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Ecuador national football team

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Ecuador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Tricolor (the Tricolor)
La Tri
Amarillos
(the Yellows)
Association Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Gustavo Quinteros
Captain Walter Ayoví
Most caps Iván Hurtado (168)
Top scorer Agustín Delgado (31)
Home stadium Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito
FIFA code ECU
FIFA ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (April- June 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 76 (June 1995)
Elo ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest Elo ranking 4 (27 March 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 111 (December 1959)
First international
23x15px Bolivia 1–1 Ecuador 23x15px
(Bogotá, Colombia; August 8, 1938)
Biggest win
23x15px Ecuador 6–0 Peru 23x15px
(Quito, Ecuador; June 22, 1975)
Biggest defeat
23x15px Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 23x15px
(Montevideo, Uruguay; January 22, 1942)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (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 (Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol). They play official home matches at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito.

Ecuador has qualified for three FIFA World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2014. 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 not to have won 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.

History

From a historical viewpoint, Ecuador have been one of the more struggling footballing nations in South America. Despite their past irregularities, however, Ecuador has risen to be a serious South American competitor in recent years.

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 into 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. They managed to turn it around in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign where they finished in the top 4, enough to record a third World Cup appearance. On Friday, December 6, 2013 they were drawn into a balanced group compromising of top seeds, Switzerland, former champions France, and minnows Honduras.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
23x15px 1930 to 23x15px 1938 Did not enter
23x15px 1950 Withdrew
23x16px 1954 to 23x15px 1958 Did not enter
23x15px 1962 to 23x15px 1998 Did not qualify
Template:Country data South KoreaTemplate:Country data Japan 2002 Group Stage 24 3 1 0 2 2 4
23x15px 2006 Round of 16 12 4 2 0 2 5 4
23x15px 2010 Did not qualify
23x15px 2014 Group Stage 17 3 1 1 1 3 3
Total 3/20 12 10 4 1 5 10 11

Copa América record

Pan American Games record

Ecuador national football team
Medal record
U-20 Panamerican Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Brazil Panamerican Games

Minor tournaments

Ecuador national football team
Medal record
Tournament L'Alcudia
Gold medal – first place 2010 L'Alcudia Tournament

Bolivarian Games

Results and Fixtures

Friendlies

Copa América 2015

Group A

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Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were called to the squad for the 2015 Copa América.
Caps and goals updated as of March 28, 2015 after the match against Argentina.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alexander Domínguez (1987-06-05) June 5, 1987 (age 28) 25 0 23x15px LDU Quito
1GK Librado Azcona (1984-01-18) January 18, 1984 (age 32) 0 0 23x15px Independiente
1GK Esteban Dreer (1981-11-11) November 11, 1981 (age 34) 0 0 23x15px Emelec
2DF Walter Ayoví (1979-08-11) August 11, 1979 (age 36) 99 8 23x15px Pachuca
2DF Juan Carlos Paredes (1987-07-08) July 8, 1987 (age 28) 47 0 23x15px Watford
2DF Frickson Erazo (1988-05-05) May 5, 1988 (age 27) 46 1 23x15px Grêmio
2DF Gabriel Achilier (1985-03-23) March 23, 1985 (age 30) 25 0 23x15px Emelec
2DF Óscar Bagüí (1982-12-10) December 10, 1982 (age 33) 21 0 23x15px Emelec
2DF Arturo Mina (1990-10-08) October 8, 1990 (age 25) 2 0 23x15px Independiente
2DF Mario Pineida (1992-07-06) July 6, 1992 (age 23) 2 0 23x15px Independiente
2DF John Narváez (1991-06-12) June 12, 1991 (age 24) 0 0 23x15px Emelec
3MF Christian Noboa (1985-04-09) April 9, 1985 (age 30) 51 3 23x15px PAOK
3MF Jefferson Montero (1989-09-01) September 1, 1989 (age 26) 44 8 23x15px Swansea City
3MF Renato Ibarra (1991-01-20) January 20, 1991 (age 25) 23 0 23x15px Vitesse
3MF Pedro Quiñónez (1986-03-04) March 4, 1986 (age 29) 10 0 23x15px Emelec
3MF Juan Cazares (1992-04-03) April 3, 1992 (age 23) 3 1 23x15px Banfield
3MF Jonathan González (1995-03-07) March 7, 1995 (age 20) 2 0 23x15px U. de G.
3MF Osbaldo Lastra (1983-08-10) August 10, 1983 (age 32) 2 0 23x15px Emelec
3MF Pedro Larrea (1986-05-21) May 21, 1986 (age 29) 0 0 23x15px LDU Loja
4FW Jaime Ayoví (1988-02-21) February 21, 1988 (age 27) 31 9 23x15px Godoy Cruz
4FW Enner Valencia (1989-11-04) November 4, 1989 (age 26) 17 11 23x15px West Ham
4FW Fidel Martínez (1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 26) 12 2 23x15px UNAM
4FW Miller Bolaños (1990-06-01) June 1, 1990 (age 25) 2 1 23x15px Emelec

