Ulises de la Cruz

Date of birth08 August 1974
Place of birthPiqulucho
NationalityEcuadorean
Weight80 kg
Height1.80 m
PositionDefender/Midfielder

De la Cruz became Hibernians' record signing when he joined the Edinburgh club in a £750,000 deal.

A fast and energetic right-back, he is capable of moving forward to crack home a spectacular goal - notably a 35-yard scorcher against Brazil in the Maracana during the 2002 World Cup qualifier.

De la Cruz was Ecuador's only ever-present during their successful campaign for Japan and South Korea, and has over 80 caps to his name.

Once dubbed the next Pele, a comparison to Roberto Carlos is probably closer to the mark.

After appearing in all three of his nations World Cup finals matches, he was persuaded to join Aston Villa in the summer of 2002. His contract was extended to June 2006 in August 2004.

De la Cruz joined Reading in August 2006 with a one-year contract that was extended to June 2008 in June 2007.

He joined Birmingham City in March 2009 on a monthly contract.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Liga Deportiva Universitaria 01 Jul 1999 18 Jun 2001
Hibernian 18 Jun 2001 02 Aug 2002
Aston Villa 02 Aug 2002 30 Jun 2006
Reading 25 Aug 2006 30 Jun 2008
Watford 25 Jul 2008 02 Aug 2008 T
Coventry City 08 Sep 2008 12 Sep 2008 T
Birmingham City 03 Mar 2009 30 Jun 2009

