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 (The Pinoleros)
AssociationFederación Nicaragüense de Fútbol (FENIFUT)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachMarco Antonio Figueroa
CaptainJuan Barrera
Most capsJosué Quijano (92)
Top scorerJuan Barrera (24)
Home stadiumEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
FIFA codeNCA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 134 Steady (15 February 2024)[1]
Highest92 (December 2015)
Lowest193 (May 2001)
First international
 El Salvador 9–0 Nicaragua 
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 1 May 1929)
Biggest win
 Turks and Caicos Islands 0–7 Nicaragua 
(San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic; 27 March 2021)
Biggest defeat
 Honduras 10–0 Nicaragua 
(San José, Costa Rica; 13 March 1946)
 Curaçao 11–1 Nicaragua 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 2 March 1950)
CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1963)
Best resultSixth place (1967)
Medal record

The Nicaragua national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Nicaragua) represents Nicaragua in men's international football and is controlled by the Nicaraguan Football Federation. Nicaragua achieved their first qualification into a major international competition in 2009, as they qualified for the 2009 Gold Cup as the last entrant from Central America, after a 2–0 victory against Guatemala in the fifth place match in the 2009 Nations Cup.[3] However, the team has never qualified for the FIFA World 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.

History[edit]

Nicaragua traveled 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.[4]

Recent times[edit]

After qualifying for the 2019 Gold Cup on the back of finishing ninth in Nations League qualifying, they would go on to finish bottom of the group with losses to Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda.[5]

Nicaragua qualified directly for the 2023 Gold Cup and was promoted to Nations League A as group winners in Nations League B but was disqualified on 12 June 2023 for fielding an ineligible player. As a result, they were replaced in the Gold Cup and League A by Trinidad and Tobago, who was the best second-place team overall in League B and must stay in Nations League B.[6]

Team image[edit]

Kit sponsorship[edit]

Kit supplier Period
Spain Joma 2004–2021
Mexico Keuka 2022–present

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023[edit]

24 March 2022–23 Nations League Nicaragua  4–1  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Managua, Nicaragua
18:00 UTC−6
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Fútbol
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
10 June Friendly Panama  3–2  Nicaragua Penonomé, Panama
19:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Universitario F.C.
Referee: David Gómez (Costa Rica)
14 June Friendly Uruguay  4–1  Nicaragua Montevideo, Uruguay
20:30 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Wagner do Nascimento Magalhães (Brazil)
18 June Friendly Paraguay  2–0  Nicaragua Asunción, Paraguay
10:30 UTC−4 Report Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Referee: Gustavo Tejeda (Uruguay)
8 September 2023–24 Nations League Dominican Republic  0–2  Nicaragua Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
19:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez
Referee: Patrick Senecharles (Haiti)
11 September 2023–24 Nations League Nicaragua  5–1  Barbados Managua, Nicaragua
20:00 UTC−6
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Fútbol
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)
13 October 2023–24 Nations League Montserrat  0–3  Nicaragua Wildey, Barbados
15:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: Wildey Turf
Referee: Jorge Leira (Panama)
16 October 2023–24 Nations League Nicaragua  3–0  Montserrat Managua, Nicaragua
20:00 UTC−6 Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Fútbol
Referee: José Valladares (Honduras)
17 November 2023–24 Nations League Barbados  0–4  Nicaragua Wildey, Barbados
17:00 UTC−4 Report Stadium: Wildey Turf
Referee: Kwinsi Williams (Trinidad and Tobago)

2024[edit]

22 March Friendly Peru  v  Nicaragua Lima, Peru
20:30 UTC−5 Stadium: Estadio Alejandro Villanueva

2025[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Chile Marco Antonio Figueroa
Technical director Nicaragua Roger Rodriguez
Assistant coach Nicaragua Tyron Acevedo
Goalkeeping coach Nicaragua Carlos Mendieta
Physical coordinator Nicaragua Jaime Ruiz
Doctor Nicaragua Dr. Cupertino Borrell
Physiotherapist Nicaragua Zamir Cerna
Team coordinator Nicaragua Cesar Castro Trinidad
Team coordinator Nicaragua Nestor Díaz

Coaching history[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 26 players are called up to the squad for friendly matches against Panama, Uruguay and Paraguay on 10, 14 and 18 June 2023 respectively.[7]

Caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2023, after the match against Paraguay.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alyer López (1999-05-16) 16 May 1999 (age 24) 4 0 Nicaragua Managua
1GK Miguel Rodríguez (2003-06-13) 13 June 2003 (age 20) 4 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
1GK César Salandia (2004-06-13) 13 June 2004 (age 19) 1 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí

