Bolivia national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Verde (The Green)|
|Association||Bolivian Football Federation (FBF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||César Farías|
|Most caps||Ronald Raldes (102)|
|Top scorer||Joaquín Botero (20)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Hernando Siles|
|Current||75 3 (24 October 2019)|
|Highest||18 (July 1997)|
|Lowest||115 (October 2011)|
|Current||59 11 (18 October 2019)|
|Highest||22 (June 1997)|
|Lowest||86 (July 1989)|
| Chile 7–1 Bolivia |
(Santiago, Chile; 12 October 1926)
| Bolivia 7–0 Venezuela |
(La Paz, Bolivia; 22 August 1993)
Bolivia 9–2 Haiti
(La Paz, Bolivia; 3 March 2000)
| Uruguay 9–0 Bolivia |
(Lima, Peru; 6 November 1927)
Brazil 10–1 Bolivia
(São Paulo, Brazil; 10 April 1949)
|Appearances||3 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Group stage (1930, 1950, 1994)|
|Appearances||26 (first in 1926)|
|Best result||Champions (1963)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1999)|
|Best result||Group 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Competitive record
- 5 Team records
- 6 Results and fixtures
- 7 Players
- 8 Notes
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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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.
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. The match versus the Yugoslavs would be the last match against non-South American opposition for Bolivia until 1972 – when they again met Yugoslavia. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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").
|El Palacio de las Gorras||1989-1990|
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.
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Group stage||12th||2||0||0||2||0||8||Qualified as invitees|
|1934||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1950||First round||13th||1||0||0||1||0||8||Qualified automatically|
|1954||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1958||Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||6||6|
|1998||Did not qualify||16||4||5||7||18||21|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup record|
|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|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2001||Did not qualify|
|FIFA Confederations Cup History|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
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:
|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|
Players in bold are still active at international level.
- As of 18 June 2019, the ten players with the most goals for Bolivia are:
|3.||Víctor Agustín Ugarte||1947–1963||16|
|4.||Julio César Baldivieso||1991–2005||15|
|Marco Antonio Etcheverry||1989–2003||13|
|Juan Carlos Arce||2004–||11|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|16 November Friendly||United Arab Emirates||0–0||Bolivia||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|18:25 (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium|
Referee: Ammar Ashkanani (Kuwait)
|20 November Friendly||Iraq||0–0||Bolivia||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium|
Referee: Yaqoub Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
|3 March Friendly||Bolivia||2–2||Nicaragua||Villa Tunari, Bolivia|
|15:30 (UTC−4)||Report||Stadium: Estadio Bicentenario|
Referee: Raúl Orosco (Bolivia)
|22 March Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Bolivia||Ulsan, South Korea|
||Report||Stadium: Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium|
Referee: Khamis Al Marri (Qatar)
|26 March Kirin Challenge Cup||Japan||1–0||Bolivia||Kobe, Japan|
||Report||Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe|
Referee: Kurt Ams (Australia)
|2 June Friendly||France||2–0||Bolivia||Nantes, France|
|21:00 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Stade de la Beaujoire|
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
|14 June 2019 Copa América Group A||Brazil||3–0||Bolivia||São Paulo, Brazil|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Morumbi|
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
|18 June 2019 Copa América Group A||Bolivia||1–3||Peru||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|18:30||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã|
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)
|22 June 2019 Copa América Group A||Bolivia||1–3||Venezuela||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|16:00 BRT (UTC–3)||
||Report||Stadium: Estádio Mineirão|
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)
|10 September Friendly||Ecuador||3–0||Bolivia||Cuenca, Ecuador|
|16:00 ECT (UTC–5)||Report||Stadium: Estadio Alejandro Serrano Aguilar|
Referee: Nicolas Gallo (Colombia)
|10 October Friendly||Venezuela||4–1||Bolivia||Caracas, Venezuela|
|18:00 VET (UTC–4)||Report||
||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico|
Referee: Gustavo Murillo (Colombia)
|15 October Friendly||Bolivia||3–1||Haiti||Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia|
|20:00 BOT (UTC–4)||Saavedra 27', 37'
|Report||Álvarez 22' (o.g.)||Stadium: Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera|
Referee: Ivo Méndez (Bolivia)
The following 23 players have been called up for the friendly matches against Venezuela and Haiti on 11 and October 15 respectively.
Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2019[update], after the game against Haiti.
The following players have been called up during the last twelve months. Retired players are not included.
- The acronym FBF comes from the organization's Spanish name, Federación Boliviana de Fútbol.
- "Famous Bolivian Footballers". Your Spanish Translation. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
- "World Football Elo Ratings: Bolivia". eloratings.net. World Football Elo Ratings. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Ecuador 2 − Bolivia 3". futbol.univision.com. Univision Communications Inc. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
- Historia de Nuestro Fútbol, Capítulo 2. Nacen la FBF y la Selección 1925–1926
- Bolivia en la Copa del Mundo, Capítulo 1. Uruguay 1930
- "Bolivia- International Results". Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- Bolivia en la Copa del Mundo, Capítulo 2. Brasil 1950
- Copa América 1963 -Bolivia: a new champion is born
- "TAHUICHI HISTORY". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- 1994 FIFA World Cup Technical Report (p. 133)
- Copa América 1997 – Brazil Win their First Cup Away from Home
- "World Cup Kits: When Bolivia wore Uruguayan shirts to ingratiate fans". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Farías excluye a 'legionarios' para el amistoso que Bolivia jugará con Venezuela". Retrieved 31 August 2019.
1959 – Uruguay
| South American Champions
1963 (First title)
1967 – Uruguay