Ecuador at the FIFA World Cup

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The Ecuadorian national football team has appeared at two FIFA World Cups, the world's premier football tournament for national football teams. Ecuador's first participation in the World Cup was in 2002. Their best performance was in 2006, where they were eliminated in the Round of 16.

Qualification history[edit]

From 1930 to 1938, Ecuador did not enter to qualify in the FIFA World Cup. Ecuador first entered to the World Cup qualifiers for the 1950 tournament, but withdrew from qualification. Ecuador did not enter for the 1954 and 1958 tournaments. From 1962 to 1998, Ecuador failed to qualify for the world's premier football tournament. They earned their first qualification in 2002 after finishing 2nd in South America. The qualification for the second tournament in 2006 was achieved after finishing 3rd in South America. For the 2010 tournament, Ecuador finished 6th in South America and failed to qualify for a third successive World Cup finals.

Year Position Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Ref
1930 Did not enter
1934
1938
1950 Withdrew [1]
1954 Did not enter
1958
1962 2 in Group 1 2 0 0 2 3 11 −8 0 [2]
1966 3 in Group 3 4 1 0 3 4 10 −6 2 [3]
1970 3 in Group 3 4 0 1 3 2 8 −6 1 [4]
1974 3 in Group 1 4 0 2 2 3 8 −5 2 [5]
1978 3 in Group 3 4 0 1 3 1 9 −8 1 [6]
1982 2 in Group 3 4 1 1 2 2 5 −3 3 [7]
1986 3 in Group 2 4 0 1 3 4 11 −7 1 [8]
1990 3 in Group 2 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 3 [9]
1994 4 in Group 2 8 1 3 4 7 7 0 5 [10]
1998 6 16 6 3 7 22 21 +1 21 [11]
2002 2 18 9 4 5 23 20 +3 31 [12]
2006 3 18 8 4 6 23 19 +4 28 [13]
2010 6 18 6 5 7 22 26 −4 23 [14]
2014 4 16 7 4 5 20 16 +4 25 [15]
Total N/A 124 40 30 54 140 176 −36 -

2002 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup

Ecuador qualified for their first FIFA World Cup by finishing second in the CONMEBOL qualification tournament, finishing ahead of Brazil. Ecuador were drawn into Group G, alongside Mexico, Italy, and Croatia.

Ecuador made a losing World Cup debut against worldpowers Italy, falling 2–0 by courtesy of a Christian Vieri double. Their next match against Mexico went better, but ended in a 2–1 defeat for the Ecuadorians. Agustín Delgado put them ahead, but goals from Jared Borgetti and Gerardo Torrado canceled the early strike and effectively eliminated them from the tournament. A second-half goal from Édison Méndez did seal a 1–0 consolation win in the final match against Croatia. They finished the tournament last in their group.

Final Group G standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
 Italy 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
 Croatia 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
 Ecuador 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
Squad statistics[16]
Num Pos Player Date of birth (age) Club Minutes played
ITA MEX CRO Total
1 GK José Francisco Cevallos (1971-04-17)April 17, 1971 (aged 31) Ecuador Barcelona 90 90 90 270
2 DF Augusto Porozo (1974-04-13)April 13, 1974 (aged 28) Ecuador Emelec 90 90 90 270
3 DF Iván Hurtado (1974-08-16)August 16, 1974 (aged 27) Ecuador Barcelona 90 90 90 270
4 DF Ulises de la Cruz (1974-02-08)February 8, 1974 (aged 28) Scotland Hibernian 90 90 90 270
5 MF Alfonso Obregón (1972-05-12)May 12, 1972 (aged 30) Ecuador LDU Quito 90 58 40 188
6 DF Raúl Guerrón (1976-10-12)October 12, 1976 (aged 25) Ecuador Deportivo Quito 90 90 90 270
7 MF Nicolás Asencio (1975-04-26)April 26, 1975 (aged 27) Ecuador Barcelona 5 0 0 5
8 DF Luis Gómez (1972-04-20)April 20, 1972 (aged 30) Ecuador Barcelona 0 0 0 0
9 FW Iván Kaviedes (1977-10-24)October 24, 1977 (aged 24) Ecuador Barcelona 0 53 14 67
10 MF Álex Aguinaga (1968-07-09)July 9, 1968 (aged 33) Mexico Necaxa 0 0 0 0
11 FW Agustín Delgado (1974-12-23)December 23, 1974 (aged 27) England Southampton 90 90 90 270
12 GK Oswaldo Ibarra (1969-09-08)September 8, 1969 (aged 32) Ecuador El Nacional 45 32 50 127
13 FW Ángel Fernández (1971-08-02)August 2, 1971 (aged 30) Ecuador El Nacional 0 0 0 0
14 MF Juan Carlos Burbano (1969-02-15)February 15, 1969 (aged 33) Ecuador El Nacional 0 0 0 0
15 DF Marlon Ayoví (1971-09-27)September 27, 1971 (aged 30) Ecuador Deportivo Quito 31 55 90 176
16 MF Cléber Chalá (1971-06-29)June 29, 1971 (aged 30) Ecuador El Nacional 85 90 90 265
17 DF Giovanny Espinoza (1977-04-12)April 12, 1977 (aged 25) Ecuador Aucas 0 0 0 0
18 MF Carlos Tenorio (1979-05-14)May 14, 1979 (aged 23) Ecuador Deportivo Quito 45 37 76 158
19 MF Édison Méndez (1979-03-16)March 16, 1979 (aged 23) Ecuador Deportivo Quito 90 90 90 270
20 MF Edwin Tenorio (1976-06-16)June 16, 1976 (aged 25) Ecuador Barcelona 59 35 0 94
21 MF Wellington Sánchez (1974-06-19)June 19, 1974 (aged 27) Ecuador Emelec 0 0 0 0
22 GK Daniel Viteri (1981-12-12)December 12, 1981 (aged 20) Ecuador Emelec 0 0 0 0
23 MF Walter Ayoví (1979-08-11)August 11, 1979 (aged 22) Ecuador Emelec 0 0 0 0
Manager: Colombia Hernán Darío Gómez

