Bolivia's coach, Venezuelan César Farías, called up 47 players, including five 'foreigners', for their debut in the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar against Brazil and Argentina.
The Bolivian roster includes forward Marcelo Martins Moreno, who has just returned to the Brazilian Cruzeiro, as well as midfielders Henry Vaca, from Atlético Goianiense, also from Brazil, and Danny Bejarano, from Greek Lamia.
The defender Luis Haquin and the midfielder Alejandro Chumacero, both from the Mexican Puebla, were also called up.
The local teams with the most players called to the Green are The Strongest, with 12, and Bolívar, with 11.
The champion Wilstermann will contribute 6 players, Blooming 5 and Always Ready 3, while Nacional Potosí, Municipal Vinto, Oriente Petrolero, Royal Pari and Aurora will be represented by one footballer each.
Bolivian club players include goalkeeper Carlos Lampe, experienced striker Juan Carlos 'Conejo' Arce and youth Víctor Abrego, who had a brilliant participation in the recent Pre-Olympic in Colombia.
On the first day of the qualifying rounds, Bolivia will visit Brazil on March 27 and four days later it will host Argentina at the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz on the second date.
Farías plans to have two teams for the qualifying rounds, one to play the matches in his stronghold in La Paz, at more than 3.600 meters above sea level, and the other for the matches abroad.
To that end, one group will work in La Paz and another in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, 400 meters above sea level.
Preparation will begin this Thursday in both cities, reported the Bolivian Football Federation.
The list of 47 summoned by Farías is as follows:
- Goalkeepers: Daniel Vaca (The Strongest), Jimmy Roca (Nacional Potosí), Jhohan Gutiérrez (Municipal Vinto), Carlos Lampe (Always Ready), Javier Rojas (Bolívar) and Rodrigo Banegas (Oriente Petrolero).
- Defenders: Luis Demiquel, Saúl Torres, Gabriel Valverde, José Sagredo, Carlos Añez, Marvin Bejarano (The Strongest), Jairo Quinteros, Jorge Enrique Flores, Adrián Jusino, Luis Gutiérrez, Oscar Ribera (Bolívar), Alejandro Meleán, Sebastián Reyes ( Wilstermann), Julio César Pérez, Jesús Sagredo (Blooming), Guimer Justiniano (Royal Pari) and Luis Haquin (Puebla-MEX).
- Midfielders: Raúl Castro, Diego Wayar, Rudy Cardozo, Jhasmani Campos, Walter Veizaga (The Strongest), Erwin Saavedra, Roberto Carlos Fernández, Leonardo Vaca (Bolívar), Erwin Jr Sánchez, Edward Vaca (Blooming), Leonel Justiniano, Paul Arano , Moisés Villarroel (Wilstermann), Fernando Saucedo, Christian Árabe (Always Ready), Danny Bejarano (Lamia FC-GRE), Henry Vaca (Atlético Goianiense-BRA) and Alejandro Chumacero (Puebla-MEX).
- Forwards: Juan Carlos Arce, Víctor Abrego (Bolívar), César Menacho (Blooming), Yasmani Duk (Aurora), Ricardo Pedriel (Wilstermann) and Marcelo Martins Moreno (Cruzeiro-BRA).