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Ecuador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Tricolor (the Tricolor)
La Tri
Los Amarillos (the Yellows)
AssociationFederación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachHernán Darío Gómez
CaptainAntonio Valencia
Most capsIván Hurtado (168)
Top scorerAgustin Delgado (31)
Home stadiumEstadio Olímpico Atahualpa
FIFA codeECU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current61 Decrease 3 (25 October 2018)[1]
Highest10 (July 2012)
Lowest71 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current32 Decrease 3 (14 November 2018)[2]
Highest11 (27 March 2013)
Lowest111 (December 1959)
First international
 Bolivia 1–2 Ecuador 
(Bogotá, Colombia; 8 August 1938)
Biggest win
 Ecuador 6–1 Venezuela 
(Quito, Ecuador; 15 June 1993)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2002)
Best resultRound of 16, 2006
Copa América
Appearances27 (first in 1939)
Best resultFourth place, 1959 and 1993
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2002)
Best resultGroup stage, 2002

The Ecuador national football team (Selección de fútbol de Ecuador) 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 two countries in South America not to have won the Copa América, the other being Venezuela. Their best performance in the continental tournament was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.

History

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, 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, 6 December 2013 they were drawn into a balanced group compromising of top seeds, Switzerland, former champions France, and minnows Honduras.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Withdrew Withdrew
Switzerland 1954 Did not enter Declined participation
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 11
England 1966 5 2 1 2 7 7
Mexico 1970 4 0 1 3 2 8
West Germany 1974 4 0 2 2 3 8
Argentina 1978 4 0 1 3 1 9
Spain 1982 4 1 1 2 2 5
Mexico 1986 4 0 1 3 2 8
Italy 1990 4 1 1 2 4 5
United States 1994 8 1 3 4 7 7
France 1998 16 6 3 7 22 21
South Korea Japan 2002 Group Stage 24th 3 1 0 2 2 4 18 9 4 5 23 20
Germany 2006 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 4 18 8 4 6 23 19
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 18 6 5 7 22 26
Brazil 2014 Group Stage 17th 3 1 1 1 3 3 16 7 4 5 20 16
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 18 6 2 10 26 29
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Round of 16 3/21 10 4 1 5 10 11 143 47 33 63 167 199

Copa América record

Pan American Games record

Ecuador national football team
Medal record
U-20 Panamerican Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Brazil Panamerican Games

Minor tournaments

Ecuador national football team
Medal record
Tournament L'Alcudia
Gold medal – first place 2010 L'Alcudia Tournament

Bolivarian Games

Results and Fixtures

2016

2017

2018

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly match with Peru and Panama in 15 and 20 November 2018.
Caps and goals updated as of 16 October 2018, after the match against  Oman.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alexander Domínguez (1987-06-05) 5 June 1987 (age 31) 46 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield
1GK Máximo Banguera (1985-12-16) 16 December 1985 (age 32) 33 0 Ecuador Barcelona

2DF Juan Carlos Paredes (1987-07-08) 8 July 1987 (age 31) 71 0 Ecuador Emelec
2DF Gabriel Achilier (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 (age 27) 37 1 Mexico Morelia
2DF Arturo Mina (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 28) 18 1 Turkey Yeni Malatyaspor
2DF Cristian Ramírez (1994-08-12) 12 August 1994 (age 24) 18 1 Russia Krasnodar
2DF Christian Cruz (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
2DF John Narváez (1991-06-12) 12 June 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Peru Melgar
2DF Xavier Arreaga (1994-09-28) 28 September 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Ecuador Barcelona

3MF Antonio Valencia (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 33) 92 10 England Manchester United
3MF Jefferson Montero (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 29) 63 10 Wales Swansea City
3MF Renato Ibarra (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 (age 27) 37 1 Mexico América
3MF Carlos Gruezo (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 23) 18 0 United States FC Dallas
3MF Jefferson Orejuela (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 (age 25) 11 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
3MF Ayrton Preciado (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Mexico Santos Laguna
3MF Romario Ibarra (1994-09-24) 24 September 1994 (age 24) 4 3 United States Minnesota United
3MF Jhegson Méndez (1997-04-26) 26 April 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle
3MF Jefferson Intriago (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
3MF Édison Vega (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990 (age 28) 2 0 Ecuador LDU Quito

4FW Enner Valencia (1989-11-04) 4 November 1989 (age 29) 44 25 Mexico UANL
4FW Miller Bolaños (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 28) 24 8 Mexico Tijuana
4FW Jhon Cifuente (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 26) 2 1 Ecuador Universidad Católica
4FW Brayan Angulo (1995-11-30) 30 November 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Ecuador Emelec
4FW Manu Balda (1992-02-21) 21 February 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Ecuador El Nacional

Recent call-ups

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 Hamilton Piedra (1993-03-20) 20 March 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
GK Pedro Ortíz (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Ecuador Delfín v.  Guatemala, 11 September 2018

DF Frickson Erazo (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 30) 64 2 Unattached v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
DF Robert Arboleda (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 27) 11 1 Brazil São Paulo v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
DF Luis Caicedo (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 26) 8 0 Mexico Veracruz v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
DF Aníbal Chalá (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
DF Carlos Cuero (1996-02-17) 17 February 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
DF Diego Palacios (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands Willem II v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
DF Mario Pineida (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 26) 9 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Guatemala, 11 September 2018
DF Jhon Espinoza (1999-02-24) 24 February 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Ecuador Aucas v.  Guatemala, 11 September 2018
DF Gustavo Vallecilla (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca v.  Guatemala, 11 September 2018

MF Junior Sornoza (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 (age 24) 6 1 Brazil Fluminense v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
MF José Cevallos (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 23) 5 2 Belgium Lokeren v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
MF Ángelo Preciado (1998-02-18) 18 February 1998 (age 20) 4 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
MF Alan Franco (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 20) 3 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
MF Fernando Gaibor (1991-11-08) 8 November 1991 (age 27) 15 2 Argentina Independiente v.  Guatemala, 11 September 2018
MF Fernando Guerrero (1989-09-30) 30 September 1989 (age 29) 5 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Guatemala, 11 September 2018

FW Joao Plata (1994-03-01) 1 March 1994 (age 24) 5 2 United States Real Salt Lake v.  Oman, 16 October 2018
FW Stiven Plaza (1999-03-11) 11 March 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Oman, 16 October 2018

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad / standby.
RET Retired from the national team.

