Club Bolívar

Club Bolívar (Spanish pronunciation: [kluβ boˈliβaɾ]) is a Bolivian football club, founded in La Paz on 12 April 1925. A group of young people created the sports club “Club Atlético Bolívar” in honor of Simón Bolívar. It is the most successful and popular club in the history of the Bolivian Primera División. The club was founded with the light blue color, which distinguishes the club to this day.

Club Bolívar
Emblem bolivar.png
Full nameClub Bolívar
Nickname(s)La Academia (The Academy)
El Rey de Copas (The King of Cups)
El Más Grande (The Biggest One)
FoundedApril 12, 1925; 95 years ago
GroundEstadio Libertador Simón Bolívar
Estadio Hernando Siles
La Paz, Bolivia
ChairmanGuido Loayza (Leadership)
Marcelo Claure (Baisa S.R.L.)
CoachAntônio Carlos Zago
LeagueDivisión Profesional
2020 Apertura3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The institution has its own home stadium, called Estadio Libertador Simón Bolívar (5,000 capacity) located in the Tembladerani neighborhood of the city of La Paz. This sports complex is only used for training sessions and friendly matches since for official matches the club plays at the Estadio Hernando Siles, a venue that has a capacity for 41,143 people.

Bolívar began playing the amateur era two years after its foundation, in 1927, where he became runner-up, and it was in the 1932 tournament that Club Bolívar won the championship for the first time in its history. His second amateur title was obtained in 1937. Consecutively was consecrated champion in the years of 1939, 1940, 1941, and 1942, becoming the second team to achieve a four-time championship. In this way, from 1927 to 1949 the club obtained a total of 6 amateur titles.

In the professional era, the club was the first team to win the first tournament of the Bolivian Primera División in 1950. From that year to the present, Club Bolívar would become the top winner in Bolivian soccer, winning a total of 29 official titles. No Bolivian team has ever come even close to this success. According to International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) statistics, Club Bolívar is the best Bolivian soccer team of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century.

At an international level, Club Bolívar is statistically the club that has best represented Bolivia in international cups.[1] The Bolivian club is in the 12th position in the Historical table of the Copa Libertadores, it participated 34 times in this tournament, being in this way the seventh team at the South American level with the most participation in the entire continent and also Bolívar is the eleventh team with most victories in the history of the Copa Libertadores de América, 92 in total. Among his 34 appearances in the Copa Libertadores, his best performances were in the 1986 and 2014 editions when he became a semi-finalist in these tournaments.

Although the club could not become a finalist in the Copa Libertadores, it did play an international final in 2004, where it was runner-up in that year's Copa Sudamericana. There are 10 participations of the Bolivian team in this tournament.

Among the best players in Bolivar's history are Marco "El Diablo" Etcheverry; Erwin "Platini" Sanchez; Julio Baldivieso; Mario Rojas; Carlos Borja; Vladimir Soria; Carlos Angel Lopez, Ramiro Blacut, Víctor Ugarte, Carlos Aragones, Ramiro Castillo, Juan Miguel "Juanmi" Callejon, Walter Flores, Juan Carlos Arce and many more.



Until well into the eighties of the last century there was controversy regarding the date of creation of the institution. The year 1927 was considered accurate until it became clear that it had been founded in 1925, the year of the country's centenary.

The club was born on April 12, 1925 to the warmth of a friendship and the enthusiasm of a group of friends who, with the idea of forming a social club whose objective was to practice sport, especially soccer, met in a modest house colonial center of La Paz, specifically on Junín street, between Catacora and Sucre streets, less than two blocks from Plaza Murillo, where it was decided to create this with an unusual name, Bolívar, contrary to the usual names of Bolivian teams since then, most of them baptized with names in English. Names such as Franz Tamayo or Antonio José de Sucre were thought of. But in homage to the Liberator Simón Bolívar, he decided for Bolívar.

Despite the fact that the founders had as a dominant passion the practice of soccer, as was the style at the time, they added the cultural ingredient with the additional denominative of "musical literary club", that is, the club was originally founded with the name of "Club Atlético Literario Musical Bolívar" which was soon diluted by the strength of the soccer team and its distinctive achievements, being reduced only to Club Bolívar.

Don Humberto Bonifacio was in charge of the club's management on a provisional basis, until the first president was elected by a democratic election Carlos Terán, who was accompanied by Ernesto Sainz, Héctor Salcedo, Rafael Navarro, and Felipe Gutiérrez. All of them met on weekends in the north of La Paz to play soccer.

