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Monday, January 31, 2022

Great victory for Bolivia against Peru in the Copa América de Futsal

 It is the first victory that Green has added in an international competition after five years and is in the race to qualify for the semifinals

Bolivia defeated Peru on Sunday by 4 goals to 3, in the development of the second date of Group B of the Copa América de Futsal that is played in Asunción (Paraguay). La Verde, returned to achieve an international victory after five years.

The last time that Bolivia won in a tournament of these characteristics, it was in 2017 for the Futsal America Cup in San Juan (Argentina).

On that occasion, the team had two wins: against Chile (2-1) for Group A and against Ecuador (3-1) for seventh place.

Returning to the win against Peru, the match was played at the SND Arena and had it all: from going from a comfortable lead for La Verde with two goals to first being traced back (2-3) and then turning it around to win (4-3). ).

Bolivia's starting quintet was formed by: Ramiro Mendivil (goalkeeper), Miguel Padilla, Raúl Ardaya, Luis Florero and José Herrera.

For Peru they started: Julio Tizon (goalkeeper), Jorge Aguilar, Junior Ulloa, Ángel Angulo and Xavier Tavera.


Those led by coach Mauricio Arnez had a great start, because after Saturday's loss to Argentina, La Verde had to win to continue in the fight to qualify for the semifinals.

Bolivia surprised by going up on the scoreboard thanks to a goal from Padilla, who only had to push the ball with an empty goal after a magnificent play by Florero to leave his rivals on the road (4').

The match continued back and forth, but with a Bolivia that owns the best goalscoring actions and therefore reached the second with Ardaya (6'), who from the center feinted to the right to define crosswise (2-0) .

From that moment the Green grew and had a couple of more chances, but his shots were deflected.


Having forgiven cost them dearly because at 17 ' Sebastián Obando discounted for Peru from a free kick.

Already in the second half, at 2 ', Peru equalized the match with a goal from Hugo Barrientos, who with a strong shot beat Mendivil by scoring through the middle of his legs (2-2).

From that moment on, the match was another with a Peruvian team that took possession of the ball and at 6 'they received a penalty in favor of the hand of Saúl Gareca. Tavera was in charge of scoring and turning the score around (2-3).

With that result, Bolivia faded and Mendivil became a figure with his interventions until at 15 'Carlos Ramos equalized the match by pushing the ball after a shot by Florero (3-3).

This emboldened the Bolivian team that went all out on the attack and scored the winning goal at 19’ with Herrera, who beat the goalkeeper after a backheel pass from Florero (4-3).

Peru tried to tie by putting a goalkeeper-player on the field, but he did not achieve his goal.

La Verde's third game will be this Monday against Paraguay (12:00 Bolivian time).

Great victory for Bolivia against Peru

Cerro Porteño announces Marcelo Martins as its new reinforcement

 On the day of the presidential elections, the vice president of Cerro Porteño, Juan José Zapag, announced that the negotiations with the striker of the National Team, Marcelo Martins, reached a point of understanding and that details are missing so that in the following days to join the practices of the azulgranas.

“Number 9 is very close, I would have liked to be bringing him now, but he is playing for his country right now, I will tell you everything there (laughs). Hopefully we can close, announce it and have it debut next week," he told the media.

Cerro Porteño's interest in Martins comes from the end of December of last year, the conversations resurfaced in the middle of this month, which is why the Bolivian attacker was placed by Cruzeiro on the list of possible departures from the Brazilian club.

In this business, Cruzeiro is involved, because he has a contract with Martins until December of this year. From Belo Horizonte, the newspapers were revealing that the club has entered the stage of economic readjustment, a decrease in which the scorer would enter for receiving one of the high salaries of the squad.

At the moment, Martins is focused on the National Team matches for the Qualifiers, once the double date of the qualifiers ends this Tuesday, February 1, he will negotiate again with Cruzeiro to discuss the economic offer and according to the result From that talk the attacker is near or far from Cerro Porteño, although Zapag, the Barça presidential candidate, remarked that everything is resolved to sign for two seasons.

Martins, 34, is on the list of reinforcements requested by Paraguayan coach Francisco Arce, whose team will open at home against Sportivo Ameliano this weekend for the local tournament and this year they will participate in the Copa Libertadores.

