2006 in Ecuadorian football
The 2006 season was the 84th season of competitive football in Ecuador.
- Champion: El Nacional (13th title)
- International cup qualifiers:
- Relegated: ESPOLI (after first stage); Aucas (after second stage)
- Promoted: Deportivo Azogues (after first stage); Imbabura (after second stage)
- Relegated: Esmeraldas Petrolero (after first stage); Deportivo Quevedo (after second stage)
Clubs in international competitions
|Team||2006 Copa Libertadores||2006 Copa Sudamericana|
|Deportivo Cuenca||Eliminated in the First Stage||N/A|
|El Nacional||Eliminated in the Second Stage||Eliminated in the Round of 16|
|LDU Quito||Eliminated in the Quarterfinals||Eliminated in the Preliminary Stage|
The Ecuadorian national team played in eleven international matches: four during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and seven friendlies.
FIFA World Cup
Ecuador played in their second consecutive FIFA World Cup.
Ecuador was drawn into Group A along with Costa Rica, hosts Germany, and Poland. After shutout wins against Poland and Costa Rica, Ecuador secured a spot in the Round of 16. Their last match of group play was a loss to the host team, making them the group runner-up.
9 June 2006
|Poland||0 – 2||Ecuador|
|(Report)||C. Tenorio 24'
15 June 2006
|Ecuador||3 – 0||Costa Rica|
|C. Tenorio 8'
20 June 2006
|Ecuador||0 – 3||Germany|
|(Report)||Klose 4', 44'
Round of 16
Ecuador was matched-up against Group B winner, England. Despite a close game, a free-kick goal by English captain David Beckham proved to be the difference in the game and were eliminated. To date, this is the furthest progression in the tournament.
25 June 2006
|England||1 – 0||Ecuador|
|Ecuador||1 – 0||Honduras|
|Netherlands||1 – 0||Ecuador|
|Japan||1 – 0||Ecuador|
|Ecuador||1 – 1||Colombia|
|Castillo 52'||Soto 55'|
|Ecuador||1 – 2||Macedonia|
|Tenorio 52'||Maznov 28'
|Ecuador||1 – 1||Peru|
|Benítez 14'||Guerrero 75'|
|Ecuador||1 – 2||Brazil|
|Borja 22'||Fred 44'