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Joaquín Botero Vaca (born December 10, 1977 in La Paz) is a retired Bolivian football striker.

Joaquín Botero
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Personal information
Full name Joaquín Botero Vaca
Date of birth (1977-12-10) December 10, 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth La Paz, Bolivia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Mariscal Braun 22 (18)
1998 Deportivo Municipal 24 (18)
1999–2003 Bolívar 132 (111)
2003–2006 UNAM 81 (21)
2006 San Lorenzo de Almagro 2 (0)
2007 Deportivo Táchira 5 (0)
2008 Bolívar 25 (11)
2009–2010 Correcaminos UAT 28 (10)
2010Al Arabi (loan) 4 (3)
2011 San José 16 (8)
2013–2014 Sport Boys 20 (5)
Total 350 (198)
National team
1999–2009 Bolivia 48 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 15, 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 28, 2010

He is the all-time record Bolivia national team's goalscorer and was the top goalscorer in world football in the 2002 season, with 49 goals scored for Club Bolívar.[1]

Club careerEdit

After scoring 133 goals for Bolívar and becoming the club's 2nd highest goalscorer of all time,[2] he left the club to play abroad.

Botero's first foreign club was the Mexican side Pumas. In his first season with Pumas, the 2003 Apertura, he scored 3 goals in 17 games. After scoring another 3 in 9 games in the 2004 Clausura, Botero broke out in the 2004 Apertura, registering 11 goals in 19 games.

In 2006, he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro of the Primera División de Argentina and in 2007 he played for Deportivo Táchira of Venezuela. After an unsuccessful stint in both clubs, Botero returned to Bolívar as a free agent in 2008.

He joined Correcaminos UAT for the Clausura 2009 season, marking his return to Mexico.

In January 2010, he was loaned out to Al Arabi Kuwait for $170,000 .

On 14 January 2011, Botero made official a move to club San José, thus returning to play in his country.

International careerEdit

Since 1999, Botero was a regular player for the Bolivia national team including participations in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, Copa América 2001 and Copa América 2004. On April 1, 2009 Botero scored a hat-trick for Bolivia in a historic 6–1 victory over Argentina in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier game,[3] Argentina's first loss under the recently appointed manager, Diego Maradona. On May 15, 2009, he surprisingly announced the end of his era with the national team, putting as an excuse that motivation was not there any more.[4] In his ten years playing for Bolivia, Botero earned a total of 48 caps and scored 20 goals, becoming the highest scorer in the national team's history.[5] He represented his country in 30 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, scoring 16 goals.[6]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 March 2000 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Haiti 5-1 9–2 Friendly
2. 8-2
3. 9-2
4. 25 April 2001 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Argentina 3–1 3–3 2002 World Cup qualification
5. 3 June 2001 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Venezuela 2-0 5–0 2002 World Cup qualification
6. 4-0
7. 10 September 2003 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Colombia 2-0 4–0 2006 World Cup qualification
8. 3-0
9. 4-0
10. 18 November 2003 Estadio José Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela   Venezuela 0-1 2–1 2006 World Cup qualification
11. 6 July 2004 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru   Peru 0-1 2–2 2004 Copa América
12. 9 October 2004 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Peru 1–0 1–0 2006 World Cup qualification
13. 18 June 2008 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Paraguay 1-0 4–2 2010 World Cup qualification
14. 3-1
15. 6 September 2008 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador   Ecuador 1-1 3–1 2010 World Cup qualification
16. 11 October 2008 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Peru 1-0 3–0 2010 World Cup qualification
17. 2-0
18. 1 April 2009 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Argentina 2-1 6–1 2010 World Cup qualification
19. 4-1
20. 5-1

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