Ecuador national football team

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Ecuador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Tricolor (the Tricolor)
La Tri
Los Amarillos
(the Yellows)
Association Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Gustavo Quinteros
Captain Walter Ayoví
Most caps Iván Hurtado (168)
Top scorer Agustín Delgado (31)
Home stadium Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito
FIFA code ECU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 17 Decrease 4 (14 July 2016)
Highest 10 (July 2012)
Lowest 63 (May 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 15 (17 June 2016)
Highest 11 (27 March 2013)
Lowest 111 (December 1959)
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 27 (First in 1939)
Best result Fourth place, 1959 and 1993
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2002)
Best result Group 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[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, 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 3/22 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 medal – first place 2007 Brazil Panamerican Games

Minor tournaments[edit]

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

Bolivarian Games[edit]

Results and Fixtures[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the Copa América Centenario.
Caps and goals updated as of June 16, 2016 after the match against United States.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Máximo Banguera (1985-12-16) December 16, 1985 (age 30) 27 0 Ecuador Barcelona
12 1GK Esteban Dreer (1981-11-11) November 11, 1981 (age 34) 3 0 Ecuador Emelec
22 1GK Alexander Domínguez (1987-06-05) June 5, 1987 (age 29) 40 0 Mexico Monterrey

2 2DF Arturo Mina (1990-10-08) October 8, 1990 (age 25) 11 0 Argentina River Plate
3 2DF Frickson Erazo (1988-05-05) May 5, 1988 (age 28) 60 2 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
4 2DF Juan Carlos Paredes (1987-07-08) July 8, 1987 (age 29) 63 0 England Watford
5 2DF Cristian Ramírez (1994-08-12) August 12, 1994 (age 21) 6 0 Hungary Ferencváros
10 2DF Walter Ayoví (Captain) (1979-08-11) August 11, 1979 (age 36) 115 8 Mexico Monterrey
20 2DF Robert Arboleda (1991-10-22) October 22, 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Ecuador Universidad Católica
21 2DF Gabriel Achilier (1985-03-23) March 23, 1985 (age 31) 39 0 Ecuador Emelec

6 3MF Christian Noboa (1985-04-09) April 9, 1985 (age 31) 68 4 Russia Rostov
7 3MF Jefferson Montero (1989-09-01) September 1, 1989 (age 26) 60 10 Wales Swansea City
8 3MF Fernando Gaibor (1991-11-08) November 8, 1991 (age 24) 7 0 Ecuador Emelec
11 3MF Michael Arroyo (1987-04-23) April 23, 1987 (age 29) 28 5 Mexico América
14 3MF Ángel Mena (1988-01-21) January 21, 1988 (age 28) 7 1 Ecuador Emelec
15 3MF Pedro Larrea (1986-05-21) May 21, 1986 (age 30) 1 0 Ecuador El Nacional
16 3MF Antonio Valencia (1985-08-04) August 4, 1985 (age 30) 84 9 England Manchester United
18 3MF Carlos Gruezo (1995-04-19) April 19, 1995 (age 21) 15 0 United States Dallas
19 3MF Juan Cazares (1992-04-03) April 3, 1992 (age 24) 15 1 Brazil Atlético Mineiro

9 4FW Fidel Martínez (1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 26) 26 7 Mexico UNAM
13 4FW Enner Valencia (1989-11-04) November 4, 1989 (age 26) 29 16 England West Ham United
17 4FW Jaime Ayoví (1988-02-21) February 21, 1988 (age 28) 38 10 Argentina Godoy Cruz
23 4FW Miler Bolaños (1990-06-01) June 1, 1990 (age 26) 15 7 Brazil Grêmio

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 Librado Azcona (1984-01-18) January 18, 1984 (age 32) 0 0 Ecuador Independiente Copa América Centenario PRE

