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 coachVacant
CaptainMarcelo Moreno
Most capsRonald Raldes (102)
Top scorerMarcelo Moreno (30)
Home stadiumEstadio Hernando Siles
FIFA codeBOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 78 Decrease 2 (31 March 2022)[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
Appearances28 (first in 1926)
Best resultChampions (1963)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1999)
Best resultGroup stage (1999)
Medal record

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]

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, 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 i 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 played a great first half, outplaying Germany. 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 10 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]

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.

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

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.

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 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.[14] 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.[15] A year after the original ban, in May 2008, FIFA removed the altitude limit entirely.[16]

Team imageEdit

Kit historyEdit

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").[17]

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

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021Edit

3 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   3–1   Venezuela La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC–4
  • Moreno   5', 83'
  • Bejarano   60'
Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Jhon Ospina (Colombia)
8 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Chile   1–1   Bolivia Santiago, Chile
21:30 UTC–4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 0
Referee: Eber Aquino (Paraguay)
14 June 2021 Copa América Paraguay   3–1   Bolivia Goiânia, Brazil
21:00 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
18 June 2021 Copa América Chile   1–0   Bolivia Brasília, Brazil
21:00 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
24 June 2021 Copa América Bolivia   0–2   Uruguay Cuiabá, Brazil
17:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Attendance: 0
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
28 June 2021 Copa América Bolivia   1–4   Argentina Cuiabá, Brazil
20:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andrés Rojas (Colombia)
2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   1–1   Colombia La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
5 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay   4–2   Bolivia Montevideo, Uruguay
19:00 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estadio Campeón del Siglo
Referee: Eber Aquino (Paraguay)
9 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   3–0   Bolivia Buenos Aires, Argentina
20:30 UTC−3
Report Stadium: El Monumental
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   1–0   Peru La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (Ecuador)
14 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   4–0   Paraguay La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Andrés Matonte (Uruguay)
5 November Friendly El Salvador   0–1   Bolivia Washington D.C., United States
20:00 (UTC−5) Report
Stadium: Audi Field
Referee: Walter López (Guatemala)
11 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru   3–0   Bolivia Lima, Peru
21:00 (UTC−5)
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Éber Aquino (Paraguay)
16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   3–0   Uruguay La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 (UTC−4)
Report Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

2022Edit

21 January Friendly Bolivia   5–0   Trinidad and Tobago Sucre, Bolivia
17:00 (UTC−4)
Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Patria
Referee: Wagner do Nascimento Magalhães (Brazil)
28 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Venezuela   4–1   Bolivia Barinas, Venezuela
18:00 (UTC−4)
Report
Stadium: Estadio Agustín Tovar
Referee: Guilherme Guerrero (Ecuador)
1 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   2–3   Chile La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 (UTC−4)
Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
29 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   0–4   Brazil La Paz, Bolivia
19:30 (UTC−4) Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Eber Aquino (Paraguay)

Coaching staffEdit

As of 15 May 2022
Role Name
Head coach Vacant
Assistant coach Vacant
Assistant coach Vacant
Goalkeeper coach Vacant
Team Doctor Vacant
Physiotherapist Vacant

Coaching historyEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Colombia and Brazil on 24 and 29 March 2022, respectively.[18][19]

Caps and goals updated as of 29 March 2022, after the game against Brazil.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Guillermo Viscarra (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 29) 7 0   The Strongest
12 1GK Rubén Cordano (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 23) 5 0   Bolívar
23 1GK Jhohan Gutiérrez (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 25) 0 0   The Strongest

21 2DF José Sagredo (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 28) 40 0   Bolívar
17 2DF Roberto Fernández (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 22) 22 1   Bolívar
2 2DF Jairo Quinteros (2001-02-07) 7 February 2001 (age 21) 14 0   Inter Miami
5 2DF José María Carrasco (1997-08-16) 16 August 1997 (age 24) 6 0   Universidad de Chile
22 2DF Sebastián Reyes (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Bolívar
6 2DF José Herrera (2003-03-09) 9 March 2003 (age 19) 1 0   Bolívar
2DF Sebastián Álvarez (2001-12-20) 20 December 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Oriente Petrolero
4 2DF Luis Demiquel (2000-01-15) 15 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0   The Strongest
2DF Marcelo Suárez (2001-08-29) 29 August 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Oriente Petrolero
3 2DF Fran Supayabe (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 26) 0 0   Guabirá
2DF Jairo Velasco (2002-03-08) 8 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Guabirá
2DF Emerson Velásquez (1999-02-24) 24 February 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Independiente Petrolero

