Venezuela
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 (31)
Home stadiumEstadio Olímpico de la UCV
Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
Polideportivo Cachamay
FIFA codeVEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 59 Decrease 9 (19 November 2021)[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)

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.

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 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]

History

Backstory

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 era

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 era

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 era

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 era

Sanvicente was replaced by former Vinotinto goalkeeper Rafael Dudamel, who decided to revamp the entire national team squad, 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 history

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 América

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:

Main article: 2011 Copa América 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 Goal 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 Goal 32'
Barrios Goal 62'
Riveros Goal 85'
Report Rondón Goal 5'
Miku Goal 89'
Perozo Goal 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 Goal 69' Report Vizcarrondo Goal 34'
Cichero Goal 80'
Stadium: Estadio del Bicentenario
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
20 July 2011 Semifinals Venezuela  0–0
(3–5 p)
 Paraguay Mendoza, Argentina
21:45 UTC-3 Report Stadium: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
Referee: Francisco Chacón (Mexico)
Penalties
Maldonado Penalty scored
Rey Penalty scored
Lucena Penalty missed
Miku Penalty scored
Penalty scored Ortigoza
Penalty scored Barrios
Penalty scored Riveros
Penalty scored Martínez
Penalty scored Verón
23 July 2011 Third-place match Peru  4–1  Venezuela La Plata, Argentina
16:00 UTC-3 Chiroque Goal 41'
Guerrero Goal 63', 89', 90+2'
Report Arango Goal 77' Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

Team image

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 providers

Source:[11]

Adidas jersey worn during the 2014 World Cup qualifying
Adidas jersey worn during the 2014 World Cup qualifying
Period Manufacturer
1981–1991 Adidas
1993–1996 Forte[disambiguation needed]
1996–1997 Polmer
1998–1999 Aba Sport
2000–2005 Atlética
2005–2018 Adidas
2019–2022 Givova

Results and fixtures

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

2021

3 June 2021 2022 FWCQ Bolivia  3–1  Venezuela La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC–4 Moreno Goal 5', 83'
Bejarano Goal 60' Yellow card 12'
Saavedra Yellow card 45+3'
Justiniano Yellow card 90+5'
Report Chancellor Goal 26'
Ángel Yellow card 37'
González Yellow card 45+2'
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Jhon Ospina (Colombia)
8 June 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela  0–0  Uruguay Caracas, Venezuela
18:30 UTC–4 Moreno Yellow card 37'
Villanueva Yellow card 42'
Rincón Yellow card 63'
Report Cáceres Yellow card 90+1' Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
13 June 2021 2021 Copa América Brazil  3–0  Venezuela Brasília, Brazil
18:00 (UTC–3) Marquinhos Goal 23'
NeymarGoal 64' (pen.)
Renan Lodi Yellow card 38'
Gabriel Goal 89' Yellow card 66'
Report Manzano Yellow card 66'
Mago Yellow card 80'
Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Attendance: 0
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)
17 June 2021 2021 Copa América Colombia  0–0  Venezuela Goiânia, Brazil
18:00 (UTC–3) Cuadrado Yellow card 77'
Uribe Yellow card 82'
Díaz Red card 90+4'
Report Aristeguieta Yellow card 51'
La Mantia Yellow card 55'
Herrera Yellow card 77'
José Martinez Yellow card 81'
Cumaná Yellow card 86'
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Eber Aquino (Paraguay)
20 June 2021 2021 Copa América Venezuela  2–2  Ecuador Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18:00 (UTC–3) Valencia Yellow card 21'
Preciado Yellow card 45+3'
Castillo Goal 51'
Caicedo Yellow card 81'
Hernández Goal 90+1'
Report Ay. Preciado Goal 39'
Plata Goal 71'
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
27 June 2021 2021 Copa América Venezuela  0–1  Peru Brasília, Brazil
18:00 (UTC–3) Hernández Yellow card 21' Report Carrillo Goal 48' Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Attendance: 0
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)
2 September 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela  1–3  Argentina Caracas, Venezuela
20:00 (UTC–4) A. Martínez Red card 32'
Hurtado Yellow card 79'
Soteldo Goal 90+4' (pen.) Yellow card 45'
Report La. Martínez Goal 45+2'
J. Correa Goal 71'
Á. Correa Goal 74'
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Referee: Leodán González (Uruguay)
5 September 2021 2022 FWCQ Peru  1–0  Venezuela Lima, Peru
20:00 (UTC–5) Cueva Goal 35'
C. Gonzáles Yellow card 77'
Guerrero Yellow card 84'
Report Rincón Yellow card 28' Yellow-red card 38'
Ferraresi Yellow card 90+4'
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (Ecuador)
9 September 2021 2022 FWCQ Paraguay  2–1  Venezuela Asunción, Paraguay
18:30 (UTC–4) D. Martínez Goal 7'
Gamarra Goal 46'
Report Chancellor Goal 90' Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
7 October 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela  1–3  Brazil Caracas, Venezuela
19:30 (UTC–4) Ramírez Goal 11' Report Marquinhos Goal 71'
Gabriel Barbosa Goal 85' (pen.)
Antony Goal 90+5'
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
10 October 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela  2–1  Ecuador Caracas, Venezuela
16:30 (UTC–4) Machís Goal 45+1'
Bello Goal 64'
Report Valencia Goal 37' (pen.) Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
14 October 2021 2022 FWCQ Chile  3–0  Venezuela Santiago, Chile
21:00 (UTC–3) Pulgar Goal 18', 37'
Brereton Goal 73'
Report Stadium: San Carlos de Apoquindo
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
11 November 2021 2022 FWCQ Ecuador  1–0  Venezuela Quito, Ecuador
16:00 (UTC–5) Report Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Referee: Christian Ferreyra (Uruguay)
16 November 2021 2022 FWCQ Venezuela  1–2  Peru Caracas, Venezuela
19:00 (UTC–4)
Report
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Referee: Bruno Arleu (Brazil)

