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Guatemala national football team

Guatemala
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Azul y Blanco
Los Chapines
La Bicolor
La Furia Azul
Association National Football Federation of Guatemala
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Ivan Franco Sopegno
Captain Carlos Ruiz
Most caps Carlos Ruíz (124)
Top scorer Carlos Ruíz (59)
Home stadium Estadio Mateo Flores
FIFA code GUA
FIFA ranking
Current 82 Increase 16 (1 October 2015)
Highest 50 (August 2006)
Lowest 163 (November 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 95 (July 2015)
Highest 40 (April 1972)
Lowest 105 (February 2010)
First international
 Guatemala 10–1 Honduras 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; Sept. 14 , 1921)
Biggest win
 Guatemala 10–1 Honduras 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; Sept. 14 , 1921)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 9–1 Guatemala 
(San José, Costa Rica; July 24, 1955)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 17 (First in 1963)
Best result Winners, 1967

The Guatemala national football team is the association football team representing the country of Guatemala and is controlled by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. Founded in 1919, it affiliated to FIFA in 1946, and it is a member of CONCACAF.

The team has made three Olympic tournament appearances, competing at the 1968, 1976, and 1988 Olympic Games. Guatemala have never qualified for a finals tournament of the World Cup, although they have reached the final round of qualification on four occasions.

Guatemala won the 1967 CONCACAF Championship and the 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup. The team's best performance in a CONCACAF Gold Cup was in 1996, when they finished fourth. Guatemala has also obtained a silver medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela. The national team kits are supplied by Umbro. Past kit suppliers include Atletica, Adidas and Puma.

Contents

  • History 1
    • 1967 CONCACAF Championship 1.1
    • 1968 Olympic Games 1.2
    • 21st century 1.3
    • 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification 1.4
    • 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 1.5
    • 2014 World Cup cycle 1.6
  • Home stadium 2
  • Competitive Record 3
    • FIFA World Cup 3.1
    • CONCACAF Gold Cup Record 3.2
    • Copa Centroamericana record 3.3
    • Olympic record 3.4
  • Schedule and recent results 4
    • 2015 4.1
    • 2016 4.2
  • Players 5
    • Current squad 5.1
    • Recent call-ups 5.2
    • Most capped 5.3
    • Top scorers 5.4
  • Managers 6
  • Honors 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

The national team, nicknamed "la Azul y Blanco" (the blue and white), made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City in September 1921, winning their first game 10–1 against Honduras. In the final, Guatemala were defeated 6–0 by Costa Rica.[1] Guatemala entered a World Cup qualification process for the first time in 1958.

1967 CONCACAF Championship

In 1967, Honduras hosted the CONCACAF Championship. Guatemala began the tournament with a 2–1 win against Haiti, followed by a 1–0 win over defending champions Mexico, a 0–0 draw against Honduras, a 2–0 win over Trinidad and Tobago, and a 2–0 win over Nicaragua, being crowned CONCACAF champions for the first time. Forward Manuel "Escopeta" Recinos was Guatemala's top scorer with four goals, including the game-winning goal against Mexico.

Results
Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Guatemala 9 5 4 1 0 7 1 6
2  Mexico 8 5 4 0 1 10 1 9
3  Honduras 6 5 2 2 1 4 2 2
4  Trinidad and Tobago 4 5 2 0 3 6 10 -4
5  Haiti 2 5 1 0 4 5 9 -4
6  Nicaragua 1 5 0 1 4 3 12 -9

1968 Olympic Games

In 1967, Guatemala showed some major progress by qualifying for the 1968 Olympic Tournament in Mexico City. In the first round, they won 1–0 against Czechoslovakia, and 4–1 against Thailand, and lost to Bulgaria 2–1. They went on the next round where they lost to eventual champions Hungary 1–0.

