Venezuela national football team

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.

Venezuela
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Vinotinto (The Red Wine)
AssociationFederación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachLeonardo Alberto González
CaptainTomás Rincón
Most capsJuan Arango (129)
Top scorerSalomón Rondón (31)
Home stadiumEstadio Olímpico de la UCV
Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
Polideportivo Cachamay
FIFA codeVEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 49 Decrease 9 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest25 (November 2019)
Lowest129 (November 1998)
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
Appearances19 (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 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.[3]

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. 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.[4]

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.[5] On 5 September 2014, the team lost its first match with Sanvicente under the helm 3–1 against South Korea in Bucheon.[6]

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, and was unofficially eliminated.

Rafael Dudamel eraEdit

Sanvicente was replaced by former Vinotinto goalkeeper Rafael Dudamel, who decided to revamp the entire national team squad, 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.[7] 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.

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:

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'
Barrios   62'
Riveros   85'
Report Rondón   5'
Miku   89'
Perozo   90+2'
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'
Cichero   80'
Stadium: Estadio del Bicentenario
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
23 July 2011 Third-place match Peru   4–1   Venezuela La Plata, Argentina
16:00 UTC-3 Chiroque   41'
Guerrero   63'89'90+2'
Report Arango   77' Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

Team imageEdit

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.[8]

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.[9]

Nevertheless, in 1998 Venezuela adopted a yellow/blue/red scheme, similar to their flag colors, by Mexican manufacturer "ABA Sports".[9] The national team returned to the traditional color in 2000. It has been remaining (with few changes)[10] as the main uniform up to present days.

Kit providersEdit

Source:[11]

 
Adidas jersey worn during the 2014 World Cup qualifying
Period Manufacturer
1981–1991 Adidas
1993–1996 Forte
1996–1997 Polmer
1998–1999 Aba Sport
2000–2005 Atlética
2005–2018 Adidas
2019– Givova

Results and fixturesEdit

2020Edit

9 October 2020 2022 FWCQ Colombia   3–0   Venezuela Barranquilla, Colombia
18:30 (UTC–5) Zapata   16'
Muriel   26'45+3'
Report Herrera   4'
Ángel   67'
Rosales   71'
Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Attendance: 0
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (Ecuador)
13 October 2020 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   0–1   Paraguay Mérida, Venezuela
18:00 (UTC–4) Herrera   30'
R. Feltscher   53'
Rincón   90'
Report Cubas   6'
Lezcano   10'
Almirón   83'
Giménez   85'
Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andrés Rojas (Colombia)
13 November 2020 2022 FWCQ Brazil   1–0   Venezuela São Paulo, Brazil
21:30 (UTC–3) Luiz   30'
Firmino   66'
Report Cásseres Jr.   20'
Machís   76'
Rincón   81'
Stadium: Estádio do Morumbi
Attendance: 0
Referee: Juan Gabriel Benítez (Paraguay)
17 November 2020 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   2–1   Chile Caracas, Venezuela
17:00 (UTC–4) Mago   9'   81'
Rondón   81'
Report Maripán   9'
Vidal   15'
Isla   46'
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Attendance: 0
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)

2021Edit

3 June 2021 2022 FWCQ Bolivia   3–1   Venezuela La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC–4 Moreno   5'83'
Bejarano   60'   12'
Saavedra   45+3'
Justiniano   90+5'
Report Chancellor   26'
Ángel   37'
González   45+2'
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Jhon Ospina (Colombia)
8 June 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   0–0   Uruguay Caracas, Venezuela
18:30 UTC–4 Moreno   37'
Villanueva   42'
Rincón   63'
Report Cáceres   90+1' Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
13 June 2021 2021 Copa América Brazil   3–0   Venezuela Brasília, Brazil
18:00 (UTC–3) Marquinhos   23'
Neymar  64' (pen.)
Renan Lodi   38'
Gabriel   89'   66'
Report Manzano   66'
Mago   80'
Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Attendance: 0
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)
17 June 2021 2021 Copa América Colombia   0–0   Venezuela Goiânia, Brazil
18:00 (UTC–3) Cuadrado   77'
Uribe   82'
Díaz   90+4'
Report Aristeguieta   51'
La Mantia   55'
Herrera   77'
José Martinez   81'
Cumaná   86'
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Eber Aquino (Paraguay)
20 June 2021 2021 Copa América Venezuela   2–2   Ecuador Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18:00 (UTC–3) Valencia   21'
Preciado   45+3'
Castillo   51'
Caicedo   81'
Hernández   90+1'
Report Ay. Preciado   39'
Plata   71'
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
27 June 2021 2021 Copa América Venezuela   0–1   Peru Brasília, Brazil
18:00 (UTC–3) Hernández   21' Report Carrillo   48' Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Attendance: 0
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)
2 September 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   1–3   Argentina Caracas, Venezuela
20:00 (UTC–4) A. Martínez   32'
Hurtado   79'
Soteldo   90+4' (pen.)   45'
Report La. Martínez   45+2'
J. Correa   71'
Á. Correa   74'
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Referee: Leodán González (Uruguay)
5 September 2021 2022 FWCQ Peru   1–0   Venezuela Lima, Peru
20:00 (UTC–5) Cueva   35'
C. Gonzáles   77'
Guerrero   84'
Report Rincón   28'   38'
Ferraresi   90+4'
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (Ecuador)
9 September 2021 2022 FWCQ Paraguay   2–1   Venezuela Asunción, Paraguay
18:30 (UTC–4) D. Martínez   7'
Gamarra   46'
Report Chancellor   90' Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
7 October 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   v   Brazil Caracas, Venezuela
19:30 (UTC–4) Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
10 October 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   v   Ecuador Caracas, Venezuela
16:30 (UTC–4) Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
14 October 2021 2022 FWCQ Chile   v   Venezuela Santiago, Chile
21:00 (UTC–3) Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
11 November 2021 2022 FWCQ Ecuador   v   Venezuela Ecuador
Report
16 November 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   v   Peru Venezuela
Report

