Monday, January 29, 2018

Venezuala Greatest All-Time Team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

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Copa America 2011
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

South America without Brazil and Argentina.

Venezuela is the only CONMEBOL country where football is not a big sport.  It is the only country that never qualified for the World Cup Finals.  The national team seldom wins a match against the other team from the confederation.   However, they are making progress in recent years. At the 2011 Copa America, they finished 4th and then, a respectful 6th place at the World Cup qualifiers in 2014.

They are nicknamed La Vinotinto ("The Wine-Red"). When playing at home in official games, they usually rotate between three stadiums: The Polideportivo Cachamay in Puerto Ordaz, the Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui in Puerto La Cruz and the Estadio Pueblo Nuevo in San Cristóbal. In friendly matches, they tend to rotate between the rest of the stadiums in the country.

Venezuela did not participate in FIFA World Cup qualification until the 1966 qualifiers in which they were drawn with Uruguay and Peru, but failed to register a point in four games. In the 1970 qualifiers they managed to register a point, and after withdrawing from the 1974 series, repeated that in the 1978 qualifiers. The 1982 qualifiers saw them register their first win, over Bolivia. They wouldn't register another World Cup qualifying win until the 1994 series when they defeated Ecuador. A highlight of the 1998 qualifiers was goalkeeper Rafael Dudamel scoring against Argentina in a 5–2 defeat.

This is my all-time team for Venezuela. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.  
Copa America 1967

During his career, Dudamel played for many clubs. In Venezuela, he played for Estudiantes de Mérida, Universidad de Los Andes, El Vigía, Atlético Zulia, UA Maracaibo and Deportivo Táchira. In Colombia, he played for Atlético Huila, Independiente Santa Fe, Deportivo Cali, América de Cali, Millonarios and Cortulua  He has also played for Quilmes, of Argentina and Mamelodi Sundowns, of South Africa.  Dudamel has 56 caps and one goal for the Venezuela national football team between 1993 and 2007.

GK: Renny Vega
Vega played for the youth team of Udinese in Italy.  He then returned to Venezuela and played for various First Division clubs, including Caracas.  He played for Bursaspor and Denizlispor inTurkey, and Colo Colo in Chile.  He has played with the Venezuela national team for more than ten years, with his most successful moment being when he was a member of the historic 2011 Copa América squad that reached 4th place. 

GK: Gilberto Angelucci
Giberto Angelucci spent most of his career playing in Venezuela for a number of different teams. He started his football career in 1985. Between 1994 and 1998 he played in Argentina with San Lorenzo de Almagro.  A Venezuelan international between1995 and 2005, Angelucci has been capped 47 times and included 1995 and 2004 Copa América squads.

RB: David Mota
David Mota spent more than 15 seasons with Deportivo Galicia in the first division and with this club he was champion of Liga and Copa Venezuela on three occasions. He also played Copa Libertadores with the club as well as the Simón Bolívar Cup of 1971 and 1972. For the national team, he played in the World Cup Qualifiers in 1966 and 1970.

RB: Roberto Rosales 
Roberto Rosales started with Caracas at home before joining Gent in Belgium on 30 May 2007.  Rosales joined Eredivisie side Twente in 2010.  He stayed there until 2014, establishing himself as a starter. Between 2014 and 2019, he played for Malaga in Spain with a loan move with Espanyol. He also played in Cyprus and Brazil.  He has been representing the national team since 2007. He has over 95 caps at the time of writing.

CB: Fernando Amorebieta
He played most of his professional career with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 253 official games over the course of eight La Liga seasons and scoring four goals. He also played for Fulham and Middlesbrough in England, Sporting Dijon in Spain and Independiente in Argentina. Internationally, Amorebieta played for Spain as a youth, but only allowed to switch to Venezuela at senior level in 2011 after a rule change by the FIFA. He had 15 caps and played in Copa America in 2015.
Fernando Amorebieta
CB: Oswaldo Vizcarrondo
At the time of writing, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo has over 80 caps between 2004 and 2016.  He was a member of the 2010 Copa America Team that came 4th.  He was voted onto the Team of the Tournament.  For domestic club football, he started with Caracas FC in 2002.  He played for Olimpia in Paraguay, America in Mexico and Lanus in Argentina before heading to play in France with Nantes.  From 2017 and 2019, he played with Troyes.  He is considered of his country's greatest defenders.

CB: José Manuel Rey 
During his career, Rey played mainly with Caracas Fútbol Club, also representing C.S. Marítimo de Venezuela, Club Sport Emelec (two spells), Pontevedra CF, Atlético Nacional, AEK Larnaca FC and Atlético Club Mineros de Guayana. In 1995, he had a short spell with Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain, but only appeared for the reserve team. In 2009, Rey was sent on loan to Colo-Colo in Chile by Caracas. Rey earned 115 caps and became the first player to appear 100 times for Venezuela. He also represented the nation in six Copa América tournaments.

Freddy Elie was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  He started professionally with Deportivo Galicia before moving to Deportivo Italia in 1970. In 1972, He became the first Venezuelan player to play abroad when he left for Peru. He first played for José Gálvez FBC in 1972. and then, joined Alianza Lima in 1973. He later played for Tiquire-Canaria, Portuguesa Fútbol Club and Universidad de Los Andes. He earned 20 caps for the national team between 1964 and 1977.
Freddy Elie
Cichero began his career with Montevideo Wanderers in 2003.  His club career carried him around the world.  He had played in Italy, France, Argentina, the United States and India.  In the 2012–13 season, he was named Ligue 2 team of the season while playing for Nantes.  Gabriel Cichero has 61 caps for the Venezuela national team, and has scored four goals including the winner against Chile in the 2011 Copa América quarterfinal.

LB: Jorge Rojas
Rojas began to establish himself as one of the nations top players while at Caracas FC. He joined Eucador's Emelec in 2003. That season, he was selected as the top foreign player in the league.  H then played for Colombian club Atlético Nacional and América de Cali, Unión Atlético Maracaibo, NY Red Bulls of the United States, Deportivo Táchira, Mineros de Guayana, Aragua and Metropolitanos.  Rojas has earned 90 caps for the Venezuela national team, making him the second most capped player in the history of Venezuelan international football as of April 2009.

Miguel Vitali started his career with Caracas FC in 1998. He has played professional football in several countries in Europe and South America, including; UE Lleida in Spain, Poggibonsi in Italy, Chacarita Juniors in Argentina and Levadiakos in Greece.  He was briefly on te books of Lazio.  Mea Vitali has played over 80 games for the Venezuela national team between 1999 and 2002, scoring one goal.  The goal came in a World Cup Qualifier against Bolivia in 2001.

