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Venezuela
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Vinotinto
(The Burgundy)
Association Federación Venezolana
de Fútbol
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach César Farías
Captain Juan Arango
Most caps José Manuel Rey (108)
Top scorer Giancarlo Maldonado (17)
Home stadium Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui, Polideportivo Cachamay
FIFA code VEN
FIFA ranking 47
Highest FIFA ranking 47 (February 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking 129 (November 1998)
Elo ranking 37
Highest Elo ranking 37 (November 2009)
Lowest Elo ranking 127 (1993, 1995, 1999)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Panama Panama 3 - 1 Venezuela Venezuela
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
Biggest win
Venezuela Venezuela 6 - 0 Puerto Rico Puerto rico national sport flag.png
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 26 December 1946)
Biggest defeat
Argentina Argentina 11 - 0 Venezuela Venezuela
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 10 August 1975)
Copa América
Appearances 14 (First in 1967)
Best result 1967

The Venezuela National Football Team is the national football team of Venezuela and is controlled by the Federación Venezolana de Fútbol. It is nicknamed 'La Vinotinto' (The Burgundy), because of the traditional burgundy color of their shirts.

Venezuela is the only national team in CONMEBOL which has never qualified for a 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. Their best finish in Copa América was fifth in their first entry, in 1967.

When playing at home in official games they usually rotate between two stadiums: the Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, in San Cristóbal; the Estadio José Encarnación "Pachencho" Romero, in Maracaibo. In friendly matches they tend to rotate between the rest of the stadiums in the country.

The Unofficial Football World Championship, and the related Nasazzi's baton title, was briefly held by Venezuela in 2006.

Unlike other South American nations, baseball is extremely popular in Venezuela, which diverts athletic talent away from football, contributing to its historic lack of success in CONMEBOL competitions. 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.

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History

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World Cup

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.

The 2002 and 2006 qualifiers have seen a tremendous improvement in Venezuela's fortunes, and they are now regarded as a competitive team. They started the 2010 qualifying round by historically beating Ecuador in Quito where the Ecuadorians had previously held a long unbeaten record.

Despite poor results during the 60s and 70s, outstanding players like Luis Mendoza and Rafael Santana achieved recognition.

Copa America

Venezuela first participated in the Copas America 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, but the "Auge Vinotinto" (Vinotinto Rise) period in the early 2000s 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.

In June 6, 2008, Venezuela achieved its first-ever triumph over Brazil, winning the Seleção with a 2-0 score in a friendly match in Boston, USA.

Current team status

Venezuela is currently participating 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

Recent, last and next games


KEY: F = Friendly match; WCQ2010 = 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Current Team

Squad for a Friendly against North Korea national football team Caps and goals updated to March 6, 2010

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Leonardo Morales July 7, 1978 15 0 Venezuela Deportivo Anzoategui
GK Daniel Valdèz April 9, 1985 0 0 Venezuela Zamora Fútbol Club
GK Eduardo Lima October 7, 1992 0 0 Venezuela Monagas Sport Club
DF Juan Fuenmayor September 5, 1979 20 0 Norway Vålerenga Fotball
DF Jackson Clavijo January 1, 1992 1 0 Venezuela Deportivo Tachira
DF Grenddy Perozo February 2, 1986 16 0 Venezuela Deportivo Anzoátegui
DF Jose Luis Granados October 20, 1986 12 1 Venezuela Deportivo Tachira
DF Carlos Salazar May 15, 1989 7 0 Venezuela Deportivo Anzoategui
DF Agnel Flores May 25, 1989 2 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana
DF Henry Pernìa November 9, 1990 5 0 Venezuela Llaneros FC
DF Carlos Lujano July 14, 1991 1 0 Venezuela Real Esppor Club
DF Mario Sánchez October 10, 1988 1 1 Spain Barcelona FC
MF Giacomo Di Giorgi February 24, 1981 9 0 Venezuela Deportivo Anzoátegui
MF Louis Angelo Peña December 25, 1989 8 1 Portugal S.C. Braga
MF Francisco Flores April 30, 1990 3 0 Venezuela Deportivo Lara
MF Yohandry Orozco March 19, 1991 4 0 Venezuela Zulia Fútbol Club
FW Yonathan Del Valle May 28, 1990 5 0 Venezuela Deportivo Tachira
FW Alejandro Moreno July 9, 1979 20 2 United States Philadelphia Union
FW Juan Garcia April 15, 1992 1 0 Venezuela Deportivo Anzoategui
FW Orlando Cordero July 28, 1990 1 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana
FW Edder Farias April 13, 1989 2 0 Venezuela Monagas Sport Club

