Nicaragua national football team

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Nicaragua
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
  • La Azul y Blanco (The Blue and White)
  • Los Pinoleros
  • Albiazules
Association Nicaraguan Football Federation
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Javier Londoño
Asst coach Ivan Rodriguez
Captain David Solorzano
Most caps David Solórzano (46)
Top scorer Emilio Palacios (11)
Home stadium Nicaragua National Football Stadium
FIFA code NCA
FIFA ranking 168 Increase 2 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 132 (February 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 193 (May 2001)
Elo ranking 175
First colours
Second colours
First international
 El Salvador 9–0 Nicaragua 
(El Salvador; 1 May 1929)
Biggest win
 Nicaragua 4–1 Puerto Rico 
(Managua, Nicaragua; 26 February 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua 
(Mexico; 17 October 1975)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1963)
Best result 6th, 1967

The Nicaragua national football team is the national team of Nicaragua and is controlled by the Nicaraguan Football Federation. It is one of, if not the weakest teams in Central America and it achieved its first qualification to a major international competition in 2009, when it qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a 2–0 win over Guatemala in the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup.[1]

Due to American influence throughout the country's history, baseball has more of a following as both a pursuit and spectator event in Nicaragua than football.

History[edit]

Nicaragua travelled to El Salvador for their first ever international, losing 9-0 to the hosts on 1 May 1929. They did not play another match for over twelve years, until the qualifying group for the 1941 CCCF championship in Costa Rica. They lost all 4 games: 7-2 to the hosts Costa Rica on 10 May, 8-0 to El Salvador on 13 May, 9-1 to the Netherlands Antilles on 15 May and 5-2 to Panama on 18 May. Therefore, Nicaragua finished bottom of the group and did not make the final group.[2]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

The Nicaraguan national football team has never qualified for the World Cup. Their last attempt was for the 2014 World Cup, which they failed to qualify from a group with Panama and Dominica. The pinoleros ended in second place defeating Dominica twice and losing to Panama, first only by one.

CONCACAF Championship record[edit]

In 1963 Nicaragua participated in the first CONCACAF Championship which included all countries of the region, North America, Central America and the Caribbean. During 1963 to 1971 only 5 championships were played. Nicaragua achieving only a sixth place finish in 1967. From 1973 to 1989 no championship was played. The CONCACAF proclaimed champion of the region for the country that achieved the first place in qualifying to the FIFA World Cup. In 1990, CONCACAF again created a tournament as its showpiece event to crown the regional champion of the CONCACAF. The event was named the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the USA hosting the first competition in 1991. However Nicaragua have only qualified once since the gold cup format started with a group stage finish in 2009.

Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Round 1 4 0 0 4 2 15
Guatemala 1965 Did not qualify
Honduras 1967 Sixth Place 5 0 1 4 3 12
Costa Rica 1969 Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Did not qualify
Haiti 1973 Did not qualify
Mexico 1977 Did not enter
Honduras 1981
1985
1989
United States 1991 Did not qualify
United States Mexico 1993
United States 1996
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002
United States Mexico 2003
United States 2005
United States 2007
United States 2009 Round 1 3 0 0 3 0 8
United States 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013
Total 3/21 12 0 1 11 5 35

Other tournament records[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Colombia Javier Londono
Assistant Coach Nicaragua Ivan Rodriguez
Physical Coordinator Nicaragua TBD

Schedule and results[edit]

The following is Nicaragua's schedule and results for the 2014 season.

Date Venue Opponent Result Compe Nicaragua scorers
August 14, 2014 Estadio Pensativo, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala  Guatemala 0–3 IF None
September 3, 2014 RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., USA  Costa Rica 0–3 CCA None
September 10, 2014 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, USA  Panama 0–2 CCA None
September 13, 2014 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  Honduras 0–1 CCA None
November 18, 2014 Estadio Independencia, Estelí , Nicaragua  El Salvador TBD IF TBD
Key

      Win       Draw       Loss

Key

Current squad[edit]

The following 22 players were selected for the friendly against El Salvador.
Caps and goals updated as of September 13, 2014 after the game against Honduras.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Justo Lorente (1988-06-31) June 31, 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
12 1GK Lester Acevedo (1992-03-20) March 20, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
13 2DF Jason Casco (1990-02-13) February 13, 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
2 2DF Luis Fernando Copete (1989-02-12) February 12, 1989 (age 25) 4 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
2DF Francisco Paz (1987-08-07) August 7, 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
4 2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) March 10, 1991 (age 23) 18 1 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
20 2DF David Solórzano (captain) (1980-11-05) November 5, 1980 (age 34) 49 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
15 2DF Alejandro Tapia (1993-03-28) March 28, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
5 2DF Erick Téllez (1989-11-28) November 28, 1989 (age 24) 9 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
3MF Gerardo Arce (1987-06-29) June 29, 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
9 3MF Daniel Cadena (1987-02-09) February 9, 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
3MF Mario Cantillo tbd 0 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua
3MF Carlos Chavarría (1993-10-09) October 9, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
3MF Marlon López (1992-11-02) November 2, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Nicaragua Managua
6 3MF Elmer Mejía (1978-06-23) June 23, 1978 (age 36) 4 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
16 3MF Elvis Pinel (1992-03-22) March 22, 1992 (age 22) 10 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí
3MF Luis Perlata tbd 0 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
3 3MF Manuel Rosas (1983-10-14) October 14, 1983 (age 31) 6 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
7 4FW Javier Dolmus (1987-04-05) April 5, 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
10 4FW Juan Barrera (1989-05-02) May 2, 1989 (age 25) 23 2 Nicaragua Real Estelí
9 4FW Daniel Reyes (1990-07-21) July 21, 1990 (age 24) 4 1 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
11 4FW Eulises Pavón (1993-01-06) January 6, 1993 (age 21) 6 1 Nicaragua Diriangén

