Club Real Potosí
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Club Real Potosí is a Bolivian football club based in Potosí. Founded on 1 April 1988, it currently plays in the Bolivian Primera División, holding home games at Estadio Víctor Agustín Ugarte, with a 32,000-seat capacity.
|Full name||Club Real Potosí|
|Nickname(s)||León Imperial |
El Equipo Lila
|Founded||April 1, 1988|
|Ground||Estadio Víctor Agustín Ugarte|
|League||Bolivian Primera División|
Real Potosí was founded on 1 April 1988, as Fútbol Academy of Real Potosì. They subsequently merged with Banco Minero of Bolivia (Bamin), which was founded on 20 October 1941.
The club played their first continental competition, the Copa Libertadores, in 2002. They were drawn with Peñarol of Uruguay, El Nacional of Ecuador, and San Lorenzo de Almagro of Argentina. Even though they came in last place, they beat San Lorenzo 1-0 and thrashed Peñarol 6-1. The reason for the strange one-sided result was most likely due to the high elevation of the stadium (4,000 metres), since the team had lost the away leg 4-0.
Real Potosí gained popularity by being announced as one of the opponents of Flamengo and Paraná Clube in the 2007 Copa Libertadores, by forcing teams to play in the city of Potosí, at 4,090 metres (13,200 feet) above the sea level. They came in third place in the group, recording a 3-1 victory against Parana, and were undefeated at home, despite getting no away wins.
The stadium was originally called Estadio San Clemente, but was renamed Mario Mercado Vaca Guzmán after some modifications on the structure, including new illumination towers, were made. Newer modifications led ultimately to its actual name.
Located 4,090 metres above sea level, the stadium is one of the highest in the world. It has raised numerous controversies in footballing circles, as its significant altitude affects the absorption of oxygen in the human body, offering considerable advantage to the home team who are more accustomed to such conditions.
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The first match played between the two clubs was in the 2009 Copa Aerosur on 18 January 2009. Real Potosi won 2-1. The first league match between the two clubs was on 19 April 2009, which finished in a 1-1 draw.
Although both clubs were founded in the 20th century, the reason why it took so long for both clubs to meet was because Nacional Potosi had been playing in the lower divisions until 2009. Overall, the rivalry has been evenly matched, with 15 victories for each club and 11 draws.
- Winners (1): 2007-A
- Runner-up (4): 2004-C, 2006-A, 2006-C, 2011-A
- Torneo de Play-Off: 2
- Winners (2): 2008, 2009
- Winners (1):1997
Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit
- Copa Libertadores: 6 appearances
- 2002 – First Round
- 2007 – First Round
- 2008 – First Round
- 2009 – Preliminary Round
- 2010 – Preliminary Round
- 2012 – Preliminary Round
- Copa Sudamericana: 4 appearances
- 2007 – First Round
- 2013 – First Round
- 2015 – First Round
- 2016 – Second Round