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Bolivia national football team


The Bolivia national football team is the national team of Bolivia and is controlled by the Federación Boliviana de Fútbol. After playing in the 1930 and 1950 World Cups, they qualified just once—in 1994. There, playing champions Germany in the tournament's opening game in Chicago, Bolivia lost 1-0 as Marco Etcheverry, considered the nation's best player of the 1990s, got sent off just three minutes after coming on as a substitute. They have never advanced past the first round of any World Cup, and have only scored one goal in the final stages, in 1994. However, they did win the Copa América in 1963.
 

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Hernando Siles is a sports stadium in La Paz, Bolivia. It is the country's largest sports complex with a capacity of 38,000 seated spectators and is named after Hernando Siles Reyes, the 31st President of Bolivia (1926–1930). The stadium is located in the Miraflores borough of La Paz, at an altitude of 3,637 metres (11,932 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest professional stadiums in the world. The Stadium was opened in 1931 with a match between The Strongest and its classic rival, Universitario, with The Strongest winning 4–1. It is the home ground of three Bolivian league football clubs, Club Bolivar, The Strongest and La Paz F.C..

The stadium has been the site of historic moments in Bolivian football history, including Bolivia's 2–0 defeat of Brazil in the 1993 qualifiers for World Cup 94, Brazil's first defeat in 40 years of playing the qualifiers. Another such moment of this history, occurred on April 1, 2009 when Bolivia defeated Argentina 6–1, inflicting the worst defeat for Argentina in 60 years. Most recently defeating an underweight Brazil 2–1.

FIFA Altitude Ban
Until May 2007, FIFA, football's international governing body, accepted the stadium as a World Cup Qualifying venue, despite protests from visiting teams that the altitude gave the Bolivian national team an unfair advantage against opponents who had only a few days to acclimatise before playing. On May 27, 2007, FIFA declared that no World Cup Qualifying matches could be played in stadiums above 8,200 feet (2,500 m) above sea level.
Some, including Bolivian President Evo Morales and Diego Maradona, reacted by claiming the new measure discriminated primarily against high-altitude nations in Latin America, especially those in the Andes.
The "Hernando Siles" became a symbol of the Bolivian struggle against FIFA's ban on games at altitude. After a month of campaigning against the ban, FIFA raised the altitude limit from 2500 meters to 3000 meters on June 27, 2007. The next day, FIFA also announced a special exemption for the Estadio Hernando Siles, allowing the stadium to continue holding World Cup qualifying matches.
During 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup qualifyings together, Bolivia had ten home wins and eight home draws, and only two away draws and no away win
 

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El gobernador del departamento de La Paz, César Cocarico, anunció hoy que entidad invertirá más de 35 millones de bolivianos en la refacción de la estructura del principal escenario deportivo del país, el estadio Hernando Siles. Las obras comenzarán en las próximas semanas.

La autoridad sostuvo que este trabajo comprenderá la reparación de las graderías, los baños y todos los espacios del Sile. Cocarico estimó que hace más de 30 años que no se realizan trabajos de mejoramiento en el escenario deportivo de la zona de Miraflores.

"Innegablemente tiene que sacarse todas las sentaderas, tenemos que arreglar y estamos destinando esos 35 millones (de bolivianos) para reparar el estadio Hernando Siles", manifestó Cocarico.

Según Cocarico, el césped de la cancha de fútbol también será removido. No se descartó la importación de un gramado muy resistente a los cambios climáticos que sufre la ciudad de La Paz principalmente en la época de invierno.

El cambio de la hierba se realizará aprovechando que la Liga no programará competencias durante el Mundial de Fútbol Brasil 2014. Será la primera vez que ello ocurra desde la remodelación del escenario para los Juegos Bolivarianos de 1977.

el estadio tendrá:
-Palcos.
-Sillas con espaldar.
-Pista de atletismo azul.
-Cubierta Metálica.

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Changes Up There in La Paz

A reconstruction project was recently proposed for Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz, Bolivia, the highest major association football stadium in the world. The proposal by Populous envisages the following:

* The retaining of the existing west grandstand (as the only curved grandstand), with two strips of private boxes being created: one at field level, and one between the two tiers.
* All the other three stands being rebuilt in order for the stadium to achieve a more compact layout: Football-only, with no running track around the field.
* Capacity pf the stadium will rise from the current 42,000 to somewhere in the 50,000s range.
* All of the stadium will be covered by a light canopy, which will combine the traditional white membrane with brightly-coloured strips spanning onto the facades. The roof and outer cladding will not be entirely opaque, the canopy will rather protect from the sun and create a barrier reducing light and noise pollution to the densely inhabited area.

The reconstruction of Estadio Hernando Siles may be finished around 2020.

Source: StadiumDB.com.
 
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