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2001-02 Hibernian Scottish FA Cup 2
1
1
2001-02 Hibernian Scottish League Cup 2
2001-02 Hibernian Scottish Premier League 25
7
2
1
2001-02 Hibernian UEFA Cup 2
2002-03 Aston Villa FA Cup 1
2002-03 Aston Villa League Cup 2
1
1
2002-03 Aston Villa Premier League 12
8
1
2
2003-04 Aston Villa FA Cup 1
2003-04 Aston Villa League Cup 3
2003-04 Aston Villa Premier League 20
8
2
2004-05 Aston Villa League Cup 1
2004-05 Aston Villa Premier League 30
4
2
2005-06 Aston Villa League Cup
1
2005-06 Aston Villa Premier League 4
3
2006-07 Reading FA Cup 4
1
2006-07 Reading League Cup 2
2006-07 Reading Premier League 9
1
2007-08 Reading FA Cup 2
2007-08 Reading League Cup 2
2007-08 Reading Premier League 3
3
2
2008-09 Birmingham City League Championship
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
28 Jul 2001 Hibernian v Kilmarnock D 2-2 Scottish Premier League
04 Aug 2001 Dundee v Hibernian L 2-1 Scottish Premier League
18 Aug 2001 Rangers v Hibernian D 2-2 Scottish Premier League
25 Aug 2001 Hibernian v Celtic L 1-4 Scottish Premier League
08 Sep 2001 Motherwell v Hibernian W 1-3 Scottish Premier League
16 Sep 2001 Hibernian v Dunfermline Athletic W 5-1 Scottish Premier League
20 Sep 2001 AEK Athens v Hibernian L 2-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
23 Sep 2001 Hibernian v St Johnstone W 4-0 Scottish Premier League
27 Sep 2001 Hibernian v AEK Athens W 3-2
Agg: 3-4
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
30 Sep 2001 Livingston v Hibernian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
13 Oct 2001 Dundee United v Hibernian L 3-1 Scottish Premier League
21 Oct 2001 Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian W 2-1 Scottish Premier League
27 Oct 2001 Hibernian v Dundee L 1-2 Scottish Premier League
17 Nov 2001 Aberdeen v Hibernian L 2-0 Scottish Premier League
24 Nov 2001 Hibernian v Livingston L 0-3 Scottish Premier League
27 Nov 2001 Hibernian v Dundee United W 2-0 Scottish League Cup Quarter-final
01 Dec 2001 Celtic v Hibernian L 3-0 Scottish Premier League
08 Dec 2001 Hibernian v Motherwell D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
12 Dec 2001 Rangers v Hibernian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
15 Dec 2001 Dunfermline Athletic v Hibernian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
22 Dec 2001 St Johnstone v Hibernian D 0-0 Scottish Premier League
26 Dec 2001 Hibernian v Rangers L 0-3 Scottish Premier League
29 Dec 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
02 Jan 2002 Hibernian v Dundee United L 0-1 Scottish Premier League
05 Jan 2002 Stranraer v Hibernian D 0-0 Scottish FA Cup 3rd round
12 Jan 2002 Dundee v Hibernian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
15 Jan 2002 Hibernian v Stranraer W 4-0 Scottish FA Cup 3rd round replay
19 Jan 2002 Hibernian v Kilmarnock D 2-2 Scottish Premier League
23 Jan 2002 Hibernian v Aberdeen L 3-4 Scottish Premier League
26 Jan 2002 Rangers v Hibernian L 4-1 Scottish FA Cup 4th round
02 Feb 2002 Hibernian v Celtic D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
06 Feb 2002 Hibernian v Ayr United L 0-1 Scottish League Cup Semi-final
16 Feb 2002 Hibernian v Dunfermline Athletic D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
02 Mar 2002 Hibernian v St Johnstone W 3-0 Scottish Premier League
09 Mar 2002 Livingston v Hibernian W 0-3 Scottish Premier League
16 Mar 2002 Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian L 1-2 Scottish Premier League
23 Mar 2002 Dundee United v Hibernian W 1-2 Scottish Premier League
07 Apr 2002 Dundee United v Hibernian L 2-1 Scottish Premier League
13 Apr 2002 Kilmarnock v Hibernian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1992-93 Ecuador South America Youth Championship 1
1992-93 Ecuador South American Youth Championship 5
1994-95 Ecuador Kirin Japan Cup
1
1994-95 Ecuador Korea Cup 1
1995-96 Ecuador Olympics 4
1996-97 Ecuador Copa America 3
1996-97 Ecuador FIFA World Cup 1
1996-97 Ecuador International Friendly 2
1
1997-98 Ecuador FIFA World Cup 3
1997-98 Ecuador International Friendly 1
1998-99 Ecuador Canada Cup 3
1998-99 Ecuador Copa America 3
1998-99 Ecuador International Friendly 6
1
1999-00 Ecuador FIFA World Cup 4
1
1999-00 Ecuador International Friendly 1
1
2000-01 Ecuador FIFA World Cup 9
2000-01 Ecuador International Friendly 2
2001-02 Ecuador Copa America 3
2001-02 Ecuador FIFA World Cup 8
1
2
2001-02 Ecuador International Friendly 4
1
2002-03 Ecuador International Friendly 4
2003-04 Ecuador Copa America 3
2003-04 Ecuador FIFA World Cup 7
1
2004-05 Ecuador FIFA World Cup 7
1
2004-05 Ecuador International Friendly 1
2005-06 Ecuador FIFA World Cup 6
1
2
2005-06 Ecuador International Friendly 2
1
2006-07 Ecuador Copa America 2
1
2006-07 Ecuador International Friendly 5
1
1
1
2007-08 Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
17 Aug 1992 Paraguay v Ecuador W 0-1 SAYC
21 Aug 1992 Brazil v Ecuador L 2-0 South American Youth Championship
23 Aug 1992 Ecuador v Bolivia W 4-1 South American Youth Championship
26 Aug 1992 Colombia v Ecuador D 0-0 South American Youth Championship
28 Aug 1992 Brazil v Ecuador L 2-0 South American Youth Championship
30 Aug 1992 Uruguay v Ecuador L 3-1 South American Youth Championship
28 May 1995 Japan v Ecuador L 3-0 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
04 Jun 1995 Ecuador v Zambia W 4-1 KOREA CUP
18 Feb 1996 Argentina v Ecuador L 6-0 Olympics South America group B
20 Feb 1996 Colombia v Ecuador D 3-3 Olympics South America group B
22 Feb 1996 Chile v Ecuador L 4-0 Olympics South America group B
24 Feb 1996 Venezuela v Ecuador L 5-2 Olympics South America group B
25 Mar 1997 Guatemala v Ecuador D 0-0 International Friendly
28 May 1997 El Salvador v Ecuador W 0-2 International Friendly
08 Jun 1997 Ecuador v Chile D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
14 Jun 1997 Paraguay v Ecuador W 0-2 Copa America Group A
17 Jun 1997 Ecuador v Chile W 2-1 Copa America Group A
22 Jun 1997 Ecuador v Mexico L 1-1 (3-4) Copa America Quarter-final
07 Aug 1997 USA v Ecuador W 0-1 International Friendly
20 Aug 1997 Ecuador v Paraguay W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
12 Oct 1997 Ecuador v Bolivia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
