Cobreloa are a Chilean football team based out of the mining city of Calama. The team came up only in 1977 but has since established itself as one of the topmost clubs in the country. The team’s name came up as a combination of the Spanish words for Copper, Cobre, and the Loa River, which flows past the city.
In its very first season, the signs were ominous for the other teams. Cobreloa gained promotion and was on its way up to the first division. Since then, the club has never been relegated. Within four years of their establishment, the club was in the finals of the Copa Libertadores, only to lose to Flamengo. What was considered a flash in the pan by many, was proven to be anything but when they reached their second consecutive finals only to lose to Penarol from the Uruguay. Five years later, in 1987, Cobreloa almost reached the finals again, but this time ‘round, they lost in the semi-finals.
Cobreloa have won the first division title 8 times in their short period in the game. They also won the 1986 edition of the Copa Chile. In international competitions, Cobreloa were a part of the 2002 Copa Sudamericana where they were eliminated in the very first round. In the Copa CONMEBOL, they did manage to reach the quarter-finals in 1995 however the next year, they were eliminated in the first round itself.
Enzo Escobar, Washington Olivera, Dario Veron and Juan Carlos Letelier are some of the big guns to play for the club.