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Official Ecuador squad for WC

Friday, May 3, 2002

No surprises in Ecuador squad

QUITO, May 2 (Reuters) - Ecuador has named the 23 players who will represent them at their first World Cup as they became the first South American country to decide on their squad for the tournament in Japan and South Korea.

Ecuador have one of the world's most settled teams and there were no surprises as coach Hernan Dario Gomez named his squad on Thursday, 19 days before the final FIFA deadline.

Gomez, a Colombian who led his own country at France '98, stuck by the players who took Ecuador through the South American World Cup campaign.

Veteran captain Alex Aguinaga, who has been dogged by a troublesome knee in the last year and will be 34 when the tournament starts, and striker Agustin Delgado, who has also been plagued by injury, were both included.

Delgado, Ecuador's leading scorer in the qualifiers with nine goals, has only played four matches since last November, having undergone two knee operations in that period.

There was no last-minute reprieve for strikers Eduardo Hurtado and Angel Graziani, who have both been dropped by Gomez early in his reign as coach.

The small Andean nation has been gripped by World Cup fever since the start of the year and Thursday's event was broadcast live on television.

'I'm always happy when I watch Ecuador play but we do not have a history in the World Cup,' said Gomez.

Ecuador travel to the United States on Monday, where they played Yugoslavia in a friendly, before going to the Far East.

They face Croatia, Italy and Mexico in their first round group G.

Goalkeepers - Jose Cevallos (Barcelona), Geovanny Ibarra (El Nacional), Daniel Viteri (Emelec)

Defenders - Ulises De la Cruz (Hibernian, Scotland), Augusto Porozo (Emelec) Ivan Hurtado (Barcelona), Geovanni Espinoza (Aucas), Raul Guerron (Deportivo Quito), Marlon Ayovi (Deportivo Quito)

Midfielders - Edwin Tenorio (Barcelona), Luis Gomez (Barcelona), Alfonso Obregon (Liga de Quito), Edison Mendez (Deportivo Quito), Cleber Chala (El Nacional), Juan Carlos Burbano (El Nacional), Alex Aguinaga (Necaxa-Mexico), Wellington Sanchez (Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Emelec)

Forwards - Carlos Tenorio (Liga de Quito), Angel Fernandez (El Nacional) Ivan Kaviedes (Barcelona), Nicolas Ascencio (Barcelona), Agustin Delgado (Southampton, England)

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No real surprises here. The only one is that Walter Ayovi got called up. They guy is an awesome left wing back but is more troublesome than he is worth sometimes. He was suspended for 6 months for misrepresenting his age to play for Ecuador's U20 NT, everytime he has been called to the senior NT he has dissapointed, he has been suspended or separated by his club (Emelec) in numerous ocassions, the latest when he went AWOL because he refused to be transferred to Europe (Gent, Belgium). He is playing again for Emelec but cameback too late so he could not be registered for Libertadores Cup play. He is easily the most skilled natural lefty in Ecuador but he is a pain in the:ass:
 

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Ecuador has really a very settled team.No surprises.With the players not changing like t-shirts the team will be represented very well in the World CUp.

I think Ecuador is the team with the less players used in the Quals and this is good.Look at Brazil and Bolivia who used the more...
 

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Ecuador has really a very settled team.No surprises.With the players not changing like t-shirts the team will be represented very well in the World CUp.

I think Ecuador is the team with the less players used in the Quals and this is good.Look at Brazil and Bolivia who used the more...
No actually, Argentina used lees players than ecuador in the qualifiers.
 