Player records

Bold indicates player has been active within one year for the National team.
Caps and goals updated as of 11 October 2018.

Players with 50 or more caps

Previous squads

Retired numbers

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.[7] However, due to FIFA regulations the number had to be reinstated for the 2014 World Cup squad.[8]

Historic Kits

The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colors of the national flag, being typically a yellow top, blue shorts, and red socks.[9] The alternate colors 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.[10]

1941–1945
1945–1947
1949–1953
1953–1955
1955–1966
1966–1973[11]
1973–1983
1983–1985
1985–1992
1992–1994
1994–1998
1998–2002
2002
2003–2006
2006
2007–2011
2011–2014
2014

Kit Sponsor

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas 1985-1990
Germany Puma 1991–1992
United Kingdom Reebok 1993–1994
Ecuador Marathon 1994–present

Managers

Manager Career GP W D L
Enrique Lamas 8 August 1938 – 22 August 1938 5 1 1 3
Ramón Unamuno 15 January 1939 – 12 February 1939 4 0 0 4
Juan Parodi 2 February 1941 – 5 February 1942 10 0 0 10
Rodolfo Orlandini 14 January 1945 – 21 February 1945 6 0 1 5
Ramón Unamuno 30 November 1947 – 29 December 1947 7 0 3 4
José Planas 3 April 1949 – 3 May 1949 7 1 0 6
Gregorio Esperón 28 February 1953 – 23 March 1953 6 0 2 4
José María Díaz Granados 27 February 1955 – 23 March 1955 5 0 0 5
Eduardo Spandre 7 March 1957 – 1 April 1957 6 0 1 5
Juan López 6 December 1959 – 17 December 1960 7 1 1 5
Fausto Montalván 10 March 1963 – 31 March 1963 6 1 2 3
José María Rodríguez 20 July 1965 – 12 October 1965 5 2 1 2
Fausto Montalván 21 December 1966 – 28 December 1966 2 0 1 1
José Gomes Nogueira 22 June 1969 – 3 August 1969 5 1 1 3
Ernesto Guerra 29 April 1970 – 24 May 1970 2 0 0 2
Jorge Lazo 11 June 1972 – 21 June 1972 4 0 1 3
Roberto Resquín 18 February 1973 – 8 July 1973 10 1 6 3
Roque Máspoli 22 June 1975 – 20 March 1977 19 5 4 10
Héctor Morales 13 June 1979 – 16 September 1979 8 3 1 4
Otto Vieira 27 January 1981 – 14 February 1981 2 0 0 2
Juan Eduardo Hohberg 17 May 1981 – 14 June 1981 4 1 1 2
Ernesto Guerra 26 July 1983 – 7 September 1983 6 0 4 2
Antoninho Ferreira 30 November 1984 – 31 March 1985 15 3 5 7
Luis Grimaldi 18 November 1986 – 4 July 1987 13 2 5 6
Dušan Drašković 2 June 1988 – 19 September 1993 56 17 17 22
Carlos Torres Garcés 25 May 1994 – 5 June 1994 2 2 0 0
Carlos Ron 17 August 1994 – 21 September 1994 2 0 1 1
Francisco Maturana 24 May 1995 – 8 June 1997 34 16 6 12
Luis Fernando Suárez 11 June 1997 – 22 June 1997 4 2 2 0
Francisco Maturana 6 July 1997 – 16 November 1997 7 3 1 3
Polo Carrera 14 October 1998 1 0 0 1
Carlos Sevilla 28 January 1999 – 7 July 1999 15 3 6 6
Hernán Darío Gómez 12 October 1999 – 23 July 2004 66 24 18 24
Luis Fernando Suárez 4 September 2004 – 17 November 2007 51 17 9 25
Sixto Vizuete 21 November 2007 – 11 July 2010 25 9 7 9
Reinaldo Rueda 4 September 2010 – 25 June 2014 45 18 15 12
Sixto Vizuete 23 July 2014 – 28 January 2015 4 2 1 1
Gustavo Quinteros 16 March 2015 – 12 September 2017 19 8 4 7
Jorge Célico 12 September 2017 – Present 2 0 0 2

Notes and references

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.ecuagol.com/ecuagol/index.php?n=44540
  4. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/ecua-recintlp.html#app
  5. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/ecua-recintlp.html#goals
  6. ^ http://www.fichajes.com/jugador/j23232_felipe-caicedo
  7. ^ "NÚMERO 11 DE ECUADOR SIEMPRE SERÁ DE CHUCHO". Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (in Spanish). ecuafutbol.org. 1 August 2013. Archived from the original on 19 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Soccer-Ecuador to reinstate Benitez's number 11 for World Cup". reuters.com. 6 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  10. ^ http://www.sportslogos.net/teams/list_by_league/58/CONMEBOL/CONMEBOL/logos
  11. ^ http://www.oldfootballshirts.com/en/teams/e/ecuador/old-ecuador-football-shirt-s34862.html

See also

External links