Venezuela national football team

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Venezuela
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Vinotinto (The Wine-Red)[1]
AssociationFederación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachFernando Batista
CaptainTomás Rincón
Most capsTomás Rincón (131)
Top scorerSalomón Rondón (41)
Home stadiumEstadio Monumental
Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
FIFA codeVEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 52 Decrease 2 (15 February 2024)[2]
Highest25 (November 2019)
Lowest129 (November 1998)
First international
 Panama 2–1 Venezuela 
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
Biggest win
 Venezuela 7–0 Puerto Rico 
(Caracas, Venezuela; 16 January 1959)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 11–0 Venezuela 
(Rosario, Argentina; 10 August 1975)
Copa América
Appearances19 (first in 1967)
Best resultFourth place (2011)

The Venezuela national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Venezuela) represents Venezuela in men's international football and is controlled by the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF), the governing body for football in Venezuela. They are nicknamed La Vinotinto ("The Wine-Red"). 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 the Estadio Pueblo Nuevo in San Cristóbal. In friendly matches, they tend to rotate between the rest of the stadiums in the country.

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 2022, they are the only CONMEBOL side to have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Often Venezuela would go through entire qualification tournaments without recording a single win, although this has not happened since 1998. Until 2011, their best finish at the 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 (such as Japan, the United States, and Australia) that the national team found incentives to increase player development and fan support. As of December 2019, Venezuela has the highest position on the FIFA World Ranking of any team that has not yet qualified for the World Cup, being ranked 25th.[4]

History[edit]

Backstory[edit]

Venezuela did not participate in FIFA World Cup qualification 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. Venezuela at that time also managed to qualify for the 1980 Summer Olympics, it first-ever major international football competition Venezuela participated in.

Richard Páez era[edit]

After José Omar Pastoriza's resignation during the 2002 World Cup qualifyings, Richard Páez took the technical direction of the national team. Finishing this process, Venezuela achieved 4 victories in a row against Uruguay, Chile, Peru, and Paraguay; winning more than 1 game in row, their first away game and not finishing in the last place for the first time in their World Cup qualifying history.

However, the team failed to qualify for both the 2002, and 2006 World Cups, gaining 12 and 18 points respectively. After this, the team advanced to the second round Copa America 2007 in Venezuela, is the first time they could reach it on this competition.

In November 2007, Páez resigned after discrepancies with media and supporters.[5]

César Farías era[edit]

With a new coach César Farías, Venezuela national team improved their performances. At the beginning of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Venezuela won its first game in World Cup qualifying against long unbeaten Ecuador in Quito. 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 ultimately reaching the 2010, Venezuela achieved its 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 6 June 2008, Venezuela achieved its first-ever triumph over Brazil, defeating the Seleção 2–0 in a friendly match in Boston, United States. Venezuela obtained excellent results in the 2011 Copa América when they finished fourth, their highest finish in the tournament to date. With a squad composed mostly of players playing in Europe, they began 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification with a historic result (1–0) against Argentina in Puerto La Cruz, beating the Argentines for the first time.

Noel Sanvicente era[edit]

Match between Galicia (in white) and Venezuela (in burgundy).

On 4 September 2014, Noel Sanvicente was made coach of the Venezuela national team.[6] On 5 September 2014, the team lost its first match with Sanvicente under the helm 3–1 against South Korea in Bucheon.[7]

Sanvicente's first tournament came in the 2015 Copa América, with Venezuela drawn in Group C of the competition. Their opening game finished with an upset victory over tournament favorites Colombia by 1–0, but subsequent defeats to Peru and Brazil saw La Vinotinto eliminated.[citation needed]

Venezuela began the World Cup qualification campaign with a 1–0 defeat against Paraguay at home, and would not earn their first point until their match against Peru, a 2–2 draw in Lima where Venezuela led until the last minute of stoppage time. Their match with Chile ended in a disappointing 4–1 defeat, Sanvicente announced his resignation a week later after mutual consent with the FVF. At the time of Sanvicente's departure, Venezuela was last in the qualification standings with a sole point, and was unofficially eliminated.

