Ecuador national football team

The Ecuador national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Ecuador) represents Ecuador in international football competitions, and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation (Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol). They play their home matches at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito.

Ecuador
Nickname(s)La Tricolor (the Tricolor)
La Tri
Los Amarillos (the Yellows)
AssociationFederación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachJorge Célico
CaptainGabriel Achilier[1]
Most capsIván Hurtado (168)
Top scorerAgustin Delgado
Enner Valencia (31)
Home stadiumEstadio Olímpico Atahualpa
FIFA codeECU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 63 (28 November 2019)[2]
Highest10 (July 2012)
Lowest71 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 37 12 (25 November 2019)[3]
Highest11 (27 March 2013)
Lowest120 (December 1959)
First international
 Bolivia 1–1 Ecuador 
(Bogotá, Colombia; 8 August 1938)
Biggest win
 Ecuador 6–0 Peru 
(Quito, Ecuador; 22 June 1975)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2002)
Best resultRound of 16 (2006)
Copa América
Appearances27 (first in 1939)
Best resultFourth place (1959, 1993)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2002)
Best resultGroup stage (2002)

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 two countries in South America not to have won the Copa América, the other being 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, 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, 6 December 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

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not enter Declined participation
1934
1938
1950 Withdrew Withdrew
1954 Did not enter Declined participation
1958
1962 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 11
1966 5 2 1 2 7 7
1970 4 0 1 3 2 8
1974 4 0 2 2 3 8
1978 4 0 1 3 1 9
1982 4 1 1 2 2 5
1986 4 0 1 3 2 8
1990 4 1 1 2 4 5
1994 8 1 3 4 7 7
1998 16 6 3 7 22 21
2002 Group Stage 24th 3 1 0 2 2 4 18 9 4 5 23 20
2006 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 4 18 8 4 6 23 19
2010 Did not qualify 18 6 5 7 22 26
2014 Group Stage 17th 3 1 1 1 3 3 16 7 4 5 20 16
2018 Did not qualify 18 6 2 10 26 29
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
Total Round of 16 3/21 10 4 1 5 10 11 143 47 33 63 167 199

Copa América record

Pan American Games record

Minor tournaments

Bolivarian Games

Fixtures and results

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019

2020

Players

Current squad

The following 27 players were called up for the friendly matches against Trinidad and Tobago on 14 November and Colombia on November 19, 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Colombia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Johan Padilla (1992-08-14) 14 August 1992 3 0 El Nacional
1GK Pedro Ortíz (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 2 0 Delfín
22 1GK Brian Heras (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 0 0 Deportivo Cuenca

14 2DF Xavier Arreaga (1994-09-28) 28 September 1994 6 0 Seattle Sounders
3 2DF Diego Palacios (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 5 0 Los Angeles
17 2DF Marcos Andrés López (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 3 0 Universidad Católica
2 2DF Félix Torres (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 3 0 Santos Laguna
23 2DF Bryan Carabalí (1997-12-18) 18 December 1997 2 0 Emelec
6 2DF Moisés Corozo (1992-10-25) 25 October 1992 1 0 Macará
4 2DF Gustavo Cortez (1997-10-11) 11 October 1997 0 0 Universidad Católica
2DF Franklin Guerra (1992-04-12) 12 April 1992 0 0 LDU Quito
26 2DF Leonel Quiñónez (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 0 0 Macará

5 3MF Renato Ibarra (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 46 1 América
3MF Fidel Martínez (1990-02-15) 15 February 1990 30 7 Barcelona
10 3MF Ángel Mena (1988-01-21) 21 January 1988 20 4 León
3MF Jefferson Orejuela (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 20 0 LDU Quito
7 3MF Romario Ibarra (1994-09-24) 24 September 1994 16 3 Pachuca
8 3MF Jhegson Méndez (1997-04-26) 26 April 1997 15 0 Orlando City
11 3MF Marcos Caicedo (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 10 1 Barcelona
21 3MF Alan Franco (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 5 1 Independiente del Valle
20 3MF Gonzalo Plata (2000-01-11) 11 January 2000 4 1 Sporting CP
15 3MF José Cifuentes (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 3 0 América de Quito
24 3MF Jordan Sierra (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 3 0 Querétaro
3MF Pedro Perlaza (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 1 0 Delfín