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 Máximo Banguera (1985-12-16) December 16, 1985 (age 30) 27 0 23x15px Barcelona 2015 Copa América preliminary squad
GK Hamilton Piedra (1993-02-20) February 20, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 23x15px Deportivo Cuenca v. 23x15px El Salvador, October 14, 2014
GK Adrián Bone (1988-09-08) September 8, 1988 (age 27) 3 0 23x15px El Nacional v. 23x15px Brazil, September 9, 2014
DF Robert Arboleda (1991-10-22) October 22, 1991 (age 24) 0 0 23x15px Universidad Católica 2015 Copa América preliminary squad
DF Luis Romero (1984-03-15) March 15, 1984 (age 31) 0 0 23x15px LDU Quito 2015 Copa América preliminary squad
DF Cristian Ramírez (1994-08-15) August 15, 1994 (age 21) 4 0 23x15px Ferencváros v. 23x15px El Salvador, October 14, 2014
DF Luis Cangá (1995-06-15) June 15, 1995 (age 20) 3 0 23x15px LDU Quito v. 23x15px El Salvador, October 14, 2014
DF Fernando León (1993-04-11) April 11, 1993 (age 22) 1 0 23x15px Independiente v. 23x15px El Salvador, October 14, 2014
DF Jorge Guagua (1981-09-28) September 28, 1981 (age 34) 62 2 23x15px Emelec v. 23x15px Bolivia, September 5, 2014
MF Michael Arroyo Injured (1987-04-23) April 23, 1987 (age 28) 23 3 23x15px América 2015 Copa América squad
MF Antonio Valencia Injured (1985-08-04) August 4, 1985 (age 30) 75 8 23x15px Manchester United 2015 Copa América preliminary squad
MF Fernando Hidalgo (1985-05-20) May 20, 1985 (age 30) 13 0 23x15px LDU Quito 2015 Copa América preliminary squad
MF Ángel Mena Injured (1988-01-21) January 21, 1988 (age 28) 2 0 23x15px Emelec 2015 Copa América preliminary squad
MF Joao Rojas (1989-06-14) June 14, 1989 (age 26) 34 2 23x15px Cruz Azul v. 23x15px Mexico, March 28, 2015
MF Carlos Gruezo (1995-04-19) April 19, 1995 (age 20) 9 0 23x15px Stuttgart v. 23x15px Mexico, March 28, 2015
MF Segundo Castillo (1982-05-15) May 15, 1982 (age 33) 85 9 23x15px Sinaloa v. 23x15px El Salvador, October 14, 2014
MF Junior Sornoza (1994-01-28) January 28, 1994 (age 22) 4 1 23x15px Pachuca v. 23x15px El Salvador, October 14, 2014
MF Cristian Penilla (1991-05-02) May 2, 1991 (age 24) 2 1 23x15px Pachuca v. 23x15px El Salvador, October 14, 2014
MF Jonny Uchuari (1994-01-19) January 19, 1994 (age 22) 1 0 23x15px LDU Quito v. 23x15px El Salvador, October 14, 2014
MF Édison Méndez RET (1979-03-15) March 15, 1979 (age 36) 111 18 23x15px El Nacional 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Luis Saritama (1983-10-20) October 20, 1983 (age 32) 49 0 23x15px Deportivo Quito 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Oswaldo Minda (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 32) 20 0 23x15px Barcelona 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Felipe Caicedo Injured (1988-09-05) September 5, 1988 (age 27) 55 15 23x15px Espanyol v. 23x15px Mexico, March 28, 2015
FW Joao Plata (1992-03-01) March 1, 1992 (age 23) 4 2 23x15px Real Salt Lake v. 23x15px El Salvador, October 14, 2014
FW Daniel Angulo (1986-11-16) November 16, 1986 (age 29) 2 0 23x15px Independiente v. 23x15px Brazil, September 9, 2014

Player records

Bold indicates player is still active in National team. Caps and goals updated as March 31, 2015.

Players with 50 or more caps

Previous squads

Retired numbers

Following the death of Christian Benítez, the Ecuadorian Football Federation has retired his jersey number 11 from the national team. According to the Federation's president, Luis Chiriboga, to honor Christian Benítez the number would no longer be used by any other team player.[5]

Historic Kits

The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colours of the national flag, being the tricolor, yellow, blue, and red.[6] The alternate colours of the uniform are White, and Blue, this being based on a flag once flown by Ecuador based on the flag of Guayas. Its crest has remained the same since its inception in 1927, with variations placing Ecuador on top of the crest.[7]

Kit Sponsor

Uniform provider
Date Sponsor
1985 Adidas
1991-1992 Puma
1993-1994 Reebok
1994–present Marathon

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 25 9 7 9
Reinaldo Rueda September 4, 2010 – June 25, 2014 45 18 15 12
Sixto Vizuete July 23, 2014 – January 28, 2015 4 2 1 1
Gustavo Quinteros January 29, 2015 – Present 2 0 0 2

Notes and references

See also

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