Venezuela national football team

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Venezuela
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Vinotinto (The Burgundy)
Los Llaneros
(The Plainsmen)
Association Federación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Noel Sanvicente
Captain Juan Arango
Most caps Juan Arango (120)
Top scorer Giancarlo Maldonado &
Juan Arango (22)
Home stadium Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui
Polideportivo Cachamay
Estadio Pueblo Nuevo
FIFA code VEN
FIFA ranking 30 Increase 10 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 30 (July 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 129 (November 1998)
Elo ranking 39 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking 19 (July 17, 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 127 (1993, 1995, 1999)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Panama 3–1 Venezuela
(Panama City, Panama; February 12, 1938)
Biggest win
Venezuela 7–0 Puerto Rico 
(Caracas, Venezuela; January 16, 1959)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 11–0 Venezuela
(Rosario, Argentina; August 10, 1975)
Copa América
Appearances 15 (First in 1967)
Best result Fourth place, 2011

The Venezuela national football team is controlled by the Federación Venezolana de Fútbol. It is nicknamed La Vinotinto (The Burgundy), because of the traditional burgundy color of their shirts.

When playing at home in official games they usually rotate between three stadiums: the Polideportivo Cachamay, in Puerto Ordaz; the Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui, in Puerto La Cruz; and Estadio Pueblo Nuevo, in San Cristóbal. In friendly matches they tend to rotate between the rest of the stadiums in the country.

The Unofficial Football World Championships, and the related Nasazzi's baton title, was briefly held by Venezuela in 2006.

Unlike other South American nations, and akin to some Caribbean nations, baseball is extremely popular in Venezuela, which diverts athletic talent away from football, contributing to its historic lack of success in CONMEBOL competitions. As of 2014, they are the only CONMEBOL side to have not qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Often Venezuela would go through entire qualification tournaments without recording a single win, although this has changed in the last two qualifying rounds. Until 2011, their best finish in Copa América was fifth in their first entry, in 1967. It is only recently with the spread of the World Cup's popularity in nations where football was not the primary sport (Japan, the United States, Australia, etc.) that the national team found incentives to increase player development and fan support.

History[edit]

Backstory[edit]

Venezuela did not participate in World Cup qualifying until the 1966 qualifiers in which they were drawn with Uruguay and Peru, but failed to register a point in four games. In the 1970 qualifiers they managed to register a point, and after withdrawing from the 1974 series, repeated that in the 1978 qualifiers. The 1982 qualifiers saw them register their first win, over Bolivia. They wouldn't register another World Cup qualifying win until the 1994 series when they defeated Ecuador. A highlight of the 1998 qualifiers was goalkeeper Rafael Dudamel scoring against Argentina in a 5–2 defeat.

Despite poor results during the 1960s and 1970s, outstanding players like Luis Mendoza and Rafael Santana achieved recognition.

The team failed to qualify for both the 2002, and 2006 World Cups. The latter failure resulted in the resignation of manager Richard Paez.

César Farías era[edit]

With new coach César Farías, Venezuela improved their performances. At the beginning of 2010, during qualifying, the national team won its first game in World Cup qualifying against Ecuador in Quito, where the Ecuadorians had previously held a long unbeaten record. Something similar happened to Bolivia in La Paz, where Venezuela won for the first time at Bolivian altitude. Also, they received their first point against Brazil in qualifying. Despite not qualifying for the 2010, Venezuela achieved their best result in qualifying. They finished this round with 22 points in 18 matches, surpassing Peru and Bolivia for eighth place in the region.

On June 6, 2008, Venezuela achieved their first-ever triumph over Brazil, defeating the Seleção 2–0 in a friendly match in Boston, USA.

After the excellent results obtained in the Copa America, where they finished 4th, Venezuela, with a team composed mostly of players who play in European leagues, began the qualification with another historic result: against Argentina in Puerto La Cruz they won (1–0) for the first time in history.

Copa America history[edit]

Venezuela first participated in the Copas America in 1967, and finished 5th after defeating Bolivia 3–0 with a side containing Mendoza and Santana. The 1975 tournament saw Venezuela drawn in a group with Brazil and Argentina, and finished bottom with an 11–0 defeat to Argentina. In the 1979 edition, which would be the international swansong for Mendoza and Santana, they drew 0–0 with Colombia and 1–1 with Chile. A highlight of the 1989 tournament was midfielder Carlos Maldonado's 4 goals. In the 1993 series, Venezuela drew with Uruguay and the United States.

