C.D. Jorge Wilstermann

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Club Deportivo Jorge Wilstermann, known simply as Wilstermann is a Bolivian football club from the city of Cochabamba, founded on 24 November 1949 by a group of workers of Lloyd Aereo Boliviano. It is named after Bolivian aviator Jorge Wilstermann. Wilstermann is one of the three most frequent winners of the Primera Division de Bolivia and the first Bolivian team to qualify to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals.

Jorge Wilstermann
Club Jorge Wilstermann.svg
Full nameClub Deportivo Jorge Wilstermann
FoundedNovember 24, 1949; 71 years ago (1949-11-24)
GroundEstadio Félix Capriles,
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Capacity32,000 [1]
ChairmanGróver Vargas
ManagerDiego Cagna
LeagueDivisión Profesional
2020 Apertura5th
WebsiteClub website


On November 24, 1949,[2] a group of employees of Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano met to form a football club that would be identified with the company and become the pride of its workers. After two hours of debate, they founded the club with the name "San Jose de la Banda" in tribute to the area and the airport in Cochabamba. They proceeded to the election of the board, and appointed Justo Mancilla as club president. After some debate, blue and white were chosen as the team colors.

After the death of the company's first commercial pilot in Bolivia, Jorge Wilstermann, the name of the club was changed. In 1953, Captain Walter Lemma, manager of the company and partner of the deceased, suggested that both the airport and the team bear the name of the pilot, who had been very dear to the institution.

After the club's foundation, the leaders entered it in Cochabamba's Football Association (AFC) to compete in the second division. Wilstermann had no clear rival for first place and its good campaign forced it to seek to move into the AFC championship, which was played in La Paz and Oruro between teams from those cities.

When Dr. Jorge Rojas was appointed Wilstermann's chairman, he changed its colors to red and blue. "I chose those colors because they mean force, ferocity, and total dedication in the field", he stated. It was also the only team in the country which used those colors.

Golden agesEdit

First golden eraEdit

Wilstermann's first national title came in 1958. This was the first in the club's "golden age", highlighted by star players such as Walter Zamorano, Mario Zabalaga, José Carlos Trigo, César Sánchez, Máximo Alcócer, Ausberto García, Renán López, Alfredo Soria, Rómulo Cortez, Wilfredo Villarroel, José Trujillo, and José Rocabado. At that time, Wilstermann was the only team in Bolivia that played with five forwards, which shattered defenses.

In 1959, Wilstermann repeated as national champions, earning the honor to be the representative Bolivian side in the first edition of the Copa Libertadores de América in 1960. Their initial match pitted them against Peñarol of Uruguay. The Uruguayans defeated Wilstermann 7–1 in Montevideo, although the Bolivians drew their home game 1–1. In 1960, Wilstermann won its third consecutive national title, an achievement that has not been equalled by any other Bolivian club.

In the 1961 Copa competition, Wilster played to a tie against Santa Fe, Colombia, winning 3–2 in Cochabamba and losing 1–0 in Colombia. The governing body decided to draw lots to determine which team would advance to the next round. "The draw was a fraud. After many years we learned that the full intention of the South American Football Confederation, which at that time was based in Bogota, was to eliminate Wilstermann and promote Santa Fe to the semi-finals," claimed then Wilster club chairman, the late Jorge Rojas. The unsubstantiated story was that both of the pieces of paper that were put in the hat had Wilstermann's name. The team that was drawn was eliminated. "The Confederation official of that process confessed that he had been forced to proceed in this manner," recalled Rojas.

Second golden eraEdit

Wilstermann enjoyed a second "golden era" in the 1970s under the chairmanship of Alfredo Salazar. The Wilstermann team again won the national championships in 1972 and 1973. "They were spectacular years. Wilstermann had that mystique of a winning team: they did not like to lose ever, even less to a visiting side. Besides they were always on the attack and even achieved a historic 2–2 tie with River Plate in Buenos Aires," recalls Antonio Yanez, organization leader since 1975.

The Wilstermann sides of this era were highlighted by players such as Rene Bilbao, Hugo Pérez, Jaime Olivera, Juan José Ponce, Limbert Cabrera Rivero, Freddy Vargas, Juan Carlos Sánchez, Hugo Franco, Carlos Canelas, Alberto Navarro, Brazilian Milton Teodoro Joana, Chilean's Juan Abel Gangas and Victor Hugo Bravo.

Third golden eraEdit

Following a period of club organizational turmoil and the founding of the professional football league of Bolivia, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano, Wilstermann enjoyed its third "golden age", winning national titles in 1980 and 1981.

During this period, the team looked to achieve something sought unsuccessfully by many Bolivian football clubs before: qualifying for the second phase of the Copa Libertadores de America. In opening Copa round play, Wilster beat good teams Técnico Universitario, Ambato and Barcelona SC. To seal their qualification for the second round, Wilstermann beat The Strongest 4–1 in the match tiebreaker in a memorable match at the stadium Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

In the second phase, Wilstermann faced the formidable rosters of Deportivo Cali of Colombia and Flamengo of Brazil. They first tied the Colombian side 1–1 in Cochabamba, but fell 1–0 in Cali. The team from Rio de Janeiro defeated Wilster 2–1 at home, as well as in Maracanã, 4–1. While these results were disappointing, Wilstermann had accomplished what no Bolivian team had before. The Wilstermann sides of this era were highlighted by players such as Roger Pérez, Carlos Trigo, Víctor Villalón, Carlos Arias, Eduardo Navarro, Jhonny Villarroel, Freddy Vargas, César Enriquez, Jairzinho, Gastón Taborga and Freddy Salguero.


