Venezuela national football team

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Venezuela
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Vinotinto
Association Federación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Rafael Dudamel
Captain Tomás Rincón
Most caps Juan Arango (129)
Top scorer Juan Arango (23)
Home stadium Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui
Polideportivo Cachamay
Estadio Pueblo Nuevo
FIFA code VEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 52 Decrease 1 (23 November 2017)
Highest 29 (August 2014)
Lowest 129 (November 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 32 (15 November 2017)
Highest 19 (July 17, 2011)
Lowest 127 (1993, 1995, 1999)
First international
 Panama 3–1 Venezuela Venezuela
(Panama City, Panama; February 12, 1938)
Biggest win
Venezuela Venezuela 7–0 Puerto Rico 
(Caracas, Venezuela; January 16, 1959)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 11–0 Venezuela Venezuela
(Rosario, Argentina; August 10, 1975)
Copa América
Appearances 17 (first in 1967)
Best result Fourth place, 2011

The Venezuela national football team (Spanish: La selección de fútbol de Venezuela) represents Venezuela in men's international association football and is controlled by the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF), the governing body for football in Venezuela. It is nicknamed Vino Tinto ("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 2018, 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 changed in the last two qualifying rounds. Until 2011, their best finish in 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.

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.

The team failed to qualify for both the 2002, and 2006 World Cups. The latter failure resulted in the resignation of manager Richard Páez.

César Farías era

With new coach César Farías, Venezuela national team improved their performances. At the beginning of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Venezuela won its first game in World Cup qualifying against the 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 their 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 their 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

On 4 September 2014, Noel Sanvicente was made coach of the Venezuela national team.[1] On 5 September 2014, the team lost its first match with Sanvicente under the helm 3–1 against South Korea in Bucheon.[2]

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.

Rafael Dudamel era

Sanvicente was replaced by former Vinotinto goalkeeper Rafael Dudamel. 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.

Copa América history

Venezuela first participated in 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:

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:

Historical kits

(1926)
(1967)
(1970)
(1977)
(1979)
(1981)
(1982)
(1986)
(1989)
(1990)
(1993)
(1994)
(1995)
(1996)
(1997)
(1998)
(1999)
(1999)
(2001)
(2004)
(2005)
(2007)
(2010)
(2011)
(2011– 2013)
(2014– 2017)

Current status

Recent and forthcoming matches

Matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 18 12 5 1 41 11 +30 41 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 5–0 3–1
2  Uruguay 18 9 4 5 32 20 +12 31 1–4 0–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 2–1 4–2 3–0
3  Argentina 18 7 7 4 19 16 +3 28 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–1
4  Colombia 18 7 6 5 21 19 +2 27 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–0
5  Peru 18 7 5 6 27 26 +1 26 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–4 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–2
6  Chile 18 8 2 8 26 27 −1 26 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–3 2–1 3–0[a] 3–1
7  Paraguay 18 7 3 8 19 25 −6 24 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–4 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–1
8  Ecuador 18 6 2 10 26 29 −3 20 0–3 2–1 1–3 0–2 1–2 3–0 2–2 2–0 3–0
9  Bolivia 18 4 2 12 16 38 −22 14 0–0 0–2 2–0 2–3 0–3[a] 1–0 1–0 2–2 4–2
10  Venezuela 18 2 6 10 19 35 −16 12 0–2 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 1–4 0–1 1–3 5–0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b FIFA awarded Peru and Chile 3–0 wins as a result of Bolivia fielding the ineligible player Nelson Cabrera. Originally Bolivia had defeated Peru 2–0 and drawn 0–0 with Chile. Nelson Cabrera had previously represented Paraguay and did not meet eligibility rules.[3]

Players

Current squad

The following 20 players have been called up for the Friendly Match against  Iran on November 13, 2017. Caps and goals are correct as of November 13, 2017, after the game against Iran.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Wuilker Faríñez (1998-02-15) February 15, 1998 (age 19) 8 0 Venezuela Caracas
12 1GK José Contreras (1994-10-20) October 20, 1994 (age 23) 6 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira

