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.
After Julio Cesar Baldivieso’s contract concluded in early July 2016, Angel Hoyos was named as his replacement a month later. The Argentine enjoyed an extensive career in Europe where he was Barcelona "B" coach for six seasons, commencing in 2000. He then had four years in Greece at the helm of multiple clubs. More recently, Hoyos coached in Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina and USA. This is his first experience as a national team coach.
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