Jorge Wilstermann, nicknamed “Aviador”, is one of the bigger clubs in Bolivia, with a successful record of 12 first division titles and 3 Copa Bolivia titles. They are the first Bolivian club to reach the semi-finals of Copa Libertadores. The club was founded by workers from Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB), Bolivia’s now defunct national airline. It is named after Jorge Wilstermann Camacho, Bolivia’s first commercial pilot. Jorge Wilstermann was born in 1910. His father, of German descent, was a mechanic for LAB. Jorge became a pilot at a young age and he was the first civilian aviator in Bolivia although he later acted as a military pilot in the Chaco War. In 1936, he was flying a commercial route from Cochabamba to Oruro when his plane, a Junker, went down killing all aboard. He was only 25 years old at the time. He is buried in the Cementerio Aleman in Cochabamba.
Country: Bolivia City: La Paz Founded: 21 November 1954
Colors: Green and white Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Bolivia’s Club Deportivo 31 de Octubre doesn’t exactly have the strongest web presence, so information is a bit scarce. We do know that they were runners up for the Copa Simon Bolivar title in 1966 and competed in the 1967 Libertadores, crashing out of the first round with 5 points in 10 games and a minus 17 goal differential. They currently play in the Asociation Futbol La Paz Primera A. As for the name, as far as we can tell, there are two possibilities. The first is that they are named after the day that the current Bolivian Flag was adopted, 31 October, 1851. The Second is that they are named after the date on which the Bolivian government nationalized the “big three” tin mining companies: Patino, Hoschschild, and Aramayo. If there are any hardcore 31 de Octubre fans out there who can clarify this, please get in touch.