Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses the Amazon jungle, the Andean highlands and the wildlife rich Galápagos Islands.
Like most of Central and South America, Ecuador is soccer-mad. It can be said that soccer, popularly known as “fútbol”, is the national sport of Ecuador.
In the Andean foothills, 64% of the population lives below the poverty line. Soccer thrives in
lower income working class areas, where it is often the only recreational outlet available.