Well after a very long time working on this team and watching probably all the footage available in Internet I'm gonna explain some general things about their players and why I was so attracted to work in an obscure NT from Southamerica's in 1990's.
I've been always interested in 90's football, cause I think it was the best to watch and specially Southamerican since every fucking NT had one or two brilliant playmakers who is the position I (play) and love. There was so much talent around and so many talented players to watch and enjoy. Also imo it is the best AFA league era ever, full of talent and the esthetic was just outstanding, turning to modern football in a very nice way. So basically and even saying 1994 WC was one of the worst in terms of quality I've watched, getting these matches from Bolivia was a joy to watch. Also I was interested in Copa America 1993 and 1997 from these guys where they made it gerat, reaching final match vs Brazil and having posibilities to win a Cup again.
You know, Bolivia is probably letting away Venezuela, the worst NT in Southamerica. Yeah they had some good years in 50's but after that they always been shit and getting incredible goal ratio conceded...far away to qualify to WC and basically losing every match outside the 3600 m over the sea from La Paz which is basically a killer for any NT. Eventhought they couldn't take advantage from that...imagine the level of the team.
BUT 90's Bolivian side was much more than taking advantage of this 3600 metres over the sea. They had quality and real one...the coach, Azkargorta, built up a great great midfield and a compact team, chosing very well the players to carry on his idea.
Let's go to the team: I've had a headache trying to realize what was the system and the tactics in WC. Some sites said they played 3-6-1, other 3-5-2, 5-2-2-1 and etc. I found very clear after watching all the minutes and also after that other matches and highlights they played a very flexible 3-4-2-1...but like any other system, players move...and in Azcargorta's team...they moved A LOT. So it was for me to realize team's movements and tactics.
They weren't lucky in WC tbh...they were in Germany (played inaugural match vs the "current" champion), Spain and SouthKorea. Well you can say: what do you expect if you're probably one of the worst sides in WC and you didn't play a WC ever? Yeah it's true too. I've gotta say they deserved more points than what they actually got: They lost vs Germany and they made probably the best match...they have real opportunities to take advantage and score but they failed at finishing. Germany didn't play a good game tbh, I was surprised about how Bolivia managed possesion lot of time in that match and Germany did really nothing, that could be a draw or even Bolivia's win. Vs SouthKorea they made probably the worst match of the three...disconected, lack of possesion and so many fucks up on defence...0-0. Vs Spain referee opened the match for Spain really easily, giving them a real controversial penalty...Bolivia was better than Spain imho and probably deserved to at least draw.
Let's go yeah now for the names:Carlos Trucco (GK)
: The keeper they needed...aggressive, Navarro Montoya's style, going away from the box a lot, playing SWP most of times when Bolivia was in possesion. Great reflexes, saved team ass lots of times but also very VERY prone to commit giant mistakes cause lack of positioning and catching ability. Very prone to give silly rebounds and give strikers a second chance...a real leader and a very good keeper for the team, eventhough some matches weren't the best...he was damn old as well at the WC.Miguel Ángel Rimba (RCB)
: One of the guys most impressed to me...a really good defender...great at anticipation, using his response all the time, aggressive and energic, going to attack a lot and covering Borja all the time. Technically quite bad but decent speed over distances. His SPS was just crazy, +20 m grounded passes like nothing but so many mistakes at it. Also his fighting spirit was just amazing by moments, taking the ball going forward to win the match. Former SB, adapted really well to play stopper in this team.Gustavo Quinteros (SWP)
: The sweeper of the team. He was like "meh" but good at covering and nice sliding ability. Technically quite bad and his dispossesing ability really inconsistent. The best at TW of the defence, didn't impress me. Nice jump.Marco Sandy
: A true legend of Bolivian football...strong, mad sometimes and very dirty player
But still they needed a guy like him...really bad at TW, leaving spaces to strikers all the time cause his tendency to go forward to "break" and get the ball...problem was he didn't win everytime so left the team really bad sometimes. Fast and explosive but overall slow, good fighting spirit as well.Carlos Borja
: I wasn't impressed by him at first but then I realized this guy was 39 years old that WC and ran like a 20 years old guy. Fucking crazy fitness and a real leader in all sense. Nice crossing ability and quite aggressive, other Bolivian legend here.Luis Cristaldo
: At first I thought he was shit cause his TW was absolutely disgusting, his marking didn't seem that good and technically he was awful. But watching him more I understood the need of having someone like this guy. Tireleess runner, nice mentality and a real fighter in the left side. Also decent crosser and fast to go and back for the side. He is one of the players with most caps in Bolivia's history.
So the defence was clearly a 3 line man with 2 WB. Energic, aggressive and quite disorganizated by moments.
I'll continue this post later with the most interesting in the team: midfield.