Ecuador national football team

The Ecuador national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Ecuador) has represented Ecuador in men's international football since 1938 and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation (Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol). They joined FIFA in 1926 and CONMEBOL a year later.

Ecuador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Tri (The Tri)
La Tricolor (The Tricolors)
AssociationFederación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachGustavo Alfaro
CaptainEnner Valencia
Most capsIván Hurtado (168)
Top scorerAgustín Delgado
Enner Valencia (31)
Home stadiumEstadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
FIFA codeECU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 57 Decrease 1 (18 February 2021)[1]
Highest10 (July 2012)
Lowest71 (November 2017)
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
Appearances28 (first in 1939)
Best resultFourth place (1959, 1993)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2002)
Best resultGroup stage (2002)
Medal record
Bolivarian Games
Bronze medal – third place 1938 Bogotá Team
Canada Cup
Gold medal – first place 1999 Canada Cup NA
Korea Cup
Gold medal – first place 1995 Korea Cup NA

Discarding an invitation to participate in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay, Ecuador didn't make their tournament debut until 2002. After finishing above Brazil and Uruguay in the standings, the qualifying campaign 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.[3] Having reached the Round of 16 in a memorable 2006 World Cup campaign,[4] they were expected to deliver at the 2007 Copa América but were eliminated in the group stage.[5] Along with Venezuela, they have not won the continental tournament. La Tri's best performance was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.

Ecuador plays the majority of their home matches at the Atahualpa Olympic Stadium in Quito. It is set to be demolished in late 2020 to make way for a new, more modern venue.[6]

HistoryEdit

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.

Football was introduced to Ecuador by Juan Alfredo Wright, who had recently returned from university in England. On 23 April 1899, he and his brother Roberto founded the first Ecuadorian football team, Guayaquil Sport Club.[7][8] As the popularity of the sport grew in the country, more teams were established. On 30 May 1925, the Federación Deportiva Nacional del Ecuador was founded.[8] In 1930, FIFA sent an invitation encouraging for a men's national team to participate at the maiden World Cup. However, the then-Minister of Social Security and Sports declined the offer as they did not approve of the financial allocation.[9]

In 1938, the I Bolivarian Games were organized, with Ecuador set to take part in the football tournament. On 8 August 1938, they played their first-ever match; a 1–1 draw with Bolivia. Their following game saw the national team earn a 2–1 win against Colombia. Following a 9–1 crushing by Peru and 5–2 victory over Venezuela, Ecuador was tied for the silver medal with Bolivia. A playoff saw the Bolivians emerge triumphantly and the Ecuadorians finished the competition with the bronze medal.[10]

 
The Ecuadorian squad that participated at the 1942 South American Championship

After finishing fourth at the 1959 South American Championship, the team entered the World Cup qualifiers for the first time. They failed to qualify for 1962 finals after inflicted defeats by Argentina.

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. In the end, they achieved a very respectable 6th-place finish, just under Peru and Chile.

Following the appointment of Hernán Darío Gómez for their 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign, Ecuador recorded a historic 1–0 win against Brazil.[11] A 5–1 win over Bolivia saw la Tricolor only needing a point to qualify for the World Cup. They faced Uruguay, and, after managing to cling onto a 1–1 draw, obtained their spot in Japan.[3]

Ecuador started their 2002 World Cup with a 2–0 loss to Italy. Agustín Delgado scored his country's first World Cup goal; he opened the scoring in a 2–1 loss to Mexico.[12] Though they finished fourth in Group G and 24th overall, Ecuador defeated Croatia, who had achieved third place in the previous tournament, and eliminated the Croats in process.

A disappointing showing at the 2004 Copa América led to the resignation of Gómez, who was replaced by 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 Ecuador qualification to the knockout stages for the first time.

 
Michael Arroyo executing a free kick against Switzerland at the 2014 World Cup

After a dull 2014 FIFA World Cup, and an unpleasant streak of failing to advance past the group stages of the Copa América, Gustavo Quinteros was hired to help rebuild the national team. Quinteros helped Ecuador reach the quarter-finals of the Copa América Centenario[13] and started the 2018 World Cup qualifiers strong. They were setback after a loss to Uruguay and finished eighth in the standings.

Gómez was reinstalled to lead Ecuador at the 2019 Copa América. His second stint was short, as he was soon fired after a disastrous tournament, having only earned a point.[14]

Home stadiumEdit

 
Aerial view of the stadium in 2017

The Ecuadorian national team plays their home games at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito. Having opened in 1951, it initially had a capacity of 45,000, but was later reduced to 35,724.

The stadium has a running track, which has gone to be one of the most important in South America for events organized by the former International Association of Athletics Federations.[15]

15 gates surround the stadium, allowing for an evacuation to be completed in about 10 minutes. The venue also features an electronic scoreboard located in the northern sector. The screen, manufactured by Hungarian-based company Elektroimpex in 1985, measures 10 meters tall and 30 meters wide.[16]

In this stadium, Ecuador defeated Uruguay at the 1993 Copa América and Brazil at the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.[11] After tying with the former on 7 November 2001, Ecuador qualified for their first World Cup. Since then, Ecuador has sealed qualification to the tournament on three separate occasions.

