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Ecuador national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Tri (The Tri)
La Tricolor (The Tricolors)
|Association||Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Gustavo Alfaro|
|Most caps||Iván Hurtado (168)|
|Top scorer||Agustín Delgado
Enner Valencia (31)
|Home stadium||Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado|
|Current||56 4 (27 November 2020)|
|Highest||10 (July 2012)|
|Lowest||71 (November 2017)|
|Current||19 18 (29 November 2020)|
|Highest||11 (27 March 2013)|
|Lowest||120 (December 1959)|
| Bolivia 1–1 Ecuador
(Bogotá, Colombia; 8 August 1938)
| Ecuador 6–0 Peru
(Quito, Ecuador; 22 June 1975)
| Argentina 12–0 Ecuador
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
|Appearances||3 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2006)|
|Appearances||28 (first in 1939)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1959, 1993)|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Group stage (2002)|
The Ecuador national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Ecuador) has represented Ecuador in men's international football since 1938 and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation (Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol). They joined FIFA in 1926 and CONMEBOL a year later.
Discarding an invitation to participate in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay, Ecuador didn't make their tournament debut until 2002. After finishing above Brazil and Uruguay in the standings, the qualifying campaign marked the emergence of several players, such as Agustín Delgado, Álex Aguinaga, Iván Hurtado, Ulises de la Cruz and Iván Kaviedes, who would set the stage for Ecuador's achievements in the next decade. Having reached the Round of 16 in a memorable 2006 World Cup campaign, they were expected to deliver at the 2007 Copa América but were eliminated in the group stage. Along with Venezuela, they have not won the continental tournament. La Tri's best performance was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.
From a historical viewpoint, Ecuador have been one of the more struggling footballing nations in South America. Despite their past irregularities, however, Ecuador has risen to be a serious South American competitor in recent years.
Football was introduced to Ecuador by Juan Alfredo Wright, who had recently returned from university in England. On 23 April 1899, he and his brother Roberto founded the first Ecuadorian football team, Guayaquil Sport Club. As the popularity of the sport grew in the country, more teams were established. On 30 May 1925, the Federación Deportiva Nacional del Ecuador was founded. In 1930, FIFA sent an invitation encouraging for a men's national team to participate at the maiden World Cup. However, the then-Minister of Social Security and Sports declined the offer as they did not approve of the financial allocation.
In 1938, the I Bolivarian Games were organized, with Ecuador set to take part in the football tournament. On 8 August 1938, they played their first-ever match; a 1–1 draw with Bolivia. Their following game saw the national team earn a 2–1 win against Colombia. Following a 9–1 crushing by Peru and 5–2 victory over Venezuela, Ecuador was tied for the silver medal with Bolivia. A playoff saw the Bolivians emerge triumphantly and the Ecuadorians finished the competition with the bronze medal.
After finishing fourth at the 1959 South American Championship, the team entered the World Cup qualifiers for the first time. They failed to qualify for 1962 finals after inflicted defeats by Argentina.
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. In the end, they achieved a very respectable 6th-place finish, just under Peru and Chile.
Following the appointment of Hernán Darío Gómez for their 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign, Ecuador recorded a historic 1–0 win against Brazil. A 5–1 win over Bolivia saw la Tricolor only needing a point to qualify for the World Cup. They faced Uruguay, and, after managing to cling onto a 1–1 draw, obtained their spot in Japan.
Ecuador started their 2002 World Cup with a 2–0 loss to Italy. Agustín Delgado scored his country's first World Cup goal; he opened the scoring in a 2–1 loss to Mexico. Though they finished fourth in Group G and 24th overall, Ecuador defeated Croatia, who had achieved third place in the previous tournament, and eliminated the Croats in process.
A disappointing showing at the 2004 Copa América led to the resignation of Gómez, who was replaced by 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 Ecuador qualification to the knockout stages for the first time.
After a dull 2014 FIFA World Cup, and an unpleasant streak of failing to advance past the group stages of the Copa América, Gustavo Quinteros was hired to help rebuild the national team. Quinteros helped Ecuador reach the quarter-finals of the Copa América Centenario and started the 2018 World Cup qualifiers strong. They were setback after a loss to Uruguay and finished eighth in the standings.
