Ecuador, South American U-20 champions


A historic title

One step further!

In Chile, the Mini-Tri became South American U-20 champions for the first time, going one better than the previous edition in 2017, when they finished runners-up.

Deserving winners

  • They won Group B with 9 points and the hexagonal final phase with 10
  • They amassed the most points of all the participating teams (19 from a possible 27)
  • Their win rate was 70.30 per cent

The architect

The team’s Argentinian coach Jorge Celico took up the position in July 2017 and has been a constant since then, despite changes in personnel at the federation. He also oversees the U-17, U-15, women's and futsal national teams.

Winning characteristics

The requisite players

“I have a good generation of players and they bring about joy. It’s an important step for the country,” said Celico.

Defensive solidity

Thanks to goalkeeper Moises Ramirez and a watertight defence marshalled by Jackson Porozo, Ecuador kept their goal intact in five games and finished the tournament with 299 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal. 

Goal threat

Leading the line up front was Leonardo Campana, who top scored at the Sudamericano with six strikes. Ecuador also had the most potent strike force, racking up 14 goals in 9 games (1.55 per game). Celico dubbed the player the ‘The Angel of Goal’.

Thinking like winners

“The coaching staff changed our mentality. From the first day, they instilled in us a belief that we had a good team and could win the championship.”

Leonardo Campana

Thoughts turn to Poland 🇵🇱

Ecuador will be competing in their fourth U-20 World Cup. Can this generation emulate their compatriots of 1991 and 2011, both of whom reached the last 16?

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