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2022 World Cup Contestant Profile: Ecuador, The people of Ecuador were hurt when their national football team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Even though the Ecuador national team appeared convincing at the beginning of the South American zone qualification or Conmebol by winning four matches.
However, after that their performances tended to decline until they failed to win tickets to Russia. A year later, Ecuador’s failure continued in the 2019 Copa America.
La Tri only became caretaker of Group C and only won one point after a draw with the invited team, Japan. Luckily the failure of the senior team did not spread to the junior team.
The Ecuador junior team managed to finish in the rankings at the 2019 U-20 World Cup which took place in Poland. This bodes well for Ecuador ahead of the 2022 World Cup .
Their football generation thrived, and reaped the rewards by successfully qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Ecuador’s national team paid the price for failing to qualify for Russia four years ago.
How far are they in the 2022 World Cup ? Only time can answer that.
Ecuador does not only contain senior players such as Enner Valencia, Carlos Gruezo, and Felix Torres. They now have young players who have been able to penetrate the main squad such as Piero Hincapie, Plata, and Moises Caicedo.
The last name is a talented young midfielder belonging to the club Brighton who is being targeted by Liverpool. He is only 21 years old but has scored nine goals in 59 games in his professional career.
Moises Caicedo has also recorded 23 caps and two goals for the Ecuadorian national team. The two goals he contributed felt special because they were made against strong teams, namely Uruguay and Chile in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
Ecuador’s slick lunge which resulted in a ticket to the 2022 World Cup could not be separated from the cold hands of the coach, Gustavo Alfaro. He takes over now just ten days before the first Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifying match against Argentina.
Thirsty for success, Alfaro is looking to rebuild his reputation after a disappointing year with Boca Juniors. He was chosen because of his ability to build a team with limited resources and adept at maximizing the potential of young players.
After weeks of analysis, Alfaro and his staff decided to accept Ecuador’s offer, which is undergoing a generational transition. He also looked for some Ecuadorian gems by looking at the country’s league games.
Ecuador again tried his luck at the 2022 World Cup after missing the 2018 edition. The best achievement of the team nicknamed La Tri was when they qualified for the round of 16. In Qatar later, the coach Gustavo Alfaro has prepared his combat fleet by bringing star-studded players such as Pervis Estupiñán, Piero Hincapié, Moisés Caicedo, and Enner Valencia. (AFP/Pool/Dolores Ochoa)
Goalkeepers : Hernan Galindez (Universidad de Chile), Moises Ramirez (Independiente del Valle), Jorge Pinos (9 de Octubre)
Defenders : Robert Arboleda (Sao Paulo), Pervis Estupinan (Villarreal), German Pezzella (Real Betis), Angelo Preciado (Genk), Piero Hincapie (Bayer Leverkusen), Xavier Arreaga (Seattle Sounders), Diego Palacios (Los Angeles), Byron Castillo (Barcelona), Fernando Leon (Atletico San Luis)
Middle : Carlos Gruezo (Augsburg), Angel Mena (Leon), Jhegson Mendez (Orlando City), Gonzalo Plata (Real Valladolid), Romario Ibarra (Pachuca), Moises Caicedo (Brighton), Alan Franco (Charlotte), Joao Rojas (Emelec ), Jose Cifuentes (Los Angeles), Michael Carcelen (Barcelona), Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton), Danny Cabezas (Independiente del Valle)
Forwards: Enner Valencia (Fenerbahce), Michael Estrada (DC United), Jordy Caicedo (CSKA Sofia), Djorkaeff Reasco (Newell’s Old Boys)
Argentina’s Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Ecuador’s midfielder Gonzalo Plata during the CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifying match at the Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha, Wednesday (30/3/2022). Argentina’s national team won 1-0 over Ecuador. (FRANKLIN JACOME/POOL/AFP)
Netherlands vs Ecuador (25 November 2022)
Ecuador vs Senegal (29 November 2022)
Ecuador underwent a qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup in the South American zone or Conmebol by facing nine countries. They underwent 18 matches with a full competition system format or home and away.
Ecuador finished fourth with 28 points from 18 matches. They managed to achieve seven wins, five draws and six defeats.
Only the top four teams qualified directly for Qatar, while the fifth ranked Conmebol Zone had to face a play-off match against the representatives of the Oceania zone.
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