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Delgado goal lifts Ecuador to victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, May 8 (AFP)

Forward Agustin Delgado scored in the 69th minute to give World Cup-bound Ecuador a 1-0 victory over Yugoslavia in an international friendly on Wednesday night.
Delgado put in a rebound of a side-volley by midfielder Alex Aguinaga from the top of the penalty area. Goalkeeper Dragoslav Jevric knocked away the shot, but Delgado swept in to slot the ball home from six yards.
The game, however, will be better remembered as a chippy and physical affair as referee Rich Grady awarded five yellow cards and three red cards, including a pair to Yugoslavia, in front of a crowd of 36,540 at Giants Stadium.
Yugoslavian midfielder Dejan Stankovic was given his marching orders after fouling midfielder Edwin Tenorio from behind at midfield in the 41st minute.
Ecuador's man advantage, however, was short-lived as they had substitute Carlos Tenorio red-carded themselves.
Yugoslavia had their second player ejected in the 69th minute as defender Dejan Stefanovic was awarded his second yellow card, this one for dissent, immediately after the goal.
The game was not without some comedy. While taking a free kick some 28 yards out on the left side, Yugoslavian defender Sinisa Mihajlovic shanked his attempt to the left side, coming nowhere near the goal in the 38th minute.
Ecuador defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in a friendly in this same stadium on March
They will make their World Cup debut in Group G in Japan, playing Italy in their first match on June 3. The South Americans also will meet Mexico on June 9 and Croatia on June 13 in the opening round.
Yugoslavia failed to reach the World Cup, finishing third in European Group One beind Russia and Slovenia.
Before journeying to Japan, Ecuador will play A.C. Milan, which will include several guest players from Italy's Serie A, in New Haven, Connecticut, on Saturday.
Giants Stadium will be the site of an international doubleheader on Thursday, May 16. The US will play Jamaica before Milan takes on the New York/New Jersey MetroStars of Major League Soccer.

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I like sa nations to win some big euro ones becasue here when you ask someone the opinion for Paraguay and Ecuador he says"They are villages"...and then i laugh...
 

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Ecuador beats AC Milan in World Cup tuneup
May 11, 2002

By Jamie Trecker SportsTicker Contributing Editor

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Ecuador defeated Italian club power A.C. Milan, 2-1, in a friendly tuneup for the World Cup at the Yale Bowl on Saturday.

In front of 25,211 fans, second-half sub Carlos Tenorio netted the winner in the 81st minute after Nicolas Asencio collected a rebound off goalkeeper Valerio Fiori and sent the ball across the face of the goal.

Ecuador played A.C. Milan as a tuneup because the club team's style resembles that of the Italian national team, which Ecuador faces in its first World Cup match. Despite this outcome, Ecuador could struggle in that showdown.

Milan showed that when it wanted to, it could blow right past the South Americans. Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez put his finger on the problem before the match, saying bluntly, "We need to take better control of the ball."

Milan controlled the pace from the get-go, with Vitaly Kutuzov picking off the ball from midfield crosses with ease to set up scoring runs. Jose Mari got off two great shots within a minute that required keeper Francisco Cevallos to do a lot of work as the clock passed the 16-minute mark.

Mari set up the first strike in the 24th minute. Ibrahim Ba flicked a lovely cross from the right side that Mari put on to captain Massimo Ambrosini for the goal. Two minutes later, Raul Guerron gave the ball away in the box to Mari, whose cross to Serginho resulted in a volley wide.

Still, Ecuador struck back just before halftime against the run of play when Ivan Kaviedes rocked a shot off Valerio Fiori that Augustin Delgado coolly put away. Delgado plays for Southampton of the English Premier League.

The Ecuadorians did show occasional flashes of speed. But this team will have to pick up its middling pace if its expects to progress past the first round of the World Cup.
 

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Vamos Ecuador ... All the Best in the 2002 WC !!!! :smileani:
 

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Ecuador player penpics

QUITO, May 13 (AFP)
Penpics for key players of World Cup Group G contenders Ecuador:

AGUSTIN DELGADO
Age: 27
Position: Forward
Club: Southampton (Eng)
Delgado was the spearhead of the Ecuador team that propelled the Andean nation to the World Cup Finals for the first time, his nine goals matched only by Hernan Crespo of Argentina in the Latin American qualifying round.
Has electric pace and a keen eye for goal which makes him a tough assignment for opposing defenders.
Delgado, known as 'Tin', has failed to settle with his new team Southampton since moving to England - he recently said he wanted to leave after the World Cup - but showed he has not lost his eye for goal by netting in Ecuador's 1-0 friendly victory over Yugoslavia on Thursday.
More goals in Japan would certainly raise his price tag should Southampton decide to part company with the 27-year-old.
He first grabbed world attention when he starred for Mexican club Necaxa in FIFA's inaugural World Club Championship in 1999 in the team that drew with Manchester United at Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana Stadium before beating Real Madrid of Spain in the third-place play-off.
Delgado also has a philanthropic side and has founded a school to help impoverished children in his homeland.

