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Ecuador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Tri (Tricolor)
Association Ecuadorian Football Federation
(Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol)
Confederation CONMEBOL
(South America)
Captain Iván Hurtado
Most caps Iván Hurtado (161)
Top scorer Agustín Delgado (31)
Home stadium Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Quito, Ecuador
FIFA code ECU
FIFA ranking 37
Highest FIFA ranking 24 (March 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking 76 (June 1995)
Elo ranking T 38
Highest Elo ranking 20 (October 1997)
Lowest Elo ranking 111 (December 1959)
Principal colours
Alternate colours
First international
 Bolivia 1 - 1 Ecuador Ecuador
(Bogota, Colombia; 8 August 1938)
Biggest win
Ecuador Ecuador 6 - 0 Peru 
(Quito, Ecuador; 22 June 1975)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 12 - 0 Ecuador Ecuador
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 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)

The Ecuadorian national football team is controlled by the Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol and represents Ecuador in international football competitions. It was for a long time one of the weaker teams in CONMEBOL, but it has recently had more success, making their first World Cup qualification in 2002, and qualifying again for the 2006 World Cup in which they made it to the last 16, losing to England.

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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 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 Jose 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 Chile and Colombia who eventually qualified. The campaign also marked the emergence of several players, such as Agustin Delgado, Alex Aguinaga, Ivan Hurtado, Ulises de la Cruz and Ivan 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 Korea and Japan. Led by Colombian born manager Hernán Darío Bolillo Gómez, they finished second to Argentina, and one point ahead of Brazil who went on to win the World Cup. Agustin 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 America 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.

Their best finish in Copa América was fourth in 1993 (they also finished fourth in the 'extra' South American Championship in 1959), and are one of three South American nations who have never won the continental tournament, the other two being Chile and Venezuela.

FIFA World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS 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 2 12 4 2 0 2 5 4
2010 Did not qualify
Total 2/18 12th 7 3 0 4 7 8
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Korea - Japan 2002

Ecuador qualified for their first FIFA World Cup by finishing second in the CONMEBOL qualification tournament, finishing ahead of Brazil. Ecuador were drawn into Group G, alongside Mexico, Italy, and Croatia.

Ecuador made a losing World Cup debut against worldpowers Italy, falling 2-0 by courtesy of a Christian Vieri double. Their next match against Mexico went better, but ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Ecuadorians. Agustin Delgado put them ahead, but goals from Jared Borgetti and Gerardo Torrado canceled the early strike and effectively eliminated them from the tournament. A second-half goal from Edison Mendez did seal a 1-0 consolation win in the final match against Croatia. They finished the tournament last in their group.

  1. 3 June 2002 Italy - Ecuador 2-0
  2. 8 June 2002 Ecuador - Mexico 1-2 (Delgado)
  3. 13 June 2002 Ecuador - Croatia 1-0 (Méndez)
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
 Italy 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
 Croatia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3
 Ecuador 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2 3

Germany 2006

Ecuador qualified for their second FIFA World Cup by finishing third in the CONMEBOL qualification tournament. They were drawn into Group A, alongside hosts Germany, Poland, and Costa Rica.

Ecuador won 2-0 against Poland in their first game in Gelsenkirchen, with goals from Carlos Tenorio and Agustín Delgado. They then beat Costa Rica 3-0 in Hamburg with goals coming from Carlos Tenorio, Agustín Delgado, and Iván Kaviedes. The win advanced them to the next round. Their qualification complete, they rested key players against the hosts Germany and were beaten 3-0. Ecuador finished second in Group A behind Germany and faced England in the second round. A second half free kick from David Beckham was the only goal of the game, which eliminated Ecuador from the World Cup.

