Venezuela national football team

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Venezuela
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Vinotinto (The Burgundy)
Association Federación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Rafael Dudamel
Captain Tomás Rincón
Most caps Juan Arango (128)
Top scorer Juan Arango (23)
Home stadium Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui
Polideportivo Cachamay
Estadio Pueblo Nuevo
FIFA code VEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 46 Increase 31 (14 July 2016)
Highest 29 (August 2014)
Lowest 129 (November 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 45 (28 June 2016)
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 17 (First in 1967)
Best result Fourth place, 2011

The Venezuela national football team (Spanish: La selección de fútbol de Venezuela) represents Venezuela in men's international association football and is controlled by the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF), the governing body for football in Venezuela. 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 the 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 never 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 (such as Japan, the United States and Australia) that the national team found incentives to increase player development and fan support.

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.

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 national team improved their performances. At the beginning of 2010, during qualifying, Venezuela won its first game in World Cup qualifying against the 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 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 6 June 2008, Venezuela achieved their second-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]

On 4 September 2014, Noel Sanvicente was made coach of the Venezuela national 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]

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.

Rafael Dudamel era[edit]

Sanvicente was replaced by Rafael Dudamel. Under his coaching, La Vinotinto quickly improved and reached the quarterfinals in the Copa América Centenario, with two 0–1 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.

Copa América history[edit]

Venezuela first participated in 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 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 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:

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.

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uruguay 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup MD11 MD15 3–0 3–0 MD13 MD8 1–0 MD18 MD9
2  Ecuador 6 4 1 1 12 7 +5 13 2–1 MD18 MD9 MD14 MD7 2–2 MD16 2–0 MD12
3  Argentina 6 3 2 1 6 4 +2 11 MD7 0–2 MD13 MD12 1–1 MD10 MD17 2–0 MD16
4  Chile 6 3 1 2 12 10 +2 10 MD12 MD17 1–2 1–1 2–0 MD15 MD10 MD8 MD14
5  Colombia 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs MD10 3–1 0–1 MD11 MD16 MD17 2–0 MD13 MD7
6  Brazil 6 2 3 1 11 8 +3 9 2–2 MD15 MD11 MD18 MD8 MD14 3–0 MD9 3–1
7  Paraguay 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9 MD16 MD13 0–0 MD7 MD9 2–2 MD11 2–1 MD18
8  Peru 6 1 1 4 6 12 −6 4 MD14 MD8 MD9 3–4 MD18 MD12 1–0 MD15 2–2
9  Bolivia 6 1 0 5 7 13 −6 3 0–2 MD10 MD14 MD16 2–3 MD17 MD12 MD7 4–2
10  Venezuela 6 0 1 5 7 17 −10 1 MD17 1–3 MD8 1–4 MD15 MD10 0–1 MD13 MD11
Updated to match(es) played on 29 March 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the Copa América Centenario squad.[3]
Caps and goals are correct as of June 18, 2016, after the game against Argentina.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK José Contreras (1994-10-20) October 20, 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
12 1GK Dani Hernández (1985-10-21) October 21, 1985 (age 30) 25 0 Spain Tenerife
23 1GK Wuilker Faríñez (1998-02-15) February 15, 1998 (age 18) 2 0 Venezuela Caracas

2 2DF Wilker Ángel (1993-03-18) March 18, 1993 (age 23) 12 2 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
3 2DF Mikel Villanueva (1993-04-14) April 14, 1993 (age 23) 7 1 Spain Málaga
4 2DF Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (1984-05-31) May 31, 1984 (age 32) 76 8 France Nantes
6 2DF José Manuel Velázquez (1990-09-08) September 8, 1990 (age 25) 19 2 Portugal Arouca
16 2DF Roberto Rosales (1988-11-20) November 20, 1988 (age 27) 66 0 Spain Málaga
20 2DF Rolf Feltscher (1990-06-10) June 10, 1990 (age 26) 11 0 Spain Getafe
21 2DF Alexander González (1992-09-13) September 13, 1992 (age 23) 37 1 Spain Huesca

5 3MF Arquímedes Figuera (1989-10-06) October 6, 1989 (age 26) 14 1 Venezuela La Guaira
8 3MF Tomás Rincón (Captain) (1988-01-13) January 13, 1988 (age 28) 75 0 Italy Genoa
10 3MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) November 9, 1992 (age 23) 18 4 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
11 3MF Juan Pablo Añor (1994-01-24) January 24, 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Spain Málaga
13 3MF Luis Manuel Seijas (1986-06-23) June 23, 1986 (age 30) 67 2 Brazil Internacional
14 3MF Carlos Suárez (1992-04-26) April 26, 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Venezuela Carabobo
15 3MF Alejandro Guerra (1985-07-09) July 9, 1985 (age 31) 59 4 Colombia Atlético Nacional
18 3MF Adalberto Peñaranda (1997-05-31) May 31, 1997 (age 19) 6 0 Italy Udinese
22 3MF Yangel Herrera (1998-01-07) January 7, 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Venezuela Atlético Venezuela

7 4FW Yonathan Del Valle (1990-05-28) May 28, 1990 (age 26) 12 0 Turkey Bursaspor
9 4FW Salomón Rondón (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 26) 53 18 England West Bromwich Albion
17 4FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 23) 31 5 Italy Torino
19 4FW Christian Santos (1988-03-24) March 24, 1988 (age 28) 8 1 Spain Alavés

