The Venezuela national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Venezuela) represents Venezuela in men's international football and is controlled by the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF), the governing body for football in Venezuela. They are nicknamed La Vinotinto ("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.
|Nickname(s)||La Vinotinto (The Red Wine)|
|Association||Federación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||José Pékerman|
|Most caps||Juan Arango (129)|
|Top scorer||Salomón Rondón (38)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Olímpico de la UCV |
Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
|Current||57 1 (6 October 2022)|
|Highest||25 (November 2019)|
|Lowest||129 (November 1998)|
| Panama 3–1 Venezuela |
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
| Venezuela 7–0 Puerto Rico |
(Caracas, Venezuela; 16 January 1959)
| Argentina 11–0 Venezuela |
(Rosario, Argentina; 10 August 1975)
|Appearances||19 (first in 1967)|
|Best result||Fourth 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 2022, 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 not happened since 1998. Until 2011, their best finish at 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 December 2019, Venezuela has the highest position on the FIFA World Ranking of any team that has not yet qualified for the World Cup, being ranked 25th.
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. Venezuela at that time also managed to qualify for the 1980 Summer Olympics, it first-ever major international football competition Venezuela participated in.
Richard Páez eraEdit
After José Omar Pastoriza's resignation during the 2002 World Cup qualifyings, Richard Páez took the technical direction of the national team. Finishing this process, Venezuela achieved 4 victories in a row against Uruguay, Chile, Peru, and Paraguay; winning more than 1 game in row, their first away game and not finishing in the last place for the first time in their World Cup qualifying history.
However, the team failed to qualify for both the 2002, and 2006 World Cups, gaining 12 and 18 points respectively. After this, the team advanced to the second round Copa America 2007 in Venezuela, is the first time they could reach it on this competition.
In November 2007, Páez resigned after discrepancies with media and supporters.
César Farías eraEdit
With a new coach César Farías, Venezuela national team improved their performances. At the beginning of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Venezuela won its first game in World Cup qualifying against 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 its 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 its 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. On 5 September 2014, the team lost its first match with Sanvicente under the helm 3–1 against South Korea in Bucheon.
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.
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, and was unofficially eliminated.
Rafael Dudamel eraEdit
Sanvicente was replaced by former Vinotinto goalkeeper Rafael Dudamel, who decided to revamp the entire national team, by injecting the team with the promising young generation of Venezuelan players that finished second at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup that was dubbed as the country's first-ever football Golden Generation. 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.
On 2 January 2020, Dudamel resigned from the national team.
Copa América historyEdit
Venezuela first participated at 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.
|3 July 2011 Group stages||Brazil||0–0||Venezuela||La Plata, Argentina|
|16:00 UTC-3||Report||Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata|
Referee: Raúl Orosco (Bolivia)
|9 July 2011 Group stages||Venezuela||1–0||Ecuador||Salta, Argentina|
|18:30 UTC-3||C. González 61'||Report||Stadium: Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena|
Referee: Wálter Quesada (Costa Rica)
|13 July 2011 Group stages||Paraguay||3–3||Venezuela||Salta, Argentina|
|19:15 UTC-3||Alcaraz 32'
|Stadium: Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena|
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
|17 July 2011 Quarterfinals||Chile||1–2||Venezuela||San Juan, Argentina|
|19:15 UTC-3||Suazo 69'||Report||Vizcarrondo 34'
|Stadium: Estadio del Bicentenario|
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
|20 July 2011 Semifinals||Venezuela||0–0|
|21:45 UTC-3||Report||Stadium: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas|
Referee: Francisco Chacón (Mexico)
Venezuela made its international debut in the Central American and Caribbean Games held in Panama in 1938, wearing the vinotinto (burgundy) color. In the 1967 Copa América Venezuela also wore the Peñarol shirt v Chile to avoid colors clash, as Venezuela had arrived in the Estadio Centenario (Peñarol's frequent venue) with no alternate shirts.
In 1993, a vertical band with the colors of the National flag was added to the left side of the jersey, which changed its colors to a more traditional red tone. This lasted until 1996 when Venezuela returned to the vinotinto tone.
Nevertheless, in 1998 Venezuela adopted a yellow/blue/red scheme, similar to their flag colors, by Mexican manufacturer "ABA Sports". The national team returned to the traditional color in 2000. It has been remaining (with few changes) as the main uniform up to present days.
