Venezuela
Shirt badge/Association crest
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 (35)
Home stadiumEstadio Olímpico de la UCV
Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
Polideportivo Cachamay
FIFA codeVEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 56 Steady (25 August 2022)[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 2022, 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

Match between Galicia and Venezuela.
Match between Galicia and Venezuela.

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, 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 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'
Barrios 62'
Riveros 85'
Report Rondón 5'
Miku 89'
Perozo 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 69' Report Vizcarrondo 34'
Cichero 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 soccer ball with check mark
Rey soccer ball with check mark
Lucena soccer ball with red X
Miku soccer ball with check mark
soccer ball with check mark Ortigoza
soccer ball with check mark Barrios
soccer ball with check mark Riveros
soccer ball with check mark Martínez
soccer ball with check mark Verón
23 July 2011 Third-place match Peru  4–1  Venezuela La Plata, Argentina
16:00 UTC-3 Chiroque 41'
Guerrero 63', 89', 90+2'
Report Arango 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
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

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 90+4' (pen.) Yellow card 45'
Report La. Martínez 45+2'
J. Correa 71'
Á. Correa 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 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 7'
Gamarra 46'
Report Chancellor 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 11' Report Marquinhos 71'
Gabriel Barbosa 85' (pen.)
Antony 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 45+1'
Bello 64'
Report Valencia 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 18', 37'
Brereton 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  4–1  Bolivia Barinas, Venezuela
18:00 UTC–4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Agustín Tovar
Referee: Guilherme Guerrero (Ecuador)
1 February 2022 2022 FWCQ Uruguay  4–1  Venezuela Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00 UTC–3 Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Bruno Arleu de Araújo (Brazil)
25 March 2022 2022 FWCQ Argentina  3–0  Venezuela Buenos Aires, Argentina
20:30 UTC–3 Report Stadium: Monumental de Nuñez
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
29 March 2022 2022 FWCQ Venezuela  0–1  Colombia Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
19:30 UTC–4 Report
Stadium: Polideportivo Cachamay
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
1 June 2022 Friendly Malta  0–1  Venezuela Ta' Qali, Malta
19:00 UTC+2 Report Rondón 34' Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
9 June 2022 Friendly Saudi Arabia  0–1  Venezuela Murcia, Spain
19:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Estadio Enrique Roca
Referee: Daniel Gómez Gordillo (Gibraltar)
22 September 2022 Friendly Venezuela  0–1  Iceland Mödling, Austria
18:00 UTC+2 Stadium: Motion invest Arena
Referee: Sebastian Gishamer (Austria)
27 September 2022 Friendly United Arab Emirates  v  Venezuela Wiener Neustadt, Austria
17:00 UTC+2 Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt

Coaching history

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Iceland and United Arab Emirates on 22 and 27 September 2022, respectively.[12][13]

Caps and goals are correct as of 22 September 2022, after the match against Iceland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Alain Baroja (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 32) 14 0 Venezuela Caracas
1 1GK Joel Graterol (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 25) 6 0 Colombia América de Cali
1GK Cristopher Varela (1999-11-27) 27 November 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira

15 2DF Mikel Villanueva (1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 (age 29) 30 2 Portugal Vitória SC
20 2DF Ronald Hernández (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 25) 30 1 United States Atlanta United
2DF Jhon Chancellor (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 30) 29 2 Brazil Coritiba
2 2DF Nahuel Ferraresi (1998-11-19) 19 November 1998 (age 23) 20 1 Brazil São Paulo
3 2DF Yordan Osorio (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 28) 16 0 Italy Parma
14 2DF Óscar González (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 30) 11 0 Venezuela Monagas
22 2DF Yohán Cumana (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 26) 6 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira
6 2DF Christian Makoun (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 22) 3 0 United States New England Revolution
16 2DF Josua Mejías (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 25) 2 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem
26 2DF Jean Fuentes (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos
25 2DF Teo Quintero (1999-03-02) 2 March 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Belgium Deinze