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 Eduardo Herrera (1993-06-06) June 6, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Lara v.  Costa Rica, May 27, 2016
GK Alain Baroja (1989-10-23) October 23, 1989 (age 26) 13 0 Venezuela Caracas v.  Chile, March 29, 2016
GK Luis Rojas (1988-04-30) April 30, 1988 (age 28) 0 0 Venezuela La Guaira v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016

DF Víctor García (1994-06-11) June 11, 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Portugal Porto B v.  Costa Rica, May 27, 2016
DF Daniel Benitez (1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 28) 1 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Costa Rica, May 27, 2016
DF Jhon Chancellor (1992-01-02) January 2, 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Venezuela La Guaira v.  Costa Rica, May 27, 2016
DF Andrés Túñez (1987-03-15) March 15, 1987 (age 29) 16 0 Thailand Buriram United Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
DF Rubert Quijada (1989-02-10) February 10, 1989 (age 27) 2 0 Venezuela Caracas Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
DF Jefre Vargas (1995-01-12) January 12, 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Venezuela Caracas Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
DF Ángel Faría (1983-04-28) April 28, 1983 (age 33) 2 0 Venezuela Zamora v.  Chile, March 29, 2016
DF Francisco Carabalí (1991-03-24) March 24, 1991 (age 25) 5 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
DF Oscar González (1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela La Guaira v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
DF Diego Melean (1992-02-13) February 13, 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela La Guaira v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
DF Edwin Peraza (1993-03-11) March 11, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Venezuela Zamora v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
DF Gabriel Cichero (1984-04-25) April 25, 1984 (age 32) 64 4 Unattached v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
DF Fernando Amorebieta (Retired) (1985-03-29) March 29, 1985 (age 31) 15 1 Spain Sporting v.  Brazil, October 13, 2015
DF Grenddy Perozo (1986-02-28) February 28, 1986 (age 30) 45 2 Portugal Atlético CP v.  Panama, September 8, 2015

MF Jacobo Kouffaty (1993-06-30) June 30, 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca v.  Panama, May 24, 2016
MF César González (1982-10-01) October 1, 1982 (age 33) 62 5 Brazil Coritiba Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
MF Ronald Vargas (1986-12-02) December 2, 1986 (age 29) 22 3 Greece AEK Athens Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
MF Jhon Murillo (1995-11-21) November 21, 1995 (age 20) 3 1 Portugal Tondela Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
MF Carlos Cermeño (1995-08-08) August 8, 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
MF Arles Flores (1991-04-12) April 12, 1991 (age 25) 2 0 Venezuela Zamora Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
MF Yeferson Soteldo (1997-06-30) June 30, 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Venezuela Zamora Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
MF Rafael Acosta (1989-02-13) February 13, 1989 (age 27) 12 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
MF Ángelo Peña (1989-12-25) December 25, 1989 (age 26) 12 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
MF Luis González (1990-12-22) December 22, 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Venezuela Monagas v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
MF Javier García (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 (age 29) 1 0 Venezuela La Guaira v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
MF Johan Moreno (1991-06-10) June 10, 1991 (age 25) 1 0 Chile Deportes Antofagasta v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
MF Franklin Lucena (1981-02-20) February 20, 1981 (age 35) 62 2 Venezuela La Guaira v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
MF Juan Arango (Retired) (1980-05-16) May 16, 1980 (age 36) 127 23 United States New York Cosmos v.  Panama, September 8, 2015
MF Yohandry Orozco (1991-03-19) March 19, 1991 (age 25) 25 1 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

FW Jeffrén Suárez (1988-01-20) January 20, 1988 (age 28) 4 0 Belgium Eupen v.  Panama, May 24, 2016
FW Andrés Ponce (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 19) 2 0 Switzerland Lugano v.  Panama, May 24, 2016
FW Mario Rondón (1986-03-26) March 26, 1986 (age 30) 13 3 China Shijiazhuang Ever Bright Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
FW Gelmin Rivas (1989-03-23) March 23, 1989 (age 27) 3 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Sharjah Copa América Centenario preliminary squad
FW Richard Blanco (1982-01-21) January 21, 1982 (age 34) 14 2 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Chile, March 29, 2016
FW Jesús Lugo (1991-09-14) September 14, 1991 (age 24) 3 0 Venezuela Aragua v.  Costa Rica, February 2, 2016
FW Juan Falcón (1989-02-24) February 24, 1989 (age 27) 6 0 Colombia Santa Fe v.  Ecuador, November 17, 2015
FW Manuel Arteaga (1994-06-17) June 17, 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Bolivia The Strongest 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

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– 76 8
8 Tomás Rincón 2008– 75 0
9 Luis Manuel Seijas 2006– 67 2
10 Roberto Rosales 2007– 66 0
As of June 18, 2016[4]

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 Salomón Rondón 2008– 18 53 0.33
4 Ruberth Morán 1996–2007 14 65 0.22
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 76 0.11
10 Juan Enrique García 1993–2009 7 49 0.14
Ricardo Páez 2000–2007 7 64 0.11
As of June 18, 2016[5]

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]