Bolivia national football team

The Bolivia national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Bolivia), also known as La Verde, has represented Bolivia in international football since 1926. Organized by the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF),[A] it is one of the 10 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 coachCésar Farías
CaptainMarcelo Moreno
Most capsRonald Raldes (102)
Top scorerMarcelo Moreno (21)
Home stadiumEstadio Hernando Siles
FIFA codeBOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 79 Decrease 4 (22 October 2020)[2]
Highest18 (July 1997)
Lowest115 (October 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 64 Decrease 5 (19 November 2020)[3]
Highest22 (June 1997[4])
Lowest86 (July 1989[4])
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
Appearances27 (first in 1926)
Best resultChampions (1963)
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 lost 1–0 to defending champions Germany in the tournament's opening match. Bolivia have never advanced past the first round of any World Cup, and have only scored one goal, in 1994. However, they did win the Copa América at home in 1963, and finished runners-up in their following tournament as hosts in 1997. At the 2015 Copa América in Chile, after defeating Ecuador 3–2, they advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1997. This also ended a non-winning 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]

HistoryEdit

 
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. As participants at the 1926 South American Championship in Chile, Bolivia scored first against the hosts, 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 in the 1950 World Cup, where Argentina's withdrawal from the qualifiers led Bolivia to 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.

Bolivia's greatest football achievement was the 1963 South American Championship title, which they hosted and had the advantage of being better used to the higher altitudes.[10] 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 revealed 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 South American qualifiers while playing them in La Paz, and qualified for the 1994 World Cup finishing second in Group B of the CONMEBOL qualifiers behind the Brazilians themselves.[11] Bolivia was drawn into the tournament's Group C, and got selected as the adversary of defending champions Germany in the tournament's opening match. Bolivia played a great first half, outplaying Germany. In the second half, Lothar Matheus took a 40-yard run and with a high elbow to the jaw leveled Marco El Diablo Etcheverry. Etcheverry retaliated and was sent off. Eventually, Bolivia lost on an offside goal by Klinsman. Following a goalless draw with South Korea at Foxboro Stadium, Bolivia returned to Chicago and lost 3–1 to Spain, with Sánchez scoring the first ever Bolivian goal in the World Cup.[12] Following that Bolivia again hosted the South American Championship, now known as Copa América, in 1997. Again, the team reached the final, to finish as runner-up to Brazil.[10]

 
Bolivia before a match against Ecuador at the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

In the 2015 Copa América in Chile, Bolivia were 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 Martins. From this victory against Ecuador, Bolivia made it to the next round, the quarter-finals, for the first time since the 1997 tournament, in which they hosted it.[13] Bolivia were defeated by Peru 1–3 in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Bolivia's only goal of the game was a penalty in the last minutes of the match by Marcelo Martins Moreno.

StadiumEdit

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 protest 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. However, FIFA raised the altitude limit after months of campaigning against the ban, thus allowing the stadium to continue holding World Cup qualifying matches.

Team imageEdit

Kit historyEdit

Bolivia's first uniforms were all white. In the 1930 FIFA World Cup, Bolivia painted before the starting match with Yugoslavia 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 "El Verde" ("The Green").[14]

Kit sponsorshipEdit

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

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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 To be determined In progress
      2026 To be determined
Total Group stage 3/21 6 0 1 5 1 20 150 39 29 82 177 284

Copa AméricaEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1916 Did not participate
  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 Group stage 6th 4 2 0 2 4 7 Squad
  1983 Group stage 8th 4 0 2 2 4 6 Squad
  1987 Group stage 7th 2 0 1 1 0 2 Squad
  1989 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 0 8 Squad
  1991 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 2 7 Squad
  1993 Group stage 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 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 0 7 Squad
  2004 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 3 4 Squad
  2007 Group stage 10th 3 0 2 1 4 5 Squad
  2011 Group stage 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 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 9 Squad
    2021 Qualified
  2024 Qualified
Total 1 Title 27/46 115 20 26 69 106 288

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

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 GamesEdit

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

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2020Edit

9 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationBrazil  5–0  BoliviaPernambuco, Brazil
21:30 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Arena Pernambuco
Referee: Leodán González (Uruguay)
13 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationBolivia  1–2  ArgentinaLa Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationBolivia  2–3  EcuadorLa Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
17 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationParaguay  2–2  BoliviaAsunción, Paraguay
19:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Attendance: 0
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)

2021Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Ecuador on November 12, 2020 and Paraguay on November 17, 2020.
Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2020, after the game against Paraguay.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Carlos Lampe (1987-03-17) 17 March 1987 (age 33) 33 0   Always Ready
23 1GK Jimmy Roca (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Nacional Potosí
12 1GK Javier Rojas (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Bolívar

2DF Diego Bejarano (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 29) 29 2   Bolívar
4 2DF José Sagredo (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 26) 21 0   The Strongest
15 2DF Gabriel Valverde (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 30) 16 0   The Strongest
5 2DF Adrián Jusino (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 28) 12 0   Bolívar
21 2DF Óscar Ribera (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 28) 11 0   Bolívar
2DF Enrique Flores (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 26) 10 0   Bolívar
13 2DF Carlos Áñez (1995-07-06) 6 July 1995 (age 25) 6 0   The Strongest
2DF José María Carrasco (1997-08-16) 16 August 1997 (age 23) 4 0   Blooming
2 2DF Ronny Montero (1991-05-15) 15 May 1991 (age 29) 3 0   Jorge Wilstermann
2DF Jesús Sagredo (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 26) 1 0   Blooming
2DF Leonardo Zabala (2003-05-23) 23 May 2003 (age 17) 1 0   Palmeiras