The team's overall Copa América record has been pretty poor (goal difference 33–145 before 2011 Copa), but the "Auge Vinotinto" (Vinotinto Rise) period in the early 2000s (decade) brought increased attention to the sport in the country, which in turn brought increased support from both government and private institutions. Said support contributed greatly to the "Vinotinto's" rise in quality. In 2007, during the Copa América held in Venezuela, the team progressed to the quarterfinals for the first time in its history after finishing first in a group containing Peru, Bolivia and Uruguay. Venezuela's 2–0 victory over Perú during the competition was its first Copa América victory since 1967.

2011 Copa América[edit]

At the 2011 Copa América championship, Venezuela reached the semifinals round for the first time by defeating Chile in the quarterfinal, 2–1. Despite their commanding presence against Paraguay in their semifinal, Venezuela were unable to convert their chances into goals. They would eventually lose 5–3 to Paraguay in a penalty shootout after remaining scoreless in normal and extra time. Venezuela and Peru played for 3rd Place of Copa America 2011 at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata. Venezuela would suffer their biggest loss of the tournament, losing 4–1 to Peru and falling into 4th place overall, but it was their best ever finish at the competition

Group B:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 Venezuela 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
 Paraguay 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 3
 Ecuador 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1

Results:

Historical kits[edit]

(1926)
(1967)
(1970)
(1977)
(1979)
(1981)
(1982)
(1986)
(1989)
(1990)
(1993)
(1994)
(1995)
(1996)
(1997)
(1998)
(1999)
(1999)
(2001)
(2004)
(2005)
(2007)
(2010)
(2011)
(2011– 2013)

Current status[edit]

Recent and forthcoming matches[edit]

Matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.

      Win       Draw       Loss

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 16 9 5 2 35 15 +20 32
 Colombia 16 9 3 4 27 13 +14 30
 Chile 16 9 1 6 29 25 +4 28
 Ecuador 16 7 4 5 20 16 +4 25
 Uruguay 16 7 4 5 25 25 0 25
 Venezuela 16 5 5 6 14 20 −6 20
 Peru 16 4 3 9 17 26 −9 15
 Bolivia 16 2 6 8 17 30 −13 12
 Paraguay 16 3 3 10 17 31 −14 12
  Argentina Bolivia Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela
Argentina  1–1 4–1 0–0 4–0 3–1 3–1 3–0 3–0
Bolivia  1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–1 1–1
Chile  1–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 3–0
Colombia  1–2 5–0 3–3 1–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1
Ecuador  1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 4–1 2–0 1–0 2–0
Paraguay  2–5 4–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–2
Peru  1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–1
Uruguay  3–2 4–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–1
Venezuela  1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–1

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were named for the next Friendly Match:

Match Date: March 5, 2014
Opposition:  Honduras
Caps and goals are correct as of March 5, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Leonardo Morales (1978-07-07) July 7, 1978 (age 36) 27 0 Venezuela Carabobo
12 1GK José Contreras (1994-10-20) October 20, 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
4 2DF Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (1984-05-31) May 31, 1984 (age 30) 55 8 France Nantes
16 2DF Roberto Rosales (1988-11-20) November 20, 1988 (age 25) 50 0 Spain Málaga
20 2DF Grenddy Perozo (1986-02-28) February 28, 1986 (age 28) 42 2 France Ajaccio
21 2DF Alexander González (1992-09-13) September 13, 1992 (age 21) 22 0 Switzerland Aarau
6 2DF Rubert Quijada (1989-02-10) February 10, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Venezuela Caracas
2 2DF Javier González (1988-02-26) February 26, 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Chile Ñublense
13 3MF Luis Manuel Seijas (1986-06-23) June 23, 1986 (age 28) 49 2 Colombia Santa Fe
14 3MF Alejandro Guerra (1985-07-09) July 9, 1985 (age 29) 38 4 Colombia Atlético Nacional
10 3MF Yohandry Orozco (1991-03-19) March 19, 1991 (age 23) 24 1 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
5 3MF Ágnel Flores (1989-05-29) May 29, 1989 (age 25) 24 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
8 3MF Édgar Jiménez (1984-10-19) October 19, 1984 (age 29) 7 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana
7 3MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) November 9, 1992 (age 21) 5 2 Venezuela Caracas
18 3MF Arquímedes Figuera (1989-10-06) October 6, 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Venezuela Caracas
11 3MF Pedro Ramírez (1992-08-24) August 24, 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Switzerland Sion
9 4FW Fernando Aristeguieta (1992-04-09) April 9, 1992 (age 22) 14 1 France Nantes
17 4FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 21) 10 2 Italy Torino
15 4FW Gelmin Rivas (1989-05-23) May 23, 1989 (age 25) 3 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
19 4FW Dany Curé (1990-04-07) April 7, 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Venezuela Caracas

