A centre-back who can also slot in on the right side of defence, Gabriel Achilier is a ball-playing defender who is good in the air and strong in one-on-one situations. As such, he regularly picks forwards' pockets and brings the ball out with aplomb.
Gabo, as he is nicknamed, began his career at Oro before going on to make his professional debut at Deportivo Cuenca. He got his first taste of top-flight football after gaining promotion with Liga de Loja and later joined Deportivo Azogues and then Emelec, where he has cemented his burgeoning reputation and lifted the domestic title.
Achilier's international career dates back to 2005, when he was a member of the U-20 squad that took part in the South American Youth Championship in Colombia. Having graduated to the senior ranks in 2008, for a friendly against Haiti, he went on to feature at the 2011 Copa America in Argentina on the back of some impressive form at club level. The versatile defender proved himself a useful option for coach Reinaldo Rueda in reaching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, playing in seven of Ecuador's 16 qualifiers.