DF Jorge Guagua (1981-09-28) September 28, 1981 (age 34) 63 2 Ecuador Emelec Copa América Centenario PRE
DF Óscar Bagüí (1982-12-10) December 10, 1982 (age 33) 24 0 Ecuador Emelec Copa América Centenario PRE
DF Mario Pineida (1992-07-06) July 6, 1992 (age 24) 4 0 Ecuador Barcelona Copa América Centenario PRE
DF Darío Aimar (1995-01-05) January 5, 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Ecuador Barcelona Copa América Centenario PRE
DF Luis Caicedo (1992-05-11) May 11, 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Ecuador Independiente Copa América Centenario PRE
DF José Quinteros (1990-06-20) June 20, 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Ecuador LDU Quito Copa América Centenario PRE
DF Norberto Araujo (1978-10-13) October 13, 1978 (age 37) 4 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Paraguay, March 24, 2016

MF Segundo Castillo (1982-05-15) May 15, 1982 (age 34) 88 9 Ecuador Barcelona Copa América Centenario PRE
MF Renato Ibarra (1991-01-20) January 20, 1991 (age 25) 28 0 Mexico América Copa América Centenario PRE
MF Pedro Quiñónez (1986-03-04) March 4, 1986 (age 30) 18 0 Ecuador Emelec Copa América Centenario PRE
MF Álex Bolaños (1985-01-22) January 22, 1985 (age 31) 10 0 Ecuador Aucas Copa América Centenario PRE
MF Junior Sornoza (1994-01-28) January 28, 1994 (age 22) 4 1 Brazil Fluminense Copa América Centenario PRE
MF Bryan Cabezas (1997-03-20) March 20, 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Ecuador Independiente Copa América CentenarioPRE
MF Jefferson Orejuela (1993-02-14) February 14, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Ecuador Independiente Copa América Centenario PRE
MF Joao Joshimar Rojas (1997-08-16) August 16, 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Ecuador Aucas v.  Colombia, March 29, 2016
MF Jonathan Gonzáles (1995-03-07) March 7, 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Ecuador Independiente v.  Venezuela, November 17, 2015
MF Osbaldo Lastra (1983-08-10) August 10, 1983 (age 32) 6 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Bolivia, October 13, 2015
MF Joao Rojas (1989-06-14) June 14, 1989 (age 27) 34 2 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Honduras, September 8, 2015 WD

FW Felipe Caicedo (1988-09-05) September 5, 1988 (age 27) 59 19 Spain Espanyol Copa América Centenario PRE / INJ
FW Daniel Angulo (1986-11-16) November 16, 1986 (age 29) 4 0 Ecuador LDU Quito Copa América Centenario PRE
FW José Angulo (1995-02-03) February 3, 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Ecuador Independiente Copa América Centenario PRE
FW Juan Rojas (1993-03-08) March 8, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Ecuador River Plate v.  Colombia, March 29, 2016
FW Ely Esterilla (1993-02-06) February 6, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Bolivia, October 13, 2015
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad / standby
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons.
  • RET Retired from the national team.

Player records[edit]

Bold indicates player has been active within one year for the National team.
Caps and goals updated as of June 16, 2016.

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] However, due to FIFA regulations the number had to be reinstated for the 2014 World Cup squad.[6]

Historic Kits[edit]

The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colours of the national flag, being the tricolor, yellow, blue, and red.[7] 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.[8]

1941–1945
1945–1947
1949–1953
1953-1955
1955-1966
1966-1973[9]
1973-1983
1983-1985
1985-1992
1992-1994
1994-1998
1998-2002
2002
2003-2006
2006
2007-2011
2011-2014
2014

Kit Sponsor[edit]

Uniform provider
Date Sponsor
1985-1990 Adidas
1991-1992 Puma
1993-1994 Reebok
1994–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 – January 28, 2015 4 2 1 1
Gustavo Quinteros January 29, 2015 – Present 19 8 4 7

Notes and references[edit]

See also[edit]

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