On November 7, 2001, Ecuador qualified for the first World Cup in its history by drawing against Uruguay in the Atahualpa Olympic Games, generati
On November 7, 2001, Ecuador qualified for the first World Cup in its history by drawing against Uruguay in the Atahualpa Olympic Games, generating jubilation throughout the country, marking several generations.
It was undoubtedly a joy that helped to pass one of the most turbulent moments in our modern history, such as the 1999 economic crisis that caused the country’s dollarization. This classification was lived in a world different from the current one, the fashionable cell phones were the Nokia 8260 and the 3310, there was no 3G network either. There were no social networks and the internet was of limited access.
Beyond all that, there were several details in Ecuadorian football that would now attract a lot of attention, here is a summary of them:
- LDU was in Serie B looking for promotion (he ended up getting it together with Deportivo Cuenca).
- Barcelona had just three years of a long drought of titles and Carlos Alfaro Moreno still played in the ‘idol’.
- Nacional (now in B) fought inch by inch for the title with Emelec (ended up being champion).
- Olmedo (now in B) was the reigning champion.
- Deportivo Quito (now in Second) was in the Liguilla.
- The top scorer of the tournament was Carlos Alberto Juárez from Emelec.
- Our only player in Europe was Jaime Iván Kaviedes.
- Independiente del Valle was at that time the Independiente José Terán and was in the Second Category.
- In addition, teams like Mushuc Runa, Guayaquil City and Orense did not exist at that time.