2 2DF Wilker Ángel (1993-03-18) March 18, 1993 (age 24) 18 2 Russia Akhmat Grozny
3 2DF Mikel Villanueva (1993-04-14) April 14, 1993 (age 24) 17 2 Spain Cádiz
18 2DF Víctor García (1994-06-11) June 11, 1994 (age 23) 8 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
4 2DF Rubert Quijada (1989-02-10) February 10, 1989 (age 28) 7 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa
13 2DF Jhon Chancellor (1992-01-02) January 2, 1992 (age 25) 6 0 Ecuador Delfín
20 2DF Ronald Hernández (1997-10-04) October 4, 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Norway Stabæk
21 2DF José Hernández (1997-06-26) June 26, 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas

5 3MF Arquímedes Figuera (1989-10-06) October 6, 1989 (age 28) 23 1 Peru Universitario
15 3MF Jhon Murillo (1995-11-21) November 21, 1995 (age 22) 14 2 Turkey Kasımpaşa
11 3MF Juan Pablo Añor (1994-01-24) January 24, 1994 (age 23) 12 1 Spain Málaga
8 3MF Adalberto Peñaranda (1997-05-31) May 31, 1997 (age 20) 12 0 Spain Málaga
7 3MF Darwin Machís (1993-02-07) February 7, 1993 (age 24) 8 0 Spain Granada
16 3MF Yeferson Soteldo (1997-06-30) June 30, 1997 (age 20) 6 0 Chile Huachipato
14 3MF Yangel Herrera (1998-01-07) January 7, 1998 (age 19) 6 1 United States New York City
6 3MF Aristóteles Romero (1995-10-18) October 18, 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Crotone
17 3MF Ronaldo Lucena (1997-02-27) February 27, 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Colombia Atlético Nacional

23 4FW Salomón Rondón (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 28) 66 19 England West Bromwich Albion
9 4FW Anthony Blondell (1994-05-17) May 17, 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Venezuela Monagas

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 Carlos Olses (2000-09-21) September 21, 2000 (age 17) 0 0 Venezuela La Guaira v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
GK Alain Baroja (1989-10-23) October 23, 1989 (age 28) 14 0 Venezuela Monagas v.  Ecuador, June 9, 2017
GK Joel Graterol (1997-02-13) February 13, 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Venezuela Zamora v.  Chile, March 28, 2017

DF José Manuel Velázquez (1990-09-08) September 8, 1990 (age 27) 26 3 Mexico Veracruz v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
DF Rolf Feltscher (1990-10-06) October 6, 1990 (age 27) 18 0 Wales Cardiff City v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
DF Pablo Camacho (1990-10-12) October 12, 1990 (age 27) 4 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
DF Alexander González (1992-09-13) September 13, 1992 (age 25) 44 1 Spain Huesca v.  Argentina, September 5, 2017
DF Edwin Peraza (1993-03-11) March 11, 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Venezuela La Guaira v.  Argentina, September 5, 2017
DF Yordan Osorio (1994-05-10) May 10, 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Portugal Tondela v.  Ecuador, June 9, 2017
DF Jefre Vargas (1995-01-12) January 12, 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Portugal Arouca v.  Ecuador, June 9, 2017
DF José Marrufo (1996-02-06) February 6, 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Ecuador, June 9, 2017

