QUITO- Ecuador's squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:
Alexander Dominguez (LDU Quito) Age 27 (05-06-87); 18 caps.
His above average 1.93 metres height for an Ecuadorean singled him out as a potential goalkeeper from an early age. Helped LDU, his only club, win Ecuador's first Libertadores Cup in 2008 and Copa Sudamericana in 2009. From an extremely poor background, as a boy he worked on a farm, as a waiter, bus ticket conductor and house painter to help his mother.
Maximo Banguera (Barcelona SC) Age 28; 24 caps.
Stands out for his leadership of the defence from the back and confidence he gives the back four, but lost his starting place to Dominguez due to injuries.
Adrian Bone (El Nacional) Age 25; 3 caps.
Nicknamed "Gato" (The Cat) for his agility, he began his career at Aucas and is now on loan at El Nacional from leading side Deportivo Quito.
Gabriel Achilier (Emelec) Age 29; 22 caps.
Comes from a footballing family with his father, known as "El Diablo" (The Devil), and uncle also playing in central defence for Emelec in the port city of Guayaquil, but doesn't like to be compared with them. Loves extreme sports but doesn't practice them.
Jorge Guagua (Emelec) Age 32; 58 caps.
Made his debut in 2001 during the qualifiers for the 2002 finals, to which Ecuador went for the first time, he also played at the 2006 tournament. Named himself "El Patron" (The Boss) because he considers he is the best in his centre back position to lead the defence, not for any known affinity with rock star Bruce Springsteen. Has played in Argentina for Colon and Mexico for Atlante.
Frickson Erazo (Flamengo) Age 26; 37 caps.
A tactically sound player who has impressed European clubs but has yet to leave South America, moving to Brazil this year. Nicknamed himself "El Elegante" (The Elegant One) after carrying out a Twitter survey with his followers supporting his decision because of his good marking on the pitch and talking and dressing off it.
Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona SC) Age 26 (08-07-87); 37 caps.
Full back or winger who emerged at Ecuador's biggest club Barcelona in Guayaquil and played most of the qualifiers for the Brazil finals. Nicknamed "Hormiga" (The Ant) since he was a boy.
Walter Ayovi (Pachuca) Age 34; 89 caps.
A left back or wing back who was in the squad but did not play at the 2002 World Cup and missed out on the 2006 finals, but played in all 16 qualifiers for this year's finals. Joined his current Mexican club from Monterrey, with whom he won three straight CONCACAF Champions league titles, last year. Had a spell at Al-Wasl in the UAE in 2004-05. Has scored eight goals for Ecuador.
Oscar Bagui (Emelec) Age 31; 21 caps.
Began his career in Argentina with lower league sides Atletico Argentino and Deportivo Riestra before returning home in 2003 and made his Ecuador debut in 2005. Played for Chile's Universidad Catolica in 2010-11.