Ecuador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Tri (The Tri)
La Tricolor (The Tricolors)
AssociationEcuadorian Football Federation (FEF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachGustavo Alfaro
CaptainEnner Valencia
Most capsIván Hurtado (168)
Top scorerEnner Valencia (35)
Home stadiumEstadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
FIFA codeECU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 46 Decrease 2 (31 March 2022)[1]
Highest10 (June 2013)
Lowest71 (November 2017)
First international
 Bolivia 1–1 Ecuador 
(Bogotá, Colombia; 8 August 1938)
Biggest win
 Ecuador 6–0 Peru 
(Quito, Ecuador; 22 June 1975)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
World Cup
Appearances4 (first in 2002)
Best resultRound of 16 (2006)
Copa América
Appearances29 (first in 1939)
Best resultFourth place (1959, 1993)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2002)
Best resultGroup stage (2002)

The Ecuador national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Ecuador) represents Ecuador in men's international football and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF). They joined FIFA in 1926 and CONMEBOL a year later.

Discarding an invitation to participate in the inaugural 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.[3] Having reached the Round of 16 in a memorable 2006 World Cup campaign,[4] they were expected to deliver at the 2007 Copa América but were eliminated in the group stage.[5] 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.

Ecuador plays the majority of their home matches at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito. It was set to be demolished in late 2020 to make way for a new, more modern venue.[6]

History

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.[7][8] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

The Ecuadorian squad that participated at the 1942 South American Championship
The Ecuadorian squad that participated at the 1942 South American Championship

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.[11] 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.[3]

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.[12] 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.

Michael Arroyo executing a free kick against Switzerland at the 2014 World Cup
Michael Arroyo executing a free kick against Switzerland at the 2014 World Cup

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[13] and started the 2018 World Cup qualifiers strong. They were setback after a loss to Uruguay and finished eighth in the standings.

Gómez was reinstalled to lead Ecuador at the 2019 Copa América. His second stint was short, as he was soon fired after a disastrous tournament, having only earned a point.[14]

Home stadium

Main article: Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa

Aerial view of the stadium in 2017
Aerial view of the stadium in 2017

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]

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.[16]

In this stadium, Ecuador defeated Uruguay at the 1993 Copa América and Brazil at the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.[11] After tying with the former on 7 November 2001, Ecuador qualified for their first World Cup. Since then, Ecuador has qualified three times.

The stadium is set to be demolished in late-2020 for a newer stadium in preparation for the 2024 Copa América.[17][6] For the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Ecuador will play at the Casa Blanca.[citation needed]

Team image

The Ecuadorian team posing before facing Argentina in October 2017
The Ecuadorian team posing before facing Argentina in October 2017

The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colours of the national flag, being typically a yellow top, blue shorts, and red socks.[18] The alternate colours 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".[19][20]

Kit sponsorship

Kit supplier Period
Germany Adidas 1985
Ecuador Credeport 1986-1990
Germany Puma 1991–1992
United States Reebok 1993–1994
Ecuador Marathon 1994–present

Results and fixtures

Main article: Ecuador national football team results (2020–present)

