Venezuela national football team
|Nickname(s)||Los Criollos (The Creoles)
"La Tricolor" (The Tricolor)
|Association||Federación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Rafael Dudamel|
|Most caps||Juan Arango (128)|
|Top scorer||Juan Arango (23)|
|Home stadium||Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui
Estadio Pueblo Nuevo
|Current||68 8 (20 October 2016)|
|Highest||29 (August 2014)|
|Lowest||129 (November 1998)|
|Current||45 (28 June 2016)|
|Highest||19 (July 17, 2011)|
|Lowest||127 (1993, 1995, 1999)|
| Panama 2–1 Venezuela
(Panama City, Panama; February 12, 1938)
| Venezuela 7–0 Puerto Rico
(Caracas, Venezuela; January 16, 1959)
| Argentina 11–0 Venezuela
(Rosario, Argentina; August 10, 1975)
|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.
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Copa América history
- 3 Historical kits
- 4 Current status
- 5 Players
- 6 Records
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
César Farías era
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
On 4 September 2014, Noel Sanvicente was made coach of the Venezuela national team. On 5 September 2014, the team lost its first match with Sanvicente under the helm 3–1 against South Korea in Bucheon.
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.
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
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. 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.
Copa América history
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
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.
|July 3, 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)
|July 9, 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)
|July 13, 2011 Group stages||Paraguay||3–3||Venezuela||Salta, Argentina|
|19:15 UTC-3||Alcaraz 32'
|Stadium: Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
|July 17, 2011 Quarterfinals||Chile||1–2||Venezuela||San Juan, Argentina|
|19:15 UTC-3||Suazo 69'||Report||Vizcarrondo 34'
|Stadium: Estadio del Bicentenario
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
|July 20, 2011 Semifinals||Venezuela||0–0
|21:45 UTC-3||Report||Stadium: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
Referee: Francisco Chacón (Mexico)
|July 23, 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)
Recent and forthcoming matches
Matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.
|November 12, 2015 2018 FWCQ||Bolivia||4–2||Venezuela||La Paz, Bolivia|
|16:00 (UTC-4)||Ramallo 18' 45'
M. Rondón 30'
|Stadium: Estadio Rafael Mendoza
Referee: Victor Carrillo (Peru)
|November 17, 2015 2018 FWCQ||Venezuela||1–3||Ecuador||Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela|
|16:30 (UTC-4:30)||Valásquez 42'
J. Martínez 83'
|Report||Martínez Tenorio 14'
|Stadium: Polideportivo Cachamay
Referee: Gery Vargar (Bolivia)
|February 2, 2016 Friendly||Venezuela||1–0||Costa Rica||Barinas, Venezuela|
|19:30 (UTC-4:30)||Villanueva 56'
|Report||Ramírez 29', 65'
Venegas 43', 43'
|Stadium: Estadio Agustín Tovar
Referee: Luis Sánchez (Colombia)
|March 24, 2016 2018 FWCQ||Peru||2–2||Venezuela||Lima, Perú|
|21:15 (UTC-6:00)||Guerrero 14'
|Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Lima
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
|March 29, 2016 2018 FWCQ||Venezuela||1–4||Chile||Barinas, Venezuela|
|19:30 (UTC-4:30)||Otero 10'
|Report||Pinilla 33', 52'
Vidal 72', 90+2'
|Stadium: Estadio Agustín Tovar
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
|May 20, 2016 Friendly||Galicia||1–1||Venezuela||A Coruña, Spain|
|Aspas 37'||Figuera 70'
|Stadium: Estadio Riazor
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (Spain)
|May 24, 2016 Friendly||Panama||0–0||Venezuela||Panama City, Panama|
|19:30 (UTC-4:30)||Henríquez 44'
|Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Referee: Valdin Legister (Jamaica)
|May 27, 2016 Friendly||Costa Rica||2–1||Venezuela||San José, Costa Rica|
|Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Melvin Matamorros (Honduras)
|June 1, 2016 Friendly||Guatemala||1–1||Venezuela||Fort Lauderdale, United States|
|Report||Rondón 84'||Stadium: Lockhart Stadium
Referee: Javier Santos (Puerto Rico)
|June 5, 2016 Copa América Centenario||Jamaica||0–1||Venezuela||Chicago, United States|
|Stadium: Soldier Field
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (Peru)
|June 9, 2016 Copa América Centenario||Uruguay||0–1||Venezuela||Philadelphia, United States|
|Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)
|June 13, 2016 Copa América Centenario||Mexico||1–1||Venezuela||Houston, United States|
J. M. Corona 80'
|Report (CONMEBOL)||González 3'
|Stadium: NRG Stadium
Referee: Yadel Martinez (Cuba)
|June 18, 2016 Copa América Centenario||Argentina||4–1||Venezuela||Boston, United States|
|Higuaín 8', 28'
|Report (CONMEBOL)||Seijas 5'
Rondón 70', 77'
|Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Referee: Roberto García (Mexico)
|September 1, 2016 2018 FWCQ||Colombia||2–0||Venezuela||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|D. Torres 8'
O. Murillo 33'
M. Torres 81'
|Report||Ángel 10', 80'
Feltscher 77', 90+3'
|Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)
|September 6, 2016 2018 FWCQ||Venezuela||2–2||Argentina||Mérida, Venezuela|
J. Martínez 52'
|Report||Otamendi 30', 83'
Funes Mori 74'
|Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (Uruguay)
|October 6, 2016 2018 FWCQ||Uruguay||3–0||Venezuela||Montevideo, Uruguay|
Cavani 46' 79' 50'
|Report||Vizcarrondo 41', 64'
|Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Raul Orozco (Bolivia)
|October 11, 2016 2018 FWCQ||Venezuela||0–2||Brazil||Mérida, Venezuela|
|Report||Gabriel Jesus 8'
|Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
Referee: Victor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
|November 11, 2016 2018 FWCQ||Venezuela||v||Bolivia||Maturín, Venezuela|
|Stadium: Estadio Monumental de Maturín
|November 15, 2016 2018 FWCQ||Ecuador||v||Venezuela||Quito , Ecuador|
|Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings
|1||Brazil||10||6||3||1||23||9||+14||21||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||2–2||MD15||2–1||MD11||MD14||MD18||3–0||5–0||3–1|
|5||Argentina||10||4||4||2||11||9||+2||16||Advance to inter-confederation play-offs||1–1||1–0||0–2||MD12||—||0–1||MD13||MD17||2–0||MD16|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
The following 28 players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification games against Uruguay on October 6, and Brazil on October 11, 2016. 
