Football is by far and away the number one sport in Ecuador
and qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan? has been the most significant triumph to date. Two players, Ulises de la Cruz and Agustin Delgado, have gained moves to England, playing for Aston Villa and Southampton respectively. On the other hand, Ecuadorean coaches seldom work abroad. Conversely, clubs in Ecuador
often employ coaches from neighbouring countries. But the country does have excellent footballing facilities. The stadiums of Barcelona and Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito are two of the best in the whole of South America.