Results and fixturesEdit
|28 January 2022 2022 FWCQ||Venezuela||4–1||Bolivia||Barinas, Venezuela|
||Stadium: Estadio Agustín Tovar|
Referee: Guilherme Guerrero (Ecuador)
|1 February 2022 2022 FWCQ||Uruguay||4–1||Venezuela||Montevideo, Uruguay|
||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
Referee: Bruno Arleu de Araújo (Brazil)
|25 March 2022 2022 FWCQ||Argentina||3–0||Venezuela||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 UTC–3||Report||Stadium: Monumental de Nuñez|
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
|29 March 2022 2022 FWCQ||Venezuela||0–1||Colombia||Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela|
|19:30 UTC–4||Report||Stadium: Polideportivo Cachamay|
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
|1 June 2022 Friendly||Malta||0–1||Venezuela||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|19:00 UTC+2||Report||Rondón 34'||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
|9 June 2022 Friendly||Saudi Arabia||0–1||Venezuela||Murcia, Spain|
||Stadium: Estadio Enrique Roca|
Referee: Daniel Gómez Gordillo (Gibraltar)
|22 September 2022 Friendly||Venezuela||0–1||Iceland||Mödling, Austria|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Motion invest Arena|
Referee: Sebastian Gishamer (Austria)
|27 September 2022 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||0–4||Venezuela||Wiener Neustadt, Austria|
|17:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt|
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
|15 November 2022 Friendly||Panama||2–2||Venezuela||Al Hamriyah, United Arab Emirates|
|21:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Al Hamriya Sports Club Stadium|
- Caretaker managers are listed in italics.
- Vittorio Godigna (1938)
- Sixto Soler (1944–1946)
- Álvaro Cartea (1947–1948)
- Orlando Fantoni (1951)
- Miguel Ángel Gleria (1951)
- Orlando Fantoni (1955–1959)
- Rafael Franco (1961–1967)
- Gregorio Gómez (1967–1972)
- José Julián Hernández (1979)
- Dan Georgiadis (1975–1977)
- Walter Roque (1978–1985)
- Rafael Santana (1987–1988)
- Carlos Horacio Moreno (1989)
- Víctor Pignanelli (1990–1992)
- Ratomir Dujković (1992–1995)
- Rafael Santana (1996)
- Eduardo Borrero (1997–1998)
- José Omar Pastoriza (1998–2000)
- Richard Páez (2001–2007)
- César Farías (2007–2013)
- Manuel Plasencia (2014)
- Noel Sanvicente (2014–2016)
- Rafael Dudamel (2016–2020)
- José Peseiro (2020–2021)
- Leonardo González (2021)
- José Pékerman (2021–present)
Caps and goals are correct as of 20 November 2022, after the match against Syria.
Friendlies not recognized by FIFA are not counted.
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|
|GK||Diego Gil||25 September 2001||0||0||Puerto Cabello||v. Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022|
|GK||Wuilker Faríñez||15 February 1998||40||0||Lens||v. Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022 INJ|
|GK||Frankarlos Benítez||3 May 2004||0||0||Caracas||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|GK||Carlos Olses||5 September 2000||0||0||Deportivo La Guaira||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|GK||Rafael Romo||25 February 1990||13||0||D.C. United||v. Colombia, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Mikel Villanueva||14 April 1993||31||2||Vitória||v. United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022|
|DF||Óscar González||25 January 1992||11||0||Monagas||v. United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022|
|DF||Josua Mejías||9 June 1997||2||0||Beitar Jerusalem||v. United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022|
|DF||Teo Quintero||2 March 1999||0||0||Deinze||v. United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022|
|DF||Roberto Rosales||20 November 1988||92||1||AEK Larnaca||v. Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022|
|DF||Pablo Bonilla||2 December 1999||0||0||Portland Timbers||v. Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022|
|DF||Francisco La Mantía||24 February 1996||3||0||Deportivo La Guaira||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Óscar Conde||6 June 2002||1||0||Puerto Cabello||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Jon Aramburu||23 July 2002||0||0||Real Unión||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Luis Casiani||20 July 2001||0||0||Cerro Largo||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Yanniel Hernández||10 July 1997||0||0||Zamora||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Diego Luna||2 January 2000||0||0||Zamora||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Jesús Paz||13 May 2001||0||0||Zulia||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Edison Penilla||6 January 1996||0||0||Estudiantes de Mérida||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Jesús Quintero||1 February 2001||0||0||Deportivo Táchira||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Williams Velásquez||4 April 1997||0||0||Universidad Central||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|DF||Kendrys Silva||17 December 1993||0||0||Deportivo La Guaira||Training module, 17–21 April 2022 INJ|