IVAN KAVIEDES
Age: 25
Position: Forward
Club: Barcelona Guayaquil
Kaviedes, whose full name is Jaime Ivan Kaviedes, has already widely travelled at the age of 25 and has played in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Mexico as well as his homeland.
The became the first man from Ecuador to play in Italy's Serie A when he joined Perugia but after failing to establish himself in Spain with Celta Vigo he has been farmed out on several loan spells.
He had a brief spell with Portugal's FC Porto but most recently was sent back to Ecuador to play for Guayaquil-based outfit Barcelona, the country's best supported club based in the Pacific Coast port.
First hit the headlines with another Ecuadorean club Emelec for whom he scored 43 goals in one season before embarking on his long round-the-world tour.
Was the architect of Ecuador's qualifying victory over Brazil, setting up the winning goal for Delgado and winning the man-of-the-match award.

ALEX AGUINAGA
Age: 33
Position: Midfielder
Club: Necaxa (Mex)
Aguinaga will turn 34 this summer but is the playmaker in the Ecuador ranks and was brilliant in the qualifying campaign - his country's landmark appearance in the finals is a fitting crown to end a superb career.
He first came to world attention in the FIFA 1999 World Club Championship when - playing for Mexican outfit Necaxa - he outshone the likes of David Beckham of Manchester United and Fernando Redondo of Real Madrid in Brazil.
But he was already a well-known face in Latin American and was named player of the tournament when a teenager in the under-17 South American Championships in 1987.
The pony-tailed playmaker is so popular with Necaxa that he was recently offered a director's job when his playing career ends although he has no plans to hang up his boots yet.
And he earned a further honour in his adopted country - who are draw with Mexico in Group G - when he was voted player of the decade in the Mexican league.
A freekick specialist Aguinaga can also contribute goals although his outstanding asset is his passing ability.

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Atletico Madrid beat Ecuador

MADRID, May 14 (AFP)

Newly-promoted Atletico Madrid beat World Cup finalists Ecuador 2-1 at their Vicente Calderon stadium here on Tuesday.
Txomin Nagore and Luque scored for Atletico, back in the Spanish league top flight as second division champions, and Carlos Aguilera hit an equalizing own goal for Ecuador.
Ecuador, who made serious errors in defence, could not prevent the defeat against more enterprising opponents who fielded their best team.
The South Americans stroked the ball around nicely and with precision but their passing lacked penetration and was far too horizontal especially around their opponents' area.
Wingers Cleber Chala, on the left, and Edison Mendez on the right flank, were the most effective of Ecuador's players going forward.
On a sour note for the home side, Correa was sent off just before the break.

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Ecuador actually played pretty well but kaviedes and C. Tenorio had an off day and Delgado did not play
 

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Does anybody know what other games they have B4 the WC if any ????

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colocolo said:
Does anybody know what other games they have B4 the WC if any ????

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They have got one against Senegal in Tottori on May 23 ;)

Not sure if they have any others :)
 

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They have got one against Senegal in Tottori on May 23 ;)

Not sure if they have any others :)
Gracias KI for the reply .......

Ecuador star Delgado complains of knee pains

TOTTORI, Japan, May 19 (AFP)

Ecuador's top striker Agustin Delgado has complained of pains in his left knee after training in the south-western Japanese city of Tottori, head coach Hernan Dario Gomez told reporters on Sunday.
The 27-year-old, who plays his club football for English Premier League side Southampton and was the goal hero in a 1-0 victory over Yugoslavia in a recent warm-up match, appears to have aggravated a long-term injury which has already been operated on. :eek::dazed:
Delgado was the spearhead of the Ecuador team that propelled the Andean nation to the World Cup Finals for the first time, his nine goals matched only by Hernan Crespo of Argentina in the Latin American qualifying round.
Delgado, known as 'Tin', first grabbed world attention when he starred for Mexican club Necaxa in FIFA's inaugural World Club Championship in 1999. Necaxa drew with Manchester United at Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana Stadium before beating Real Madrid of Spain in the third-place play-off.