2022

28 January 2022 2022 FWCQ Venezuela  v  Bolivia Barinas, Venezuela
18:00 UTC–4 Report Stadium: Estadio Agustín Tovar
1 February 2022 2022 FWCQ Uruguay  v  Venezuela Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00 UTC–3 Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
24 March 2022 2022 FWCQ Argentina  v  Venezuela Argentina
Report
29 March 2022 2022 FWCQ Venezuela  v  Colombia Venezuela
Report

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification standing

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil (Q) 13 11 2 0 27 4 +23 35 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup susp.[note 1] 2–0 1–0 2–0 24 Mar 4–1 5–0 1 Feb 1–0
2  Argentina (Q) 13 8 5 0 20 6 +14 29 0–0 1–0 1 Feb 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 24 Mar
3  Ecuador 14 7 2 5 23 13 +10 23 27 Jan 29 Mar 6–1 1–2 0–0 4–2 3–0 2–0 1–0
4  Colombia 14 3 8 3 16 17 −1 17 0–0 2–2 0–0 28 Jan 3–1 0–3 24 Mar 0–0 3–0
5  Peru 14 5 2 7 15 20 −5 17 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 2–4 0–2 1 Feb 0–3 2–0 1–1 3–0 29 Mar 1–0
6  Chile 14 4 4 6 15 16 −1 16 0–1 27 Jan 0–2 2–2 2–0 29 Mar 1–1 2–0 3–0
7  Uruguay 14 4 4 6 14 21 −7 16 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 24 Mar 2–1 4–2 0–0 1 Feb
8  Bolivia 14 4 3 7 20 28 −8 15 29 Mar 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–0 1 Feb 3–0 4–0 3–1
9  Paraguay 14 2 7 5 9 18 −9 13 0–2 0–0 24 Mar 1–1 2–2 0–1 27 Jan 2–2 2–1
10  Venezuela 14 2 1 11 9 25 −16 7 1–3 1–3 2–1 29 Mar 1–2 2–1 0–0 28 Jan 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up to the squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifyings games against Ecuador and Peru on 11 and 16 November 2021, respectively.[15]
Caps and goals are correct as of 16 November 2021, after the match against Peru.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Wuilker Faríñez (1998-02-15) 15 February 1998 (age 23) 35 0 France Lens
22 1GK Rafael Romo (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 31) 13 0 Belgium OH Leuven
12 1GK Joel Graterol (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Colombia América de Cali

