Ecuador face Argentina this evening in a qualifier for Qatar 2022
The apparatus will summon lovely recollections for five Ecuador players
Each of the five helped La Tri finish third at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019
Ecuador are set to start their mission to arrive at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ with a significant test tonight. First up for La Tri is an excursion to Buenos Aires to confront the might of Argentina, however for probably the most youthful individuals from the guests’ crew, this early passing test should bring back certain recollections.
Gustavo Alfaro has called up five players matured among 20 and 21 for this mouth-watering apparatus: Jordy Alcivar, Leonardo Campana, Jose Cifuentes, Gonzalo Plata and Diego Palacios. A year ago, every one of the five participated in Ecuador’s triumph against La Albiceleste in the initial round of the last stage at the 2019 CONMEBOL South American U-20 Championship, a marker of their potential as they went to guarantee a noteworthy first title.
Ecuador’s skilled youthful group were not completed there, either. Having booked a spot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019, and moved by similar talented quintet of players, La Tri took third spot at the finals, a milestone first for any Ecuador side in a FIFA competition.
As they gear up to handle Argentina indeed, FIFA.com focuses on the five energizing Ecuador prospects currently hoping to arrive at new statures in the game.
An energetic holding midfielder who stands simply 5’6 tall, Alcivar included in everything except one of Ecuador’s games at Poland 2019, missing their 1-0 semi-last annihilation by Korea Republic. From that point forward, he has become a midfield customary for Liga de Quito, helping the club nearest to his heart win the Ecuadorian Super Cup this year. Alcivar’s magnificent exhibitions have now earned him a compartment in Gustavo Alfaro’s senior public set-up and he anticipates his lady top.
© Getty Images Diego Palacios
A similar stature as Alcivar, Palacios likewise assumed a correspondingly significant function in Ecuador’s excursion to mainland wonder and World Cup bronze. For sure, the left-back showed up in each game at the two competitions, intriguing with his strength and consistency as a feature of an Ecuador safeguard that never yielded more than one objective at Poland 2019.
In the club domain, Palacios left Dutch side Willem II soon after the U-20 World Cup, joining Los Angeles FC in the USA and challenging 15 Major League Soccer (MLS) games this year alongside a couple of Concacaf Champions League installations. That experience has made the ways for Ecuardor’s senior group and Palacios, nicknamed Chiqui, has just gotten five tops.
A partner of Palacios at LAFC, Cifuentes has appreciated less playing time than his associate for both club (eight games in 2020, one objective) and nation (three tops), however he is no less skilled. The imaginative, assaulting midfielder has beaten misfortune en route as well, and required a solid character to cut out a spot in the game.
“When I was 13, they told me I didn’t have the right build to become a footballer,” he disclosed to FIFA.com during the 2019 U-20 World Cup, where his presentations blew some people’s minds. “I remained focused and just pursued my studies, knowing my time would come.”
© Getty Images Gonzalo Plata
Scorer of two objectives at Poland 2019 and an awesome dribbler during the finals, Plata left the competition with the adidas Bronze Ball to go with the bronze decoration around his neck. Straight from his magnificent exhibitions on the world stage, the hazardous winger left Independiente del Valle for Sporting CP and immediately indicated his value in the Portuguese top flight and UEFA Europa League.
Plainly advancing at an amazing rate, Plata was immediately incorporated into Ecuador’s senior group. He made his presentation in September 2019 and has now piled on four appearances and an objective, scored on his absolute first trip in a 3-0 inviting triumph against Bolivia.
Top scorer at the 2019 South American U-20 Championship with six strikes, Campana appreciated less achievement before objective on Polish soil. Much like Olivier Giroud, who didn’t enlist during France’s FIFA World Cup™ win in 2018, the Ecuador forward made to a greater extent a commitment with his ability and passing capacity in perilous territories.
“He’s a different kind of forward,” clarified his mentor, 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 presently means to demonstrate that in the senior group, having been topped multiple times, and furthermore for Famalicao of the Portuguese top flight, who he joined borrowed from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.