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

4 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Brazil  2–0  Ecuador Porto Alegre, Brazil
21:30 UTC−3
  • Richarlison 65'
  • Neymar 90+4' (pen.)
Report Stadium: Estádio Beira-Rio
Attendance: 0
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
8 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  1–2  Peru Quito, Ecuador
17:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Attendance: 0
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)
13 June 2021 Copa América Colombia  1–0  Ecuador Cuiabá, Brazil
20:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Attendance: 0
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
20 June 2021 Copa América Venezuela  2–2  Ecuador Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18:00 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
23 June 2021 Copa América Ecuador  2–2  Peru Goiânia, Brazil
18:00 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
27 June 2021 Copa América Brazil  1–1  Ecuador Goiânia, Brazil
18:00 UTC−3 Report
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
3 July 2021 Copa América Argentina  3–0  Ecuador Goiânia, Brazil
22:00 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  2–0  Paraguay Quito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Andrés Matonte (Uruguay)
5 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  0–0  Chile Quito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Facundo Tello (Argentina)
9 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  1–0  Ecuador Montevideo, Uruguay
19:30 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estadio Campeón del Siglo
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  3–0  Bolivia Guayaquil, Ecuador
19:30 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Venezuela  2–1  Ecuador Caracas, Venezuela
16:30 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
14 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Colombia  0–0  Ecuador Barranquilla, Colombia
16:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
27 October Friendly Mexico  2–3  Ecuador Charlotte, United States
20:00 UTC−4 Report Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
11 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  1–0  Venezuela Quito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Referee: Christian Ferreyra (Uruguay)
16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Chile  0–2  Ecuador Santiago, Chile
21:15 UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)
4 December Friendly El Salvador  1–1  Ecuador Houston, United States
20:00 UTC−6 Report Stadium: PNC Stadium
Attendance: 10,709

2022

27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  1–1  Brazil Quito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
1 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru  1–1  Ecuador Lima, Peru
21:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Paraguay  3–1  Ecuador Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
20:30 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estadio Antonio Aranda
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
29 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  1–1  Argentina Guayaquil, Ecuador
18:30 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
2 June Friendly Ecuador  v  Nigeria New Jersey, United States
5 June Friendly Mexico  v  Ecuador Chicago, United States
18:30 UTC−5 Stadium: Soldier Field
September Friendly Ecuador  v  Japan
September Friendly Ecuador  v  Saudi Arabia
November Friendly Ecuador  v  Croatia United Arab Emirates
21 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar  v  Ecuador Al Khor, Qatar
19:00 AST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
25 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Netherlands  v  Ecuador Al Rayyan, Qatar
19:00 AST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
29 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Ecuador  v  Senegal Al Rayyan, Qatar
18:00 AST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium

Coaching staff

As of 26 August 2020
Position Name
Head coach Argentina Gustavo Alfaro
Assistant coach ArgentinaItaly Claudio Cristofanelli
Assistant coach Argentina Carlos González
Assistant coach ArgentinaItaly Nicolás Chiesa
Goalkeeping coach ArgentinaPeru Diego Carranza
Fitness coach ArgentinaItaly Sergio Chiarelli

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Paraguay and Argentina on 24 March and 29 March 2022 respectively.[21]

Caps and goals updated as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Argentina.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hernán Galíndez (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 35) 11 0 Chile Universidad de Chile
22 1GK Moisés Ramírez (2000-09-09) 9 September 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle
12 1GK Jorge Pinos (1989-10-03) 3 October 1989 (age 32) 1 0 Ecuador 9 de Octubre

4 2DF Robert Arboleda (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 30) 31 2 Brazil São Paulo
7 2DF Pervis Estupiñán (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 24) 23 2 Spain Villarreal
17 2DF Ángelo Preciado (1998-02-18) 18 February 1998 (age 24) 22 0 Belgium Genk
3 2DF Piero Hincapié (2002-01-09) 9 January 2002 (age 20) 16 1 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
14 2DF Xavier Arreaga (1994-09-28) 28 September 1994 (age 27) 15 1 United States Seattle Sounders
18 2DF Diego Palacios (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 22) 11 0 United States Los Angeles FC
6 2DF Byron Castillo (1998-11-10) 10 November 1998 (age 23) 8 0 Ecuador Barcelona
2 2DF Fernando León (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 29) 6 0 Mexico Atlético San Luis