16 Nov 1997 Uruguay v Ecuador L 5-3 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
14 Oct 1998 Brazil v Ecuador L 5-1 International Friendly
28 Jan 1999 Costa Rica v Ecuador D 0-0 International Friendly
10 Feb 1999 Peru v Ecuador W 1-2 International Friendly
19 May 1999 Venezuela v Ecuador L 2-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 1999 Iran v Ecuador D 1-1 CANADA CUP
04 Jun 1999 Ecuador v Guatemala W 3-1 CANADA CUP
06 Jun 1999 Canada v Ecuador W 1-2 CANADA CUP
15 Jun 1999 Venezuela v Ecuador L 3-2 International Friendly
23 Jun 1999 Chile v Ecuador D 0-0 International Friendly
01 Jul 1999 Argentina v Ecuador L 3-1 Copa America Group C
04 Jul 1999 Uruguay v Ecuador L 2-1 Copa America Group C
07 Jul 1999 Colombia v Ecuador L 2-1 Copa America Group C
08 Mar 2000 Ecuador v Honduras L 1-3 International Friendly
29 Mar 2000 Ecuador v Venezuela W 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
26 Apr 2000 Brazil v Ecuador L 3-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
03 Jun 2000 Paraguay v Ecuador L 3-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
25 Jun 2000 Ecuador v Panama W 6-0 International Friendly
29 Jun 2000 Ecuador v Peru W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
19 Jul 2000 Argentina v Ecuador L 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
25 Jul 2000 Ecuador v Colombia D 0-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
11 Aug 2000 Ecuador v Panama D 0-0 International Friendly
16 Aug 2000 Ecuador v Bolivia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
03 Sep 2000 Uruguay v Ecuador L 4-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
08 Oct 2000 Ecuador v Chile W 1-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
15 Nov 2000 Venezuela v Ecuador W 1-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
28 Mar 2001 Ecuador v Brazil W 1-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
24 Apr 2001 Ecuador v Paraguay W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
02 Jun 2001 Peru v Ecuador W 1-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
07 Jun 2001 USA v Ecuador D 0-0 International Friendly
11 Jul 2001 Ecuador v Chile L 1-4 Copa America Group A
14 Jul 2001 Colombia v Ecuador L 1-0 Copa America Group A
17 Jul 2001 Ecuador v Venezuela W 4-0 Copa America Group A
14 Aug 2001 Ecuador v Argentina L 0-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
05 Sep 2001 Colombia v Ecuador D 0-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
06 Oct 2001 Bolivia v Ecuador W 1-5 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
07 Nov 2001 Ecuador v Uruguay D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
14 Nov 2001 Chile v Ecuador D 0-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
12 Feb 2002 Turkey v Ecuador W 0-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Ecuador v Bulgaria W 3-0 International Friendly
18 Apr 2002 South Africa v Ecuador D 0-0 International Friendly
08 May 2002 Ecuador v Yugoslavia W 1-0 International Friendly
23 May 2002 Ecuador v Senegal L 0-1 International Friendly
03 Jun 2002 Italy v Ecuador L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group G
09 Jun 2002 Mexico v Ecuador L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group G
13 Jun 2002 Ecuador v Croatia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group G
21 Nov 2002 Ecuador v Costa Rica D 2-2 International Friendly
30 Apr 2003 Spain v Ecuador L 4-0 International Friendly
08 Jun 2003 Colombia v Ecuador D 0-0 International Friendly
11 Jun 2003 Ecuador v Peru D 2-2 International Friendly
06 Sep 2003 Ecuador v Venezuela W 2-0 FIFA World Cup South America
10 Sep 2003 Brazil v Ecuador L 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
15 Nov 2003 Paraguay v Ecuador L 2-1 FIFA World Cup South America
18 Nov 2003 Ecuador v Peru D 0-0 FIFA World Cup South America
30 Mar 2004 Argentina v Ecuador L 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
02 Jun 2004 Ecuador v Colombia W 2-1 FIFA World Cup South America
05 Jun 2004 Ecuador v Bolivia W 3-2 FIFA World Cup South America
07 Jul 2004 Argentina v Ecuador L 6-1 Copa America Group B
10 Jul 2004 Uruguay v Ecuador L 2-1 Copa America Group B
13 Jul 2004 Mexico v Ecuador L 2-1 Copa America Group B
05 Sep 2004 Uruguay v Ecuador L 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
10 Oct 2004 Ecuador v Chile W 2-0 FIFA World Cup South America
17 Nov 2004 Ecuador v Brazil W 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
27 Mar 2005 Ecuador v Paraguay W 5-2 FIFA World Cup South America
30 Mar 2005 Peru v Ecuador D 2-2 FIFA World Cup South America
04 Jun 2005 Ecuador v Argentina W 2-0 FIFA World Cup South America
08 Jun 2005 Colombia v Ecuador L 3-0 FIFA World Cup South America
11 Jun 2005 Ecuador v Italy D 1-1 International Friendly
03 Sep 2005 Bolivia v Ecuador W 1-2 FIFA World Cup South America
08 Oct 2005 Ecuador v Uruguay D 0-0 FIFA World Cup South America
11 Oct 2005 Chile v Ecuador D 0-0 FIFA World Cup South America
13 Nov 2005 Ecuador v Poland L 0-3 International Friendly
01 Mar 2006 Netherlands v Ecuador L 1-0 International Friendly
28 May 2006 FYR Macedonia v Ecuador L 2-1 International Friendly
09 Jun 2006 Poland v Ecuador W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group A
15 Jun 2006 Ecuador v Costa Rica W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group A
20 Jun 2006 Ecuador v Germany L 0-3 FIFA World Cup Finals Group A
25 Jun 2006 England v Ecuador L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
10 Oct 2006 Ecuador v Brazil L 1-2 International Friendly
25 Mar 2007 USA v Ecuador L 3-1 International Friendly
28 Mar 2007 Mexico v Ecuador L 4-2 International Friendly
03 Jun 2007 Ecuador v Peru L 1-2 International Friendly
06 Jun 2007 Ecuador v Peru W 2-0 International Friendly
23 Jun 2007 Colombia v Ecuador L 3-1 International Friendly
27 Jun 2007 Ecuador v Chile L 2-3 Copa America Group B
01 Jul 2007 Ecuador v Mexico L 1-2 Copa America Group B
13 Oct 2007 Ecuador v Venezuela L 0-1 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying
17 Oct 2007 Brazil v Ecuador L 5-0 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying
15 Jun 2008 Argentina v Ecuador D 1-1 FIFA World Cup South America qualifying


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.