How they qualified: An inconsistent campaign was propped up by excellent form at home in Quito, which all but pushed them over the qualifying line. A draw away to Uruguay was the key result, as it meant Ecuador grabbed the final automatic place on goal difference. But the tragic death of Cristian Benitez overshadowed the campaign.
World Cup pedigree: Ecuador's first ever World Cup appearance was in 2002, where they failed to navigate the group stages. They fared better in 2006 on German soil as they made the last 16, where England knocked them out.
Main man: Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is Ecuador's undisputed star player. His pace, strength and skill, especially on the counter-attack, will be vitally important.
One to watch: Jefferson Montero is another exciting wide player who can also slot in as a forward. The 24-year-old is an excellent dribbler at high speed, and will look to put himself in the transfer shop window in the summer of 2014.
What are their chances? Much better since the draw. A lot will be asked of Valencia and Montero to produce the goods in attack, but the squad as a whole lacks quality in depth. They should beat Honduras and might give Switzerland and France a scare.