8 3MF Carlos Gruezo (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 27) 42 1 Germany FC Augsburg
15 3MF Ángel Mena (1988-01-21) 21 January 1988 (age 34) 41 7 Mexico León
20 3MF Jhegson Méndez (1997-04-26) 26 April 1997 (age 25) 28 0 United States Orlando City
19 3MF Gonzalo Plata (2000-11-01) 1 November 2000 (age 21) 25 5 Spain Valladolid
10 3MF Romario Ibarra (1994-09-24) 24 September 1994 (age 27) 20 3 Mexico Pachuca
23 3MF Moisés Caicedo (2001-11-02) 2 November 2001 (age 20) 20 2 England Brighton & Hove Albion
21 3MF Alan Franco (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 23) 20 1 United States Charlotte FC
3MF Joao Rojas (1997-08-16) 16 August 1997 (age 24) 8 0 Ecuador Emelec
3MF José Cifuentes (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 23) 6 0 United States Los Angeles FC
5 3MF Michael Carcelén (1997-04-13) 13 April 1997 (age 25) 5 1 Ecuador Barcelona
16 3MF Jeremy Sarmiento (2002-07-16) 16 July 2002 (age 19) 5 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion
3MF Danny Cabezas (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 29) 2 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle

13 4FW Enner Valencia (1989-11-04) 4 November 1989 (age 32) 70 35 Turkey Fenerbahçe
11 4FW Michael Estrada (1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 (age 26) 32 8 United States D.C. United
9 4FW Jordy Caicedo (1997-11-18) 18 November 1997 (age 24) 8 1 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
4FW Djorkaeff Reasco (1999-01-18) 18 January 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Argentina Newell's Old Boys

Recent call-ups

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 Alexander Domínguez (1987-06-05) 5 June 1987 (age 34) 63 0 Colombia Tolima v.  Peru, 1 February 2022
GK Pedro Ortiz (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 32) 6 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Peru, 1 February 2022
GK Gabriel Cevallos (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 24) 0 0 Ecuador Guayaquil City v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021

DF Félix Torres (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 25) 15 2 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  Argentina, 29 March 2022 SUS
DF Romario Caicedo (1990-05-23) 23 May 1990 (age 31) 2 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Peru, 1 February 2022
DF Jackson Porozo (2000-08-04) 4 August 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Portugal Boavista v.  Peru, 1 February 2022
DF Andrés López (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 29) 5 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
DF Diego Almeida (2004-02-12) 12 February 2004 (age 18) 1 0 Spain Barcelona U19 v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
DF Joshué Quiñónez (2001-05-29) 29 May 2001 (age 20) 1 0 United States FC Dallas v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
DF Leonel Quiñónez (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 28) 1 0 Ecuador Barcelona v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
DF Gustavo Vallecilla (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 22) 1 0 United States Colorado Rapids v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
DF Christian Cruz (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 29) 3 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Chile, 16 November 2021
DF Jackson Rodríguez (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Chile, 16 November 2021
DF José Hurtado (2001-12-23) 23 December 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Brazil Red Bull Bragantino v.  Mexico, 27 October 2021
DF Marlon Mejía (1994-09-21) 21 September 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Mexico, 27 October 2021
DF Luis Segovia (1997-10-26) 26 October 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Mexico, 27 October 2021
DF William Pacho (2001-10-16) 16 October 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Antwerp v.  Uruguay, 9 September 2021
DF Franklin Guerra (1992-04-12) 12 April 1992 (age 30) 0 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Chile, 5 September 2021 INJ
DF Mario Pineida (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 29) 11 0 Brazil Fluminense 2021 Copa América
DF Pedro Perlaza (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 31) 3 0 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Peru, 8 June 2021