MF Tomás Rincón (Captain) (1988-01-13) January 13, 1988 (age 29) 86 0 Italy Torino v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
MF Rómulo Otero (1992-11-09) November 9, 1992 (age 25) 27 6 Brazil Atlético Mineiro v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
MF Yohandry Orozco (1991-03-19) March 19, 1991 (age 26) 25 1 Venezuela Zulia v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
MF Júnior Moreno (1993-07-20) July 20, 1993 (age 24) 4 1 Venezuela Zulia v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
MF Sergio Córdova (1997-08-09) August 9, 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Germany FC Augsburg v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
MF Jefferson Savarino (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 21) 1 0 United States Real Salt Lake v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
MF Samuel Sosa (1999-12-17) December 17, 1999 (age 17) 0 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
MF Francisco Flores (1990-04-30) April 30, 1990 (age 27) 28 1 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Argentina, September 5, 2017
MF Alejandro Guerra (Retired) (1985-07-09) July 9, 1985 (age 32) 61 3 Brazil Palmeiras v.  Ecuador, June 9, 2017
MF Jacobo Kouffati (1993-06-30) June 30, 1993 (age 24) 5 1 Colombia Millonarios v.  Ecuador, June 9, 2017
MF Francisco La Mantía (1996-02-24) February 24, 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Venezuela La Guaira v.  Ecuador, June 9, 2017
MF Renzo Zambrano (1994-08-26) August 26, 1994 (age 23) 3 0 United States Portland Timbers 2 v.  Chile, March 28, 2017

FW Josef Martínez (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 24) 42 9 United States Atlanta United v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
FW Edder Farías (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 29) 8 2 Colombia Once Caldas v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
FW Ronaldo Chacón (1998-02-18) February 18, 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Venezuela Caracas v.  Paraguay, October 10, 2017
FW Christian Santos (1988-03-24) March 24, 1988 (age 29) 11 1 Spain Alavés v.  Argentina, September 5, 2017
FW Andrés Ponce (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Livorno v.  Ecuador, June 9, 2017

Records

Most caps

Midfielder Juan Arango had played the most matches for Venezuela: 129 between 1999 and 2015.

Blue highlights denotes active players.

Position Name Period caps Goals


1 Juan Arango 1999–2015 129 23
2 José Manuel Rey 1997–2011 111 11
3 Jorge Alberto Rojas 1999–2009 88 3
4 Tomás Rincón 2008– 86 0
5 Miguel Mea Vitali 1999–2012 84 1
6 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 2004– 82 8
7 Gabriel Urdaneta 1996–2005 76 9
8 Luis Vallenilla 1996–2007 75 1
9 Roberto Rosales 2007– 68 0
10 Luis Manuel Seijas 2006– 67 2
As of 13 November 2017[4]

Top scorers

Blue highlights denotes active players.

Position Name Period Goals Caps Goals/Caps Ratio
1 Juan Arango 1999–2015 23 129 0.18
2 Giancarlo Maldonado 2003–2011 22 65 0.33
3 Salomón Rondón 2008– 19 66 0.29
4 Ruberth Morán 1996–2007 16 62 0.22
5 José Manuel Rey 1997–2011 11 111 0.10
6 Nicolás Fedor 2006– 11 51 0.21
7 Daniel Arismendi 2006–2011 10 30 0.30
8 Gabriel Urdaneta 1996–2005 9 76 0.12
Josef Martínez 2011– 9 42 0.21
10 Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 2004– 8 82 0.10
As of 13 November 2017[5]

Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1954 Did not enter
1958 Withdrew
1962 Did not enter
1966 to 1970 Did not qualify
1974 Withdrew
1978 to 2018 Did not qualify

Head to head

Copa América record

Pan American Games record

References

  1. ^ FIFA.com. "Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – FIFA.com". fifa.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Korea Republic 3 – 1 Venezuela Match report – 9/5/14 Friendlies – Goal.com". goal.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bolivia sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". FIFA.com. 1 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Luis Fernando Passo Alpuin. "Appearances for Venezuela National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  5. ^ Luis Fernando Passo Alpuin. "Goals for Venezuela National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 

External links

  • (in Spanish) Federacion Venezolana De Fútbol The official Venezuelan soccer federation website.
  • (in Spanish) La Vinotinto – The latest news about Venezuelan professional soccer and more.
  • (in Spanish) ForoVinotinto The Unofficial Forum.
  • (in Spanish) Futbol es todo The latest news about Venezuelan professional soccer and more.
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