Ecuador national football team

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Ecuador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Tricolor (the Tricolor)
La Tri
Los Amarillos (the Yellows)
Association Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Gerardo Martino
Captain Antonio Valencia
Most caps Iván Hurtado (168)
Top scorer Agustin Delgado (31)
Home stadium Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
FIFA code ECU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 64 Increase 1 (12 April 2018)
Highest 10 (July 2012)
Lowest 71 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 27 Steady (20 April 2018)
Highest 11 (27 March 2013)
Lowest 111 (December 1959)
First international
 Bolivia 1–2 Ecuador Ecuador
(Bogotá, Colombia; August 8, 1938)
Biggest win
Ecuador Ecuador 6–1 Venezuela 
(Quito, Ecuador; June 15, 1993)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador Ecuador
(Montevideo, Uruguay; January 22, 1942)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 2002)
Best result Round of 16, 2006
Copa América
Appearances 27 (first in 1939)
Best result Fourth place, 1959 and 1993
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2002)
Best result Group stage, 2002

The Ecuador national football team (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 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 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[edit]

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, December 6, 2013 they were drawn into a balanced group compromising of top seeds, Switzerland, former champions France, and minnows Honduras.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not Enter Declined Participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Withdrew Withdrew
Switzerland 1954 Did not Enter Declined Participation
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 11
England 1966 5 2 1 2 7 7
Mexico 1970 4 0 1 3 2 8
West Germany 1974 4 0 2 2 3 8
Argentina 1978 4 0 1 3 1 9
Spain 1982 4 1 1 2 2 5
Mexico 1986 4 0 1 3 2 8
Italy 1990 4 1 1 2 4 5
United States 1994 8 1 3 4 7 7
France 1998 16 6 3 7 22 21
South Korea Japan 2002 Group Stage 24th 3 1 0 2 2 4 18 9 4 5 23 20
Germany 2006 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 4 18 8 4 6 23 19
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 18 6 5 7 22 26
Brazil 2014 Group Stage 17th 3 1 1 1 3 3 16 7 4 5 20 16
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 18 6 2 10 26 29
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total Round of 16 3/21 10 4 1 5 10 11 143 47 33 63 167 199

Copa América record[edit]

Pan American Games record[edit]

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

Minor tournaments[edit]

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

Bolivarian Games[edit]

Results and Fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Chile and Argentina on 5 October and 10 October, 2017.
Caps and goals updated as of October 10, 2017, after the match against  Argentina.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Máximo Banguera (1985-12-16) December 16, 1985 (age 32) 33 0 Ecuador Barcelona
22 1GK Hamilton Piedra (1993-03-20) March 20, 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle
12 1GK Pedro Ortiz Angulo (1990-02-19) February 19, 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Ecuador Delfín

6 2DF Cristian Ramírez (1994-08-12) August 12, 1994 (age 23) 14 1 Russia Krasnodar
3 2DF Robert Arboleda (1991-10-22) October 22, 1991 (age 26) 7 1 Brazil São Paulo
4 2DF Pedro Pablo Velasco (1993-09-26) September 26, 1993 (age 24) 6 0 Ecuador Barcelona
23 2DF Darío Aimar (1995-01-05) January 5, 1995 (age 23) 5 0 Ecuador Barcelona
21 2DF Xavier Arreaga (1994-09-28) September 28, 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Ecuador Barcelona
20 2DF Marcos López (1993-02-04) February 4, 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Ecuador Universidad Católica
2 2DF Luis Segovia (1997-10-26) October 26, 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Ecuador El Nacional

5 3MF Renato Ibarra (1991-01-20) January 20, 1991 (age 27) 36 0 Mexico América
18 3MF Jefferson Orejuela (1993-02-14) February 14, 1993 (age 25) 10 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
16 3MF Gabriel Cortez (1995-10-10) October 10, 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Mexico BUAP
14 3MF José Cevallos (1995-01-18) January 18, 1995 (age 23) 3 1 Belgium Lokeren
8 3MF Romario Ibarra (1994-09-24) September 24, 1994 (age 23) 2 2 Ecuador Universidad Católica
15 3MF Jefferson Intriago (1996-06-04) June 4, 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Ecuador LDU Quito
11 3MF Jonny Uchuari (1994-01-19) January 19, 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Ecuador El Nacional
19 3MF Carlos Feraud (1990-10-23) October 23, 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Ecuador Macará

13 4FW Enner Valencia (1989-11-04) November 4, 1989 (age 28) 41 21 Mexico UANL
10 4FW Joao Plata (1992-03-01) March 1, 1992 (age 26) 4 2 United States Real Salt Lake
7 4FW Michael Estrada (1996-04-07) April 7, 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle
9 4FW Jhon Cifuente (1992-07-23) July 23, 1992 (age 25) 2 1 Ecuador Universidad Católica
17 4FW Roberto Ordóñez (1985-05-04) May 4, 1985 (age 32) 2 0 Ecuador Delfín

Recent call-ups[edit]