DM/RM/RB: Tomás Rincón 
Tomas Rincon played for UA Maracaib,  Zamora and Deportivo Táchira at home before making a name with Hamburger SVC in Germany. Between 2014 and 2017, he played for Genoa in Italy.  He moved to Juventus in 2017. At the time of writing, he plays for Torino.  He is a regular member of the national team with over 125 caps since 2008.  In 2011, he helped Venezuala to finish 4th at the Copa America.  He himself was voted Adidas' Best Player of tournament.
Tomás Rincón 
CM: Gabriel Urdaneta 
Gabriel Urdaneta made 77 appearances for the Venezuela national team between 1996 and 2005, making him the third most-capped player in Venezuelan international football as of March 2008.  For club football, he played for many clubs in Venezuela and Switzerland, including a stint with Young Boys of Bern and SC Kriens. He started with Universidad de Los Andes at home in 1994.

Soteldo started with Zamora at hime.  Between 2017 and 2018, he played for Huachioato in Chile.  He was named Chilean Primera División Best Foreign Player. In 2019, he moved to play in Santos in Brazil, and followed by a transfer to MLS in 2021.  He played in Mexico before returning to Santos.  Since 2016, he was a regular member of the national team.  

AM: Juan Arango 
Juan Arango is considered one of the greatest players ever from his country.  The best part of his career is probably with Mallorca in Spain, where he spent between 2004 and 2009.  He also played with  C.F. Monterrey, C.F. Pachuca, Puebla FC and Tijuana in Mexico and with Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany.  He earned 129 caps, a record in his home country. He represented the nation in six Copa América tournaments. During the 2011 Copa America, he led Venezuela to its best finish.
Juan Arango
Luis Mendoza Benedetto was born in Venezuala, but spent part of his childhood in Italy. He was largely considered to be the greatest footballer from Venezuela before the 1990's. In 1961, he made his league debut as a 15 years old with Banco Agrícola y Pecuario. He played with Central Maiderense, Santo Tomas de Aquino, Deportivo Italia, Deportivo Galicia, Portuguesa, Estudiantes de Mérida and Caracas.

ST: Ruberth Moran
His career was mainly linked with Estudiantes de Mérida at home.  Morán has played professional club football in a number of countries, including; Venezuela, Spain, Colombia, Argentina and Norway. Between 1996 and 2007, he has played 65 times for the Venezuela national team scoring 15 goals, making him the 4th all-time top scorer in the history of Venezuelan international football

ST/SS/AM: Stalin Rivas
At the club level, Stalin Rivas played with several Venezuelan teams, including Mineros de Guayana , Caracas Fútbol Club , Deportivo Italmaracaibo , Deportivo Italia , Trujillanos Fútbol Club, Unión Deportivo Lara and Minervén de El Callao, where he managed to be the top scorer in the Copa Libertatores in 1994 He also played with Millonarios ( Colombia ), Cruz Azul ( Mexico ), Standard Lieja , Boom FC ( Belgium ).  He earned 66 caps for Venezuala between 1988 and 2006.
Stalin Rivas
ST: Giancarlo Maldonado
Maldonado began his footballing career in the youth teams of Montevideo club River Plate. he made his professional debut with Nacional Táchira back home.  He played for many clubs in his career.  His biggest club was probably Atlante in Mexico, where he played between 2007 and 2011. Between 2003 and 2011, he played for Venezuelan national team.  He is their all-time leading scorer.  His father also represented Venezuela.

Savarese made his professional debut at 15, with Venezuelan club Deportivo Italia during the 1986–87 season.  He played college soccer in the United States.  He spent some time in Europe, but the best of his career was spent in the MLS especially earlier in his career with NY Metrostars.  He was elected US Soccer Hall of Flame in 2007.  Between 1989 and 2001, he represented Venezuela 31 times.  

Josef Martínez began his career with Caracas. In 2012, he was acquired by the Swiss Super League club Young Boys before spending a year on loan at Thun. In 2014, he was sold to Italian club Torino, and in 2017, MLS expansion side, Atlanta United FC.  Over there, he broke many records.  He was MLS MVP in 2018.  Since 2011, he played over 60 times for Venezuela.  

ST: Salomón Rondón 
After starting out at Aragua in 2006, Salomón Rondón went on to spend most of his career in Spain, appearing in La Liga with Las Plames and Málaga, and in Russia with Rubin Kazan and Zenit St Petersburg.  Then, he played with West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United. Later, he played for Dalian Yifang, Everton and River Plate. In 2008, he received his first cap at the age of 18.  Since then, he has earned over 100 caps scoring over 40 goals. 
Salomón Rondón 

Honorable Mention
Dani Hernandez, Daniel Nikolac, César Baena, Daniel Francovig, Vicente Vega, Pedro Castro, Wilfredo Alvarado, Jonay Hernandez, René Torres, Jose Manuel Velasquez, Pedro Accosta, Luis Vallenilla, Gerson Chacon, David Mcintosh, Mauro Cichero, Alejandro Cíchero, Carlos Betancourt, Leopoldo Jiménez, Leonel Vielma, Luis Vera, Edson Tortolero, Franklin Lucena
Félix José Hernández, Gabriel Miranda, Alejandro Guerra, Luis Manuel Seijas, Nelson Carrero, Yangel Herrera, Ronald Vargas, Ricardo Páez , Miguel Echenausi, Dani Hernández, Jeffrén Suárez,  José Luis Dolgetta, Miku, Alejandro Moreno, Antonio Ravelo, Rafael Santana.

