Bolivia national football team

The Bolivia national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Bolivia), nicknamed La Verde, has represented Bolivia in international football since 1926. Organized by the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF),[A] it is one of the ten members of FIFA's South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).

Bolivia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Verde (The Green)[1]
AssociationBolivian Football Federation (FBF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachAntônio Carlos Zago
CaptainLuis Haquín
Most capsMarcelo Moreno (108)
Top scorerMarcelo Moreno (31)
Home stadiumEstadio Hernando Siles
FIFA codeBOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 89 Decrease 5 (18 July 2024)[2]
Highest18 (July 1997)
Lowest115 (October 2011)
First international
 Chile 7–1 Bolivia 
(Santiago, Chile; 12 October 1926)
Biggest win
 Bolivia 7–0 Venezuela 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 22 August 1993)
 Bolivia 9–2 Haiti 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 3 March 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Uruguay 9–0 Bolivia 
(Lima, Peru; 6 November 1927)
 Brazil 10–1 Bolivia 
(São Paulo, Brazil; 10 April 1949)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1930)
Best resultGroup stage (1930, 1950, 1994)
Copa América
Appearances29 (first in 1926)
Best resultChampions (1963)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1999)
Best resultGroup stage (1999)

After playing in the 1930 and 1950 World Cups, they have qualified just once, in 1994, where they were eliminated in the group stage. Bolivia have never advanced past the first round of any World Cup, and have only scored one goal, in 1994. Despite their World Cup performances, Bolivia won the Copa América at home in 1963, and finished runners-up in 1997, which they also hosted. At the 2015 Copa América in Chile, they advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1997, after defeating Ecuador 3–2. This also ended a winless streak in the Copa América, with their last win being on 28 June 1997, when they defeated Mexico 1–0 in the semi-finals.[5]

History

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Bolivia national team at the 1930 FIFA World Cup before their match against Yugoslavia

Bolivia debuted in international football in 1926, one year after the Bolivian Football Federation was founded, and joined FIFA that same year. As participants at the 1926 South American Championship in Chile, Bolivia played their first match against the hosts on 12 October 1926, and even ended up scoring first against them, but wound up being defeated by the Chileans 7–1. Bolivia also lost their following three matches: 0–5 against Argentina, 1–6 against Paraguay and 0–6 against Uruguay.[6]

In 1930, Bolivia was one of the teams invited to the inaugural edition of the World Cup, held in Uruguay. Drawn in Group 2 of the 1930 World Cup, Bolivia lost both its games 4–0, first to Yugoslavia at the Estadio Parque Central, and then to Brazil in the Estadio Centenario.[7] The match versus the Yugoslavs would be the last match against non-South American opposition for Bolivia until 1972 – when they again met Yugoslavia.[8] They returned for the 1950 World Cup, where Argentina's withdrawal from the qualifiers gave Bolivia an automatic berth. With three teams declining to play in Brazil, Bolivia was put in a group of two along with Uruguay. The Bolivians' only game was an 8–0 defeat to Uruguay at the Estádio Independência in Belo Horizonte.[9]

 
The Bolivian squad that won its first and only Copa América title in 1963

Bolivia's greatest football achievement was the 1963 South American Championship title, which they hosted and won after placing first out of 7 countries, including being undefeated, with five wins and one draw. The only draw for Bolivia in the tournament was a 4–4 draw against Ecuador in the opening match. They also had the advantage of being better accustomed to higher altitudes.[10] In the following edition, the 1967 South American Championship, held in Uruguay, Bolivia finished last out of six teams, with one draw and four losses, which was far below what the public expected, as Bolivia had been the defending champion.

Afterwards, the country only started to resurge at an international level with the creation of the Academia Tahuichi Aguilera in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 1978, a football school that developed players such as Marco Etcheverry, Erwin Sánchez and Luis Cristaldo.