MF Arón Rodríguez (1999-08-06) 6 August 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Ecuador Macará v.  Peru, 1 February 2022
MF Jhojan Julio (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 24) 5 0 Brazil Santos v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
MF José Carabalí (1997-05-19) 19 May 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Ecuador Universidad Católica v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
MF Jordy Alcívar (1999-08-05) 5 August 1999 (age 22) 1 0 United States Charlotte FC v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
MF Freddy Mina (1998-07-24) 24 July 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Ecuador Macará v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
MF Julio Ortiz (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 26) 1 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
MF Jhonny Quiñónez (1998-06-11) 11 June 1998 (age 23) 3 1 Ecuador Aucas v.  Mexico, 27 October 2021
MF Alexander Alvarado (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Mexico, 27 October 2021
MF Fernando Gaibor (1991-10-08) 8 October 1991 (age 30) 19 2 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Colombia, 14 October 2021
MF Junior Sornoza (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 (age 28) 12 2 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Uruguay, 9 September 2021
MF Dixon Arroyo (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 29) 1 0 Ecuador Emelec v.  Uruguay, 9 September 2021
MF Washington Corozo (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Mexico UNAM v.  Uruguay, 9 September 2021
MF Christian Noboa (1985-04-09) 9 April 1985 (age 37) 83 4 Russia Sochi 2021 Copa América
MF Damián Díaz (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 36) 4 0 Ecuador Barcelona 2021 Copa América
MF Juan Cazares (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 30) 22 1 Argentina Independiente v.  Brazil, 4 June 2021

FW Ayrton Preciado (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 27) 27 3 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  Peru, 1 February 2022
FW Janner Corozo (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 26) 3 1 Ecuador Delfín v.  Peru, 1 February 2022
FW Walter Chalá (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 30) 2 1 Ecuador Universidad Católica v.  El Salvador, 4 December 2021
FW Bryan Angulo (1995-11-30) 30 November 1995 (age 26) 5 0 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Chile, 16 November 2021
FW Nilson Angulo (2003-06-19) 19 June 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Ecuador LDU Quito v.  Mexico, 27 October 2021
FW José Angulo (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 27) 0 0 Mexico Querétaro v.  Colombia, 14 October 2021
FW Leonardo Campana (2000-07-24) 24 July 2000 (age 21) 10 0 United States Inter Miami v.  Uruguay, 9 September 2021
FW Fidel Martínez (1990-02-15) 15 February 1990 (age 32) 36 8 Mexico Querétaro v.  Brazil, 4 June 2021

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad / standby.
RET Retired from the national team.
SUS Withdrew from the squad due to suspension.

Retired numbers

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.[22] However, due to FIFA regulations the number had to be reinstated for the 2014 World Cup squad.[23]

Player records

As of 27 January 2022[24]
Players in bold are still active with Ecuador.

Most appearances

Iván Hurtado is Ecuador's most capped player, with 168 appearances.
Iván Hurtado is Ecuador's most capped player, with 168 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Ecuador career
1 Iván Hurtado 168 4 1992–2014
2 Walter Ayoví 122 8 2001–2017
3 Édison Méndez 112 18 2000–2014
4 Álex Aguinaga 109 23 1987–2004
5 Ulises de la Cruz 101 6 1995–2010
6 Luis Capurro 100 1 1985–2003
7 Antonio Valencia 99 11 2004–2019
8 Giovanny Espinoza 90 3 2000–2009
9 Segundo Castillo 88 9 2003–2016
José Francisco Cevallos 88 0 1994–2010

Top goalscorers

Enner Valencia has scored the most goals for Ecuador, with 35.
Enner Valencia has scored the most goals for Ecuador, with 35.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Ecuador career
1 Enner Valencia 35 70 0.5 2012–present
2 Agustín Delgado 31 71 0.44 1994–2006
3 Eduardo Hurtado 26 74 0.35 1992–2002
4 Christian Benítez 25 61 0.41 2005–2013
5 Álex Aguinaga 23 109 0.21 1987–2004
6 Felipe Caicedo 22 66 0.33 2005–2017
7 Édison Méndez 18 112 0.16 2000–2014
8 Raúl Avilés 16 55 0.29 1987–1993
Iván Kaviedes 16 57 0.28 1996–2012
10 Ariel Graziani 15 34 0.44 1997–2000