Rafael Dudamel era[edit]

Sanvicente was replaced by former Vinotinto goalkeeper Rafael Dudamel, who decided to revamp the entire national team, by injecting the team with the promising young generation of Venezuelan players that finished second at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup that was dubbed as the country's first-ever football Golden Generation.[8] Under his coaching, La Vinotinto quickly improved and reached the quarterfinals in the Copa América Centenario, with two 1–0 wins over Jamaica and Uruguay and a 1–1 draw against Mexico in the group stage and then a 4–1 defeat to Argentina in the quarter-finals. In the 7th matchday of the 2018 World Cup qualifier, Venezuela lost to Colombia 2–0 in Barranquilla, the first loss against Los Cafeteros since 2009. Later, on matchday 11, Venezuela won for the first time in the qualifier, 5–0 over Bolivia in Maturín with a hat-trick from Josef Martínez and goals from Jacobo Kouffati and Rómulo Otero.

On 2 January 2020, Dudamel resigned from the national team.

Copa América history[edit]

Venezuela first participated at the Copa América in 1967, and finished fifth 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 four goals. In the 1993 series, Venezuela drew with Uruguay and the United States.

The team's overall Copa América record has been relatively poor (goal difference 33–145 before the 2011 Copa América), 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 Peru during the competition was its first Copa América victory since 1967.

2011 Copa América[edit]

At the 2011 Copa América championship, Venezuela reached the semi-finals round for the first time by defeating Chile in the quarter-final, 2–1. Despite their commanding presence against Paraguay in their semifinal, Venezuela was 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 third place at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, where Venezuela would suffer their biggest loss of the tournament, losing 4–1 to Peru and falling into fourth place overall. Nonetheless, 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:

3 July 2011 Group stages Brazil  0–0  Venezuela La Plata, Argentina
16:00 UTC-3 Report Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
Referee: Raúl Orosco (Bolivia)
9 July 2011 Group stages Venezuela  1–0  Ecuador Salta, Argentina
18:30 UTC-3 C. González 61' Report Stadium: Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena
Referee: Wálter Quesada (Costa Rica)
13 July 2011 Group stages Paraguay  3–3  Venezuela Salta, Argentina
19:15 UTC-3 Alcaraz 32'
Barrios 62'
Riveros 85'
Report Rondón 5'
Miku 89'
Perozo 90+2'
Stadium: Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
17 July 2011 Quarterfinals Chile  1–2  Venezuela San Juan, Argentina
19:15 UTC-3 Suazo 69' Report Vizcarrondo 34'
Cichero 80'
Stadium: Estadio del Bicentenario
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
23 July 2011 Third-place match Peru  4–1  Venezuela La Plata, Argentina
16:00 UTC-3 Chiroque 41'
Guerrero 63', 89', 90+2'
Report Arango 77' Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

Team image[edit]

Venezuela made its international debut in the Central American and Caribbean Games held in Panama in 1938, wearing the vinotinto (burgundy) color. The burgundy color originated from the uniform of the Venezuelan National Guard.[9] In the 1967 Copa América Venezuela also wore the Peñarol shirt v Chile to avoid colors clash, as Venezuela had arrived in the Estadio Centenario (Peñarol's frequent venue) with no alternate shirts.[10]

In 1993, a vertical band with the colors of the National flag was added to the left side of the jersey, which changed its colors to a more traditional red tone. This lasted until 1996 when Venezuela returned to the vinotinto tone.[11]

In 1998 Venezuela adopted a yellow/blue/red scheme, similar to their flag colors, by Mexican manufacturer "ABA Sports".[11] The national team returned to the traditional color in 2000. It has been remaining (with few changes)[12] as the main uniform up to present days.

