Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bolivia/Ecuador/Venezuela All-time 23 member team

Ecuador 2002
I have create all-time teams for Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Colombia. This is my 23-member combined team for the three remaining South American countries.

Bolivia went to the World Cup in 1930 and 1950, and won the Copa America in 1963.  However, it was the founding of Tahuichi Academy that put Bolivia on the map.  In 1993, Bolivia armed with players from the academy became the first team to beat Brazil in  World Cup Qualifier.  They went on to qualify for USA 1994.

Ecuador never played in World Cup Final until 2002. They would qualify for three of the next four World Cup Finals.  Alberto Spencer is their greatest player.

Venezuela is the only CONMEBOL country where football is not a big sport.  It is the only country that never qualified for the WC Finals.  Their national team seldom wins a match against the other team from the confederation.   However, they are making progress in recent years. At the 2011 Copa America, they finished 4th and then, a respectful 6th place at the World Cup qualifiers in 2014.

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

GK: Jose Cevallos (Ecuador)
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 (Ecuador)
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 (Ecuador)
He first represented Ecuador in 1953.  He was capped 20 times.

RB: Ulises De L Cruz (Ecuador)
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 (Ecuador)
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.

Ivan Hurtado

CB: Vicente Lecaro (Ecuador)
Vicente Lecaro was a star player with Barcelona(Ecuador) in the 1960's.  He played 14 seasons for the club.
SW: Oscar Sanchez (Bolivia)
He began his professional career with The Strongest in 1991. He later played for both Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy and Independiente in Argentina. He also played for Bolivar.  For the national team, he was capped 78 times.

CB: Holger Quinonez (Ecuador)
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: Juan Pena (Bolivia)

He was capped 85 times for Bolivia and was a member of the Golden Generation that qualified for the 1994 World Cup Finals in the United States.  He spent 14 seasons playing for clubs in Spain, most notably with Valladolid for 9 seasons.

LB:  Luis Capurro (Ecuador)
He began his career in Patria De Esmeraldas. He also played for Barcelona SC, Emelec, Patria de Guayaquil, Milagro Sport, Filanbanco, LDU Quito, Cerro Porteño of Paraguay and Racing Club of Argentina.  

DM: Alfonso Obregon (Ecuador)
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.

CM/DM: José Milton Melgar (Bolivia)
He started his career with Blooming before moving to Argentina, where he played for both Boca Juniors and River Plate. He was  was capped 89 times and went to the USA 1994.

CM: Erwin Sanchez (Bolivia)
Nicknamed "Platini", he was among the greatest Bolivian players.  He became the first Bolivian to join an European club when he signed for Benfica in 1990.  However, his career did not take off until he joined Boavista in 1992.  He helped them to win the league title in 2001.  For the national team, he  was an important player as Bolivia qualified for the WC Finals in 1994.

AM: Juan Arango (Venezuela)
He is considered one of the greatest players ever from his country.  The best part of his career is probably with Mallorca.  He also played in Mexico and with Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany.  During the 2007 Copa America held at home, he led Venezuela to its best finish.
Juan Arango

AM: Marco Etcheverry (Bolivia)
El Diable was one of the best ever Bolivian player and one of the best players to have played in the MLS. He was an important player as Bolivia beat Brazil in 1993 and qualified for the WC Finals in 1994.  He was capped 71 times.  For his professionbal career, he played in Spain, Colombia and Chile before he moved to MLS in 1996 where he became a star.  He won 3 MLS Cups with DC United.
Marco Etcheverry

AM: Alex Aguinaga (Ecuador)
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.

FW: Polo Carrera  (Ecuador)
He played 20 times for Ecuador between 1966 and 1983. He played for LDU Quito, Penarol and River Plate of Uruguay.

RW/FW: Chanfle Munoz (Ecuador)
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.

RW: Antonio Valencia  (Ecuador)
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.

FW: Jorge Bolanos  (Ecuador)
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: Jaime Moreno (Bolivia)
He began his career at Club Blooming and then played for Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe before becoming the first Bolivian to play in the Premiership.  He spent two seasons at the English club Middlesbrough.  In 1996, he joined DC United.  He spent 15 seasons in MLS, becoming its all-time leading scorer.  From 1991 to 2008, Moreno played 75 matches for the Bolivia.

ST: Alberto Spencer (Ecuador)
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.

Alberto Spencer

ST: Victor Agustin Ugarte (Bolivia)
He spent most of his career with Club Bolívar but he had a short spell with Argentine club San Lorenzo de Almagro in 1958 where he was the first Bolivian to play in the Argentine Primera. He also played for Once Caldas in Colombia.  He scored 16 goals in 45 caps for Bolivia, making him their second all-time top goalscorer.

Honorable Mention
Julio César Baldivieso, Luis Cristaldo, Carlos Morale, Marco Sandy, Carlos Fernando Borja and Agustín Delgado.

 Squad Explanation

  • Honorable Mention: I do not know enough about Vicente Arraya so I left him out of the team.  

  • I selected Alfonso Obregon because the midfield needs his defensive presense. Luis Cristaldo (Bolivia) is the alternative efensive midfielder.

Starting lineup

Formation: 4-4-2

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