Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Monday, June 02, 2014

World Cup Preview - Group E - Ecuador

Nickname: “La Tri (Tricolor)”

Absurd FIFA ranking: 28th

Coach: Colombian gaffer Reinaldo Rueda

Game Schedule:
June 15 – Ecuador v. Switzerland (Brasilia, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC)
June 20 – Ecuador v. Honduras (Curitiba, 6:00 p.m., ESPN)
June 25 – Ecuador v. France (Rio, 4:00 p.m., ESPN)

Prospects: Ecuador were a real dark horse side in CONMEBOL qualifying this time around, finishing fourth and forcing Uruguay into a play-off with Jordan. True, much of this was due to their excellent home form in high altitude venues where they have a tremendous advantage. However, there is no denying their intense attacking style, which could surprise a lot of spectators and opponents at Brasil 2014.

Key Player: Skipper Antonio Valencia has been in rotten form for Manchester United but he is a different player when he pulls on the Ecuador shirt. His marauding down the right side is the key to Ecuador's success this summer.

Youngster to watch: Stuttgart's 19 year-old midfielder Carlos Gruezo is one for the future.

Who Will Get the Goals: Ecuador usually line up in a 4-5-1 with Felipe Caicedo up front alone. His goals will have to be enough for La Tri.

Who Will Get the Cards: 34 year-old left back Walter Ayovi has lost a step or two.

Funniest Name: Defender Jorge Guagua.

Prediction: Just about edging out Switzerland to escape Group E, followed by a quick exit to Argentina in the Round of 16.

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