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
Julio Baldivieso was appointed Bolivia's coach in August 2015, taking over from Mauricio Soria. Baldivieso, a veteran of USA 1994 has 85 caps to his name and has led Bolivian club Aurora to the league title.

The stat
– 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