Amateur AgeEdit

In 1927, two years after its founding, the Club Bolívar officially enrolled in La Paz Fútbol Asociation, Bolívar for the first time participated in an official championship, which was played on the Miraflores court where he was runner-up.

The first team that disputed the 1927 championship in which, as a debutant, they achieved the runner-up behind Nimbles Sport was made up of a stable team that was made up of Walter Miranda, Enrique Tellería, Felipe Gutiérrez Nieto, Víctor Leclere, Carlos Terán, Germán Garnica , Roberto Segaline, Miguel Carreón, Luis Ernesto Sanz, being his captain Humberto Barreda. Alfredo Molina, Roberto Gómez and Carlos Álvarez were incorporated a year later.

His first international friendly match was played on June 3, 1927 when he faced Coquimbo Unido of Chile in La Paz, he was defeated by 2 to 1.

In 1928 the celestial team occupies fifth place in the table of placements.

In the official tournament in 1929, the Bolívar club achieved third place.

On May 11, 1930, the official championship begins and ends on July 30 at the main stadium Estadio Hernando Siles, obtaining the runner-up for the Bolívar club with seven units.

In 1931 the tournament was fulfilled with poor performances by the teams that did not have good lower divisions, limiting the championship to only four teams. That same year, on July 8, Club Bolívar obtained its first international victory against Gimnasia y Tiro de Salta, which it defeated 2 to 1 in La Paz.

A fundamental event in this first part of the club's history occurred in 1932 when Bolívar achieved the first championship in its history played in two series. The soccer leader of that Bolívar was one of the great players in history, Mario Alborta, center forward, and captain of the sky and of the Bolivian team. The contest began on May 26, having to be suspended due to the events of the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay on September 25. "La Paz Fútbol Asociation", established that the location and score of the moment were recognized in the final table. For this reason, Club Bolívar was declared champion of that year. The runner-up was The Strongest, who from that year on would be the most important rival of the Bolivaristas.

In the following two years, 1933 and 1934, the tournaments were suspended until the end of the war event facing the country.

After the war, the championship was restarted a year later, in 1935.

The team was champion for the second time in 1937.

Bolívar was runner-up in 1938, a champion for four consecutive years between 1939 and 1942, achieving the four-time championship. That team was led by players Walter Saavedra, Rojas, Romero, Plaza, Gutiérrez, and Garzón. It was also runner-up in 1943 and 1945.

1947 is an important year for Bolívar and for Bolivian football, since the debut with the blue jersey of Víctor Agustín Ugarte, the Tupiceño who came to La Paz to test himself and from the first day, showed his quality. Bolívar made his debut against Ferroviario and that same year he debuted his talent in the Bolivian national team. Ugarte is for those who saw him play, the undisputed best Bolivian player in history. Between right-wing in the old 2-3-5 scheme, he was progressively lagging behind to manage the team.

Modern age and riseEdit

The late 20th century and early 21rst century where when Bolivar rose to its peak, becoming the most successful club in Bolivia since the foundation of the Bolivian Primera División, in 1977 winning approximately 29 titles. It was also when its rivalry with club The Strongest peaked with the disappearance of Club Universitario of La Paz.

Mario MercadoEdit

Mario Mercado, president of Bolivar, worked for years in the hopes of someday taking Bolivar to win a Copa Libertadores. He passed away when his private jet, taking him to see the team, crashed in Oruro.

Mauro Cuellar and BAISAEdit

In the early 2000s, Mauro Cuellar assumed presidency of Bolivar. During Cuellar's administration, Bolivar reached the finals of the 2004 Copa Sudamericana, losing the final to Club Boca Juniors. However despite the sporting achievements of Bolivar, the club fell into a deep financial crisis, nearly disappearing until Bolivian millionaire Marcelo Claure took over the club, in 2008. Through BAISA, a subsidiary company of Marcelo Claure, Bolivar today has a project to win the Copa Libertadores, and aims to have a full stadium and training centre by its 100th anniversary.

BAISA owns the right to operate Club Bolivar for twenty years.[2] In 2014, the team reached the semi final of the Copa Libertadores in South American.[3] In 2021, Club Bolivar announced becoming the first Partner Club of City Football Group.[4] Also in January 2021, Club Bolivar's Plan Centenario was announced, which is a five-year plan to construct a soccer academy and open the club's ownership to fans.[5]



Bolivar's traditional home colors are light blue, traditional away colors are dark blue or white.

