Lucky11| FIFA World Cup: Ecuador Full Squad Analysis
Ecuador has several promising young players on the way, as well as a few veteran names, for Qatar 2022. Ecuador is preparing for their fourth World Cup appearance and hopes to improve on their round-of-16 finish in 2006.
They qualified for Qatar by finishing fourth in the COMBEBOL qualifications, below Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay but above of traditional giants Chile and Colombia. Ecuador will play hosts Qatar in the tournament opener before playing the Netherlands and Senegal in their remaining Group A fixtures.
The only goalkeeper with a significant amount of experience at the highest level is Hernan Garinde; Alexandre Dominguez has made close to 70 appearances.
Pedro Ortiz, Moises Ramirez, and Gonzalo Valle might compete for third in the final lineup.
Byron Castillo was a contentious selection to the team up until FIFA disproved Chile and Peru's claims that the defender was actually ineligible to play for Ecuador.
One of the most intriguing young left backs in the league, Piero Hincapie, has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen.
Despite injury concerns in an otherwise youthful and inexperienced lineup, players like Robert Arboleda and Felix Torres continue to be crucial despite not being selected for the September friendly against Saudi Arabia and Japan.
Gonzalo Plata scored goals against Uruguay, Colombia, and Peru in the qualifiers to demonstrate his enormous potential and aid Valladolid in being promoted to La Liga.
Among the tried-and-true candidates are Angel Mena, Sebas Mendez, Carlos Gruezo, Romario Ibarra, and Alan Franco. Star prospect Moises Caicedo of Brighton is another well-known name.
Enner Valencia, a former West Ham and Everton striker, is the team's most notable player and holds the record for most goals scored in a single season with 35. With six goals, Michael Estrada led Ecuador in scoring during the qualifying campaign.
The other candidate as a pure forward to play in Qatar appears to be Djorkaeff Reasco of Newell's Old Boys.
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