3MF Alejandro Chumacero (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 29) 46 2   Puebla
14 3MF Leonel Justiniano (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 28) 25 1   Jorge Wilstermann
16 3MF Erwin Saavedra (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 24) 23 2   Bolívar
3MF Danny Bejarano (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 26) 23 1   Lamia
6 3MF Diego Wayar (1993-10-15) 15 October 1993 (age 27) 18 0   The Strongest
22 3MF Henry Vaca (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 22) 8 1   Atlético Goianiense
17 3MF Roberto Fernández (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 21) 5 0   Bolívar
3MF Boris Céspedes (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 25) 3 1   Servette
20 3MF Cristhian Árabe (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 28) 3 0   Always Ready
3MF Erwin Junior Sánchez (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 28) 3 0   Blooming
10 3MF Moisés Villarroel (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Jorge Wilstermann

9 4FW Marcelo Moreno (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 33) 79 21   Cruzeiro
7 4FW Juan Carlos Arce (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 35) 72 12   Bolívar
18 4FW Gilbert Álvarez (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 28) 25 5   Jorge Wilstermann
4FW Bruno Miranda (1998-02-10) 10 February 1998 (age 22) 8 0   Royal Pari
11 4FW Víctor Ábrego (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Bolívar
4FW Jaume Cuéllar (2001-08-23) 23 August 2001 (age 19) 0 0   SPAL

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Rubén Cordano (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Club Blooming v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
GK Daniel Vaca (1978-03-06) 6 March 1978 (age 42) 16 0   The Strongest v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
GK Rodrigo Banegas (1995-08-11) 11 August 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
GK Jhohan Gutiérrez (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Atlético Palmaflor v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020

DF Saúl Torres (1990-03-22) 22 March 1990 (age 30) 4 0   The Strongest v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
DF Guimer Justiniano (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 31) 2 0   Royal Pari v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
DF Luis Demiquel (2000-01-15) 15 January 2000 (age 20) 0 0   The Strongest v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
DF Harry Céspedes (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Royal Pari v.   Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE
DF Sebastián Reyes (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 23) 1 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE
DF Walter Antelo (2000-10-09) 9 October 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Sport Boys v.   Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE
DF Alex Arano (1998-03-14) 14 March 1998 (age 22) 0 0   The Strongest v.   Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE
DF Jairo Quinteros (2001-02-07) 7 February 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Bolívar v.   Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE
DF Luis Alberto Gutiérrez (1985-01-15) 15 January 1985 (age 35) 44 0   Bolívar v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
DF Marvin Bejarano (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 32) 40 0   The Strongest v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
DF Luis Haquin (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 23) 16 1   Bolívar v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
DF Alejandro Meleán (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 33) 16 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
DF Julio César Pérez (1991-10-24) 24 October 1991 (age 29) 0 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020

MF Rudy Cardozo (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 30) 44 6   The Strongest v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
MF Raúl Castro (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 31) 24 0   The Strongest v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
MF Antonio Bustamante (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Náutico v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
MF Jhasmani Campos (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 32) 55 5   The Strongest v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
MF Franz Gonzales (2000-06-26) 26 June 2000 (age 20) 1 0   The Strongest v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
MF Héctor Sánchez (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 23) 4 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE
MF Matheo Zoch (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE
MF Wálter Veizaga (1988-07-24) 24 July 1988 (age 32) 20 0   The Strongest v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
MF Leonardo Vaca (1995-11-24) 24 November 1995 (age 24) 18 1   Blooming v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
MF Fernando Saucedo (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 30) 10 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
MF Ramiro Vaca (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 21) 5 1   The Strongest v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
MF Paul Arano (1995-02-23) 23 February 1995 (age 25) 4 0   Blooming v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020

FW Nelson Orozco (2000-01-24) 24 January 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Blooming v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
FW Carlos Saucedo (1979-09-12) 12 September 1979 (age 41) 15 7   Royal Pari v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
FW César Menacho (1999-08-09) 9 August 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Blooming v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
FW Fernando Saldías (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 23) 1 0   Atlético Palmaflor v.   Argentina, 13 October 2020
FW Ricardo Pedriel (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 33) 20 3   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020
FW Yasmani Duk (1988-03-01) 1 March 1988 (age 32) 15 1   Aurora v.   Brazil, 27 March 2020

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad / standby.
RET Retired from the national team.

Coaching staffEdit

As of 27 April 2020
Role Name
Head coach   César Farías
Assistant coach   Marco Etcheverry
Assistant coach   Pablo Daniel Escobar

RecordsEdit

As of 19 November 2020[15]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

ManagersEdit

NotesEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 19 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b "World Football Elo Ratings: Bolivia". eloratings.net. World Football Elo Ratings. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Ecuador 2 − Bolivia 3". futbol.univision.com. Univision Communications Inc. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Historia de Nuestro Fútbol, Capítulo 2. Nacen la FBF y la Selección 1925-1926". 11 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Bolivia en la Copa del Mundo, Capítulo 1. Uruguay 1930". 12 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Bolivia- International Results". Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Bolivia en la Copa del Mundo, Capítulo 2. Brasil 1950". 13 July 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Ca2011.com". www77.ca2011.com.
  11. ^ "TAHUICHI HISTORY". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  12. ^ 1994 FIFA World Cup Technical Report (p. 133)
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "World Cup Kits: When Bolivia wore Uruguayan shirts to ingratiate fans". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  15. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Bolivia - Record International Players". RSSSF.

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