Ecuador national under-20 football team

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Ecuador U-20
Association Ecuadorian Football Federation
(Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol)
Confederation CONMEBOL
(South America)
Head coach Sixto Vizuete
Captain Michael Castro
Home stadium Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Quito, Ecuador
FIFA code ECU
Principal colours
Alternate colours
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2001)
Best result Round of 16 (2001)
South American Youth Championship
Appearances 18 (First in 1954)
Best result 4th (1992, 1995, 2011)

The Ecuadorian national under-20 football team represents Ecuador in international under-20 football competitions and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation.

History[edit]

The future of Ecuador's national team has depended on very bright young talents historically, as illustrated in the team that qualified and participated in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship where players such as Segundo Castillo, Felix Borja, and Franklin Salas made an impression. The U-20 squad had to wait ten years to re-qualify to the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In 2007, Ecuador's national U-20 squad participated in the 2007 Panamerican Games. Beating the likes of Brazil and Bolivia, they reached the final gold match against Jamaica's youth team, considered another surprise for these games. It was a hard-fought game where Ecuador found themselves down in the first 5 minutes of the match. They were unsuccessful at scoring until the last 15 minutes of the game when a deflected shot from Edmundo Zura fell to Jefferson Montero, who equalized. The last few minutes saw Zura score a penalty for a foul against Wilson Folleco, and Ecuador crowned themselves as champions of the 2007 Panamerican game in Brazil's most famous stadium, El Maracana. It was the first international title obtained by any level of football team from Ecuador.

The Panamerican "Gold" team brings in young players who have already been looked at by great football clubs in Europe. These same players were called up to the 2009 South American Youth Championship. Despite failing to qualify to the next stage, the Ecuadorians were widely seen[by whom?] as players with huge potential. They were eliminated on an unfortunate coin toss.

FIFA U-20 World Cup record[edit]

South American Youth Championship record[edit]

Ecuador national under-20 football team
Medal record
U-20 Panamerican Games
Gold 2007 Brazil Panamerican Games
Ecuador national under-20 football team
Medal record
Tournament L'Alcudia
Gold 2010 L'Alcudia Tournament
  • 1954 - First Round
  • 1958 to 1964 - Did not participate
  • 1967 - First Round
  • 1971 - Did not participate
  • 1974 - First Round
  • 1975 to 1977 - Did not participate
  • 1979 to 1991 - First Round
  • 1992 to 1995 - Fourth
  • 1997 to 1999 - First Round
  • 2001 - Fifth
  • 2003 - Sixth
  • 2005 to 2009 - First Round
  • 2011 - Fourth
  • 2013 – Sixth

Pan American Games record[edit]


Current squad[edit]

This is the squad called up for the 2013 South American U-20 Championship.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Auro Fernandez (1993-05-07)May 07, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador Manta Fútbol Club
2 2DF Luis Fernando León (1993-04-11)April 11, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador Independiente José Terán
3 2DF Marlon Mejía (1994-09-21)September 21, 1994 (aged 18) Ecuador Emelec
4 2DF Marcos Cabrera (1993-02-04)February 04, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca
5 3MF Eddy Corozo (1994-06-28)June 28, 1994 (aged 18) Ecuador Emelec
6 2DF Cristian Ramírez (1994-08-12)August 12, 1994 (aged 18) Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
7 3MF Carlos Gruezo (1995-04-19)April 19, 1995 (aged 17) Germany VfB Stuttgart
8 4FW José Cevallos Jr. (1995-01-18)January 18, 1995 (aged 17) Italy Juventus
9 4FW Miguel Parrales (1995-12-26)December 26, 1995 (aged 16) Spain Villarreal CF
10 3MF Jonny Uchuari (1994-01-19)January 19, 1994 (aged 18) Ecuador Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Loja
11 3MF Jacob Murillo (1993-03-31)March 31, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador Olmedo
12 1GK Darwin Cuero (1994-10-15)October 15, 1994 (aged 18) Ecuador El Nacional
13 2DF Luis Ayala (1993-09-24)September 24, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador Club Social y Deportivo Macará
14 2DF Pedro Velasco (1993-06-29)June 29, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador Barcelona
15 3MF Steven Arboleda (1994-02-16)February 16, 1994 (aged 18) Ecuador Independiente José Terán
16 2DF Anderson Ordóñez (1994-01-29)January 29, 1994 (aged 18) Ecuador Barcelona
17 3MF Junior Sornoza (1994-01-28)January 28, 1994 (aged 18) Ecuador Independiente José Terán
18 3MF Cristian Oña (1993-01-23)January 23, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador Independiente José Terán
19 4FW José Gutiérrez (1993-03-03)March 03, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador LDU Quito
20 4FW Angel Ledesma (1993-06-22)June 22, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador Club Social y Deportivo Macará
21 4FW Ely Esterilla (1993-02-06)February 06, 1993 (aged 19) Mexico Santos Laguna
22 1GK Hamilton Piedra (1993-02-20)February 20, 1993 (aged 19) Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca

See also[edit]