C.D. Palmaflor del Trópico

Club Deportivo Palmaflor del Trópico, best known as Palmaflor del Trópico, is a Bolivian football club based in Villa Tunari, in the Cochabamba Tropic. Founded in 2008, it plays in the first tier of the Cochabamba Association Championship after being relegated from the Bolivian Primera División at the end of the 2023 season.

Palmaflor del Trópico
Full nameClub Deportivo Palmaflor del Trópico
Nickname(s)Fieras de Palmaflor
Founded10 September 2008; 15 years ago (2008-09-10)
(as Club Municipal Vinto)
GroundBicentenario
Villa Tunari, Bolivia
Capacity25,000
ChairmanEvo Morales
ManagerJoaquín Pérez
LeagueAFC Primera A
2023División Profesional, 17th of 17 (relegated by average)

The club was named Municipal Vinto until 2019, and Club Atlético Palmaflor until the end of 2022.

History edit

The club was founded on 10 September 2008 as Club Municipal Vinto and was entered into the Cochabamba Football Association. After some seasons in the lower tiers of the regional football association, the club started experiencing financial problems which in 2017 led to its sale to a group of entrepreneurs hailing from Inquisivi Province in La Paz Department who had settled in Quillacollo.[1]

The club was moved from Vinto to Quillacollo by its new owners and earned promotion to the AFC's Primera A in 2018 by winning the Primera B championship. In the first championship of the 2019 Primera A season, Municipal Vinto finished as runners-up after losing the final to Arauco Prado but managed to qualify for the Copa Simón Bolívar.[2] Previous to the start of that competition, the club initiated the legal process before the Bolivian Football Federation to rename itself to Atlético Palmaflor, in honor to the owners' roots in La Paz.[3][1]

In the 2019 Copa Simón Bolívar, Municipal Vinto managed to advance out of the group stage by winning all of its matches.[4] In the following stage they were drawn against Real Santa Cruz, losing one match and winning the other, and then losing on penalties. Nevertheless, the club qualified for the semifinals as lucky loser and in that stage faced Deportivo FATIC from the department of La Paz. The first leg was won by Municipal Vinto by a score of 4–0, while the second leg in El Alto ended in a draw that qualified the club for the final. In the final, Municipal Vinto once again played against Real Santa Cruz, this time winning both legs (1–0 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and 2–0 in Quillacollo) and securing its first ever promotion to the División Profesional,[5] and also becoming the first team based in Quillacollo to play in the Bolivian top flight in 41 years, after Bata.[6]

In their first season in the top flight, Palmaflor managed to qualify for an international competition for the first time ever, drawing with San José on the final matchday to finish in eighth place and qualify for the 2021 Copa Sudamericana.[7] In that campaign, the team was managed by Humberto Viviani and Xabier Azkargorta, who replaced Viviani for the final rounds of the tournament.

On 16 November 2022, after another qualification to the Copa Sudamericana, Palmaflor went from Quillacollo to the Cochabamba Tropic,[8] with former president of Bolivia Evo Morales being one of the board members.[9] On 3 December, the club's Facebook revealed their new name, Club Deportivo Palmaflor del Trópico, and released a new logo the following day; a day later, however, the logo was removed and labelled as "unofficial".[10]

Current squad edit

As of 8 October 2022

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BOL Alejandro Torrez
2 DF   BOL Ronaldo Arancibia
3 DF   BOL Jennry Alaca
4 MF   BOL Iván Vidaurre
5 MF   BOL Santiago Arce
6 DF   BOL Pablo Pedraza
7 FW   BOL Freddy Abastoflor
8 MF   BOL Boris Condori
9 FW   BRA Wesley Tanque
10 MF   BRA Igor Soares
11 MF   ARG Maximiliano Gómez
12 GK   BOL Gustavo Salvatierra
13 GK   BOL Widen Rojas
14 DF   BOL Walter Rioja
15 DF   BOL Ariel Juárez
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   BOL Didí Torrico
18 FW   FRA Jean-Christophe Bahebeck
19 MF   BOL Adalid Terrazas
20 MF   BOL Amílcar Sánchez
21 DF   BOL Jordy Candia
22 MF   BOL Denilzon Ramallo
23 GK   BOL Edilson Vásquez
25 FW   FRA Balamine Savane
26 DF   ARG Joaquín Lencinas
27 DF   BOL Stiven Vargas
30 FW   BRA Erverson
32 MF   BOL Deybi Ancieta
37 DF   BOL Diego Corpus

Honours edit

Domestic edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Palmaflor lleva nombre de un pueblo paceño y nace en 2019" (in Spanish). Diario Opinión. 24 December 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Arauco Prado vence a Vinto y va como campeón a la Copa Simón Bolívar" (in Spanish). Los Tiempos. 16 June 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Palmaflor tramita cambio de nombre y presenta refuerzos" (in Spanish). Diario Opinión. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Vinto Palmaflor, revelación de la Copa Simón Bolívar" (in Spanish). La Razón. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Municipal Vinto se coronó campeón de la Copa Simón Bolívar y ascendió a la División Profesional" (in Spanish). El Deber. 23 December 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Quillacollo vuelve al profesionalismo tras 41 años" (in Spanish). Los Tiempos. 24 December 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Vinto Palmaflor hace historia: jugará la Copa Sudamericana como Bolivia 4" (in Spanish). Los Tiempos. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  8. ^ "El club Palmaflor pasa a manos del Trópico de Cochabamba" [The club Palmaflor go to the hands of the Cochabamba Tropic] (in Spanish). La Razón. 16 November 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  9. ^ ""Soy sincero, no tengo ningún dólar", afirma Evo Morales luego de hacerse cargo de Atlético Palmaflor" ["I am honest, I do not have a single dollar", says Evo Morales soon after taking over Atlético Palmaflor] (in Spanish). El Deber. 22 November 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Tras estrenar su escudo, Palmaflor del Trópico lo borra de sus redes y dice que no era oficial" [After debuting their logo, Palmaflor del Trópico erase it from their social media and say it was not official] (in Spanish). Página Siete. 5 December 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022.