Marcelo Martins en Cerro Porteño

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Break the law of Printing: Judge determines that two journalists remove the Costa audio in assumptions bribes

 They circumvented the Printing Law and submitted them to justice ordinary. The 13th Criminal Sentence Judge of the city of La Paz, Edwin Blanco Soria, ordered sports journalists Fernando Nurnberg and Jaime Vega to remove from their pages of communication an audio where Fernando Costa is involved, president of the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF), in cases of alleged bribes.

Social the publications we made, in frank attack on the freedom of expression, committing malfeasance,” Nurnberg said.

A few days ago an audio was leaked where Gary Suárez, close to Costa, talk to his friend Fabio Gil about some cases of alleged bribery involving the president of the FBF.

First they say that the president of Real Santa Cruz, Carlos Sánchez, had received 30 thousand dollars to vote for Costa in the Federation elections, and second, that Costa had paid to referees to favor Always Ready in a last year's match where Blooming was defeated (1-2) with controversial arbitration by Jorge Justiniano, who ended up being temporarily suspended. 

After journalists Nurnberg and Vega published the audio on their respective social networks, the main author, Gary Suárez, came out to defend himself stating that a person had forced him to speak against Costa and that everything he said was false.  

For his part, Costa stated that they were putting together a plot against him trying to destabilize his management and that his lawyer Camacho was going to continue with the actions appropriate, and so it happened. 

Late Thursday afternoon, Nurnberg and Vega received a summons via whatsapp for a virtual hearing. Nurnberg responded by the same means that he was not going to attend because the corresponding route was the Printing Law, while Vega entered the audience to tell them what they were doing irregular process.

Imminently life-threatening, exposing the integrity of my represented vulnerability by statements made without foundation”, referring to the fact that the publication of these audios they put Costa's integrity at risk. That is why the judge Blanco gave way to the process and ruled against the journalists. “Here there is an eagerness to intimidate, to intimidate (…) There is a violation of our rights because we are being judged by the ordinary way. We will submit to the Constitutional Court of Sucre the process so that it is reviewed and a precedent is set, because if nothing is done we are leaving the door open for that anyone who thinks they can shut up journalists, with this background, it will increase for later ", Jaime Vega pointed out.

Faced with this process, the Circle of Sports Journalists of Santa Cruz (CPDSC) issued a statement repudiating the "ruling against journalists for violating freedom of expression and job".

"For the CPDSC, Judge Blanco's actions are a clear malpractice Therefore, we reserve the right to raise a lawsuit when appropriate against the aforementioned judicial authority for the sizeable legal aberration that has perpetrated against the union by admitting the demand for Action of liberty presented by Costa against journalists”, describes the last paragraph of the statement.  

Fernando Costa el corrupto

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Bolivia falls victim to their mistakes and Qatar moves away (4-1)

  Parece ser el cuento de nunca acabar. De tener una ilusión latente y soñar con el Mundial Catar 2022, Bolivia volvió a resignar parte de sus chances al caer ayer 4-1 en su visita a Venezuela, en partido correspondiente a la fecha 15 de las eliminatorias sudamericanas  y  que se jugó en el estadio Agustín Tovar, en Barinas.

Pese a la derrota y que las chances disminuyeron notablemente, en gran medida con la victoria de Perú en Barranquilla sobre Colombia, la esperanza de la Verde puede seguir viva si el martes supera a Chile (16:00) en el estadio Hernando Siles.

Venezuela dominó los primeros minutos del encuentro ante una Bolivia que esperó en su campo y trató de copar el terreno rival.

Con Yeferson Soteldo y Salomón Rondón, la Vinotinto buscó inquietar el arco de Carlos Lampe, pero sin mucha fortuna al inicio.

Bolivia tuvo la primera chance de gol a los 15 minutos, tras un error provocado por el meta llanero Wuilker Fariñez, que tocó el esférico con Nahuel Ferraresi. Este perdió el balón tras la marca de Moisés Villarroel, que cedió  para el remate de Marcelo Martins que se fue levemente desviado.

La Verde tomó el pulso del encuentro y este se hizo de ida y vuelta.