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Ecuador at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Withdrew Withdrew
Switzerland 1954 Did not enter Declined participation
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 11
England 1966 5 2 1 2 7 7
Mexico 1970 4 0 1 3 2 8
West Germany 1974 4 0 2 2 3 8
Argentina 1978 4 0 1 3 1 9
Spain 1982 4 1 1 2 2 5
Mexico 1986 4 0 1 3 2 8
Italy 1990 4 1 1 2 4 5
United States 1994 8 1 3 4 7 7
France 1998 16 6 3 7 22 21
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 24th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad 18 9 4 5 23 20
Germany 2006 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 4 Squad 18 8 4 6 23 19
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 18 6 5 7 22 26
Brazil 2014 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 3 3 Squad 16 7 4 5 20 16
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 18 6 2 10 26 29
Qatar 2022 Qualified 18 7 5 6 27 19
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Round of 16 4/22 10 4 1 5 10 11 161 54 38 69 194 218

Copa América

Main article: Ecuador at the Copa América

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Argentina 1916 Did not participate
Uruguay 1917
Brazil 1919
Chile 1920
Argentina 1921
Brazil 1922
Uruguay 1923
Uruguay 1924
Argentina 1925
Chile 1926
Peru 1927
Argentina 1929
Peru 1935
Argentina 1937
Peru 1939 Fifth place 5th 4 0 0 4 4 18 Squad
Chile 1941 5th 4 0 0 4 1 21 Squad
Uruguay 1942 Seventh place 7th 6 0 0 6 4 31 Squad
Chile 1945 7th 6 0 1 5 9 27 Squad
Argentina 1946 Withdrew
Ecuador 1947 Sixth place 6th 7 0 3 4 3 17 Squad
Brazil 1949 Seventh place 7th 7 1 0 6 7 21 Squad
Peru 1953 7th 6 0 2 4 1 13 Squad
Chile 1955 Sixth place 6th 5 0 0 5 4 22 Squad
Uruguay 1956 Withdrew
Peru 1957 Seventh place 7th 6 0 1 5 7 23 Squad
Argentina 1959 Withdrew
Ecuador 1959 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 9 Squad
Bolivia 1963 Sixth place 6th 6 1 2 3 14 18 Squad
Uruguay 1967 Did not qualify
South America 1975 Group stage 9th 4 0 1 3 4 10 Squad
South America 1979 9th 4 1 0 3 4 7 Squad
South America 1983 9th 4 0 2 2 4 10 Squad
Argentina 1987 8th 2 0 1 1 1 4 Squad
Brazil 1989 7th 4 1 2 1 2 2 Squad
Chile 1991 7th 4 1 1 2 6 5 Squad
Ecuador 1993 Fourth place 4th 6 4 0 2 13 5 Squad
Uruguay 1995 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 3 Squad
Bolivia 1997 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 2 0 5 2 Squad
Paraguay 1999 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 3 7 Squad
Colombia 2001 9th 3 1 0 2 5 5 Squad
Peru 2004 12th 3 0 0 3 3 10 Squad
Venezuela 2007 11th 3 0 0 3 3 6 Squad
Argentina 2011 10th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad
Chile 2015 10th 3 1 0 2 4 6 Squad
United States 2016 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 7 4 Squad
Brazil 2019 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 2 7 Squad
Brazil 2021 Quarter-finals 8th 5 0 3 2 5 9 Squad
Ecuador 2024 Qualified as hosts
Total Fourth place 29/47 126 16 26 84 134 327

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Did not participate
Mexico 1955
United States 1959
Brazil 1963
Canada 1967
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975
Puerto Rico 1979
Venezuela 1983
United States 1987
Cuba 1991
Argentina 1995 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 6 10
Since 1999 See Ecuador national under-23 football team
Total Group stage 1/12 3 1 0 2 6 10

Head-to-head record

Below is a result summary of all matches Ecuador have played against FIFA recognized teams.[25]

As of 29 March 2022

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Honours

Despite never having won a title with their senior team, Ecuador has two relevant achievements with their youth teams.

Senior team

Friendlies

Olympic and Pan American Team

U-20

See also

References

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