Kit Manufacturers
Year Manufacturer
1978-1982 Adidas
1983-1989 Penalty
1990 Topper
1991-1994 El Palacio de las Gorras
1994-1997 Penalty
1998 Nike
1999 Gav Sport
2000-2002 Puma
2003-2006 Adidas
2006-2009 Umbro
2010-2011 Marca Propia
2011-2013 Admiral Sportswear
2014-2016 Marathon Sports
2016-2021 Joma[6]
2021- Puma
Shirt Sponsors
Year Sponsor
1982 Iberia
1983 Tasca
1984-87 Banco de la Paz
1988 Paceña
1989 Parillada Caminito
1990 Duralit
1991-92 Banco de La Paz
1993 Pacena
1994-95 Entel
1996 Ultima Hora
1997 Caterpillar
1998-2000 Taquiña
2001-07 Coca-Cola
2008-09 Entel
2010-14 Samsung
2015-16 Huawei
2017-19 Samsung
2019- Chevrolet


Bolivar's classic rival is The Strongest. Both teams are from La Paz.

  • Total matches: 262
  • Bolivar wins: 113
  • Ties: 86
  • The Strongest wins: 63


National HonoursEdit

1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2004-A, 2005-AD, 2006-C, 2009-A, 2011-AD, 2013-C, 2014-A, 2015-C, 2017-A, 2017-C, 2019-A
1950, 1953, 1956, 1966, 1968, 1976
  • Liga de Fútbol Amateur Boliviano: 6
1932, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942
2009, 2010
1979, 1989, 1990, 2001
Runner-up (3): 1980, 1992, 1999

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

Best: Semi-finals in 1986 and 2014
Best: Final in 2004.

Current squadEdit

As of 10 August 2021

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 Javier Rojas
2 DF   BRA César
2 DF   URU Felipe Carvalho
3 DF   BOL Jairo Quinteros
4 DF   BOL Juan Orellana
5 DF   BOL Luis Gutiérrez
6 MF   ESP Alex Granell
7 FW   BOL Victor Abrego
8 DF   BOL Diego Bejarano
9 FW   CRC Jurguens Montenegro
10 FW   ESP Alvaro Rey
11 FW   BOL Leonardo Vaca
12 GK   BOL Ruben Cordano
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 GK   BOL John García
16 MF   BOL Gabriel Villamil
17 FW   BOL Kevin Salvatierra
18 FW   ARG Leonardo Ramos
19 DF   BOL Luis Flores
20 DF   ESP Alberto Guitián
21 DF   BOL Roberto Fernández
22 FW   BOL Bruno Miranda
24 MF   BOL Hernán Rodríguez
25 GK   BOL Mauricio Adorno
26 MF   BOL Erwin Saavedra
29 FW   BOL Cesar Menacho
GK   BOL Rúben Cordano

2020 Summer transfersEdit


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
12 MF   ARG Juan Cataldi (on loan from Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP))
18 FW   ESP Álvaro Rey
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 FW   ANG Anderson Emanuel


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   BOL Saidt Mustafá (to Club Guraira)
DF   PAR Teodoro Paredes (loan return to Newell's Old Boys)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ARG Emiliano Vecchio (to Rosario Central)
FW   ARG Jorge Pereyra Díaz (to Free Agent)

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ARG Matías Dituro (at Universidad Católica)
DF   BOL Juan Carlos Zampiery (at Sport Boys)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   BOL Luis Alí (to Free Agent)
FW   ESP Iker Hernández (at Club San José)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Claudio Vivas
Assistant First Team Coach TBA
Goalkeeper Coach TBA
First Team Fitness Coach   Rolando Crespo
Assistant First Team Fitness Coach   Lucas Ferreyra
Head Opposition Scout TBA
Senior Opposition Scout TBA
Medical Director   Guillermo Aponte
Reserve Team Manager   Oscar Villegas
Youth Team Manager TBA

Notable playersEdit

See also Category:Club Bolívar players.


External linksEdit


  1. ^ Vanauskas, Laura (1999). An Encyclopedia of Football in Bolivia – 1914 to 1998. The Clubs –Bolivar, details and references to formation. Heart Books – Belgium. p. 192.
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  6. ^ "JOMA Sponsors| Club Bolívar".