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The Venezuela national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Venezuela) represents Venezuela in men's international association football and is controlled by the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF), the governing body for football in Venezuela. It is nicknamed Vino Tinto ("Red wine") because of the traditional burgundy color of their shirts. When playing at home in official games, they usually rotate between three stadiums: The Polideportivo Cachamay in Puerto Ordaz, the Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui in Puerto La Cruz and the Estadio Pueblo Nuevo in San Cristóbal. In friendly matches, they tend to rotate between the rest of the stadiums in the country.

Venezuela
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Vinotinto
AssociationFederación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachRafael Dudamel
CaptainTomás Rincón
Most capsJuan Arango (129)
Top scorerJuan Arango (23)
Home stadiumEstadio José Antonio Anzoátegui
Polideportivo Cachamay
Estadio Pueblo Nuevo
FIFA codeVEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 29 Increase 3 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest29 (August 2014, October 2018)
Lowest129 (November 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 26 Increase 7 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest19 (17 July 2011)
Lowest127 (1993, 1995, 1999)
First international
 Panama 3–1 Venezuela 
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
Biggest win
 Venezuela 7–0 Puerto Rico 
(Caracas, Venezuela; 16 January 1959)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 11–0 Venezuela 
(Rosario, Argentina; 10 August 1975)
Copa América
Appearances17 (first in 1967)
Best resultFourth place (2011)

Unlike other South American nations, and akin to some Caribbean nations, baseball is extremely popular in Venezuela, which diverts athletic talent away from football, contributing to its historic lack of success in CONMEBOL competitions. As of 2018, they are the only CONMEBOL side to have never qualified for the FIFA 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. Until 2011, their best finish in the Copa América was fifth in their first entry, in 1967. It is only recently with the spread of the World Cup's popularity in nations where football was not the primary sport (such as Japan, the United States, and Australia) that the national team found incentives to increase player development and fan support. As of November 2018, Venezuela has the highest position on the FIFA World Ranking of any team that has not yet qualified for the World Cup, being ranked 29th.[3]

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HistoryEdit

BackstoryEdit

Venezuela did not participate in FIFA World Cup qualification 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.

Despite poor results during the 1960s and 1970s, outstanding players like Luis Mendoza and Rafael Santana achieved recognition.

The team failed to qualify for both the 2002, and 2006 World Cups. The latter failure resulted in the resignation of manager Richard Páez.

César Farías eraEdit

With new coach César Farías, Venezuela national team improved their performances. At the beginning of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Venezuela won its first game in World Cup qualifying against the long unbeaten Ecuador in Quito. Something similar happened to Bolivia in La Paz, where Venezuela won for the first time at Bolivian altitude. Also, they received their first point against Brazil in qualifying. Despite not ultimately reaching the 2010, Venezuela achieved their best result in qualifying. They finished this round with 22 points in 18 matches, surpassing Peru and Bolivia for eighth place in the region.

On 6 June 2008, Venezuela achieved their second-ever triumph over Brazil, defeating the Seleção 2–0 in a friendly match in Boston, United States. Venezuela obtained excellent results in the 2011 Copa América when they finished fourth, their highest finish in the tournament to date. With a squad composed mostly of players playing in Europe, they began 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification with a historic result (1–0) against Argentina in Puerto La Cruz, beating the Argentines for the first time.

Noel Sanvicente eraEdit

On 4 September 2014, Noel Sanvicente was made coach of the Venezuela national team.[4] On 5 September 2014, the team lost its first match with Sanvicente under the helm 3–1 against South Korea in Bucheon.[5]

Sanvicente's first tournament came in the 2015 Copa América, with Venezuela drawn in Group C of the competition. Their opening game finished with an upset victory over tournament favorites Colombia by 1–0, but subsequent defeats to Peru and Brazil saw La Vinotinto eliminated.[citation needed]

Venezuela began the World Cup qualification campaign with a 1–0 defeat against Paraguay at home, and would not earn their first point until their match against Peru, a 2–2 draw in Lima where Venezuela led until the last minute of stoppage time. Their match with Chile ended in a disappointing 4–1 defeat, Sanvicente announced his resignation a week later after mutual consent with the FVF. At the time of Sanvicente's departure, Venezuela was last in the qualification standings with a sole point.

Rafael Dudamel eraEdit

Sanvicente was replaced by former Vinotinto goalkeeper Rafael Dudamel. Under his coaching, La Vinotinto quickly improved and reached the quarterfinals in the Copa América Centenario, with two 1–0 wins over Jamaica and Uruguay and a 1–1 draw against Mexico in the group stage and then a 4–1 defeat to Argentina in the quarter-finals. In the 7th matchday of the 2018 World Cup qualifier, Venezuela lost to Colombia 2–0 in Barranquilla, the first loss against Los Cafeteros since 2009. Later, on matchday 11, Venezuela won for the first time in the qualifier, 5–0 over Bolivia in Maturín with a hat-trick from Josef Martínez and goals from Jacobo Kouffati and Rómulo Otero.