A medida que Bolivia trepó varios metros, Venezuela aprovechó para abrir la cuenta a los 24’ PT, tras una magistral triangulación entre Soteldo, Óscar González y el cabezazo de Rondón que se coló en el primer poste de Lampe (1-0).

Bolivia buscó reaccionar, pero incomprensiblemente dejó crecer más al dueño de casa al regalarle su mediocampo y permitir que la Vinotinto amplíe cifras a los 34’ PT, tras un toque de González y la definición de Rondón que el zaguero Jairo Quinteros no consiguió cortar y que Lampe, en postura estática, no pudo evitar el 2-0.

Cuando parecía que la noche caía en Barinas para la Verde, sobre 37’ PT un centro milimétrico de Juan Carlos Arce desde la banda derecha y un potente testazo de Bruno Miranda derrotó a Fariñez y revivió la esperanza boliviana (2-1).

En el complemento, cuando Bolivia tuvo la primera chance a los 6’ ST con un tiro libre de Martins que rozó el arco de Fariñez, un infantil y grosero error de Diego Bejarano en complicidad con Lampe significó el 3-1 para Venezuela, que amplió cifras con la viveza de Darwin Machís sobre 8’ ST.

En 21’ ST, Soteldo combinó con Rómulo Otero y este con Rondón que marcó su hatrick y el 4-1 final ante la pobreza defensiva boliviana.

Venezuela pudo ganar con un marcador mucho más amplio, porque el equipo dirigido por José Pékerman insistió más y tuvo más chances claras sobre el arco de Lampe.

Al final, Bolivia cayó goleada en Venezuela y ahora solo debe enfocarse en Chile para creer aún en ir a Catar.

Venezuela 4 - 1 Bolivia

Friday, January 28, 2022

Ramiro Vaca: “We are all full of expectations, there is a lot of hope”

 "We are all full of expectations, there is a lot of enthusiasm, desire to play the game that is very important for us in which we must leave everything on the field of play," said player Ramiro Vaca, who is in Venezuela along with the National Team Bolivian.

The soccer player who was part of Club Quebracho, from Tarija, from where he emigrated to the city of La Paz to sign up for The Strongest and jump into Belgian soccer where he signed for Beerschot in the Jupiler Pro League, stressed that the group of players from the Verde is ready to enter the field of play and fight for the three points.

On Friday afternoon, the National Team will play against Venezuela, fulfilling the fifteenth date of the Qualifiers that qualifies for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, for that purpose the team is obliged to win as a visitor as well as at home and thus cling to the dream to go to the ecumenical appointment.

“We have been looking for a long time to play with these characteristics, so we are going to take advantage of it and enjoy it. The ambition is to play a great game and get the result we want”, he said. The player added that: "Thank the Bolivian fans for all the support we received throughout this time."

The match is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in Barinas and will be directed by Guillermo Guerrero, from Ecuador the Fifa referee will be collaborated by Byron Romero and Ricardo Baren, while Luis Quiroz will officiate as the fourth referee, all of whom are compatriots of the main judge.

Ramiro Vaca

Thursday, January 27, 2022

La Verde goes to Venezuela with the eleven confirmed

 César Farías' eleventh has several players with offensive characteristics. The objective is to win in Barinas

The Bolivian team left this Wednesday for Barinas with the eleventh defined to visit Venezuela, this Friday, at 6:00 p.m., for date 15, of the South American qualifying round. The last training session on national soil was held at the Ramón Aguilera Costas stadium.

Coach César Farías will bet on the basis of the previous games with the offensive duo made up of Marcelo Martins and Bruno Miranda, the latter earned his place in the starting team thanks to his performance in the win that Green gave to Trinidad and Tobago ( 5-0), in Sucre.

Farías will appeal to the line of five in the background with: Rodrigo Ramallo, Diego Bejarano, Jairo Quinteros, José Sagredo and Roberto Carlos Fernández.

Both Ramallo and Fernández have offensive characteristics and the idea is that both have permanent projections.

In the midfield, the men of containment will be Moisés Villarroel and Leonel Justiniano. While Juan Carlos Arce will have the freedom to move to help the forwards.

