|Ecuador WC Finals 2002|
Ecuador has qualified for three FIFA World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2014. Their best performance came in 2006 when they advanced to the Round of 16, eventually eliminated by England. They are one of two countries in South America not to have won the Copa América, the other being Venezuela. Their best performance in the continental tournament was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.
GK: Jose Cevallos
Jose Cevallos spent most of his career with Barcelona(Ecuador), but his best club moment probably came during his career with LDU Quito when he saved three penalties and led his club to vitcory at the 2008 Copa Libertadoes. He was capped 89 times and went to the WC Finals in 2002.
GK: Pablo Ansaldo
He is one of the greatest goalkeeper in Ecuador's history. He was capped 23 times. He played for Barcelona(Ecuador) from 1954 to 1966.
GK: Alfredo Bonnard
He first represented Ecuador in 1953. He was capped 20 times. he was selected as the best keeper at the 1953 South American Championship.
RB: Ulises De L Cruz
He played 101 times for Ecuador between and 1995 and 2010, and was selected for two World Cup tournaments. He spent his club career at Deportivo Quito, Barcelona SC, Aucas, Cruzeiro, Hibernian, Aston Villa, Reading, Birmingham City.
CB: Ivan Hurtado
At the time of writing, he is Ecuador's all-time cap record holder. He is also the most capped South American player. He was a key player for both WC Finals in 2002 and 2006. For his club career, he had played for clubs in Ecuador, Mexico, Spain and Colombia.
Vicente Lecaro was a star player with Barcelona(Ecuador) in the 1960's. He played 14 seasons for the club.
CB: Holger Quinonez
He was capped 50 times for Ecuador between 1984 and 1999. He was voted once as the best centre back in South America. He played with for Barcelona Sporting Club, Brazil's CR Vasco da Gama, Club Sport Emelec, C.F. União inPortugal, Deportivo Pereira fromColombia and Deportivo Quito.
CB: Giovanny Espinoza
His nickname is La Sombra, which translates as "the shadow", because of his size, he creates large shadows. he earned over 90 caps and attended both 2002 and 2006 WC Finals. He started his career with LDU Quito. He also played in Holland, England and Brazil.
DF: Luciano Macías
Macias served as the captain of Barcelona (Ecuador)in 1961 to 1971. He also had a brief career with Emelec, Español de Zulia (Venezuela) and Miami Gatos(USA). Capped 23 times.
|Luciano Macías (L) and Alberto Spencer (R)|
He began his career in Patria De Esmeraldas in 1978. He also played for Barcelona SC, Emelec, Patria de Guayaquil, Milagro Sport, Filanbanco, LDU Quito, Cerro Porteño of Paraguay and Racing Club of Argentina. He had 100 caps between 1985 and 2003
LB: Neicer Reasco
Reasco began his professional club career playing for L.D.U. Quito for seven years. After the 2006 World Cup, he joined São Paulo in Brazil for a two-year contract, the only non-Brazilian on the team. In mid-2008, he rejoined his first club. He competed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He was named as part of Ecuador's squad for the 2007 and 2011 Copa América.
DM: Segundo Castillo
Castillo started his career with Quito's Club Deportivo Espoli. He then moved across the capital to one of Ecuador's most successful sides Club Deportivo El Nacional. In 2006, he moved abroad, joining Red Star Belgrade. In 2008 Castillo joined English Premier League club Everton on a year-long loan deal. He also played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Pachuca, etc.
DM: Alfonso Obregon
Alfonso Obregon spent most of his career with LDU Quito, where he won the 2008 Copa Libertadores. He was capped 58 times between 1995 and 2004. He participated in the WC Finals in 2002.
AM/RW: Édison Méndez
He is the second-most capped player for his country. He had 111 caps. Méndez began his career with Sociedad Deportivo Quito of his native Ecuador. After the WC Finals in 2002, he moved aboard. He played in Mexico and Brazil as well as PSV in Holland.
AM/CM: José Villafuerte
Villafuerte spent almost his entire career with El Nacional through the 1970s and 1980s, winning 7 championships in 10 years. During this period he was also a key player for Ecuador, though the national side saw little success during in World Cup qualifiers and the Copa America this period.
AM: Alex Aguinaga
Alex Aguinaga is considered one of the greatest players ever from Ecuador. He was at one point the all-time cap record holder for his country, helping them to qualify for the WC in 2002. He first made his name with Deportivo Quito at home before moving to Necaxa in 1989. He would spent 13 years with the club, becoming one of the best players in the Mexican league.
He played 20 times for Ecuador between 1966 and 1983. He played for LDU Quito, Penarol and River Plate of Uruguay.
RW/FW: Washington Munoz
He was a star for Barcelona(Ecuador) in the 1960's and became their all-time leading scorer. He won 4 league titles between 1962 and 1977.
He is probably the most successful Ecuadorean player ever played in Europe. He first made his name with El Nacional at home before moving to Europe. He first played in Spain and then, found success with Wigan in England. In 2009, he secured a big move to Manchester United and voted into the PFA team of the year for the season 2009-2010.
Estupiñán began playing football for Club Social y Deportivo Macará and made his Ecuadorian Serie A debut at age 17. He would also play for Club Deportivo El Nacional and Club Sport Emelec in Ecuador's top division. He played several seasons in the Primera División de México with Deportivo Toluca F.C., Club América, Atlético Campesinos and Puebla F.C., winning the league with Toluca in 1974–75 and with Puebla in 1982–83.
FW: Jorge Bolanos
He was considered the second best Ecuadorian player after Alberto Spencer. He spent most of his career with Emelec. He also played for America Quito, Barcelona of Guayaquil and Miami Gatos in the USA. He was capped 22 times.
ST: Agustín Delgado
Delgado is the all-time top scorer for the Ecuadorian national team with 31 goals in 71 games. He played in both 2002 and 2006 WC Finals. He played professional club football in Ecuador, Mexico and England for club such as Necaxa and Southampton.
ST: Alberto Spencer
He was known as "Cabeza Mágica" (Spanish for magic head). He is still the all-time leading scorer in the Copa Libertadores' history. He won three Libertadores Cups and two Intercontinental Cups with Penarol. He was elected the 20th best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2004.
Kléber Fajardo, Walter Ayoví, José Balseca, Carlos Torres Garcés, Enrique Raymondi, Ermen Benítez
-- I have limited information on Alfredo Bonnard
-- I selected Luis Capurro and Neicer Reasco over Walter Ayoví who has over 100 caps.
-- I need a defensive midfielder. So Segundo Castillo was selected over more offensive-minded players.
-- El Nacional dominated domestic football in the 1970's. I selected José Villafuerte from that era onto this team. Ermine Benítez also made honourable mention.
-- Jorge Bolanos is sometimes listed among the greatest players from Ecuador.
-- Antonio Valencia has a successful career in the Premiership. Manchester United is probably the biggest club that Ecuadorian footballers had ever played for in the Champions' league era.
-- Alberto Spencer is considered to be the greatest footballer from Ecuador.