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 coachJosé Pékerman
CaptainTomás Rincón
Most capsJuan Arango (129)
Top scorerSalomón Rondón (38)
Home stadiumEstadio Olímpico de la UCV
Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
Polideportivo Cachamay
FIFA codeVEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 57 Decrease 1 (6 October 2022)[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 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.[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

 
Match between Galicia and Venezuela.

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, 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
2019–2022 Givova

Results and fixturesEdit

2022Edit

28 January 2022 2022 FWCQ Venezuela   4–1   Bolivia Barinas, Venezuela
18:00 UTC–4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Agustín Tovar
Referee: Guilherme Guerrero (Ecuador)
1 February 2022 2022 FWCQ Uruguay   4–1   Venezuela Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00 UTC–3
Report 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)
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
19:00 UTC+2 Report
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
20 November 2022 Friendly Syria   1–2   Venezuela Dubai, United Arab Emirates
21:00 UTC+4
Stadium: Rashid Stadium
Referee: Omar Al Ali (United Arab Emirates)

Coaching historyEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Panama and Syria on 15 and 20 November 2022, respectively.[12]

Caps and goals are correct as of 20 November 2022, after the match against Syria.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alain Baroja (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 33) 14 0   Caracas
1GK Joel Graterol (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 25) 9 0   América de Cali
1GK Cristopher Varela (1999-11-27) 27 November 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Deportivo Táchira

2DF Alexander González (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 30) 59 1   Pyunik
2DF Jhon Chancellor (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 30) 32 3   Coritiba
2DF Ronald Hernández (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 25) 32 1   Atlanta United
2DF Nahuel Ferraresi (1998-11-19) 19 November 1998 (age 24) 22 1   São Paulo
2DF Yordan Osorio (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 28) 18 0   Parma
2DF Yohán Cumana (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 26) 8 0   Deportivo La Guaira
2DF Christian Makoun (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 22) 6 0   New England Revolution
2DF Miguel Navarro (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 23) 3 0   Chicago Fire
2DF Andrés Ferro (2001-08-02) 2 August 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Metropolitanos
2DF Jean Fuentes (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Metropolitanos

3MF Tomás Rincón (captain) (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 34) 122 1   Sampdoria
3MF Jhon Murillo (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 27) 40 4   Atlético San Luis
3MF Darwin Machís (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 29) 37 9   Juárez
3MF Jefferson Savarino (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 26) 29 2   Real Salt Lake
3MF Juan Pablo Añor (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 28) 27 1   Caracas
3MF Cristian Cásseres (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 22) 19 0   New York Red Bulls
3MF Eduard Bello (1995-08-20) 20 August 1995 (age 27) 10 1   Mazatlán
3MF Christian Larotonda (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 23) 4 0   Metropolitanos
3MF Andrés Romero (2003-03-07) 7 March 2003 (age 19) 3 0   Monagas

4FW Salomón Rondón (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 33) 92 38   Everton
4FW Erickson Gallardo (1996-07-26) 26 July 1996 (age 26) 3 0   Zamora
4FW Ernesto Torregrossa (1992-06-28) 28 June 1992 (age 30) 2 2   Pisa
4FW Freddy Vargas (1999-04-01) 1 April 1999 (age 23) 2 0   Metropolitanos
4FW Kevin Kelsy (2004-07-27) 27 July 2004 (age 18) 0 0   Boston River

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 Diego Gil (2001-09-25) 25 September 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Puerto Cabello v.   Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
GK Wuilker Faríñez (1998-02-15) 15 February 1998 (age 24) 40 0   Lens v.   Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022 INJ
GK Frankarlos Benítez (2004-05-03) 3 May 2004 (age 18) 0 0   Caracas Training module, 17–21 April 2022
GK Carlos Olses (2000-09-05) 5 September 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Deportivo La Guaira Training module, 17–21 April 2022
GK Rafael Romo (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 32) 13 0   D.C. United v.   Colombia, 29 March 2022

DF Mikel Villanueva (1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 (age 29) 31 2   Vitória v.   United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022
DF Óscar González (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 30) 11 0   Monagas v.   United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022
DF Josua Mejías (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Beitar Jerusalem v.   United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022
DF Teo Quintero (1999-03-02) 2 March 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Deinze v.   United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022
DF Roberto Rosales (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 34) 92 1   AEK Larnaca v.   Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
DF Pablo Bonilla (1999-12-02) 2 December 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Portland Timbers v.   Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
DF Francisco La Mantía (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 26) 3 0   Deportivo La Guaira Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Óscar Conde (2002-06-06) 6 June 2002 (age 20) 1 0   Puerto Cabello Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Jon Aramburu (2002-07-23) 23 July 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Real Unión Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Luis Casiani (2001-07-20) 20 July 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Cerro Largo Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Yanniel Hernández (1997-07-10) 10 July 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Zamora Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Diego Luna (2000-01-02) 2 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Zamora Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Jesús Paz (2001-05-13) 13 May 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Zulia Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Edison Penilla (1996-01-06) 6 January 1996 (age 26) 0 0   Estudiantes de Mérida Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Jesús Quintero (2001-02-01) 1 February 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Deportivo Táchira Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Williams Velásquez (1997-04-04) 4 April 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Universidad Central Training module, 17–21 April 2022
DF Kendrys Silva (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Deportivo La Guaira Training module, 17–21 April 2022 INJ
DF Luis Mago (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 28) 16 2   Banfield v.   Colombia, 29 March 2022
DF Adrián Martínez (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 29) 7 0   Al-Tai v.   Uruguay, 1 February 2022
DF Jefre Vargas (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 27) 3 0   Metropolitanos Training module, 17–21 January 2022