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dani Hernández (1985-10-21) October 21, 1985 (age 28) 17 0 Greece Asteras Tripolis v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
GK Rafael Romo (1990-02-25) February 25, 1990 (age 24) 8 0 Italy Udinese v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
DF Fernando Amorebieta (1985-03-29) March 29, 1985 (age 29) 10 1 England Fulham v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
DF Rolf Feltscher (1990-10-06) October 6, 1990 (age 23) 6 0 Switzerland Lausanne-Sport v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
DF Gabriel Cichero (1984-04-25) April 25, 1984 (age 30) 49 2 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Peru, September 10, 2013
DF Andrés Túñez (1987-03-15) March 15, 1987 (age 27) 10 0 Thailand Buriram United v.  Peru, September 10, 2013
MF Juan Arango (captain) (1980-05-17) May 17, 1980 (age 34) 120 22 Mexico Tijuana v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
MF César González (1982-10-01) October 1, 1982 (age 31) 56 5 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
MF Franklin Lucena (1981-02-20) February 20, 1981 (age 33) 51 1 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
MF Ángelo Peña (1989-12-25) December 25, 1989 (age 24) 15 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
MF Rafael Acosta (1989-02-13) February 13, 1989 (age 25) 6 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
MF Tomás Rincón (1988-01-13) January 13, 1988 (age 26) 54 0 Germany Hamburg v.  Peru, September 10, 2013
MF Giácomo Di Giorgi (1981-02-24) February 24, 1981 (age 33) 35 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira v.  Peru, September 10, 2013
MF Frank Feltscher (1988-05-17) May 17, 1988 (age 26) 13 2 Switzerland Grasshopper v.  Peru, September 10, 2013
FW Miku (1985-08-19) August 19, 1985 (age 28) 46 10 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
FW Juan Falcón (1989-02-24) February 24, 1989 (age 25) 0 0 France Metz v.  Paraguay, October 11, 2013
FW Salomón Rondón (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 24) 34 12 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Peru, September 10, 2013

Most caps[edit]

The midfielder Juan Arango is the player that has defended his country in the most matches: 120 matches between 1999 and 2013.

Blue highlights denotes active players.

Position Name Period caps Goals
1 Juan Arango 1999– 120 22
2 José Manuel Rey 1997–2011 115 11
3 Jorge Alberto Rojas 1999–2009 91 3
4 Miguel Mea Vitali 1999–2012 85 1
5 Gabriel Urdaneta 1996–2005 77 9
= Luis Vallenilla 1996–2007 77 1
7 Ruberth Morán 1996–2007 65 14
= Giancarlo Maldonado 2003–2011 65 22
9 Leopoldo Jiménez 1999–2005 64 0
= Ricardo Páez 2000–2007 64 7
As of March 5, 2014[2]

Top scorers[edit]

Blue highlights denotes active players.

Position Name Period Goals Caps Goals/Caps Ratio
1 Juan Arango 1999– 22 120 0.18
1 Giancarlo Maldonado 2003–2011 22 65 0.33
3 Ruberth Morán 1996–2007 14 65 0.22
4 José Salomón Rondón 2008– 12 35 0.35
5 Daniel Arismendi 2006–2011 11 31 0.35
= José Manuel Rey 1997–2011 11 115 0.10
7 Nicolás Fedor 2006– 10 46 0.22
8 Gabriel Urdaneta 1996–2005 9 77 0.12
9 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 2004– 8 55 0.15
10 Juan García Rivas 1993–2009 7 49 0.14
= Ricardo Páez 2000–2007 7 64 0.11
As of March 5, 2014[3]

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1954 Did not enter
1958 Withdrew
1962 Did not enter
1966 to 1970 Did not qualify
1974 Withdrew
1978 to 2014 Did not qualify

Head to head[edit]

Copa América record[edit]

Pan American Games record[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.liderendeportes.com/Noticias/Futbol/Venezuela-enfrentara-a-Peru-en-Puerto-La-Cruz.aspx
  2. ^ Luis Fernando Passo Alpuin. "Appearances for Venezuela National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  3. ^ Luis Fernando Passo Alpuin. "Goals for Venezuela National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 

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