Bolivia national football team
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|Nickname(s)||La Verde or Los Altiplanicos (The Green or the Highland)|
|Association||Bolivian Football Federation (FBF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Guillermo Angel Hoyos|
|Most caps||Luis Cristaldo (93)
Marco Sandy (93)
|Top scorer||Joaquin Botero (20)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Hernando Siles|
|Current||75 35 (15 September 2016)|
|Highest||18 (July 1997)|
|Lowest||115 (October 2011)|
|Current||68 (29 June 2016)|
|Highest||22 (June 1997)|
|Lowest||86 (July 1989)|
| Chile 7–1 Bolivia
(Santiago, Chile; October 12, 1926)
| Bolivia 7–0 Venezuela
(La Paz, Bolivia; August 22, 1993)
Bolivia 9–2 Haiti
(La Paz, Bolivia; March 3, 2000)
| Uruguay 9–0 Bolivia
(Lima, Peru; November 6, 1927)
Brazil 10–1 Bolivia
(São Paulo, Brazil; April 10, 1949)
|Appearances||3 (First in 1930)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1930, 1950 and 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 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Competitive Record
- 4 Records
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 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 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. 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 FIFA World Cup, where Argentina's withdrawal from the qualifiers lead 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 in 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. 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 also earning the fastest red card in World Cup history as Etcheverry got sent off just three minutes after entering the game. 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. Following that Bolivia again hosted the South American Championship, now known as Copa América, in 1997. Again the team reached the final, only for this time to finish as runner-up to Brazil.
In the 2015 Copa América in Chile, Bolivia are in Group A, with Chile, Mexico, and Ecuador. In their match against Mexico, Bolivia drew 0–0. However, against Ecuador, Bolivia defeated them by a score of 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, since the 1997 tournament, in which they hosted it. 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.
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").
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.
FIFA World Cup Record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1934 to 1938||Did not enter|
|1954||Entry not accepted|
|1958 to 1990||Did not qualify|
|1998 to 2014||Did not qualify|
|FIFA World Cup History|
|1930||Round 1||Bolivia 0 – 4 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|
|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|
|South Africa 2009|
|Qatar 2021||To Be Determined|
|FIFA Confederations Cup History|
|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|
|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|
|1926||Fifth Place||1957||Withdrew||1999||Round 1|
|1927||Fourth Place||1959||Seventh Place||2001||Round 1|
|1937||Withdrew||1967||Sixth Place||2011||Round 1|
Pan American Games record
Most capped players
Players in bold are still active at international level. As of September 6, 2016, the ten players with the most caps for Bolivia are:
|1.||Luis Héctor Cristaldo||1989–2005||93||5|
|Marco Antonio Sandy||1993–2003||93||6|
|3.||José Milton Melgar||1980–1997||89||6|
|5.||Carlos Fernando Borja||1979–1995||88||1|
|6.||Julio César Baldivieso||1991–2005||85||15|
|Juan Manuel Peña||1991–2009||85||1|
|8.||Miguel Ángel Rimba||1989–2000||80||0|
Players in bold are still active at international level. As of September 6, 2016, the ten players with the most goals for Bolivia are:
|2.||Víctor Agustín Ugarte||1947–1963||16|
|Julio César Baldivieso||1991–2005||15|
|Marco Antonio Etcheverry||1989–2003||13|
|Juan Carlos Arce||2004–||9|
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings
|1||Uruguay||8||5||1||2||16||5||+11||16||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup|
|5||Ecuador||8||4||1||3||13||12||+1||13||Advance to inter-confederation play-offs|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Match results and fixtures
Recent matches as well as any future scheduled matches.
|13 November 2015 2018 WCQ||Bolivia||4–2||Venezuela||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Ramallo 81' 45+1'
Arce 26' (pen.)
|M. Rondón 32'
|Stadium: Estadio Rafael Mendoza
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (Peru)
|17 November 2015 2018 WCQ||Paraguay||2–1||Bolivia||Asuncion, Paraguay|
|20:00 (UTC-3)||Lezcano 61'
|Duk 59'||Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Referee: José Argote (Venezuela)
|24 March 2016 2018 WCQ||Bolivia||2–3||Colombia||La Paz, Bolivia|
|16:00 (UTC-4)||Zenteno 21'
Arce 50' (pen.), 90+5'
Chumacero 61', 62'
|Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
|29 March 2016 2018 WCQ||Argentina||2–0||Bolivia||Córdoba, Argentina|
|20:00 (UTC-4)||Mercado 20'
Messi 30' (pen.)
|Stadium: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
|28 May 2016 Friendly||United States||4–0||Bolivia||Kansas City, United States|
|20:00 (UTC-5)||Zardes 26', 52'
|Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Referee: Elmer Bonilla (El Salvador)
|6 June 2016 Copa América Centenario||Panama||2–1||Bolivia||Orlando, United States|
|19:00 EDT (UTC−4)||B. Pérez 11', 87'||Report (CONMEBOL)
|Arce 54'||Stadium: Orlando Citrus Bowl
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|10 June 2016 Copa América Centenario||Chile||2–1||Bolivia||Foxborough, United States|
|19:00 EDT (UTC−4)||Vidal 46', 90+10' (pen.)||Report (CONMEBOL)
|Campos 61'||Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
|14 June 2016 Copa América Centenario||Argentina||3–0||Bolivia||Seattle, United States|
|Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (Peru)
|1 September 2016 2018 WCQ||Bolivia||2–0||Peru||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
|10 October 2016 2018 WCQ||Bolivia||v||Ecuador||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
|15 November 2016 2018 WCQ||Bolivia||v||Paraguay||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
The following 24 players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Peru on September 1 and Chile on September 6, 2016.  Caps and goals updated as of September 6, 2016 after the game against Chile.
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.
- 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". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- Bolivia en la Copa del Mundo, Capítulo 2. Brasil 1950
- Copa América 1963 -Bolivia: a new champion is born
- TAHUICHI HISTORY
- 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
- "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
- "Argentina fue más que el 3–0 logrado ante Bolivia" [Argentina was better than the 3–0 score accomplished against Bolivia] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "La lista para las Eliminatorias". Soy Chile (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 August 2016.
1959 – Uruguay
|South American Champions
1963 (First title)
1967 – Uruguay