Kit providers[edit]

Source:[13]

Adidas jersey worn during the 2014 World Cup qualifying
Manufacturer Period
Germany Adidas 1981–1991
Venezuela Forte 1992–1995
Peru Polmer 1996–1997
Mexico Aba Sport 1998–1999
Mexico Atlética 2000–2004
Germany Adidas 2005–2018
Italy Givova 2019–2023
Germany Adidas 2024–present

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023[edit]

24 March 2023 Friendly Saudi Arabia  1–2  Venezuela Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
22:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium
Attendance: 4,960
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
28 March 2023 Friendly Uzbekistan  1–1  Venezuela Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
21:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: King Abdullah Sport City Stadium
Attendance: 30
Referee: Khaled Saleh Al-Turais (Saudi Arabia)
15 June 2023 Friendly Venezuela  1–0  Honduras Washington, United States
20:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Audi Field
Referee: Jaime Alfredo Herrera (El Salvador)
18 June 2023 Friendly Venezuela  1–0  Guatemala East Hartford, United States
16:30 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
Referee: Jeremy Scheer (United States)
12 September 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Venezuela  1–0  Paraguay Maturín, Venezuela
18:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Monumental
Attendance: 48,523
Referee: Andrés Rojas (Colombia)
12 October 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Brazil  1–1  Venezuela Cuiabá, Brazil
19:30 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Attendance: 39,018
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
17 October 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Venezuela  3–0  Chile Maturín, Venezuela
17:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Monumental
Attendance: 50,932
Referee: Flávio de Souza (Brazil)
16 November 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Venezuela  0–0  Ecuador Maturín, Venezuela
18:00 UTC−4 Report Stadium: Estadio Monumental
Attendance: 51,083
Referee: Juan Gabriel Benítez (Paraguay)
21 November 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Peru  1–1  Venezuela Lima, Peru
21:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 27,323
Referee: Darío Herrera (Argentina)

2024[edit]

21 March Friendly Italy  v  Venezuela Fort Lauderdale, United States
17:00 UTC−6 Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium
24 March Friendly Guatemala  v  Venezuela Houston, United States
17:00 UTC−6 Stadium: Shell Energy Stadium
5 June 2024 Friendly France  v  Venezuela Bordeaux, France
21:00 UTC+1 Stadium: Matmut Stadium
22 June 2024 2024 Copa América Ecuador  v  Venezuela Santa Clara, United States
15:00 UTC−7 Stadium: Levi's Stadium
26 June 2024 2024 Copa América Venezuela  v  Mexico Inglewood, United States
18:00 UTC−7 Stadium: SoFi Stadium
30 June 2024 2024 Copa América Jamaica  v  Venezuela Austin, United States
19:00 UTC−5 Stadium: Q2 Stadium
September 2024 2026 World Cup qualification Venezuela  v  Uruguay Venezuela
--:-- UTC−4
November 2024 2026 World Cup qualification Venezuela  v  Brazil Venezuela
--:-- UTC−4

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
General Manager Argentina Sergio Batista
Head coach Argentina Fernando Batista
Assistant coach Venezuela Omar Alarcón
Argentina Leandro Cufre
Goalkeeper coach Venezuela Vicente Rosales
Argentina Damian Albil
Fitness coach Argentina Jorge Pidal
Venezuela Piero Medina

Coaching history[edit]

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

  • The following players were called up for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Ecuador and Peru on 16 and 21 November 2023, respectively.[14]
  • Caps and goals are correct as of 21 November 2023, after the match against Peru.
  • Friendlies not recognized by FIFA are not counted.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
22 1GK Rafael Romo (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 33) 19 0 Ecuador Universidad Catolica
12 1GK Alain Baroja (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 34) 15 0 Bolivia Always Ready
1 1GK Joel Graterol (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 27) 11 0 Colombia América de Cali

14 2DF Roberto Rosales (3rd captain) (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 35) 95 1 Brazil Sport Recife
21 2DF Alexander González (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 31) 67 2 Ecuador Emelec
4 2DF Wilker Ángel (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 30) 35 2 Brazil Criciúma
3 2DF Yordan Osorio (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 29) 27 0 Italy Parma
2 2DF Nahuel Ferraresi (1998-11-19) 19 November 1998 (age 25) 23 1 Brazil Sao Paulo
2DF Luis Mago (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 29) 19 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Najma SC
5 2DF Christian Makoun (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 23) 9 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
15 2DF Miguel Navarro (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 25) 9 0 Argentina Club Atlético Talleres
2DF Jon Aramburu (2002-07-23) 23 July 2002 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Real Sociedad B