16 2DF Roberto Rosales (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 33) 90 1 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
2DF Ronald Hernández (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 24) 27 1 United States Atlanta United
3 2DF Yordan Osorio (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 27) 14 0 Italy Parma
2 2DF Nahuel Ferraresi (1998-11-19) 19 November 1998 (age 23) 13 0 Portugal Estoril Praia
2DF Óscar González (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 29) 7 0 Venezuela Monagas
4 2DF Adrián Martínez (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 28) 7 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira
14 2DF Jefre Vargas (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 26) 3 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos
21 2DF Daniel Carrillo (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 26) 2 0 Finland KuPS
6 2DF Christian Makoun (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0 United States Inter Miami

8 3MF Tomás Rincón (Captain) (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 33) 113 1 Italy Torino
5 3MF Júnior Moreno (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 28) 34 1 United States D.C. United
11 3MF Darwin Machís (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 28) 32 8 Spain Granada
7 3MF Jefferson Savarino (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 25) 24 1 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
23 3MF Cristian Cásseres (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 21) 13 0 United States New York Red Bulls
10 3MF Luis González (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 31) 9 0 Colombia Junior
18 3MF Eduard Bello (1995-08-20) 20 August 1995 (age 26) 8 1 Chile Antofagasta
20 3MF Edson Castillo (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 27) 6 1 Venezuela Caracas

9 4FW Fernando Aristeguieta (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 29) 27 1 Mexico Puebla
19 4FW Jan Hurtado (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 21) 10 0 Brazil Red Bull Bragantino
15 4FW Eric Ramírez (1998-11-20) 20 November 1998 (age 23) 8 1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
17 4FW Brayan Hurtado (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 22) 3 0 Chile Cobresal

Friendlies not recognized by FIFA are not counted.

Recent call-ups

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 Luis Romero (1990-11-16) 16 November 1990 (age 31) 0 0 Venezuela Portuguesa v.  Chile, 14 October 2021
GK Carlos Olses (2000-09-05) 5 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
GK José Contreras (1994-10-20) 20 October 1994 (age 27) 6 0 Costa Rica San Carlos v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
GK Yhonatann Yustiz (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Venezuela Aragua v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
GK Giancarlo Schiavone (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos 2021 Copa América EXT
GK Alain Baroja (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 32) 14 0 Ecuador Delfín v.  Bolivia, 3 June 2021 PRE

DF Francisco La Mantía (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 25) 3 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira v.  Chile, 14 October 2021
DF Pablo Bonilla (1999-12-02) 2 December 1999 (age 22) 0 0 United States Portland Timbers v.  Chile, 14 October 2021
DF Jhon Chancellor (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 29) 24 2 Italy Brescia v.  Chile, 14 October 2021 WD
DF Josua Mejías (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem v.  Ecuador, 10 October 2021 INJ
DF Alexander González (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 (age 29) 56 1 Unattached v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Mikel Villanueva (1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 (age 28) 30 2 Portugal Santa Clara v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Wilker Ángel (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 28) 28 2 Turkey Göztepe v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Daniel Linárez (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Venezuela Estudiantes de Mérida v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Miguel Navarro (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 22) 0 0 United States Chicago Fire v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Cristopher Rodríguez (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Lara v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF José Manuel Velázquez (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 31) 27 3 Portugal Arouca v.  Paraguay, 9 September 2021
DF Rolf Feltscher (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 31) 27 0 Germany MSV Duisburg v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Luis Mago (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 27) 16 2 Chile Universidad de Chile v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Yohán Cumana (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 25) 3 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Eduardo Fereira (2000-09-29) 29 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Sandro Notaroberto (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Diego Osio (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas 2021 Copa América EXT