21st century

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

In 2006 World Cup qualifying, Guatemala started off well, advancing to the third round by beating Suriname 4–2 in the second round. In the third round they finished second behind Costa Rica in Group B tying at 10 points each, advancing to the final round. In the fourth round they started off well with a 0–0 draw against Panama and a 5–1 win against Trinidad and Tobago. Then followed a 2–0 loss against United States and Mexico and a 3–2 loss against Costa Rica, and after 3 losses in a row they finally won against Panama 2–1, then lost against Trinidad and Tobago 3–2, tied against United States 0–0 and then lost to Mexico 5–2 once again. Guatemala had 8 points with one game left, and a win and a Trinidad and Tobago loss against Mexico would get them to the playoff. They won 3–1 against Costa Rica but Trinidad and Tobago beat Mexico 2–1, ending one of the best runs in Guatemala football history. They finished in 5th place, 2 points away from a possible World Cup spot.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

In 2010 World Cup qualifying, they advanced to the third round by defeating Saint Lucia 9–1 in the second round. In the third round Guatemala finished in third place with 5 points, thus missing out on the final round. They were once again unable to qualify for the World Cup.

2014 World Cup cycle

At the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, formerly known as the "UNCAF Nations Cup", Guatemala finished in fifth place, losing to Costa Rica 2–0 and Honduras 3–1. In the fifth place match, they defeated Nicaragua 2–1 to qualify to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

At the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Guatemala drew against Honduras 0–0, lost against Jamaica 2–0 and won against Grenada 4–0, advancing to the quarterfinals, where they lost against the reigning champions Mexico 2–1.

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF), Guatemala opened qualifying in the second round by sweeping 6 wins in 6 games, advancing to the third round in the same group as USA, Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda. Guatemala finished third with 10 points behind the USA and Jamaica, losing out on goal difference to the Jamaicans.

In January 2013, still led by Ever Almeida, Guatemala participated in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. The Chapines could only manage three draws in their group play (1–1 against Nicaragua, 0–0 to border rivals Belize and 1–1 against Costa Rica), losing out to Belize for direct qualification to the Gold Cup. They faced Panama in the 5th place match for the final slot in the 2013 Gold Cup in the USA but lost 3–1. Ever Almeida stepped down in favour of technical director Victor Hugo Monzón.

Home stadium

The Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, also known as Coloso de la Zona 5, is a multi-use national stadium in Guatemala City, the largest in Guatemala. It was built in 1948, to host the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1950, and was renamed after long-distance runner Mateo Flores, winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon. It has a capacity of 26,000 seats.

Used mostly for soccer matches, the stadium has hosted the majority of the home matches of the Guatemala national football team throughout its history.

Competitive Record

FIFA World Cup

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1954 Did not enter
1958 to 1962 Did not qualify
1966 Entry not accepted[2]
1970 to 2014 Did not qualify
2018 To be determined
2022 To be determined
Total 0/20

CONCACAF Gold Cup Record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1963 Round 1 4 1 2 1 7 6
1965 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 11 5
1967 Champions 5 4 1 0 7 1
1969 Runner-up 5 3 2 0 10 2
1971 Did not qualify
1973 Fifth Place 5 0 3 2 4 6
1977 Fifth Place 5 1 1 3 8 10
1981 Did not qualify
1985 Round 1 4 2 1 1 7 3
1989 Fourth Place 6 1 1 4 4 7
1991 Round 1 3 1 0 2 1 5
1993 Did not enter
1996 Fourth Place 4 1 0 3 3 5
1998 Round 1 3 0 2 1 3 4
2000 Round 1 2 0 1 1 3 5
2002 Round 1 2 0 0 2 1 4
2003 Round 1 2 0 1 1 1 3
2005 Round 1 3 0 1 2 4 9
2007 Quarter Finals 4 1 1 2 2 5
2009 Did not qualify
2011 Quarter Finals 4 1 1 2 5 4
2013 Did not qualify
2015 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 4
Total 1 Title 69 19 20 30 82 88

Copa Centroamericana record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1991 Third Place 3 0 2 1 0 1
1993 Did not enter
1995 Runner-up 4 2 0 2 2 5
1997 Runner-up 5 3 2 0 10 3
1999 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 5 2
2001 Champions 5 2 3 0 9 5
2003 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 10 4
2005 Third Place 5 3 1 1 10 5
2007 Third Place 5 3 1 1 3 2
2009 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 6
2011 Fifth Place 3 1 0 2 3 6
2013 Sixth Place 4 0 3 1 3 5
2014 Runner-up 4 3 0 1 7 4
Total 1 Title 51 23 14 14 63 48

Olympic record

  • 1896 to 1924 - Did not enter
  • 1928 to 1964 - Did not qualify
  • 1968 - Quarter finals - 6th place
  • 1972 - Did not qualify
  • 1976 - Round 1
  • 1980 to 1984 - Did not qualify
  • 1988 - Round 1
  • 1992 to 2012 - Did not qualify

Note: Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since the 1992 edition.