8 3MF Tomás Rincón (captain) (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 36) 130 1 Brazil Santos
20 3MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 31) 50 6 Brazil Santos
11 3MF Darwin Machís (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 31) 43 10 Spain Cádiz
3MF Júnior Moreno (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 30) 41 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hazem F.C.
10 3MF Yeferson Soteldo (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 26) 38 4 Brazil Grêmio
7 3MF Jefferson Savarino (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 27) 36 3 Brazil Botafogo
6 3MF Yangel Herrera (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 26) 34 3 Spain Girona
13 3MF José Martínez (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 29) 27 0 United States Philadelphia Union
16 3MF Cristian Cásseres (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 24) 26 0 France Toulouse
3MF Eduard Bello (1995-08-20) 20 August 1995 (age 28) 14 2 Mexico Mazatlán
17 3MF Edson Castillo (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 29) 8 1 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
19 3MF Samuel Sosa (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 24) 7 0 Mexico Querétaro

23 4FW Salomón Rondón (vice-captain) (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 34) 102 41 Mexico Pachuca
9 4FW Sergio Córdova (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 26) 17 0 Russia Sochi
18 4FW Eric Ramírez (1998-11-20) 20 November 1998 (age 25) 9 1 Colombia Atlético Nacional

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 Alejandro Araque (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 28) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
GK Luis Romero (1990-11-16) 16 November 1990 (age 33) 0 0 Venezuela Puerto Cabello Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
GK Javier Otero (2002-11-18) 18 November 2002 (age 21) 0 0 United States Orlando City v.  Guatemala, 18 June 2023
GK Jorge Sánchez (2006-09-30) 30 September 2006 (age 17) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira Training module, 15–17 May 2023
GK Beycker Velásquez (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 27) 0 0 Venezuela Estudiantes de Mérida Training module, 15–17 May 2023
GK Cristopher Varela (1999-11-27) 27 November 1999 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira v.  Uzbekistan, 28 March 2023

DF Jhon Chancellor (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 32) 37 3 Venezuela Metropolitanos v.  Paraguay, 12 September 2023
DF Mikel Villanueva (1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 (age 30) 31 2 Portugal Vitória Guimarães v.  Paraguay, 12 September 2023
DF Jefre Vargas (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 29) 3 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Eduardo Fereira (2000-09-20) 20 September 2000 (age 23) 0 0 Venezuela Puerto Cabello Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Anthony Graterol (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 28) 0 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Yanniel Hernández (1997-06-10) 10 June 1997 (age 26) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Steven Pabón (2001-07-25) 25 July 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Jesús Paz (2001-05-13) 13 May 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Poland Chrobry Głogów Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Edwin Peraza (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 30) 0 0 Venezuela Puerto Cabello Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Rubén Ramírez (1995-10-18) 18 October 1995 (age 28) 0 0 Peru Cusco FC Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Rafael Uzcátegui (2004-10-04) 4 October 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Colombia Boyaca Chico Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Carlos Vivas (2004-04-04) 4 April 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
DF Moisés Tablante (2001-07-04) 4 July 2001 (age 22) 0 0 United States Orlando City v.  Guatemala, 18 June 2023
DF Óscar González (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 32) 11 0 Venezuela Monagas Training module, 15–17 May 2023
DF Andrés Ferro (2001-08-02) 2 August 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Argentina Central Córdoba Training module, 15–17 May 2023
DF Rai Hidalgo (2006-02-14) 14 February 2006 (age 18) 0 0 Venezuela Puerto Cabello Training module, 15–17 May 2023
DF Ronald Hernández (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 26) 33 1 United States Atlanta United v.  Uzbekistan, 28 March 2023
DF Yohán Cumana (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 27) 9 0 Venezuela UCV FC v.  Uzbekistan, 28 March 2023
DF Jean Fuentes (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 27) 2 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos v.  Uzbekistan, 28 March 2023
DF Teo Quintero (1999-03-02) 2 March 1999 (age 24) 0 0 Belgium Deinze v.  Uzbekistan, 28 March 2023

