Matchworn by Marc Enoumba 06.09.2021 URY 🇺🇾 : BOL 🇧🇴 4-2
„Take a deep breath!“ – what sounds like a mundane advice, is actually a difficult endeavor when you have to play football in the dizzying heights of La Paz. With an altitude of 3,637 meters, the Estadio Hernando Siles in Bolivia’s legislative and executive capital is the highest situated national stadium in the world. A fact that has caused many of Bolivia’s opponents to protest the “unfair advantage” the Bolivian team would have. After a disappointing 0-0 draw against Bolivia in 2017, the Brazilian players were hooked up to oxygen bottles, which lead “superstar” Neymar to issue the following statement:
"Inhuman to play in such conditions, field, altitude, ball... everything bad.”
Well, apparently, he forgot to also mention his team’s performance…
Despite having a potential advantage when playing at home, Bolivia is commonly considered the weakest team in the CONMEBOL confederation, despite winning the Copa América in 1963 and qualifying for the FIFA World Cup three times, the last time being in 1994.
Elegant, simple, classy – Marathon’s 2020 design for Bolivia’s national team is simply stunning. While not being overly flashy, the simple and effective design drips with great details. From the ribbed fabric, the subtle green “haze” on the front, the Bolivian flag incorporated into the cuffs, the neon green accents, the miniaturized silver federation badge on the back and the simplified white and gold badge on the chest – there are more details than in a "Where is Waldo?" book! This shirt is a stunner and, for me personally, the best shirt of 2020.
The icing on the cake is certainly the fantastic matte gold nameset and numbers that enhance this shirt even more.
Only used in a few matches in 2021, this particular shirt was worn by Marc Enoumba when Bolivia lost 4-2 against Uruguay in September of 2021.