Ecuador 2022 World Cup Squad

Ecuador are back in the World Cup after missing the last two editions. Here, we will discuss the Ecuador World Cup squad and their group fixtures. Ecuador is about to feature in its fourth World Cup tournament. Their initial target will be to reach the last 16 round. In this article, we will explain all the details behind the Ecuador World Cup squad, their group fixtures, and more.

Ecuador national football team: Latest results & news

South American qualifiers are always hard for smaller nations that don't have a lot of stars. Getting points against the likes of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay is close to impossible. Playing against Colombia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Paraguay, and Bolivia is just as hard also. However, the Ecuador World Cup squad outdid themselves by finishing fourth in the CONMEBAL qualifiers. They pushed away football heavyweights like Chile and Colombia to grab the last ticket to Qatar. Ecuador was drawn into Group A together with hosts Qatar, Senegal, and the Netherlands. The only European side in the group probably has too much quality for Ecuador. However, they are rather equal with Senegal while Qatar is a side they can beat.

Ecuador 2022 World Cup Squad

As we mentioned at the start, Ecuador's first task is to reach the round of 16. If they perform like in the CONMEBAL qualifiers, Ecuador has a good chance to finish second in the group. They drew against both Brazil and Argentina in one of their CONMEBAL fixtures. On top of that, Ecuador beat Uruguay 4:2 and scored six goals in a 6:1 victory against Colombia. Suffice to say, Ecuadorian football fans should be proud of how their team performed. In Qatar 2022, they should be able to beat the hosts and get at least a point against Senegal. If things you their way, those results might be enough to progress through the group stage.

Ecuador World Cup Squad for Qatar 2022

Goalkeepers

  • Moises Ramirez (Independiente del Valle)
  • Alexander Dominguez (LDU Quito)
  • Hernan Galindez (Aucas)

Defenders

  • Piero Hincapie (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Robert Arboleda (Sao Paulo)
  • Pervis Estupinan (Brighton)
  • Angelo Preciado (Genk)
  • Jackson Porozo (Troyes)
  • Xavier Arreaga (Seattle Sounders)
  • Diego Palacios (Los Angeles FC)
  • Felix Torres (Santos Laguna)
  • William Pacho (Royal Antwerp)

Midfielders

  • Carlos Gruezo (Augsburg)
  • Jose Cifuente (Los Angeles FC)
  • Alan Franco (Talleres)
  • Moises Caicedo (Brighton)
  • Angel Mena (Club Leon)
  • Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton)
  • Jhegson Mendez (Los Angeles FC)
  • Ayrton Preciado (Santos Laguna)
  • Gonzalo Plata (Real Valladolid)
  • Romario Ibarra (Santos Laguna)

Attackers

Ecuador 2022 World Cup Squad

  • Djorkaeff Reasco (Newell's Old Boys)
  • Kevin Rodriguez (Imbabura)
  • Michael Estrada (Cruz Azul)
  • Enner Valencia (Fenerbahce)

The strongest XI

Gustavo Alfaro preferred to use a 4-3-3 formation during the CONMEBOL qualifiers. Nevertheless, we have seen him field only two attackers in a more defensive approach with four in the middle. With that being said, these are the players we expect to see in the first fixture in Qatar:

  • Dominguez in goal with Estupinan, Torres, Hincapie, and Preciado forming the back four.
  • Caicedo to run the midfield with Mendez and Gruezo right beside him. We expect Angel Mena to be the fourth midfielder in a 4-4-2 formation.
  • Estrada and Valencia are guaranteed in attack. Midfielder Mena is one of the options as the third player in attack and so is Djorkaeff Reasco.

Ecuador 2022 World Cup Squad

Group A: How did the South Americans do?

Despite starting the tournament with a win against the host nation, Ecuador just missed out of qualification for the last 16. The South Americans earned a respectable draw with the Netherlands in their next game but a defeat to Senegal in their third and final match saw Valencia and co finish in third place.

Matchday 1: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

Matchday 2: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador

Matchday 3: Ecuador 1-2 Senegal

Here is how the final table looks for Group A,

Team Matches Played Points Goals For Goals Against

1. Netherlands

3

7

5

1

2. Senegal

3

6

5

4

3. Ecuador

3

4

4

3

4. Qatar

3

0

1

7

FAQ

When will we know the final Ecuador World Cup squad? Coach Gustavo Alfaro named his final squad before November 14. The final selection includes 26 players, three more than in previous editions of the tournament.

What kind of World Cup record does Ecuador have? Qatar 2022 will be the fourth time Ecuador plays at a World Cup tournament. Their highest finish has been reaching the round of 16.

Who are the stars of the Ecuadorian national team? Enner Valencia has always been the main star in this squad. However, goalkeeper Dominguez and new prospect Moises Caicedo deserve a mention as well.

Predictions for Ecuador at the World Cup? Bookmakers believe that quality-wise, Ecuador is the third nation in their group. We believe that they can get a good result against Senegal and we expect them to reach the round of 16.