8 3MF Tomás Rincón (captain) (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 34) 119 1 Italy Sampdoria
9 3MF Jhon Murillo (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 26) 38 4 Mexico Atlético San Luis
10 3MF Yeferson Soteldo (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 25) 29 2 Brazil Santos
7 3MF Jefferson Savarino (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 25) 26 1 United States Real Salt Lake
21 3MF Juan Pablo Añor (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 28) 24 1 Venezuela Caracas
13 3MF José Martínez (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 28) 19 0 United States Philadelphia Union
11 3MF Eduard Bello (1995-08-20) 20 August 1995 (age 27) 10 1 Mexico Mazatlán
5 3MF Christian Larotonda (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos
27 3MF Andrés Romero (2003-03-07) 7 March 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Venezuela Monagas
18 3MF Emerson Ruiz (2003-03-01) 1 March 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana

23 4FW Salomón Rondón (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 33) 90 35 England Everton
17 4FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 29) 59 12 United States Atlanta United
19 4FW Sergio Córdova (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 25) 14 0 United States Real Salt Lake
24 4FW Erickson Gallardo (1996-07-26) 26 July 1996 (age 26) 2 0 Venezuela Zamora

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 Diego Gil (2001-09-25) 25 September 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Venezuela Puerto Cabello v.  Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
GK Wuilker Faríñez (1998-02-15) 15 February 1998 (age 24) 40 0 France Lens v.  Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022 INJ
GK Frankarlos Benítez (2004-05-03) 3 May 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas Training module, 17-21 April 2022
GK Carlos Olses (2000-09-05) 5 September 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira Training module, 17-21 April 2022
GK Rafael Romo (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 32) 13 0 United States D.C. United v.  Colombia, 29 March 2022
GK Luis Romero (1990-11-16) 16 November 1990 (age 31) 0 0 Chile Recoleta v.  Chile, 14 October 2021

DF Miguel Navarro (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 23) 2 0 United States Chicago Fire v.  Iceland, 22 September 2022 INJ
DF Roberto Rosales (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 33) 92 1 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
DF Pablo Bonilla (1999-12-02) 2 December 1999 (age 22) 0 0 United States Portland Timbers v.  Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
DF Francisco La Mantía (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 26) 3 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Óscar Conde (2002-06-06) 6 June 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Venezuela Puerto Cabello Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Jon Aramburu (2002-07-23) 23 July 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Spain Real Unión Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Luis Casiani (2001-07-20) 20 July 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Uruguay Cerro Largo Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Andrés Ferro (2001-08-02) 2 August 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Yanniel Hernández (1997-07-10) 10 July 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Venezuela Zamora Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Diego Luna (2000-01-02) 2 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Venezuela Zamora Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Jesús Paz (2001-05-13) 13 May 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Venezuela Zulia Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Edison Penilla (1996-01-06) 6 January 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Venezuela Estudiantes de Mérida Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Jesús Quintero (2001-02-01) 1 February 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Williams Velásquez (1997-04-04) 4 April 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Venezuela Universidad Central Training module, 17-21 April 2022
DF Kendrys Silva (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira Training module, 17–21 April 2022 INJ
DF Luis Mago (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 28) 16 2 Argentina Banfield v.  Colombia, 29 March 2022
DF Adrián Martínez (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 29) 7 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Tai v.  Uruguay, 1 February 2022
DF Jefre Vargas (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 27) 3 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos Training module, 17–21 January 2022
DF Daniel Carrillo (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 26) 2 0 Finland KuPS v.  Peru, 16 November 2021
DF Alexander González (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 (age 30) 56 1 Armenia Pyunik v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Wilker Ángel (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 29) 28 2 Unattached v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Daniel Linárez (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 30) 0 0 Colombia Deportivo Pereira 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

