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
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Head coach Walter Claverí
Captain Carlos Ruíz
Most caps Carlos Ruíz (128)[1]
Top scorer Carlos Ruiz (60)
Home stadium Estadio Mateo Flores
FIFA code GUA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 82 Increase 8 (11 August 2016)
Highest 50 (August 2006)
Lowest 163 (November 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 95 (July 2015)
Highest 40 (April 1972)
Lowest 105 (February 2010)
First international
 Guatemala 10–1 Honduras 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; Sept. 14 , 1921)
Biggest win
 Guatemala 10–1 Honduras 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; Sept. 14 , 1921)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 9–1 Guatemala 
(San José, Costa Rica; July 24, 1955)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 18 (First in 1963)
Best result Champions, 1967

The Guatemala national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Guatemala) 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 earned a silver medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela. The national team kits are supplied by Umbro. Past kit suppliers include Atletica, Adidas and Puma.

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.[2] 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 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, and 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, and a win and a Trinidad and Tobago loss against Mexico would get them to the playoff. 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, 2 points away from a possible World Cup spot.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

In 2010 World Cup qualifying, they advanced 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 missing out on the final round. They were once again unable to qualify for the 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 the quarterfinals, where they lost against the reigning champions Mexico 2–1.

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF), Guatemala opened qualifying in the second round by sweeping 6 wins in 6 games, advancing to the third 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 United States 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 matches, the stadium has hosted the majority of the home matches of the Guatemala national football team throughout its history.

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
England 1966 Entry not accepted[3]
1970 to 2014 Did not qualify
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022 To be determined
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 States Mexico 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
United States 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
United States Canada 2015 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 4
Total 1 Title 69 19 20 30 82 88

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
United States 2014 Runner-up 4 3 0 1 7 4
Total 1 Title 51 23 14 14 63 48

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]

Key

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named to the squad for the Friendly Matches against Armenia on May 27 and Venezuela on June 1, 2016.
Caps and goals updated as June 1, 2016 after the game against Venezuela (Substitute appearances not yet reported for the game against Armenia)

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ricardo Jerez (1986-03-04) March 4, 1986 (age 30) 45 0 Colombia Alianza Petrolera
1GK Paulo Motta (1982-03-29) March 29, 1982 (age 34) 31 0 Guatemala Municipal
1GK David Guerra (1979-05-28) May 28, 1979 (age 37) 2 0 Guatemala Universidad San Carlos

2DF Jonathan López (1988-05-10) May 10, 1988 (age 28) 34 0 Guatemala Marquense
2DF Moises Hernandez (1992-03-05) March 5, 1992 (age 24) 15 0 United States Rayo OKC
2DF Hamilton López (1983-10-26) October 26, 1983 (age 32) 5 0 Guatemala Xelajú
2DF Cristian Jiménez (1995-04-26) April 26, 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Guatemala Municipal
2DF Luis Cardona (1990-02-05) February 5, 1990 (age 26) 5 0 Guatemala Municipal
2DF Edwin Fuentes (1991-02-22) February 22, 1991 (age 25) 3 0 Guatemala Marquense
2DF José Carlos Pinto Samayoa (1993-06-16) June 16, 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Guatemala Antigua GFC

3MF José Contreras (1986-01-19) January 19, 1986 (age 30) 70 5 Guatemala Comunicaciones
3MF Marco Pappa (1987-11-15) November 15, 1987 (age 28) 56 11 United States Colorado Rapids
3MF Rodrigo Saravia (1993-02-22) February 22, 1993 (age 23) 4 0 United States Columbus Crew SC
3MF Gerardo Arias (1985-11-18) November 18, 1985 (age 30) 9 0 Guatemala Municipal
3MF Luis Martínez (1991-12-24) December 24, 1991 (age 24) 6 1 Guatemala Antigua GFC
3MF Julián Priego (1988-05-19) May 19, 1988 (age 28) 3 0 Guatemala Universidad San Carlos
3MF Pedro Samayoa (1985-11-18) November 18, 1985 (age 30) 3 0 Guatemala Municipal
3MF Billy Torres (1987-02-14) February 14, 1987 (age 29) 2 0 Guatemala Mictlán

4FW Carlos Ruiz (Captain) (1979-12-15) December 15, 1979 (age 36) 130 61 Guatemala Municipal
4FW Kendell Herrarte (1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 (age 24) 18 0 Guatemala Antigua GFC
4FW Mario Castellanos (1982-05-19) May 19, 1982 (age 34) 12 1 Guatemala Malacateco
4FW Gerson Tinoco (1988-11-02) November 2, 1988 (age 27) 11 4 Guatemala Comunicaciones
4FW Jonathan Pérez (1987-02-14) February 14, 1987 (age 29) 1 0 Guatemala Universidad San Carlos
4FW Edwin Rivas (1992-01-08) January 8, 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Guatemala Universidad San Carlos

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK José Carlos García (1993-11-07) November 7, 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Guatemala Xelajú v.  United States, March 29, 2016
GK Víctor Ayala (1989-05-08) May 8, 1989 (age 27) 0 0 Guatemala Antigua GFC v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015