Under Spanish coach Xabier Azkargorta and featuring nine players from Tahuichi, Bolivia surprisingly became the first team to beat Brazil in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers while playing them in La Paz, with a 2–0 win, and qualified for the 1994 World Cup by finishing second in Group B behind the Brazilians themselves, which included record 7–0 and 7–1 wins over Venezuela during their qualification campaign.[11]

Bolivia was drawn into the tournament's Group C, and played defending champions Germany in the tournament's opening match at Soldier Field. Bolivia outplayed Germany in the first half. In the second half, Lothar Matthäus took a 40-yard run and struck Marco "El Diablo" Etcheverry with a high elbow to his jaw. Etcheverry retaliated by fouling Matthäus and was sent off. Eventually, Bolivia lost on a controversial offside goal by Jürgen Klinsmann. Following a goalless draw with South Korea at Foxboro Stadium, where Bolivia was forced to play with ten men again after Cristaldo's red card, Bolivia returned to Chicago and lost 3–1 to Spain, with Sánchez scoring the first ever Bolivian goal in a World Cup.[12]

Following the World Cup, Bolivia participated in the 1995 Copa América held in Uruguay, with Antonio Lopez Habas as manager, where they made the quarter-finals for the first time since winning the competition in 1963, with one win, one draw, and one loss. In the quarter-finals, the nation lost to hosts Uruguay 2–1. Despite the decent performance the team displayed during the tournament, Lopez Habas left his post shortly before the 1997 Copa America, being replaced by Dušan Drašković. The 1997 edition was the second time Bolivia held the tournament. The team reached the final, as had happened last time Bolivia was the host, but this time they finished runner-up to reigning world champion Brazil after losing 3–1 in the final.[10]

 
Bolivia before a match against Ecuador during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers

With their runner-up finish at the previous Copa America, Bolivia made their first and only FIFA Confederations Cup appearance in the 1999 edition, this time under new Argentine manager Héctor Veira. Bolivia was placed in group A along with hosts Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Their campaign started with a 2–2 draw against Egypt. Their next match was a 0–0 draw against Saudi Arabia. For their last match in the group, they had to play hosts Mexico, in which Bolivia lost 0–1 with a goal from Francisco Palencia. Bolivia finished third in the group with two draws and a loss, being eliminated from the tournament in the first stage.

In the 2015 Copa América in Chile, under Bolivian manager Mauricio Soria, Bolivia were placed in Group A, with Chile, Mexico, and Ecuador. In their match against Mexico, Bolivia drew 0–0. However, against Ecuador, Bolivia won 3–2, with goals from Raldes, Smedberg-Dalence, and Moreno. From this victory against Ecuador, Bolivia made it to the next round, the quarter-finals, for the first time since the 1997 tournament, which they hosted.[13] Bolivia were defeated by Peru 1–3 in the quarter-finals of the tournament, and Bolivia's only goal of the game was a penalty in the last minutes of the match scored by Marcelo Moreno. In the next three Copa América editions, Bolivia performed poorly, losing all games in these tournaments.

In 2021, Bolivian Football Federation's new President, Fernando Costa Sarmiento, lamented the deteriorating condition of football in Bolivia and vowed to rebuild the country's football system. He accused the previous Presidents of mismanaging football as he aimed to reconstruct Bolivian football into a more professional manner.[14]

On 28 March 2023, Bolivia registered its first-ever away win against a World Cup team in the 21st century, a 2–1 over Saudi Arabia in Jeddah in a friendly.[citation needed]

Stadium

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Bolivia plays their home matches at Estadio Hernando Siles, which has an altitude of 3,637 metres (11,932 ft) above sea level, making it one of the highest football stadiums in the world. Many visiting teams have protested that the altitude gives Bolivia an unfair advantage against opponents. On 27 May 2007, FIFA declared that no World Cup Qualifying matches could be played in stadiums above 8,200 feet (2,500 m) above sea level.[15] However, FIFA raised the altitude limit to 3,000 meters a month later after negative feedback against the ban, and included a special exception for La Paz, thus allowing the stadium to continue holding World Cup qualifying matches.[16] A year after the original ban, in May 2008, FIFA removed the altitude limit entirely.[17]

