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The Bolivia national football team (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]
[1]
AssociationBolivian Football Federation (FBF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachEduardo Villegas
CaptainRonald Raldes
Most capsRonald Raldes (102)
Top scorerJoaquín Botero (20)
Home stadiumEstadio Hernando Siles
FIFA codeBOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 63 Decrease 3 (4 April 2019)[2]
Highest18 (July 1997)
Lowest115 (October 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 51 Decrease 4 (27 March 2019)[3]
Highest22 (June 1997[4])
Lowest86 (July 1989[4])
First international
 Chile 1–7 Bolivia 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 9-0Bolivia Bolivia
(Lima, Peru; 6 November 1927)
 Brazil 10–1 Bolivia Bolivia
(São Paulo, Brazil; 10 April 1949)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1930)
Best resultGroup stage (1930, 1950, 1994)
Copa América
Appearances26 (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 qualified just once — in 1994 where they lost 1–0 to defending champions Germany in the tournament's opening game in Chicago. 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 as runners-up in their following tournament as hosts in 1997. In the Copa América 2015 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]

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HistoryEdit

Bolivia debuted in international football in 1926, one year after the foundation of the Bolivian Football Federation. As participants of the 1926 South American Championship in Chile, Bolivia scored first against the hosts with Téofilo Aguilar, but wound up defeated by the Chileans 7–1. Bolivia also lost the following three games, 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]

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.

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").[15]

Kit providersEdit

Kit provider 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 2015–2019

StadiumEdit

Bolivia play their home games 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.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 8 Qualified as invitees
  1934 Did not enter Declined participation
  1938
  1950 Group stage 13th 1 0 0 1 0 8 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 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 To be determined
      2026
Total Group stage 3/23 6 0 1 5 1 20 150 39 29 82 177 284
FIFA World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1930 Round 1   Bolivia 0 – 4   Yugoslavia Loss
Round 1   Bolivia 0 – 4   Brazil Loss
1950 Round 1   Bolivia 0 – 8   Uruguay Loss
1994 Round 1   Bolivia 0 – 1   Germany Loss
Round 1   Bolivia 0 – 0   South Korea Draw
Round 1   Bolivia 1 – 3   Spain Loss

FIFA Confederations Cup recordEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 2 3 Squad
South Korea/Japan 2001 Did not qualify
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Asia 2021 Cancelled
Total Group stage 1/11 3 0 2 1 2 3 -
FIFA Confederations Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1999 Round 1   Bolivia 2 – 2   Egypt Draw
Round 1   Bolivia 0 – 0   Saudi Arabia Draw
Round 1   Bolivia 0 – 1   Mexico Loss

Copa América recordEdit

Copa América/South American Championship
Total: 1 Title
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1916 No Participation 1941 Withdrew 1979 Round 1
1917 No Participation 1942 Withdrew 1983 Round 1
1919 No Participation 1945 Sixth Place 1987 Round 1
1920 No Participation 1946 Sixth Place 1989 Round 1
1921 No Participation 1947 Seventh Place 1991 Round 1
1922 No Participation 1949 Fourth Place 1993 Round 1
1923 No Participation 1953 Sixth Place 1995 Quarter-finals
1924 No Participation 1955 Withdrew 1997 Runners-up
1925 No Participation 1956 Withdrew 1999 Round 1
1926 Fifth Place 1957 Withdrew 2001 Round 1
1927 Fourth Place 1959 Seventh Place 2004 Round 1
1929 Withdrew 1959 Withdrew 2007 Round 1
1935 Withdrew 1963 Champions 2011 Round 1
1937 Withdrew 1967 Sixth Place 2015 Quarter-finals
1939 Withdrew 1975 Round 1 2016 Round 1

Pan American Games recordEdit

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

Players in bold are still active at international level. As of 10 September 2018, the ten players with the most caps for Bolivia are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Ronald Raldes 2001– 102 3
2. Luis Héctor Cristaldo 1989–2005 93 4
Marco Antonio Sandy 1993–2003 93 6
4. José Milton Melgar 1980–1997 89 6
5. Julio César Baldivieso 1991–2005 85 15
Juan Manuel Peña 1991–2009 85 1
7. Carlos Fernando Borja 1979–1995 82 1
8. Miguel Ángel Rimba 1989–2000 80 0
9. Óscar Sánchez 1994–2006 76 6
10. Jaime Moreno 1993–2008 74 8

