Venezuela football team


Founded : 1926
Captain : Tomás Rincón
Association : Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF)
Head coach : Rafael Dudamel
Arenas/Stadiums : Polideportivo Cachamay, Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui, Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo
Kit Colour Home / Away :Brown/Green
FIFA Ranking :59
 
Achievements:
Copa América:Appearances 17 (first in 1967),Best result:Fourth place, 2011




About:

The Venezuela national football team 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 "La Vinotinto" 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 2014, they are the only CONMEBOL side to have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.

Background:

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.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.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.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 were 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.

Squad:

Position  

Player

GK

Dani Hernández

GK

José Contreras

GK

Wuilker Faríñez

DF

Oswaldo Vizcarrondo

DF

Roberto Rosales

DF

Alexander González

DF

José Manuel Velázquez

DF

Wilker Ángel

DF

Rolf Feltscher

DF

Mikel Villanueva

DF

Víctor García

DF

Rubert Quijada

DF

Jhon Chancellor

MF

Tomás Rincón (Captain)

MF

Rómulo Otero

MF

Arquímedes Figuera

MF

Adalberto Peñaranda

MF

Arles Flores

MF

Jhon Murillo

MF

Jacobo Kouffati

MF

Luis González

MF

Yeferson Soteldo

MF

Renzo Zambrano

MF

Yangel Herrera

FW

Josef Martínez

FW

Christian Santos

FW

Edder Farías

FW

Manuel Arteaga