2022Edit

27 January 2022 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   v   Bolivia Venezuela
Report
1 February 2022 2022 FWCQ Uruguay   v   Venezuela Montevideo, Uruguay
Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
24 March 2022 2022 FWCQ Argentina   v   Venezuela Argentina
Report
29 March 2022 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   v   Colombia Venezuela
Report

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification standingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification                    
1   Brazil 8 8 0 0 19 2 +17 24 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup susp.[a] 14 Oct 2–0 11 Nov 1 Feb 2–0 24 Mar 5–0 1–0
2   Argentina 8 5 3 0 15 6 +9 18 16 Nov 10 Oct 1–0 1 Feb 1–1 14 Oct 1–1 3–0 24 Mar
3   Uruguay 9 4 3 2 13 10 +3 15 0–2 11 Nov 1–0 7 Oct 0–0 24 Mar 2–1 4–2 1 Feb
4   Ecuador 9 4 1 4 16 11 +5 13 27 Jan 29 Mar 4–2 6–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 7 Oct 11 Nov
5   Colombia 9 3 4 2 16 16 0 13 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 10 Oct 2–2 0–3 14 Oct 16 Nov 27 Jan 3–1 24 Mar 3–0
6   Paraguay 9 2 5 2 9 11 −2 11 0–2 7 Oct 27 Jan 24 Mar 1–1 2–2 11 Nov 2–2 2–1
7   Peru 9 2 2 5 8 17 −9 8 2–4 0–2 1–1 1 Feb 0–3 29 Mar 7 Oct 11 Nov 1–0
8   Chile 9 1 4 4 9 12 −3 7 0–1 27 Jan 29 Mar 16 Nov 2–2 10 Oct 2–0 1–1 14 Oct
9   Bolivia 9 1 3 5 12 22 −10 6 29 Mar 1–2 16 Nov 2–3 1–1 14 Oct 10 Oct 1 Feb 3–1
10   Venezuela 9 1 1 7 5 15 −10 4 7 Oct 1–3 0–0 10 Oct 29 Mar 0–1 16 Nov 2–1 27 Jan
Updated to match(es) played on 9 September 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The Brazil v Argentina match originally scheduled for 5 September 2021 was suspended after five minutes at 0–0, after Argentina walked off the pitch after Brazilian health officials entered the pitch demanding the isolation of four Argentine players accused of violating the COVID quarantine rules, three of which were in the starting lineup.[12][13][14]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up to the preliminary squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifyings games against Brazil, Ecuador and Chile on 7, 10 and 14 October 2021, respectively.[15]
Caps and goals are correct as of 10 September 2021, after the match against Paraguay.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Wuilker Faríñez (1998-02-15) 15 February 1998 (age 23) 32 0   Lens
1GK Rafael Romo (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 31) 12 0   OH Leuven
1GK Joel Graterol (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 24) 3 0   América de Cali
1GK Carlos Olses (2000-09-05) 5 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Deportivo La Guaira
1GK Luis Romero (1990-11-16) 16 November 1990 (age 30) 0 0   Portuguesa

