|Copa America 2011|
South America without Brazil and Argentina.
Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia,
Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador
Venezuela is the only CONMEBOL country where football is not a big sport. It is the only country that never qualified for the World Cup Finals. The 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.
|Copa America 1967|
GK: Renny Vega
Vega played for the youth team of Udinese in Italy. He then returned to Venezuela and played for various First Division clubs, including Caracas. He played for Bursaspor and Denizlispor inTurkey, and Colo Colo in Chile. He has played with the Venezuela national team for more than ten years, with his most successful moment being when he was a member of the historic 2011 Copa América squad that reached 4th place.
GK: Gilberto Angelucci
Giberto Angelucci spent most of his career playing in Venezuela for a number of different teams. He started his football career in 1985. Between 1994 and 1998 he played in Argentina with San Lorenzo de Almagro. A Venezuelan international between1995 and 2005, Angelucci has been capped 47 times and included 1995 and 2004 Copa América squads.
RB: David Mota
David Mota spent more than 15 seasons with Deportivo Galicia in the first division and with this club he was champion of Liga and Copa Venezuela on three occasions. He also played Copa Libertadores with the club as well as the Simón Bolívar Cup of 1971 and 1972. For the national team, he played in the World Cup Qualifiers in 1966 and 1970.
RB: Roberto Rosales
Roberto Rosales started with Caracas at home before joining Gent in Belgium on 30 May 2007. Rosales joined Eredivisie side Twente in 2010. He stayed there until 2014, establishing himself as a starter. Between 2014 and 2019, he played for Malaga in Spain with a loan move with Espanyol. He also played in Cyprus and Brazil. He has been representing the national team since 2007. He has over 95 caps at the time of writing.
CB: Fernando Amorebieta
He played most of his professional career with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 253 official games over the course of eight La Liga seasons and scoring four goals. He also played for Fulham and Middlesbrough in England, Sporting Dijon in Spain and Independiente in Argentina. Internationally, Amorebieta played for Spain as a youth, but only allowed to switch to Venezuela at senior level in 2011 after a rule change by the FIFA. He had 15 caps and played in Copa America in 2015.
At the time of writing, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo has over 80 caps between 2004 and 2016. He was a member of the 2010 Copa America Team that came 4th. He was voted onto the Team of the Tournament. For domestic club football, he started with Caracas FC in 2002. He played for Olimpia in Paraguay, America in Mexico and Lanus in Argentina before heading to play in France with Nantes. From 2017 and 2019, he played with Troyes. He is considered of his country's greatest defenders.
CB: José Manuel Rey
During his career, Rey played mainly with Caracas Fútbol Club, also representing C.S. Marítimo de Venezuela, Club Sport Emelec (two spells), Pontevedra CF, Atlético Nacional, AEK Larnaca FC and Atlético Club Mineros de Guayana. In 1995, he had a short spell with Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain, but only appeared for the reserve team. In 2009, Rey was sent on loan to Colo-Colo in Chile by Caracas. Rey earned 115 caps and became the first player to appear 100 times for Venezuela. He also represented the nation in six Copa América tournaments.
Rojas began to establish himself as one of the nations top players while at Caracas FC. He joined Eucador's Emelec in 2003. That season, he was selected as the top foreign player in the league. H then played for Colombian club Atlético Nacional and América de Cali, Unión Atlético Maracaibo, NY Red Bulls of the United States, Deportivo Táchira, Mineros de Guayana, Aragua and Metropolitanos. Rojas has earned 90 caps for the Venezuela national team, making him the second most capped player in the history of Venezuelan international football as of April 2009.
DM/RM/RB: Tomás Rincón
Tomas Rincon played for UA Maracaib, Zamora and Deportivo Táchira at home before making a name with Hamburger SVC in Germany. Between 2014 and 2017, he played for Genoa in Italy. He moved to Juventus in 2017. At the time of writing, he plays for Torino. He is a regular member of the national team with over 125 caps since 2008. In 2011, he helped Venezuala to finish 4th at the Copa America. He himself was voted Adidas' Best Player of tournament.
Gabriel Urdaneta made 77 appearances for the Venezuela national team between 1996 and 2005, making him the third most-capped player in Venezuelan international football as of March 2008. For club football, he played for many clubs in Venezuela and Switzerland, including a stint with Young Boys of Bern and SC Kriens. He started with Universidad de Los Andes at home in 1994.
Juan Arango is considered one of the greatest players ever from his country. The best part of his career is probably with Mallorca in Spain, where he spent between 2004 and 2009. He also played with C.F. Monterrey, C.F. Pachuca, Puebla FC and Tijuana in Mexico and with Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany. He earned 129 caps, a record in his home country. He represented the nation in six Copa América tournaments. During the 2011 Copa America, he led Venezuela to its best finish.
His career was mainly linked with Estudiantes de Mérida at home. Morán has played professional club football in a number of countries, including; Venezuela, Spain, Colombia, Argentina and Norway. Between 1996 and 2007, he has played 65 times for the Venezuela national team scoring 15 goals, making him the 4th all-time top scorer in the history of Venezuelan international football
Maldonado began his footballing career in the youth teams of Montevideo club River Plate. he made his professional debut with Nacional Táchira back home. He played for many clubs in his career. His biggest club was probably Atlante in Mexico, where he played between 2007 and 2011. Between 2003 and 2011, he played for Venezuelan national team. He is their all-time leading scorer. His father also represented Venezuela.
ST: Salomón Rondón
After starting out at Aragua in 2006, Salomón Rondón went on to spend most of his career in Spain, appearing in La Liga with Las Plames and Málaga, and in Russia with Rubin Kazan and Zenit St Petersburg. Then, he played with West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United. Later, he played for Dalian Yifang, Everton and River Plate. In 2008, he received his first cap at the age of 18. Since then, he has earned over 100 caps scoring over 40 goals.
Dani Hernandez, Daniel Nikolac, César Baena, Daniel Francovig, Vicente Vega, Pedro Castro, Wilfredo Alvarado, Jonay Hernandez, René Torres, Jose Manuel Velasquez, Pedro Accosta, Luis Vallenilla, Gerson Chacon, David Mcintosh, Mauro Cichero, Alejandro Cíchero, Carlos Betancourt, Leopoldo Jiménez, Leonel Vielma, Luis Vera, Edson Tortolero, Franklin Lucena
-- This original team was created in January, 2018. I redid this team in November, 2023. This was one of the biggest upheavals of all my blogs even through it was only 5 years since I created it.
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