Squad Explanation
-- This original team was created in January, 2018.  I redid this team in November, 2023.  This was one of the biggest upheavals of all my blogs even through it was only 5 years since I created it.
-- Juan Arango is the best player ever from Venezuela.  Salomón Rondón, Giancarlo Maldonado and Stalin Rivas are some of the other greatest players from here.
-- Most players on this team played from 2000's onward as Venezuela was in the backwater before that.  In fact, their first ever national team did not come until the mid-1960's.
-- The IFFHS created their All-Time Best XI for Venezuela.  Their team included Rafael Dudamel, Roberto Rosales, José Manuel Rey, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo. Jorge Alberto Rojas, Luis Carlos Mendoza, Tomás Rincón. Stalin Rivas, Juan Arango. Salomón Rondón and Giancarlo Maldonado.
-- This was Marca's list of greatest ever footballers from Venezuala.  They were Juan Arango, Stalin Rivas, Giancarlo Maldonado, Alejandro Moreno, Salomón Rondón, Giovanni Savarese, Tomás Rincón, José Manuel Rey, Renny Vega and Oswaldo Vizcarrondo. 
-- I found a youtube video created by Armando Naranjo.  He is a sports announcer specializing in soccer for radio and TV for more than 20 years in Venezuela.  His greatest ever Best XI included: Rafael Dudamel, Roberto Rosales, José Manuel Rey, Frederic Elie, Jorge Alberto Rojas, Luis Carlos Mendoza, Tomás Rincón, Stalin Rivas, Juan Arango, Salomón Rondón and Pedro Febles.  He had two changes from IFHHS.  Giancarlo Maldonado and Oswaldo Vizcarrondo were missing from his team.
-- Venezuela reached the semifinal of Copa America in 2011.  In Argentina, they held Brazil to goalless draw.  In the semifinal, they narrowly lost to Paraguay through a penalty shootout. This team was loaded with players from that team.  Renny Vega, Juan Arango, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, Tomas Rincon, Gabriel Cichero, Giancarlo Maldonado, Roberto Rosales and Salomón Rondón came from that team.  Their rise actually began 4 years earlier when they reached the quarterfinal of the 2007 Copa America held at home. They also had their best ever World Cup Qualifying result up until that point during the World Cup Qualifying rounds for the 2010 World Cup Finals.  They managed to steal a point against Brazil.  Four years later, they beat Argentina 1-0 in another World Cup Qualifier.  That generation was their best ever.
-- Until 2011, their best finish at the Copa América was fifth in their first entry, in 1967.  I took three players from that 1967 team.  They were Luis Mendoza, Freddy Ellie and David Mota. Rafael Santana and Antonio Ravelo deserved to be on this team, but their position was covered by other players.
-- Jorge Valdivia was born in Venezuela, but both of his parents were Chilean.  He also represented Chile in football, where he earned 74 caps between 2004 and 2017.  He starred in Brazil's Serie A in which he was named in the 2007 Bola de Prata.  Danny (Portrugal) was also born in Venezuela.  He played over 30 times for Portugal.  He was a star player with Zenit St Petersburg. He was named Russian Footballer of the Year in 2010.  Both would have been selected to this team if they chose to play for Venezuela.  Leonardo Jardim is a famous Portuguese coach who was known for leading AS Monaco to win the French league title in 2017 ahead of PSG.  His team featured young players such as Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, etc.  He was born in Venezuela, but I did not know much about his playing career.
-- According to different sources, Rafael Dudamel, Gilberto Angelucci and Renny Vega were the three greatest ever goalkeepers from Venezuela.  The three were also the most capped goalkeepers from here.
-- Rafael Dudamel scored 24 goals in his career, but only one of them was for La Vinotinto.  He scored a direct free kick in a 1998 World Cup qualifier against Argentina.  He also won league titles in Venezuela, Colombia and South Africa.  Marca listed Renny Vega as one of the top 10 greatest footballers from here.  Angelucci is currently a fugitive from justice after disappearing during investigation for a homicide in his native Turén, but this did not affect his status with this team.
Renny Vega
-- At the time of writing, Wuilker Faríñez's club career has not worked out in France, but he has the potential to earn a spot on this team.  I left him off the team for now.
-- Dani Hernandez was the first Venezuelan goalkeeper to play in Spain, but he mainly played in the lower division.  Some people rated him as one of the greatest ever from Venezuela, but I put him as my 4th goalkeeper.
-- I also looked into Daniel Nikolac, César Baena, and Daniel Francovig.  Nikolac was ranked very high.  He helped Venezuela to win the Gold medal  at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1982, but it was not a senior tournament, I believed.  At the senior level, he only played 5 times, largely because he often refused callups. 
-- For his club team Unión Atlético Táchira,  Daniel Francovig scored a goal from a dropkick from his penalty box against Independiente of Argentina in the 1987 Copa Libertadores.  His club went on to upset the Argentine club.  It was a monumental moment in their football history.
-- I also discovered Vicente Vega who is the father of Renny Vega.  He played with Jairzinho (Brazil's 1970 World Cup team) for Portuguesa Football Club in the late 1970's.  For Venezuela, he achieved a moral victory in 1981 when he held Brazil to a 1-0 loss during a World Cup Qualifier. Brazil only broke the deadlock by a penalty taken from Zico.  Please don't forget we were talking about the team that would become Brazil's legendary 1982 World Cup team. 
-- Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, Roberto Rosales and Jose Manuel Rey were the greatest defenders from Venezuela. 
Jose Manuel Rey
-- Roberto Rosales was chosen by IFHHS as their best ever rightback.  He was an important player during his time in Spain's Malaga. I came across a rightback named René Torres from the 1980's, but I took David Mota as my backup.  He played for Deportivo Galicia for more than 15 years.  He played in the 1967 Copa America team.
-- On the left, I first took Jorge Rojas who was also IFFHS's choice.  He was voted as the best foreign player while playing in Ecuador.  He was a leftback/wingback. Jonay Hernandez played mainly in Spain's Segunda División B where he appeared in 212 matches over one full decade.  He was a strong prospect for this team, but I took Gabriel Cichero instead.  He was from the 2011 Copa America team. His brother Alejandro Cichero was as famous as Gabriel.  He was a well-known central defender who spent some time in Benfica and Caligari, but the majority of his club career was spent with smaller clubs. He also played as a fullback, but I believed on the right.  This team needed a leftback so I took his brother instead. Their father Mauro Cichero captained Venezuela Olympic team at the 1980 Olympics.  He was also a defender.
-- Oswaldo Vizcarrondo was named on the Team of the Tournament at the 2010 Copa America.  As mentioned, he was one of Venezuela's greatest defenders.  Then, I took Freddy Elie whom I considered to be an historical player.  Jose Manuel Rey was one of the most capped players ever from Venezuela.   He is also their third all-time leading scorer even through he was a defender.
-- The last centreback was more controversial. Fernando Amorebieta switched to play for for Vinotinto late in his career.  He only represented Venezuela 15 times in which some Venezulans might disagree with his selection, especially after I dropped Pedro Accosta and Luis Vallenilla. His club career, however, was very good for players from this country. He played in 253 competitive matches over eight La Liga seasons.  
-- In 2018, I selected 6 central defenders, but in 2023, I decided to reduce the number.   First, I dropped Pedro Acosta.  He made 34 appearances for the senior Venezuela national football team from 1979 to 1989, including participation at the 1979 Copa América, 1983 Copa América, 1987 Copa América and 1989 Copa América. He also competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.  He scored the goal against Bolivia in 1981 that gave Venezuela its first ever victory in a World Cup Qualifier.  Acosta played for Deportivo Galicia, C.S. Marítimo de Venezuela and Caracas F.C.  I also decided not to take Luis Vallenilla.  He made 77 caps for Venezuela, scoring a goal.  For club football, he played for Trujillanos, Caracas and Mineros de Guayana.