|DF||Luis Mago||15 September 1994||16||2||Banfield||v. Colombia, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Adrián Martínez||14 July 1993||7||0||Al-Tai||v. Uruguay, 1 February 2022|
|DF||Jefre Vargas||12 January 1995||3||0||Metropolitanos||Training module, 17–21 January 2022|
|MF||Yangel Herrera||7 January 1998||25||2||Girona||v. Panama, 15 September 2022 INJ|
|MF||José Martínez||7 September 1994||20||0||Philadelphia Union||v. Panama, 15 September 2022 PRE|
|MF||Yeferson Soteldo||30 June 1997||30||2||Santos||v. United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Emerson Ruiz||1 March 2003||0||0||Mineros de Guayana||v. United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Adalberto Peñaranda||31 May 1997||20||0||Boavista||v. Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022|
|MF||Edson Castillo||18 May 1994||6||1||Unattached||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|MF||Telasco Segovia||2 April 2003||1||0||Sampdoria||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|MF||Maurice Cova||11 August 1992||0||0||Deportivo Táchira||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|MF||Ángel Lezama||22 April 2003||0||0||Mineros de Guayana||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|MF||David Martínez||7 February 2006||0||0||Monagas||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|MF||Yerson Chacón||4 June 2003||1||0||Deportivo Táchira||Training module, 17–21 April 2022 INJ|
|MF||Samuel Sosa||17 September 1999||1||0||Puerto Cabello||Training module, 17–21 April 2022 INJ|
|MF||Rómulo Otero||9 November 1992||44||6||Fortaleza||v. Colombia, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Luis González||22 December 1990||10||0||Junior||v. Colombia, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Júnior Moreno||20 July 1993||35||1||FC Cincinnati||v. Uruguay, 1 February 2022|
|MF||Wikelman Carmona||24 February 2003||0||0||New York Red Bulls||v. Uruguay, 1 February 2022|
|MF||Renzo Zambrano||26 August 1994||0||0||Pyunik||Training module, 17–21 January 2022|
|FW||Josef Martínez||19 May 1993||60||13||Atlanta United||v. Panama, 15 September 2022 INJ|
|FW||Sergio Córdova||9 August 1997||15||0||Real Salt Lake||v. United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022|
|FW||Fernando Aristeguieta||9 April 1992||29||1||Puebla||v. Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022|
|FW||Alejandro Marqués||8 April 2000||0||0||Estoril||v. Malta, 1 June 2022 INJ|
|FW||Jovanny Bolívar||16 December 2001||0||0||Deportivo La Guaira||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|FW||Robinson Flores||14 April 1998||0||0||Águilas Doradas||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|FW||Saúl Guarirapa||18 October 2002||0||0||Caracas||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|FW||Manuel Sulbarán||8 October 2002||0||0||Caracas||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|FW||Jesús Vargas||26 August 1999||0||0||Estudiantes de Mérida||Training module, 17–21 April 2022|
|FW||Eric Ramírez||20 November 1998||8||1||Slovan Bratislava||v. Uruguay, 1 February 2022|
|FW||Brayan Hurtado||21 June 1999||3||0||Antofagasta||v. Uruguay, 1 February 2022|
|FW||Jhonder Cádiz||29 July 1995||4||0||Famalicão||Training module, 17–21 January 2022|
|FW||Richard Celis||23 April 1996||4||0||Millonarios||Training module, 17–21 January 2022|
- As of 20 November 2022
- Players in bold are still active with Venezuela.
Most capped playersEdit
|3||José Manuel Rey||115||11||1997–2011|
|6||Jorge Alberto Rojas||91||3||1999–2009|
|7||Miguel Mea Vitali||85||1||1999–2012|
|José Manuel Rey||11||111||0.1||1997–2011|
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1966||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||4||15|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||0||1||3||2||8|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|South American Championship / Copa América record|
|1916||Did not participate|
Pan American GamesEdit
|Pan American Games record|
|1959||Did not participate|
|1987||Did not qualify|
|Since 1999||See Venezuela national under-23 football team|
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