The stadium is set to be demolished in late-2020 for a newer stadium in preparation for the 2024 Copa América.[17][6] For the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Ecuador will play at the Casa Blanca.[18]

Team imageEdit

 
The Ecuadorian team posing before facing Argentina in October 2017

The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colors of the national flag, being typically a yellow top, blue shorts, and red socks.[19] The alternate colors of the uniform are white and blue, this being based on the flag of the Guayas Province. From 1965 to 2020, the crest featured the Andean condor, Ecuador's national bird, above a shield with the country's colors. In January 2020, the Ecuadorian Football Federation announced a rebrand of the logo; a navy blue shield with an "FEF" monogram attempting to "abstractly build a condor".[20][21]

Kit sponsorshipEdit

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

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad 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 Squad 18 9 4 5 23 20
  2006 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 4 Squad 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 Squad 16 7 4 5 20 16
  2018 Did not qualify 18 6 2 10 26 29
  2022 To be determined In progress
      2026 To be determined
Total Round of 16 3/21 10 4 1 5 10 11 143 47 33 63 167 199

Copa AméricaEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1916 Did not participate
  1917
  1919
  1920
  1921
  1922
  1923
  1924
  1925
  1926
  1927
  1929
  1935
  1937
  1939 Fifth place 5th 4 0 0 4 4 18 Squad
  1941 5th 4 0 0 4 1 21 Squad
  1942 Seventh place 7th 6 0 0 6 4 31 Squad
  1945 7th 6 0 1 5 9 27 Squad
  1946 Withdrew
  1947 Sixth place 6th 7 0 3 4 3 17 Squad
  1949 Seventh place 7th 7 1 0 6 7 21 Squad
  1953 7th 6 0 2 4 1 13 Squad
  1955 Sixth place 6th 5 0 0 5 4 22 Squad
  1956 Withdrew
  1957 Seventh place 7th 6 0 1 5 7 23 Squad
  1959 Withdrew
  1959 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 9 Squad
  1963 Sixth place 6th 6 1 2 3 14 18 Squad
  1967 Did not qualify
  1975 Group stage 9th 4 0 1 3 4 10 Squad
  1979 9th 4 1 0 3 4 7 Squad
  1983 9th 4 0 2 2 4 10 Squad
  1987 8th 2 0 1 1 1 4 Squad
  1989 7th 4 1 2 1 2 2 Squad
  1991 7th 4 1 1 2 6 5 Squad
  1993 Fourth place 4th 6 4 0 2 13 5 Squad
  1995 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 3 Squad
  1997 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 2 0 5 2 Squad
  1999 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 3 7 Squad
  2001 9th 3 1 0 2 5 5 Squad
  2004 12th 3 0 0 3 3 10 Squad
  2007 11th 3 0 0 3 3 6 Squad
  2011 10th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad
  2015 10th 3 1 0 2 4 6 Squad
  2016 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 7 4 Squad
  2019 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 2 7 Squad
    2021 Qualified
  2024 Qualified as hosts
Total Fourth place 28/46 121 16 23 82 129 318

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Did not participate
  1955
  1959
  1963
  1967
  1971
  1975
  1979
  1983
  1987
  1991
  1995 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 6 10
Since 1999 See Ecuador national under-23 football team
Total Group stage 1/12 3 1 0 2 6 10

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2020Edit

8 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina   1–0   Ecuador Buenos Aires, Argentina
21:30 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estadio Alberto J. Armando
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
13 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador   4–2   Uruguay Quito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia   2–3   Ecuador La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
17 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador   6–1   Colombia Quito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)

2021Edit

30 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador   v   Chile Ecuador
Report
8 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador   v   Peru Ecuador
Report
17 June 2021 Copa América Group B Ecuador   v   Qatar Bogotá, Colombia
Stadium: Estadio El Campín
28 June 2021 Copa América Group B Ecuador   v   Brazil Bogotá, Colombia
Stadium: Estadio El Campín

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach Gustavo Alfaro
Physical trainer TBA

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 26 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Colombia on 12 and 17 November 2020 respectively.
Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2020, after the match against Colombia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alexander Domínguez (1987-06-05) 5 June 1987 (age 33) 56 0   Vélez Sarsfield
1GK Pedro Ortíz (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 31) 2 0   Emelec
1GK Hernán Galíndez (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 33) 0 0   Universidad Católica

2DF Robert Arboleda (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 29) 20 2   São Paulo
2DF Xavier Arreaga (1994-09-28) 28 September 1994 (age 26) 10 1   Seattle Sounders
2DF Beder Caicedo (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 28) 9 1   Independiente del Valle
2DF Mario Pineida (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 28) 9 0   Barcelona
2DF Ángelo Preciado (1998-02-18) 18 February 1998 (age 23) 6 0   Genk
2DF Pervis Estupiñán (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 23) 5 1   Villarreal
2DF Félix Torres (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 24) 3 0   Santos Laguna
2DF Moisés Corozo (1992-10-25) 25 October 1992 (age 28) 1 0   LDU Quito
2DF Erick Ferigra (1999-02-07) 7 February 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Torino
2DF Pedro Perlaza (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 30) 1 0   LDU Quito