MF José Martínez (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 27) 12 0 United States Philadelphia Union v.  Peru, 16 November 2021 SUS
MF Adalberto Peñaranda (1997-05-31) 31 May 1997 (age 24) 18 0 Spain Las Palmas v.  Chile, 14 October 2021
MF Bernaldo Manzano (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 31) 7 0 Venezuela Deportivo Lara v.  Chile, 14 October 2021
MF Yeferson Soteldo (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 24) 23 2 Canada Toronto FC v.  Chile, 14 October 2021 WD
MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 29) 42 6 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Jhon Murillo (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 26) 32 4 Portugal Tondela v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Yangel Herrera (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 23) 22 2 Spain Espanyol v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Freddy Vargas (1999-04-01) 1 April 1999 (age 22) 1 0 United States FC Dallas v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Abraham Bahachille (2001-03-08) 8 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Cristhian Rivas (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela Estudiantes de Mérida v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Jorge Yriarte (2000-03-04) 4 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Spain Vitoria v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Yerson Chacón (2003-06-04) 4 June 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Maurice Cova (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Richard Figueroa (1996-08-04) 4 August 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Venezuela Zamora v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Leonardo Flores (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Matías Lacava (2002-10-10) 10 October 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Brazil Santos B v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Christian Larotonda (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos v.  Argentina, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Jesús Bueno (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 (age 22) 0 0 United States Philadelphia Union v.  Bolivia, 3 June 2021 PRE

FW Salomón Rondón (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 32) 82 31 England Everton v.  Ecuador, 11 November 2021 WD
FW Richard Celis (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 25) 4 0 Venezuela Caracas v.  Chile, 14 October 2021
FW Sergio Córdova (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 24) 14 0 Germany FC Augsburg v.  Ecuador, 10 October 2021 INJ
FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 28) 55 11 United States Atlanta United v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
FW Daniel Pérez (2002-01-17) 17 January 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Belgium Club Brugge v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
FW Edson Rivas (2001-10-23) 23 October 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Venezuela Estudiantes de Mérida v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
FW Jhonder Cádiz (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 26) 4 0 United States Nashville SC 2021 Copa América EXT
FW Robinson Flores (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos 2021 Copa América EXT

  • COVID-19 Withdrew due to COVID-19
  • EXT Extra players for the 2021 Copa América
  • INJ Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad

Player records

As of 16 November 2021[16]
Players in bold are still active with Venezuela.

Most capped players

Midfielder Juan Arango has played the most matches for Venezuela with 129.
Midfielder Juan Arango has played the most matches for Venezuela with 129.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Juan Arango 129 22 1999–2015
2 José Manuel Rey 115 11 1997–2011
3 Tomás Rincón 113 1 2008–
4 Jorge Alberto Rojas 91 3 1999–2009
5 Roberto Rosales 89 1 2007–
6 Miguel Mea Vitali 85 1 1999–2012
7 Salomón Rondón 82 31 2008–
8 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 81 8 2004–2016
9 Luis Vallenilla 77 1 1996–2007
Gabriel Urdaneta 77 9 1996–2005

Top goalscorers

Salomón Rondón is the player with the most goals scored.
Salomón Rondón is the player with the most goals scored.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Salomón Rondón 31 82 0.38 2008–
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 Miku 11 50 0.22 2006–2015
Josef Martínez 11 54 0.2 2011–
José Manuel Rey 11 111 0.1 1997–2011
8 Daniel Arismendi 10 30 0.33 2006–2011
9 Gabriel Urdaneta 9 75 0.12 1996–2005
10 Darwin Machís 8 31 0.26 2011–

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Withdrew Withdrew
Chile 1962 Did not enter Declined participation
England 1966 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 4 15
Mexico 1970 6 0 1 5 1 18
West Germany 1974 Withdrew Withdrew
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 2 8
Spain 1982 4 1 0 3 1 9
Mexico 1986 6 0 1 5 5 15
Italy 1990 4 0 0 4 1 18
United States 1994 8 1 0 7 4 34
France 1998 16 0 3 13 8 41
South Korea Japan 2002 18 5 1 12 18 44
Germany 2006 18 5 3 10 20 28
South Africa 2010 18 6 4 8 23 29
Brazil 2014 16 5 5 6 14 20
Russia 2018 18 2 6 10 19 35
Qatar 2022 To be determined In progress
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 140 25 25 90 120 315

