The World Cup is ominously close! So that you aren't caught offside (they have that in soccer, right?), we're previewing all the participants, bringing you Four Things You Don't Know About Them. If you have a tidbit, send it along to tips@Deadspin.com. Today: Ecuador! And for World Cup previews that are even better than ours, check out That's On Point, who helped us with these as well.
• 1. Smells Like Team Spirit. We should probably point out that Ecuador's national team has its own perfume. Um, sorry; cologne. And it's called Dribbling. Totally true: A World Cup soccer team has its own fragrance. Oh, and Dribbling will come in three fragrances: Dribbling Training, Dribbling 9 and Dribbling Celebration. Any chance there will a demand for that third one? We'll see. — (thanks to Trent Apple)
• 2. Heh, Heh, You Said 'Header.' Mike Judge, who is the voice of red-blooded American Hank Hill, as well as Beavis and Butt Head, was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city. Also, remember cutlery expert Lorena Bobbit? Her full name is Lorena Leonor Gallo de Bobbitt, and she was born in 1970 in Bucay, Ecuador. — (thanks to Mike Cardillo)
• 3. "I've Got A Note From My Dad, Man." Ecuadorian striker Ivan Kaviedes briefly went AWOL from his club, Argentinos Juniors, earlier this season. When El Nine eventually showed up back in Argentina, he explained to his bosses that the reason he was gone was that he had travelled to Japan with the Ecuadorian national team for their friendly on March 30. But this was news to Ecuadorian coach Luis Suarez. Oops. Kaviedes apparently forgot that the match in question was televised. — (thanks to Trent Apple).
• 4. High Anxiety, You Win. Ecuador went 8-6-4 in qualifying, including wins over Brazil and Argentina; but seven of its wins came on its home field in Quito, nestled in the Andes mountains. Quito is 9,252 feet above sea level, making it almost twice as high as Invesco Field in Denver. Plus, no snow. — (thanks to Mike Carillo).
(Tomorrow — the Netherlands.)