Everton de Viña del Mar S.A.D.P.
- Town: Viña del Mar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
- Founded: 1909
- Ground: Estadio Sausalito
- Nicknames: Ruleteros (Roulette Players); Los Oro y Cielo (The Gold and Sky-Blue); Los del Cerro (The Ones from the Hill)
- Colours: Blue shirts with a yellow-gold middle hoop, blue shorts, blue socks
- 2021-22 League: Chilean Primera División (1st tier)
- Club Website: https://everton.cl/
- Club Twitter: @evertonsadp
- Best League Finish: 1st in the Primera División (1950, 1952, 1976, 2008 Apertura)
- Best Copa Chile Result: Winners (1984)
- Best Copa Libertadores Result: Group Stage (1977, 2009)
- Best Copa Sudamericana Result: First Stage (2017, 2018)
- Primera División (1st Tier)
- CHAMPIONS: 1950, 1952, 1976, 2008 Apertura
- Campeonato Primera B (2nd Tier)
- CHAMPIONS: 2003
- Copa Chile
- WINNERS: 1984
- Copa Apertura Segunda División
- WINNERS: 1982
Everton de Viña del Mar is a Chilean football club based in the Pacific coastal city and gambling resort of Viña del Mar, situated in roughly the centre of the long South American country. Everton are Chile’s sixth most successful team of all time (and second most succesful outside of the Chilean capital of Santiago) having won the Chilean league four times, and the national cup an additional time. Because of the city’s gambling history, the club’s main nickname is the “Ruleteros” (English: The roulette players), with Everton de Viña del Mar’s traditional colours being blue shirts with a golden horizontal strip, similar in style to Argentian side Boca Juniors. The club was founded in 1909 by a group of Anglo-Chileans and named their club after the more illustrious English team of the same name, who had recently completed a tour of South America. Everton currently play at the 22,340 capacity Estadio Sausalito, which was one of the stadiums used in the 1962 World Cup, as well as hosting games in the 1991 and 2015 editions of the Copa América.
To talk about a Chilean top-flight side with a familiar name, and have won four Chilean championships, and one Copa Chile in its long history, is the excellent Jimmy Milner. Jimmy is an Everton FC, Everton de Viña del Mar, and Everton La Plata (based in Argentina) supporter who is also a member of The Ruleteros Society – a English-based supporters club of Everton de Viña del Mar. To find his social media accounts, and that of the Ruleteros Society, follow the links below:
- Jimmy’s Twitter: @Ruletero_Toffee
- Ruleteros’ Twitter: @theruleteros
- The Ruleteros Society Website: http://www.ruleteros.com/
In addition, Jimmy also answered questions on the Chilean national team as part of the ‘Around The Football World‘ series, which can be found HERE.
Q. What are the origins of the club?
On June 24 1909, a group of Anglo-Chileans led by David Foxley decided to found a football club in the Chilean port of Valparaíso. The name they chose for this new institution was Everton Football Club (now known as Everton de Viña del Mar S.A.D.P.) in honour of the Everton team which had just completed a triumphant tour of Argentina & Uruguay. Another possible link for the club’s name is that Foxley’s family had originally come from Liverpool where the English team originates from.
- Further information on the history of the club can be found on the Ruleteros Society’s website: http://www.ruleteros.com/everton-chile/
Q. Who would you say is Everton de Viña del Mar’s best player, and coach/manager of all-time, and the reasonings behind the choices?
Even though it was before my time, the best player who is widely accepted by most fans is René Meléndez [forward who played for Everton from 1948 to 1956]. Although he wasn’t blessed with great height, he led the line for Everton in the golden period for the club with not only grace and skill but armed with guts to put himself in the so-called ‘line of fire’ where other centre-forwards wouldn’t always go. If you could compare him to a modern day player, he would maybe be a braver version of the ex-Manchester United and Colombia forward Radamel Falcao. Not only that, he scored the crucial goal to secure the club’s first ever national title in 1950.
My choice for best manager would have to be Nelson Acosta, who managed the club in two spells – 2007-2010, and in 2014. Before he took over the Ruleteros he managed the national team of Chile from 1996 to 2001, leading them to the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and to a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Not only was he a hero of the Chilean people for his work as a national team manager, when he took over Everton he led them to a league title in 2008, and in the Everton versus Everton match at Goodison Park in 2010 [dubbed the ‘Brotherhood Cup‘ which the English side won 2-0].
