Ecuador national football team


Ecuador national football team
Ecuador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Tri (Tri-color)
Association Ecuadorian Football Federation
(Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Reinaldo Rueda
Captain Walter Ayoví
Most caps Iván Hurtado (167)
Top scorer Agustín Delgado (31)
Home stadium Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito
FIFA code ECU
FIFA ranking 52
Highest FIFA ranking 24 (March 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking 76 (June 1995)
Elo ranking 27
Highest Elo ranking 20 (October 1997)
Lowest Elo ranking 111 (December 1959)
Principal colours
Alternate colours
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 2 (First in 2002)
Best result Round of 16 (2006)
Copa América
Appearances 24 (First in 1939)
Best result Fourth place (1959, 1993)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2002)
Best result Group Stage (2002)

The Ecuadorian national football team represents Ecuador in international football competitions and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation. They generally play official home matches at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito, but often play friendlies in other stadiums around the country or in the United States.

Ecuador has qualified for two FIFA World Cups in 2002 and 2006. Their best performance came in 2006 when they advanced to the Round of 16, eventually eliminated by England. They are one of three countries in South America to not win the Copa América (the others being Chile and Venezuela). Their best performance in the continental tournament was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.

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History

From a historical viewpoint, Ecuador have been one of the more struggling footballing nations in South America. Despite their past irregularities, however, they have never lacked quality.

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 in 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, sadly being eliminated from the finals for the first time since 1998.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1938 Did not enter
1950 Withdrew
1954 to 1958 Did not enter
1962 to 1998 Did not qualify
2002 Round 1 24 3 1 0 2 2 4
2006 Round of 16 12 4 2 0 2 5 4
2010 Did not qualify
Total 2/19 12 7 3 0 4 7 8

Copa América record

  • 1916 to 1937Did not enter
  • 1939 – Fifth place
  • 1941 – Fifth place
  • 1942 – Seventh place
  • 1945 – Seventh place
  • 1946 – Withdrew
  • 1947 – Sixth place
  • 1949 – Seventh place
  • 1953 – Sixth place
  • 1955 – Seventh place
  • 1956 – Withdrew
  • 1957 – Seventh place
  • 1959 – Withdrew
  • 1959 – Fourth place
  • 1963 – Sixth place

Pan American Games record

Minor tournaments

  • 1995 Korean Cup – Winner
  • 1999 Canada Cup – Winner

Recent results

  • Last game:  Ecuador 2–0  Peru (Quito, Ecuador — November 15, 2011)
  • See also: 2011 Ecuador national team results.

Players

Current squad

The following twenty-four players were called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay on November 11, 2011, and Peru on November 15, 2011.

Caps and goals updated as of November 15, 2011 after match against Peru.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Máximo Banguera December 16, 1985 (1985-12-16) (age 25) 16 0 Ecuador Barcelona
GK Adrián Bone September 8, 1988 (1988-09-08) (age 23) 2 0 Ecuador Deportivo Quito
GK Alexander Domínguez June 5, 1987 (1987-06-05) (age 24) 1 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
DF Gabriel Achilier March 24, 1985 (1985-03-24) (age 26) 5 0 Ecuador Olmedo
DF Walter Ayoví (Captain) August 11, 1979 (1979-08-11) (age 32) 69 7 Mexico Monterrey
DF Elvis Bone April 7, 1983 (1983-04-07) (age 28) 0 0 Ecuador Emelec
DF Diego Calderón October 26, 1986 (1986-10-26) (age 25) 3 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
DF Jairo Campos July 18, 1984 (1984-07-18) (age 27) 4 0 Ecuador Deportivo Quito
DF Frickson Erazo May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05) (age 23) 16 1 Ecuador El Nacional
DF Eduardo Morante January 6, 1987 (1987-01-06) (age 24) 4 0 Ecuador Emelec
DF Juan Carlos Paredes July 8, 1987 (1987-07-08) (age 24) 14 0 Ecuador Deportivo Quito
MF Alex Bolaños January 22, 1985 (1985-01-22) (age 26) 6 0 Ecuador Deportivo Quito
MF Segundo Castillo May 15, 1982 (1982-05-15) (age 29) 60 5 Mexico Pachuca
MF Édison Méndez March 16, 1979 (1979-03-16) (age 32) 104 17 Ecuador Emelec
MF Oswaldo Minda July 26, 1983 (1983-07-26) (age 28) 14 0 Ecuador Deportivo Quito
MF Jefferson Montero September 1, 1989 (1989-09-01) (age 22) 17 2 Spain Real Betis
MF Christian Noboa April 9, 1985 (1985-04-09) (age 26) 22 2 Russia Rubin Kazan
MF Luis Saritama October 20, 1983 (1983-10-20) (age 28) 31 0 Ecuador Deportivo Quito
MF Antonio Valencia August 4, 1985 (1985-08-04) (age 26) 51 6 England Manchester United
FW Jaime Ayoví February 21, 1988 (1988-02-21) (age 23) 17 5 Mexico Pachuca
FW Christian Benítez May 1, 1986 (1986-05-01) (age 25) 48 21 Mexico América
FW Félix Borja April 2, 1983 (1983-04-02) (age 28) 23 3 Mexico Pachuca
FW Joao Rojas June 14, 1989 (1989-06-14) (age 22) 11 1 Mexico Morelia
FW Cristian Suárez November 2, 1985 (1985-11-02) (age 26) 7 3 Mexico Santos Laguna