National honoursEdit

1980, 1981, 2000, 2006-ST, 2010-A, 2016-C, 2018-A, 2019-C
Runners-up (5): 1978, 1985, 1994, 1998, 2003-C
1957*, 1958*, 1959*, 1960, 1967, 1972, 1973 (* Torneo Nacional)
Runners-up (2): 1965, 1974
1976, 1991, 1998
Runners-up (2): 1989, 2002
2004, 2011
Runners-up (4): 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010

Record in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

Best – Semi-finals in 1981
2007 – First round
2014 – First round
1998 – Quarter-finals

Current squadEdit

Updated players officially presented for the 11/01/2019 season.[3]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   BOL Maximiliano Ortíz
3 DF   ARG Santiago Echeverría
4 DF   BOL Cristian Coimbra
5 DF   BOL Sebastián Reyes
6 MF   BOL Paul Arano
7 MF   BOL Edson Pérez
8 MF   BOL Moisés Villarroel
9 MF   ARG Cristian Chávez (captain)
10 MF   BRA Serginho
11 DF   BOL Alejandro Meleán
13 GK   PAR Arnaldo Giménez (vice-captain)
14 MF   BOL Jorge Ortíz
15 MF   BOL Luis José Vargas
16 DF   BOL Ronny Montero
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   ARG Patito Rodríguez
18 MF   BOL Rodrigo Morales
19 FW   BOL Gilbert Álvarez
20 FW   BOL Rodrigo Vargas Castillo
21 MF   BOL Ramiro Ballivián
22 GK   BOL Rodrigo Banegas
23 MF   BOL Adriel Fernandez
24 FW   COL Humberto Osorio
26 DF   BOL Carlos Áñez
30 MF   BOL Damián Lizio
46 GK   BOL Lucas Galarza
47 MF   BOL Matias Romero
49 DF   PAR Teodoro Paredes

Summer 2021Edit


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
- MF   ARG Patito Rodríguez (from Moreirense)
- FW   COL Humberto Osorio (from San Martín)
- MF   BOL Edson Pérez (from Nacional Potosí)
- GK   BOL Lucas Galarza (from Sportivo San Lorenzo)
- DF   BOL Carlos Áñez (from The Strongest)
- DF   BOL Maximiliano Ortíz (from The Strongest)
- MF   BOL Adriel Fernandez (from Aurora)
- MF   BOL Luis José Vargas (from Blooming)
No. Pos. Nation Player
- FW   BOL Rodrigo Vargas Castillo (from Royal Pari)
- DF   BOL Cristian Coimbra (from Real Santa Cruz)
- MF   BOL Damián Lizio (from Royal Pari)
- MF   BOL Rodrigo Morales (from Gimnasia Jujuy)
- DF   ARG Santiago Echeverría (from Brown de Adrogué)
- GK   BOL Rodrigo Banegas (from Oriente Petrolero)
- MF   BOL Matias Romero (from The Strongest)
- DF   PAR Teodoro Paredes (from Sportivo San Lorenzo)


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 Hugo Suárez (Retired)
4 DF   BOL Juan Pablo Aponte (transfer to Oriente Petrolero)
6 DF   PAR Ismael Benegas (transfer to Royal Pari)
7 MF   ARG Esteban Orfano (transfer to Royal Pari)
8 MF   BOL Carlos Melgar (transfer to Royal Pari)
15 DF   BOL Pablo Laredo (transfer to ......)
17 MF   BOL Didí Torrico (transfer to Royal Pari)
18 FW   BOL Ricardo Pedriel (transfer to Blooming)
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   BOL William Álvarez (transfer to Guabirá)
22 DF   BOL Edward Zenteno (transfer to Aurora)
23 MF   BOL Leonel Justiniano (transfer to Bolívar)
24 DF   BOL Oscar Vaca (transfer to Nacional Potosí)
29 MF   BOL Sebastián Galindo (transfer to ......)
30 MF   BOL Jaime Arrascaita (transfer to The Strongest)
32 GK   ARG Luis Ojeda (transfer to Platense)

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
No. Pos. Nation Player

Reserves and academyEdit

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 GK   BOL Daniel Sandy
- GK   BOL Bruno Poveda
25 DF   BOL Luis Rodriguez
27 DF   BOL Daniel Pérez
29 DF   BOL Edgar Olivares
- DF   BOL Grover Paredes
- DF   BOL Alan Chávez
No. Pos. Nation Player
- DF   JPN Keiji Gushi
34 MF   BOL Rodrigo Gareca
27 MF   BOL Miguel Colque
- MF   BOL Isaac Claros
28 MF   BOL Fabio Diaz
- FW   BOL Eduardo Velásquez
- FW   BOL José Herrera Torrico

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Diego Cagna
Assistant First Team Coach   Damián Leyes
First Team Fitness Coach   Martin Solé
Goalkeeper Coach   Sergio Migliaccio
Medical Director   Luis Montaño
Medical Team   Antonio Valdivia
Medical Team   Alejandro Prieto
First Team Props   Alex Rodriguez
First Team Props   José Gonzales



  1. ^ http://www.fussballtempel.net/conmebol/listeconmebol.html
  2. ^ Vanauskas, Laura (1999). An Encyclopedia of Football in Bolivia – 1914 to 1998. The Clubs –Jorga Wilstermann, details and references to formation. Heart Books – Belgium. p. 192.
  3. ^ "Club Jorge Wilstermann – Squad". soccerway.com. Retrieved 1 January 2019.

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