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 Tomás Rincón
Most caps Juan Arango (128)
Top scorer Juan Arango (22)
Home stadium Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui
Polideportivo Cachamay
Estadio Pueblo Nuevo
FIFA code VEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 83 Steady (3 December 2015)
Highest 29 (August 2014)
Lowest 129 (November 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 42 (June 2015)
Highest 19 (July 17, 2011)
Lowest 127 (1993, 1995, 1999)
First international
 Panama 2–1 Venezuela Venezuela
(Panama City, Panama; February 12, 1938)
Biggest win
Venezuela Venezuela 7–0 Puerto Rico 
(Caracas, Venezuela; January 16, 1959)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 11–0 Venezuela 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 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 (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 Páez.

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.

The team obtained excellent results in the 2011 Copa América when they finished 4th, their highest finish in the tournament so far. With a team composed mostly of players who play in European leagues, 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]

On 4 September 2014, Noel Sanvicente was made coach of the Venezuelan national football team.[1] On 5 September 2014, the team lost its first match with Sanvicente under the helm 3-1 against South Korea in Bucheon.[2]

Copa America history[edit]

Venezuela first participated in the Copa América 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

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Ecuador 4 4 0 0 9 2 +7 12 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–1 MD7 MD5 MD9 MD18 MD14 2–0 MD16 MD12
2  Uruguay 4 3 0 1 9 2 +7 9 MD11 MD13 MD8 3–0 MD15 3–0 MD18 MD6 MD9
3  Brazil 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 7 MD15 MD5 MD14 MD18 MD11 MD8 MD9 3–0 3–1
4  Paraguay 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 7 MD13 MD16 MD6 MD7 0–0 MD9 2–1 MD11 MD18
5  Chile 4 2 1 1 7 7 0 7 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs MD17 MD12 2–0 MD15 MD5 1–1 MD8 MD10 MD14
6  Argentina 4 1 2 1 2 3 −1 5 0–2 MD7 1–1 MD10 MD13 MD12 MD6 MD17 MD16
7  Colombia 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2 4 MD6 MD10 MD16 MD17 MD11 0–1 MD13 2–0 MD7
8  Bolivia 4 1 0 3 5 8 −3 3 MD10 0–2 MD17 MD12 MD16 MD14 MD5 MD7 4–2
9  Peru 4 1 0 3 4 9 −5 3 MD8 MD14 MD12 1–0 3–4 MD9 MD18 MD15 MD5
10  Venezuela 4 0 0 4 4 11 −7 0 1–3 MD17 MD10 0–1 MD6 MD8 MD15 MD11 MD13
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2015. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were named for the Friendly Match against Costa Rica on February 2, 2016.
Caps and goals are correct as of February 3, 2016, after the game against Costa Rica.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK José Contreras (1994-10-20) October 20, 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Venezuela Táchira
1GK Luis Rojas (1988-04-30) April 30, 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Venezuela La Guaira
2DF Wilker Ángel (1993-03-18) March 18, 1993 (age 22) 3 2 Venezuela Táchira
2DF Ángel Faría (1983-04-28) April 28, 1983 (age 32) 1 0 Venezuela Zamora
2DF Daniel Benitez (1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 28) 1 0 Venezuela La Guaira
2DF Mikel Villanueva (1993-04-14) April 14, 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Atlético Malagueño
2DF Jhon Chancellor (1992-01-02) January 2, 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela Mineros
2DF Diego Melean (1992-02-13) February 13, 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela Zulia
2DF Oscar González (1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Venezuela La Guaira
2DF Edwin Peraza (1993-03-11) March 11, 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Zamora
3MF Rafael Acosta (1989-02-13) February 13, 1989 (age 27) 12 0 Venezuela Mineros
3MF Ángelo Peña (1989-12-25) December 25, 1989 (age 26) 12 0 Venezuela Mineros
3MF Arquímedes Figuera (1989-10-06) October 6, 1989 (age 26) 6 1 Venezuela La Guaira
3MF Javier García (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 (age 28) 1 0 Venezuela La Guaira
3MF Luis González (1990-12-22) December 22, 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Venezuela Mineros
3MF Arles Flores (1991-04-12) April 12, 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Venezuela Zamora
3MF Jefferson Soteldo (1997-06-30) June 30, 1997 (age 18) 1 0 Venezuela Zamora
3MF Johan Moreno (1991-06-10) June 10, 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Venezuela Zamora
3MF Carlos Suárez (1992-04-26) April 26, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Venezuela Carabobo
3MF Carlos Cermeño (1995-08-08) August 8, 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Venezuela Táchira
4FW Richard Blanco (1982-01-21) January 21, 1982 (age 34) 13 2 Venezuela Mineros
4FW Jesús Lugo (1991-09-14) September 14, 1991 (age 24) 3 0 Venezuela Aragua
4FW Andrés Ponce (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Sampdoria Primavera