Top goalscorersEdit

Players in bold are still active at international level. As of 10 September 2018, the ten players with the most goals for Bolivia are:

# Name Career Goals
1. Joaquín Botero 1999–2009 20
2. Marcelo Martins 2007– 17
3. Víctor Agustín Ugarte 1947–1963 16
4. Julio César Baldivieso 1991–2005 15
Erwin Sánchez 1989–2005 15
6 Carlos Aragonés 1977–1981 14
7. Máximo Alcócer 1953–1963 13
Marco Antonio Etcheverry 1989–2003 13
9. Miguel Aguilar 1977–1983 11
Juan Carlos Arce 2004– 11

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 18 12 5 1 41 11 +30 41 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
2   Uruguay 18 9 4 5 32 20 +12 31
3   Argentina 18 7 7 4 19 16 +3 28
4   Colombia 18 7 6 5 21 19 +2 27
5   Peru 18 7 5 6 27 26 +1 26 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs
6   Chile 18 8 2 8 26 27 −1 26
7   Paraguay 18 7 3 8 19 25 −6 24
8   Ecuador 18 6 2 10 26 29 −3 20
9   Bolivia 18 4 2 12 16 38 −22 14
10   Venezuela 18 2 6 10 19 35 −16 12
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Match results and fixturesEdit

Recent matches as well as any future scheduled matches.

2018

2019

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for the friendly matches against   South Korea on March 22 and   Japan, on March 26, 2019.[16]
Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2018, after the game against   Japan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Carlos Lampe (1987-03-17) 17 March 1987 (age 32) 25 0   San José
1GK Rubén Cordano (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Blooming
1GK Saidt Mustafá (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Bolívar

2DF Marvin Bejarano (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 31) 37 0   The Strongest
2DF Diego Bejarano (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 27) 25 2   Bolívar
2DF Erwin Saavedra (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 23) 17 0   Bolívar
2DF Luis Haquin (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) 12 1   Puebla
2DF Jordy Candia (1996-04-20) 20 April 1996 (age 22) 7 0   Sport Boys
2DF Adrián Jusino (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 26) 3 0   Bolívar
2DF Mario Cuéllar (1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 29) 2 0   Oriente Petrolero
2DF Saúl Torres (1990-03-22) 22 March 1990 (age 29) 2 0   Nacional Potosí
2DF Roberto Fernández (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Blooming

3MF Alejandro Chumacero (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 27) 40 2   Puebla
3MF Raúl Castro (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 29) 18 0   The Strongest
3MF Leonel Justiniano (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 26) 16 0   Bolívar
3MF José Luis Vargas (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 23) 8 1   Blooming
3MF Samuel Galindo (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 26) 7 0   Always Ready
3MF Cristián Arano (1995-02-23) 23 February 1995 (age 24) 6 0   Blooming
3MF Ramiro Vaca (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 19) 3 1   The Strongest

4FW Gilbert Álvarez (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 27) 19 3   Jorge Wilstermann
4FW Rodrigo Ramallo (1990-10-14) 14 October 1990 (age 28) 15 2   San José
4FW Leonardo Vaca (1995-11-24) 24 November 1995 (age 23) 11 1   Blooming
4FW Henry Vaca (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 21) 6 0   The Strongest

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 Javier Rojas (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Nacional Potosí v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
GK Guillermo Vizcarra (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 26) 7 0   Bolívar v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
GK Jorge Araúz (1995-03-15) 15 March 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Royal Pari v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018

