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Ecuador Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Ecuador star player, Edison Mendez
World Cup record:
 2002   First round

Did you know?
Ecstatic fans celebrated Ecuador's qualification to such an extent that vendors sold roast pigs with their snouts covered in red, blue and yellow.

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Coach:
Star player:

Hernan Dario Gomez
Edison Mendez
The World Cup is a great learning experience for teams and Ecuador will have taken plenty from their first finals.

Playing Italy first up is a pretty intimidating debut and it could have proved the end of a lesser team.

Despite losing that match they didn't lose heart and built as they went on, scoring their first goal against Mexico and then notching a memorable win over Croatia.

Agustin Delgado scored that first goal and came with a big reputation. Edison Mendez scored the winner against Croatia and was also very impressive.

They came through the marathon South American qualifying campaign second behind Argentina.

Although top spot may be beyond them in the future, they will be confident of gaining some greater consistency after picking up some tips at football's finishing school.

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2002 World Cup results

Group G: v Italy 0-2; v Mexico 1-2; v Croatia 1-0.



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