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) June 5, 1987 (age 30) 42 0 Argentina Colón v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
GK Esteban Dreer (1981-11-11) November 11, 1981 (age 36) 12 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
GK Librado Azcona (1984-01-18) January 18, 1984 (age 34) 0 0 Paraguay Olimpia v.  Brazil, August 31, 2017 INJ

DF Ronaldo Johnson (1995-04-15) April 15, 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Chile, October 5, 2017
DF Walter Ayoví (1979-08-11) August 11, 1979 (age 38) 121 8 Ecuador Guayaquil City v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
DF Gabriel Achilier (1985-03-24) March 24, 1985 (age 33) 48 1 Mexico Morelia v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
DF Óscar Bagüí (1982-12-10) December 10, 1982 (age 35) 26 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
DF Luis Caicedo (1992-05-11) May 11, 1992 (age 25) 6 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
DF Fernando León (1993-04-11) April 11, 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
DF Luis Canga (1995-06-18) June 18, 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Trinidad and Tobago, July 26, 2017
DF Christian Cruz (1992-08-01) August 1, 1992 (age 25) 1 0 Ecuador Guayaquil City v.  Trinidad and Tobago, July 26, 2017
DF John Narváez (1991-06-12) June 12, 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Peru Melgar v.  Trinidad and Tobago, July 26, 2017
DF Luis Ayala (1993-09-24) September 24, 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Trinidad and Tobago, July 26, 2017

MF Antonio Valencia (Captain) (1985-08-04) August 4, 1985 (age 32) 92 10 England Manchester United v.  Chile, October 5, 2017
MF Michael Arroyo (1987-04-23) April 23, 1987 (age 31) 31 5 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Chile, October 5, 2017
MF Ayrton Preciado (1994-10-26) October 26, 1994 (age 23) 5 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Chile, October 5, 2017
MF Jacob Murillo (1993-03-30) March 30, 1993 (age 25) 2 1 Argentina Estudiantes v.  Chile, October 5, 2017
MF Fernando Gaibor (1991-11-08) November 8, 1991 (age 26) 14 2 Argentina Independiente v.  Chile, October 5, 2017 INJ
MF Marcos Caicedo (1991-10-10) October 10, 1991 (age 26) 8 1 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Chile, October 5, 2017 INJ
MF Christian Noboa (1985-04-09) April 9, 1985 (age 33) 77 4 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
MF Pedro Quiñónez (1986-03-04) March 4, 1986 (age 32) 24 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
MF Juan Cazares (1992-04-03) April 3, 1992 (age 26) 21 1 Brazil Atlético Mineiro v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
MF Carlos Gruezo (1995-04-19) April 19, 1995 (age 23) 17 0 United States Dallas v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
MF Ángel Mena (1988-01-21) January 21, 1988 (age 30) 12 1 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Brazil, August 31, 2017 INJ
MF Matías Oyola (1982-10-15) October 15, 1982 (age 35) 7 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Brazil, August 31, 2017
MF Jonathan González (1995-07-03) July 3, 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Trinidad and Tobago, July 26, 2017
MF Jordan Sierra (1997-04-23) April 23, 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Mexico BUAP v.  Trinidad and Tobago, July 26, 2017
MF Romario Caicedo (1990-05-23) May 23, 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Trinidad and Tobago, July 26, 2017

FW Carlos Garcés (1990-03-01) March 1, 1990 (age 28) 1 0 Ecuador Delfín v.  Chile, October 5, 2017
FW Felipe Caicedo (1988-09-05) September 5, 1988 (age 29) 68 22 Italy Lazio v.  Peru, September 5, 2017 RET
FW Fidel Martínez (1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 28) 30 7 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Peru, September 5, 2017
FW Juan Luis Anangonó (1989-04-13) April 13, 1989 (age 29) 3 1 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Trinidad and Tobago, July 26, 2017
FW Erick Castillo (1995-02-05) February 5, 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  Trinidad and Tobago, July 26, 2017

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

Player records[edit]

Bold indicates player has been active within one year for the National team.
Caps and goals updated as of October 10, 2017.

Players with 50 or more caps[edit]

Previous squads[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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] However, due to FIFA regulations the number had to be reinstated for the 2014 World Cup squad.[6]

Historic Kits[edit]

The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colors of the national flag, being typically a yellow top, blue shorts, and red socks.[7]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.[8]

1941–1945
1945–1947
1949–1953
1953–1955
1955–1966
1966–1973[9]
1973–1983
1983–1985
1985–1992
1992–1994
1994–1998
1998–2002
2002
2003–2006
2006
2007–2011
2011–2014
2014

Kit Sponsor[edit]

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas 1985-1990
Germany Puma 1991–1992
United Kingdom Reebok 1993–1994
Ecuador Marathon 1994–present

Managers[edit]

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 March 16, 2015 – September 12, 2017 19 8 4 7
Jorge Célico September 12, 2017 – Present 0 0 0 0

Notes and references[edit]

See also[edit]

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