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The Ecuadorian national football team is controlled by the Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol and represents Ecuadormarker in international football competitions. It was for a long time one of the weaker teams in CONMEBOL, but it has recently had more success, making their first World Cup qualification in 2002, and qualifying again for the 2006 World Cup in which they made it to the last 16, losing to England.

History

From a historical viewpoint, Ecuador have been one of the more struggling footballing nations in South America. Despite their past irregularities, however, they have never lacked quality.

Discarding an invitation to participate in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup held in Uruguaymarker, their first participation in a World Cup qualifying campaign was in the 1962 campaign, eventually being well beaten by Argentina over two games. However, the 1966 qualifying campaign pitted the side, regarded as one of the finest teams Ecuador has ever produced, against 1962 hosts and third-place finishers Chile and a weakened Colombia side. Ecuador, featuring stars such as Washington Muñoz, Alberto Spencer, Carlos Raffo, Enrique Raymondi and Jorge Bolaños, forced a play-off in Perumarker before being eliminated by Chile.Other talented players to have represented Ecuador include Jose Villafuerte in the 1970s and 1980s.

The 1998 World Cup qualifiers saw the format for qualifying in CONMEBOL changed to a league home-and-away system. This difference made a huge impact on Ecuador's performance as they clinched several important home wins during the campaign. At the end, they achieved a very respectable 6th place finish, just under Chile and Colombia who eventually qualified. The campaign also marked the emergence of several players, such as Agustin Delgado, Alex Aguinaga, Ivan Hurtado, Ulises de la Cruz and Ivan Kaviedes, who would set the stage for Ecuador's achievements in the next decade.

This remained the closest they had come to appearing in a finals until the qualification tournament for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. Led by Colombianmarker born manager Hernán Darío Bolillo Gómez, they finished second to Argentina, and one point ahead of Brazil who went on to win the World Cup. Agustin Delgado, with 9 goals, finished joint top scorer in qualifying with Hernán Crespo of Argentina. They were drawn in Group G with Italy, Mexico and Croatia. Although they were knocked out at the group stage, they achieved a 1-0 victory over Croatia, who had come third at the previous edition of the World Cup.

A disappointing showing at the 2004 Copa América in Perumarker led to the resignation of Gómez, who was replaced by another Colombianmarker, Luis Fernando Suárez. He led them successfully through the latter stages of the qualification process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, finishing third to make the finals. In Germany, they were drawn into Group A with the hosts, Poland, and Costa Rica. Wins over Poland and Costa Rica earned La Tri qualification to the knockout stages for the first time.

Another disappointing showing at yet another Copa America in 2007 and three successive defeats in the beginning of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign led to the end of Suarez's time in the national team. He was replaced in 2008 for Sixto Vizuete, who had previously gained recognition for winning the 2007 Pan American Games with the U-18s. Vizuete became one of the few Ecuadoriansmarker to coach the U-23 national team, and senior team, but Ecuador finished the qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in 6th place, sadly being eliminated from the finals for the first time since 1998.

Their best finish in Copa América was fourth in 1993 (they also finished fourth in the 'extra' South American Championship in 1959), and are one of three South American nations who have never won the continental tournament, the other two being Chile and Venezuela.

FIFA World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1938 Did not enter
1950 Withdrew
1954 to 1958 Did not enter
1962 to 1998 Did not qualify
2002 Round 1 24 3 1 0 2 2 4
2006 Round 2 12 4 2 0 2 5 4
2010 Did not qualify
Total 2/18 12th 7 3 0 4 7 8


Korea - Japan 2002

Ecuador qualified for their first FIFA World Cup by finishing second in the CONMEBOL qualification tournament, finishing ahead of Brazil. Ecuador were drawn into Group G, alongside Mexico, Italy, and Croatia.