Schedule and recent results

Key

      Win       Draw       Loss

2015

2016

Players

Current squad

The following players were named to the squad for the Friendlies against Honduras and El Salvador on October 8 and 13, 2015 respectively.

Caps and goals updated as October 13, 2015 after the game against El Salvador.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Víctor Ayala (1989-05-08) May 8, 1989 0 0 Antigua GFC
12 1GK Paulo Motta (1982-03-29) March 29, 1982 14 0 Municipal
2 2DF José Pinto (1993-06-16) June 16, 1993 0 0 Antigua GFC
3 2DF Elías Vásquez (1992-06-18) June 18, 1992 36 0 Real Salt Lake
4 2DF Wilson Lalín (1985-05-03) May 3, 1985 22 1 Comunicaciones
5 2DF Carlos Gallardo (1984-04-08) April 8, 1984 53 3 Comunicaciones
6 3MF Carlos Mejía (1991-11-13) November 13, 1991 14 0 Comunicaciones
11 2DF Gerardo Arias (1985-11-18) November 18, 1985 5 0 Municipal
15 2DF Dennis López (1986-01-02) January 2, 1986 11 1 Municipal
16 2DF Hessler Archila (1986-08-27) August 27, 1986 1 0 Antigua GFC
18 2DF Stefano Cincotta (1991-02-28) February 28, 1991 11 1 Chemnitzer FC
22 2DF Moisés Hernández (1992-03-05) March 5, 1992 10 0 Dallas
8 3MF Fredy Thompson (1982-06-02) June 2, 1982 94 3 Antigua GFC
10 3MF José Contreras (1986-01-19) January 19, 1986 65 5 Comunicaciones
14 3MF Kendell Herrarte (1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 17 0 Comunicaciones
16 3MF Marco Pappa (1987-11-15) November 15, 1987 51 11 Seattle Sounders
17 3MF Brandon de León (1993-03-20) March 20, 1993 11 0 Comunicaciones
19 3MF Aslinn Rodas (1992-10-07) October 7, 1992 5 0 Xelajú
4FW Luis Martínez (1991-12-14) December 14, 1991 1 0 Xelajú
7 4FW Mario Castellanos (1982-05-19) May 19, 1982 10 1 Marquense
9 4FW Gerson Tinoco (1986-11-02) November 2, 1986 4 1 Cobán Imperial
13 4FW Edi Guerra 1 0 Guastatoya
20 4FW Carlos Ruiz (Captain) (1979-12-15) December 15, 1979 124 59 Municipal

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Guatemala squad within the last twelve months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ricardo Jerez (1986-03-04) March 4, 1986 44 0 Alianza Petrolera 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK David Guerra (1979-05-28) May 28, 1979 2 0 Universidad San Carlos 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
GK Juan José Paredes (1984-11-27) November 27, 1984 7 0 Comunicaciones v.  El Salvador, March 31, 2015
DF Rubén Morales (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 14 0 Comunicaciones 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
DF Carlos Castrillo (1985-05-16) May 16, 1985 22 0 Comunicaciones 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
DF Tomás Castillo (1990-01-01) January 1, 1990 1 0 Guastatoya v.  El Salvador, March 31, 2015
MF Jorge Aparicio (1992-11-21) November 21, 1992 11 0 Comunicaciones 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
MF Jean Márquez (1985-03-06) March 6, 1985 36 0 Comunicaciones 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Carlos Figueroa (1980-04-19) April 19, 1980 62 5 Comunicaciones 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Nelson Miranda (1990-12-21) December 21, 1990 12 2 Comunicaciones v.  Uruguay, June 6, 2015
FW Minor López (1987-02-01) February 1, 1987 42 6 Atlético CP 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
FW Jairo Arreola (1985-09-20) September 20, 1985 22 0 Comunicaciones 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Édgar Chinchilla (1987-05-08) May 8, 1987 6 0 Antigua GFC 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Marvin Ávila (1985-12-06) December 6, 1985 43 4 Municipal v.  Bermuda, June 15, 2015
FW Ángelo Padilla (1990-03-05) March 5, 1990 6 1 Universidad San Carlos v.  Uruguay, June 6, 2015
FW Javier Longo (1994-05-24) May 24, 1994 2 0 Xelajú v.  Uruguay, June 6, 2015

