Bolivia at the FIFA World Cup

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This is a record of Bolivia's results at the FIFA World Cup.

The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.[1]

Bolivia have qualified for the Finals on three occasions, in 1930, 1950 and 1994. They have played in six matches at the Finals, but have lost five and drawn one, with their only goal coming against Spain in 1994.

Record at the FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 8 Qualified as invitees
Italy 1934 Did not enter Declined participation
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Group stage 13th 1 0 0 1 0 8 Qualified automatically
Switzerland 1954 Did not enter Declined participation
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 6 6
Chile 1962 2 0 1 1 2 3
England 1966 4 1 0 3 4 9
Mexico 1970 4 2 0 2 5 6
West Germany 1974 4 0 0 4 1 11
Argentina 1978 8 3 1 4 10 25
Spain 1982 4 1 0 3 5 6
Mexico 1986 4 0 2 2 2 7
Italy 1990 4 3 0 1 6 5
United States 1994 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 1 4 8 5 1 2 22 11
France 1998 Did not qualify 16 4 5 7 18 21
South Korea Japan 2002 18 4 6 8 21 33
Germany 2006 18 4 2 12 20 37
South Africa 2010 18 4 3 11 22 36
Brazil 2014 16 2 6 8 17 30
Russia 2018 18 4 2 12 16 38
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Group stage 3/23 6 0 1 5 1 20 150 39 29 82 177 284
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

By match[edit]

World Cup Round Opponent Score Result Venue Scorers
1930 Group stage  Yugoslavia 0–4 L Montevideo
 Brazil 0–4 L Montevideo
1950 Group stage  Uruguay 0–8 L Belo Horizonte
1994 Group stage  Germany 0–1 L Chicago
 South Korea 0–0 D Foxborough
 Spain 1–3 L Chicago E. Sánchez

Record by opponent[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent Wins Draws Losses Total Goals scored Goals conceded
 Brazil 0 0 1 1 0 4
 Germany 0 0 1 1 0 1
 South Korea 0 1 0 1 0 0
 Spain 0 0 1 1 1 3
 Uruguay 0 0 1 1 0 8
 Yugoslavia 0 0 1 1 0 4

Record players[edit]

Eight players have been fielded in all of Bolivia's group matches in 1994, making them record World Cup players for their country. In the 1930 and 1950 editions, Bolivia was drawn into groups with less than four teams, allowing those years' squads to earn less caps.

No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Carlos Borja 3 1994
Milton Melgar 3 1994
William Ramallo 3 1994
Miguel Rimba 3 1994
Erwin Sánchez 3 1994
Marco Sandy 3 1994
Vladimir Soria 3 1994
Carlos Trucco 3 1994

Top goalscorers[edit]

The only Bolivian goal at a FIFA World Cup was scored by Erwin Sánchez during their 1-3 defeat against Spain in 1994. Bolivia had not scored in their previous five World Cup matches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage Archived June 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine (PDF), FIFA.com. Retrieved on June 6, 2007.

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