Team image

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Kit history

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Bolivia's first uniforms were all white. In the 1930 FIFA World Cup, before the match with Yugoslavia, Bolivia painted one of the letters in "Viva Uruguay" in each of the eleven starters' jerseys to please the local crowd. In the following game with Brazil, given the adversary also wore white, Bolivia instead borrowed Uruguay's own blue uniform to play. Bolivia again painted a message to the hosts in the 1945 South American Championship, with the players' jerseys reading "Viva Chile". In 1946, Bolivia changed their jersey colors to black and white stripes, like the colors of the Cochabamba region. FBF reverted to white the following year. In 1957, FBF decided to use one of the colors in the Flag of Bolivia. Given red and yellow were used by many of the other South Americans, green became the primary color, leading to the nickname "La Verde" ("The Green").[18]

Kit sponsorship

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Kit supplier Period
  Penalty 1977–1979
  Adidas 1980–1982
  Penalty 1983–1986
  Adidas 1987–1988
  El Palacio de las Gorras 1989-1990
  Adidas 1991–1992
  Umbro 1993–1999
  Atletica 2000–2005
  Marathon 2006–2010
  Walon 2011–2014
  Marathon 2015–present

Results and fixtures

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The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023

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27 August Friendly Bolivia   1–2   Panama Cochabamba, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4
  • Ursino   52'
Report
Stadium: Estadio Félix Capriles
Referee: Pablo Echavarría (Argentina)
8 September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Brazil   5–1   Bolivia Belém, Brazil
21:45 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Mangueirão
Attendance: 43,188
Referee: Juan Benítez (Paraguay)
12 September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   0–3   Argentina La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)
12 October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   1–2   Ecuador La Paz, Bolivia
19:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Attendance: 34,200
Referee: Cristian Garay (Chile)
17 October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Paraguay   1–0   Bolivia Asunción, Paraguay
19:30 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Attendance: 30,681
Referee: Gustavo Tejera (Uruguay)
16 November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   2–0   Peru La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (Ecuador)
21 November 2026 World Cup qualification Uruguay   3–0   Bolivia Montevideo, Uruguay
20:30 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Attendance: 46,100
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)

2024

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22 March 2024 FIFA Series Algeria   3–2   Bolivia Algiers, Algeria
22:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Nelson Mandela Stadium
Referee: Abdel Aziz Bouh (Mauritania)
25 March 2024 FIFA Series Bolivia   1–0   Andorra Annaba, Algeria
22:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: 19 May 1956 Stadium
Referee: Houssam Benyahia (Algeria)
31 May Friendly Mexico   1–0   Bolivia Chicago, United States
20:30 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Soldier Field
Attendance: 52,273
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)
12 June Friendly Ecuador   3–1   Bolivia Chester, United States
20:30 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Subaru Park
Referee: Lukasz Szpala (United States)
15 June Friendly Colombia   3–0   Bolivia East Hartford, United States
17:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
Referee: Daniel Quintero (Mexico)
23 June 2024 Copa América United States   2–0   Bolivia Arlington, United States
17:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 47,873
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
27 June 2024 Copa América Uruguay   5–0   Bolivia East Rutherford, United States
21:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Attendance: 48,033
Referee: Juan Benitez (Paraguay)
1 July 2024 Copa América Bolivia   1–3   Panama Orlando, United States
21:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Inter&Co Stadium
Attendance: 16,129
Referee: Edina Alves (Brazil)
October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   v   Bolivia Argentina
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November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador   v   Bolivia Ecuador
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Coaching staff

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As of 31 October 2023
Role Name
Technical Coach And Management   Julio César Baldivieso
Head coach   Antônio Carlos Zago
Assistant coach   Yulio Barrero
Assistant coach   Guillermo Pino
Goalkeeper coach   Anderson Ortuño
Team Doctor   Yoaquín Fernández
Physiotherapist   Josemar Echevarría
Video Analyst   Jimmy Cabriles

