Guatemala national football team

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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 Jose Manuel Contreras
Most caps Carlos Ruíz (105)
Top scorer Carlos Ruíz (55)
Home stadium Estadio Mateo Flores
FIFA code GUA
FIFA ranking 134 Steady (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 50 (August 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 163 (November 1995)
Elo ranking 94
Highest Elo ranking 40 (April 1972)
Lowest Elo ranking 105 (February 2010)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Guatemala Guatemala 10–1 Honduras 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; Sept. 14 , 1921)
Biggest win
Guatemala Guatemala 10–1 Honduras 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; Sept. 14 , 1921)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 9–1 Guatemala 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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

In the 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, 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, a win and a Trinidad and Tobago loss against Mexico would get them to the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC – CONCACAF play-off). 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, they were 2 points away of a FIFA World Cup qualification spot.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

In 2010 World Cup qualifying They advance 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 ending their dreams of going to the next round. They were once again unable to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

2014 World Cup cycle[edit]

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 quarterfinals, where they lost against the reigning champions, Mexico (2–1).

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF), Guatemala opened qualifying in Round 2 by sweeping 6 wins in 6 games, advancing to the 3rd 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[edit]

Main article: Estadio Mateo Flores

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 football (soccer) matches, the stadium has hosted the majority of the home matches of the Guatemala national football team throughout its history, and is the home of local football club CSD Municipal (Los Rojos).

Competitive Record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

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
Russia 2018 TBD
Qatar 2022 TBD
Total 0/20

CONCACAF Gold Cup Record[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
El Salvador 1963 Round 1 4 1 2 1 7 6
Guatemala 1965 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 11 5
Honduras 1967 Champions 5 4 1 0 7 1
Costa Rica 1969 Runner-up 5 3 2 0 10 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Did not qualify
Haiti 1973 Fifth Place 5 0 3 2 4 6
Mexico 1977 Fifth Place 5 1 1 3 8 10
Honduras 1981 Did not qualify
1985 Round 1 4 2 1 1 7 3
1989 Fourth Place 6 1 1 4 4 7
United States 1991 Round 1 3 1 0 2 1 5
United StatesMexico 1993 Did not enter
United States 1996 Fourth Place 4 1 0 3 3 5
United States 1998 Round 1 3 0 2 1 3 4
United States 2000 Round 1 2 0 1 1 3 5
United States 2002 Round 1 2 0 0 2 1 4
Mexico 2003 Round 1 2 0 1 1 1 3
United States 2005 Round 1 3 0 1 2 4 9
United States 2007 Quarter Finals 4 1 1 2 2 5
United States 2009 Did not qualify
United States 2011 Quarter Finals 4 1 1 2 5 4
United States 2013 Did not qualify
Total 1 Title 66 19 19 28 81 84

Copa Centroamericana record[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Costa Rica 1991 Third Place 3 0 2 1 0 1
Honduras 1993 Did not enter
El Salvador 1995 Runner-up 4 2 0 2 2 5
Guatemala 1997 Runner-up 5 3 2 0 10 3
Costa Rica 1999 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 5 2
Honduras 2001 Champions 5 2 3 0 9 5
Panama 2003 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 10 4
Guatemala 2005 Third Place 5 3 1 1 10 5
El Salvador 2007 Third Place 5 3 1 1 3 2
Honduras 2009 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 6
Panama 2011 Fifth Place 3 1 0 2 3 6
Costa Rica 2013 Sixth Place 4 0 3 1 3 5
Total 1 Title 47 20 14 13 56 44