DF Carlos Castrillo (1985-05-16) May 16, 1985 (age 31) 32 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  United States, March 29, 2016
DF Stefano Cincotta (1991-02-28) February 28, 1991 (age 25) 15 2 Germany Chemnitzer FC v.  United States, March 29, 2016
DF Elías Vásquez (1992-06-18) June 18, 1992 (age 24) 37 0 Venezuela Deportivo Anzoátegui v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
DF Rafael Morales (1985-05-16) May 16, 1985 (age 31) 14 1 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  United States, March 29, 2016
DF Carlos Gallardo (1984-04-08) April 8, 1984 (age 32) 53 3 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
DF Carlos Mejía (1991-11-13) November 13, 1991 (age 24) 17 2 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
DF Dennis López (1986-01-02) January 2, 1986 (age 30) 15 2 Guatemala Municipal v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
DF Rubén Morales (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 (age 29) 14 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015

MF Jean Márquez (1985-03-06) March 6, 1985 (age 31) 41 2 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  United States, March 29, 2016
MF Mafre Icuté (1993-11-07) November 7, 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Guatemala Municipal v.  United States, March 29, 2016
MF Marco Rivas (1991-04-20) April 20, 1991 (age 25) 1 0 Guatemala Municipal v.  United States, March 29, 2016
MF Fredy Thompson (1982-06-02) June 2, 1982 (age 34) 96 3 Guatemala Antigua GFC v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
MF Jorge Aparicio (1992-11-21) November 21, 1992 (age 23) 12 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
MF Brandon de León (1993-03-20) March 20, 1993 (age 23) 13 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
MF Aslinn Rodas (1992-10-07) October 7, 1992 (age 23) 5 0 Guatemala Xelajú v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
MF Kevin Arriola (1991-08-03) August 3, 1991 (age 25) 4 0 Guatemala Xelajú v.  United States, March 29, 2016
MF Nelson Miranda (1990-12-21) December 21, 1990 (age 25) 12 2 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  Uruguay, June 6, 2015

FW Edi Danilo Guerra (1991-12-24) December 24, 1991 (age 24) 3 0 Guatemala Municipal v.  United States, March 29, 2016
FW Minor López (1987-02-01) February 1, 1987 (age 29) 44 7 Venezuela Atlético Venezuela v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
FW Henry David López (1992-08-08) August 8, 1992 (age 24) 8 0 Venezuela Caracas FC v.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, November 17, 2015
FW Ángelo Padilla (1990-03-05) March 5, 1990 (age 26) 6 1 Costa Rica Municipal Liberia v.  Uruguay, June 6, 2015
FW Jairo Arreola (1985-09-20) September 20, 1985 (age 30) 22 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Édgar Chinchilla (1987-05-08) May 8, 1987 (age 29) 6 0 Guatemala Antigua GFC 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Javier Longo (1994-05-24) May 24, 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Guatemala Xelajú v.  Uruguay, June 6, 2015

Managers[edit]

[5]

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Winning % Notes
Costa Rica Roberto Figueredo 1930 2 0 0 2 00.0% [6]
England Jimmy Elliott 1935 5 0 1 4 20.0% [6]
Guatemala Manuel Felipe Carrera 1943 6 4 1 1 66.7% 1943 CCCF Championship 2nd place[7]
Guatemala Juan Francisco Aguirre 1946 5 3 1 1 60.0% [7]
Guatemala Juan Francisco Aguirre
Guatemala Manuel Felipe Carrera
1946 6 1 1 4 16.7% [7]
Argentina José Alberto Cevasco 1948 8 3 4 1 37.5% 1948 CCCF Championship 2nd place[7][8]
Argentina Enrique Natalio Pascal Palomini 1950 6 3 1 2 50.0% [9]
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 1967 CONCACAF 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
2003 UNCAF Nations Cup (Runner-up)
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%
Uruguay 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[10] 2013 1 0 0 1 0.0%
Argentina Ivan Franco Sopegno 2014–2015 23 9 4 10 44.9% 2014 Copa Centroamericana (Runner-up)
Guatemala Walter Claveri 2016– 0 0 0 0 0.0%

Honors[edit]

Champions (1): 1967
Runner-up (2): 1965, 1969
Champions (1): 2001
Runner-up (5): 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2014
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. ^ a b c Guatemala - Record International Players RSSSF
  2. ^ Courtney, Barrie (14 August 2008). "Guatemala International Soccer Matches Since 1920". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Central America is seen as especially vulnerable to match-fixing... 10/16/2012 Reuters. Retrieved 10/18/2012.
  5. ^ Olenev, Maxim (15 July 1999). "Guatemala National Team Coaches". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Guatemala, 100 años de Fútbol". prensalibre.com. Archived from the original on 19 November 2006. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Guatemala, 100 años de Fútbol". prensalibre.com. Archived from the original on 19 November 2006. 
  8. ^ "Guatemala, 100 años de Fútbol". prensalibre.com. Archived from the original on 19 November 2006. 
  9. ^ "Guatemala, 100 años de Fútbol". prensalibre.com. Archived from the original on 19 November 2006. 
  10. ^ "La historia del chileno que será el técnico de la selección de Guatemala". 9 August 2013. 

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