David Arellano

David Alfonso Arellano Moraga, (*Santiago, Chile, July 29, 1902 - † Valladolid, May 3, 1927). was a Chilean football player and credited as a founding member of football club Colo Colo.


David Arellano was born in Santiago, Chile, July 29, 1902. His professional debut came at 17 years of age for Chilean football club Magallanes in 1919. In 1925 he along with other members parted from Magallanes football club to form a new club which came to be known in Chile as Colo Colo. Arellano is attributed with showcasing the bicycle kick or in Chile known as the Chilena through footballing tours that were conducted in Europe. Arellano played for the Chilean national team that participated in the 1924 and 1925 editions of Copa America.


On May 3, 1927 in Valladolid, Spain while on tour with Colo Colo, David Arellano encountered peritonitis after being hit by an opposing player during a match. Shortly after the incident Arellano was brought to a nearby clinic where he would ultimately die. In his memory Colo Colo club shirts carry a black line over the main emblem as does the Estadio Monumental David Arellano.


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