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Ecuador: Premier League Nations

The next destination of our alphabetical world tour is Ecuador. All three of La Tricolor’s appearances at a World Cup Finals tournament have come in the Premier League era, with their only knockout match coming against England in 2006.

According to the Premier League website, 11 players have represented Ecuador in the Premier League.

First Player – Agustin Delgado (Southampton; 2001-04)

Though he made just one league appearance in his first season at Southampton, Agustin Delgado was the first Ecuadorian to play in the Premier League.

Reports suggested he refused to learn English and clashed with manager Gordon Strachan during his time on the South Coast and the Premier League did not see the best of the big striker, with injury and rogue holidays limiting Delgado to just 11 league appearances for Saints before his contract was terminated in 2004.

Delgado showed Saints fans what he was capable of with impressive showings at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, scoring his nation’s first-ever finals goal in 2002. He finished with 31 goals in 72 international appearances.

Records

Current/Most Recent Players

No Ecuadorian players are currently on the books of any Premier League teams, though four have featured within the last five years. The most recent was Antonio Valencia, who ended a 13-year stint in English football in 2019. Other recent players include Enner Valencia, Jefferson Montero and Juan Carlos Paredes.

Trivia

  • Ecuador are one of 10 CONMEBOL nations to have been represented in the Premier League, the only confederation to have had all of its nations represented.
  • Antonio Valencia played in England for 13 years. Only one other Ecuadorian played in England for more than three years (Ulises de la Cruz – six years).
  • Of the 11 Ecuadorian footballers to play in the Premier League, only Fernando Guerrero has never been selected in a World Cup Finals squad.

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2 Manchester City 14 10 2 2 32
3 Newcastle United 15 8 6 1 30
4 Tottenham Hotspur 15 9 2 4 29
5 Manchester United 14 8 2 4 26
6 Liverpool 14 6 4 4 22
7 Brighton & Hov… 14 6 3 5 21
8 Chelsea 14 6 3 5 21
9 Fulham 15 5 4 6 19
10 Brentford 15 4 7 4 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 5 4 5 19
12 Aston Villa 15 5 3 7 18
13 Leicester City 15 5 2 8 17
14 AFC Bournemouth 15 4 4 7 16
15 Leeds United 14 4 3 7 15
16 West Ham United 15 4 2 9 14
17 Everton 15 3 5 7 14
18 Nottingham Forest 15 3 4 8 13
19 Southampton 15 3 3 9 12
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 2 4 9 10

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