MF Yangel Herrera (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 24) 25 2   Girona v.   Panama, 15 September 2022 INJ
MF José Martínez (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 28) 20 0   Philadelphia Union v.   Panama, 15 September 2022 PRE
MF Yeferson Soteldo (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 25) 30 2   Santos v.   United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022
MF Emerson Ruiz (2003-03-01) 1 March 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Mineros de Guayana v.   United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022
MF Adalberto Peñaranda (1997-05-31) 31 May 1997 (age 25) 20 0   Boavista v.   Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
MF Edson Castillo (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 28) 6 1 Unattached Training module, 17–21 April 2022
MF Telasco Segovia (2003-04-02) 2 April 2003 (age 19) 1 0   Sampdoria Training module, 17–21 April 2022
MF Maurice Cova (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 30) 0 0   Deportivo Táchira Training module, 17–21 April 2022
MF Ángel Lezama (2003-04-22) 22 April 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Mineros de Guayana Training module, 17–21 April 2022
MF David Martínez (2006-02-07) 7 February 2006 (age 16) 0 0   Monagas Training module, 17–21 April 2022
MF Yerson Chacón (2003-06-04) 4 June 2003 (age 19) 1 0   Deportivo Táchira Training module, 17–21 April 2022 INJ
MF Samuel Sosa (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Puerto Cabello Training module, 17–21 April 2022 INJ
MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 30) 44 6   Fortaleza v.   Colombia, 29 March 2022
MF Luis González (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 31) 10 0   Junior v.   Colombia, 29 March 2022
MF Júnior Moreno (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 29) 35 1   FC Cincinnati v.   Uruguay, 1 February 2022
MF Wikelman Carmona (2003-02-24) 24 February 2003 (age 19) 0 0   New York Red Bulls v.   Uruguay, 1 February 2022
MF Renzo Zambrano (1994-08-26) 26 August 1994 (age 28) 0 0   Pyunik Training module, 17–21 January 2022

FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 29) 60 13   Atlanta United v.   Panama, 15 September 2022 INJ
FW Sergio Córdova (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 25) 15 0   Real Salt Lake v.   United Arab Emirates, 27 September 2022
FW Fernando Aristeguieta (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 30) 29 1   Puebla v.   Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
FW Alejandro Marqués (2000-04-08) 8 April 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Estoril v.   Malta, 1 June 2022 INJ
FW Jovanny Bolívar (2001-12-16) 16 December 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Deportivo La Guaira Training module, 17–21 April 2022
FW Robinson Flores (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Águilas Doradas Training module, 17–21 April 2022
FW Saúl Guarirapa (2002-10-18) 18 October 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Caracas Training module, 17–21 April 2022
FW Manuel Sulbarán (2002-10-08) 8 October 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Caracas Training module, 17–21 April 2022
FW Jesús Vargas (1999-08-26) 26 August 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Estudiantes de Mérida Training module, 17–21 April 2022
FW Eric Ramírez (1998-11-20) 20 November 1998 (age 24) 8 1   Slovan Bratislava v.   Uruguay, 1 February 2022
FW Brayan Hurtado (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 23) 3 0   Antofagasta v.   Uruguay, 1 February 2022
FW Jhonder Cádiz (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 27) 4 0   Famalicão Training module, 17–21 January 2022
FW Richard Celis (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 26) 4 0   Millonarios Training module, 17–21 January 2022

  • INJ Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • SUS Suspended
  • WD Withdrew from the squad

Player recordsEdit

As of 20 November 2022[13]
Players in bold are still active with Venezuela.

Most capped playersEdit

 
Midfielder Juan Arango has played the most matches for Venezuela, with 129 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Juan Arango 129 22 1999–2015
2 Tomás Rincón 122 1 2008–present
3 José Manuel Rey 115 11 1997–2011
4 Roberto Rosales 92 1 2007–present
Salomón Rondón 92 38 2008–present
6 Jorge Alberto Rojas 91 3 1999–2009
7 Miguel Mea Vitali 85 1 1999–2012
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 nation's all-time top goalscorer.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Salomón Rondón 38 92 0.41 2008–present
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 Josef Martínez 13 60 0.22 2011–present
6 Miku 11 50 0.22 2006–2015
José Manuel Rey 11 111 0.1 1997–2011
8 Daniel Arismendi 10 30 0.33 2006–2011
9 Darwin Machís 9 37 0.24 2011–present
Gabriel Urdaneta 9 77 0.12 1996–2005

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record 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 18 3 1 14 14 34
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 158 28 26 104 134 348

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

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 December 2022. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA.com. FIFA. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
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