will refer to the Club Deportivo Palestino early years
The 6th page of ‘Los Sports’ magazine begin with this paragraph:
“The august 8th of 1920 a small but enthusiast group of young men from the (palestinian) community and settled the roots of a new sport institution called ‘Palestina Football Club’ “
Continue reading Article N°2: Club Deportivo Palestino’s early years