Rafael Dudamel's passage through the national soccer team did not leave a particular mark, an indelible mark by which his style of play was recognized. On the contrary, since he took office in replacement of Noel Sanvicente in April 2016, his way of facing the games and the interpreters he used on the field, generated questions and even the rebellion of forward Josef Martínez, who resigned from the national team. .
Despite having one of the most daring and technically gifted generations of midfielders in Venezuelan football, led by Yeferson Soteldo and Rómulo Otero, Dudamel opted for lightning football with little elaboration in the middle. His strategy of playing with three defensive midfielders, forced him to launch deep passes so that the wingers, Darwin Machís and Jhon Murillo, played it one-on-one, while a single striker, Salomón Rondón or Josef Martínez, were isolated between rival defenses. Playing like this, Dudamel achieved the most notable triumphs in friendly matches, against Leo Messi's Argentina (1-3), the United States (0-3) and Japan (0-4), where he added more football associated with Yeferson Soteldo.
Two classifications to the quarterfinals of the Copa América and the 25th place in the world in FIFA are the legacies he leaves to his successor.