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).
|Nickname(s)||La Verde (The Green)|
|Association||Bolivian Football Federation (FBF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||César Farías|
|Most caps||Ronald Raldes (102)|
|Top scorer||Marcelo Moreno (21)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Hernando Siles|
|Current||79 4 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||18 (July 1997)|
|Lowest||115 (October 2011)|
|Current||64 5 (19 November 2020)|
|Highest||22 (June 1997)|
|Lowest||86 (July 1989)|
| Chile 7–1 Bolivia |
(Santiago, Chile; 12 October 1926)
| Bolivia 7–0 Venezuela |
(La Paz, Bolivia; 22 August 1993)
Bolivia 9–2 Haiti
(La Paz, Bolivia; 3 March 2000)
| Uruguay 9–0 Bolivia |
(Lima, Peru; 6 November 1927)
Brazil 10–1 Bolivia
(São Paulo, Brazil; 10 April 1949)
|Appearances||3 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Group stage (1930, 1950, 1994)|
|Appearances||27 (first in 1926)|
|Best result||Champions (1963)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1999)|
|Best result||Group 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.
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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.
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. The match versus the Yugoslavs would be the last match against non-South American opposition for Bolivia until 1972 – when they again met Yugoslavia. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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").
|El Palacio de las Gorras||1989-1990|
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Group stage||12th||2||0||0||2||0||8||Squad||Qualified as invitees|
|1934||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|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|
|1998||Did not qualify||16||4||5||7||18||21|
|2022||To be determined||In progress|
|2026||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930||Group stage||Bolivia 0–4 Yugoslavia||Loss|
|Group stage||Bolivia 0–4 Brazil||Loss|
|1950||First round||Bolivia 0–8 Uruguay||Loss|
|1994||Group stage||Bolivia 0–1 Germany||Loss|
|Group stage||Bolivia 0–0 South Korea||Draw|
|Group stage||Bolivia 1–3 Spain||Loss|
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|South American Championship / Copa América record|
|1916||Did not participate|
|1929||Did not participate|
|1955||Did not participate|
FIFA Confederations CupEdit
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2001||Did not qualify|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1999||Group stage||Bolivia 2–2 Egypt||Draw|
|Group stage||Bolivia 0–0 Saudi Arabia||Draw|
|Group stage||Bolivia 0–1 Mexico||Loss|
Pan American GamesEdit
|Pan American Games record|
|1951||Did not participate|
|1979||Did not participate|
|Since 1999||See Bolivia national under-23 football team|
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|9 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Brazil||5–0||Bolivia||Pernambuco, Brazil|
|21:30 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Arena Pernambuco|
Referee: Leodán González (Uruguay)
|13 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Bolivia||1–2||Argentina||La Paz, Bolivia|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles|
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
|12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Bolivia||2–3||Ecuador||La Paz, Bolivia|
|16:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles|
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
|17 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Paraguay||2–2||Bolivia||Asunción, Paraguay|
|19:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco|
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
|TBA 2021 Copa América Group A||Paraguay||v||Bolivia||Mendoza, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas|
|TBA 2021 Copa América Group A||Australia||v||Bolivia||La Plata, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata|
|TBA 2021 Copa América Group A||Bolivia||v||Uruguay||La Plata, Argentina|
|Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata|
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[update], after the game against Paraguay.