2DF Roberto Rosales (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 32) 88 1   AEK Larnaca
2DF Alexander González (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 (age 29) 56 1   Málaga
2DF Mikel Villanueva (1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 (age 28) 30 2   Santa Clara
2DF Wilker Ángel (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 28) 28 2   Göztepe
2DF Ronald Hernández (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 24) 23 1   Atlanta United
2DF Jhon Chancellor (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 29) 22 2   Brescia
2DF Yordan Osorio (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 27) 12 0   Parma
2DF Nahuel Ferraresi (1998-11-19) 19 November 1998 (age 22) 8 0   Estoril Praia
2DF Adrián Martínez (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 28) 4 0   Deportivo La Guaira
2DF Óscar González (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 29) 3 0   Monagas
2DF Francisco La Mantía (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 25) 3 0   Deportivo La Guaira
2DF Daniel Carrillo (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 25) 1 0   KuPS
2DF Pablo Bonilla (1999-12-02) 2 December 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Portland Timbers
2DF Daniel Linárez (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 29) 0 0   Estudiantes de Mérida
2DF Christian Makoun (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Inter Miami
2DF Josua Mejías (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Beitar Jerusalem
2DF Miguel Navarro (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Chicago Fire
2DF Cristopher Rodríguez (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Deportivo Lara

3MF Tomás Rincón (Captain) (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 33) 108 1   Torino
3MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 28) 42 6   Cruz Azul
3MF Jhon Murillo (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 25) 32 4   Tondela
3MF Júnior Moreno (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 28) 30 1   D.C. United
3MF Darwin Machís (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 28) 27 6   Granada
3MF Yangel Herrera (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 23) 22 2   Espanyol
3MF Yeferson Soteldo (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 24) 22 2   Toronto FC
3MF Adalberto Peñaranda (1997-05-31) 31 May 1997 (age 24) 15 0   Las Palmas
3MF Cristian Cásseres (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 21) 10 0   New York Red Bulls
3MF José Martínez (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 27) 8 0   Philadelphia Union
3MF Bernaldo Manzano (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 31) 7 0   Deportivo Lara
3MF Edson Castillo (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 27) 5 1   Caracas
3MF Eduard Bello (1995-08-20) 20 August 1995 (age 26) 4 0   Antofagasta
3MF Freddy Vargas (1999-04-01) 1 April 1999 (age 22) 1 0   FC Dallas
3MF Abraham Bahachille (2001-03-08) 8 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Metropolitanos
3MF Cristhian Rivas (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Estudiantes de Mérida
3MF Jorge Yriarte (2000-03-04) 4 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Vitoria

4FW Salomón Rondón (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 32) 82 31   Everton
4FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 28) 55 11   Atlanta United
4FW Fernando Aristeguieta (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 29) 24 1   Puebla
4FW Sergio Córdova (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 24) 13 0   FC Augsburg
4FW Jan Hurtado (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 21) 7 0   Red Bull Bragantino
4FW Richard Celis (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 25) 3 0   Caracas
4FW Eric Ramírez (1998-11-20) 20 November 1998 (age 22) 3 0   Dynamo Kyiv
4FW Brayan Hurtado (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Cobresal
4FW Daniel Pérez (2002-01-17) 17 January 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Club Brugge
4FW Edson Rivas (2001-10-23) 23 October 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Estudiantes de Mérida

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
GK José Contreras (1994-10-20) 20 October 1994 (age 26) 6 0   San Carlos v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
GK Yhonathan Yustiz (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 29) 0 0   Aragua v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
GK Giancarlo Schiavone (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 27) 0 0   Metropolitanos 2021 Copa América EXT
GK Alain Baroja (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 31) 14 0   Delfín v.   Bolivia, 3 June 2021 PRE

DF José Manuel Velázquez (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 31) 27 3   Arouca v.   Paraguay, 9 September 2021
DF Rolf Feltscher (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 30) 27 0   MSV Duisburg v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Luis Mago (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 27) 16 2   Universidad de Chile v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Yohán Cumana (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 25) 3 0   Deportivo La Guaira v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Eduardo Fereira (2000-09-29) 29 September 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Caracas v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Sandro Notaroberto (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Caracas v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Diego Osio (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Caracas 2021 Copa América EXT
DF Óscar Conde (2002-06-06) 6 June 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Puerto Cabello v.   Chile, 17 November 2020
DF Jean Fuentes (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 24) 0 0   La Equidad v.   Chile, 17 November 2020

