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Bolivia national football team

Bolivia
Nickname(s)La Verde (The Green)[1]
AssociationBolivian Football Federation (FBF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachCésar Farías
CaptainMarvin Bejarano
Most capsRonald Raldes (102)
Top scorerJoaquín Botero (20)
Home stadiumEstadio Hernando Siles
FIFA codeBOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 75 Decrease 3 (24 October 2019)[2]
Highest18 (July 1997)
Lowest115 (October 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 59 Decrease 11 (18 October 2019)[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
Appearances26 (first in 1926)
Best resultChampions (1963)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1999)
Best resultGroup stage (1999)

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).

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]

History

Photo of twelve men, seven standing and five crouching, inside a stadium
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 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]

The Bolivian squad that won 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.[13]

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.[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.

Team image

Kit history

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 providers

Kit provider Period
Brazil Penalty 1977–1979
Germany Adidas 1980–1982
Brazil Penalty 1983–1986
Germany Adidas 1987–1988
Bolivia El Palacio de las Gorras 1989-1990
Germany Adidas 1991–1992
England Umbro 1993–1999
Mexico Atletica 2000–2005
Ecuador Marathon 2006–2010
Peru Walon 2011–2014
Ecuador Marathon 2015–Present

Stadium

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 record

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 8 Qualified as invitees
Italy 1934 Did not enter Declined participation
France 1938
Brazil 1950 First round 13th 1 0 0 1 0 8 Qualified automatically
Switzerland 1954 Did not enter Declined participation
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 6 6
Chile 1962 2 0 1 1 2 3
England 1966 4 1 0 3 4 9
Mexico 1970 4 2 0 2 5 6
West Germany 1974 4 0 0 4 1 11
Argentina 1978 8 3 1 4 10 25
Spain 1982 4 1 0 3 5 6
Mexico 1986 4 0 2 2 2 7
Italy 1990 4 3 0 1 6 5
United States 1994 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 1 4 8 5 1 2 22 11
France 1998 Did not qualify 16 4 5 7 18 21
South Korea Japan 2002 18 4 6 8 21 33
Germany 2006 18 4 2 12 20 37
South Africa 2010 18 4 3 11 22 36
Brazil 2014 16 2 6 8 17 30
Russia 2018 18 4 2 12 16 38
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Group stage 3/23 6 0 1 5 1 20 150 39 29 82 177 284
FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Score Result
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

FIFA Confederations Cup record

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
Total Group stage 1/10 3 0 2 1 2 3 -
FIFA Confederations Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1999 Group stage  Bolivia 2–2  Egypt Draw
Group stage  Bolivia 0–0  Saudi Arabia Draw
Group stage  Bolivia 0–1  Mexico Loss

Copa América record

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 record

  • 1951 to 1971 – Did not compete
  • 1975 – Round 2
  • 1979 to 2003 – Did not compete
  • 2007 – Fourth place
  • 2011 to 2019 – Did not compete
  • 2023 – To be determined

Team records

Most capped players

Players in bold are still active at international level.

As of 22 June 2019, the ten players with the most appearances for Bolivia are:
Ronald Raldes is the most capped player of the Bolivia national team, with 102 caps from 2001 to 2018.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Ronald Raldes 2001–2018 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
Marcelo Martins 2007– 76 18

Top goalscorers

Players in bold are still active at international level.

As of 18 June 2019, the ten players with the most goals for Bolivia are:
Joaquín Botero is the record all-time leading goalscorer in the history of Bolivian national team, with 20 goals in his international career.
# Name Career Goals
1. Joaquín Botero 1999–2009 20
2. Marcelo Martins 2007– 18
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

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018

2019

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players have been called up for the friendly matches against Venezuela and Haiti on 11 and October 15 respectively.[16]
Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2019, after the game against Haiti.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Daniel Vaca (1978-03-06) 6 March 1978 (age 41) 16 0 Bolivia The Strongest
1GK Romel Quiñónez (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 27) 15 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero
1GK Jorge Araúz (1995-03-15) 15 March 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Bolivia Royal Pari

2DF José Sagredo (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 17 0 Bolivia Blooming
2DF Adrián Jusino (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 27) 10 0 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Óscar Ribera (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 27) 9 0 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Enrique Flores (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 25) 8 0 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Carlos Áñez (1995-07-06) 6 July 1995 (age 24) 6 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero
2DF Guimer Justiniano (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 30) 2 0 Bolivia Royal Pari
2DF Juan Pablo Aponte (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
2DF Jefferson Ibáñez (1995-02-12) 12 February 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Bolivia Guabirá
2DF Gustavo Olguín (1994-11-13) 13 November 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero

3MF Leonel Justiniano (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 27) 23 1 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
3MF Erwin Saavedra (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 23) 21 2 Bolivia Bolívar
3MF Leonardo Vaca (1995-11-24) 24 November 1995 (age 23) 18 1 Bolivia Blooming
3MF Paul Arano (1995-02-23) 23 February 1995 (age 24) 4 0 Bolivia Blooming
3MF Erwin Junior Sánchez (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 27) 2 0 Bolivia Blooming
3MF Diego Hoyos (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Bolivia Guabirá
3MF Carlos Melgar (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann

4FW Juan Carlos Arce (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 34) 70 11 Bolivia Bolívar
4FW Gilbert Álvarez (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 27) 24 5 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
4FW Rodrigo Ramallo (1990-10-14) 14 October 1990 (age 29) 15 2 Bolivia San José
4FW Carlos Saucedo (1979-09-11) 11 September 1979 (age 40) 14 7 Bolivia San José
4FW Vladimir Castellón (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 30) 5 0 Bolivia Bolívar
4FW Carmelo Algarañaz (1996-01-27) 27 January 1996 (age 23) 4 0 Bolivia Always Ready

Recent call-ups

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 32) 29 0 Bolivia San José 2019 Copa América
GK Rubén Cordano (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Bolivia Blooming 2019 Copa América
GK Javier Rojas (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Bolivia Nacional Potosí 2019 Copa América
GK Saidt Mustafá (1989-11-26) 26 November 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Bolivia Bolívar 2019 Copa América PRE
GK Guillermo Vizcarra (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 26) 7 0 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Iraq, 20 November 2018

DF Marvin Bejarano (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 31) 40 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
DF Ronny Montero (1991-05-15) 15 May 1991 (age 28) 1 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
DF Diego Bejarano (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 28) 29 2 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
DF Gabriel Valverde (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 29) 13 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
DF José María Carrasco (1997-08-16) 16 August 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Bolivia Blooming v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
DF Sebastián Reyes (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
DF Luis Demiquel (2000-01-15) 15 January 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
DF Luis Haquin (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) 16 1 Mexico Puebla 2019 Copa América
DF Saúl Torres (1990-03-22) 22 March 1990 (age 29) 3 0 Bolivia Nacional Potosí 2019 Copa América
DF Mario Cuéllar (1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 30) 2 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero 2019 Copa América
DF Jordy Candia (1996-04-20) 20 April 1996 (age 23) 7 0 Bolivia Sport Boys v.  Japan, 26 March 2019
DF Harry Céspedes (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Bolivia Royal Pari v.  Iraq, 20 November 2018

MF Jhasmani Campos (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 31) 54 5 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
MF Raúl Castro (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 30) 23 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
MF Alejandro Chumacero (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 28) 44 2 Mexico Puebla v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
MF Rudy Cardozo (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 29) 42 6 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
MF Fernando Saucedo (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 29) 10 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann v.  Ecuador, 10 September 2019
MF Diego Wayar (1993-10-15) 15 October 1993 (age 26) 15 0 Bolivia The Strongest 2019 Copa América
MF Samuel Galindo (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 27) 8 0 Bolivia Always Ready 2019 Copa América
MF Ramiro Vaca (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 20) 5 1 Bolivia The Strongest 2019 Copa América
MF Roberto Fernández (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 20) 4 0 Bolivia Blooming 2019 Copa América
MF José Luis Vargas (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 23) 8 1 Bolivia Blooming 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Juan Ribera (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 24) 7 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Daniel Camacho (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Bolivia Aurora 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Cristián Arano (1995-02-23) 23 February 1995 (age 24) 6 0 Bolivia Blooming v.  Japan, 26 March 2019
MF Christian Árabe (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Bolivia Always Ready v.  Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
MF Danny Bejarano (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 25) 24 0 Greece Lamia v.  Iraq, 20 November 2018
MF Moisés Villarroel (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann v.  Iraq, 20 November 2018
MF Juan Salvador Mercado (1997-01-06) 6 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Bolivia Guabirá v.  Iraq, 20 November 2018

FW Marcelo Martins (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 32) 76 18 China Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 2019 Copa América
FW Henry Vaca (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 21) 7 0 Peru Universitario v.  France, 2 June 2019
FW Jhon García Sossa (2000-04-13) 13 April 2000 (age 19) 3 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero v.  Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
FW Hugo Rojas (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Bolivia Sport Boys v.  Nicaragua, March 3, 2019
FW William Álvarez (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Bolivia Aurora v.  Nicaragua, March 3, 2019

Notes

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

See also

References

  1. ^ "Famous Bolivian Footballers". Your Spanish Translation. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 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". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  12. ^ 1994 FIFA World Cup Technical Report (p. 133)
  13. ^ Copa América 1997 – Brazil Win their First Cup Away from Home
  14. ^ [www.conmebol.com]
  15. ^ "World Cup Kits: When Bolivia wore Uruguayan shirts to ingratiate fans". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Farías excluye a 'legionarios' para el amistoso que Bolivia jugará con Venezuela". Retrieved 31 August 2019.

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Preceded by
1959 – UruguayUruguay
South American Champions
1963 (First title)
Succeeded by
1967 – UruguayUruguay