Club Always Ready
Club Always Ready, better known as Always Ready, is a Bolivian football club from El Alto. Due to the jerseys the team is also known as Banda Roja, or the red band, due to the similar traits its uniform shares with the popular River Plate.
|Full name||Club Always Ready|
|Nickname(s)||La Banda Roja, Millonarios|
|Founded||April 13, 1933|
|Ground||Estadio Municipal de Villa Ingenio|
El Alto, Bolivia
|Chairman||Ángel Fernando Costa Sarmiento|
|Manager||Julio César Baldivieso|
|2018||Copa Simón Bolívar, champions|
Always Ready was founded on 13 April 1933. The team took part in the La Paz championship, which was held in 1950 under semi-professional conditions; it was organized by La Paz Football Association (LPFA). Despite not having any official status, the winner of the tournament was widely considered the de facto champion of Bolivia. Always Ready earned their first title in 1951. In the following two years, the team was runner-up respectively.
From 1954 onwards, teams from Cochabamba and Oruro participated in the now-called Torneo Integrado, a much larger tournament then the La Paz championship; Always Ready found themselves withdrawing from the competition as it found it difficult to retain key players. Always Ready's resurgence was not until 1956. The team secured second its second national title in 1957 for the last time. Another notable fact was that Always Ready became the first Bolivian team to do a tour outside Bolivia: from August to November 1961, the club toured Europe.
In 1967, the club obtained second place in its national league; that allowed Always Ready to participate in South America's most prestigious club event: the Copa Libertadores. However, the results were disappointing as they went out in the first round without winning a single match. Nevertheless, Always Ready won that same year's city championship and finished 5th in the national standings.
1977 qualified Always Ready for the new national professional league, where it played a minor role and had to descend 1981st The return achieved in 1987, 1991 rose from Always Ready again and could not climb back since then.
In 2018, Always Ready returned to the top flight, winning the Copa Simón Bolívar, after beating Avilés Industrial 3-0 in the final.
- 1951, 1957
- Copa Libertadores: 1 appearance
- 1968 – First Round
- Club Always Ready celebra hoy su 74 aniversario El Diario vom 13. April 2007, last accessed on 5 January 2009, Spanish