MF Jefferson Savarino (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 24) 22 1   Atlético Mineiro v.   Paraguay, 9 September 2021
MF Yerson Chacón (2003-06-04) 4 June 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Deportivo Táchira v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Maurice Cova (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 29) 0 0   Deportivo Táchira v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Richard Figueroa (1996-08-04) 4 August 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Zamora v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Leonardo Flores (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Caracas v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Matías Lacava (2002-10-10) 10 October 2002 (age 18) 0 0   Santos v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Christian Larotonda (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Metropolitanos v.   Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Jesús Bueno (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Philadelphia Union v.   Bolivia, 3 June 2021 PRE
MF Anderson Contreras (2001-03-30) 30 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Universidad de Chile v.   Chile, 17 November 2020
MF Juan Pablo Añor (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 27) 22 1   Al-Ain v.   Chile, 17 November 2020 INJ
MF Renzo Zambrano (1994-08-26) 26 August 1994 (age 27) 5 0   Portland Timbers v.   Brazil, 13 November 2020 PRE
MF Arquímedes Figuera (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 31) 28 1   Universidad César Vallejo v.   Paraguay, 13 October 2020
MF Luis Seijas (1986-06-23) 23 June 1986 (age 35) 70 2   Phoenix Rising v.   Colombia, 8 October 2020 PRE
MF Samuel Sosa (1999-12-17) 17 December 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Talleres v.   Colombia, 8 October 2020 PRE

FW Jhonder Cádiz (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 26) 4 0   Nashville SC 2021 Copa América EXT
FW Robinson Flores (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Metropolitanos 2021 Copa América EXT
FW Andrés Ponce (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 24) 8 1   Vejle v.   Paraguay, 13 October 2020 INJ

  • COVID-19 Withdrew due to COVID-19
  • EXT Extra players for the 2021 Copa América
  • INJ Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad

Player recordsEdit

As of 5 September 2021[16]
Players in bold are still active with Venezuela.

Most capped playersEdit

 
Midfielder Juan Arango has played the most matches for Venezuela with 129.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Juan Arango 129 22 1999–2015
2 José Manuel Rey 115 11 1997–2011
3 Tomás Rincón 108 1 2008–
4 Jorge Alberto Rojas 91 3 1999–2009
5 Roberto Rosales 87 1 2007–
6 Miguel Mea Vitali 85 1 1999–2012
7 Salomón Rondón 82 31 2008–
8 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 81 8 2004–2016
9 Luis Vallenilla 77 1 1996–2007
Gabriel Urdaneta 77 9 1996–2005

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Salomón Rondón is the player with the most goals scored.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Salomón Rondón 31 82 0.38 2008–
2 Giancarlo Maldonado 22 65 0.34 2003–2011
Juan Arango 22 129 0.17 1999–2015
4 Ruberth Morán 14 63 0.22 1996–2007
5 Miku 11 50 0.22 2006–2015
Josef Martínez 11 54 0.2 2011–
José Manuel Rey 11 111 0.1 1997–2011
8 Daniel Arismendi 10 30 0.33 2006–2011
9 Gabriel Urdaneta 9 75 0.12 1996–2005
10 Juan García 7 49 0.14 1989–2009
Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 7 80 0.09 2004–2016

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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 In progress
      2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 140 25 25 90 120 315

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
  1941
  1942
  1945
  1946
  1947
  1949
  1953
  1955
  1956
  1957
  1959
  1959
  1963
  1967 Fifth place 5th 5 1 0 4 7 16 Squad
  1975 Group stage 10th 4 0 0 4 1 26 Squad
  1979 10th 4 0 2 2 1 12 Squad
  1983 10th 4 0 1 3 1 10 Squad
  1987 10th 2 0 0 2 1 8 Squad
  1989 10th 4 0 1 3 4 11 Squad
  1991 10th 4 0 0 4 1 15 Squad
  1993 11th 3 0 2 1 6 11 Squad
  1995 12th 3 0 0 3 4 10 Squad
  1997 12th 3 0 0 3 0 5 Squad
  1999 12th 3 0 0 3 1 13 Squad
  2001 12th 3 0 0 3 0 7 Squad
  2004 11th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad
  2007 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 6 Squad
  2011 Fourth place 4th 6 2 3 1 7 8 Squad
  2015 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 3 Squad
  2016 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 4 5 Squad
  2019 7th 4 1 2 1 3 3 Squad
  2021 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 2 6 Squad
  2024 Qualified
Total Fourth place 19/47 70 8 17 45 52 180

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 5 14
  1955 Fourth place 4th 6 1 2 3 9 20
  1959 Did not participate
  1963
  1967
  1971
  1975
  1979
  1983 Group stage 7th 2 1 0 1 3 3
  1987 Did not qualify
  1991
  1995
Since 1999 See Venezuela national under-23 football team
Total Fourth place 3/12 12 3 2 7 17 37

Head-to-head recordEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ La Vinotinto estrenará uniforme on La Patilla website
  11. ^ Las marcas que han vestido a la Vinotinto on Meridiano.com
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