  1. 9 June 2006 Poland 0 - 2 Ecuador (Tenorio, Delgado)
  2. 15 June 2006 Ecuador 3 - 0 Costa Rica (Delgado, Tenorio, Kaviedes)
  3. 20 June 2006 Ecuador 0 - 3 Germany
  4. 25 June 2006 England 1 - 0 Ecuador
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
 Ecuador 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Poland 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
 Costa Rica 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0

List of goalscorers in World Cups

Player Goal(s) Year(s)
Agustín Delgado 3 2002, 2006
Carlos Tenorio 2 2006
Edison Méndez 1 2002
Iván Kaviedes 1 2006

Copa América record

 

Pan American Games record

Minor tournaments

Managers

Name From To GP GW GD GL GF GA Pts
Ecuador Ramón Unamuno 1938 1939 9 1 1 7 11 36 3
Argentina Juan Parodi 1941 1942 10 0 0 10 5 52 0
Argentina Rodolfo Orlandini 1945 1947 6 0 1 5 9 27 1
Ecuador Ramón Unamuno
Spain José Planas
Argentina Gregorio Esperón
Ecuador José María Jiménez
Uruguay Juan López 1959 1963
Ecuador Fausto Montalván
Uruguay José María Rodríguez
Brazil José Gómez Nogueira
Argentina Roberto Resquín
Uruguay Roque Máspoli
Ecuador Ernesto Guerra Galarza
Argentina Juan Eduardo Hohberg
Brazil Antoninho Ferreyra
Montenegro Dušan Drašković 1988-04-01 1993-09-20 56 17 17 22 65 63 68
Ecuador Carlos Torres Garcés 1993 1994 2 2 0 0 3 1 6
Ecuador Carlos Ron 1994-08-17 1994-09-21 2 0 1 1 0 2 1
Colombia Francisco Maturana 1995-05-24 1997 42
Colombia Luis Fernando Suárez 1998 1998 4 2 2 0 5 1 8
Ecuador Polo Carrera 1998-10-14 1998-10-15 1 0 0 1 1 5 0
Ecuador Carlos Sevilla 1999-01-20 1999-07-20 14 3 5 6 14 18 11
Colombia Hernán Darío Gómez 1999-10-12 2004-07-20 64
Colombia Luis Fernando Suárez 2004-08-01 2007-11-17 52 17 9 26 63 79 60
Ecuador Sixto Vizuete 2007-11-18 2009-10-15 18 8 5 5 24 19 29

Current team status

Ecuador participated in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

2010 FIFA World Cup
Qualification Standings

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 18 9 7 2 33 11 +22 34
 Chile 18 10 3 5 32 22 +10 33
 Paraguay 18 10 3 5 24 16 +8 33
 Argentina 18 8 4 6 23 20 +3 28
 Uruguay 18 6 6 6 28 20 +8 24
 Ecuador 18 6 5 7 22 26 −4 23
 Colombia 18 6 5 7 14 18 −4 23
 Venezuela 18 6 4 8 23 29 −6 22
 Bolivia 18 4 3 11 22 36 −14 15
 Peru 18 3 4 11 11 34 −23 13
  Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela
Argentina  3–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–0
Bolivia  6–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–3 4–2 3–0 2–2 0–1
Brazil  0–0 0–0 4–2 0–0 5–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–0
Chile  1–0 4–0 0–3 4–0 1–0 0–3 2–0 0–0 2–2
Colombia  2–1 2–0 0–0 2–4 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
Ecuador  2–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 5–1 1–2 0–1
Paraguay  1–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 5–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
Peru  1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0
Uruguay  0–1 5–0 0–4 2–2 3–1 0–0 2–0 6–0 1–1
Venezuela  0–2 5–3 0–4 2–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 2–2

Qualification:

Recent results

World Cup qualifiers

Friendlies

Players

Current squad

The following 25 players were called up for FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Chile.[1][2]