Recent call-ups

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 Marcelo Elizaga April 19, 1972 (1972-04-19) (age 39) 23 0 Ecuador Deportivo Quito v.  Costa Rica; September 6, 2011
GK Javier Klimowicz March 15, 1977 (1977-03-15) (age 34) 2 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Peru; March 29, 2011
DF Geovanny Caicedo March 28, 1981 (1981-03-28) (age 30) 8 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  United States; October 11, 2011
DF Isaac Mina October 17, 1980 (1980-10-17) (age 31) 20 2 Ecuador Deportivo Quito v.  Costa Rica; September 6, 2011
DF Luis Checa December 21, 1983 (1983-12-21) (age 27) 9 0 Ecuador Deportivo Quito 2011 Copa América
DF Néicer Reasco July 23, 1977 (1977-07-23) (age 34) 56 0 Ecuador LDU Quito 2011 Copa América
DF Norberto Araujo October 13, 1978 (1978-10-13) (age 33) 4 0 Ecuador LDU Quito 2011 Copa América
DF Jorge Guagua September 28, 1981 (1981-09-28) (age 30) 40 2 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Mexico; June 4, 2011
DF Renato Ibarra January 20, 1991 (1991-01-20) (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Vitesse v.  Argentina; April 20, 2011
DF José Luis Perlaza October 6, 1981 (1981-10-06) (age 30) 4 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Argentina; April 20, 2011
MF Brayan de la Torre November 11, 1991 (1991-11-11) (age 20) 1 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Costa Rica; September 6, 2011
MF David Quiroz September 8, 1982 (1982-09-08) (age 29) 29 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Costa Rica; September 6, 2011
MF Marwin Pita April 17, 1985 (1985-04-17) (age 26) 1 0 Ecuador El Nacional v.  Costa Rica; September 6, 2011
MF Geovanny Nazareno January 17, 1988 (1988-01-17) (age 23) 8 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Costa Rica; August 10, 2011
MF Flavio Caicedo February 28, 1988 (1988-02-28) (age 23) 2 0 Ecuador El Nacional v.  Costa Rica; August 10, 2011
MF Hólger Matamoros January 4, 1985 (1985-01-04) (age 26) 1 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Argentina; April 20, 2011
MF Dennys Quiñónez March 12, 1992 (1992-03-12) (age 19) 1 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Argentina; April 20, 2011
MF Michael Quiñónez June 21, 1984 (1984-06-21) (age 27) 4 1 Ecuador El Nacional v.  Argentina; April 20, 2011
FW Michael Arroyo April 23, 1987 (1987-04-23) (age 24) 17 2 Mexico San Luis v.  United States; October 11, 2011
FW Joffre Guerrón April 28, 1985 (1985-04-28) (age 26) 17 0 Brazil Atlético Paranaense v.  United States; October 11, 2011
FW Narciso Mina November 25, 1982 (1982-11-25) (age 28) 8 0 Ecuador Independiente José Terán v.  Costa Rica; September 6, 2011
FW Juan Luis Anangonó April 13, 1989 (1989-04-13) (age 22) 0 0 Ecuador El Nacional v.  Costa Rica; September 6, 2011
FW Ivan Kaviedes October 24, 1977 (1977-10-24) (age 34) 57 17 Ecuador El Nacional v.  Costa Rica; September 6, 2011
FW Felipe Caicedo September 5, 1988 (1988-09-05) (age 23) 32 5 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2011 Copa América
FW Edson Montaño March 15, 1991 (1991-03-15) (age 20) 4 0 Belgium Gent 2011 Copa América
FW Joao Plata March 1, 1992 (1992-03-01) (age 19) 1 0 Canada Toronto FC v.  Greece; June 7, 2011
FW Marlon de Jesús April 9, 1991 (1991-04-09) (age 20) 2 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Argentina; April 20, 2011
FW Juan José Govea January 27, 1990 (1990-01-27) (age 21) 1 0 Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca v.  Argentina; April 20, 2011
FW José Madrid April 21, 1988 (1988-04-21) (age 23) 1 0 Ecuador El Nacional v.  Argentina; April 20, 2011
FW Franklin Salas August 30, 1981 (1981-08-30) (age 30) 26 2 Argentina Godoy Cruz v.  Argentina; April 20, 2011
FW Pablo Palacios February 5, 1982 (1982-02-05) (age 29) 15 2 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Peru; March 29, 2011

Player records

Most caps[1]
Pos Player Career Caps
1 Iván Hurtado 1992– 167
2 Álex Aguinaga 1987–2004 109
3 Édison Méndez 2000– 104
4 Ulises de la Cruz 1995– 102
5 Luis Capurro 1985–2003 100
6 Giovanny Espinoza 2000– 90
7 José Francisco Cevallos 1994–2010 89
8 Cléber Chalá 1992–2004 86
9 Edwin Tenorio 1998–2007 78
10 Ángel Fernández 1991–2004 77
Top goalscorers[2]
Pos Player Career Goals
1 Agustín Delgado 1994–2006 31
2 Eduardo Hurtado 1992–2000 26
3 Álex Aguinaga 1987–2004 23
4 Christian Benitez 2005– 21
5 Iván Kaviedes 1998– 17
Édison Méndez 2000– 17
7 Raúl Avilés 1987–2003 16
8 Ariel Graziani 1997–2000 15
9 Ángel Fernández 1991–2002 12
Carlos Tenorio 2001– 12

Previous squads

Copa América
FIFA World Cup

Notable players

The following players have played at least 50 games or scored at least 10 goals for the national team.

Managers

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 22 9 7 9
Reinaldo Rueda September 4, 2010–present 18 4 8 6

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