Copa América

Main article: Venezuela 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
Chile 1941
Uruguay 1942
Chile 1945
Argentina 1946
Ecuador 1947
Brazil 1949
Peru 1953
Chile 1955
Uruguay 1956
Peru 1957
Argentina 1959
Ecuador 1959
Bolivia 1963
Uruguay 1967 Fifth place 5th 5 1 0 4 7 16 Squad
South America 1975 Group stage 10th 4 0 0 4 1 26 Squad
South America 1979 10th 4 0 2 2 1 12 Squad
South America 1983 10th 4 0 1 3 1 10 Squad
Argentina 1987 10th 2 0 0 2 1 8 Squad
Brazil 1989 10th 4 0 1 3 4 11 Squad
Chile 1991 10th 4 0 0 4 1 15 Squad
Ecuador 1993 11th 3 0 2 1 6 11 Squad
Uruguay 1995 12th 3 0 0 3 4 10 Squad
Bolivia 1997 12th 3 0 0 3 0 5 Squad
Paraguay 1999 12th 3 0 0 3 1 13 Squad
Colombia 2001 12th 3 0 0 3 0 7 Squad
Peru 2004 11th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad
Venezuela 2007 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 6 Squad
Argentina 2011 Fourth place 4th 6 2 3 1 7 8 Squad
Chile 2015 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 3 Squad
United States 2016 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 4 5 Squad
Brazil 2019 7th 4 1 2 1 3 3 Squad
Brazil 2021 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 2 6 Squad
Ecuador 2024 Qualified
Total Fourth place 19/47 70 8 17 45 52 180

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 5 14
Mexico 1955 Fourth place 4th 6 1 2 3 9 20
United States 1959 Did not participate
Brazil 1963
Canada 1967
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975
Puerto Rico 1979
Venezuela 1983 Group stage 7th 2 1 0 1 3 3
United States 1987 Did not qualify
Cuba 1991
Argentina 1995
Since 1999 See Venezuela national under-23 football team
Total Fourth place 3/12 12 3 2 7 17 37

Head-to-head record

Main article: Venezuela national football team records and statistics

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Brazil v Argentina match, originally scheduled on 5 September 2021, was suspended after five minutes at 0–0, after Argentina walked off because Brazilian health officials entered the pitch demanding the isolation of four Argentine players accused of violating the COVID quarantine rules, three of whom were in the starting lineup.[12][13][14]

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 19 December 2021. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA.com. FIFA. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.emol.com/noticias/deportes/2007/11/26/283172/venezuela-se-quedo-sin-dt-renuncio-richard-paez.html
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – FIFA.com". fifa.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Korea Republic 3 – 1 Venezuela Match report – 9/5/14 Friendlies – Goal.com". goal.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Jóvenes - Where Are Venezuela's Golden U20 Generation Now?". 11 June 2019.
  8. ^ Vinotinto aurinegra on AguantenChe website, 18 Jan 2013
  9. ^ a b La evolución de la camisa vinotinto desde 1938
  10. ^ La Vinotinto estrenará uniforme on La Patilla website
  11. ^ Las marcas que han vestido a la Vinotinto on Meridiano.com
  12. ^ FIFA [@fifamedia] (5 September 2021). "FIFA can confirm that following a decision by the match officials, the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match Brazil vs. Argentina has been suspended" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Brazil v Argentina abandoned five minutes after kick-off after visiting players accused of Covid violation". BBC. 5 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Esclarecimento: suspensão do jogo Brasil x Argentina" (in Portuguese). Anvisa. 6 September 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  15. ^ @SeleVinotinto (4 November 2021). "Esta es la convocatoria del seleccionador nacional interino Leonardo González" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 November 2021 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Venezuela - Record International Players". RSSSF.