1981 CONCACAF Championship

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1981 CONCACAF Championship
CONCACAF Championship
Tournament details
Host country Honduras
Dates 1 November – 22 November
Teams 6 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Honduras (1st title)
Runners-up  El Salvador
Third place  Mexico
Fourth place  Canada
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 28 (1.87 per match)
Top scorer(s) Mexico Hugo Sánchez (3 goals)
1977
1985

The 1981 CONCACAF Championship, the eighth edition of the CONCACAF Championship, was held in Honduras from 1 November to 22 November. All games were played in the Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa. This tournament was won by the host, Honduras, who earned their first title and secured for the first time a place in the FIFA World Cup, as the tournament also served as qualification to Spain 1982. The North, Central American and Caribbean zone was allocated two places (out of 24) in the final tournament. This edition was marked by an upset as Mexico, traditional CONCACAF heavyweights and needing a win to go through, were eliminated by Honduras. The 0–0 tie between Mexico and Honduras qualified El Salvador to participate in the World Cup as the CONCACAF runners-up. El Salvador also became the first Central American team to qualify for more than one World Cup. This would be the last tournament which would feature a host nation for the final round.

Venues[edit]

Tegucigalpa
Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Capacity: 35,000
Estadio Carías.jpg

Qualification[edit]

Final round[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Honduras 8 5 3 2 0 8 1 +7
2  El Salvador 6 5 2 2 1 2 1 +1
3  Mexico 5 5 1 3 1 6 3 +3
4  Canada 5 5 1 3 1 6 6 0
5  Cuba 4 5 1 2 2 4 8 −4
6  Haiti 2 5 0 2 3 2 9 −7

Honduras and El Salvador qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

1 November 1981
Mexico  4–0  Cuba
Castro Goal 18'
H. Sánchez Goal 43'50'
Manzo Goal 53'

2 November 1981
Canada  1–0  El Salvador
Stojanovic Goal 90'
Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Referee: Pagano Trucios (Peru)

3 November 1981
Honduras  4–0  Haiti
Buezo Goal 35'
Urquia Goal 40'
Laing Goal 64'
Figueroa Goal 75'

6 November 1981
Haiti  1–1  Canada
Romulus Goal 34' Stojanovic Goal 50'
Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Referee: Gracias Regalado (Guatemala)

6 November 1981
Mexico  0–1  El Salvador
Hernandez Goal 81'

8 November 1981
Honduras  2–0  Cuba
Buezo Goal 36'
Costly Goal 69'


11 November 1981
Mexico  1–1  Haiti
H. Sánchez Goal 87' Cadet Goal 47'
Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Referee: Pagano Trucios (Peru)

12 November 1981
Honduras  2–1  Canada
Caballero Goal 12'
Figueroa Goal 40'
Bridge Goal 19'

15 November 1981
Haiti  0–2  Cuba
Mathieu Goal 55' (o.g.)
Núñez Goal 90'

15 November 1981
Mexico  1–1  Canada
Castro Goal 29' Bridge Goal 57'



21 November 1981
Cuba  2–2  Canada
Nuñez Goal 2'
Rodriguez Goal 74'
McLeod Goal 48'
Iarusci Goal 84'
Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
Referee: Pagano Trucios (Peru)

22 November 1981
Honduras  0–0  Mexico
1981 CONCACAF Championship Winners
Honduras
Honduras
First Title

Goalscorer[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Notes[edit]

  • To date, this was the last time that Mexico failed to qualify for a FIFA World Cup.

External links[edit]