Nicaragua national football team
|Association||Nicaraguan Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Enrique Llena|
|Asst coach||Mauricio Cruz|
|Most caps||David Solórzano (46)|
|Top scorer||Emilio Palacios (11)|
|Home stadium||Nicaragua National Football Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||175 (14 August 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||132 (February 2009)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||193 (May 2001)|
| El Salvador 9–0 Nicaragua
(El Salvador; 1 May 1929)
| Nicaragua 4–1 Puerto Rico
(Managua, Nicaragua; 26 February 2012)
| Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua
(Mexico; 17 October 1975)
& 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 the weakest teams in Central America and achieved its first qualification to a major international competition in 2009, when they qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a 2–0 win over Guatemala in the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup.
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.
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.
FIFA World Cup record
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
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.
|1965||Did not qualify|
|1969||Did not enter|
|1971||Did not qualify|
|1973||Did not qualify|
|1977||Did not enter|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
Other tournament records
The tournament has been held since 1991 as the UNCAF Nations Cup and serves as a qualifying event for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The competition was re-branded as the Copa Centroamericana from the 2011 edition. Nicaragua has participated in all of the tournaments and has managed to get up to Fifth place in 2009.
The Nicaragua national football team have competed in the CCCF Championship in six occasions. Nicaragua won third place at the 1951 CCCF Championship.
|Head Coach||Enrique Llena|
|Assistant Coach||Mauricio Cruz|
|Physical Coordinator||Flavio Da Silva|
Schedule and results
The following is Nicaragua's schedule and results for the 2014 season.
|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|
Win Draw Loss
- UF = Unofficial Friendly
- IF = International Friendly
- WCQ = World Cup Qualifiers
- CCA = Copa Centroamericana
- GC = Gold Cup
- PSO = Penalty shootout
- a.e.t. = After extra time
The following players have been called up to the Nicaragua squad in the past 12 months.
Top ten 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
|10||Manuel “Catarrito” Cuadra||1967-1977||2|
|11||Bayardo “Carita” Barrera||1970-1973||2|
|13||José María Bermúdez||1995-2001||2|
|19||Félix Rodríguez (footballer)||2010–||2|
Note: Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua.
Last updated: September 13, 2014.
|Octavio Edmundo Salas Urbina||1941||?|
|Eduardo Kosovic 'Edy' ||1941||?|
|Santiago Berrini ||1966||?|
|Livio Bendaña Espinoza||1967||1970|
|Salvador Dubois Leiva||1977||1977|
|Salvador Dubois Leiva||1991||1992|
|Mauricio Cruz Jiron||1993||June 2001|
|Florencio Levia||June 2001||December 2002|
|Maurizio Battistini||February 2003||June 2004|
|Marcelo Javier Zuleta||January 2005||September 2005|
|Carlos De Toro||September 2007||December 2008|
|Mauricio Cruz Jiron||December 2008||October 2008|
|Ramón Otoniel Olivas||November 2008||December 2009|
|Enrique Llena||January 2010 –||Present|
- Florencio Levia
- Omar Muraco
- José "Chingolo" Rodríguez
- Omar Zambrana
- "Nicaragua shocks Guatemala 2–0 to claim last berth in CONCACAF Gold Cup". CONCACAF. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- A Picture of the Team
- FENIFUT – Nicaraguan Football Federation
- Nicaragua – List of International Matches at RSSSF.com (Last updated: 7 July 2004)