MF Cristian Cásseres (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 22) 17 0 United States New York Red Bulls v.  Iceland, 22 September 2022 INJ
MF Yangel Herrera (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 24) 25 2 Spain Girona v.  Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
MF Adalberto Peñaranda (1997-05-31) 31 May 1997 (age 25) 20 0 Portugal Boavista v.  Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
MF Edson Castillo (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 28) 6 1 Venezuela Caracas Training module, 17-21 April 2022
MF Telasco Segovia (2003-04-02) 2 April 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Sampdoria Training module, 17-21 April 2022
MF Maurice Cova (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 30) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Training module, 17-21 April 2022
MF Ángel Lezama (2003-04-22) 22 April 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana Training module, 17-21 April 2022
MF David Martínez (2006-02-07) 7 February 2006 (age 16) 0 0 Venezuela Monagas Training module, 17-21 April 2022
MF Yerson Chacón (2003-06-04) 4 June 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Training module, 17–21 April 2022 INJ
MF Samuel Sosa (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Venezuela Puerto Cabello Training module, 17–21 April 2022 INJ
MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 29) 44 6 Brazil Fortaleza v.  Colombia, 29 March 2022
MF Darwin Machís (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 29) 36 9 Mexico Juárez v.  Colombia, 29 March 2022
MF Luis González (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 31) 10 0 Colombia Junior v.  Colombia, 29 March 2022
MF Júnior Moreno (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 29) 35 1 United States FC Cincinnati v.  Uruguay, 1 February 2022
MF Wikelman Carmona (2003-02-24) 24 February 2003 (age 19) 0 0 United States New York Red Bulls v.  Uruguay, 1 February 2022
MF Renzo Zambrano (1994-08-26) 26 August 1994 (age 28) 0 0 Armenia Pyunik Training module, 17–21 January 2022
MF Bernaldo Manzano (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 32) 7 0 Venezuela Deportivo Lara v.  Chile, 14 October 2021
MF Freddy Vargas (1999-04-01) 1 April 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Venezuela Metropolitanos v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Abraham Bahachille (2001-03-08) 8 March 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Unattached v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Cristhian Rivas (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Brazil Cuiabá v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE
MF Jorge Yriarte (2000-03-04) 4 March 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Spain Amorebieta v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE

FW Fernando Aristeguieta (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 30) 29 1 Mexico Puebla v.  Saudi Arabia, 9 June 2022
FW Alejandro Marqués (2000-04-08) 8 April 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Portugal Estoril Praia v.  Malta, 1 June 2022 INJ
FW Jovanny Bolívar (2001-12-16) 16 December 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo La Guaira Training module, 17-21 April 2022
FW Robinson Flores (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 24) 0 0 Colombia Águilas Doradas Training module, 17-21 April 2022
FW Saúl Guarirapa (2002-10-18) 18 October 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas Training module, 17-21 April 2022
FW Manuel Sulbarán (2002-10-08) 8 October 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas Training module, 17-21 April 2022
FW Jesús Vargas (1999-08-26) 26 August 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Venezuela Estudiantes de Mérida Training module, 17-21 April 2022
FW Eric Ramírez (1998-11-20) 20 November 1998 (age 23) 8 1 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava v.  Uruguay, 1 February 2022
FW Brayan Hurtado (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Chile Antofagasta v.  Uruguay, 1 February 2022
FW Jhonder Cádiz (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 27) 4 0 Portugal Famalicão Training module, 17–21 January 2022
FW Richard Celis (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 26) 4 0 Colombia Millonarios Training module, 17–21 January 2022
FW Jan Hurtado (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 22) 10 0 Brazil Red Bull Bragantino v.  Peru, 16 November 2021
FW Daniel Pérez (2002-01-17) 17 January 2002 (age 20) 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 Deportivo La Guaira v.  Brazil, 7 October 2021 PRE

  • COVID-19 Withdrew due to COVID-19
  • INJ Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • SUS Suspended
  • WD Withdrew from the squad

Player records

As of 9 June 2022[14]
Players in bold are still active with Venezuela.

Most capped players

Midfielder Juan Arango has played the most matches for Venezuela, with 129 appearances.
Midfielder Juan Arango has played the most matches for Venezuela, with 129 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Juan Arango 129 22 1999–2015
2 Tomás Rincón 119 1 2008–present
3 José Manuel Rey 115 11 1997–2011
4 Roberto Rosales 92 1 2007–present
5 Jorge Alberto Rojas 91 3 1999–2009
6 Salomón Rondón 90 35 2008–present
7 Miguel Mea Vitali 85 1 1999–2012
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 nation's all-time top goalscorer.
Salomón Rondón is the nation's all-time top goalscorer.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Salomón Rondón 35 90 0.39 2008–present
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 Josef Martínez 12 59 0.21 2011–present
6 Miku 11 50 0.22 2006–2015
José Manuel Rey 11 111 0.1 1997–2011
8 Daniel Arismendi 10 30 0.33 2006–2011
9 Darwin Machís 9 36 0.25 2011–present
Gabriel Urdaneta 9 77 0.12 1996–2005

Competitive record

Main article: Venezuela national football team records and statistics

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record 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 18 3 1 14 14 34
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 158 28 26 104 134 348

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

See also

Notes

References

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