-- I came across several defenders who had built strong cases for this team.  Leonel Vielma's name was mentioned frequently during my research.  Pedro Castro was on trial with several Spanish clubs in the 1970's, which would have been a milestone for players from here.  David Mcintosh and Hector Rivas were also mentioned. 
-- Jose Manuel Velasquez was a centreback who spent some time playing in Europe.  Please do not confuse him with José Velásquez who was the standout Peruvan defensive midfielder from the 1978 and 1982 World Cup Finals. 
-- Tomas Rincon was able to have a career in Serie A and Bundesliga, which was a big accomplishment for players from Venezuela.  He was also at one point on the book of Juventus.  Then, I selected Miguel Vitali who had over 80 caps.  He was followed by central midfielder Gabriel Urdaneta who was the third most-capped player in Venezuela's history when he retired.  
-- In 2018, I also selected CM/DM: Leopoldo Jiménez, but I dropped him in 2023.  He played club football for a number of professional clubs in both Venezuela and abroad, including Once Caldas in Colombia, Córdoba CF in Spain, FC Alania Vladikavkaz in Russia, Aris Limassol in Cyprus, for Deportivo Chacao in Venezuela where he spent his best years.  He also played 64 times for the Venezuela between 1999 and 2005.  I also discovered Carlos Betancourt through Facebook discussions.  He played in the 1980's, but he seemed to be a forgotten player.  He was a defensive midfielder, I believed. I also put Franklin Lucena on honorable mention.
-- As of November, 2023, Yangel Herrera is only 25 years old.   He was the captain of the Venezuela U20 team that finished second in the 2017 U-20 World Cup.  He was signed by Manchester City, but he spent his entire stint there out on loan.  It would have a few more seasons before I decided on his selection.  He is now with Girona.  At the time of writing, they surprised everyone by sitting on top of La Liga table ahead of both Real Madrid and Barcelona after 13 games played
-- Juan Arango was considered one of the greatest players ever from his country.  He was a star player in La Liga with Mallocra and in the Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach.  With 129 caps, he is Venezuala's All-Time cap leader.  Luis Mendoza was considered the greatest Venezuelan footballer before the 1990's.  He was the youngest ever player to play in the top division of Venezuela.
Luis Mendoza
-- Uruguay-born Gabriel Miranda was well-respected, but he naturalised late in his career.  He only played 12 times for La Vinotinto.  Alejandro Guerra became the first Venezuelan footballer to win the Copa Libertadores in 2016.  He was also selected as the Best Player of the tournament.  However, people seemed to rank him below the players I have selected. Luis Manuel Seijas played around the same time.  His name was mentioned a few times.  But I did not have enough space for them.
-- Yeferson Soteldo did wonderful things with Santos, but not as well in the MLS with Toronto FC. At the time of writing, he is only 26 years old, but many sources already named him among the top 10 ever from this country. Since this team needed a wide player, I took him over other more senior players.  Stalin Rivas and Juan Arango could also play on the left wing.  
-- This team lacked a respectful right-side attacker.  So I seriously looked into Jeffrén Suárez.  He was famous because he played three seasons for Pep Guardiola's Barcelona and scored a goal against Real Madrid during an El Classico game.  How many Venezuelan footballers could claim a similar portfolio? However, injuries prevented him from reaching his potential.  He never had a big role with neither Barcelona nor Sporting CP.  The majority of his club career was spent in Belgium, Switzerland, Cyprus, Croatia, UAE, etc. In a way, Stalin Rivas' career was similar, but Jeffren only played 4 times for Venezuela.  Rafael Santana, José Luis Dolgetta, Pedro Febles, Alejandro Moreno and Ruberth Morán should be ahead of him.  RW/LW César González would also be ideal for this team, but I did not have enough space for him.   
-- Stalin Rivas was one of the first Venezuelans to play in Europe.  He was known for his left foot.  With Minervén S.C., he finished as the top scorer in the 1994 Copa Libertadores with 7 goals.  Giancarlo Maldonado was part of team that finished fourth in the 2011 Copa América.  He was America's Golden Booth winner in 2007 sharing the award with Argentina's Martin Palermo. Salomón Rondón had a solid career in England.  He is the all-time leading scorer for this country.  All three of them were undisputed selections for this team.
-- Giancarlo Maldonaldo was named after 1982 World Cup winning Italian Midfielder Giancarlo Antognoni.  His father Carlos was also a footballer.  He was an idol with Deportivo Táchira.  He also played for Deportivo Armenio in Argentina, Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia and Fluminense in Brazil. He was the first Venezuelan national team player to score a goal against Brazil in the 1989 Copa América.
Giancarlo Maldonado 
-- The big question mark was Gianni Savarese.  He was elected to the US Soccer Hall of Flame for his career in MLS, but his peak years over there only lasted from 1996 to 1998 while he was playing for NY Metrostars.  His club career outside of MLS was very limited. Moreover, he only played 31 times for Venezuela.  Nevertheless, I decided to take him over José Luis Dolgetta, Pedro Febles, Alejandro Moreno, Antonio Ravelo, Rafael Santana, Miku and Ruberth Moran.
-- In 2018, José Luis Dolgetta was selected into this team for his performance at a single tournament.  He was the top scorer at the Copa America in 1993.  For a Venezuelan player, the achievement was very big, especially for the generations before the 2000's when football was not a popular sport at home.  However, he only played 21 times for the national team. There were more forwards who had done more. So in 2023, I dropped him.   Journalist Armando Naranjo selected Pedro Febles for his All-Time Best XI.  He was the hero of Deprtivo Tachira's upset of Independiente de Avellaneda during Copa Libertadores in 1987.  But I did not know enough about him.  Alejandro Moreno was also a star player in MLS, but he was lesser-known than Savarese.  So all of them were put onto honourable mention.
-- I admitted not knowing Antonio Ravelo. In 2018, I selected him because he was  one of the stars of the first ever national team from his country.  I took him as a pioneer of the game, but I have limited information on him.  He scored two goals in a 3-0 win over Bolivia in 1967.  The match was Venezuela's first ever victory in Copa America.  Rafael Santana scored the other goal. One article named Santana as one of Venezuela's greatest athletes alongside baseball Hall of Flamer Luis Aparicio.  He might be a better choice than Ravelo for a spot.  During my 2023 review of the team, I put both Ravelo and Santana on honourable mention.  
-- Ravelo made his professional debut with Deportivo Español in 1958. He also played for Banco Agrícola y Pecuario, Dos Caminos Sport Club, Portuguese Sports Club and Canary Sports Union.  For the national team, he made his debut in 1962 at the IX Central American and Caribbean Games of 1962, winning the silver medal.   In 1965, he played along with his brothers against Peru at the first ever World Cup Qualifier for his country. In 1967, he also played in Venezuela's first ever entry to the South American Championship, in which he scored two goals in a 3-0 victory over Bolivia.
-- Josef Martínez broke the MLS single season scoring record in 2018.  He is also the fastest player in MLS history to score 100 regular-season goals. Outside of MLS, he also spent three seasons playing in Italy's Serie A.  I ranked him ahead of Savarese.
 Josef Martínez
-- Miku was listed as one of the top 10 players ever by a single source, and he had a fruitful career in Getafe. 
-- I discovered Herman Ettedgui.  He was a well-known striker in the 1940's and 1950's.  He later also became a baseball player, a track athlete, a volleyball player and Basque pelota player.  However, he was famous because of his career as a journalist, and I did not know if he was an all-timer in football.
-- I had one spot left at the end of my research.  Yangel Herrera should wait a few years before I decided on his selection.  So I looked into centrebacks, Pedro Accosta and Luis Vallenilla.  In the end, I decided to take striker Ruberth Moran.

