Copa Centroamericana

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Copa Centroamericana
UNCAF Copa Centroamericana logo.png
The current Copa Centroamericana official logo, in use since 2011
Founded 1991
Region Central America (UNCAF)
Number of teams 7
Current champions  Costa Rica (7th time)
Most successful team(s)  Costa Rica (7 titles)
Website Official website
2014 Copa Centroamericana

The Copa Centroamericana ([ˈko.pa ˌsen̪.tɾo.a.me.ɾiˈka.no], Spanish for "Central American Cup") is the main association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol (UNCAF), the sport's Central American governing body. Held every two years since 1991, in the years before and after the FIFA World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UNCAF Nations Cup (Spanish: Copa de Naciones de la UNCAF), changing to the current name in 2011.

The tournament consists of two stages. In the group round of the tournament finals, the seven teams competed in two round-robin groups, one of four teams and the other of three, for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These four teams advanced to the semifinal stage of the final round, where the winners advance into the final while the losers dispute a third-place match. The fifth-place match is disputed between the third-ranked teams of the group stage. The top five teams of the tournament would go on to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The 12 Central American Championship tournaments have been won by four different national teams: Costa Rica are the most successful national team of the competition with seven victories. Honduras have won three titles. Guatemala and Panama have won one title each. To date, Costa Rica and Honduras are the only sides in history to have won consecutive titles, with the former winning an unprecedented three titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

The most recent championship, hosted by Costa Rica, was won by the host nation who beat Honduras 1–0 at the final in San José. The next Central American Championship will be hosted in the United States.[1]

Results[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Champion Score Runner-Up Third Place Score Fourth Place
UNCAF Nations Cup
1991  Costa Rica
Costa Rica
RR
Honduras

Guatemala
RR
El Salvador
1993  Honduras
Honduras
RR
Costa Rica

Panama
RR
El Salvador
1995  El Salvador
Honduras
3 – 0
Guatemala

El Salvador
2 – 1
Costa Rica
1997  Guatemala
Costa Rica
RR
Guatemala

El Salvador
RR
Honduras
1999  Costa Rica
Costa Rica
RR
Guatemala

Honduras
RR
El Salvador
2001  Honduras
Guatemala
RR
Costa Rica

El Salvador
RR
Panama
2003  Panama
Costa Rica
RR
Guatemala

El Salvador
RR
Honduras
2005  Guatemala
Costa Rica
1 – 1
7–6
pens

Honduras

Guatemala
3 – 0
Panama
2007  El Salvador
Costa Rica
1 – 1
4–1
pens

Panama

Guatemala
1 – 0
El Salvador
2009  Honduras
Panama
0 – 0
5–3
pens

Costa Rica

Honduras
1 – 0
El Salvador
Copa Centroamericana
2011  Panama
Honduras
2 – 1
Costa Rica

Panama
0 – 0
5–4
pens

El Salvador
2013  Costa Rica
Costa Rica
1 – 0
Honduras

El Salvador
1 – 0
Belize
2014  United States WS1 vs WS2 LS1 vs LS2
  1. ^ Placings decided on a round-robin basis.

Top four appearances by team[edit]

Team Titles Runner-up Third place Fourth place
 Costa Rica 7 (1991*, 1997, 1999*, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013*) 4 (1993, 2001, 2009, 2011) 1 (1995)
 Honduras 3 (1993*, 1995, 2011) 3 (1991, 2005, 2013) 2 (1999, 2009) 2 (1997, 2003)
 Guatemala 1 (2001) 4 (1995, 1997*, 1999, 2003) 3 (3 (1991, 2005, 2007)
 Panama 1 (2009) 1 (2007) 2 (1993, 2011*) 2 (2001, 2005)
 El Salvador 5 (1995*, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2013) 6 (1991, 1993, 1999, 2007*, 2009, 2011)
 Belize 1 (2013)
 Nicaragua
*=hosts

Historic[edit]

  • From 1991–2013

Last updated January 27, 2013

Pos. Team P W T L F A D
1  Costa Rica 53 33 12 8 98 31 +67
2  Honduras 51 28 11 12 98 43 +55
3  Guatemala 47 20 14 13 56 44 +12
4  El Salvador 54 18 13 23 53 65 –12
5  Panama 42 14 11 17 40 46 –6
6  Nicaragua 34 4 4 26 24 97 –73
7  Belize 25 1 5 19 17 59 –42

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La próxima Copa Centroamericana será en Estados Unidos". José Alberto Montenegro. Radio Monumental. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 

External links[edit]