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up to the Nicaragua squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Josimar Narváez (1993-06-31) June 31, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Nicaragua Diriangén {{{latest}}}
DF Donald Parrales (1989-11-28) November 28, 1989 (age 24) 11 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti v.  Guatemala, August 14, 2014
DF Yader Balladares (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí {{{latest}}}
DF Salvador García (1982-03-13) March 13, 1982 (age 32) 11 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí {{{latest}}}
DF Nasser Valverde (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Nicaragua Diriangén {{{latest}}}
MF Norlan Cuadra 1 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua v.  Guatemala, August 14, 2014
MF Derick Sequeira (1996-01-20) January 20, 1996 (age 18) 1 0 Canada Toronto Academy v.  Guatemala, August 14, 2014
MF Lesther Jarquín 0 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua v.  Guatemala, August 14, 2014
MF Walmer Otero (1993-05-16) May 16, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 United States San Francisco v. TBD, 2014
MF Medardo Martínez (1988-10-20) October 20, 1988 (age 26) 10 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti v. TBD, 2014
FW Henry García (1990-07-21) July 21, 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua {{{latest}}}


Top ten appearances[edit]

# Name Career Appearances
1 David Solórzano 1999-TBD 49 (0)
2 Denis Espinoza 2004-TBD 33 (1)
3 Carlos Alonso 1999-2011 29 (0)
4 Samuel Wilson 2001-TBD 29 (4)
5 Emilio Palacios 2001-2009 26 (11)
6 Rudel Calero 2001-2011 26 (4)
7 Felix Zeledón 2009-TBD 24 (1)
8 Juan Barrera 2009-TBD 23 (2)
9 Silvio Avilés 2002-2010 22 (0)
10 Josué Quijano 20110-TBD 18 (1)

Note: Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua. Last updated: September 13, 2014

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Top ten goal scorers[edit]

# Name Career Goals
1 Emilio Palacios 2001-2009 11
2 Samuel Wilson 2001- 4
3 Rudel Calero 2001-2011 4
3 Raul Leguias 2011- 3
5 Víctor Webster 2000–2003 2
6 Ramon Garcia 1943 2
7 Dámaso Silva 1963 2
8 Gerardo Barrios 1965-67 2
9 Rudy Sobalvarro 1967 2
10 Manuel “Catarrito” Cuadra 1967-1977 2
11 Bayardo “Carita” Barrera 1970-1973 2
12 César Rostvan 1992-1994 2
13 José María Bermúdez 1995-2001 2
14 Milton Bustos 2004–2011 2
15 Juan Barrera 2009– 2
16 Armando Reyes 2009–2010 2
17 Axel Villanueva 2010– 2
18 Ricardo Vega 2000– 2
19 Félix Rodríguez (footballer) 2010– 2

Note: Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua.

Last updated: September 13, 2014.

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Nicaragua Coaches[edit]

Name From To
Nicaragua Octavio Edmundo Salas Urbina 1941 ?
Hungary Eduardo Kosovic 'Edy' [1] 1941 ?
Costa Rica Santiago Bonilla 1952 1953
Nicaragua Carlos Ruiz 1961 1962
Argentina Santiago Berrini [2] 1966 ?
Hungary Ferenc Mészáros 1967 ?
Nicaragua Livio Bendaña Espinoza 1967 1970
Nicaragua Salvador Dubois Leiva 1977 1977
Czechoslovakia Jan Fulop 1985 1986
Nicaragua Salvador Dubois Leiva 1991 1992
Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz Jiron 1993 June 2001
Nicaragua Florencio Levia June 2001 December 2002
Italy Maurizio Battistini February 2003 June 2004
Argentina Marcelo Javier Zuleta January 2005 September 2005
Argentina Carlos De Toro September 2007 December 2008
Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz Jiron December 2008 October 2008
Nicaragua Ramón Otoniel Olivas November 2008 December 2009
Spain Enrique Llena January 2010 – November 2014
Colombia Javier Londono November 2014 – Present

Others[edit]

  • Nicaragua Florencio Levia
  • Argentina Omar Muraco
  • Argentina José "Chingolo" Rodríguez
  • Nicaragua Omar Zambrana

References[edit]

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