2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 32) 87 3 Nicaragua Real Estelí
2DF Erick Téllez (1989-11-28) 28 November 1989 (age 34) 33 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
2DF Francisco Flores (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 35) 26 1 Nicaragua Diriangén
2DF Óscar Acevedo (1997-03-18) 18 March 1997 (age 26) 15 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí
2DF Melvin Hernández (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 29) 11 0 Nicaragua UNAN Managua
2DF Christian Reyes (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 26) 10 0 Costa Rica Pérez Zeledón
2DF Juan Luis Pérez (1999-06-29) 29 June 1999 (age 24) 1 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense

3MF Kevin Serapio (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 27) 25 1 Nicaragua Managua
3MF Jason Coronel (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 30) 21 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
17 3MF Matías Moldskred Belli (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 (age 26) 17 5 Norway Sandnes Ulf
3MF Harold Medina (2002-01-30) 30 January 2002 (age 22) 13 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
3MF Luis Fernando Coronel (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 26) 7 1 Nicaragua Diriangén
3MF Jacob Montes (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 25) 2 0 Brazil Botafogo

4FW Juan Barrera (captain) (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 34) 79 24 Nicaragua Real Estelí
4FW Byron Bonilla (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 30) 32 6 Nicaragua Real Estelí
4FW Jaime Moreno (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 28) 31 8 Finland SJK
4FW Henry García (1991-08-03) 3 August 1991 (age 32) 22 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
4FW Ariagner Smith (1998-12-13) 13 December 1998 (age 25) 15 6 Lithuania FK Panevėžys
4FW Nextaly Rodríguez (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 25) 1 0 Costa Rica Herediano

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Douglas Forvis (1992-05-17) 17 May 1992 (age 31) 8 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Guatemala, 19 November 2022
GK Denver Fox (1997-11-22) 22 November 1997 (age 26) 3 0 Honduras Real Sociedad v.  Guatemala, 19 November 2022

DF Luis Copete (1989-02-12) 12 February 1989 (age 35) 39 3 Nicaragua Diriangén v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 27 March 2023
DF Francisco Vallecillo (2002-10-20) 20 October 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 27 March 2023
DF Marvin Fletes (1997-11-12) 12 November 1997 (age 26) 22 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Guatemala, 19 November 2022
DF Mario Dávila (1997-11-07) 7 November 1997 (age 26) 3 0 Nicaragua Diriangén v.  Guatemala, 19 November 2022
DF Joel Obando (2000-11-20) 20 November 2000 (age 23) 1 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Guatemala, 19 November 2022
DF Cristian Gutiérrez (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 31) 20 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Iran, 10 November 2022
DF Jeffrey Chávez (1997-02-10) 10 February 1997 (age 27) 0 0 Costa Rica Municipal Liberia v.  Iran, 10 November 2022
DF Henry Niño (1997-10-03) 3 October 1997 (age 26) 16 1 El Salvador Chalatenango v.  Ghana, 27 September 2022

MF Jonathan Moncada (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 26) 13 0 Nicaragua Walter Ferretti v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 27 March 2023
MF Agenor Báez (1997-12-18) 18 December 1997 (age 26) 4 0 Nicaragua Managua v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 27 March 2023
MF Widman Talavera (2003-01-12) 12 January 2003 (age 21) 6 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Guatemala, 19 November 2022
MF Marlon López (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 31) 40 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  El Salvador, 17 November 2022
MF Waldner Vásquez (2002-03-20) 20 March 2002 (age 21) 1 0 Nicaragua Managua v.  El Salvador, 17 November 2022
MF Ismael Mendieta (2001-02-20) 20 February 2001 (age 23) 0 0 Nicaragua Walter Ferretti v.  El Salvador, 17 November 2022
MF Luis Galeano (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 (age 32) 35 6 Nicaragua Sport Sébaco v.  Iran, 10 November 2022
MF Nahúm Peralta (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 29) 5 0 Nicaragua Managua v.  Iran, 10 November 2022
MF Junior Arteaga (1999-12-09) 9 December 1999 (age 24) 6 0 Nicaragua Diriangén v.  Iran, 10 November 2022
MF Jeremy Cuarezma (2000-05-28) 28 May 2000 (age 23) 0 0 Nicaragua Managua v.  Iran, 10 November 2022

FW Abner Acuña (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 26) 7 0 Nicaragua Diriangén v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 27 March 2023
FW Brayan López (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 33) 9 0 Costa Rica Sporting v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 27 March 2023
FW Adrián Chavarría (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 26) 0 0 Nicaragua Juventus v.  El Salvador, 17 November 2022
FW Anderson Treminio (1997-04-17) 17 April 1997 (age 26) 5 0 Nicaragua UNAN Managua v.  Iran, 10 November 2022
FW Cristian Flores (1996-08-27) 27 August 1996 (age 27) 1 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Iran, 10 November 2022
FW Keylon Batiz (2004-02-01) 1 February 2004 (age 20) 0 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Qatar, 13 October 2022

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player retired from the national team.
SUS Player is serving suspension.
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.
INE Ineligible player.