DF José Sagredo (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 15 0   Blooming v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
DF Gabriel Valverde (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 28) 13 0   The Strongest v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
DF Óscar Ribera (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 27) 6 0   Sport Boys v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
DF Carlos Áñez (1995-07-06) 6 July 1995 (age 23) 4 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
DF Harry Céspedes (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Royal Pari v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
DF Ronny Montero (1991-05-15) 15 May 1991 (age 27) 1 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
DF Sebastián Reyes (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
DF Jorge Rojas (1996-03-03) 3 March 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Sport Boys v.   Saudi Arabia, 10 September 2018
DF Ronald Raldes (Captain) (1981-04-20) 20 April 1981 (age 37) 102 3   Oriente Petrolero v.   Serbia, 9 June 2018
DF Gustavo Olguín (1994-11-13) 13 November 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Serbia, 9 June 2018
DF Cristian Coimbra (1988-12-31) 31 December 1988 (age 30) 4 0   Royal Pari v.   United States, 28 May 2018
DF Óscar Baldomar (1996-02-16) 16 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Universitario de Sucre v.   United States, 28 May 2018
DF Jesús Sagredo (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Blooming v.   United States, 28 May 2018
DF Wilfredo Soleto (1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Destroyers v.   United States, 28 May 2018

MF Rudy Cardozo (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 29) 41 6   The Strongest v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
MF Diego Wayar (1993-10-15) 15 October 1993 (age 25) 13 0   The Strongest v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
MF Juan Ribera (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 23) 7 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
MF Christian Árabe (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 27) 1 0   Always Ready v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
MF Diego Hoyos (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 26) 0 0   Guabirá v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
MF Jhasmani Campos (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 30) 53 5   The Strongest v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
MF Danny Bejarano (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 25) 24 0   Lamia v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
MF Moisés Villarroel (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
MF Juan Salvador Mercado (1997-01-06) 6 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Guabirá v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
MF Carlos Melgar (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 24) 1 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Iran, 16 October 2018
MF Rodrigo Rodríguez (1990-07-04) 4 July 1990 (age 28) 3 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Serbia, 9 June 2018
MF Héctor Sánchez (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 21) 2 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Serbia, 9 June 2018
MF Leandro Maygua (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 26) 5 0   Universitario de Sucre v.   United States, 28 May 2018
MF Fernando Saucedo (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 29) 5 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   United States, 28 May 2018
MF Rodrigo Borda (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Universitario v.   United States, 28 May 2018
MF Jaime Alberto Cornejo (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Aurora v.   United States, 28 May 2018
MF Sergio Moruno (1993-06-08) 8 June 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Aurora v.   United States, 28 May 2018
MF Edson Pérez (1992-12-16) 16 December 1992 (age 26) 0 0   Nacional Potosí v.   United States, 28 May 2018
MF Miguel Quiroga (1991-09-15) 15 September 1991 (age 27) 0 0   Nacional Potosí v.   United States, 28 May 2018
MF Daniel Saravia (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 (age 29) 0 0   Destroyers v.   United States, 28 May 2018

FW Jhon García Sossa (2000-04-13) 13 April 2000 (age 18) 3 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
FW Vladimir Castellón (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 29) 2 0   Nacional Potosí v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
FW Hugo Rojas (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 26) 1 0   Sport Boys v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
FW William Álvarez (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Aurora v.   Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
FW Marcelo Moreno (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 31) 72 17   Shijiazhuang Ever Bright v.   Iraq, 20 November 2018
FW Bruno Miranda (1998-02-10) 10 February 1998 (age 21) 6 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Saudi Arabia, 10 September 2018
FW Juan Carlos Arce (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 34) 66 11   Bolívar v.   Serbia, 9 June 2018
FW Rodrigo Vargas (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 24) 6 0   Karpaty Lviv v.   Serbia, 9 June 2018
FW Luis Alí (1994-04-17) 17 April 1994 (age 24) 5 0   Bolívar v.   Serbia, 9 June 2018
FW Ronaldo Sánchez (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 21) 2 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   United States, 28 May 2018

NotesEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Famous Bolivian Footballers". Your Spanish Translation. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  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
  7. ^ Bolivia en la Copa del Mundo, Capítulo 1. Uruguay 1930
  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
  10. ^ Copa América 1963 -Bolivia: a new champion is born
  11. ^ TAHUICHI HISTORY
  12. ^ 1994 FIFA World Cup Technical Report (p. 133)
  13. ^ Copa América 1997 – Brazil Win their First Cup Away from Home
  14. ^ http://www.conmebol.com/es/15062015-1911/grupo-bolivia-derrota-3-2-ecuador-y-acaricia-los-cuartos
  15. ^ World Cup Kits: When Bolivia wore Uruguayan shirts to ingratiate fans
  16. ^ "Villegas cita a 23 para Corea y Japón". noticiaaldia.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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