13 4FW Enner Valencia (1989-11-04) 4 November 1989 54 31 UANL
19 4FW Michael Estrada (1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 8 1 Macará
9 4FW Joao Joshimar Rojas (1997-08-16) 16 August 1997 2 0 Emelec
27 4FW Alejandro Cabeza (1997-03-11) 11 March 1997 0 0 Independiente del Valle

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 Alexander Domínguez (1987-06-05) 5 June 1987 52 0 Vélez Sarsfield 2019 Copa América
GK Máximo Banguera (1985-12-16) 16 December 1985 36 0 Barcelona 2019 Copa América
GK Hamilton Piedra (1993-03-20) 20 March 1993 1 0 Independiente del Valle 2019 Copa América PRE
GK Moisés Ramírez (2000-09-09) 9 September 2000 0 0 Real Sociedad B 2019 Copa América PRE

DF Darío Aimar (1995-01-05) 5 January 1995 7 0 Barcelona v.  Argentina, 13 October 2019
DF Jhon Espinoza (1999-02-24) 24 February 1999 2 0 Aucas v.  Argentina, 13 October 2019
DF Pervis Estupiñán (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 1 0 Osasuna v.  Argentina, 13 October 2019
DF Jackson Porozo (2000-08-04) 4 August 2000 1 0 Santos v.  Argentina, 13 October 2019
DF Mario Pineida (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 11 0 Barcelona v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2019
DF Gabriel Achilier (1985-03-24) 24 March 1985 54 1 Morelia 2019 Copa América
DF Arturo Mina (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 22 1 Yeni Malatyaspor 2019 Copa América
DF Cristian Ramírez (1994-08-12) 12 August 1994 21 1 Krasnodar 2019 Copa América
DF Robert Arboleda (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 16 1 São Paulo 2019 Copa América
DF Pedro Pablo Velasco (1993-09-26) 26 September 1993 11 0 Barcelona 2019 Copa América
DF Beder Caicedo (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 7 0 Barcelona 2019 Copa América
DF José Quintero (1990-06-20) 20 June 1990 4 0 LDU Quito 2019 Copa América
DF John Narváez (1991-06-12) 12 June 1991 2 0 Melgar 2019 Copa América PRE
DF Juan Carlos Paredes (1987-07-08) 8 July 1987 75 0 Emelec v.  Honduras, 26 March 2019

MF Junior Sornoza (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 9 2 Corinthians v.  Argentina, 13 October 2019
MF Erick Castillo (1995-02-05) 5 February 1995 3 1 Santos Laguna v.  Argentina, 13 October 2019
MF Alexander Alvarado (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 2 0 Aucas v.  Argentina, 13 October 2019
MF Jhonny Quiñónez (1998-06-11) 11 June 1998 1 0 Willem II v.  Argentina, 13 October 2019
MF Fernando Gaibor (1991-11-08) 8 November 1991 17 2 Al-Wasl v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2019
MF Jhojan Julio (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 3 0 LDU Quito v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2019
MF Jonathan Borja (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 1 0 LDU Quito v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2019
MF Antonio Valencia (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 99 11 LDU Quito 2019 Copa América
MF Carlos Gruezo (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 25 0 Augsburg 2019 Copa América
MF Ayrton Preciado (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 16 1 Santos Laguna 2019 Copa América
MF Jefferson Intriago (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 8 0 Juárez 2019 Copa América
MF Andrés Chicaiza (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 2 0 LDU Quito 2019 Copa América
MF Ángelo Preciado (1998-02-18) 18 February 1998 5 0 Independiente del Valle 2019 Copa América PRE
MF Christian Noboa (1985-04-09) 9 April 1985 78 4 Sochi v.  Honduras, 26 March 2019

FW Leonardo Campana (2000-07-24) 24 July 2000 4 0 Barcelona v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2019
FW Carlos Garcés (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 3 0 Delfín 2019 Copa América
FW Miller Bolaños (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 25 8 Tijuana 2019 Copa América PRE
FW Stiven Plaza (1999-03-11) 11 March 1999 2 0 Valladolid 2019 Copa América PRE

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad / standby.
RET Retired from the national team.

Player records

Bold indicates player has been active within one year for the National team.
Caps and goals updated as of 13 November 2019.

