Copa Bolivia

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La Copa Bolivia was first held in 1976 and is the oldest association football competition in Bolivia. Because it involves clubs of all standards playing against each other, there is the possibility for "minnows" from the lower divisions to become "giant-killers" by eliminating top clubs from the tournament and even theoretically win the Cup, although lower division teams rarely reach the final. In 2002 it was replaced and transformed into the current Aerosur Cup.

History[edit]

La Copa Bolivia was first held in 1976 and is the oldest association football competition in Bolivia. Because it involves clubs of all standards playing against each other, there is the possibility for "minnows" from the lower divisions to become "giant-killers" by eliminating top clubs from the tournament and even theoretically win the Cup, although lower division teams rarely reach the final. In 2002 it was replaced and transformed into the current Aerosur Cup.

Format[edit]

The competition is a knockout tournament with pairings for each round drawn at random – there are no seeds, and the draw for each round is not made until after the scheduled dates for the previous round. The draw also determines which teams will play at home.

There are a total of 5 rounds in the competition — six qualifying rounds, followed by two group stages, semi-finals, and the final. The competition begins in January with the Extra Preliminary Round, followed by the Preliminary Round and First Qualifying Round, which are contested by the lowest-ranked clubs. Finally, teams from the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano enter at the Third Round, at which point there are 64 teams remaining in the competition. From 1976 to 1996 the final was played in the Estadio Hernando Siles.

Media coverage[edit]

The Copa Bolivia Final is one of 10 events reserved for live broadcast on Bolivia terrestrial television under the ITC Code on Sports and Other Listed Events.

In October 1998 La Liga manager announced that ATB, Canal 7 and Unitel Bolivia would show an additional match (For example: the Second Qualifying round, the Group Stage and also the Final).

List of Championships[edit]

Copa Bolivia[edit]

# Year Winner Runner-up
1
1976 Wilsterman Deportivo Municipal
2
1977 The Strongest Oriente Petrolero
3
1978 Oriente Petrolero Guabirá
4
1979 Bolivar Chaco Petrolero
5
1980 Deportivo Warnes Bolivar
6
1981 Mariscal Braun Unión Central
7
1982 Unión Central Guabirá
8
1983 Blooming Oriente Petrolero
9
1984 The Strongest Fraternidad Tigres
10
1985 Litoral Oriente Petrolero
11
1986 Oriente Petrolero Universitario
12
1987 Blooming Oruro Royal
13
1988 Oriente Petrolero The Strongest
14
1989 Bolivar Wilsterman
15
1990 Bolivar Real Potosí
16
1991 Wilsterman Ferroviaro
17
1992 Oriente Petrolero Bolivar
18
1993 Oriente Petrolero 12 de OCtubre
19
1994 Oriente Petrolero Bolivar
20
1995 Oriente Petrolero Universitario de Pando
21
1996 Atlético Ciclón ABB
22
1997 Oriente Petrolero The Strongest
23
1998 Wilsterman Blooming
24
1999 Oriente Petrolero Bolivar
25
2000 The Strongest Guabirá
26
2001 Bolivar Real Santa Cruz
27
2002 Oriente Petrolero Wilsterman

Results by team (Copa Bolivia)[edit]

Club Wins Last final won Runners-up Last final lost
Oriente Petrolero 10 2002 3 1985
Bolívar 4 2001 3 1999
Wilstermann 3 1998 2 2002
The Strongest 3 2000 2 1997
Guabirá 0 3 2000
Real Santa Cruz 0 1 2001

See also[edit]