Caps and goals are correct as of October 11, 2016, after the game against Brazil.
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||June 6, 1993||0||0||Deportivo Lara||v. Costa Rica, May 27, 2016|
|GK||Alain Baroja||October 23, 1989||13||0||Sud América||v. Chile, March 29, 2016|
|GK||Luis Rojas||April 30, 1988||0||0||La Guaira||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|DF||Daniel Benitez||September 23, 1987||1||0||Mineros de Guayana||v. Costa Rica, May 27, 2016|
|DF||Andrés Túñez||March 15, 1987||16||0||Buriram United||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Rubert Quijada||February 10, 1989||2||0||Caracas||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Jefre Vargas||January 12, 1995||1||0||Caracas||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|DF||Ángel Faría||April 28, 1983||2||0||Zamora||v. Chile, March 29, 2016|
|DF||Francisco Carabalí||March 24, 1991||5||0||Mineros de Guayana||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|DF||Oscar González||February 25, 1992||0||0||La Guaira||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|DF||Diego Melean||February 13, 1992||0||0||La Guaira||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|DF||Edwin Peraza||March 11, 1993||0||0||Zamora||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|DF||Gabriel Cichero||April 25, 1984||64||4||FC Sion||v. Ecuador, November 17, 2015|
|MF||Agnel Flores||May 29, 1989||14||0||Deportivo Táchira||v. Argentina, September 6, 2016|
|MF||Jacobo Kouffaty||June 30, 1993||2||0||Deportivo Cuenca||v. Argentina, September 6, 2016|
|MF||Luis Manuel Seijas||June 23, 1986||67||2||Internacional||Copa América Centenario|
|MF||Carlos Suárez||April 26, 1992||1||0||Carabobo||Copa América Centenario|
|MF||César González||October 1, 1982||62||5||Coritiba||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|MF||Ronald Vargas||December 2, 1986||22||3||AEK Athens||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|MF||Carlos Cermeño||August 8, 1995||1||0||Deportivo Táchira||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|MF||Rafael Acosta||February 13, 1989||12||0||Mineros de Guayana||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|MF||Ángelo Peña||December 25, 1989||12||0||Deportivo Táchira||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|MF||Luis González||December 22, 1990||2||0||Monagas||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|MF||Javier García||April 22, 1987||1||0||La Guaira||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|MF||Johan Moreno||June 10, 1991||1||0||Deportes Antofagasta||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|MF||Franklin Lucena||February 20, 1981||62||2||La Guaira||v. Ecuador, November 17, 2015|
|FW||Christian Santos||March 24, 1988||9||1||Alavés||v. Argentina, September 6, 2016|
|FW||Jeffrén Suárez||January 20, 1988||4||0||Eupen||v. Panama, May 24, 2016|
|FW||Mario Rondón||March 26, 1986||13||3||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|FW||Gelmin Rivas||March 23, 1989||3||0||Al-Sharjah||Copa América Centenario preliminary squad|
|FW||Richard Blanco||January 21, 1982||14||2||Mineros de Guayana||v. Chile, March 29, 2016|
|FW||Jesús Lugo||September 14, 1991||3||0||Aragua||v. Costa Rica, February 2, 2016|
|FW||Juan Falcón||February 24, 1989||6||0||Santa Fe||v. Ecuador, November 17, 2015|
|FW||Manuel Arteaga||June 17, 1994||3||0||The Strongest||v. Bolivia, November 12, 2015|
Blue highlights denotes active players.
|2||José Manuel Rey||1997–2011||115||11|
|3||Jorge Alberto Rojas||1999–2009||91||3|
|4||Miguel Mea Vitali||1999–2012||85||1|
|10||Luis Manuel Seijas||2006–||67||2|
Blue highlights denotes active players.
|José Manuel Rey||1997–2011||11||115||0.10|
|10||Juan Enrique García||1993–2009||7||49||0.14|
World Cup record
|1930 to 1954||Did not enter|
|1962||Did not enter|
|1966 to 1970||Did not qualify|
|1978 to 2014||Did not qualify|
Head to head
Copa América record
Pan American Games record
- "Rafael Dudamel anunció la convocatoria para las eliminatorias". lavinotinto.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- Luis Fernando Passo Alpuin. "Appearances for Venezuela National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
- Luis Fernando Passo Alpuin. "Goals for Venezuela National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
- (Spanish) Federacion Venezolana De Fútbol The official Venezuelan soccer federation website.
- (Spanish) La Vinotinto – The latest news about Venezuelan professional soccer and more.
- (Spanish) ForoVinotinto The Unofficial Forum.
- (Spanish) Futbol es todo The latest news about Venezuelan professional soccer and more.