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Ecuador

Only one appearance old in the World Cup finals, the team's real worry is to improve their performance on foreign grounds, especially after proving good back home. Coach Luis Suarez's presence will sure boost the morale of the squad.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 17:10 IST

FIFA world ranking 39
Coach Luis Suarez
Group A Ecuador, Costa Rica, Germany, Poland
Previous appearances 1 (2002)
Key player Ivan Hurtado
Odds 125/1

Ecuador proved to be a surprise package in the qualifying matches at home but had a tough time outside the country. But the real time of trial for the team will be at the forthcoming World Cup matches in Germany.

Ecuador appears to be a strong contender amongst the Group A teams, all of which share dubious chances of selection. The team stands a big chance provided they improve their form on foreign grounds.

Coach Luis Suarez (of Colombian decent) is famous for pumping zeal and sportsmanship in the team to pave success. He ensures the right mix of experience and untapped youth fervour in his team.

COMPLETE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Villafuerte Edwin, Mora Cristian, Lanza Damian

Defenders: Guagua Jorge, Hurtado Ivan, De la Cruz Ulises, Perlaza Jose, Ambrossi Paul, Espinoza Giovanny, Reasco Neicer

Midfielders: Urrutia Patricio, Lara Christian, Mendez Edison, Castillo Segundo, Ayovi Marlon, Valencia Luis, Saritama Luis, Tenorio Edwin

Forwards: Borja Felix, Kaviedes Ivan, Delgado Agustin, Tenorio Carlos, Benitez Cristian.