Bolivia national football team

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Bolivia
Nickname(s) La Verde (The Green)[1]
Los Altiplanicos (The Highlanders)[1]
Association Bolivian Football Federation (FBF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Mauricio Soria
Captain Ronald Raldes
Most caps Ronald Raldes (99)
Top scorer Joaquín Botero (20)
Home stadium Estadio Hernando Siles
FIFA code BOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 46 Increase 22 (14 September 2017)
Highest 18 (July 1997)
Lowest 115 (October 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 40 (10 October 2017)
Highest 22 (June 1997[2])
Lowest 86 (July 1989[3])
First international
 Chile 7–1 Bolivia Bolivia
(Santiago, Chile; October 12, 1926)
Biggest win
 Bolivia 7–0 Venezuela 
(La Paz, Bolivia; August 22, 1993)
 Bolivia 9–2 Haiti 
(La Paz, Bolivia; March 3, 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Uruguay 9–0 Bolivia Bolivia
(Lima, Peru; November 6, 1927)
 Brazil 10–1 Bolivia Bolivia
(São Paulo, Brazil; April 10, 1949)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 1930)
Best result Group stage, 1930, 1950 and 1994
Copa América
Appearances 26 (first in 1926)
Best result Champions, 1963
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1999)
Best result Group stage, 1999
Website www.fbf.com.bo/web/

The Bolivia national football team (Selección de fútbol de Bolivia), also known as La Verde or Los Altiplanicos, 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. There, playing champions Germany in the tournament's opening game in Chicago, Bolivia lost 1–0 as Marco Etcheverry, considered the nation's best player of the 1990s, got sent off just three minutes after coming on as a substitute. They 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 June 28, 1997, when they defeated Mexico 1–0 in the semi-finals.[4]

History

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.[5]

In 1930, Bolivia was one of the teams invited to the inaugural edition of the FIFA World Cup, held in Uruguay. Drawn in Group 2 of the 1930 FIFA 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.[6] The match versus the Yugoslavs would be the last match against non-South American opposition for Bolivia until 1972 – when they again met Yugoslavia.[7] They returned in the 1950 FIFA 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.[8]

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.[9] 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 became the first team to beat Brazil in the South American qualifiers while playing them in La Paz, and qualified for the 1994 FIFA World Cup finishing second in Group B of the CONMEBOL qualifiers behind the Brazilians themselves.[10] 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 lost in Chicago's Soldier Field 1–0 following a screw-up by goalkeeper Carlos Trucco, while ace Etcheverry, who came on as a substitute for William Ramallo in the 79th minute, got sent off just three minutes later. Following a 0–0 draw with South Korea at Foxboro Stadium, Bolivia returned to Chicago and lost 3–1 to Spain, with Sánchez scoring the first ever Bolivia goal in the World Cup.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] Bolivia were deafeted 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 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").[14]

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 May 27, 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
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 8
1934 to 1938 Did not enter
1950 Group stage 13th 1 0 0 1 0 8
1954 Entry not accepted[15]
1958 to 1990 Did not qualify
1994 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 1 4
1998 to 2018 Did not qualify
Total Group stage 3/21 6 0 1 5 1 20
FIFA World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1930 Round 1  Bolivia 0 – 4 Kingdom of Yugoslavia 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 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
Qatar 2021 To Be Determined
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 Record

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

Pan American Games record

Records

Most capped players

Players in bold are still active at international level. As of October 10, 2017, the ten players with the most caps for Bolivia are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Ronald Raldes 2001– 99 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 goalscorers

Players in bold are still active at international level. As of September 5, 2017, the ten players with the most goals for Bolivia are:

# Name Goals
1. Joaquín Botero 1999–2009 20
2. Víctor Agustín Ugarte 1947–1963 16
3. Julio César Baldivieso 1991–2005 15
Erwin Sánchez 1989–2005 15
Marcelo Martins 2007– 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 Standings

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 fixtures

Recent matches as well as any future scheduled matches.