Copa América historyEdit

Venezuela first participated in the Copa América in 1967, and finished fifth 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 four goals. In the 1993 series, Venezuela drew with Uruguay and the United States.

The team's overall Copa América record has been relatively poor (goal difference 33–145 before the 2011 Copa América), but the "Auge Vinotinto" (Vinotinto Rise) period in the early 2000s (decade) 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 Peru during the competition was its first Copa América victory since 1967.

2011 Copa AméricaEdit

At the 2011 Copa América championship, Venezuela reached the semi-finals round for the first time by defeating Chile in the quarter-final, 2–1. Despite their commanding presence against Paraguay in their semifinal, Venezuela was unable to convert their chances into goals. They would eventually lose 5–3 to Paraguay in a penalty shootout after remaining scoreless in normal and extra time. Venezuela and Peru played for third place at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, where Venezuela would suffer their biggest loss of the tournament, losing 4–1 to Peru and falling into fourth place overall. Nonetheless, it was their best ever finish at the competition.

Group B:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
  Venezuela 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
  Paraguay 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 3
  Ecuador 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1

Results:

Historical kitsEdit

 
 
 
 
 
(1926)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1967)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1970)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1977)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1979)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1981)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1982)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1986)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1989)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1990)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1993)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1994)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1995)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1996)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1997)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1998)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1999)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1999)
 
 
 
 
 
(2001)
 
 
 
 
 
(2004)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2005)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2007)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2010)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2011)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2011– 2013)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2014– 2017)

Current statusEdit

Recent and forthcoming matchesEdit

Matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.

2019 Copa América group standingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Bolivia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4   Peru 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 14 June 2019. Source: CONMEBOL
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 25 players have been called up for the friendly matches against   Argentina and   Catalonia on 22 and 25 March 2019.
Caps and goals are correct as of 22 March 2019, during the game against Argentina.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Wuilker Faríñez (1998-02-15) 15 February 1998 (age 21) 13 0   Millonarios
22 1GK Rafael Romo (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 29) 11 0   APOEL

2 2DF Mikel Villanueva (1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 (age 26) 18 2   Gimnàstic
3 2DF Yordan Osorio (1994-06-11) 11 June 1994 (age 24) 8 0   Vitória de Guimarães
4 2DF Jhon Chancellor (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 27) 10 0   Al-Ahli
6 2DF Nahuel Ferraresi (1998-11-19) 19 November 1998 (age 20) 2 0   Peralada
14 2DF Luis Mago (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 24) 4 1   Palestino
16 2DF Roberto Rosales (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 30) 73 1   Espanyol
20 2DF Ronald Hernández (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 21) 5 0   Stabæk
21 2DF Alexander González (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 (age 26) 47 1   Elche

5 3MF Júnior Moreno (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 25) 12 1   D.C. United
7 3MF Juanpi (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 25) 13 1   Huesca
8 3MF Tomás Rincón (Captain) (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 31) 93 1   Torino
10 3MF Yeferson Soteldo (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 21) 9 0   Santos
13 3MF Luis Manuel Seijas (1986-06-23) 23 June 1986 (age 32) 67 2   Santa Fe
15 3MF Jhon Murillo (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 23) 20 3   Tondela
18 3MF Yangel Herrera (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 21) 10 1   Huesca
24 3MF Arquímedes Figuera (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 29) 22 1   Deportivo La Guaira

9 4FW Sergio Córdova (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 21) 8 0   Augsburg
11 4FW Darwin Machís (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 26) 14 2   Cádiz
17 4FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 25) 47 10   Atlanta United
19 4FW Jhonder Cádiz (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Vitória de Setúbal
23 4FW Salomón Rondón (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 29) 71 22   Newcastle United
25 4FW Fernando Aristeguieta (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 27) 16 1   América de Cali
26 4FW Jan Carlos Hurtado (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Gimnasia

Friendlies not recognized by FIFA are not counted.

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Wilker Ángel (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 26) 22 2   Akhmat Grozny v.   Iran, 19 November 2018
DF Bernardo Añor (1988-05-24) 24 May 1988 (age 30) 2 0   Caracas v.   Iran, 19 November 2018
DF Rolf Feltscher (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 28) 18 0   LA Galaxy v.   United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018
DF Pablo Camacho (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 28) 4 0   Deportivo Táchira v.   Panama, 11 September 2018

