Ecuador World Cup 2014 Team Profile

Ecuador - World Cup 2014 Team Profile

Ecuador team profile.

Road to Brazil

Ecuador came 4th in South American qualifying behind Argentina, Colombia and Chile scoring 20 and conceding 16 goals to reach three of the last four World Cup tournaments. Ecuador are goal shy away from home having scored only 5 goals on the road during their qualification campaign. Ecuador face France, Switzerland and Honduras in Group E in Brazil.

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Fixtures

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Ecuador Kit 1
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Ecuador Kit 2
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Ecuador v Switzerland 15 June; Brasilia
Ecuador v Honduras 20 June; Curitiba
Ecuador v France 25 June; Rio de Janeiro

Analysis

Ecuador have few survivors from their squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany only Antonio Valencia and Edison Mendez remain from the team that lost to England in the Last 16.

Ecuador showed in their 2-2 friendly draw with England in Miami that they can hold their own with the top teams but they are over-reliant on Manchester United's Antonia Valencia after the tragic death of Cristian Benitez.

Ecuador are unlikely to beat France in their last group match but will be more confident of picking up the necessary points to progress from Group E against Switzerland and Honduras, especially considering they have own continent advantage.

Key player: Antonio Valencia

The Manchester United winger has had a poor season at Manchester United and seems to have lost a yard of pace but remains Ecuador's most important player.

One to watch: Felipe Caicedo

Ex-Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo now plies his trade in the UAE and finished as top scorer in qualifying.

Coach: Reinaldo Rueda

Reinaldo Rueda took Honduras to the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa and comes up against his former team in Curitiba.

FIFA World Ranking

Record

2002 First Round; 2006 Second Round.

World Cup Betting

Soccerphile Says

Ecuador will not make it out of the group after losing to France (2-0) and Switzerland (1-0) and beating Honduras (1-0).

2014 World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers: Maximo Banguera (Barcelona SC), Alexander Dominguez (LDU Quito), Adrian Bone (El Nacional)

Defenders: Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Jorge Guagua, Oscar Bagui, Gabriel Achilier (all Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Pachuca), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona SC)

Midfielders: Segundo Castillo (Al-Hilal), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), Cristian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), Luis Saritama (Barcelona SC), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Edison Mendez (Independiente Santa Fe), Fidel Martinez (Tijuana), Michael Arroyo (Atlante)

Strikers: Felipe Caicedo (Al-Jazira), Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Jaime Ayovi (Tijuana), Enner Valencia (Pachuca)