Jackson Porozo (Ecuador): “Here to win the World Cup”

“Have you always dreamed of competing in the World Cup?
Yes, but it wasn’t my first childhood dream. When I left my village of San Lorenzo to try my luck in Quito, the capital, I was only 11 years old. My greatest joy would have been playing in the Liga Deportiva Universitaria (Club of Quito). And since it wasn’t possible, I dreamed of becoming a great policeman. Because I’m tall (1.92m), I like authority and the police outfit fits me very well (He smiles).

Not too many regrets, then, to experience an opening match of the World Cup?
(smiles again)
No, because it’s great! As a child I watched Ronaldinho and Messi play. Maradona too, on video. Today it’s my turn. It’s a big responsibility.

Mixed with pressure, apprehension, maybe even a little fear?
Fear, no. Our selection was very well prepared. We will not be afraid. It’s nice to be able to play such a game. This is a great opportunity to be seized.

Is beating Qatar essential to reach the round of 16?
There is never an opponent or match less difficult than another. Sometimes you think that’s the case and, once on the pitch, it’s quite the opposite.

“Favorites? One, Ecuador. Second, Ecuador and third, Ecuador »

Is it a handicap to have to face a football you are not used to?
Not much. Many of us play in Europe and are already familiar with other balls. This is a real plus for Ecuador.

By the way, how do you find Ligue 1?
It is a more difficult championship than that of Portugal (played for Boavista from 2020 to 2022 before joining Troyes). The game is more challenging and goes faster than in South America. I often have to go back and forth on the pitch and have less time and space to play. There are also many young people.

Jackson Porozo with Ecuador against Japan. (sports icon)

Are young people the key to Ecuador’s renewal?
Yes. Ecuador has grown a lot and rejuvenated itself in recent years incorporating the backbone of my generation of South American champions and then third at the Under 20 World Cup in 2019 (1). It’s a bit new in our country, it gives us great responsibilities and ambitions. The first objective was to qualify for Qatar (2). The next one is not just about reaching the knockout stage. We didn’t come here to participate but to win the World Cup. Even if Brazil and Argentina are announced as favourites.

What’s your favorite trio?
One, Ecuador. Second, Ecuador and third, Ecuador (he’s laughing).

What drives you to such optimism?
We showed good things in qualifying. Before having kept Brazil and Argentina in check (1-1, 27 January and 30 March 2022)we largely beat Uruguay (4-2, October 13, 2020)Colombia (6-1, November 17, 2020) and we went to win in Chile (2-0, November 17, 2021). We hope to see a great Ecuador in Qatar. »

(1) Then Porozo, Moises Ramirez, Diego Palacios, Pervis Estupinan, José Cifuentes and Gonzalo Plata.

(2) Ecuador finished fourth in the AmSud qualifiers, behind Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, but ahead of Peru, Chile and Colombia.

Jackson Porozo, in the Troyes shirt, against the Paris-SG of the Brazilian Neymar.  (B. Papon/The team)

Jackson Porozo, in the Troyes shirt, against the Paris-SG of the Brazilian Neymar. (B. Papon/The team)

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