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Clásicos and Controversy

21 Apr, 2016 | Clara Buxton

Photo: Juan Manuel LobatónPenalties, Dismissals and Disallowed GoalsPassions always run high in South American football, but never more so than in the derby, or clásico games, taking place between loc...

Faith and Football

29 Jun, 2015 | Rodrigo Barrenechea Gallardo

FRANCIS IS ARRIVINGPope Francis, in his last youth conferences in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, presented a motivational and enlightening message for the thousands of devoted young Catholics who had the opp...

El Clásico

28 May, 2015 | Valeria Wilde

PHOTO: JUAN MANUEL LOBATONA Warcry, the gold and black, one passion, unyielding fans and one big heart that never goes cold, that never stops beating. This is what makes us different from them all. We...

Maraton de La Paz

28 May, 2015 | Valeria Wilde

PHOTO: VALERIA WILDEChristian Conitzer is a scientist, a cyclist and a dreamer who never lost sight of his goal: keeping the Marathon of La Paz alive.  In 2012 and 2013, the first and second mara...

Skating reaches new heights in La Paz

25 Nov, 2014 | Katherine Browning

Katherine Browning visits the world's highest skate park to roll around and chat to one of the guys who made it all happen. Photo: From the Levi's Documentary "Skateboarding in La Paz" It's 2:3...

LA ALTURA: BOLIVIA´S 12TH PLAYER ON THE PITCH?

25 Jun, 2014 | Tommy Walters

As Club Bolívar take on San Lorenzo for the semi-finals of the Copa de Libertadores on 30th July, the longstanding question of an apparent 'altitude advantage' is yet again brought to the surface....

SETTLING THE SPORT

25 Jun, 2014 | Tommy Walters

The struggle for Women's football to be recognised in Bolivia Football is an integral part of Bolivian society, and this goes just as much for women’s football as it does for men’s. Festival tournam...

HUARIKASAYA KALATAKAYA

25 Jun, 2014 | Valeria Wilde

Sitting in the living room of the Bolivian Express house, I am surrounded by Bolivaristas. Worried that this issue will be disproportionately contaminated by white and light blue, I feel a certain...

FUTSAL: THE MINIATURE VERSION OF FOOTBALL

25 Jun, 2014 | Ollie Vargas

Bolivia is known for not qualifying for the FIFA World Cup since 1994, when it was eliminated in the group stage. The country is far better known in the world of futsal, or indoor football, coming...

LOS SIETE LIGAS: BOLIVIA´S UNOFFICIAL PROFESSIONALS

25 Jun, 2014 | Leo Nelson-Jones

Bolivia, and especially La Paz, is home to a unique and vibrant setup of footballing leagues. Neither entirely professional nor fully amateur, these informal but well-organised competitions have given...

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

25 Jun, 2014 | Inske Groenen

The importance of football in Bolivia is in no way proportional to the country’s achievements in the sport throughout history. Despite being a country that only holds a single Copa América title and h...

A MINING OLIGARCH IN FOOTBALL

25 Jun, 2014 | Inske Groenen

Earth's riches join the game The big pyramid-shaped mountain overlooking Potosí has always had its power over the city. The silver coming from this Cerro Rico –rich hill– once brought unbelievabl...

THE DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL IN BOLIVIA

25 Jun, 2014 | Tommy Walters, François Schollaert Paz

Today, South America produces some of the best football players in the world. Such is its footballing success that Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, FIFA’s president, pointed to South America as the ‘Old Contine...

TAHUICHI: MUCH MORE THAN A FOOTBALL ACADEMY

25 Jun, 2014 | Ander Zarraga

‘Roly, with the Tahuchi Academy, has revolutionized the world of children’s football’, famed Brazilian football star Pelé said about the dream of engineer Rolando Aguilera Pareja, who wanted to pro...

EVO

25 Jun, 2014 | Alex Walker

A politician who plays football, or a footballer who plays at politics? In 2010, a bitterly-fought charity match was played between two teams, one of them led by Bolivian President Evo Morales an...