Coaching history

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Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

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Current squad

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The following 26 players were called up for the 2024 Copa América.[19][20]

Caps and goals updated as of 1 July 2024, after the game against Panama.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Carlos Lampe (1987-03-17) 17 March 1987 (age 37) 55 0   Bolívar
12 1GK Gustavo Almada (1994-04-29) 29 April 1994 (age 30) 0 0   Universitario de Vinto
23 1GK Guillermo Viscarra (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 31) 24 0   The Strongest

2 2DF Jesús Sagredo (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 30) 11 0   Bolívar
3 2DF Diego Medina (2002-01-13) 13 January 2002 (age 22) 15 0   Always Ready
4 2DF Luis Haquín (captain) (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 26) 37 1   Ponte Preta
5 2DF Adrián Jusino (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 32) 36 0   The Strongest
17 2DF Roberto Fernández (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 25) 37 1   Baltika Kaliningrad
21 2DF José Sagredo (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 30) 57 1   Bolívar
24 2DF Marcelo Suárez (2001-08-29) 29 August 2001 (age 22) 10 0   Always Ready
25 2DF Yomar Rocha (2003-06-21) 21 June 2003 (age 21) 5 0   Bolívar

6 3MF Leonel Justiniano (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 32) 54 2   Bolívar
7 3MF Miguel Terceros (2004-04-25) 25 April 2004 (age 20) 15 1   Santos
10 3MF Ramiro Vaca (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 25) 37 4   Bolívar
14 3MF Robson Tomé (2002-05-18) 18 May 2002 (age 22) 2 0   Always Ready
15 3MF Gabriel Villamil (2001-06-28) 28 June 2001 (age 23) 20 0   LDU Quito
16 3MF Boris Céspedes (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 29) 19 1   Yverdon-Sport
20 3MF Fernando Saucedo (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 34) 26 1   Bolívar
22 3MF Héctor Cuéllar (2000-08-16) 16 August 2000 (age 23) 11 0   Always Ready
26 3MF Adalid Terrazas (2000-08-25) 25 August 2000 (age 23) 2 0   Always Ready

8 4FW Jaume Cuéllar (2001-08-23) 23 August 2001 (age 22) 9 0   Barcelona B
9 4FW César Menacho (1999-08-09) 9 August 1999 (age 24) 5 0   Blooming
11 4FW Carmelo Algarañaz (1996-01-27) 27 January 1996 (age 28) 26 2   Bolívar
13 4FW Lucas Chávez (2003-04-17) 17 April 2003 (age 21) 5 0   Bolívar
18 4FW Rodrigo Ramallo (1990-10-14) 14 October 1990 (age 33) 41 7   The Strongest
19 4FW Bruno Miranda (1998-02-10) 10 February 1998 (age 26) 20 3   The Strongest

Recent call-ups

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The following players have been called up during the last twelve months. Retired players are not included.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK David Akologo (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 27) 0 0   Aurora v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024
GK Bruno Poveda (2003-10-22) 22 October 2003 (age 20) 0 0   Wilstermann v.   Andorra, 26 March 2024
GK Rubén Cordano (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 25) 5 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Uruguay, 21 November 2023
GK Braulio Uraezaña (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 29) 0 0   Blooming v.   Paraguay, 17 October 2023
GK Fabián Pereira (2006-05-15) 15 May 2006 (age 18) 0 0   Always Ready Microcycle, 23–29 September 2023
GK Mauricio Adorno (2001-04-03) 3 April 2001 (age 23) 0 0   Nacional Potosí v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023