3MF Renato Ibarra (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 (age 30) 49 1   Atlas
3MF Carlos Gruezo (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 25) 29 1   Augsburg
3MF Ángel Mena (1988-01-21) 21 January 1988 (age 33) 24 6   León
3MF Jhegson Méndez (1997-04-26) 26 April 1997 (age 23) 16 0   Orlando City
3MF Junior Sornoza (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 (age 27) 10 2   Tijuana
3MF Gonzalo Plata (2000-01-11) 11 January 2000 (age 21) 8 3   Sporting CP
3MF Moisés Caicedo (2001-11-02) 2 November 2001 (age 19) 4 1   Brighton & Hove Albion
3MF Jhojan Julio (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 23) 4 0   LDU Quito
3MF Joao Rojas (1997-08-26) 26 August 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Emelec
3MF Adolfo Muñoz (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 (age 23) 1 0   LDU Quito

4FW Michael Estrada (1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 (age 24) 12 3   Toluca
4FW Leonardo Campana (2000-07-24) 24 July 2000 (age 20) 5 0   Famalicão
4FW Carlos Garcés (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 31) 3 0   Barcelona

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Johan Padilla (1992-08-14) 14 August 1992 (age 28) 3 0   Delfín v.   Argentina, 8 October 2020 COVID-19

DF Diego Palacios (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 21) 6 0   Los Angeles v.   Bolivia, 12 November 2020 COVID-19
DF Franklin Guerra (1992-04-12) 12 April 1992 (age 28) 0 0   LDU Quito v.   Argentina, 8 October 2020 PRE

MF Alan Franco (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 22) 8 1   Atlético Mineiro v.   Bolivia, 12 November 2020 COVID-19
MF José Cifuentes (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 21) 3 0   Los Angeles v.   Bolivia, 12 November 2020 COVID-19
MF Christian Noboa (1985-04-09) 9 April 1985 (age 35) 76 4   Sochi v.   Uruguay, 12 October 2020
MF Romario Ibarra (1994-09-24) 24 September 1994 (age 26) 18 3   Pachuca v.   Uruguay, 12 October 2020
MF Jordy Alcívar (1999-08-05) 5 August 1999 (age 21) 0 0   LDU Quito v.   Argentina, 8 October 2020 PRE
MF José Carabalí (1997-05-19) 19 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Universidad Católica v.   Argentina, 8 October 2020 PRE

FW Enner Valencia (1989-11-04) 4 November 1989 (age 31) 56 31   Fenerbahçe v.   Bolivia, 12 November 2020 COVID-19

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

Retired numbersEdit

Following the death of Christian Benítez, the Ecuadorian Football Federation retired his jersey number 11 from the national team. According to the Federation's then-president, Luis Chiriboga, to honor Benítez the number would no longer be used by any other team player.[22] However, due to FIFA regulations the number had to be reinstated for the 2014 World Cup squad.[23]

Player recordsEdit

Bold indicates player is still active with the national team.
Caps and goals updated as of 7 April 2020.[24]

Most capped playersEdit

 
Iván Hurtado is Ecuador's most capped player, with 168 caps.
Rank Name Career Caps Pos.
1 Iván Hurtado 1992–2014 168 DF
2 Walter Ayoví 2001–2017 121 MF
3 Édison Méndez 2000–2014 111 MF
4 Álex Aguinaga 1987–2004 109 MF
5 Ulises de la Cruz 1995–2010 101 DF
6 Luis Capurro 1985–2003 100 DF
7 Antonio Valencia 2005– 99 MF
8 Giovanny Espinoza 2000–2009 90 DF
9 José Francisco Cevallos 1994–2010 89 GK
10 Segundo Castillo 2003–2016 88 MF

Top goalscorersEdit

Agustín Delgado (up) and Enner Valencia (down) both currently hold the record for being Ecuador's top goalscorer with 31 goals each.
Rank Player Career Goals Caps Avg/game Pos.
1 Agustin Delgado 1994–2006 31 71 0.44 FW
Enner Valencia 2012– 31 54 0.57 FW
3 Eduardo Hurtado 1992–2002 26 74 0.35 FW
4 Christian Benítez 2005–2013 24 58 0.41 FW
5 Álex Aguinaga 1987–2004 23 109 0.21 MF
6 Felipe Caicedo 2005–2017 22 68 0.32 FW
7 Édison Méndez 2000–2014 18 111 0.16 MF
8 Iván Kaviedes 1996–2012 17 57 0.3 FW
9 Raúl Avilés 1987–1993 16 55 0.29 FW
10 Ariel Graziani 1997–2000 15 34 0.44 FW

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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