Q. Who could be regarded as a ‘cult hero’ for the club in both in the past and present squad?
The past cult hero player for me would have to be Daniel Escudero. He was a local boy and fan who would go on become the leading goalscorer in the clubs history with 123 goals in 264 games. He represented the Ruleteros in two phases: 1962-66 & 1968-72 and, although he played for local sides Unión La Calera & San Luis de Quillota, he will always be remembered for his grace in the Everton front line. He won’t just be remembered on the pitch as, after he retired, he was active with the Former Players Association who recognised his contribution both on and off the field by naming the football installations at the HQ in his honour. Sadly he passed away earlier this year.
For the modern day hero, my pick would be Maxi Cerato. Since he joined the club in his first spell at the club [2010-2017] the right winger has been a mainstay of the club. His goal and assists from the flanks has made him one of the best players in the league which won him a transfer to Mexico [earning a move to Club León in 2017] but now thankful he is back where he belongs on the right flank of the Ruleteros.
Q. Of the current squad, who would you say is the best player at Everton de Viña del Mar and why?
I have to pick Juan Cuevas. His natural position is in the playmaker role, and he usually plays as either a midfielder or a forward. He is a very fast player with good balance and control, and although he is small, his physical build doesn’t work against him as his pace and quick feet gets him out of trouble. Before he came to Everton he played most of his career in either his native Argentina or in Mexico.
Q. Are there any players who you think we should be focusing on for the future – who would you say is the most exciting up & coming talent at the club?
Without a doubt, it has to be the 19-year-old midfielder Gary Moya. Having just broke it the first team side, he reminds me of Gary Medel from the national team. His aggression and determination, coupled with a good engine, means he hopefully could be in the side for many years to come.
Q. Who would you regard as Everton de Viña del Mar’s biggest or historical rivals?
Everton’s main rivals are Santiago Wanderers, but don’t be fooled by their name, they come from the city of Valparaíso. The local derby has been dubbed the “Clásico del Puerto” or “The Seaport Derby” in English. Everton hold the biggest win in the derby by winning 17-0 in 1950. There is no love lost between the two sides and the fans!
Q. How would you describe the current state/performance of the club?
The club has been working its way up the league slowly. The owners are from the Mexican Grupo Pachuca which owns a number of sides in its native country. Due to this, some of fans have not been happy with the owners by accusing them of not investing enough in the club or making it the last of their priorities. However in the last year tensions have decreased due to a decent showing from the team.
Q. Looking at Everton de Viña del Mar’s history, what would you say has been the best game, result, or performance in your opinion?
I am going to be totally biased as it’s my favourite game and I am going to talk about it here. In 2010 Everton of England met Everton of Chile at Goodison Park. It was a great night at Goodison as almost 26,000 turned up to watch Everton play Everton, and the visiting fans from Chile added to the occasion. It was a treat when we all joined together in chanting, “Everton, Everton” accompanied by the biggest drum I have seen on any ground (my later good friend Jose Luis’ drum). In fact, the hinchas from Chile in the away end brought more supporters than Fulham did the season before. The ground could have easily sold out, such was the excitement on the advent of the game, but the club didn’t fully open 2 of the stands. The game ended 2-0 to the home side but it was not like any game that I have attend before or since. Not just for me, thousands would travel out to Chile for a return fixture, it is that important to both clubs.
Q. Do you have a favourite or iconic shirt from the history of the club?
I like a classic design of football shirt without too many sponsorship logos on them. So it’s the 1977 shirt which is almost the same as the Boca Juniors shirt from the same era. Blue with a yellow strip through the middle.
Q. What are the best and worst things about being a fan of the ‘Ruleteros‘?
The worst is easy, I live in England, 7000 miles away from the team in Chile. The kick-off times here can be in the middle of the night, and it costs a lot of money and planning to go and watch a game in Chile. The best was the last time I was out there. Everyone was so friendly, from the then president of the club, to the guys I went on the buses with to the away games. It was a sense of belonging that has stayed with me.
Q. Finally, what are your hopes for the future of Everton de Viña del Mar?
Titles like every fan isn’t it!! However, I would like to see them play more often in the Copa Libertadores (the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League) and a return match of Everton versus Everton but this time held in Chile. If I am really dreaming, the final of the FIFA Club World Cup – the champions of Europe, Everton FC versus the champions of South America, Everton de Viña del Mar!!
A massive thanks you to Jimmy for answering our questions on football on the Ruleteros. Remember you can find his social media accounts, and those of the Ruleteros Society, in the links at the top of the blogpage.
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