DF Sebastián Álvarez (2001-08-29) 29 August 2001 (age 22) 1 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Colombia, 15 June 2024
DF César Romero (2001-08-03) 3 August 2001 (age 22) 1 0   Blooming v.   Colombia, 15 June 2024
DF Jairo Quinteros (2001-02-07) 7 February 2001 (age 23) 23 0   Bolívar v.   Ecuador, 12 June 2024 INJ
DF Erwin Saavedra (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 28) 40 4   Bolívar v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024
DF Denilson Durán (2003-03-24) 24 March 2003 (age 21) 0 0   Blooming v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024 INJ
DF Daniel Lino (2002-02-18) 18 February 2002 (age 22) 0 0   The Strongest v.   Andorra, 26 March 2024
DF Diego Bejarano (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 32) 46 3   Oriente Petrolero v.   Uruguay, 21 November 2023
DF Carlos Roca (1997-05-11) 11 May 1997 (age 27) 7 0   The Strongest v.   Paraguay, 17 October 2023
DF Eduardo Álvarez (2003-04-09) 9 April 2003 (age 21) 0 0   Royal Pari v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
DF Efrain Morales (2004-03-04) 4 March 2004 (age 20) 0 0   Atlanta United v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
DF Saúl Severiche (2002-05-17) 17 May 2002 (age 22) 0 0   Blooming v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
DF Jairo Velasco (2002-03-08) 8 March 2002 (age 22) 0 0   Guabirá v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023

MF Pablo Vaca (2002-05-31) 31 May 2002 (age 22) 1 0   Always Ready v.   Colombia, 15 June 2024
MF José Berdecio (2002-08-12) 12 August 2002 (age 21) 1 0   Philadelphia Union v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024
MF Miguel Villarroel (2003-01-10) 10 January 2003 (age 21) 1 0   Bolívar v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024
MF Juan Magallanes (2003-01-02) 2 January 2003 (age 21) 0 0   Universitario de Vinto v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024
MF Gustavo Mendoza (2004-05-11) 11 May 2004 (age 20) 0 0   San Antonio Bulo Bulo v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024
MF Carlos Sejas (2004-01-10) 10 January 2004 (age 20) 0 0   Aurora v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024
MF Moisés Villarroel (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 25) 26 1   Guabirá v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024 INJ
MF Henry Vaca (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 26) 20 1   Bolívar v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024 INJ
MF Mirko Tomianovic (2001-10-01) 1 October 2001 (age 22) 0 0   Real Tomayapo v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024 INJ
MF Jaime Arrascaita (1993-09-02) 2 September 1993 (age 30) 17 1   The Strongest v.   Andorra, 26 March 2024
MF Rafinha (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 32) 0 0   Blooming v.   Andorra, 26 March 2024
MF Danny Bejarano (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 30) 32 0   Nea Salamis v.   Uruguay, 21 November 2023
MF Jeyson Chura (2002-02-03) 3 February 2002 (age 22) 8 0   The Strongest v.   Uruguay, 21 November 2023
MF Julio Herrera (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 25) 1 0   Always Ready v.   Uruguay, 21 November 2023
MF Javier Uzeda (2002-07-31) 31 July 2002 (age 21) 0 0   Bolívar Microcycle, 23–29 September 2023
MF Luciano Ursino (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 35) 7 1   The Strongest v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
MF Carlos Abastoflor (2002-04-09) 9 April 2002 (age 22) 0 0   Always Ready v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
MF Andrés Moreno (2002-10-09) 9 October 2002 (age 21) 0 0   Royal Pari v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
MF Marco Salazar (2004-10-14) 14 October 2004 (age 19) 0 0   Always Ready v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
MF Kevin Salvatierra (2001-08-05) 5 August 2001 (age 22) 0 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
MF Ervin Vaca (2004-03-18) 18 March 2004 (age 20) 0 0   Bolívar v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
MF Daniel Rojas (2004-01-10) 10 January 2004 (age 20) 1 0   The Strongest v.   Panama, 27 August 2023

