Club Real Potosí

Club Real Potosí is a Bolivian football club based in Potosí. Founded on 1 April 1988,[1] it currently plays in the Bolivian Primera División, holding home games at Estadio Víctor Agustín Ugarte, with a 32,000-seat capacity.

Real Potosí
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Full nameClub Real Potosí
Nickname(s)León Imperial
El Equipo Lila
El Fenómeno
FoundedApril 1, 1988; 33 years ago (1988-04-01)
GroundEstadio Víctor Agustín Ugarte
Capacity32,000
ChairmanCalixto Santos
ManagerCarlos Fonseca
LeagueBolivian Primera División
2019 Clausura11th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

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.

In 2007 Real Potosi became champion of the Apertura tournament, earning qualification for that year's Copa Libertadores. The following year they won the Copa Aerosur del Sur and Torneo Play Off.

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 following year Cruzeiro played against Real Potosí, losing 5-1, despite having won 3-0 in Brazil, and 2009 Palmeiras was the most famous opponent, eliminating Real from the tournament.[2]

StadiumEdit

The Estadio Víctor Agustín Ugarte is a Bolivian football stadium located in Potosí, which seats 32,000 fans.

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.

Current squadEdit

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   MEX Carlos López
2 DF   BOL Pablo Zeballos
3 DF   MEX Luis Trujillo
4 DF   BOL Martin Pavez
5 DF   BOL Pablo Pedraza
6 MF   BOL Erwin Sanchez Junior
7 FW   ARG Cristian Pullido
8 MF   BOL Luis Garnica
9 FW   BOL Denis Pinto
10 MF   BOL Miguel Loayza
11 DF   BOL Dustin Maldonado
12 GK   BOL Yadin Salazar
13 DF   BOL Ronald Rivero
14 DF   BOL Jose Padilla
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 GK   BOL Éder Jordan
16 MF   BOL Diego Terrazas
17 FW   BOL Gilbert Álvarez
18 MF   BOL Jon Acchura
19 MF   BOL Nicolas Tudor
20 FW   BOL Leonardo Piris
21 MF   BOL Osbaldo Nova
22 DF   ARG Alberto Alarcón
23 MF   BOL José Barba
24 FW   BOL Carlos Hidalgo
25 MF   ARG Federico Flores
26 DF   BOL Rodrigo Avila Soliz
27 MF   BOL Olvis Justiniano

RivalriesEdit

The club has a rivalry with the only other first division club in the Potosí Department, Nacional Potosí. They share the same stadium, and matches between them usually draw lots of attention.

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.

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

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

2002 – First Round
2007 – First Round
2008 – First Round
2009 – Preliminary Round
2010 – Preliminary Round
2012 – Preliminary Round
2007 – First Round
2013 – First Round
2015 – First Round
2016 – Second Round

Notable managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vanauskas, Laura (1999). An Encyclopedia of Football in Bolivia – 1914 to 1998. The Clubs – Club Real Potosí, details and references to formation. Heart Books – Belgium. p. 192.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-01-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)