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Bolivia's national football team poses

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 team
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.

*The coach
Mauricio Soria's second term as Bolivia head coach began in December 2016, 16 months after concluding his first tenure. The former goalkeeper lead the national team to the 2015 Copa America quarter-finals, their first appearance at that stage of the competition in 18 years.​

*The stat
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