Bolivian president challenges FIFA


Who says you cannot play soccer de altura?

To contest FIFA’s decision to prohibit international tournaments and World Cup qualifying matches above 8,200 feet (2,500 meters), Bolivian president Evo Morales (shown in green in this AP photo) this week played two soccer matches –one at 6,000 meters (19,700 feet) above sea level, and another one at 5,580– in an improvised field on top of el nevado de Sajama, near the Chilean border.

As most Latin American soccer fans know, FIFA’s decision rules out the capitals of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and the stadiums of leading teams in Peru, Chile and Mexico.

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