Venezuela national football team
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.
|Association||Federación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Rafael Dudamel|
|Most caps||Juan Arango (129)|
|Top scorer||Juan Arango (23)|
|Home stadium||Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui |
Estadio Pueblo Nuevo
|Current||29 3 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||29 (August 2014, October 2018)|
|Lowest||129 (November 1998)|
|Current||26 7 (27 March 2019)|
|Highest||19 (17 July 2011)|
|Lowest||127 (1993, 1995, 1999)|
| 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||17 (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 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
|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)
Recent and forthcoming matchesEdit
Matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.
|7 September 2018 Friendly||Venezuela||1–2||Colombia||Miami Gardens, United States|
|20:00 (UTC−5)||Machís 4'||Report||Falcao 55'
|Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium|
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)
|11 September 2018 Friendly||Panama||0–2||Venezuela||Panama City, Panama|
|21:00 (UTC−5)||Godoy 31'
C. Martínez 71'
|Report||A. González 44'
Rondón 67', 90+3'
|Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández|
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
|12 October 2018 Unofficial friendly||Basque Country||4–2||Venezuela||Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Gómez 25'
|Stadium: Mendizorrotza Stadium|
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
|16 October 2018 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||0–2||Venezuela||Barcelona, Spain|
|17:00 (UTC+2)||Khamees 64'||Report||Mago 1' 77'
|Stadium: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys|
Referee: Carlos Taborda Xistra (Portugal)
|16 November 2018 Kirin Challenge Cup 2018||Japan||1–1||Venezuela||Ōita, Japan|
|19:30 (UTC+9)||Sakai 40'
Rincón 81' (pen.)
|Stadium: Ōita Bank Dome|
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|20 November 2018 Friendly||Iran||1–1||Venezuela||Doha, Qatar|
|19:30 (UTC+9)||Amiri 33'
|Stadium: Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium|
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
|22 March 2019 Friendly||Argentina||1–3||Venezuela||Madrid, Spain|
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||Foyth 67'
Lo Celso 54'
|Report||Rondón 6' 56'
Martínez 75' (pen.)
|Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano|
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
|25 March 2019 Unofficial friendly||Catalonia||2–1||Venezuela||Girona, Spain|
|Rosales 59'||Stadium: Montilivi|
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (Spain)
|15 June 2019 2019 Copa América||Venezuela||v||Peru||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|16:00 (UTC–3)||Report||Stadium: Arena do Grêmio|
|18 June 2019 2019 Copa América||Brazil||v||Venezuela||Salvador, Brazil|
|21:30 (UTC–3)||Report||Stadium: Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova|
|22 June 2019 2019 Copa América||Bolivia||v||Venezuela||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|16:00 (UTC–3)||Report||Stadium: Estádio Mineirão|
2019 Copa América group standingEdit
|1||Brazil (H)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Venezuela||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
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||GK||Wuilker Faríñez||15 February 1998||13||0||Millonarios|
|22||GK||Rafael Romo||25 February 1990||11||0||APOEL|
|2||DF||Mikel Villanueva||14 April 1993||18||2||Gimnàstic|
|3||DF||Yordan Osorio||11 June 1994||8||0||Vitória de Guimarães|
|4||DF||Jhon Chancellor||2 January 1992||10||0||Al-Ahli|
|6||DF||Nahuel Ferraresi||19 November 1998||2||0||Peralada|
|14||DF||Luis Mago||15 September 1994||4||1||Palestino|
|16||DF||Roberto Rosales||20 November 1988||73||1||Espanyol|
|20||DF||Ronald Hernández||21 September 1997||5||0||Stabæk|
|21||DF||Alexander González||13 September 1992||47||1||Elche|
|5||MF||Júnior Moreno||20 July 1993||12||1||D.C. United|
|7||MF||Juanpi||24 January 1994||13||1||Huesca|
|8||MF||Tomás Rincón (Captain)||13 January 1988||93||1||Torino|
|10||MF||Yeferson Soteldo||30 June 1997||9||0||Santos|
|13||MF||Luis Manuel Seijas||23 June 1986||67||2||Santa Fe|
|15||MF||Jhon Murillo||21 November 1995||20||3||Tondela|
|18||MF||Yangel Herrera||7 January 1998||10||1||Huesca|
|24||MF||Arquímedes Figuera||6 October 1989||22||1||Deportivo La Guaira|
|9||FW||Sergio Córdova||9 August 1997||8||0||Augsburg|
|11||FW||Darwin Machís||7 February 1993||14||2||Cádiz|
|17||FW||Josef Martínez||19 May 1993||47||10||Atlanta United|
|19||FW||Jhonder Cádiz||29 July 1995||2||0||Vitória de Setúbal|
|23||FW||Salomón Rondón||16 September 1989||71||22||Newcastle United|
|25||FW||Fernando Aristeguieta||9 April 1992||16||1||América de Cali|
|26||FW||Jan Carlos Hurtado||5 March 2000||1||0||Gimnasia|
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|
|DF||Wilker Ángel||18 March 1993||22||2||Akhmat Grozny||v. Iran, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Bernardo Añor||24 May 1988||2||0||Caracas||v. Iran, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Rolf Feltscher||6 October 1990||18||0||LA Galaxy||v. United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Pablo Camacho||12 December 1990||4||0||Deportivo Táchira||v. Panama, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Luis González||22 December 1990||8||0||Deportes Tolima||v. Iran, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Jefferson Savarino||11 November 1996||7||0||Real Salt Lake||v. Iran, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Aristóteles Romero||18 October 1995||4||0||Rayo Majadahonda||v. Iran, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Rómulo Otero||9 November 1992||31||6||Al-Wehda||v. United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Adalberto Peñaranda||31 May 1997||12||0||Watford||v. United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Eduard Bello||20 August 1995||2||0||Antofagasta||v. United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Ágnel Flores||29 May 1989||15||0||Atlético Venezuela||v. Panama, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Ronaldo Lucena||27 February 1997||2||0||Deportivo Táchira||v. Panama, 11 September 2018|
|FW||Andrés Ponce||11 November 1996||6||1||Anzhi Makhachkala||v. Iran, 19 November 2018|
|FW||Ronaldo Peña||10 March 1997||0||0||Houston Dynamo||v. United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018|
|FW||Christian Santos||24 March 1988||13||1||Deportivo La Coruña||v. Panama, 11 September 2018|
Blue highlights denotes active players.
|2||José Manuel Rey||1997–2011||111||11|
|4||Jorge Alberto Rojas||1999–2009||88||3|
|5||Miguel Mea Vitali||1999–2012||84||1|
Blue highlights denotes active players.
|5||José Manuel Rey||1997–2011||11||111||0.10|
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup 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|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
Head to headEdit
Copa América recordEdit
|1916-63||Did not enter|
|2024||To be determined|
Pan American Games recordEdit
|Pan American Games record|
|1959||Did not compete|
|1983||Round 1||7th place||2||1||0||1||3||3|
|1987||Did not compete|
|2007||Round 1||12th place||3||0||0||3||1||6|
|2011||Did not compete|
|2019||Did not compete|
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- (in Spanish) Federacion Venezolana De Fútbol The official Venezuelan soccer federation website.