10 3MF Ramiro Vaca (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 22) 22 2   Beerschot
8 3MF Moisés Villarroel (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 23) 18 1   Jorge Wilstermann
15 3MF Franz Gonzales (2000-06-26) 26 June 2000 (age 21) 8 0   Platense
13 3MF Jeyson Chura (2002-02-03) 3 February 2002 (age 20) 4 0   The Strongest
18 3MF Gabriel Villamil (2001-06-28) 28 June 2001 (age 20) 3 0   Bolívar
7 3MF Yesit Martínez (2002-01-31) 31 January 2002 (age 20) 2 0   Independiente Petrolero
19 3MF Pablo Lima (2000-04-08) 8 April 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Bolívar
3MF Richard Spenhay (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Blooming

9 4FW Marcelo Martins (captain) (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 34) 96 30   Cerro Porteño
20 4FW Henry Vaca (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 24) 17 0   The Strongest
4FW Héctor Sánchez (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 25) 5 0   Oriente Petrolero
16 4FW John García (2000-04-13) 13 April 2000 (age 22) 4 0   Royal Pari
14 4FW Jaume Cuéllar (2001-08-23) 23 August 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Lugo
11 4FW César Menacho (1999-08-09) 9 August 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Jorge Wilstermann
4FW Juan Montenegro (1997-02-04) 4 February 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Guabirá

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 Carlos Lampe (1987-03-17) 17 March 1987 (age 35) 50 0   Vélez Sarsfield v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
GK Daniel Vaca (1978-09-03) 3 September 1978 (age 43) 16 0   Royal Pari v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
GK Jairo Cuéllar (1999-10-15) 15 October 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Guabirá v.   El Salvador, 5 November 2021
GK Daniel Sandy (2001-10-21) 21 October 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Universitario de Sucre v.   El Salvador, 5 November 2021 PRE
GK Javier Rojas (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Bolívar 2021 Copa América

DF Luis Haquin (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 24) 26 1   Bolívar v.   Brazil, 29 March 2022 SUS
DF Marc Enoumba (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 29) 11 1   Always Ready v.   Brazil, 29 March 2022 SUS
DF Diego Bejarano (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 30) 40 3   Bolívar v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
DF Adrián Jusino (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 29) 25 0   The Strongest v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
DF Jesús Sagredo (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 28) 7 0   Blooming v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
DF Carlos Áñez (1995-07-06) 6 July 1995 (age 26) 1 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
DF Leonardo Zabala (2003-05-23) 23 May 2003 (age 18) 1 0   Santos U20 v.   Venezuela, 28 January 2022 PRE
DF Samuel Guzmán (2001-09-07) 7 September 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Venezuela, 28 January 2022 PRE
DF Mauricio Álvarez (2003-04-09) 9 April 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Royal Pari v.   Uruguay, 16 November 2021
DF Carlos Rodríguez (2002-10-17) 17 October 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Jorge Wilstermann v.   El Salvador, 5 November 2021 PRE
DF Pablo Vaca (2002-05-31) 31 May 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Always Ready v.   El Salvador, 5 November 2021 PRE
DF Mario Barbery (2002-04-01) 1 April 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Nacional Potosí v.   Ecuador, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Luis Barboza (1993-04-02) 2 April 1993 (age 29) 0 0   Aurora v.   Ecuador, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Josué Prieto (2000-10-31) 31 October 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Universitario de Vinto v.   Ecuador, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Enrique Flores (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 28) 16 0   Always Ready 2021 Copa América
DF Óscar Ribera (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 30) 13 0   The Strongest 2021 Copa América

MF Alejandro Chumacero (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 31) 49 2   Always Ready v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
MF Leonel Justiniano (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 29) 44 2   Bolívar v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
MF Erwin Saavedra (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 26) 39 4   Mamelodi Sundowns v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
MF Fernando Saucedo (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 32) 18 1   The Strongest v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
MF Alexis Ribera (1995-08-13) 13 August 1995 (age 26) 8 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
MF William Velasco (2000-04-21) 21 April 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Independiente Petrolero v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
MF Daniel Camacho (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 23) 1 0   The Strongest v.   Uruguay, 16 November 2021
MF Kevin Salvatierra (2001-08-05) 5 August 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Bolívar v.   El Salvador, 5 November 2021 INJ
MF Ervin Vaca (2004-01-01) 1 January 2004 (age 18) 0 0   Calleja v.   El Salvador, 5 November 2021 PRE
MF Boris Céspedes (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 26) 7 1   Servette v.   Paraguay, 14 October 2021
MF Diego Wayar (1993-10-15) 15 October 1993 (age 28) 23 0   The Strongest v.   Argentina, 9 September 2021
MF Danny Bejarano (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 28) 30 0   Lamia 2021 Copa América
MF Erwin Sánchez (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 29) 7 0   Blooming 2021 Copa América

