The most significant successes of Bolivian football date back to 1963 (Copa America) and 1985 (U-17 South American Championship), with Bolivia
winning both tournaments. Since then, those who follow the most popular sport in Bolivia
have had to be satisfied with qualifying for various events, such as the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA, for example. Certain players - mainly from the 1994 team - have graced leagues abroad, including Marco Echeverry and Erwin Sanchez, for example. Bolivian coaches rarely leave their homeland. One of the exceptions to that rule is Ramiro Blacutt, who coaches a team in Ecuador. A number of years ago, Bolivia
launched a successful youth programme in the form of the «Academia Tahuichi», which concentrates on socalled «street children». As well as receiving standard education in a number of subjects, these children also learn about football.