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK José Francisco Cevallos April 17, 1971 (1971-04-17) (age 38) 89 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
GK Marcelo Elizaga April 19, 1972 (1972-04-19) (age 37) 13 0 Ecuador Emelec
GK Cristian Mora August 26, 1979 (1979-08-26) (age 30) 20 0 Ecuador Universidad Católica
DF Paúl Ambrosi October 14, 1980 (1980-10-14) (age 29) 35 0 Argentina Rosario Central
DF Giovanny Espinoza April 12, 1977 (1977-04-12) (age 32) 88 3 Chile Unión Española
DF Marcelo Fleitas September 1, 1973 (1973-09-01) (age 36) 3 0 Ecuador Emelec
DF Jorge Guagua September 28, 1981 (1981-09-28) (age 28) 35 2 Ecuador LDU Quito
DF Iván Hurtado Captain sports.svg August 16, 1974 (1974-08-16) (age 35) 163 5 Ecuador Deportivo Quito
DF Miguel Ibarra September 8, 1984 (1984-09-08) (age 25) 2 0 Ecuador Universidad Católica
DF José Luis Perlaza October 6, 1981 (1981-10-06) (age 28) 4 0 Ecuador Barcelona
DF Néicer Reasco July 23, 1977 (1977-07-23) (age 32) 48 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
MF Walter Ayoví August 11, 1979 (1979-08-11) (age 30) 47 5 Mexico Monterrey
MF Segundo Castillo May 15, 1982 (1982-05-15) (age 27) 45 2 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
MF Fernando Hidalgo May 20, 1985 (1985-05-20) (age 24) 10 0 Ecuador Barcelona
MF Christian Lara April 27, 1980 (1980-04-27) (age 29) 28 4 Ecuador LDU Quito
MF Edison Méndez May 16, 1979 (1979-05-16) (age 30) 90 15 Ecuador LDU Quito
MF Jefferson Montero September 1, 1989 (1989-09-01) (age 20) 9 2 Spain Villarreal B
MF Christian Noboa April 9, 1985 (1985-04-09) (age 24) 7 2 Russia Rubin Kazan
MF David Quiroz September 8, 1982 (1982-09-08) (age 27) 19 0 Ecuador Emelec
MF Antonio Valencia August 4, 1985 (1985-08-04) (age 24) 41 5 England Manchester United
FW Christian Benítez May 1, 1986 (1986-05-01) (age 23) 30 10 England Birmingham City
FW Felipe Caicedo September 5, 1988 (1988-09-05) (age 21) 26 3 Spain Málaga
FW Michael Quiñónez June 21, 1984 (1984-06-21) (age 25) 1 0 Ecuador El Nacional
FW Joao Rojas June 14, 1989 (1989-06-14) (age 20) 3 0 Ecuador Emelec
FW Edmundo Zura January 12, 1983 (1983-01-12) (age 27) 11 1 Ecuador El Nacional

Recent call-up

The following players have been recently called up in the past year.

Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Máximo Banguera December 16, 1985 (1985-12-16) (age 24) 2 0 Ecuador Barcelona v. Argentina; June 10, 2009
DF Deison Méndez October 27, 1990 (1990-10-27) (age 19) 1 0 Ecuador ESPOLI v. El Salvador; May 27, 2009
DF Jairo Campos July 18, 1984 (1984-07-18) (age 25) 9 0 Brazil Atlético Mineiro v. Argentina; June 10, 2009
DF Isaac Mina October 17, 1980 (1980-10-17) (age 29) 12 2 Ecuador Deportivo Quito v. Jamaica; August 12, 2009
MF Patricio Urrutia October 15, 1978 (1978-10-15) (age 31) 27 3 Ecuador LDU Quito v. Paraguay; April 1, 2009
MF Pedro Quiñónez March 4, 1986 (1986-03-04) (age 24) 2 0 Ecuador Emelec v. Argentina; June 10, 2009
MF Hólger Matamoros January 4, 1985 (1985-01-04) (age 25) 1 0 Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca v. Jamaica; August 12, 2009
FW Walter Calderón October 17, 1977 (1977-10-17) (age 32) 11 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v. Paraguay; April 1, 2009
FW Joffre Guerrón April 28, 1985 (1985-04-28) (age 24) 15 0 Brazil Cruzeiro v. Argentina; June 10, 2009
FW Pablo Palacios February 5, 1982 (1982-02-05) (age 28) 12 1 Ecuador Barcelona v. Colombia; September 5, 2009

Previous squads

See also

Notes and references

External links


Simple English

Ecuador
Association Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol
Confederation CONMEBOL
Coach Sixto Vizuete
Most caps Iván Hurtado (156)
Top scorer Agustín Delgado (31)
World Cup
Appearances 2
First Apps 2002
Best result Round 2 (2006)

Ecuador national football team is the national football team of Ecuador.


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