Club de Deportes Cobreloa is a Chilean football club founded in 1977 in a mining city of Calama in the Atacama Desert region. It’s a tidbit that the name Cobreloa is derived from the Spanish word ‘Cobre’, meaning copper in English, and Loa, after the Loa River which flows near Calama.
The team made their professional debut in the Chilean second division but broke into the top flight already in 1978 and regularly compete there since then. They got off to a flying Primera División start as they finished as runners-up for two consecutive seasons and eventually claimed their first league honor in 1980. Actually, the 1980s were the most fruitful period for the team as they won a total of five Primera División titles since 1980 till 1992, amassing 8 throughout all their history (as of March 2013). Moreover, Cobreloa made their first appearances in the Copa Libertadores in 1981 and 1982 climbing up to the finals in both cases. In 1986, the club welcomed the Copa Chile to their trophy cabinet.
Cobreloa players play their home matches in all-orange kits at Estadio Municipal de Calama with the capacity of 13,000 seats.
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