FW Moisés Paniagua (2007-08-16) 16 August 2007 (age 16) 0 0   Always Ready v.   Ecuador, 12 June 2024 WD
FW Jair Reinoso (1985-06-07) 7 June 1985 (age 39) 4 0   Aurora v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024
FW Gabriel Sotomayor (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 25) 0 0   The Strongest v.   Mexico, 31 May 2024
FW Marcelo Martins (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 37) 108 31 Retired v.   Uruguay, 21 November 2023
FW Víctor Ábrego (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 27) 15 2   Raja Casablanca v.   Paraguay, 17 October 2023
FW José Martines (2002-09-18) 18 September 2002 (age 21) 1 0   Always Ready Microcycle, 23–29 September 2023
FW Enzo Monteiro (2004-05-27) 27 May 2004 (age 20) 1 0   Santos U20 v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
FW Fernando Nava (2004-06-08) 8 June 2004 (age 20) 1 0   Santos U20 v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
FW José Alipaz (2003-04-06) 6 April 2003 (age 21) 0 0   Universitario de Vinto v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
FW José Briceño (2002-01-20) 20 January 2002 (age 22) 0 0   Always Ready v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023
FW Fabricio Quaglio (2003-07-30) 30 July 2003 (age 20) 0 0   The Strongest v.   Argentina, 12 September 2023

COV Withdrew from the squad due to COVID-19.
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad / standby.
RET Retired from the national team.
SUS Withdrew from the squad due to suspension.

Player records

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As of 21 November 2023[21]
Players in bold are still active with Bolivia.

Most appearances

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Marcelo Moreno is Bolivia's most-capped player with 108 caps and all-time top scorer with 31 goals.
Rank Name Caps Goals Career
1 Marcelo Moreno 108 31 2007–2023
2 Ronald Raldes 102 3 2001–2018
3 Luis Cristaldo 93 5 1989–2005
Marco Sandy 93 6 1993–2003
5 José Milton Melgar 89 6 1980–1997
6 Juan Carlos Arce 88 15 2004–2022
Carlos Fernando Borja 88 1 1979–1995
8 Julio César Baldivieso 85 15 1991–2005
Juan Manuel Peña 85 1 1991–2009
10 Miguel Rimba 80 0 1989–2000

Most goals

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Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Marcelo Moreno 31 108 0.29 2007–2023
2 Joaquín Botero 20 48 0.42 1999–2009
3 Victor Ugarte 16 45 0.36 1947–1963
4 Carlos Aragonés 15 31 0.48 1977–1981
Erwin Sánchez 15 57 0.26 1989–2005
Julio César Baldivieso 15 85 0.18 1991–2005
Juan Carlos Arce 15 88 0.17 2004–2022
8 Máximo Alcócer 13 22 0.59 1953–1963
Marco Etcheverry 13 71 0.18 1989–2003
10 Miguel Aguilar 10 34 0.29 1977–1983

Competitive record

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FIFA World Cup

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FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 8 Squad Qualified as invitees
  1934 Did not enter Declined participation
  1938
  1950 Group stage 13th 1 0 0 1 0 8 Squad Qualified automatically
  1954 Did not enter Declined participation
  1958 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 6 6
  1962 2 0 1 1 2 3
  1966 4 1 0 3 4 9
  1970 4 2 0 2 5 6
  1974 4 0 0 4 1 11
  1978 8 3 1 4 10 25
  1982 4 1 0 3 5 6
  1986 4 0 2 2 2 7
  1990 4 3 0 1 6 5
  1994 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 1 4 Squad 8 5 1 2 22 11
  1998 Did not qualify 16 4 5 7 18 21
    2002 18 4 6 8 21 33
  2006 18 4 2 12 20 37
  2010 18 4 3 11 22 36
  2014 16 2 6 8 17 30
  2018 18 4 2 12 16 38
  2022 18 4 3 11 23 42
      2026 Qualification in progress 6 1 0 5 4 14
      2030 To be determined To be determined
  2034
Total Group stage 3/22 6 0 1 5 1 20 174 44 32 98 204 340