Ecuador made a losing World Cup debut against worldpowers Italy, falling 2-0 by courtesy of a Christian Vieri double. Their next match against Mexico went better, but ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Ecuadorians. Agustin Delgado put them ahead, but goals from Jared Borgetti and Gerardo Torrado canceled the early strike and effectively eliminated them from the tournament. A second-half goal from Edison Mendez did seal a 1-0 consolation win in the final match against Croatia. They finished the tournament last in their group.
  1. 3 June 2002 Italy - Ecuador 2-0
  2. 8 June 2002 Ecuador - Mexico 1-2 (Delgado)
  3. 13 June 2002 Ecuador - Croatia 1-0 (Méndez)


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3
3 1 0 2 2 4 -2 3


Germany 2006

Ecuador qualified for their second FIFA World Cup by finishing third in the CONMEBOL qualification tournament. They were drawn into Group A, alongside hosts Germany, Poland, and Costa Rica.

Ecuador won 2-0 against Poland in their first game in Gelsenkirchenmarker, with goals from Carlos Tenorio and Agustín Delgado. They then beat Costa Rica 3-0 in Hamburgmarker with goals coming from Carlos Tenorio, Agustín Delgado, and Iván Kaviedes. The win advanced them to the next round. Their qualification complete, they rested key players against the hosts Germany and were beaten 3-0. Ecuador finished second in Group A behind Germany and faced England in the second round. A second half free kick from David Beckham was the only goal of the game, which eliminated Ecuador from the World Cup.
  1. 9 June 2006 Poland 0 - 2 Ecuador (Tenorio, Delgado)
  2. 15 June 2006 Ecuador 3 - 0 Costa Rica (Delgado, Tenorio, Kaviedes)
  3. 20 June 2006 Ecuador 0 - 3 Germany
  4. 25 June 2006 England 1 - 0 Ecuador


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0


List of goalscorers in World Cups

Player Goal(s) Year(s)
Agustín Delgado 3 2002, 2006
Carlos Tenorio 2 2006
Edison Méndez 1 2002
Iván Kaviedes 1 2006


Copa América record

 


Pan American Games record



Minor tournaments



Managers

Name From To GP GW GD GL GF GA Pts
Ramón Unamuno 1938 1939 9 1 1 7 11 36 3
Juan Parodi 1941 1942 10 0 0 10 5 52 0
Rodolfo Orlandini 1945 1947 6 0 1 5 9 27 1
Ramón Unamuno
José Planas
Gregorio Esperón
José María Jiménez
Juan López 1959 1963
Fausto Montalván
José María Rodríguez
José Gómez Nogueira
Roberto Resquín
Roque Máspoli
Ernesto Guerra Galarza
Juan Eduardo Hohberg
Antoninho Ferreyra
Dušan Drašković 1988-04-01 1993-09-20 56 17 17 22 65 63 68
Carlos Torres Garcés 1993 1994 2 2 0 0 3 1 6
Carlos Ron 1994-08-17 1994-09-21 2 0 1 1 0 2 1
Francisco Maturana 1995-05-24 1997 42
Luis Fernando Suárez 1998 1998 4 2 2 0 5 1 8
Polo Carrera 1998-10-14 1998-10-15 1 0 0 1 1 5 0
Carlos Sevilla 1999-01-20 1999-07-20 14 3 5 6 14 18 11
Hernán Darío Gómez 1999-10-12 2004-07-20 64
Luis Fernando Suárez August 1, 2004 November 17, 2007 52 17 9 26 63 79 60
Sixto Vizuete November 18, 2007 October 15, 2009 18 8 5 5 24 19 29


Current team status

Ecuador participated in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

2010 FIFA World Cup

Qualification Standings



Qualification:

Recent results

World Cup qualifiers





Friendlies





Players

Current squad

The following 25 players were called up for FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Chile.







Recent call-up

The following players have been recently called up in the past year.







Previous squads



See also

Notes and references

  1. http://www.ecuafutbol.org/UI/detalle.aspx?seccion=1&categserie=7&nivel=0&subnivel=0&id=15154&tabla=N
  2. http://www.ecuafutbol.org/UI/detalle.aspx?seccion=1&categserie=7&nivel=0&subnivel=0&id=15260&tabla=N


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