Current squad

The following 26 players have been called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against  Brazil on October 5, and  Uruguay on October 10, 2017.[16]

Caps and goals updated as of October 10, 2017, after the game against Uruguay.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Carlos Lampe (1987-03-17) March 17, 1987 (age 30) 19 0 Chile Huachipato
1GK Romel Quiñónez (1992-06-25) June 25, 1992 (age 25) 14 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero
1GK Rubén Cordano (1998-10-16) October 16, 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Bolivia Blooming

2DF Ronald Raldes (Captain) (1981-04-20) April 20, 1981 (age 36) 99 3 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Luis Alberto Gutiérrez (1985-03-10) March 10, 1985 (age 32) 46 0 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Edward Zenteno (1984-12-05) December 5, 1984 (age 32) 36 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
2DF Marvin Bejarano (1988-03-06) March 6, 1988 (age 29) 35 0 Bolivia The Strongest
2DF Diego Bejarano (1991-08-24) August 24, 1991 (age 26) 21 2 Bolivia The Strongest
2DF Leonel Morales (1988-09-02) September 2, 1988 (age 29) 11 0 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Gabriel Valverde (1990-06-24) June 24, 1990 (age 27) 9 0 Bolivia The Strongest
2DF José Sagredo (1994-03-10) March 10, 1994 (age 23) 5 0 Bolivia Blooming
2DF Jordy Candia (1996-04-20) April 20, 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Bolivia Sport Boys
2DF Mario Cuéllar (1989-05-05) May 5, 1989 (age 28) 1 0 Bolivia Blooming
2DF Luis Haquim (1997-11-15) November 15, 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero

3MF Jhasmani Campos (1988-05-10) May 10, 1988 (age 29) 45 3 Thailand Bangkok Glass
3MF Alejandro Chumacero (1991-04-22) April 22, 1991 (age 26) 37 2 Bolivia The Strongest
3MF Pedro Azogue (1994-12-06) December 6, 1994 (age 22) 17 0 Bolivia Bolívar
3MF Raúl Castro (1989-08-19) August 19, 1989 (age 28) 12 0 Bolivia The Strongest
3MF Leonel Justiniano (1992-07-02) July 2, 1992 (age 25) 7 0 Bolivia Bolívar
3MF Diego Wayar (1993-10-15) October 15, 1993 (age 24) 6 0 Bolivia The Strongest
3MF Fernando Saucedo (1990-03-15) March 15, 1990 (age 27) 4 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
3MF Cristhian Machado (1990-06-20) June 20, 1990 (age 27) 3 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
3MF Moisés Villarroel (1998-09-07) September 7, 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero

4FW Marcelo Martins Moreno (1987-06-18) June 18, 1987 (age 30) 67 15 China Wuhan Zall
4FW Juan Carlos Arce (1985-04-10) April 10, 1985 (age 32) 63 11 Bolivia Bolívar
4FW Gilbert Álvarez (1992-04-07) April 7, 1992 (age 25) 10 3 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
4FW Bruno Miranda (1998-02-10) February 10, 1998 (age 19) 3 0 United States D.C. United
4FW Rodrigo Vargas (1994-10-19) October 19, 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Bolivia Petrolero
4FW Eduardo Fierro (1988-06-23) June 23, 1988 (age 29) 3 0 Bolivia Bolívar

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 Guillermo Vizcarra (1993-02-07) February 7, 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero v.  Nicaragua, June 7, 2017
GK Daniel Vaca (1978-11-03) November 3, 1978 (age 38) 15 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016

DF Enrique Flores (1994-02-01) February 1, 1994 (age 23) 8 0 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Chile, September 5, 2017
DF Juan Pablo Aponte (1992-05-18) May 18, 1992 (age 25) 1 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann v.  Chile, September 5, 2017
DF Oscar Ribera (1992-02-10) February 10, 1992 (age 25) 1 0 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Chile, September 5, 2017
DF José Carrasco (1997-08-16) August 16, 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Bolivia Blooming v.  Nicaragua, June 7, 2017
DF Jefferson Ibañez (1995-02-12) February 12, 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Bolivia Guabirá v.  Nicaragua, June 7, 2017
DF Alejandro Meleán (1987-06-16) June 16, 1987 (age 30) 16 0 Bolivia Sport Boys v.  Argentina, March 28, 2017
DF Fernando Marteli (1986-02-08) February 8, 1986 (age 31) 5 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Argentina, March 28, 2017
DF Cristian Coimbra (1988-12-31) December 31, 1988 (age 28) 4 0 Bolivia Sport Boys v.  Argentina, March 28, 2017
DF Omar Morales (1988-01-18) January 18, 1988 (age 29) 1 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann v.  Argentina, March 28, 2017
DF Edemir Rodríguez (1984-10-21) October 21, 1984 (age 32) 21 0 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016
DF Erwin Saavedra (1996-02-25) February 25, 1996 (age 21) 9 0 Brazil Goiás v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016
DF Ramiro Ballivián (1992-04-08) April 8, 1992 (age 25) 3 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016
DF Julio César Pérez (1991-10-24) October 24, 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016