Copa América

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  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1916 Not a CONMEBOL member
  1917
  1919
  1920
  1921
  1922
  1923
  1924
  1925
  1926 Fifth place 5th 4 0 0 4 2 24 Squad
  1927 Fourth place 4th 3 0 0 3 3 19 Squad
  1929 Did not participate
  1935
  1937
  1939
  1941
  1942
  1945 Sixth place 6th 6 0 2 4 3 16 Squad
  1946 Sixth place 6th 5 0 0 5 4 23 Squad
  1947 Seventh place 7th 7 0 2 5 6 21 Squad
  1949 Fourth place 4th 7 4 0 3 13 24 Squad
  1953 Sixth place 6th 6 1 1 4 6 15 Squad
  1955 Did not participate
  1956
  1957
  1959 Seventh place 7th 6 0 1 5 4 23 Squad
  1959 Withdrew
  1963 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 19 13 Squad
  1967 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 0 9 Squad
1975 Group stage 8th 4 1 0 3 3 9 Squad
1979 6th 4 2 0 2 4 7 Squad
1983 8th 4 0 2 2 4 6 Squad
  1987 7th 2 0 1 1 0 2 Squad
  1989 9th 4 0 2 2 0 8 Squad
  1991 9th 4 0 2 2 2 7 Squad
  1993 10th 3 0 2 1 1 2 Squad
  1995 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 6 Squad
  1997 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 10 5 Squad
  1999 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 1 2 Squad
  2001 11th 3 0 0 3 0 7 Squad
  2004 9th 3 0 2 1 3 4 Squad
  2007 10th 3 0 2 1 4 5 Squad
  2011 12th 3 0 1 2 1 5 Squad
  2015 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 10 Squad
  2016 Group stage 14th 3 0 0 3 2 7 Squad
  2019 12th 3 0 0 3 2 9 Squad
  2021 10th 4 0 0 4 2 10 Squad
  2024 16th 3 0 0 3 1 10 Squad
Total 1 Title 29/48 122 20 26 76 109 308

FIFA Confederations Cup

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FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1992 Did not qualify
  1995
  1997
  1999 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 2 3 Squad
    2001 Did not qualify
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017
Total Group stage 1/10 3 0 2 1 2 3

Pan American Games

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Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Did not participate
  1955
  1959
  1963
  1967
  1971
  1975 Round 2 6th 5 2 0 3 4 14
  1979 Did not participate
  1983
  1987
  1991
  1995
Since 1999 See Bolivia national under-23 football team
Total Round 2 1/12 5 2 0 3 4 14

Honours

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Official

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South American tournaments

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  • Copa Paz del Chaco[22] (vs   Paraguay):
    • Winners (4): 1957, 1962, 1979, 1993
  • Copa Mariscal Sucre[23] (vs   Peru):
    • Winners (1): 1973 (shared)

Olympic and Pan American team

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Notes

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  1. ^ The acronym FBF comes from the organization's Spanish name, Federación Boliviana de Fútbol.

See also

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References

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  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Ranking". FIFA. 18 July 2024. Retrieved 18 July 2024.
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  13. ^ "Grupo A: Bolivia derrota 3-2 a Ecuador y acaricia los cuartos". Conmebol.com. 15 June 2015. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Fernando Costa: "A reconstruir el fútbol" - JORNADA". Archived from the original on 31 March 2023. Retrieved 31 March 2023.
  15. ^ AP (29 May 2007). "Anger Echoes in South America After FIFA Bans Games at Altitude". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  16. ^ "FIFA excludes La Paz from altitude ban - report". Reuters. 29 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 October 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Fifa suspends ban on high-altitude football". the Guardian. 28 May 2008. Archived from the original on 23 October 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  18. ^ "World Cup Kits: When Bolivia wore Uruguayan shirts to ingratiate fans". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  19. ^ @laverde_fbf (3 June 2024). "¡CONVOCATORIA DE LA SELECCIÓN BOLIVIANA DE FÚTBOL! 🏆" (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2024 – via Instagram.
  20. ^ "Copa América 2024: Las listas de jugadores las 16 selecciones". copaamerica.com (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 14 June 2024. Retrieved 17 June 2024.
  21. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Bolivia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  22. ^ "Copa Paz del Chaco". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 5 October 2022. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  23. ^ "Copa Mariscal Sucre". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 30 September 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
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