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.[8] However, due to FIFA regulations the number had to be reinstated for the 2014 World Cup squad.[9]

Historic Kits

The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colors of the national flag, being typically a yellow top, blue shorts, and red socks.[10] The alternate colors 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.[11]

1941–1945
1945–1947
1949–1953
1953–1955
1955–1966
1966–1973[12]
1973–1983
1983–1985
1985–1992
1992–1994
1994–1998
1998–2002
2002
2003–2006
2006
2007–2011
2011–2014
2014

Kit Sponsor

Kit provider Period
Adidas 1985–1990
Puma 1991–1992
Reebok 1993–1994
Marathon 1994–present

Managers

Manager Career GP W D L
Enrique Lamas 8 August 1938 – 22 August 19385113
Ramón Unamuno 15 January 1939 – 12 February 19394004
Juan Parodi 2 February 1941 – 5 February 1942100010
Rodolfo Orlandini 14 January 1945 – 21 February 19456015
Ramón Unamuno 30 November 1947 – 29 December 19477034
José Planas 3 April 1949 – 3 May 19497106
Gregorio Esperón 28 February 1953 – 23 March 19536024
José María Díaz Granados 27 February 1955 – 23 March 19555005
Eduardo Spandre 7 March 1957 – 1 April 19576015
Juan López 6 December 1959 – 17 December 19607115
Fausto Montalván 10 March 1963 – 31 March 19636123
José María Rodríguez 20 July 1965 – 12 October 19655212
Fausto Montalván 21 December 1966 – 28 December 19662011
José Gomes Nogueira 22 June 1969 – 3 August 19695113
Ernesto Guerra 29 April 1970 – 24 May 19702002
Jorge Lazo 11 June 1972 – 21 June 19724013
Roberto Resquín 18 February 1973 – 8 July 197310163
Roque Máspoli 22 June 1975 – 20 March 1977195410
Héctor Morales 13 June 1979 – 16 September 19798314
Otto Vieira 27 January 1981 – 14 February 19812002
Juan Eduardo Hohberg 17 May 1981 – 14 June 19814112
Ernesto Guerra 26 July 1983 – 7 September 19836042
Antoninho Ferreira 30 November 1984 – 31 March 198515357
Luis Grimaldi 18 November 1986 – 4 July 198713256
Dušan Drašković 2 June 1988 – 19 September 199356171722
Carlos Torres Garcés 25 May 1994 – 5 June 19942200
Carlos Ron 17 August 1994 – 21 September 19942011
Francisco Maturana 24 May 1995 – 8 June 19973416612
Luis Fernando Suárez 11 June 1997 – 22 June 19974220
Francisco Maturana 6 July 1997 – 16 November 19977313
Polo Carrera 14 October 19981001
Carlos Sevilla 28 January 1999 – 7 July 199915366
Hernán Darío Gómez 12 October 1999 – 23 July 200466241824
Luis Fernando Suárez 4 September 2004 – 17 November 20075117925
Sixto Vizuete 21 November 2007 – 11 July 201025979
Reinaldo Rueda 4 September 2010 – 25 June 201445181512
Sixto Vizuete 23 July 2014 – 28 January 20154211
Gustavo Quinteros 16 March 2015 – 12 September 201719847
Jorge Célico 12 September 2017 – 31 July 20182002
Hernán Darío Gómez 1 August 2018 – 31 July 20192411

See also

Notes and references

  1. Núñez, Juan Santiago (16 June 2019). "Achilier: Ser capitán, una gran responsabilidad". Diario Expreso (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  2. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  3. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  4. Nemer, Roy. "Argentina to play Ecuador in FIFA friendly on October 13 in Spain – Mundo Albiceleste". Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. "Ecuador - International Appearances by Player".
  6. "Ecuador - International Appearances by Player".
  7. http://www.fichajes.com/jugador/j23232_felipe-caicedo
  8. "NÚMERO 11 DE ECUADOR SIEMPRE SERÁ DE CHUCHO". Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (in Spanish). ecuafutbol.org. 1 August 2013. Archived from the original on 19 August 2013.
  9. "Soccer-Ecuador to reinstate Benitez's number 11 for World Cup". reuters.com. 6 March 2014.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. "SportsLogos.Net - CONMEBOL Logos - CONMEBOL Logos - the News and History of Sports Logos and Uniforms".
  12. http://www.oldfootballshirts.com/en/teams/e/ecuador/old-ecuador-football-shirt-s34862.html
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