Sergio Livingstone

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Sergio Livingstone
Sapito Livingstone.jpeg
Livingstone, wearing the national jersey
Personal information
Full name Sergio Roberto Livingstone Pohlhammer[1][2][3]
Date of birth (1920-03-26)26 March 1920
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Date of death 11 September 2012(2012-09-11) (aged 92)
Place of death Santiago, Chile
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938–1942 Universidad Católica ? (?)
1943–1944 Racing Club 30 (0)
1944–1956 Universidad Católica ? (?)
1957 Colo-Colo ? (?)
1958–1959 Universidad Católica ? (?)
National team
1941–1954 Chile 52 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 2008

Serjio Roberto Livingstone Pohlhammer (26 March 1920 – 11 September 2012), later simply known as Sergio Livingstone, was a Chilean goalkeeper, who later became a well regarded journalist. He was nicknamed "El Sapo" 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 Copa América and one FIFA World Cup.


Serjio (later Sergio) Livingstone's family hailed from Scotland. His father John, who played for Santiago National FC, was a pioneer 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.

Livingstone wearing his Racing Club jersey

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,[4] 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 FIFA World Cup 1950 in Brazil, where Chile exited after the first group phase.[citation needed]

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 Colo-Colo he once more returned to Universidad Católica where he finished his career in 1959. Following his football career, he became a well-known sports journalist and television personality with Televisión Nacional de Chile, where he remained until his death (more than 60 years).[5]


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



  1. ^ "CERTIFICADO DE NACIMIENTO" (PDF). Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación de Chile. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  2. ^ "PADRON ELECTORAL AUDITADO – ELECCIONES MUNICIPALES 2012 – COMUNA: VITACURA" (PDF). Servicio Electoral de Chile. 19 August 2012. p. 580. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  3. ^ Radnic, F., Marietta (26 May 2011). "Nada me aburré, nunca me canso". El Mercurio. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  4. ^ Roberto Mamrud. Chilean Record International Players 19 February 2010, RSSSF
  5. ^ S.A.P., El Mercurio (11 September 2012). "Sergio Livingstone: El ex futbolista que llegó a lo más alto de la TV y el periodismo deportivo |". Emol (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 August 2018.

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