Ecuador national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Tricolor (the Tricolor)
Amarillos (the Yellows)
|Association||Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Sixto Vizuete|
|Most caps||Iván Hurtado (167)|
|Top scorer||Agustín Delgado (31)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito|
|FIFA ranking||21 5 (17 July 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||10 (April- June 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||76 (June 1995)|
|Elo ranking||18 (9 July 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||11 (27 March 2013)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||111 (December 1959)|
| Bolivia 1–1 Ecuador
(Bogotá, Colombia; August 8, 1938)
| Ecuador 6–0 Peru
(Quito, Ecuador; June 22, 1975)
| Argentina 12–0 Ecuador
(Montevideo, Uruguay; January 22, 1942)
|Appearances||3 (First in 2002)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2006)|
|Appearances||24 (First in 1939)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1959, 1993)|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Appearances||1 (First in 2002)|
|Best result||Group Stage (2002)|
The Ecuadorian national football team represents Ecuador in international football competitions and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation (Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol). They play official home matches at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito.
Ecuador has qualified for three FIFA World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2014. Their best performance came in 2006 when they advanced to the Round of 16, eventually eliminated by England. They are one of three countries in South America not to have won the Copa América, the others being Chile and Venezuela. Their best performance in the continental tournament was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.
- 1 History
- 2 Competitive record
- 3 World Cup Qualification
- 4 2014 World Cup
- 5 2014 Recent results
- 6 Players
- 7 Player records
- 8 Previous squads
- 9 Historic Kits
- 10 Kit Sponsor
- 11 Managers
- 12 Notes and references
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
From a historical viewpoint, Ecuador have been one of the more struggling footballing nations in South America. Despite their past irregularities, however, Ecuador has risen to be a serious South American competitor in recent years.
Discarding an invitation to participate in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay, their first participation in a World Cup qualifying campaign was in the 1962 campaign, eventually being well beaten by Argentina over two games. However, the 1966 qualifying campaign pitted the side, regarded as one of the finest teams Ecuador has ever produced, against 1962 hosts and third-place finishers Chile and a weakened Colombia side. Ecuador, featuring stars such as Washington Muñoz, Alberto Spencer, Carlos Alberto Raffo, Enrique Raymondi and Jorge Bolaños, forced a play-off in Peru before being eliminated by Chile. Other talented players to have represented Ecuador include José Villafuerte in the 1970s and 1980s.
The 1998 World Cup qualifiers saw the format for qualifying in CONMEBOL changed to a league home-and-away system. This difference made a huge impact on Ecuador's performance as they clinched several important home wins during the campaign. At the end, they achieved a very respectable 6th place finish, just under Peru and Chile (which qualified by goal differential). The campaign also marked the emergence of several players, such as Agustín Delgado, Álex Aguinaga, Iván Hurtado, Ulises de la Cruz and Iván Kaviedes, who would set the stage for Ecuador's achievements in the next decade.
This remained the closest they had come to appearing in a finals until the qualification tournament for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Led by Colombian born manager Hernán Darío Gómez, they finished second to Argentina, and one point ahead of Brazil who went on to win the World Cup. Agustín Delgado, with 9 goals, finished joint top scorer in qualifying with Hernán Crespo of Argentina. They were drawn into Group G with Italy, Mexico and Croatia. Although they were knocked out at the group stage, they achieved a 1–0 victory over Croatia, who had come third at the previous edition of the World Cup.
A disappointing showing at the 2004 Copa América in Peru led to the resignation of Gómez, who was replaced by another Colombian, Luis Fernando Suárez. He led them successfully through the latter stages of the qualification process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, finishing third to make the finals. In Germany, they were drawn into Group A with the hosts, Poland, and Costa Rica. Wins over Poland and Costa Rica earned La Tri qualification to the knockout stages for the first time.
Another disappointing showing at yet another Copa América in 2007 and three successive defeats in the beginning of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign led to the end of Suarez's time in the national team. He was replaced in 2008 for Sixto Vizuete, who had previously gained recognition for winning the 2007 Pan American Games with the U-18s. Vizuete became one of the few Ecuadorians to coach the U-23 national team, and senior team, but Ecuador finished the qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in 6th place, sadly being eliminated from the finals for the first time since 1998. They managed to turn it around in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign where they finished in the top 4, enough to record a third World Cup appearance. On Friday, December 6, 2013 they were drawn into a balanced group compromising of top seeds, Switzerland, former champions France, and minnows Honduras.
FIFA World Cup record
|1930 to 1938||Did not enter|
|1954 to 1958||Did not enter|
|1962 to 1998||Did not qualify|
|2006||Round of 16||12||4||2||0||2||5||4|
|2010||Did not qualify|
Copa América record
Pan American Games record
|U-20 Panamerican Games|
|Gold||2007 Brazil Panamerican Games|
|Gold||2010 L'Alcudia Tournament|
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World Cup Qualification
Ecuador has qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The country's national football team was able to qualify to the world cup on Brazilian soil, on October 15, 2013. Ecuador secured its spot by placing fourth with 25 points on a better goal difference than Uruguay. Its decisive match was played a fixed date earlier (October 11th) when they played direct rivals Uruguay, on who would achieve direct qualification, and who would seek the playoffs. On home soil, the team obtained a winning 1-0, which would make Uruguay's next game extremely difficult because they had to win by a margin of 5-0 against the always tough Argentina.
2014 World Cup
2014 Recent results
|Friendly March 5, 2014||Australia||3 – 4||Ecuador||London, England|
|20:00||Cahill 8', 31'
Jedinak 15' (pen.)
Castillo 61' (pen.)