Starting lineup
Formation: 4-3-3

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Bolivia Greatest All-Time Team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

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World Cup Finals 1994

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

South America without Brazil and Argentina.

Bolivia went to the World Cup in 1930 and 1950, and won the Copa America in 1963.  In 1930, Bolivia was one of the teams invited to the inaugural edition of the World Cup, held in Uruguay. Drawn in Group 2 of the 1930 World Cup, Bolivia lost both its games 4–0, first to Yugoslavia at the Estadio Parque Central, and then to Brazil in the Estadio Centenario

However, it was the founding of Tahuichi Academy that put Bolivia on the map.  In 1993, Bolivia armed with players from the academy became the first team to beat Brazil in a World Cup Qualifier.  They went to the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA.  Bolivia also participated in one FIFA Confederations Cup at 1999 in Mexico, their fourth FIFA tournament they have played.

This is my all-time team for Bolivia. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.  
Copa America winner, 1963

GK: Carlos Trucco
Born in Argentina, Carlos Trucco played for a number of clubs in Argentina before moving to play for Destroyers, Oriente Petrolero and Boliva in Bolivia.  He also played in Colombia and Mexico.  He had 51 caps for Bolivia.  He started playing for Bolivian national team in 1989 and was their starting goalkeeper at the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA, Bolivia's first ever World Cup Finals since 1950.

GK: Vicente Arraya
Born in 1922, Vincente Arraya was one of Bolivia's top players in the 1950's.  He was capped 8 times for the national team of Bolivia. He played for Bolivia in the 1950 FIFA World Cup.  He went to the South American Championships of 1945 , 1946 , 1947 and 1949 when Bolivia achieved a historic 4th place, its best performance in this tournament outside of Bolivia . For his club career, he also played for Ferroviario La Paz, and 8 matches for Club Atlético Atlanta of Argentina, in the 1944-45 season. He was the first Bolivian player to play in the Argentina First Division.

Vicente Arraya (3rd left)
Born in Paraguay, Luis Galarza was considered the Strongest's greatest ever goalkeeper.  He played for them between 1971 and 1987.  His club career would last until 1996.  He was one of the oldest professional footballers ever to take the field in Copa Libertadores.  He played for Bolivia, but the number of his cap varies. He went to the 1987 Copa América tournament.  Brother Ramón Mayeregger played for Paraguay while brother Arturo and son Sergio represented Bolivia.

Rimba made three appearances in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and was part of the squad that reached the final of the Copa América in 1997.  He played the majority of his club career for Bolívar where he won six Bolivian league titles (1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997). Towards the end of his career he played in Argentina with Atlético Tucumán, he then had short spells with Oriente Petrolero, Real Santa Cruz and Aurora before his retirement in 2003.
CB: Ronald Raldes
Raldes started his career with Club Destroyers in 1998, the following year he joined Oriente Petrolero, where he played for them in two different stints. Raldes played Argentine club Rosario Central between 2004 and 2008.  He also played in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Mexico. He had 102 caps between 2001 and 2008. He is Bolivia's most capped player. Raldes was captain of the Bolivian squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile. 

Marco Sandy belonged to the Golden Generation that qualified for the 1994 World Cup Finals in the United States. He was a part of the team that finished runner-up at the 1997 Copa America. He earned 93 caps between 1993 and 2003. On club level he spent the majority of his career with Bolívar, apart from three spells abroad with Real Valladolid of Spain playing alongside his countryman Juan Pena, Gimnasia de Jujuy of Argentina and Tampico Madero of Mexico.

Marco Sandy 

Sanchez  began his professional career with The Strongest in 1991. In 1997, he was transferred to Argentine club Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy. He moved to Independiente in the winter of 1998. On his return to Bolivia in 2000, he would spend two more periods with The Strongest, and one with Bolívar.  He was capped 78 times by Bolivia and scored 6 goals, between 1994 and 2007.  He was not a member of the 1994 WC team.

Juan Manuel Pena was capped 85 times for Bolivia between 1991 and 2009. and was a member of the Golden Generation that qualified for the 1994 World Cup Finals in 1994 and 5 Copa America tournaments. He spent 14 seasons playing for clubs in Spain, most notably with Valladolid for 9 seasons. He also played 3 seasons for Villarreal and 2 more for Celta de Vigo before moving to play in the MLS with DC United in 2010.

LM/LB: Luis Cristaldo 
Born in Argentina, Luis Cristaldo moved to Bolivia at the age of 15.  He played for Oriente Petrolero and Boliva in Bolivia before moving to play in Spain for Sporting de Gijon.  From 2001 to 2006, he played for the Strongest. He also played in Argentina and Paraguay. For the national team, he was capped 93 times.  He went to 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA.  He was at one point Bolivia's national team record cap holder alongside Marco Sandy with 93 caps.

Luis Cristalsdo

At the club level, Melgar played for Blooming, Bolívar, Oriente Petrolero and Real Santa Cruz in Bolivia, as well as Everton (VdM) and Cobreloa in Chile. He also played in Argentina for the two giants and fierce rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate.  Melgar was capped 89 times and scored 6 international goals for Bolivia between 1980 and 1997. His tally of 89 caps was a national record until January 31, 2002,

DM/CMWilfredo Camacho
Wilfredo Camacho started his career with Deportivo Municipal in Bolivia. In 1962, he joined his compatriot Ramiro Blacut in the Argentine club Ferrocarril Oeste. He only remained there for only a season.  In 1964, he joined Once Caldas at home. He would return to play for Deportivo Municipalto at the end of his career. At the international level, he earned 27 caps, helping Bolivia to win the South American Championship in 1963. It was Bolivia's greatest honour in international football.
Wilfredo Camacho

CM/DM: Carlos Fernando Borja 
At the club level, Melgar started his career with Blooming before moving to Argentina, where he played for both Boca Juniors(1985-1988) and River Plate(1988-1989).  He also played for Bolívar, Oriente Petrolero and Real Santa Cruz in Bolivia, as well as Everton (VdM) and Cobreloa in Chile. He was capped 89 times and went to the WC Finals in 1994.  His tally of 89 caps was a national record until January 31, 2002

CM: Erwin Sanchez  
Nicknamed "Platini", Erwin Sanchez was among the greatest Bolivian players of all-time.  He was a graduate of Tahuichi Academy. He became the first Bolivian to join an European club when he signed for Benfica in 1990.  However, his career did not take off until he joined Portugal's Boavista in 1992.  He helped them to win the league title in 2001.  For the national team, he earned over 50 caps. He was an important player as Bolivia qualified for the World Cup  Finals in 1994.