The following players have been recently called up in the 12 months.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Rafael Romo July 7, 1990 5 0 Italy Udinese
GK Renny Vega July 4, 1979 38 0 Venezuela Caracas
GK Rafael Dudamel January 7, 1973 57 1 Venezuela Real Esppor Club
DF Juan Manuel Morales May 26, 1989 10 0 Spain Pontevedra
DF Jose Manuel Rey May 20, 1975 110 11 Venezuela Caracas
DF José Manuel Velázquez September 8, 1990 7 1 Spain Villarreal
DF Gerzon Chacón October 27, 1980 21 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
DF Gabriel Cichero April 25, 1985 14 1 Venezuela Caracas
DF Roberto Rosales November 20, 1988 14 0 Belgium Gent
DF Oswaldo Vizacarrondo May 31, 1984 15 1 Colombia Once Caldas
MF Rafael Acosta February 20, 1989 6 0 Greece Diagoras
MF Juan Arango May 16, 1980 85 17 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
MF Ronald Vargas December 2, 1986 10 3 Belgium Club Brugge
MF Carlos Fernández September 1, 1990 2 0 Venezuela Deportivo Anzoátegui
MF Jorge Alberto Rojas January 10, 1977 91 3 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
MF Tomás Rincón January 13, 1988 23 0 Germany Hamburg
MF César Eduardo González October 1, 1982 19 2 Mexico San Luis
MF Luis Manuel Seijas June 23, 1986 13 0 Colombia Santa Fe
FW Emilio Rentería October 9, 1984 3 0 United States Columbus Crew
FW Giancarlo Maldonado June 29, 1982 48 19 Mexico Atlante F.C.
FW José Salomón Rondón September 16, 1989 3 1 Spain UD Las Palmas
FW Nicolás Fedor August 19, 1985 16 5 Spain Getafe CF

Competitive record

World Cup record

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 2010 Did not qualify

Copa América record

  • 1916 to 1963 - Did not enter
  • 1967 - 5th
  • 1975 - Round 1
  • 1979 - Round 1
  • 1983 - Round 1
  • 1987 - Round 1
  • 1989 - Round 1
  • 1991 - Round 1
  • 1993 - Round 1 (overall 11th place)
  • 1995 - Round 1 (overall 12th place)
  • 1997 - Round 1 (overall 12th place)
  • 1999 - Round 1 (overall 12th place)
  • 2001 - Round 1 (overall 12th place)
  • 2004 - Round 1 (overall 11th place)
  • 2007 - Quarterfinals (overall 6th place)

Pan American Games record

Head to head

Most Venezuela caps

Player National team career Caps (Goals)
José Manuel Rey 1997-present 110 (11)
Jorge Alberto Rojas 1999-present 91 (3)
Juan Arango 1999-present 85 (17)
Miguel Ángel Mea Vitali 1999-present 81 (1)
Gabriel Urdaneta 1996-2005 77 (9)
Luis José Vallenilla 1996-2007 77 (1)
Ruberth Morán 1996-present 65 (14)
Leopoldo Jiménez 1999-2005 64 (0)
Ricardo David Páez 2000-2007 64 (7)
Rafael Dudamel 1993-2007 56 (1)
Leonel Vielma 2000-2007 56 (4)

Top Venezuela goalscorers

Player National team career Goals (Caps)
Giancarlo Maldonado 2003-present 19 (48)
Juan Arango 1999-present 17 (85)
Ruberth Morán 1996-2007 14 (65)
José Manuel Rey 1997-present 11 (110)
Gabriel Urdaneta 1996-2005 9 (77)
Daniel Arismendi 2006-present 9 (24)
Juan Garcia 1993-2004 7 (47)
Ricardo David Páez 2000-2007 7 (64)
José Luis Dolgetta 1993-1997 6 (21)

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Simple English

Venezuela
Association Federación Venezolana de Fútbol
Confederation CONMEBOL
Coach César Farías
Most caps José Manuel Rey (103)
Top scorer Giancarlo Maldonado (16)
World Cup
Appearances 0

Venezuela national football team is the national football team of Venezuela.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1José Manuel Rey10381997-present
2Jorge Alberto Rojas8931999-present
3Miguel Ángel Mea Vitali8111999-present
4Juan Arango85151999-present
5Gabriel Urdaneta7791996-2005
5Luis José Vallenilla7711996-2007
7Ruberth Morán65141996-2007
8Ricardo David Páez6472000-2007
8Leopoldo Jiménez6401999-2005
10Leonel Vielma5842000-present

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Giancarlo Maldonado16412003-present
2Juan Arango15801999-present
3Ruberth Morán14651996-2007
4Gabriel Urdaneta9771996-2005
4Daniel Arismendi9242006-present
6José Manuel Rey81031997-present
7Ricardo David Páez7642000-2007
7Juan Garcia7471993-2004
9José Luis Dolgetta6211993-1997
10Daniel Noriega5381996-2005
10Fernando de Ornelas5261999-2007
10Pedro Febles5251979-1989
10Rafael Ernesto Castellin Garcia5221996-2005

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