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Delgado brushes off injury talk

QUITO, May 20 (AFP)

Ecuador's top striker Agustin Delgado said on Monday he was suffering a slight ankle injury and vowed he would be fit for his country's opening World Cup match against Italy on June 3.
Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez said on Sunday that Delgado had complained of pains in his left knee after training in the south-western Japanese city of Tottori.
But the 27-year-old, who plays his club football for English Premier League side Southampton, said his ankle was the problem.
"I've taken a knock but it's not very serious," said Delgado on the Ecuador Football Federation website.
"I know that I'll have no problem being in top condition for the first World Cup match. That's what I'm aiming for.
"The pain is actually coming from my ankle, not my knee."
Delgado, who has undergone two operations on his knee, propelled the Andean nation to the World Cup Finals for the first time, his nine goals matched only by Hernan Crespo of Argentina in the Latin American qualifying round.
Delgado, known as 'Tin', first grabbed world attention when he starred for Mexican club Necaxa in FIFA's inaugural World Club Championship in 1999. Necaxa drew with Manchester United at Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana Stadium before beating Real Madrid of Spain in the third-place play-off.

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Rash of injuries rocks Ecuador

QUITO, May 21 (AFP)


The Ecuador World Cup squad has been hit by a rash of injuries at their first training session at Tottori in southwest Japan, the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) revealed Tuesday.
Three of the squad suffered problems, the most worrying being top striker Agustin Delgado, who suffered a slight ankle injury.
Goalkeepr Jose Cevallos complained of a back problem, while midfielder Walter Ayovi suffered a muscle strain.
"Of the three the case of Delgado is the most worrying. He had to leave the pitch carried by two people," an FEF spokesman said.
"I took a knock but it's nothing serious," said 27-year-old Delgado, who plays for English Premiership side Southampton.
"I know that I will be in good condition for the first match."
Ecuador open their campaign against Italy on June 3 in their Group G which also includes Croatia and Mexico.

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International Friendly Preview: China V Ecuador
China - Ecuador | News Archive

05/21/2002. China take on Ecuador on Wednesday in a warm up match for both nations' first ever appearance at the finals of a World Cup.

China boss Bora Milutinovic will be desperate for some sign of an improvement from his players following a string of disappointing displays in recent friendlies. A repeat of these performances in their group matches against Costa Rica, Turkey and Brazil will almost certainly see China humiliated and leave 1.3 billion fans disappointed back home.

China have lost to Uruguay and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in the past seven days without scoring a goal in either game and their lack of goalscoring looks set to be their biggest problem. A 3-1 win against Thailand earlier this month is the only game in which Milutinovic's side has hit the net this year.

That statistic is even more worrying considering Ecuador have not conceded a goal in any of their last three friendlies against Yugoslavia (1-0), South Africa (0-0) and Bulgaria (3-0). The South American outfit are relatively unknown and unfancied but they do have a reasonable chance of qualifying from their group containing Italy, Croatia and Mexico.

However, their preparations have not been without hitches as three members of their squad have sustained injuries during training sessions. Arguably the star of the team, Southampton striker Agustin Delgado has an ankle injury, although is confident of making the opening match of the tournament against Italy on June 3. Goalkeepr Jose Cevallos and midfielder Walter Ayovi are also suffering from knocks.