Erwin Sanchez

Carlos Aragonés started his career in 1976 with Bolívar. Aragonés moved to Brazil in 1981 to play for Palmeiras. He moved to Coritiba in 1984, without successes.  He returned to Bolivia in 1985 and joined Destroyers.  He played 31 games for the Bolivia national team between 1977 and 1981, scoring 15 goals.  He is the third-placed Bolivia national teams all-time goal scorer.

RW/FW: Ramiro Blacut 
Blacut was the hero of Copa America winning team of 1963, where he also won the Player of the Tournament. He played 23 times for Bolivia. between 1963 and 1972. During his career, he represented Club Bolívar and The Strongest as well as Argentine club Ferro Carril Oeste from 1963 to 1965. In addition, in 1965-66 he played with Bayern Munich. He was the first Bolivian to play in Europe. 

Marcolo Martins played over 100 caps for Bolivia and scored over 30 goals.  he is the national team's all-time capped player and all-time top goalscorer.  He had played for many club teams around the world.  Martins was UEFA Europa League champion in 2009 with Shakhtar Donetsk and became the first Bolivian footballer to win a European title.  he was born in Bolivia of a former Brazilian footballer.  He was capped by Brazil at the youth level.

AM/SS: Marco Etcheverry 
Marco Etcheverry was one of the best ever Bolivian player and one of the best players to have played in MLS. He was an important player as Bolivia beat Brazil in 1993 and qualified for their first World Cup Finals in 1994.  He was capped 71 times between 1989 and 2003.  For his professionbal career, he played in Spain, Colombia and Chile before he moved to MLS in 1996 where he was considered one of the greatest ever to play in the league. He won 3 MLS Cups with DC United.

Marco Etcheverry

Nicknamed "Chichi", Romero was a gifted midfield playmaker noted for his vision and ball control. He made his debut at the age of 15 with Destrpyers.  Some of the clubs he played for include Oriente Petrolero, Quilmes, Blooming and Bolívar. Romero played for Bolivia in four World Cup qualifying campaigns- 1978, 1982, 1986 and 1990 as well as the 1979 and 1983 Copa América tournaments.  He earned 48 caps between 1977 and 1989.

FW: Mario Alborta
Mario Alborta started playing football for Universitario de La Paz in 1920's.  From 1925 to 1939, he played for Bolívar. For international football, he went to 1926 and 1927 South American Championship.  He scored a goal against Argentia in the 1927 edition.  In 1930, he went to the World Cup Finals, held in Uruguay. Bolivia was eliminated after playing two games.

Jaime Moreno began his career at Club Blooming and then played for Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe before becoming the first Bolivian to play in the English Premier League.  He spent two seasons with the English club Middlesbrough.  In 1996, he joined DC United, playing with countryman Marco Etcheverry.  He spent 15 seasons in MLS, becoming its all-time leading scorer.  With DC United, he won 4 MLS Cups. From 1991 to 2008, Moreno played 75 matches for the Bolivia.
Jaime Moreno

ST: Joaquín Botero
Botero is the all-time record Bolivia national team's goalscorer and was the top goalscorer in world football in the 2002 season, with 49 goals scored for Club Bolívar.  In 2003, he played overseas.  In his career, he played for UNAM of Mexico, San Lorenzo of Argentina, Deportivo Táchira of Venezuela, Correcaminos UAT of Mexico and Al Arabi of Kuwait. He had 48 caps between 1999 and 2009. 

ST: Maximo Alcoer   
With the national team of Bolivia, Maximo Alcoer won the 1963 South American Championship and scored the winning goal versus Brazil in Bolivia's final match of the tournament in Cochabamba. He earned a total of 22 caps, scoring 13 goals. Alcócer played for Club Union Maestranza, Club Wilstermann and Club Aurora. 

ST: Victor Agustin Ugarte 
Victor Agustin Ugarte spent most of his career with Club Bolívar but he had a short spell with Argentine club San Lorenzo de Almagro in 1958 where he became the first Bolivian to play in the Argentine Primera. He also played for Once Caldas in Colombia.  He scored 16 goals in 45 caps for Bolivia, making him their second all-time top goalscorer. He helped his country to win the 1963 Copa America. The victory was the greatest achievement in Bolivia's football history.

Victor Agustin Ugarte 
Honorable Mention
Arturo Galarza, Arturo López, José Carlo Fernández, Carlos “El Pollo” Arias, Carlos Lampe, Jesús Bermúdez, Mauricio Soria, Gustavo Quinteros, Jose Bustamante Nava, Vladimir Soria, Alberto Achá, Luis Gatty Ribeiro, Marvin Bejarano, Hernán Huaranca Aramayo, Lorgio Álvarez, Silvio Rojas, Juan Carlos Arce, Julio César Baldivieso, Joselito Vaca, Ovidio Messa, Ramiro Castillo, Roberto Capparelli, William RamalloMario Mena, Benigno Gutiérrez, Silvio Rojas.