Records[edit]

As of 21 November 2023[8]
Players in bold are still active with Nicaragua.

Most appearances[edit]

Josué Quijano is Nicaragua's most-capped player with 92 international appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Josué Quijano 92 3 2011–present
2 Juan Barrera 84 24 2009–present
3 Manuel Rosas 60 2 2013–2022
4 David Solórzano 49 1 1999–2014
5 Carlos Chavarría 44 11 2013–present
6 Marlon López 40 0 2014–2020
7 Luis Copete 39 3 2014–2023
Denis Espinoza 39 1 2004–2021
9 Carlos Alonso 37 0 1999–2011
10 Jaime Moreno 36 10 2016–present

Top goalscorers[edit]

Juan Barrera is Nicaragua's all-time top scorer with 24 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Juan Barrera 24 84 0.29 2009–present
2 Emilio Palacios 11 26 0.42 2001–2009
Carlos Chavarría 11 44 0.25 2013–present
4 Jaime Moreno 10 36 0.28 2016–present
5 Raúl Leguías 8 23 0.35 2011–2016
6 Ariagner Smith 7 18 0.39 2017–present
7 Byron Bonilla 6 33 0.18 2016–present
Luis Galeano 6 35 0.17 2015–present
9 Matías Moldskred 7 22 0.32 2021–present
10 Rudel Calero 4 26 0.15 2001–2011
Samuel Wilson 4 29 0.14 2001–2013

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

The Nicaragua national football team has never qualified for the World Cup. Their latest attempt was for the 2022 World Cup, when the side failed to advance from the first round.

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Did not enter Declined participation
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 10
France 1998 2 0 0 2 1 3
South Korea Japan 2002 4 0 0 4 0 10
Germany 2006 2 0 1 1 3 6
South Africa 2010 2 0 0 2 0 3
Brazil 2014 4 2 0 2 5 7
Russia 2018 6 5 0 1 15 5
Qatar 2022 3 2 0 1 10 1
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total 0/19 25 9 1 15 35 45

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Group stage 8th 4 0 0 4 2 15 Squad Qualified automatically
Guatemala 1965 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 4
Honduras 1967 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 3 12 Squad 2 1 0 1 4 4
Costa Rica 1969 Did not enter Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 4
Haiti 1973 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981
1985
1989
United States 1991 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 5
Mexico United States 1993 2 0 0 2 0 8
United States 1996 2 0 0 2 0 7
United States 1998 2 0 0 2 2 11
United States 2000 2 0 0 2 0 2
United States 2002 3 0 0 3 2 19
Mexico United States 2003 5 1 0 4 1 11
United States 2005 3 1 0 2 2 9
United States 2007 4 1 0 3 6 14
United States 2009 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 0 8 Squad 4 1 2 1 5 6
United States 2011 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 2 7
United States 2013 3 0 1 2 2 5
Canada United States 2015 3 0 0 3 0 6
United States 2017 Group stage 10th 3 0 0 3 1 7 Squad 7 2 1 4 9 9
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 0 8 Squad 4 3 0 1 9 2
United States 2021 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 9 11
Canada United States 2023 Disqualified[9] 6 4 2 0 15 5
Total Sixth place 5/27 18 0 1 17 6 50 68 17 8 43 74 149

CONCACAF Nations League[edit]

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
United States 2019−20 B D 6 2 1 3 9 11 Same position 23rd
United States 2022–23 B C 6 4 2 0 15 5 Rise 15th
2023–24 B B 6 5 1 0 17 1 Rise 17th
Total 18 11 4 3 41 17 15th

Copa Centroamericana[edit]