Olympic record[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Guatemala scorers
February 22, 2012 Asuncion,
 Paraguay
 Paraguay IF 2-1 C. Ruiz
February 29, 2012 Georgetown,
 Guyana
 Guyana IF 0-2 M. López, G. Ramírez
April 25, 2012 Guatemala City,
 Guatemala
 Paraguay IF 0-1
May 26, 2012 San José,
 Costa Rica
 Costa Rica IF 3-2 C. Ruiz, C. Ruiz
June 1, 2012 Guatemala City,
 Guatemala
 Costa Rica IF 1-0 C. Ruiz
June 8, 2012 Kingston,
 Jamaica
 Jamaica WCQ - 3R 2-1 D. Pezzarossi
June 12, 2012 Guatemala City,
 Guatemala
 United States WCQ - 3R 1-1 M. Pappa
August 11, 2012 Los Angeles,
 United States
 El Salvador IF 0-1
August 15, 2012 Washington, D.C.,
 United States
 Paraguay IF 3-3 M. Pappa, M. León, C. Ruiz
September 7, 2012 Guatemala City,
 Guatemala
 Antigua and Barbuda WCQ - 3R 3-1 C. Ruiz, C. Ruiz, D. Pezzarossi
September 11, 2012 St. John's,
 Antigua and Barbuda
 Antigua and Barbuda WCQ - 3R 0-1 C. Ruiz
October 12, 2012 Guatemala City,
 Guatemala
 Jamaica WCQ - 3R 2-1 C. Figueroa, C. Ruiz
October 16, 2012 Kansas City,
 United States
 United States WCQ - 3R 3-1 C. Ruiz
November 14, 2012 Luque,
 Paraguay
 Paraguay IF 3-1 M. Lopez
January 10, 2013 Panama City,
 Panama
 Panama IF 3-0
January 13, 2013 Panama City,
 Panama
 Panama IF 2-0
January 18, 2013 San José,
 Costa Rica
 Nicaragua CAC-GS 1-1 D. Espinoza
January 20, 2013 San José,
 Costa Rica
 Belize CAC-GS 0-0
January 22, 2013 San José,
 Costa Rica
 Costa Rica CAC-GS 1-1 J. Contreras
January 25, 2013 San José,
 Costa Rica
 Panama CAC-5R 1-3 M. Lopez
February 6, 2013 Miami,
 United States
 Colombia IF 1-4 J. Contreras
June 11, 2013 Antigua Guatemala,
 Guatemala
 Belize IF 0-0
June 14, 2013 Guatemala City,
 Guatemala
 Argentina IF 0-4
July 5, 2013 San Diego,
 United States
 United States IF 0-6
September 6, 2013 Osaka,
 Japan
 Japan IF 0-3
August 14, 2014 Estadio Pensativo, Antigua Guatemala  Nicaragua IF 3-0
August 23, 2014  Belize IF
September 3, 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington D.C.  El Salvador COC
September 7, 2014 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas  Belize COC
September 10, 2014 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas  Honduras COC
Key

      Win       Draw       Loss

Key
  • IF = International Friendly
  • WCQ-3R = FIFA World Cup qualification-CONCACAF Third Round
  • CAC-GS = Copa Centroamericana-Groupe Stage
  • CAC-5R = Copa Centroamericana-5th Rank

Source: RSoccer[3] FIFA[4]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named for the Friendly Match against Nicaragua on August 14, 2014.
Caps and goals updated as August 14, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Paulo César Motta (1982-03-29) March 29, 1982 (age 32) 14 0 Guatemala Municipal
2DF Carlos Gallardo (1984-04-08) April 8, 1984 (age 30) 45 3 Guatemala Comunicaciones
2DF Cristian Noriega (1987-03-20) March 20, 1987 (age 27) 35 0 Guatemala Municipal
2DF Rubén Morales (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 (age 27) 11 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
2DF Wilson Lalín (1985-05-03) May 3, 1985 (age 29) 6 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
2DF Dennis López (1982-01-02) January 2, 1982 (age 32) 1 0 Guatemala Municipal
3MF José Manuel Contreras (1986-01-19) January 19, 1986 (age 28) 50 5 Guatemala Comunicaciones
3MF Marvin Ávila (1985-12-06) December 6, 1985 (age 28) 33 3 Guatemala Municipal
3MF Jean Márquez (1985-03-06) March 6, 1985 (age 29) 22 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
3MF Nelson Miranda (1990-12-21) December 21, 1990 (age 23) 8 2 Guatemala Comunicaciones
3MF Kendell Herrarte (1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
3MF Jorge Aparicio (1992-11-21) November 21, 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
3MF Carlos Mejía (1991-11-13) November 13, 1991 (age 22) 1 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
3MF Álex Pérez (1985-09-04) September 4, 1985 (age 28) 1 0 Guatemala Petapa
4FW Carlos Ruiz (1979-12-15) December 15, 1979 (age 34) 105 55 Guatemala Municipal
4FW Marvin Ceballos (1992-04-22) April 22, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
4FW Jorge Ortiz (1990-07-04) July 4, 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Guatemala Marquense

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Guatemala squad within the last twelve months.[5]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Cristian Álvarez (1982-05-21) May 21, 1982 (age 32) 6 0 Guatemala Coatepeque v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
GK Juan José Paredes (1984-11-27) November 27, 1984 (age 29) 6 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
DF Elías Vásquez (1992-06-18) June 18, 1992 (age 22) 31 1 Mexico Sinaloa v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
DF Carlos Castrillo (1985-05-18) May 18, 1985 (age 29) 22 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
DF Rafael Morales (1988-04-06) April 6, 1988 (age 26) 9 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
MF Jonathan López (1988-05-10) May 10, 1988 (age 26) 32 0 Guatemala Marquense v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
MF Marco Ciani (1987-03-07) March 7, 1987 (age 27) 18 0 Chile San Marcos de Arica v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
MF Sergio Trujillo (1987-11-19) November 19, 1987 (age 26) 10 0 Guatemala Municipal v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
MF Kevin Arriola (1991-08-03) August 3, 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Guatemala Xelajú v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
MF Wilber Pérez (1988-09-26) September 26, 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Guatemala Suchitepéquez v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
MF Pedro Samayoa (1985-07-25) July 25, 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Guatemala Mictlán v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
MF Bryan Ordóñez (1990-11-05) November 5, 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  Japan, September 6, 2013
MF Billy Torres (1987-02-14) February 14, 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Guatemala Mictlán v.  Japan, September 6, 2013

