Ecuador's hopes of making an impact at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ largely rest on the shoulders of 25-year-old forward Felipe Caicedo, their top scorer in qualifying. A pacey marksman with a good touch, Caicedo is left-footed but can strike the ball fiercely from both sides, allowing him to bag a sizeable proportion of his goals with his supposedly weaker foot. Offering power, strength in the air and a knack for peeling off and roaming across the front line, he is a real handful for opposing defenders.
Felipao came up through the ranks at Ecuadorian club Rocafuerte, but ended up signing for Swiss side Basel before he made a single first-team appearance - after attracting interest with his performances at the 2005 South American U-17 Championship in Venezuela. These displays also earned him a senior international debut at the age of just 16, in a friendly against Paraguay.
Despite his relatively tender years, Caicedo is much travelled, his career having taken in stints at Manchester City, Sporting Lisbon, Malaga and Levante, where he broke a club record for the most goals scored in a single La Liga season. After a spell at Lokomotiv Moscow, he signed for United Arab Emirates side Al-Jazira in January 2014.
The Guayaquil-born forward featured in the 2007 and 2011 Copa Americas, notably twice scoring against Brazil, and also netted once in ten qualifiers for South Africa 2010. However, he really came of age during qualifying for this summer's tournament, his seven goals firing Ecuador back to the World Cup finals after they missed out last time round.