Bolivia national football team

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 Bolivia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Verde (The Green one)
Association Federación Boliviana de Fútbol (FBF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Xabier Azkargorta
Captain Ronald Raldes
Most caps Luis Cristaldo
Marco Sandy (93)
Top scorer Joaquín Botero (20)
Home stadium Estadio Hernando Siles
FIFA code BOL
FIFA ranking 68 Increase +2
Highest FIFA ranking 18 (July 1997)
Lowest FIFA ranking 115 (October 2011)
Elo ranking 54
Highest Elo ranking 22 (June 1997)
Lowest Elo ranking 86 (July 1989)
First colours
Second colours
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 Round 1, 1930, 1950, 1994
Copa América
Appearances 23 (First in 1926)
Best result Winners, 1963
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1999)
Best result 1st round, 1999

The Bolivia national football team is the national team of Bolivia and is controlled by the Federación Boliviana de Fútbol. 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 the final stages, in 1994. However, they did win the Copa América in 1963.

Stadium[edit]

Bolivia play their home games at Estadio Hernando Siles, which has an altitude of 3637 metres 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[edit]

FIFA World Cup Record[edit]

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[1]
1958 to 1990 Did not qualify
1994 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 1 4
1998 to 2014 Did not qualify
Total 3/19 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[edit]

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 6 Squad
South Korea Japan 2001 Did Not Qualify
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 To Be Determined
Qatar 2021
Total Group Stage 1/9 3 0 2 1 2 6 -
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[edit]

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 Winners 2007 Round 1
1937 Withdrew 1967 Sixth Place 2011 Round 1
1939 Withdrew

Pan American Games record[edit]

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

As of October 15, 2013, the ten players with the most caps for Bolivia are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Luis Héctor Cristaldo 1989–2005 93 5
= Marco Antonio Sandy 1993–2003 93 6
3. José Milton Melgar 1980–1997 89 6
4. Carlos Fernando Borja 1979–1997 88 1
5. Julio César Baldivieso 1991–2005 85 15
= Juan Manuel Peña 1991–2009 85 1
7. Miguel Ángel Rimba 1989–2000 80 0
8. Óscar Sánchez 1994–2006 78 6
9. Jaime Moreno 1993–2008 75 9
9. Ronald Raldes 2001- 75 0

Top goalscorers[edit]

Players in bold are still active at international level. As of October 15, 2013, the ten players with the most goals for Bolivia are:

# Name Career Goals
1. Joaquín Botero 1999–2009 20
2. Víctor Agustín Ugarte 1947–1963 16
3. Carlos Aragonés 1977–1981 15
= Julio César Baldivieso 1991–2005 15
= Erwin Sánchez 1989–2005 15
6. Máximo Alcócer 1953–1963 13
= Marco Antonio Etcheverry 1989–2003 13
8. Marcelo Martins 2007- 12
9. William Ramallo 1989–1997 11
10. Miguel Aguilar 1977–1983 10

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 16 9 5 2 35 15 +20 32
 Colombia 16 9 3 4 27 13 +14 30
 Chile 16 9 1 6 29 25 +4 28
 Ecuador 16 7 4 5 20 16 +4 25
 Uruguay 16 7 4 5 25 25 0 25
 Venezuela 16 5 5 6 14 20 −6 20
 Peru 16 4 3 9 17 26 −9 15
 Bolivia 16 2 6 8 17 30 −13 12
 Paraguay 16 3 3 10 17 31 −14 12
  Argentina Bolivia Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela
Argentina  1–1 4–1 0–0 4–0 3–1 3–1 3–0 3–0
Bolivia  1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–1 1–1
Chile  1–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 3–0
Colombia  1–2 5–0 3–3 1–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1
Ecuador  1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 4–1 2–0 1–0 2–0
Paraguay  2–5 4–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–2
Peru  1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–1
Uruguay  3–2 4–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–1
Venezuela  1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–1

Recent Games[edit]

Match results and fixtures[edit]

Official matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.