Squad Explanation
-- The original team was created on Janauary, 2018.  I did an intensive update in October, 2023.
-- The greatest footballers ever from Bolivia were Marco “Diablo” Etcheverry and Victor Ugarte.  They were followed by Erwin Sánchez, Maximo Alcócer and Erwin “Chichi” Romero.
-- Bolivia's greatest generation was from the 1990's, where they qualified the World Cup Finals in 1994.  In 1993, Bolivia became the first team to beat Brazil in the South American World Cup qualifiers while playing them in La Paz.  Then, in 1997, Bolivia hosted the Copa America, where they reached the Final before losing to Brazil, a team that featured Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Dunga, Cafu, Leonardo, etc.  Up until the Final, Bolivia won every single matches.  From that generation, I had the following players on my all-time team: Marco Etcheverry, Carlos Trucco, Jamie Moreno, Juan Manuel Pena, Oscar Sanchez, Luis Cristaldo, Miguel Rimba, Marco Sandy, Erwin Sanchez, Carlos Fernando Borja, José Milton Melgar and Carlos Fernando Borja.  Most of the players came from the Tahuichi Academy.
-- Bolivia also went to the 1930 World Cup Finals.  I knew very little about them.  I took Mario Alborta, but I actually do not know much about him.  One source named him as the first star player from Bolivia.  Jesús Bermúdez who was their goalkeeper made the 2018 team, but I dropped him during the review in 2023.
-- Bolivia's 1950 World Cup team was also unknown to me. They only played a single game against eventual champion Uruguay after France withdrew and left the group just two teams.  Jose Bustamante Nava and Alberto Acha were two names that I came upon. I needed more information on Mario Mena and Benigno Gutiérrez. I put them as honorable mentions.  But goalkeeper Vicente Arraya made my team.  He was also the first Bolivian to play in the Argentinian league.  Of course, the big star of the team was Victor Ugarte,
-- Bolivia won the South American Championship in 1963.  It was Bolivia's greatest achievement in football. Ramiro Blacut won the Player of the Tournament award. Wilfredo Camacho, Victor Ugarte and Maximo Alcoer made my all-time team.  
-- The IFHHS created an All-Time team for Bolivia.  The players selected were Vicente Arraya, Miguel Rimba, Wilfredo Camacho, Juan Manuel Peña, Luis Cristaldo, José Milton Melgar, Erwin Sánchez, Marco Etcheverry, Ramiro Blacut, Víctor Ugarte and Julio César Baldivieso
-- Rompiendo la Red - Página Deportiva came up with their All-Time Best XI.  Their lineup was as followed: Mauricio Soria, Ronald Raldes, Juan M Pena. Marco Sandy, Milton Melgar, Julio César Baldivieso, Edwin Sanchez, Ramon Blacut, Marco Etcheverry, Marcelo Martins and Victor Ugarte.
-- Ronald Raldes was Bolivia's all-time cap holder while Joaquín Botero and Marcelo Martins are two of Bolivia's all-time leading scorers.  They are the only players selected from the generation after the 1990's.
-- The younger fans considered Carlos Trucco as Bolivia's greatest ever.  He was known for the 1994 World Cup Finals.  Vicente Arraya was one of the first Bolivians to play aboard.  He was also IFFHS's choice for their goalkeeper.  The pair was my first two choices for goalkeepers.
Carlos Trucco
-- In 2018, I took Jesús Bermúdez as my third goalkeeper largely because he led Bolivia to their first ever World Cup Finals.  However, in 2023, I replaced him with Luis Esteban Galarza.  Jesús Bermúdez's name was not mentioned frequently in discussions while Galarza's name was everywhere.  Perhaps, Bermudez was forgotten by the modern fans since he played in the 1930's while Luis Esteban Glarza was remembered fondly for his club performance in Bolivia.
-- Jesús Bermúdez was Bolivia's starting goalkeeper at the 1930 World Cup Finals. He also played in the South American Championship of 1926 and 1927. For his club career, he played for Oruro Royal, whose Estadio Jesús Bermúdez stadium is named after him. He also played for Club San Jose. He died at the age of 42.
-- Luis Esteban Galarza was considered one of Bolivia's greatest ever while his brother Arturo was not far behind.  They were originally from Paraguay.  I could not find much information for both of their international games. Different sources listed different caps number for Luis Galarza.  Arturo Galarza played for Bolivia against Hungary in the World Cup continental playoff against Hungary in 1977, but any other information was unclear.  He reportedly played for Paraguay national team in the early 1960's as many as 9 times.  
-- The Galarza family was an interesting story.  Eldest brother Ramón Mayeregger Galarza was the starting goalkeeper for Paraguay at the 1958 World Cup Finals.  His two younger brothers Arturo Galarza and Luis Esteban Galarza moved to play in Bolivia.  Arturo would play for Bolivar while Luis Esteban Galarza suited up for the Strongest.  Both would captain their respective clubs during El Clásico Paceño (Bolivian Derby) between Bolívar and The Strongest.  Both would become naturalised and played for Bolivia.  Luis's son Sergio Galarza was capped 29 times for Bolivia.  His younger brother Luis was a goalkeeper for Strongest while Arturo's son played with Real Potosí.  In total, this family had 7 professional goalkeepers.  Hipólito Recalde who was a brother of their mother scored a goal for Olimpia at the final of the inaugural Copa Libertadores against Penarol in 1960.   
-- Arturo López was a forgotten player, but one source specifically named him as Bolivia's greatest ever.  He kept undefeated record against Argentina and Brazil during Bolivia's victory at the 1963 South American Championship.  José Carlo Fernández's club career took him to 9 clubs abroad in Mexico, Chile, the United States and Colombia.  While playing in Israel, Carlos “El Pollo” Arias was considered the best goalkeeper over there, which led to a move to Spain.  Carlos Lampe spent some time as a backup goalkeeper in Boca Juniors.  He also captained the national team.  Mauricio Soria also deserved a mention. They were some of the bests of the rest, and I put them on honorable mention.
-- For defenders, both Luis Cristaldo and Marco Sandy have 93 caps each.  Both came from the Golden Generation in the 1990's. Luis Cristaldo was sometimes mentioned as one of Bolivia's greatest players.  He was a naturalized player from Argentina, but he moved to Bolivia as the age of 15 and he also graduated from Tahuichi Academy, which made his "football" journey very Bolivian.  He was a wing-back.  He would provide the wide attack on this team.  Sandy was also an undisputed selection for his central defensive position.  The two of them were often listed among the greatest Bolivian footballers of all-time.  I started off by taking the two of them.
-- Marco Sandy alongside Juan Mannuel Peña and Óscar Carmelo Sánchez were easy picks for the central defensive position.  Peña had a long career playing in Spain, and he spent at least a single season playing with Sandy in Real Valladolid. He contested a Champions League semifinal while being undisputed starter of Villarreal.  Sanchez had a long career with Club Bolivar. He played in the Final of 2004 Copa Sudamerica.  All three of them was a part of the Golden Generation in the 1990's.  
-- For the last central defender, I took Ronald Raldes who is currently Bolivia's most capped player. He is priobabky ranked ahead of Oscar Sanchez.  I did not have many candidates after the four of them, except Gustavo Quinteros and Alberto Achá.
Ronald Raldes
-- This team only carried 6 defenders and Wilfredo Camacho.  It was not enough to play in any meaningful tournaments.  However, I did not know who to drop.  Alberto Acha was seriously considered.