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Main article: 2006 FIFA World Cup

Ecuador qualified for their second FIFA World Cup by finishing third in the CONMEBOL qualification tournament. They were drawn into Group A, alongside hosts Germany, Poland, and Costa Rica.[17]

Ecuador campaign got off with a 2–0 win against Poland in their first game in Gelsenkirchen, with goals from Carlos Tenorio and Agustín Delgado.[18] They then beat Costa Rica 3–0 in Hamburg with goals coming from Carlos Tenorio, Agustín Delgado, and Iván Kaviedes.[19] The win advanced them to the next round. Their qualification complete, they rested key players against the hosts Germany and were beaten 3–0.[20] Ecuador finished second in Group A behind Germany and faced England in the Round of 16. A second-half free-kick from David Beckham was the only goal of the game, which eliminated Ecuador from the World Cup.[21]

Final Group A standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
 Ecuador 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Poland 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
 Costa Rica 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Squad statistics[22]
Num Pos Player Date of birth (age) Club Minutes played
POL CRC GER ENG Total
1 GK Edwin Villafuerte (1979-03-12)March 12, 1979 (aged 27) Ecuador Deportivo Quito 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF Jorge Guagua (1981-09-28)September 28, 1981 (aged 24) Ecuador El Nacional 21 21 90 0 132
3 DF Iván Hurtado (1974-08-16)August 16, 1974 (aged 31) Qatar Al-Arabi 69 90 0 90 249
4 DF Ulises de la Cruz (1974-02-08)February 8, 1974 (aged 32) England Aston Villa 90 90 90 90 360
5 DF José Luis Perlaza (1981-10-06)October 6, 1981 (aged 24) Ecuador Olmedo 0 0 0 0 0
6 MF Patricio Urrutia (1977-10-15)October 15, 1977 (aged 28) Ecuador LDU Quito 7 17 22 0 46
7 MF Christian Lara (1980-04-27)April 27, 1980 (aged 26) Ecuador El Nacional 0 0 27 21 48
8 MF Édison Méndez (1979-03-16)March 16, 1979 (aged 27) Ecuador LDU Quito 90 90 90 90 360
9 FW Félix Borja (1983-04-02)April 2, 1983 (aged 23) Ecuador El Nacional 0 0 45 0 45
10 FW Iván Kaviedes (1977-10-24)October 24, 1977 (aged 28) Argentina Argentinos Juniors 25 45 90 18 178
11 FW Agustín Delgado (1974-12-23)December 23, 1974 (aged 31) Ecuador LDU Quito 83 90 0 90 263
12 GK Cristian Mora (1979-08-26)August 26, 1979 (aged 26) Ecuador LDU Quito 90 90 90 90 360
13 DF Paúl Ambrosi (1980-10-14)October 14, 1980 (aged 25) Ecuador LDU Quito 0 0 90 0 0
14 MF Segundo Castillo (1982-05-15)May 15, 1982 (aged 24) Ecuador El Nacional 90 90 0 90 270
15 MF Marlon Ayoví (1971-08-27)August 27, 1971 (aged 34) Ecuador Deportivo Quito 0 0 68 0 68
16 MF Antonio Valencia (1985-08-04)August 4, 1985 (aged 20) Spain Recreativo de Huelva 90 73 63 90 316
17 DF Giovanny Espinoza (1977-04-12)April 12, 1977 (aged 29) Ecuador LDU Quito 90 69 90 90 339
18 DF Néicer Reasco (1977-07-23)July 23, 1977 (aged 28) Ecuador LDU Quito 90 90 0 90 270
19 MF Luis Saritama (1983-10-20)October 20, 1983 (aged 22) Ecuador Deportivo Quito 0 0 0 0 0
20 MF Edwin Tenorio (1976-06-16)June 16, 1976 (aged 29) Ecuador Barcelona 90 90 90 69 339
21 FW Carlos Tenorio (1979-05-14)May 14, 1979 (aged 27) Qatar Al-Sadd 65 45 0 72 182
22 GK Damián Lanza (1982-04-10)April 10, 1982 (aged 24) Ecuador Aucas 0 0 0 0 0
23 FW Christian Benítez (1986-05-01)May 1, 1986 (aged 20) Ecuador El Nacional 0 0 0 45 0
Coach: Colombia Luis Fernando Suárez

List of goalscorers in World Cups[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

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