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Costa Rica 1991 Preliminary round 5th 2 0 0 2 2 5
Honduras 1993 Preliminary round 5th 2 0 0 2 0 8
El Salvador 1995 Preliminary round 7th 2 0 0 2 0 7
Guatemala 1997 First round 6th 2 0 0 2 2 11
Costa Rica 1999 First round 5th 2 0 0 2 0 2
Honduras 2001 First round 7th 3 0 0 3 2 19
Panama 2003 Sixth place 6th 5 1 0 4 1 11
Guatemala 2005 Fifth place 5th 3 1 0 2 2 9
El Salvador 2007 Sixth place 6th 4 1 0 3 6 14
Honduras 2009 Fifth place 5th 4 1 2 1 5 6
Panama 2011 Sixth place 6th 4 0 1 3 2 7
Costa Rica 2013 Seventh place 7th 3 0 1 2 2 5
United States 2014 Sixth place 6th 3 0 0 3 0 6
Panama 2017 Fifth place 5th 5 1 1 3 5 6
Total Fifth place 14/14 44 5 5 34 29 116

CCCF Championship[edit]

CCCF Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Costa Rica 1941 Fifth place 5th 4 0 0 4 5 29
El Salvador 1943 Fourth place 4th 6 0 0 6 7 39
Costa Rica 1946 Sixth place 6th 5 1 0 4 5 31
Guatemala 1948 Did not enter
Panama 1951 Third place 3rd 4 0 0 4 4 22
Costa Rica 1953 Sixth place 6th 6 1 0 5 4 18
Honduras 1955 Did not enter
Netherlands Antilles 1957
Cuba 1960
Costa Rica 1961 Ninth place 9th 3 0 0 3 3 18
Total Third place 6/10 28 2 0 26 28 157

Pan American Games[edit]

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Did not enter
Mexico 1955
United States 1959
Brazil 1963
Canada 1967
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975 Preliminary round 13th 3 0 0 3 2 23
Puerto Rico 1979 Did not enter
Venezuela 1983
United States 1987
Cuba 1991 Preliminary round 8th 3 0 0 3 1 20
Argentina 1995 Did not qualify
Canada 1999
Dominican Republic 2003
Brazil 2007
Mexico 2011
Canada 2015
Peru 2019
Chile 2019
Total Preliminary round 2/19 6 0 0 6 3 43

Central American and Caribbean Games[edit]

Central American and Caribbean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Cuba 1930 Did not qualify
El Salvador 1935
Panama 1938
Colombia 1946
Guatemala 1950 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 4 19
Mexico 1954 Did not qualify
Venezuela 1959
Jamaica 1962
Puerto Rico 1966
Panama 1970
Dominican Republic 1974
Colombia 1978
Cuba 1982 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 6
Dominican Republic 1986 Did not qualify
Mexico 1990
Puerto Rico 1993
Venezuela 1998 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 0 3 3 13
El Salvador 2002 Quarter-finals 8th 3 1 0 2 2 7
Colombia 2006 Did not qualify
Puerto Rico 2010
Mexico 2014
Colombia 2018
Total Quarter-finals 4/22 13 2 1 10 11 45

Central American Games[edit]

Central American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Guatemala 1973 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 4 3
El Salvador 1977 Third place 3rd 6 2 0 4 6 23
Guatemala 1986 Third place 3rd 3 0 2 1 1 5
Honduras 1990 Third place 3rd 4 0 0 4 1 11
El Salvador 1994 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 0 17
Honduras 1997 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 3 8
Guatemala 2001 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 5 8
Honduras 2006 Not held
Panama 2010
Costa Rica 2013 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 9
Nicaragua 2017 Third place 3rd 4 1 2 1 2 1
Total Runners-up 9/11 31 6 5 20 23 85

Head-to-head record[edit]

As of 21 November 2023 after the match against  Dominican Republic.[10]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  Netherlands Antilles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 15 February 2024. Retrieved 15 February 2024.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 15 February 2024. Retrieved 15 February 2024.
  3. ^ "Nicaragua shocks Guatemala 2–0 to claim last berth in CONCACAF Gold Cup". CONCACAF. 29 January 2009. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Nicaragua - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 24 February 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Bermuda downs Nicaragua to earn first ever Gold Cup victory". New Jersey: Gold Cup. 24 June 2019. Archived from the original on 6 March 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Concacaf Disciplinary Committee decision regarding Nicaragua and the Eligibility of Players" (Press release). CONCACAF. 12 June 2023. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  7. ^ "Convocatoria Oficial". Twitter. FENIFUT NICARAGUA.
  8. ^ Passo Alpuin, Luis Fernando. "Nicaragua – Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 5 April 2023. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  9. ^ "Concacaf Disciplinary Committee decision regarding Nicaragua and the Eligibility of Players" (Press release). CONCACAF. 12 June 2023. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  10. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Nicaragua".

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