MF Jesús Bueno (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 (age 24) 0 0 United States Philadelphia Union v.  Brazil, 12 October 2023 INJ
MF Andrés Romero (2003-03-07) 7 March 2003 (age 20) 3 0 Slovakia Dunajská Streda Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Telasco Segovia (2003-04-02) 2 April 2003 (age 20) 2 0 Portugal Casa Pia Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Yerson Chacón (2003-06-04) 4 June 2003 (age 20) 1 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF David Martínez (2006-02-07) 7 February 2006 (age 18) 1 0 United States Los Angeles FC Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Edgar Carrión (2001-07-07) 7 July 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Monagas Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Anderson Contreras (2001-03-30) 30 March 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Maurice Cova (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 31) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Bryant Ortega (2003-02-28) 28 February 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Wilfredo Peña (2001-05-03) 3 May 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Estudiantes de Mérida Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Cristhian Rivas (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 27) 0 0 Venezuela Estudiantes de Merida Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Emerson Ruiz (2003-03-01) 1 March 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
MF Jhon Murillo (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 28) 41 4 Mexico Atlas F.C. v.  Guatemala, 18 June 2023
MF Daniel Pereira (2000-07-14) 14 July 2000 (age 23) 2 0 United States Austin FC v.  Guatemala, 18 June 2023
MF Christian Larotonda (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 24) 4 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos Training module, 15–17 May 2023
MF Robinson Flores (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 25) 0 0 Ecuador Técnico Universitario Training module, 15–17 May 2023
MF Edanyilber Navas (2000-01-14) 14 January 2000 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela Monagas Training module, 15–17 May 2023
MF Leandro Rodríguez (2005-06-11) 11 June 2005 (age 18) 0 0 Brazil Atlético Mineiro Youth Training module, 15–17 May 2023

FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 30) 66 14 Canada CF Montréal v.  Chile, 17 October 2023
FW Alejandro Marqués (2000-04-08) 8 April 2000 (age 23) 3 0 Portugal Estoril v.  Paraguay, 12 September 2023
FW Freddy Vargas (1999-04-01) 1 April 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Israel Maccabi Bnei Reineh Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
FW Fernando Basante (2003-07-26) 26 July 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Venezuela Monagas Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
FW Luifer Hernández (2001-04-28) 28 April 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Puerto Cabello Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
FW Santiago Rodríguez (2001-01-29) 29 January 2001 (age 23) 0 0 Venezuela Zamora F.C. Training module, 31 July–2 August 2023
FW Ernesto Torregrossa (1992-06-28) 28 June 1992 (age 31) 5 2 Italy Pisa v.  Guatemala, 18 June 2023
FW Jovanny Bolívar (2001-12-16) 16 December 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Spain Huesca v.  Guatemala, 18 June 2023
FW Kevin Kelsy (2004-07-27) 27 July 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Honduras, 15 June 2023 WD
FW Brayan Alcócer (2003-08-17) 17 August 2003 (age 20) 2 0 Uruguay Boston River Training module, 15–17 May 2023
FW Saúl Guarirapa (2002-10-18) 18 October 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Russia Sochi Training module, 15–17 May 2023
FW Lewuis Peña (2004-04-07) 7 April 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław Training module, 15–17 May 2023
FW Lucciano Reinoso (2006-07-10) 10 July 2006 (age 17) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas Training module, 15–17 May 2023

  • INJ Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • SUS Suspended
  • WD Withdrew from the squad

Player records[edit]

As of 22 November 2023[15]
Players in bold are still active with Venezuela.