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 Alain Baroja (1989-10-23) October 23, 1989 (age 26) 12 0 Greece AEK Athens v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
GK Wuilker Faríñez (1998-02-15) February 15, 1998 (age 17) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas v.  Panama, September 8, 2015
GK Dani Hernández (1985-10-21) October 21, 1985 (age 30) 20 0 Spain Tenerife 2015 Copa América
DF Francisco Carabalí (Injured) (1991-03-24) March 24, 1991 (age 24) 5 0 Venezuela Mineros v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
DF Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (1984-05-31) May 31, 1984 (age 31) 69 8 France Nantes v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
DF Gabriel Cichero (1984-04-25) April 25, 1984 (age 31) 64 4 Switzerland Sion v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
DF Roberto Rosales (1988-11-20) November 20, 1988 (age 27) 62 0 Spain Málaga v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
DF Alexander González (1992-09-13) September 13, 1992 (age 23) 30 1 Spain Huesca v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
DF José Manuel Velázquez (1990-09-08) September 8, 1990 (age 25) 14 1 Portugal Arouca v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
DF Jefre Vargas (1995-01-12) January 12, 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Venezuela Caracas v.  Bolivia, November 12, 2015
DF Fernando Amorebieta (Retired) (1985-03-29) March 29, 1985 (age 30) 15 1 England Fullham v.  Brazil, October 13, 2015
DF Andrés Túñez (1987-03-15) March 15, 1987 (age 28) 16 0 Thailand Buriram United v.  Brazil, October 13, 2015
DF Grenddy Perozo (1986-02-28) February 28, 1986 (age 29) 45 2 Portugal Atlético Clube v.  Panama, September 8, 2015
DF Juan Fuenmayor (1979-09-05) September 5, 1979 (age 36) 26 0 Venezuela Anzoategui v.  Peru, April 1, 2015
MF Tomás Rincón (Captain) (1988-01-13) January 13, 1988 (age 28) 67 0 Italy Genoa v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
MF César González (1982-10-01) October 1, 1982 (age 33) 62 5 Venezuela Táchira v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
MF Franklin Lucena (1981-02-20) February 20, 1981 (age 34) 62 2 Colombia Once Caldas v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
MF Ronald Vargas (1986-12-02) December 2, 1986 (age 29) 22 3 Greece AEK Athens v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) November 9, 1992 (age 23) 9 2 Chile Huachipato v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
MF Jacobo Koufatti (1993-06-30) June 30, 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Ecuador Cuenca v.  Bolivia, November 12, 2015
MF Luis Manuel Seijas (1986-06-23) June 23, 1986 (age 29) 61 2 Colombia Santa Fe v.  Bolivia, November 12, 2015
MF Alejandro Guerra (1985-07-09) July 9, 1985 (age 30) 50 4 Colombia Atlético Nacional v.  Brazil, October 13, 2015
MF Juan Arango (Retired) (1980-05-16) May 16, 1980 (age 35) 127 23 United States New York Cosmos v.  Panama, September 8, 2015
MF Franco Signorelli (1991-01-01) January 1, 1991 (age 25) 3 0 Italy Ternana v.  Panama, September 8, 2015
MF Yohandry Orozco (1991-03-19) March 19, 1991 (age 24) 25 1 United States New York Cosmos 2015 Copa América preliminary squad, May 2015
MF Juan Pablo Añor (1994-01-24) January 24, 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Málaga v.  Peru, April 1, 2015
FW Salomón Rondón (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 26) 46 14 England West Bromwich Albion v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 22) 22 4 Italy Torino v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
FW Mario Rondón (1986-03-26) March 26, 1986 (age 29) 13 3 China Shijiazhuang Ever Bright v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
FW Juan Falcón (1989-02-24) February 24, 1989 (age 26) 6 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
FW Christian Santos (1988-03-24) March 24, 1988 (age 27) 4 1 Netherlands NEC v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
FW Jhon Murillo (1995-06-04) June 4, 1995 (age 20) 3 1 Portugal Tondela v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
FW Jeffrén Suárez (1988-01-20) January 20, 1988 (age 28) 3 0 Belgium Eupen v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
FW Manuel Arteaga (1994-06-17) June 17, 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v.  Bolivia, November 12, 2015
FW Nicolás Fedor (1985-08-19) August 19, 1985 (age 30) 53 11 Spain Rayo Vallecano v.  Panama, September 8, 2015
FW Gelmin Rivas (1989-03-23) March 23, 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2015 Copa América
FW Fernando Aristeguieta (1992-04-09) April 9, 1992 (age 23) 15 1 United States Philadelphia Union 2015 Copa América preliminary squad, May 2015
FW Edder Farías (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 27) 8 2 Portugal União da Madeira 2015 Copa América preliminary squad, May 2015

Records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

Midfielder Juan Arango had played the most matches for Venezuela: 128 between 1999 and 2015.

Blue highlights denotes active players.

Position Name Period caps Goals
1 Juan Arango 1999–2015 128 23
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 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 2004– 69 8
8 Tomás Rincón 2008– 67 0
9 Ruberth Morán 1996–2007 65 14
Giancarlo Maldonado 2003–2011 65 22
As of November 12, 2015[3]

Top scorers[edit]

Blue highlights denotes active players.

Position Name Period Goals Caps Goals/Caps Ratio
1 Juan Arango 1999–2015 23 128 0.18
2 Giancarlo Maldonado 2003–2011 22 65 0.33
3 Ruberth Morán 1996–2007 14 65 0.22
José Salomón Rondón 2008– 14 46 0.30
5 Daniel Arismendi 2006–2011 11 31 0.35
José Manuel Rey 1997–2011 11 115 0.10
Nicolás Fedor 2006– 11 53 0.21
8 Gabriel Urdaneta 1996–2005 9 77 0.12
9 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 2004– 8 69 0.12
10 Juan García Rivas 1993–2009 7 49 0.14
Ricardo Páez 2000–2007 7 64 0.11
As of November 17, 2015[4]

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]

External links[edit]