WORLD CUP SQUADS:
Ecuador:
Goalkeepers: Jose Cevallos (Barcelone Guayaquil), Johvani Ibarra (El Nacional), Daniel Viteri (Emelec)

Defenders: Geovany Espinoza (Aucas), Ivan Hurtado (Barcelona Guayaquil), Augusto Porozo (Emelec), Raul Guerron (Deportivo Quito), Marlon Ayovi (Deportivo Quito), Ulises De La Cruz (Hibernian/Sco), Luis Gomez (Barcelone Guayaquil)

Midfielders: Edison Mendez (Deportivo Quito), Edwin Tenorio (Barcelona Guayaquil), Alfonso Obregon (Liga de Quito), Cleber Chala (El Nacional), Juan Carlos Burbano (El Nacional), Wellington Sanchez (Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Emelec), Alex Aguinaga (Necaxa/Mex)

Strikers: Nicolas Asencio (Barcelona Guayaquil), Carlos Tenorio (Liga de Quito), Ivan Kaviedes (Barcelona Guayaquil), Angel Fernandez (El Nacional), Agustin Delgado (Southampton/Eng)

China

Goalkeepers: Jiang Jin (Tianjin Taida), An Qi (Dalian Shide), Ou Chuliang (Yunnan Hongta)

Defenders: Fan Zhiyi (Shanghai Shenhua), Li Weifeng (Shenzhen Ping'an), Sun Jihai (Manchester City/Eng), Wu Chenying (Shanghai Shenhua), Yang Pu (Beijing Guo'an), Xu Yunlong (Beijing Guo'an), Zhang Enhua (Dalian Shide), Du Wei (Shanghai Shenhua), Gao Rao (Shandong Luneng)

Midfielders: Li Tie (Liaoning Bodao), Zhao Junze (Liaoning Bodao), Li Xiaopeng (Shandong Luneng), Qu Bo (Qingdao Beer), Ma Mingyu (Sichuan Dahe), Shao Jiayi (Beijing Guo'an), Qi Hong (Shanghai Zhongyuan), Yu Genwei (Tianjin Taida)

Forwards: Hao Haidong (Dalian Shide), Yang Chen (Eintracht Frankfurt/Ger), Su Maozhen (Shandong Luneng).

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International Result: Senegal takes care of Ecuador in friendly match-up
Ecuador - Senegal | News Archive

(AP)
05/23/2002. Second half substitution Souleymane Camara scored on a well-placed header, to spur Senegal to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador. The match was played in Tottori, Japan's Bird Stadium. Senegal's midfield dominated the match and Ecuador had many problems trying to get into the Senegalese backfield because of this fact. Ecuadorian headman, Hernan Darío Gomez, seemed to be looking at players in the match to test them against the Senegalese, by looking at the number of substitutions that he had made during the match. Ecuador had troubles with Senegal's speed on the flanks. Also, the South American squad were able to create many chances as well. However leading scorer, Agustin Delgado did not play in the match. Both teams are looking to have a good first World Cup appearance for their countries.

Ecuador- Jos?Cevallos; Luis Gómez (Ulises De la Cruz, '46), Augusto Poroso, Giovanni Espinoza (Iván Hurtado, '46), Raúl Guerrón; Cléber Chal? Alex Aguinaga (Angel Fernández, '74), Wellington Sánchez (Edison Méndez, '46), Edwin Tenorio (Alfonso Obregón, '46); Jaime Kaviedes (Nicolás Asencio, '74), Carlos Tenorio

Senegal - Tony Sylva; Ferdinand Coly, Lamine Dialta, Pape Diop, Omar Daff (Alassane Ndour, '81); Aliou Cisse, Moussa Ndiaye (Souleymane Camara, '52), Slif Diao, Pape Bouba; El Hadj Diouf, Khaliou Fadiga

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Ecuador coach tells his latin lovers to take it easy

QUITO, May 24 (AFP)


Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez came out in favour of sex at the country's World Cup training camp on Friday, saying it can be hugely positive for the players.
"Sex is very gratifying if you are in good physical relationship, a calm loving one," he said. "If you do it slow and with lots of love a footballer can do it every day."
But the Colombian warned against bedroom acrobatics.
"But if you want to play the 'Bionic man' or think you are a sexual 'Superman' and go in for rigorous stuff, that ruins a footballer's legs," he explained.
Gomez went on to explain that sex was not an issue at Ecuador's camp in Tottori, Japan - none of the players wives were there.
"Unfortunately our wives and partners are not here so we can't do it anyway. But sex with love is a wonderful thing to have, rich and gratifying," he added longingly.
Ecuador take on Italy on June 3rd in their opening Group G match, the group also includes Mexico and Croatia.

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