C.D. Jorge Wilstermann

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Full name Club Deportivo Jorge Wilstermann
Nickname(s) Aviador, Rojo, Wilster, Hercules
Founded November 24, 1949
Ground Estadio Félix Capriles,
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Ground Capacity 36,000 [1]
Chairman Bolivia Gróver Vargas
Manager Peru Roberto Mosquera
League Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano
Clausura 2015 1st Champions
Website Club home page

Club Deportivo Jorge Wilstermann is a Bolivian football club from the city of Cochabamba, founded on November 24 of 1949 by a group of workers of Lloyd Aero 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 squad to qualify to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals.


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 intervene[clarification needed] in 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 ages[edit]

First golden era[edit]

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 era[edit]

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, Brazilian Milton Teodoro Joana, Chilean's Juan Abel Gangas and Victor Hugo Bravo.

Third golden era[edit]

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 honours[edit]

1980, 1981, 2000, 2006-ST, 2010-A, 2016-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 competitions[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

Updated players officially presented for the season 2016/17.[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Chile GK Raúl Olivares
2 Brazil DF Alex Silva
3 Bolivia DF Jorge Cuéllar
4 Bolivia DF Juan Pablo Aponte
7 Argentina FW Marcelo Bergese
9 Argentina MF Cristian Chávez
12 Bolivia GK Osvaldo Nova
13 Bolivia MF Daniel Mancilla
14 Bolivia DF Jorge Ortíz
15 Bolivia MF Cristian Machado
16 Bolivia MF Iván Huayhuata
17 Bolivia FW José Gabriel Ríos
No. Position Player
19 Bolivia FW Gilbert Álvarez
21 Bolivia GK Alex Arancibia
22 Bolivia DF Edward Zenteno (Captain)
23 Bolivia MF Fernando Saucedo
26 Bolivia FW Matías Barrón
27 Uruguay DF Enrique Díaz
28 Bolivia DF Omar Morales
30 Bolivia MF Rudy Cardozo
- Bolivia FW Ricardo Pedriel
- Brazil FW Serginho
- Brazil MF Carlinhos

Summer 2017[edit]


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

No. Position Player
- Bolivia FW Ricardo Pedriel (transfer from Mersin İdmanyurdu)
- Brazil FW Serginho (transfer from XV de Piracicaba)
No. Position Player
- Brazil MF Carlinhos (transfer from Macaé)


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

No. Position Player
5 Bolivia DF Jorge Ayala (transfer to Free)
8 Bolivia MF José Luis Chávez (transfer to Free)
10 Brazil MF Thomaz Santos (transfer to São Paulo FC)
11 Bolivia FW Miguel Suárez (transfer to Free)
No. Position Player
18 Colombia FW Luis Cabezas (transfer to Free)
20 Bolivia DF Christian Vargas (transfer to Free)
24 Argentina FW Franco Olego (transfer to Free)

Reserves and academy[edit]

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

No. Position Player
- Bolivia DF Henry Torrico
- Bolivia FW Carlos Diaz [4]
- Bolivia DF Israel Lizarraga
- Bolivia FW Miguel Bengolea
- Bolivia FW Bernardo Uriarte
No. Position Player
- Bolivia DF Erwin Sánchez
- Bolivia MF Cristian Barrancos
- Bolivia MF Edinson Acuña
- Bolivia FW Jorge Montoya
- Bolivia DF Isaiah Scoggan

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Peru Roberto Mosquera
Assistant First Team Coach Argentina ....
First Team Fitness Coach Argentina ....
Goalkeeper Coach Bolivia Mauricio Adorno
Medical Director Bolivia Luis Montaño
Medical Team Bolivia Raul Limache
Medical Team Bolivia Alejandro Prieto
First Team Props Bolivia Alex Rodriguez
First Team Props Bolivia Roger Salinas



  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 10 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Carlos Eduardo Díaz Espinoza". diez.bo (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 September 2016. 

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