- Ecuador face Argentina tonight in a qualifier for Qatar 2022
- The fixture will evoke nice memories for 5 Ecuador gamers
- All 5 helped La Tri end third on the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019
Ecuador are set to start their marketing campaign to achieve the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ with a significant take a look at this night. First up for La Tri is a visit to Buenos Aires to face the may of Argentina, however for a few of the youngest members of the guests’ squad, this early qualifying problem ought to convey again optimistic memories.
Gustavo Alfaro has known as up 5 gamers aged between 20 and 21 for this mouth-watering fixture: Jordy Alcivar, Leonardo Campana, Jose Cifuentes, Gonzalo Plata and Diego Palacios. Last 12 months, all 5 took half in Ecuador’s victory in opposition to La Albiceleste within the opening recreation of the ultimate stage on the 2019 CONMEBOL South American U-20 Championship, a marker of their potential as they went to assert a historic first title.
Ecuador’s proficient younger staff weren’t completed there, both. Having booked a spot on the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019, and propelled by the identical gifted quintet of gamers, La Tri took third place on the finals, a landmark first for any Ecuador aspect in a FIFA match.
As they gear as much as deal with Argentina as soon as once more, FIFA.com shines a highlight on the 5 thrilling Ecuador prospects now trying to attain new heights within the recreation.
A tireless holding midfielder who stands simply 5’6 tall, Alcivar featured in all however one among Ecuador’s video games at Poland 2019, lacking their 1-0 semi-ultimate defeat by Korea Republic. Since then, he has change into a midfield common for Liga de Quito, serving to the membership closest to his coronary heart win the Ecuadorian Super Cup this 12 months. Alcivar’s wonderful performances have now earned him a berth in Gustavo Alfaro’s senior nationwide set-up and he awaits his maiden cap.
The similar top as Alcivar, Palacios additionally performed a equally essential function in Ecuador’s journey to continental glory and World Cup bronze. Indeed, the left-again appeared in each recreation at each tournaments, impressing together with his solidity and consistency as a part of an Ecuador defence that by no means conceded multiple objective at Poland 2019.
In the membership realm, Palacios left Dutch aspect Willem II shortly after the U-20 World Cup, becoming a member of Los Angeles FC within the USA and contesting 15 Major League Soccer (MLS) video games this 12 months together with a pair of Concacaf Champions League fixtures. That expertise has opened the doorways to Ecuardor’s senior staff and Palacios, nicknamed Chiqui, has already picked up 5 caps.
A staff-mate of Palacios at LAFC, Cifuentes has loved much less taking part in time than his colleague for each membership (eight video games in 2020, one objective) and nation (three caps), however he’s no much less proficient. The artistic, attacking midfielder has overcome adversity alongside the way in which too, and wanted a robust character to carve out a spot within the recreation.
“When I was 13, they told me I didn’t have the right build to become a footballer,” he defined to FIFA.com throughout the 2019 U-20 World Cup, the place his shows turned loads of heads. “I remained focused and just pursued my studies, knowing my time would come.”
Scorer of two objectives at Poland 2019 and a spectacular dribbler throughout the finals, Plata left the match with the adidas Bronze Ball to go together with the bronze medal round his neck. Fresh from his elegant performances on the world stage, the explosive winger left Independiente del Valle for Sporting CP and rapidly confirmed his value within the Portuguese high flight and UEFA Europa League.
Clearly progressing at a staggering charge, Plata was rapidly built-in into Ecuador’s senior staff. He made his debut in September 2019 and has now racked up 4 appearances and a objective, scored on his very first outing in a 3-0 pleasant victory in opposition to Bolivia.
Top scorer on the 2019 South American U-20 Championship with six strikes, Campana loved much less success in entrance of objective on Polish soil. Much like Olivier Giroud, who didn’t register throughout France’s FIFA World Cup™ triumph in 2018, the Ecuador ahead made extra of a contribution together with his expertise and passing potential in harmful areas.
“He’s a different kind of forward,” defined his coach, Jorge Celico. “With his technique and ball handling, he could play as an attacking midfielder or on the wing. He possesses the ability to adapt to any kind of game.” Campana now intends to show that within the senior staff, having been capped 4 instances, and in addition for Famalicao of the Portuguese high flight, who he joined on mortgage from Premier League aspect Wolverhampton Wanderers.