Most appearances[edit]

Midfielder Tomás Rincón is the most capped player with 130 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Tomás Rincón 130 1 2008–present
2 Juan Arango 129 23 1999–2015
3 José Manuel Rey 115 10 1997–2011
4 Salomón Rondón 102 41 2008–present
5 Roberto Rosales 95 1 2007–present
6 Jorge Alberto Rojas 87 3 1999–2009
7 Miguel Mea Vitali 84 1 1999–2012
8 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 80 7 2004–2016
9 Luis Vallenilla 76 0 1996–2007
10 Gabriel Urdaneta 74 9 1996–2005

Top goalscorers[edit]

Salomón Rondón is the nation's all-time top goalscorer.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Salomón Rondón 41 102 0.4 2008–present
2 Juan Arango 23 129 0.18 1999–2015
3 Giancarlo Maldonado 22 65 0.34 2003–2011
4 Ruberth Morán 16 63 0.25 1996–2007
5 Josef Martínez 14 67 0.21 2011–present
6 Miku 11 51 0.22 2006–2015
7 Daniel Arismendi 10 30 0.33 2006–2011
Darwin Machís 10 43 0.23 2011–present
José Manuel Rey 10 115 0.09 1997–2011
10 Gabriel Urdaneta 9 77 0.12 1996–2005

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954 Did not enter Declined participation
Sweden 1958 Withdrew Withdrew
Chile 1962 Did not enter Declined participation
England 1966 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 4 15
Mexico 1970 6 0 1 5 1 18
West Germany 1974 Withdrew Withdrew
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 2 8
Spain 1982 4 1 0 3 1 9
Mexico 1986 6 0 1 5 5 15
Italy 1990 4 0 0 4 1 18
United States 1994 8 1 0 7 4 34
France 1998 16 0 3 13 8 41
South Korea Japan 2002 18 5 1 12 18 44
Germany 2006 18 5 3 10 20 28
South Africa 2010 18 6 4 8 23 29
Brazil 2014 16 5 5 6 14 20
Russia 2018 18 2 6 10 19 35
Qatar 2022 18 3 1 14 14 34
Canada Mexico United States 2026 Qualification in progress 6 2 3 1 6 3
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030 To be determined To be determined
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total 0/22 164 30 29 105 140 351

Copa América[edit]

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Argentina 1916 Not a CONMEBOL member
Uruguay 1917
Brazil 1919
Chile 1920
Argentina 1921
Brazil 1922
Uruguay 1923
Uruguay 1924
Argentina 1925
Chile 1926
Peru 1927
Argentina 1929
Peru 1935
Argentina 1937
Peru 1939
Chile 1941
Uruguay 1942
Chile 1945
Argentina 1946
Ecuador 1947
Brazil 1949
Peru 1953 Did not participate
Chile 1955
Uruguay 1956
Peru 1957
Argentina 1959
Ecuador 1959
Bolivia 1963
Uruguay 1967 Fifth place 5th 5 1 0 4 7 16 Squad
1975 Group stage 10th 4 0 0 4 1 26 Squad
1979 10th 4 0 2 2 1 12 Squad
1983 10th 4 0 1 3 1 10 Squad
Argentina 1987 10th 2 0 0 2 1 8 Squad
Brazil 1989 10th 4 0 1 3 4 11 Squad
Chile 1991 10th 4 0 0 4 1 15 Squad
Ecuador 1993 11th 3 0 2 1 6 11 Squad
Uruguay 1995 12th 3 0 0 3 4 10 Squad
Bolivia 1997 12th 3 0 0 3 0 5 Squad
Paraguay 1999 12th 3 0 0 3 1 13 Squad
Colombia 2001 12th 3 0 0 3 0 7 Squad
Peru 2004 11th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad
Venezuela 2007 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 6 Squad
Argentina 2011 Fourth place 4th 6 2 3 1 7 8 Squad
Chile 2015 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 3 Squad
United States 2016 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 4 5 Squad
Brazil 2019 7th 4 1 2 1 3 3 Squad
Brazil 2021 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 2 6 Squad
United States 2024 Qualified
Total Fourth place 19/47 70 8 17 45 52 180

Pan American Games[edit]

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 5 14
Mexico 1955 Fourth place 4th 6 1 2 3 9 20
United States 1959 Did not participate
Brazil 1963
Canada 1967
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975
Puerto Rico 1979
Venezuela 1983 Group stage 7th 2 1 0 1 3 3
United States 1987 Did not qualify
Cuba 1991
Argentina 1995
Since 1999 See Venezuela national under-23 football team
Total Fourth place 3/12 12 3 2 7 17 37

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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