Colo-Colo is the largest and most famous of all the clubs who play football in Chile. The team has had many “firsts” and has won many trophies at the national, regional and international level. Known as the “Snow whites”, the team was formed in 1925 after another club, called Magallanes went through a administrative crisis. The administrators and players were split into two parties, one asking for the club to turn professional. A number of the younger players left the team and despite a number of attempts at getting the club back together, David Arellano decided to start Colo-Colo. The club is named after a Chilean Mapuche chief and since the beginning, has been in the top-flight, never to have gone down.
In 1927, in a match against Real Valladolid, team captain and founder, David Arellano was fouled badly, which led to Peritonitis and eventual death the next day. The team went through a difficult phase after Arellano’s death when the directors decided to get in new players who weren’t of much use to the club but just ended up lowering the average wages. The bad fortune seemed to continue as during a championship final against Audax Italiano, the Audax Italiano stadium collapsed as fans were trying to get onto the playing field. 3 people died while another 130 were injured in the mishap.
The team’s stadium is called the Estadio Monumental David Arellano and can hold upto 45,000 people. The stadium was built in 1989.
During the Amateur era, Colo-Colo won three first division Santiago-level titles in 1925, 1928 and 1929. They also won the Campeonato Asociacion de Football de Santiago tournament in 1930. Since the beginning of the Primera Division, Colo-Colo has won the title an incredible 27 times. Two of those 27 titles were on the backs of a season where the team was untouchable. Colo-Colo has also won the Chilean Cup 14 times.
Colo-Colo hold the distinction of being the only club from the country to win the Copa Libertadores, which they did in 1991. They had a strong run in 1973 as well but lost out in the finals. In 1991, Colo-Colo failed to grasp the Intercontinental Cup played against the winners of the European Champions League. However, they did manage to win the Copa Interamericana in the same year. In 1992, Colo-Colo were back on the map with a Recopa Sudamericana win while in 2006, they could only manage a second place in the tournament.
Colo-Colo has had many national and international stars in their side over the years. These include the likes of Claudio Borghi, Claudio Maldonado, Arturo Vidal and the great Ivan Zamorano.