Height 1.71 m
Weight 68 kg
|Name Walter Ayovi|
Career start 2000
|Full name Walter Orlando Ayovi Corozo|
Date of birth (1979-08-11) 11 August 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth Camarones, Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Current teams Ecuador national football team (Defender, Midfielder), Dorados de Sinaloa (#30 / Midfielder)
Similar People Christian Noboa, Juan Carlos Paredes, Jefferson Montero, Alexander Dominguez, Frickson Erazo
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Walter Orlando Ayoví Corozo ([ˈwalteɾ aˈʝoβi]; born 11 August 1979 in Camarones, Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian footballer. He plays for Guayaquil City of the Ecuadorian Serie A. He previously played as a left winger for Club Deportivo El Nacional in the Ecuadorian league and plays in the Ecuadorian national team, primarily in left defense. He is the cousin of fellow footballer Jaime Ayoví, who also plays in the Ecuadorian national team. He also holds Mexican citizenship.
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- El Nacional
- Dorados de Sinaloa
- Return to Monterrey
- International career
Ayoví was transferred to Barcelona Sporting Club from Emelec on 23 January 2002, for an undisclosed amount. Despite rumours linking him to several European club sides, including Arminia Bielefeld and Mainz 05 of the German Bundesliga, Ayoví remained on Barcelona's squad until 2006.
When he was transferred to El Nacional. In between contracts he has also played for the Al Wasl Club in Dubai, the UAE.
On 7 January 2009 rumors said that Club de Futbol Monterrey were interested in signing him. He was loaned to CF Monterrey shortly after, then made his debut on 6 February 2009 scoring his first goal on the 4th Week match against Estudiantes Tecos.
On 29 March 2009 CF Monterrey took their option to purchase Ayoví after a spectacular game between Ecuador and Brazil. He renewed his Monterrey contract December 2011, with his future firmly set on the club.
On July 15, 2015, after 2 seasons with Pachuca, his former team came to terms and agreed to release Ayoví.
Dorados de Sinaloa
On July 26, 2015, it was confirmed that Ayoví had signed for newly ascended team, Dorados de Sinaloa, to join his compatriots Marcos Caicedo, Segundo Castillo, and Christian Suárez.
Return to Monterrey
On December 9, 2015, it was confirmed that Ayoví would be returning to the Rayados de Monterrey.
Ayoví was called up to the final squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in Japan and South Korea. Being one of the youngest members in that Ecuador team, he did not make an appearance in that tournament. He was a regular in the Ecuadorian national team that qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany but this time, surprisingly, he was not included in the final World Cup squad.
He was, however, called up to participate in the 2007 Copa América and scored a free kick against Colombia in a pre-tournament friendly. His two appearances Copa América came as a substitute against Mexico and as a starter against Brazil.
Ayoví became an important fixture in the Ecuador side that is competing in the CONMEBOL 2010 World Cup qualifiers. He solidified his starting position with a double against neighbors Peru in a 5–1 victory. On 11 June 2009, he scored against Argentina, leading Ecuador to a 2–0 win.
During the CONMEBOL 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Ayoví played in all 16 of the qualifying games for Ecuador, helping the team to qualify for the tournament finals in Brazil. Ayoví went on to play in every minute of Ecuador's World Cup campaign, starting at left back in the team's three Group E matches.
On 31 March 2015, Ayoví was capped for the 100th time by Ecuador in a 2–1 friendly loss to Argentina in New Jersey. Later that year, he was included in Ecuador's squad for the 2015 Copa América and captained La Tri in the opening match of the tournament, a 2–0 loss to hosts Chile in Santiago.