MF Luis González (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 28) 8 0   Deportes Tolima v.   Iran, 19 November 2018
MF Jefferson Savarino (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 22) 7 0   Real Salt Lake v.   Iran, 19 November 2018
MF Aristóteles Romero (1995-10-18) 18 October 1995 (age 23) 4 0   Rayo Majadahonda v.   Iran, 19 November 2018
MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 26) 31 6   Al-Wehda v.   United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018
MF Adalberto Peñaranda (1997-05-31) 31 May 1997 (age 21) 12 0   Watford v.   United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018
MF Eduard Bello (1995-08-20) 20 August 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Antofagasta v.   United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018
MF Ágnel Flores (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 29) 15 0   Atlético Venezuela v.   Panama, 11 September 2018
MF Ronaldo Lucena (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Deportivo Táchira v.   Panama, 11 September 2018

FW Andrés Ponce (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 22) 6 1   Anzhi Makhachkala v.   Iran, 19 November 2018
FW Ronaldo Peña (1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Houston Dynamo v.   United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018
FW Christian Santos (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 31) 13 1   Deportivo La Coruña v.   Panama, 11 September 2018

RecordsEdit

Most capsEdit

 
Midfielder Juan Arango has played the most matches for Venezuela: 129 between 1999 and 2015.
 
Tomás Rincón is the current player with the most caps.

Blue highlights denotes active players.

Position Name Period Caps Goals
1 Juan Arango 1999–2015 129 23
2 José Manuel Rey 1997–2011 111 11
3 Tomás Rincón 2008– 93 1
4 Jorge Alberto Rojas 1999–2009 88 3
5 Miguel Mea Vitali 1999–2012 84 1
6 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 2004–2016 82 8
7 Gabriel Urdaneta 1996–2005 76 9
8 Luis Vallenilla 1996–2007 75 1
9 Roberto Rosales 2007– 73 1
10 Salomón Rondón 2008– 71 22
As of 26 March 2019 (UTC)[6]

Top scorersEdit

Blue highlights denotes active players.

Position Name Period Goals Caps Goals/Caps Ratio
1 Juan Arango 1999-2015 23 129 0.18
2 Salomón Rondón 2008– 22 71 0.31
3 Giancarlo Maldonado 2003–2011 22 65 0.33
4 Ruberth Morán 1996–2007 16 62 0.22
5 José Manuel Rey 1997–2011 11 111 0.10
6 Nicolás Fedor 2006–2015 11 51 0.21
7 Daniel Arismendi 2006–2011 10 30 0.30
8 Josef Martínez 2011– 10 47 0.21
9 Gabriel Urdaneta 1996–2005 9 76 0.12
10 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 2004–2016 8 82 0.10
As of 26 March 2019[7]

Competitive recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

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
  1954
  1958 Withdrew Withdrew
  1962 Did not enter Declined participation
  1966 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 4 15
  1970 6 0 1 5 1 18
  1974 Withdrew Withdrew
  1978 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 2 8
  1982 4 1 0 3 1 9
  1986 6 0 1 5 5 15
  1990 4 0 0 4 1 18
  1994 8 1 0 7 4 34
  1998 16 0 3 13 8 41
    2002 18 5 1 12 18 44
  2006 18 5 3 10 20 28
  2010 18 6 4 8 23 29
  2014 16 5 5 6 14 20
  2018 18 2 6 10 19 35
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/23 140 25 25 90 120 315

Head to headEdit

Copa América recordEdit

Copa América
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1916-63 Did not enter
  1967 Final Round 5th 5 1 0 4 7 16
  1975 Group Stage 10th 4 0 0 4 1 26
  1979 10th 4 0 2 2 1 12
  1983 10th 4 0 1 3 1 10
  1987 10th 2 0 0 2 1 8
  1989 10th 4 0 1 3 4 11
  1991 10th 4 0 0 4 1 15
  1993 11th 3 0 2 1 6 11
  1995 12th 3 0 0 3 4 10
  1997 12th 3 0 0 3 0 5
  1999 12th 3 0 0 3 1 13
  2001 12th 3 0 0 3 0 7
  2004 11th 3 0 1 2 2 5
  2007 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 6
  2011 Fourth place 4th 6 2 3 1 7 8
  2015 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 3
  2016 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 2 1 1 4 5
  2019 Qualified
 /  2020
  2024 To be determined
Total 0 title 17/17 62 7 13 42 47 171

Pan American Games recordEdit

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1951 - Fourth place 4 1 0 3 5 14
  1955 - Fourth place 6 1 2 3 9 20
  1959 Did not compete
  1963
  1967
  1971
  1975
  1979
  1983 Round 1 7th place 2 1 0 1 3 3
  1987 Did not compete
  1991
  1995
  1999
  2003
  2007 Round 1 12th place 3 0 0 3 1 6
  2011 Did not compete
  2015
  2019 Did not compete

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA.com. FIFA. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – FIFA.com". fifa.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Korea Republic 3 – 1 Venezuela Match report – 9/5/14 Friendlies – Goal.com". goal.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  6. ^ Luis Fernando Passo Alpuin. "Appearances for Venezuela National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  7. ^ Luis Fernando Passo Alpuin. "Goals for Venezuela National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 July 2013.

External linksEdit