The Ecuadorian national team plays their home games at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito. Having opened in 1951, it initially had a capacity of 45,000, but was later reduced to 35,724.
The stadium has a running track, which has gone to be one of the most important in South America for events organized by the former International Association of Athletics Federations.
15 gates surround the stadium, allowing for an evacuation to be completed in about 10 minutes. The venue also features an electronic scoreboard located in the northern sector. The screen, manufactured by Hungarian-based company Elektroimpex in 1985, measures 10 meters tall and 30 meters wide.
In this stadium, Ecuador defeated Uruguay at the 1993 Copa América and Brazil at the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. After tying with the former on 7 November 2001, Ecuador qualified for their first World Cup. Since then, Ecuador has sealed qualification to the tournament on three separate occasions.
The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colors of the national flag, being typically a yellow top, blue shorts, and red socks. The alternate colors of the uniform are white and blue, this being based on the flag of the Guayas Province. From 1965 to 2020, the crest featured the Andean condor, Ecuador's national bird, above a shield with the country's colors. In January 2020, the Ecuadorian Football Federation announced a rebrand of the logo; a navy blue shield with an "FEF" monogram attempting to "abstractly build a condor".
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1954||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||3||11|
|2006||Round of 16||12th||4||2||0||2||5||4||Squad||18||8||4||6||23||19|
|2010||Did not qualify||18||6||5||7||22||26|
|2018||Did not qualify||18||6||2||10||26||29|
|2022||To be determined||In progress|
|2026||To be determined|
|Total||Round of 16||3/21||10||4||1||5||10||11||—||143||47||33||63||167||199|
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|South American Championship / Copa América record|
|1916||Did not participate|
|1967||Did not qualify|
|2024||Qualified as hosts|
Pan American Games
|Pan American Games record|
|1951||Did not participate|
|Since 1999||See Ecuador national under-23 football team|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|Head coach||Gustavo Alfaro|
The following 29 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Colombia on 12 and 17 November 2020 respectively.
Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2020, after the match against Colombia.
The following players have been called up during the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Johan Padilla||14 August 1992||3||0||El Nacional||v. Argentina, 8 October 2020 COVID-19|
|DF||Franklin Guerra||12 April 1992||0||0||LDU Quito||v. Argentina, 8 October 2020 PRE|
|DF||Diego Palacios||12 July 1999||6||0||Los Angeles||v. Bolivia, 12 November 2020 COVID-19|
|MF||Alan Franco||21 August 1998||8||1||Atlético Mineiro||v. Bolivia, 12 November 2020 COVID-19|
|MF||Christian Noboa||9 April 1985||76||4||Sochi||v. Uruguay, 12 October 2020|
|MF||Romario Ibarra||24 September 1994||18||3||Pachuca||v. Uruguay, 12 October 2020|
|MF||Jordy Alcívar||5 August 1999||0||0||LDU Quito||v. Argentina, 8 October 2020 PRE|
|MF||José Cifuentes||12 March 1999||3||0||Los Angeles||v. Bolivia, 12 November 2020 COVID-19|
|MF||José Carabalí||19 May 1997||0||0||Universidad Católica||v. Argentina, 8 October 2020 PRE|
|FW||Enner Valencia||4 November 1989||56||31||Fenerbahçe||v. Bolivia, 12 November 2020 COVID-19|
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
Following the death of Christian Benítez, the Ecuadorian Football Federation retired his jersey number 11 from the national team. According to the Federation's then-president, Luis Chiriboga, to honor Benítez the number would no longer be used by any other team player. However, due to FIFA regulations the number had to be reinstated for the 2014 World Cup squad.
Bold indicates player is still active with the national team.
Caps and goals updated as of 7 April 2020.
Most capped players
|5||Ulises de la Cruz||1995–2010||101||DF|
|9||José Francisco Cevallos||1994–2010||89||GK|
- Ecuador national under-23 football team
- Ecuador national under-20 football team
- Ecuador national under-17 football team
- Ecuador national futsal team
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