E. Valencia 77'
|Stadium: The Den
Referee: Lee Probert (England)
|Friendly May 17, 2014||Netherlands||1 – 1||Ecuador||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:30||van Persie 37'||Report||Montero 9'||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
|Friendly May 31, 2014||Mexico||3 – 1||Ecuador||Arlington, Texas, United States|
Dos Santos 76'
|Report||E. Valencia 80'   ||Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Referee: Jhon Pitti (Panama)
|Friendly June 4, 2014||England||2 – 2||Ecuador||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Report||E. Valencia 7'
|Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
|2014 FIFA World Cup June 15, 2014||Switzerland||2 – 1||Ecuador||Brasília, Brazil|
|13:00 UTC−3||Mehmedi 48'
|Report||E. Valencia 22'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|2014 FIFA World Cup June 20, 2014||Honduras||1 – 2||Ecuador||Curitiba, Brazil|
|19:00 UTC−3||Costly 31'||Report||E. Valencia 34', 65'||Stadium: Arena da Baixada
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
|2014 FIFA World Cup June 25, 2014||Ecuador||0 – 0||France||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|17:00 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
Referee: Noumandiez Doué (Ivory Coast)
|Friendly September 5, 2014||Ecuador||v||Bolivia or Chile||TBA|
|Friendly September 9, 2014||Ecuador||v||Brazil||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|20:30||Stadium: Metlife Stadium
|Friendly October 2014||Ecuador||v||Colombia||TBA|
|Friendly October 2014||Ecuador||v||United States||TBA|
The following players have been called up during the last twelve months.
Bold indicates player is still active in National team.
Players with 50 or more caps
Following the death of Christian Benítez, the Ecuadorian Football Federation has retired his jersey number 11 from the national team. According to the Federation's president, Luis Chiriboga, to honor Christian Benítez the number would no longer be used by any other team player.
The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colours of the national flag, being the tricolor, yellow, blue, and red. The alternate colours of the uniform are White, and Blue, this being based on a flag once flown by Ecuador based on the flag of Guayas. Its crest has remained the same since its inception in 1927, with variations placing Ecuador on top of the crest. 
|Enrique Lamas||August 8, 1938 – August 22, 1938||5||1||1||3|
|Ramón Unamuno||January 15, 1939 – February 12, 1939||4||0||0||4|
|Juan Parodi||February 2, 1941 – February 5, 1942||10||0||0||10|
|Rodolfo Orlandini||January 14, 1945 – February 21, 1945||6||0||1||5|
|Ramón Unamuno||November 30, 1947 – December 29, 1947||7||0||3||4|
|José Planas||April 3, 1949 – May 3, 1949||7||1||0||6|
|Gregorio Esperón||February 28, 1953 – March 23, 1953||6||0||2||4|
|José María Díaz Granados||February 27, 1955 – March 23, 1955||5||0||0||5|
|Eduardo Spandre||March 7, 1957 – April 1, 1957||6||0||1||5|
|Juan López||December 6, 1959 – December 17, 1960||7||1||1||5|
|Fausto Montalván||March 10, 1963 – March 31, 1963||6||1||2||3|
|José María Rodríguez||July 20, 1965 – October 12, 1965||5||2||1||2|
|Fausto Montalván||December 21, 1966 – December 28, 1966||2||0||1||1|
|José Gomes Nogueira||June 22, 1969 – August 3, 1969||5||1||1||3|
|Ernesto Guerra||April 29, 1970 – May 24, 1970||2||0||0||2|
|Jorge Lazo||June 11, 1972 – June 21, 1972||4||0||1||3|
|Roberto Resquín||February 18, 1973 – July 8, 1973||10||1||6||3|
|Roque Máspoli||June 22, 1975 – March 20, 1977||19||5||4||10|
|Héctor Morales||June 13, 1979 – September 16, 1979||8||3||1||4|
|Otto Vieira||January 27, 1981 – February 14, 1981||2||0||0||2|
|Juan Eduardo Hohberg||May 17, 1981 – June 14, 1981||4||1||1||2|
|Ernesto Guerra||July 26, 1983 – September 7, 1983||6||0||4||2|
|Antoninho Ferreira||November 30, 1984 – March 31, 1985||15||3||5||7|
|Luis Grimaldi||November 18, 1986 – July 4, 1987||13||2||5||6|
|Dušan Drašković||June 2, 1988 – September 19, 1993||56||17||17||22|
|Carlos Torres Garcés||May 25, 1994 – June 5, 1994||2||2||0||0|
|Carlos Ron||August 17, 1994 – September 21, 1994||2||0||1||1|
|Francisco Maturana||May 24, 1995 – June 8, 1997||34||16||6||12|
|Luis Fernando Suárez||June 11, 1997 – June 22, 1997||4||2||2||0|
|Francisco Maturana||July 6, 1997 – November 16, 1997||7||3||1||3|
|Polo Carrera||October 14, 1998||1||0||0||1|
|Carlos Sevilla||January 28, 1999 – July 7, 1999||15||3||6||6|
|Hernán Darío Gómez||October 12, 1999 – July 23, 2004||66||24||18||24|
|Luis Fernando Suárez||September 4, 2004 – November 17, 2007||51||17||9||25|
|Sixto Vizuete||November 21, 2007 – July 11, 2010||25||9||7||9|
|Reinaldo Rueda||September 4, 2010– June 25, 2014||45||18||15||12|
|Sixto Vizuete||July 23, 2014-Present||0||0||0||0|
Notes and references
- "NÚMERO 11 DE ECUADOR SIEMPRE SERÁ DE CHUCHO". Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (in Spanish). ecuafutbol.org. August 1, 2013.