MF Pablo Escobar (1978-07-12) July 12, 1978 (age 39) 25 6 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Chile, September 5, 2017
MF Luis Alí (1994-04-17) April 17, 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Brazil Ponte Preta v.  Chile, September 5, 2017
MF José Vargas (1996-01-31) January 31, 1996 (age 21) 2 1 Bolivia Blooming v.  Chile, September 5, 2017
MF Henry Vaca (1998-01-27) January 27, 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Chile, September 5, 2017
MF Danny Bejarano (1994-01-03) January 3, 1994 (age 23) 17 0 Greece Panetolikos v.  Nicaragua, June 7, 2017
MF Ramiro Vaca (1999-07-01) July 1, 1999 (age 18) 1 0 Bolivia Quebracho v.  Nicaragua, June 7, 2017
MF Kevin Farell (1996-03-27) March 27, 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Bolivia Blooming v.  Nicaragua, June 7, 2017
MF Limberg Gutiérrez (1998-06-18) June 18, 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Uruguay Nacional v.  Argentina, March 28, 2017
MF Rudy Cardozo (1990-02-14) February 14, 1990 (age 27) 37 5 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016
MF Wálter Flores (1978-10-29) October 29, 1978 (age 38) 35 1 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016
MF Wálter Veizaga (1988-04-22) April 22, 1988 (age 29) 21 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016
MF Martin Smedberg-Dalence (1984-05-10) May 10, 1984 (age 33) 13 1 Sweden Göteborg v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016
MF Mateo Zoch (1998-06-12) June 12, 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Chile Huachipato v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016

FW Mauricio Chajtur (1996-10-07) October 7, 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Bolivia Guabirá v.  Argentina, March 28, 2017
FW Rodrigo Ramallo (1990-10-14) October 14, 1990 (age 27) 14 2 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016
FW Yasmani Duk (1988-03-01) March 1, 1988 (age 29) 15 1 Bolivia Sport Boys v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016
FW Rodrigo Vargas (1989-09-01) September 1, 1989 (age 28) 3 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Paraguay, November 15, 2016

Notes

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

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.yourspanishtranslation.com/famous-bolivian-footballers
  2. ^ http://www.eloratings.net/Bolivia.htm
  3. ^ http://www.eloratings.net/Bolivia.htm
  4. ^ http://futbol.univision.com/copa-america/article/2015-06-15/ecuador-2-bolivia-3-cronica?ftloc=channel566:wcmWidgetUimStage&ftpos=channel566:wcmWidgetUimStage:1&hootPostID=45f58e8c40d8360c7e909014610475b7#axzz3dBb8CynY
  5. ^ Historia de Nuestro Fútbol, Capítulo 2. Nacen la FBF y la Selección 1925–1926
  6. ^ Bolivia en la Copa del Mundo, Capítulo 1. Uruguay 1930
  7. ^ "Bolivia- International Results". Archived from the original on April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ Bolivia en la Copa del Mundo, Capítulo 2. Brasil 1950
  9. ^ Copa América 1963 -Bolivia: a new champion is born
  10. ^ TAHUICHI HISTORY
  11. ^ 1994 FIFA World Cup Technical Report (p. 133)
  12. ^ Copa América 1997 – Brazil Win their First Cup Away from Home
  13. ^ http://www.conmebol.com/es/15062015-1911/grupo-bolivia-derrota-3-2-ecuador-y-acaricia-los-cuartos
  14. ^ World Cup Kits: When Bolivia wore Uruguayan shirts to ingratiate fans
  15. ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Soria cita a 26 jugadores para enfrentar a Brasil y Uruguay; Vargas y Bejarano son las novedades". www.la-razon.com. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 

External links

  • Official website (in Spanish)
  • RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
Preceded by
1959 – UruguayUruguay
South American Champions
1963 (First title)
Succeeded by
1967 – UruguayUruguay
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