WORLD CUP: Did you know

Ecuador’s international football history was a blank page until 2002. They participated in the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time in Korea and Japan, qualifying for the tournament before Brazil.


They opened with two defeats to Italy and Mexico, before recording their first ever victory in a World Cup against Croatia thanks to an Edison Mendez goal, thus proving they were capable of success away from the high altitudes of their capital Quito. A team, who did not play any international outside South America until 1970, could return home with their heads held high.