Managers[edit]

[8]

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Winning % Notes
Costa Rica Roberto Figueredo 1930 2 0 0 2 00.0% [9]
England Jimmy Elliott 1935 5 0 1 4 20.0% [10]
Guatemala Manuel Felipe Carrera 1943 6 4 1 1 66.7% 1943 CCCF Championship 2nd place[11]
Guatemala Juan Francisco Aguirre 1946 5 3 1 1 60.0% [12]
Guatemala Juan Francisco Aguirre
Guatemala Manuel Felipe Carrera
1946 6 1 1 4 16.7% [13]
Argentina José Alberto Cevasco 1948 8 3 4 1 37.5% 1948 CCCF Championship 2nd place[14][15]
Argentina Enrique Natalio Pascal Palomini 1950 6 3 1 2 50.0% [16]
Guatemala Juan Francisco Aguirre 1953
Argentina Alfredo Cuevas 1955–1957
Argentina José Alberto Cevasco 1960–1961
Spain Lorenzo Ausina Tur 1963
Argentina César Viccino 1965
Uruguay Rubén Amorín 1967 Winner of the 1967 NORCECA Championship
Argentina César Viccino 1968–1969
Spain Lorenzo Ausina Tur 1969
Argentina Carmelo Faraone 1971
Italy Argentina Afro Geronazzo 1971–1972
Uruguay Rubén Amorín 1972
Chile Néstor Valdez Moraga 1972
Uruguay Rubén Amorín 1976
Argentina Carlos Cavagnaro 1976
Guatemala Carlos Wellmann 1976
Guatemala José Ernesto Romero 1979
Uruguay Rubén Amorín 1980
Argentina Carlos Cavagnaro 1983
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragoslav Šekularac 1984–1985
Uruguay Julio César Cortés 1987
Guatemala Jorge Roldán 1988
Uruguay Rubén Amorín 1989–1990
Guatemala Haroldo Cordón 1991
Argentina Miguel Angel Brindisi 1992
Guatemala Jorge Roldán 1995 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place
Argentina Juan Ramón Verón 1996 11 6 1 4 54.6%
Argentina Horacio Cordero 1996 18 7 5 6 48.1%
Argentina Miguel Angel Brindisi 1997–1998 23 9 11 3 39.1% 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place
Argentina Carlos Bilardo
Argentina Eduardo Luján Manera
1998 8 2 3 3 25.0%
Guatemala Benjamín Monterroso 1999 11 4 2 5 36.4% 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place
Uruguay Carlos Miloc 2000 5 0 3 2 0.0%
Uruguay Julio César Cortés 2000–2003 33 13 12 7 39.4% 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup winner
2003 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place
Mexico Víctor Manuel Aguado 2003 7 1 2 4 14.3%
Honduras Ramón Maradiaga 2004–2005 42 17 9 16 40.5%
Colombia Hernán Darío Gómez 2006–2008 21 5 4 12 23.8%
Honduras Ramón Maradiaga 2008 5 2 1 2 50.0%
Guatemala Benjamín Monterroso 2008–2009 5 1 0 4 20.0%
Paraguay Ever Hugo Almeida 2010–2013 40 16 7 17 45.8%
Guatemala Víctor Hugo Monzón 2013 4 0 1 3 11.1%
Chile Sergio Pardo[17] 2013 1 0 0 1 0.0%
Argentina Ivan Franco Sopegno 2014 - present 0 0 0 0 00.0%

Honors[edit]

Champions (1): 1967
Runner-up (2): 1965, 1969
Champions (1): 2001
Runner-up (4): 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003
Third Place (3): 1991, 2005, 2007
Silver Medal (2):1976, 1988
Silver Medal (1): 1983
Third Place (1): 1999

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Courtney, Barrie (14 August 2008). "Guatemala International Soccer Matches Since 1920". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Guatemala". http://www.rsoccer.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "FIFA". http://www.FIFA.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Convocatoria de la Selección Nacional Mayor". 
  6. ^ Central America is seen as especially vulnerable to match-fixing... 10/16/2012 Reuters. Retrieved 10/18/2012.
  7. ^ Central America is seen as especially vulnerable to match-fixing... 10/16/2012 Reuters. Retrieved 10/18/2012.
  8. ^ Olenev, Maxim (15 July 1999). "Guatemala National Team Coaches". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
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  11. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20061119225609/http://www.prensalibre.com/especiales/ME/guatefut/04.html
  12. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20061119225609/http://www.prensalibre.com/especiales/ME/guatefut/04.html
  13. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20061119225609/http://www.prensalibre.com/especiales/ME/guatefut/04.html
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  15. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20061119225522/http://www.prensalibre.com/especiales/ME/guatefut/15.html
  16. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20061119225650/http://www.prensalibre.com/especiales/ME/guatefut/05.html
  17. ^ "La historia del chileno que será el técnico de la selección de Guatemala". 9 August 2013. 

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