Current squad[edit]

The following 25 players were named for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Peru on October 15, 2013.
Caps and goals updated as October 15, 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sergio Galarza (1975-08-25) 25 August 1975 (age 38) 28 0 Bolivia Sport Boys
1GK Daniel Vaca (1978-11-03) 3 November 1978 (age 35) 8 0 Bolivia The Strongest
1GK Romel Quiñoñez (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Ronald Raldes (Captain) (1980-04-20) 20 April 1980 (age 33) 75 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero
2DF Luis Alberto Gutiérrez (1985-01-15) January 15, 1985 (age 29) 38 0 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Marvin Bejarano (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 26) 15 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero
2DF Edemir Rodríguez (1984-10-21) 21 October 1984 (age 29) 13 0 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Edward Zenteno (1984-12-05) 5 December 1984 (age 29) 12 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
2DF Abraham Cabrera (1991-02-20) 20 February 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Bolivia The Strongest
2DF Leandro Maygua (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Bolivia Bolívar
2DF Carlos Mendoza (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Bolivia Sport Boys
3MF José Luis Chávez (1986-05-18) May 18, 1986 (age 27) 21 1 Bolivia Blooming
3MF Edivaldo Hermoza (1985-11-17) 17 November 1985 (age 28) 11 1 Thailand Muangthong United
3MF Wálter Veizaga (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 26) 10 0 Bolivia The Strongest
3MF Diego Bejarano (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 20) 7 1 Bolivia The Strongest
3MF Danny Bejarano (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero
3MF Jaime Arrascaita (1993-09-02) 2 September 1993 (age 20) 3 1 Bolivia Bolívar
3MF Vicente Arze (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 28) 2 0 Ukraine Hoverla Uzhhorod
3MF Miguel Ríos (1988-02-08) 8 February 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Bolivia Guabirá
4FW Marcelo Martins Moreno (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 26) 46 12 Brazil Cruzeiro
4FW Juan Carlos Arce (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 29) 40 5 Bolivia Bolívar
4FW Alcides Peña (1989-01-14) 14 January 1989 (age 25) 13 1 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero
4FW Carlos Saucedo (1979-09-11) 11 September 1979 (age 34) 8 5 Costa Rica Saprissa
4FW Henry Justiniano (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Bolivia Guabirá
4FW Rodrigo Ramallo (1990-10-14) 14 October 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up during the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Guillermo Viscarra (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Brazil Vitória v.  Chile, June 11, 2013
GK Hugo Suárez (1982-02-07) 7 February 1982 (age 32) 12 0 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann v.  Brazil, April 6, 2013
DF Ronny Jiménez (1989-04-12) 12 April 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Ecuador, September 10, 2013
DF Jair Torrico (1986-08-02) 2 August 1986 (age 27) 3 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Venezuela, August 14, 2013
DF Ronald Eguino (1988-02-20) 20 February 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Chile, June 11, 2013
DF Ronald Segovia (1985-01-17) 17 January 1985 (age 29) 6 0 Bolivia San José v.  Brazil, April 6, 2013
DF Pablo Pedraza (1995-03-10) 10 March 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bolivia Blooming v.  Brazil, April 6, 2013
MF Rudy Cardozo (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 24) 28 3 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Ecuador, September 10, 2013
MF Alejandro Chumacero (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 22) 16 1 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Ecuador, September 10, 2013
MF Pedro Azogue (1994-12-06) 6 December 1994 (age 19) 7 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero v.  Ecuador, September 10, 2013
MF Miguel Suárez (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 (age 21) 3 1 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Venezuela, August 14, 2013
MF Jhasmani Campos (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 25) 27 2 Qatar Muaither v.  Chile, June 11, 2013
MF Gualberto Mojica (1984-10-07) 7 October 1984 (age 29) 25 3 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero v.  Chile, June 11, 2013
MF Alejandro Meleán (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 26) 3 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero v.  Chile, June 11, 2013
MF Daniel Chávez (1990-01-13) 13 January 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Chile, June 11, 2013
MF Ronald García (1980-12-17) December 17, 1980 (age 33) 49 2 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero v.  Brazil, April 6, 2013
MF Rodrigo Vargas (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 19) 2 0 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero v.  Brazil, April 6, 2013
FW Vladimir Castellón (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 24) 0 0 Bolivia Aurora v.  Venezuela, August 14, 2013
FW Eduardo Fierro (1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 25) 2 0 Bolivia Sport Boys v.  Chile, June 11, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 

External links[edit]

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