Ñublense is a Chilean football club from Ñuble Province. It was founded in 1916 by a group of teenagers and led by their school teacher.
In their early years Ñublense competed in amateur leagues of Chilean football system and established their overall dominance as they won 11 consecutive championships. In the late 1950s, the team enjoyed gradual rise as they got into regional league in 1957 and came into footballing forefront in 1959. In 1976, the club topped the Primera B and reserved a ticket to the top flight for the 1977 season. In the 1980s, their fortunes changed as Ñublense gradually slumped to the third tier and bounced up and down between lower divisions for almost 30 years.
In 2007, Ñublense recuperated their lost positions and returned to the Primera División. The team’s historic campaign was in the 2008 season when they won the Apertura tournament, though eliminated in the playoff semi-finals. The achievement earned them a spot in the Copa Sudamericana 2008, their first international participation ever.
Ñublense players have red kits and are often nicknamed Diablos Rojos (the Red Devils). They play their home matches at Estadio Municipal Nelson Oyarzún Arenas which can hold up to 12,000 people. The stadium got its name after Ñublense most notable coach Nelson Oyarzún Arenas who died of cancer in 1978.
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