Managers

[5]
Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Winning % Notes
Roberto Figueredo 1930 2 0 0 2 00.0% [6]
Jimmy Elliott 1935 5 0 1 4 20.0% [7]
Manuel Felipe Carrera 1943 6 4 1 1 66.7% 1943 CCCF Championship 2nd place[8]
Juan Francisco Aguirre 1946 5 3 1 1 60.0% [9]
Juan Francisco Aguirre
Manuel Felipe Carrera
1946 6 1 1 4 16.7% [10]
José Alberto Cevasco 1948 8 3 4 1 37.5% 1948 CCCF Championship 2nd place[11][12]
Enrique Natalio Pascal Palomini 1950 6 3 1 2 50.0% [13]
Juan Francisco Aguirre 1953
Alfredo Cuevas 1955–1957
José Alberto Cevasco 1960–1961
Lorenzo Ausina Tur 1963
César Viccino 1965
Rubén Amorín 1967 1967 CONCACAF Championship
César Viccino 1968–1969
Lorenzo Ausina Tur 1969
Carmelo Faraone 1971
Afro Geronazzo 1971–1972
Rubén Amorín 1972
Néstor Valdez Moraga 1972
Rubén Amorín 1976
Carlos Cavagnaro 1976
Carlos Wellmann 1976
José Ernesto Romero 1979
Rubén Amorín 1980
Carlos Cavagnaro 1983
Dragoslav Šekularac 1984–1985
Julio César Cortés 1987
Jorge Roldán 1988
Rubén Amorín 1989–1990
Haroldo Cordón 1991
Miguel Angel Brindisi 1992
Jorge Roldán 1995 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place
Juan Ramón Verón 1996 11 6 1 4 54.6%
Horacio Cordero 1996 18 7 5 6 48.1%
Miguel Angel Brindisi 1997–1998 23 9 11 3 39.1% 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place
Carlos Bilardo
Eduardo Luján Manera
1998 8 2 3 3 25.0%
Benjamín Monterroso 1999 11 4 2 5 36.4% 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place
Carlos Miloc 2000 5 0 3 2 0.0%
Julio César Cortés 2000–2003 33 13 12 7 39.4% 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
2003 UNCAF Nations Cup (Runner-up)
Víctor Manuel Aguado 2003 7 1 2 4 14.3%
Ramón Maradiaga 2004–2005 42 17 9 16 40.5%
Hernán Darío Gómez 2006–2008 21 5 4 12 23.8%
Ramón Maradiaga 2008 5 2 1 2 50.0%
Benjamín Monterroso 2008–2009 5 1 0 4 20.0%
Ever Hugo Almeida 2010–2013 40 16 7 17 45.8%
Víctor Hugo Monzón 2013 4 0 1 3 11.1%
Sergio Pardo[14] 2013 1 0 0 1 0.0%
Ivan Franco Sopegno 2014– 21 7 5 9 41.3% 2014 Copa Centroamericana (Runner-up)

Honors

Champions (1): 1967
Runner-up (2): 1965, 1969
Champions (1): 2001
Runner-up (5): 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2014
Third Place (3): 1991, 2005, 2007
Silver Medal (2):1976, 1988
Silver Medal (1): 1983
Third Place (1): 1999

See also

References

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External links

  • Guatemala National Football Federation (Spanish)
  • GuateFutbol.com (Spanish)
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