-- Alberto Achá from the 1950 World Cup Finals was supposed to be a top defender, but I had limited information on him.  He was mentioned a few times as one of Bolivia's greatest defenders.  He was the captain of the Bolivian team that participated in the II Bolivarian Games (Lima, 1947-48) and in the 1946 South American championships.  I really had to dig deep for his career overseas.  The internet only had a small mention about that in a few sources.  He was the third footballer from Bolivia to play aboard.  Only one source named his club team in Mexico.  I believed that he played for San Sebastián del Oro around 1945.  
-- Gustavo Quinteros played around the same time as Marco Sandy, Juan Mannuel Peña and Óscar Carmelo Sánchez.  He was originally from Argentina, but he became a naturalised citizen and played for Bolivia. He only became a central defender after he moved to the Strongest in 1993 because of his aerial ability.   
-- José Bustamante Nava played for Bolivia in the 1950 World Cup Finals as a defender.  Meanwhile, José Bustamante went to the 1930 World Cup Finals.  He was an attacker. I don't know if they were related.  In Spanish tradition, "Nava" should be the surname of the mother's family.  I believed José Bustamante Nava was the more famous one.  Both of their Wikipedia page had little information about them.
-- One source said that Luis Gatty Ribeiro was the greatest Bolivian rightback ever. He only earned 36 caps between 2000 and 2009 at a time when La Verda did not have any significant performance. He also played domestic club football in Bolivia only, which limited his exposure outside Bolivia. I just had to leave him on honorable mention only. Miguel Rimba of the 1990's generation was probably the greatest rightback from here.
-- The IFHHS selected Luis Cristaldo as Bolivia's greatest leftback.  He was undisputed for this position.  I could not find a suitable backup.  Marvin Bejarano and Lorgio Álvarez came up during my research, but I did not know how to rank them accordingly. Both did not break the 50-cap barrier.  Lorgio Alvarez's goal against Peru in the 2004 Copa America was one of the greatest ever goals ever scored in Copa America's history.  Hernán Huaranca Aramayo played with Victor Ugarte.  His Bolívar club team in 1953 went undefeated, but I knew nothing about him. So I just left all of them on honorable mentions only.
-- Carlos Borja was selected over some of the midfielders who played in a more advanced position. Jose Milton Melgar played with both Boca Juniors and River Plate. He was a number 8.  In the 1990's, he and Borja played in a deeper role behind Edwin Sanchez, Julio César Baldivieso and Marco Etcheverry for Bolivia.  And then, I selected Wilfredo Camacho from the 1963 South American Championship winning team. He actually scored 4 goals in the tournament.  He was sometimes listed as a defender.  Ideally, I would like to select one more central/defensive midfielder, but I could not fit Vladimir Soria onto the team.  He was put on honorable mention.
-- Several sources pointed out that Edwin Romero was one of the top three players ever from Bolivia.  In 1977, he helped Bolivia to win their World Cup Qualifying group and reach the continental playoff for the World Cup Finals.  In 1979, Bolivia also beat both Argentina and Brazil during the group stage of the Copa America, where he was Bolivia's most important player.
Edwin Romero
-- Marco Etcheverry was one of the most underrated players in South America.  He showed brilliance in helping Bolivia to qualify for the 1994 World Cup Finals, but his exposure in the World Cup Finals was very limited.  He only played a short time in the World Cup Finals. Later, injuries cut his career short in Europe.  He spent the prime of his career playing in the MLS.  He was one of the greatest players ever playing in the MLS.  If he had better exposure outside the MLS, he might be rated much higher.
-- Erwin Sanchez's club career in Europe was the best ever from Bolivia.  He successfully played with Boavista in Portugal, in which he won a league title in 2001.  He also scored 2 goals against his former team Benfica in the Final of Taça de Portugal for them. His nickname was "Platini" because their style was similar.  
-- Bolivia played with three attack midfielders on their lineup during the 1990's.  They were Ewin Sanchez, Julio Baldivieso and Marco Etcheverry.  For this team, I already had Romero, Sanchez and Etcheverry, but I wanted a fourth or backup attack midfielder. 
-- I considered Ovidio Messa from the 1970's.  Ramiro Castillo had played more games in the Argentine league than any other Bolivian footballer.  He was often mentioned among the greatest.  Julio César Baldivieso also held a long career outside Bolivia.  But I decided to select Carlos Aragonés.  Basically, I wanted to spread the team so I dropped Baldivieso from the Golden Generation of the 1990's. 
-- Julio César Baldivieso is the greatest player not selected for this team.  Nicknamed "El Emperador",  he began his career playing for Wilstermann in 1987.  He joined Bolívar in 1992.  Later, he played around the world with Newell's Old Boys in Argentina, Yokohama Marinos in Japan, Barcelona Sporting Club and Deportivo Quevedo in Ecuador, Cobreloa in Chile, Al-Nasr in Saudi Arabia, Al-Wakra in Qatar and Caracas in Venezuela. Towards the end of his career he returned to Bolivia and played for The Strongest.  He had 85 caps and went to the World Cup Finals in 1994.
-- Ramiro Blacut (Bolivia) went to play in Germany during the 1960's, which was considered a big move for a Bolivian in that era. He also won the South American Championship in 1963, Bolivia's greatest achievement in football. He won the Player of the Tournament award.  He was a wing-forward.  Juan Carlos Arce could also operate on the wide. He was also a wing-forward, but only Blacut made the team. 
-- Marcelo Martins was a striker, but he could play on the wide.  I believed that he was more suitable on the left.  He and Luis Cristaldo were the wide player on the left.   The IFHHS put Julio César Baldivieso on the left, but according to footage from the 1990's, he did not play on the left for Bolivia.  I did try to sneak him onto the team.
-- Victor Ugarte became the first Bolivian to play in the Argentine Primera when he joined San Lorenzo.  He was considered to be one of Bolivia's greatest players.  He led them to the 1950 World Cup finals.  As an aging player, he played in the 1963 Copa America, where he scored two goals in the last game against Brazil.  Maximo Alcoer was the Bolivia's top scorer at the 1963 Copa America.  He scored the winning goal against Brazil that gave Boliva the title.
--Jamie Moreno played with Marco Etcheverry at DC United.  He does not get onto many all-time list for Bolivia.  However, he had played in Premiership and was one of the best ever players in MLS.  He has outdone many Bolivian players in his club career. I saw plenty of him while I was living in Washington, DC.
-- Marcelo Martins is now the all-time leading scorer for Bolivia.  He was the 2008 Copa Libertadores scorer in 2008, in which led him to a career in Europe.   Joaquín Botero was the their all-time leading scorer before Marceloa Martins.  Both were often included the best ever form Bolivia's list, but I almost dropped Botero.  The modern fans might have favored them over the old-timers.
Marcelo Martins
 -- I do not know much about Mario Alborta.  His name came up in my research.  He went to the 1930 World Cup Finals as the first star player for Bolivia.  And I did not have anyone from that team.  So I added him to this squad.
-- Roberto Capparelli was a naturalised player who went to the 1950 World Cup Finals,  he only made honroable mention.