FIFA World Cup finals™ history
Bolivia have taken part at three FIFA World Cups to date. After reaching Uruguay 1930 and Brazil 1950, the only subsequent tournament they have appeared at was USA 1994, thanks to a historic campaign in which they beat Brazil for the first time ever in a qualifying match. Bolivia recorded their best result at those finals too, holding Korea Republic to a draw.
The side is built around striker Marcelo Martins and defender Ronald Raldes, who are supported by several newcomers including teenager Sebastian Gamarra, Damian Lizio, a naturalised Bolivian citizen originally from Argentina and Martin Smedberg, a Swede with a Bolivian father.
In his playing days as a goalkeeper Mauricio Soria was not included in the squad that travelled to USA 1994, despite his excellent performances for Bolivar. He was appointed Bolivia coach in January 2015 and has been tasked with taking the side to Russia 2018. A temperamental character who favours attacking football, Soria won titles when in charge of clubs Jorge Wilstermann, Real Potosi and The Strongest. Soria was dismissed in mid-July 2015 after a disappointing Copa America.
45 – The number of consecutive away games Bolivia have gone without winning during World Cup qualifying, prior to embarking on their Russia 2018 campaign. Their last away victory was a 7-1 triumph over Venezuela in 1993.
The former stars
Marco Etcheverry, Carlos Trucco, Erwin Romero, Ramiro Castillo, Ovidio Mesa, Milton Melgar, Julio Baldivieso