Ecuador national football team

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Ecuador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Tricolor (the Tricolor)
La Tri
Amarillos
(the Yellows)
Association Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Sixto Vizuete (Interim)
Captain Antonio Valencia
Most caps Iván Hurtado (168)
Top scorer Agustín Delgado (31)
Home stadium Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito
FIFA code ECU
FIFA ranking 26 Increase 1 (18 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 10 (April- June 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 76 (June 1995)
Elo ranking 16 Increase 1 (15 October 2014)
Highest Elo ranking 11 (27 March 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 111 (December 1959)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Bolivia 1–1 Ecuador Ecuador
(Bogotá, Colombia; August 8, 1938)
Biggest win
Ecuador Ecuador 6–0 Peru 
(Quito, Ecuador; June 22, 1975)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador Ecuador
(Montevideo, Uruguay; January 22, 1942)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2002)
Best result Round of 16 (2006)
Copa América
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.

History[edit]

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.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to France 1938 Did not enter
Brazil 1950 Withdrew
Switzerland 1954 to Sweden 1958 Did not enter
Chile 1962 to France 1998 Did not qualify
South KoreaJapan 2002 Group Stage 24 3 1 0 2 2 4
Germany 2006 Round of 16 12 4 2 0 2 5 4
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify
Brazil 2014 Group Stage 17 3 1 1 1 3 3
Total 3/20 12 10 4 1 5 10 11

Copa América record[edit]

Pan American Games record[edit]

Ecuador national football team
Medal record
U-20 Panamerican Games
Gold 2007 Brazil Panamerican Games

Minor tournaments[edit]

Ecuador national football team
Medal record
Tournament L'Alcudia
Gold 2010 L'Alcudia Tournament

Bolivarian Games[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Last Match:  Ecuador 5-1  El Salvador, October 14, 2014 at (Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey).
Next Match: TBD

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against the United States and El Salvador.
Caps and goals updated as of October 14, 2014 after the match against El Salvador.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Máximo Banguera (1985-12-16) December 16, 1985 (age 29) 27 0 Ecuador Barcelona
1GK Alexander Domínguez (1987-06-05) June 5, 1987 (age 27) 23 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
1GK Hamilton Piedra (1993-02-20) February 20, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca
2DF Iván Hurtado (1974-08-16) August 16, 1974 (age 40) 168 5 Retired
2DF Walter Ayoví (1979-08-11) August 11, 1979 (age 35) 97 8 Mexico Pachuca
2DF Juan Carlos Paredes (1987-07-08) July 8, 1987 (age 27) 45 0 England Watford
2DF Frickson Erazo (1988-05-05) May 5, 1988 (age 26) 44 1 Brazil Flamengo
2DF Cristian Ramírez (1994-08-15) August 15, 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Germany Nürnberg
2DF Luis Cangá (1995-06-18) June 18, 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
2DF Mario Pineida (1992-07-06) July 6, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Ecuador Independiente
2DF Arturo Mina (1990-10-08) October 8, 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Ecuador Independiente
2DF Fernando León (1993-04-11) April 11, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Ecuador Independiente
3MF Segundo Castillo (1982-05-15) May 15, 1982 (age 32) 85 9 Mexico Dorados
3MF Christian Noboa (1985-04-09) April 9, 1985 (age 29) 49 3 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MF Renato Ibarra (1991-01-20) January 20, 1991 (age 23) 22 0 Netherlands Vitesse
3MF Carlos Gruezo (1995-04-19) April 19, 1995 (age 19) 8 0 Germany Stuttgart
3MF Junior Sornoza (1994-01-28) January 28, 1994 (age 20) 4 1 Ecuador Independiente
3MF Juan Cazares (1992-04-03) April 3, 1992 (age 22) 3 1 Argentina Banfield
3MF Jonathan González (1995-03-07) March 7, 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Mexico Leones Negros
3MF Jonny Uchuari (1994-01-19) January 19, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Ecuador LDU Loja
4FW Enner Valencia (1989-11-04) November 4, 1989 (age 25) 17 11 England West Ham United
4FW Joao Plata (1992-03-01) March 1, 1992 (age 22) 4 2 United States Real Salt Lake
4FW Cristian Penilla (1991-05-02) May 2, 1991 (age 23) 2 1 Ecuador Barcelona

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up during the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Adrián Bone (1988-09-08) September 8, 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Ecuador El Nacional v.  Brazil, September 9, 2014
DF Jorge Guagua (1981-09-28) September 28, 1981 (age 33) 62 2 Ecuador Emelec v.  Bolivia, September 5, 2014
DF Gabriel Achilier (1985-03-23) March 23, 1985 (age 29) 24 0 Ecuador Emelec 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Óscar Bagüí (1982-12-10) December 10, 1982 (age 32) 21 0 Ecuador Emelec 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF John Narváez (1991-06-12) June 12, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Ecuador Emelec 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Joao Rojas (1989-06-14) June 14, 1989 (age 25) 33 2 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  United States, October 10, 2014
MF Fidel Martínez (1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 24) 10 2 Mexico Leones Negros v.  Brazil, September 9, 2014
MF Ángel Mena (1988-01-21) January 21, 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Bolivia, September 5, 2014
MF Édison Méndez RET (1979-03-15) March 15, 1979 (age 35) 111 18 Unattached 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Antonio Valencia (1985-08-04) August 4, 1985 (age 29) 74 8 England Manchester United 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Luis Saritama (1983-10-20) October 20, 1983 (age 31) 49 0 Ecuador Barcelona 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Jefferson Montero (1989-09-01) September 1, 1989 (age 25) 43 8 Wales Swansea City 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Michael Arroyo (1987-04-23) April 23, 1987 (age 27) 23 3 Mexico América 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Oswaldo Minda (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 31) 20 0 Unattached 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Pedro Quiñónez (1986-03-04) March 4, 1986 (age 28) 10 0 Ecuador Emelec 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Fernando Gaibor (1991-10-08) October 8, 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Australia, March 5, 2014
FW Daniel Angulo (1986-11-16) November 16, 1986 (age 28) 2 0 Ecuador Independiente v. Brazil, September 9, 2014
FW Felipe Caicedo (1988-09-05) September 5, 1988 (age 26) 53 15 Spain Espanyol 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Jaime Ayoví (1988-02-21) February 21, 1988 (age 26) 30 9 Argentina Godoy Cruz 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Armando Wila (1985-05-12) May 12, 1985 (age 29) 1 0 Ecuador Universidad Católica 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad

Player records[edit]

Bold indicates player is still active in National team. Caps and goals updated as October 14, 2014.

Players with 50 or more caps[edit]

Previous squads[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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.[5]

Historic Kits[edit]

The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colours of the national flag, being the tricolor, yellow, blue, and red.[6] 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.[7]

1941–1945
1945–1947
1949–1953
1953-1955
1955-1966
1966-1973[8]
1973-1983
1983-1985
1985-1992
1992-1995
1996-1999
1999-2002
2002
2003-2006
2006
2007-2011
2011-2014
2014

Kit Sponsor[edit]

Uniform provider
Date Sponsor
1985 Adidas
1991-1992 Puma
1993-1995 Reebok
1995–present Marathon

Managers[edit]

Manager Career GP W D L
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 4 2 1 1

Notes and references[edit]

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