This is what makes the University Classic fundamental for Chilean football: this is how the rivalry was born

This is what makes the University Classic fundamental for Chilean football: this is how the rivalry was born
This is what makes the University Classic fundamental for Chilean football: this is how the rivalry was born

University of Chile and Catholic University They will play this Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m., the 198th version of the University Classic considering First Division Championships.

A story that began long before their first professional duel in 1937 and their premiere in the honor series in 1939. The rivalry occurred naturally between the two most important study houses in Chile.

On November 1, 1909, the university football teams of both universities faced each other. The match was played on the Cricket Club’s Carmen field and ended tied at three goals.

The first professional match was played on June 13, 1937 and the U won 2-1 in the Professional Series at the Military Stadium. And in the First Division, the blues also won, but by 2-0, on July 2, 1939 at the National Stadium. The brothers Jaime and Guillermo Riera scored.

Beyond football

The great attraction of the University Classics lay in the pre-match shows. Originally created by Gustavo Aguirrelater Germán Becker and Rodolfo Soto They would turn them into a tradition almost or more important than the confrontation itself on the field.

In the 60s, the duel between the U and the UC took on greater importance due to the high level of both teams, which left Colo Colo and other dominant clubs such as Unión Española, Audax Italiano and Everton in the background. In that decade, the two universities won seven titles and defined the championship twice, in 1961 and 1962, with a star for each team.

Captains Sergio Navarro and Alberto Fouillioux in the final of the 1962 tournament.

History Universidad de Chile – Universidad Católica: who has won the most times

Universidad de Chile dominates the classic against Universidad Católicaboth in the total history in professionalism and in the First Division.

In the honor series, 197 matches have been measured, with 74 wins for the U, 63 draws and 60 victories for the UC. The U has won its last two games against the U in the First Division, both in 2023, by 3-0 and 3-1.

In all the games for points, the two universities accumulate 246 games and the U is 20 wins ahead, with 96 games won, against 76 for the group. In addition, 74 parities were recorded.

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