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Argentina and the fear of height in La Paz’s stadium

Not only Argentina but also many teams in South America have had to be terrified many times when they took part in La Paz’s stadium in Bolivia. This is a long-standing stadium with an altitude of 3,600m above sea level with thin air, many football teams could not get used to this kind of weather as well as the climate then soon be exhausted.

However, Bolivia did not take advantage of this for a long time because the South American teams are quite experienced.
Argentina is probably the team that felt the most terrible horror of this dangerous La Paz because they have rarely been able to win every time they come here. Remember at Maradona’s World Cup 2010 qualifier, Argentina lost painfully 1-6 and they were really close to saying goodbye to this tournament if they did not successfully defeated Peru 2-1 in the decisive match.
Maradona once said that the unusual climatic conditions in La Paz quickly made most of the football players exhausted. And when being tired of playing, no one can play at their full energy. Meanwhile, Bolivia is quite familiar with this weather condition and always plays well in La Paz.

Being built in the capital La Paz, the Hernando Siles stadium’s capacity is 41,000 spectators. At 3,657 meters above sea level, this is one of the tallest stadiums in the world. FIFA used to ban this stadium from organizing matches during the World Cup qualifiers in 2007 because the thin atmosphere here made it difficult for the players and the visitors. They often fall into a state of lack of oxygen to breathe. However, after the Bolivian government’s strong reaction, FIFA had to cancel the decision.