Sergio Livingstone

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Sergio Livingstone : biography

26 March 1920 – 11 September 2012

Sergio Roberto Livingstone Pohlhammer (26 March 1920 – 11 September 2012), known as Sergio Livingstone, was a Chilean goalkeeper, who later became a well regarded journalist. He was nicknamed "El Sapo" ("The Toad") for his typical posture in the goal mouth. From 1938–59 he played primarily for CD Universidad Católica in Santiago. With Chile he took part in seven South American Championships and one World Cup.


  • National Championship: 1949, 1954 for the Universidad Católica


In 2009, a in the district of Independencia in Santiago was been named for Livingstone.


Serjio (later Sergio) Livingstone’s family hailed from Scotland. His father John, who played for Santiago National FC, was a pioneers of the game in Chile. Livingstone originally joined Unión Española. He abandoned football to study law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Soon he acquainted himself with the university’s football team, and from 1938 he began to establish himself as the goalkeeper of CD Universidad Católica. He debuted in the national team at the 1941 South American Championship which took place in Chile, winning 5-0 against Ecuador. By the end of the tournament Chile ended third, and Livingstone was considered the best player of the tournament. Altogether, Livingstone played between 1941 and 1954 in 52 matches for Chile,Roberto Mamrud. 19 February 2010, RSSSF which made him the country’s record international until 1962, participating in five more South American Championships, totaling 34 matches in this competition, which remains record. He also took part in the World Cup 1950 in Brazil, where Chile exited after the first group phase.

At club level he spent 1943 in Argentina playing 30 matches for Racing Club. He cut short his time in Argentina for sentimental reasons and rejoined Católica in 1944, winning the national championships of 1949 and 1954. After the second title the club had the misfortune to be relegated in the season immediately thereafter, but managed to return to the first division as quickly. After a brief spell on loan in 1957 with CSD Colo-Colo he once more returned to Católica where he finished his career in 1959. Following his football career, he became a well-known sports journalist and television personality with TVN, where he remained until his death(more than 60 years).