Finally, Carlos Lampe will be in goal, who was the starter in all the matches of the current Qualifiers.

La Verde took flight to Barinas at 3:30 p.m. and plans to arrive at night. On Thursday, he will reconnoitre the field of play at the Agustín Tovar stadium.

National Team

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Bolivian team will travel this Wednesday from Santa Cruz to Barinas

 The Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) announced the itinerary of the Bolivian team for the match it will hold against Venezuela, on Friday, for the 15th date of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers. This commitment is agreed for 6:00 p.m. (HB), at the Agustín Tovar stadium in the city of Barinas.

The last training of the Green in La Paz was scheduled for this Tuesday in the afternoon (15:00), to later move to the city of Santa Cruz (19:30).

The trip of the national delegation from the eastern capital to Venezuela is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. this Wednesday, but before that, in the morning, the national team will train in a place and time to be defined.

The return of the Bolivian team from Venezuela will take place a few hours after the match against Vinotinto, since the trip will be made by charter flight.

The idea of ​​returning from Barinas as soon as possible is to prepare for the match against Chile, which should be played on Tuesday, February 1, at 4:00 p.m., at the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz.

National Team

Thursday, January 27

Ecuador 17:00 Brazil

Paraguay 19:00 Uruguay

Chile 20:15 Argentina

Friday January 28

Colombia 17:00 Peru

Venezuela 18:00 Bolivia


Tuesday February 1

Bolivia 16:00 Chile

Uruguay 19:00 Venezuela

Argentina 19:30 Colombia

Brazil 20:30 Paraguay

Peru 22:00 Ecuador

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Martins turns on the alarms in the Green

 Without Martins to visit Venezuela? The answer will be given by the doctors of the National Team, who began the evaluations of "Flecheiro" after he could not finish the training that the Green held yesterday in La Paz.

Four days before the crucial meeting in Barinas, Bolivia runs the risk of not having Marcelo Martins, who did not finish practice yesterday due to a blow to the thigh of his left leg, as could be seen in the television images of the Unitel network.

Although the medical staff of the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) did not provide further details of the seriousness of Martins' injury on their social networks, the image of the scorer limping out of training set off alarms among the national fans.

Without Martins to visit Venezuela

Monday, January 24, 2022

Martins, in the final sprint to achieve the scoring title

 Marcelo Martins Moreno is four dates away from consecrating himself as the top scorer in the Conmebol Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Bolivian attacker must take advantage of the fact that in the next two days his immediate pursuers in the table of gunners, Neymar and Messi, will not play by the selections of Brazil and Argentina, respectively.

Martins leads the scoring table with nine wins in 13 games played. Second place goes to Neymar, with seven goals in nine games, and the podium is completed by Messi, who has converted six conquests in 13 presentations.

Fourth place, not insignificant, is held by four players, each with five goals: Michael Estrada (Ecuador), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), Lautaro Martínez (Argentina) and Christian Cueva (Peru).

On Friday against Venezuela and on February 1 against Chile, at the Hernando Siles stadium, the striker who plays for Cruzeiro will try to be present on the networks and in the hope that his pursuers will not be as effective

Of the main scorers in the current qualifying round, Martins is the one who has had the most minutes on the pitch, 1,152 in total, compared to 810 for Neymar and 1,094 for Messi.

He noted that the attacker must take care of suffering his second warning that would deprive him of acting on a date. Martins plays in the chapel since the second day, when he saw the yellow card against Argentina, in the following 12 games he took care to see the acrylic.

The second Bolivian

For the second time in 29 years, a Bolivian player is about to consecrate himself as the top scorer in the World Cup qualifiers at Conmebol.

In 1993, the Bolivian National Team played one of the most remembered qualifiers of the last three decades with memorable matches that concluded with the team led by Xabier Azkargorta qualifying for the World Cup and where William Ramallo's goals were decisive.

“America's scorer”, as he was known, scored seven goals in ten games and was the top scorer of the nine teams that played in that qualifying round, leaving behind players like Gabriel Batistuta, Bebeto and Enzo Francescoli, among others.

Since that version that qualified us for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, six more qualifiers have passed and no attacker from our country had rubbed shoulders with the main scorers on the continent.

Marcelo Martins