FW Bruno Miranda (1998-02-10) 10 February 1998 (age 24) 14 2   Bolívar v.   Colombia, 24 March 2022 INJ
FW Víctor Ábrego (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 25) 10 1   Bolívar v.   Colombia, 24 March 2022 INJ
FW Juan Carlos Arce (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 37) 88 15   Always Ready v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
FW Rodrigo Ramallo (1990-10-14) 14 October 1990 (age 31) 32 6   Always Ready v.   Chile, 1 February 2022
FW Nelson Orozco (2000-01-24) 24 January 2000 (age 22) 1 0   Blooming v.   Venezuela, 28 January 2022 PRE
FW Alfredo Flores (2003-08-03) 3 August 2003 (age 18) 0 0   The Strongest v.   Venezuela, 28 January 2022 PRE
FW Miguel Terceros (2004-04-25) 25 April 2004 (age 18) 0 0   Santos U20 v.   Venezuela, 28 January 2022 PRE
FW Carmelo Algarañaz (1996-01-27) 27 January 1996 (age 26) 10 0   Ismaily v.   Uruguay, 16 November 2021
FW Javier Uzeda (2002-07-31) 31 July 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Bolívar v.   El Salvador, 5 November 2021
FW José Briceño (2002-01-20) 20 January 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Oriente Petrolero v.   El Salvador, 5 November 2021 PRE
FW Limberg Gutiérrez (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Real Potosí v.   Ecuador, 7 October 2021 PRE
FW Mirko Tomianovic (2001-10-01) 1 October 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Royal Pari v.   Ecuador, 7 October 2021 PRE
FW Darío Torrico (2000-10-18) 18 October 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Aurora v.   Ecuador, 7 October 2021 PRE
FW Gilbert Álvarez (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 29) 30 5   Royal Pari v.   Argentina, 9 September 2021

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 recordsEdit

As of 1 February 2022[20]
Players in bold are still active with Bolivia.

Most capsEdit

 
Ronald Raldes is Bolivia's most-capped player with 102 international appearances.
Rank Name Caps Goals Career
1 Ronald Raldes 102 3 2001–2018
2 Marcelo Moreno 95 30 2007–present
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–present
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 goalsEdit

 
Marcelo Moreno is Bolivia's all-time top scorer with 29 goals.
Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Marcelo Moreno 30 95 0.32 2007–present
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–present
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 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 18 4 3 11 23 42
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 3/22 6 0 1 5 1 20 168 43 32 93 200 326

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 Group stage 10th 4 0 0 4 2 10 Squad
  2024 Qualified
Total 1 Title 28/47 119 20 26 73 108 298

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

HonoursEdit

OfficialEdit

South American TournamentsEdit

  • Copa Paz del Chaco[21] (vs   Paraguay):
    • Winners (4): 1957, 1962, 1979, 1993
  • Copa Mariscal Sucre[22] (vs   Peru):
    • Winners: 1973 (shared)

Olympic and Pan American TeamEdit

NotesEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
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  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.
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  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. ^ "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. ^ AP (29 May 2007). "Anger Echoes in South America After FIFA Bans Games at Altitude". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  15. ^ "FIFA excludes La Paz from altitude ban - report". Reuters. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  16. ^ "Fifa suspends ban on high-altitude football". the Guardian. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  17. ^ "World Cup Kits: When Bolivia wore Uruguayan shirts to ingratiate fans". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  18. ^ @laverde_fbf (4 March 2022). "#ALaVerdeSiempre" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 March 2022 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ @laverde_fbf (25 March 2022). "Con la incorporación de nuestro goleador, #MarceloMartins" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 March 2022 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Bolivia - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  21. ^ "Copa Paz del Chaco". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  22. ^ "Copa Mariscal Sucre". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 February 2022.

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