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||16 October 1998||1||0||Club Blooming||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|GK||Daniel Vaca||6 March 1978||16||0||The Strongest||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|GK||Rodrigo Banegas||11 August 1995||0||0||Oriente Petrolero||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|GK||Jhohan Gutiérrez||27 September 1996||0||0||Atlético Palmaflor||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|DF||Saúl Torres||22 March 1990||4||0||The Strongest||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Guimer Justiniano||29 June 1989||2||0||Royal Pari||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Luis Demiquel||15 January 2000||0||0||The Strongest||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Harry Céspedes||27 July 1998||1||0||Royal Pari||v. Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE|
|DF||Sebastián Reyes||12 March 1997||1||0||Jorge Wilstermann||v. Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE|
|DF||Walter Antelo||9 October 2000||0||0||Sport Boys||v. Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE|
|DF||Alex Arano||14 March 1998||0||0||The Strongest||v. Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE|
|DF||Jairo Quinteros||7 February 2001||0||0||Bolívar||v. Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE|
|DF||Luis Alberto Gutiérrez||15 January 1985||44||0||Bolívar||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|DF||Marvin Bejarano||6 March 1988||40||0||The Strongest||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|DF||Luis Haquin||15 November 1997||16||1||Bolívar||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|DF||Alejandro Meleán||16 June 1987||16||0||Jorge Wilstermann||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|DF||Julio César Pérez||24 October 1991||0||0||Oriente Petrolero||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|MF||Rudy Cardozo||14 February 1990||44||6||The Strongest||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Raúl Castro||19 August 1989||24||0||The Strongest||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Antonio Bustamante||20 June 1997||2||0||Náutico||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Jhasmani Campos||10 May 1988||55||5||The Strongest||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Franz Gonzales||26 June 2000||1||0||The Strongest||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Héctor Sánchez||24 April 1997||4||0||Oriente Petrolero||v. Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE|
|MF||Matheo Zoch||12 July 1996||1||0||Oriente Petrolero||v. Brazil, 9 October 2020 PRE|
|MF||Wálter Veizaga||24 July 1988||20||0||The Strongest||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|MF||Leonardo Vaca||24 November 1995||18||1||Blooming||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|MF||Fernando Saucedo||15 March 1990||10||0||Jorge Wilstermann||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|MF||Ramiro Vaca||1 July 1999||5||1||The Strongest||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|MF||Paul Arano||23 February 1995||4||0||Blooming||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|FW||Nelson Orozco||24 January 2000||1||0||Blooming||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Carlos Saucedo||12 September 1979||15||7||Royal Pari||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|FW||César Menacho||9 August 1999||1||0||Blooming||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Fernando Saldías||27 February 1997||1||0||Atlético Palmaflor||v. Argentina, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Ricardo Pedriel||19 January 1987||20||3||Jorge Wilstermann||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
|FW||Yasmani Duk||1 March 1988||15||1||Aurora||v. Brazil, 27 March 2020|
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
- As of 27 April 2020
|Head coach||César Farías|
|Assistant coach||Marco Etcheverry|
|Assistant coach||Pablo Daniel Escobar|
- As of 19 November 2020
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
Most capped playersEdit
- Jose de la Cerda (1926)
- Jorge Valderrama (1927-1929)
- Ulises Saucedo (1930-1937)
- Julio Borelli (1938–1945)
- Diógenes Lara (1945–1947)
- Félix Deheza (1948–1950)
- Mario Pretto (1950-1952)
- Cesare Vicino (1953-1958)
- Vicente Arraya (1959)
- Danilo Alvim (1960–1965)
- Dan Georgiadis (1966–1967)
- Rudi Gutendorf (1974-1978)
- Ramiro Blacut (1979–1992)
- Xabier Azkargorta (1993–1994)
- Antonio López Habas (1995–1997)
- Dušan Drašković (1997–1998)
- Héctor Veira (1998–2000)
- Carlos Aragonés (2000–2001)
- Carlos Trucco (2001–2002)
- Dalcio Giovagnoli (2003)
- Nelson Acosta (2003–2004)
- Ramiro Blacut (2004)
- Erwin Sánchez (2006–2009)
- Eduardo Villegas (2009)
- Gustavo Quinteros (2010–2012)
- Xabier Azkargorta (2012–2014)
- Mauricio Soria (interim) (2014)
- Nestor Clausen (caretaker) (2014)
- Mauricio Soria (2015)
- Julio César Baldivieso (2015–2016)
- Ángel Guillermo Hoyos (2016)
- Mauricio Soria (2016–2018)
- César Farías (caretaker) (2018)
- Daniel Farías (interim) (2018)
- Eduardo Villegas (2019)
- César Farías (2019–present)
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