Bolivia: Preview

One of the more undistinguished teams in the CONMEBOL zone, the Bolivians likely harboured few hopes of getting to Italia’90. They had not participated in the World Cup since 1950 in Brazil, and hardly been close to qualifying since. The most recent edition of the Copa America had also corroborated the impression that Bolivia were heading nowhere, as they had finished last in their group of 5 teams, without scoring a single goal, and also had endured an embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Chile.

The Copa America had been the baptism of fire for new head coach Jorge Habegger. Habegger, an Argentinian, had been appointed head coach on the strength of leading club side Bolívar to successive league championships in 1988 and 1989, but quickly experienced the gap between domestic and international success. He would hope to build on the relations already established in the Bolívar side (including key players Borja and Melgar) to mount a bid for Italia’90 in their group against Uruguay and Peru.

Results

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25.05.1989: Bolivia 3-2 Paraguay
Goals: Peña, García 2
Line-up: Galarza – Borja, Arias, Martínez, Rimba – Roca, Soria, Melgar, Sánchez (Takeo) – García (Paniagua), Peña (Salinas) 

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01.06.1989: Paraguay 2-0 Bolivia
Line-up: Galarza – Borja, Arias, Fontana, Martínez, Saldías – Roca, Soria, Sánchez – García, Peña

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08.06.1989: Bolivia 0-0 Uruguay
Line-up: Barrero – Rimba, Fontana, Martínez, Saldías – Takeo (Sánchez), Villegas (Soria), Arias, Roca – Salinas (García), Peña

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14.06.1989: Uruguay 1-0 Bolivia
Line-up: Galarza – Borja, Arias, Fontana, Martínez, Saldías – Takeo (Salinas), Villegas, Ibañez – García, Peña

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22.06.1989: Bolivia 0-1 Chile
Line-up: Barrero – Arias, Fontana, Martínez, Saldías – Roca, Melgar (Salinas), Etcheverry, Sánchez – García, Paniagua (Peña)

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27.06.1989: Chile 2-1 Bolivia
Goal: García
Line-up: Barrero – Borja, Arias, Fontana, Martínez, Saldías – Roca, Villegas, Sánchez – Etcheverry (Salinas), Peña (García)

Copa América

04.07.1989: Uruguay 3-0 Bolivia (neutral ground in Goiânia, Brazil)
Line-up: Barrero – Borja (c), Fontana, Martínez, Saldías – Roca, Villegas, Melgar, Sánchez – García, Etcheverry (Castillo)

06.07.1989: Bolivia 0-0 Ecuador (neutral ground in Goiânia, Brazil)
Line-up: Barrero – Borja (c), Arias, Fontana, Martínez, Rimba – Melgar, Villegas, Castillo – García (Sánchez), Peña (Salinas)

08.07.1989: Chile 5-0 Bolivia (neutral ground in Goiânia, Brazil)
Line-up (5-3-2): Barrero – Borja (c), Arias, Fontana, Martínez, Rimba – Melgar, Villegas, Sánchez – Paniagua, Peña

10.07.1989: Bolivia 0-0 Argentina (neutral ground in Goiânia, Brazil)
Line-up: Galarza – Borja (c), Arias, Fontana, Martínez, Saldías – Roca, Melgar, Takeo – Peña, Etcheverry

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