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 Costa Rica Henry Duarte
Captain Juan Barrera
Most caps David Solórzano (49)
Top scorer Emilio Palacios (11)
Home stadium Nicaragua National Football Stadium
FIFA code NCA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 108 Decrease 12 (4 February 2016)
Highest 92 (December 2015)
Lowest 193 (May 2001)
First international
 El Salvador 9–0 Nicaragua 
(El Salvador; 1 May 1929)
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. Nicaragua 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
United States Canada 2015
Total 3/22 12 0 1 11 5 35

Other tournament records[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Costa Rica Henry Duarte
Assistant Coach Nicaragua Ivan Rodriguez
Physical Coordinator Nicaragua TBD

Schedule and results[edit]

The following is Nicaragua's schedule and results for the 2015 season.

Key

      Win       Draw       Loss

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 25 players were selected for the Friendlies vs Cuba and Costa Rica in December 2015.
Caps and goals updated as of June 29, 2015 after the game against Suriname.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Justo Lorente (1994-02-27) February 27, 1994 (age 21) 15 0 Costa Rica Municipal Liberia
1GK Diedrich Tellez (1984-10-31) October 31, 1984 (age 31) 1 0 Nicaragua Managua F.C.
2DF Luis Fernando Copete (1989-02-12) February 12, 1989 (age 26) 13 2 Kazakhstan FC Shakhter Karagandy
2DF Jason Casco (1990-02-13) February 13, 1990 (age 25) 12 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
2DF Oscar López Pineda (1992-02-27) February 27, 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Nicaragua Managua F.C.
2DF Erick Téllez (1989-01-28) January 28, 1989 (age 27) 13 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC
2DF Axel Silva (1993-10-04) October 4, 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC
3MF Manuel Rosas (1983-10-14) October 14, 1983 (age 32) 15 2 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) March 10, 1991 (age 24) 28 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
2DF Carlos Membreño (1988-12-19) December 19, 1988 (age 27) 3 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC
2DF Jessie López (1987-10-24) October 24, 1987 (age 28) 0 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
2DF Bismarck Veliz (1982-09-10) September 10, 1982 (age 33) 1 0 Nicaragua Chinandega FC
2DF Jasson Coronel (1993-10-06) October 6, 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC
3MF Luis Perlata (1988-10-12) October 12, 1988 (age 27) 6 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
3MF Marlon López (1992-11-02) November 2, 1992 (age 23) 10 0 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles
3MF Carlos Chavarría (1994-05-02) May 2, 1994 (age 21) 11 3 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
3MF Elvis Pinel (1988-12-18) December 18, 1988 (age 27) 17 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
3MF Daniel Reyes (1990-07-21) July 21, 1990 (age 25) 8 1 Nicaragua UNAN Managua
3MF Bryan Garcia (1988-12-18) December 18, 1988 (age 27) 2 1 Nicaragua Managua F.C.
3MF Norlan Cuadra (1988-07-10) July 10, 1988 (age 27) 4 1 Nicaragua Juventus Managua
4FW Juan Barrera (1989-05-02) May 2, 1989 (age 26) 32 6 Guatemala C.S.D. Comunicaciones
4FW Alexis Somarriba (1994-05-11) May 11, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Nicaragua Managua F.C.
4FW Eulises Pavón (1993-01-06) January 6, 1993 (age 23) 11 2 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
4FW Erick Lazo (1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua
4FW Raúl Leguías (1981-10-09) October 9, 1981 (age 34) 21 7 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
4FW Daniel Cadena (1987-02-09) February 9, 1987 (age 29) 7 0 Slovenia NK Celje

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 Erling Mendez (1992-03-20) March 20, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 2015
GK Josimar Narváez (1993-06-31) June 31, 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
GK Lester Acevedo (1992-03-20) March 20, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
DF Donald Parrales (1989-11-28) November 28, 1989 (age 26) 11 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti v.  Guatemala, August 14, 2014
DF David Solórzano (captain) (1980-11-05) November 5, 1980 (age 35) 49 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
DF Yader Balladares (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 29) 0 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
DF Salvador García (1982-03-13) March 13, 1982 (age 33) 11 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
DF Nasser Valverde (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
DF Francisco Paz (1982-08-07) August 7, 1982 (age 33) 0 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 2015
DF Alejandro Tapia (1993-03-28) March 28, 1993 (age 22) 6 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 2015
MF Derick Sequeira (1996-01-20) January 20, 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Canada TFC Academy v.  Guatemala, August 14, 2014
MF Lesther Jarquín 0 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua v.  Guatemala, August 14, 2014
MF Gerardo Arce (1987-06-29) June 29, 1987 (age 28) 0 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
MF Elmer Mejía (1978-06-23) June 23, 1978 (age 37) 4 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
MF Mario Cantillo 0 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
MF Franklin Ulises López (1980-08-16) August 16, 1980 (age 35) 21 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 2015
FW Henry García (1990-07-21) July 21, 1990 (age 25) 5 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
FW Javier Dolmus (1987-04-05) April 5, 1987 (age 28) 2 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti v.  El Salvador, November, 2014
FW Norfran Lazo (1990-09-08) September 8, 1990 (age 25) 9 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 2015

Top ten appearances[edit]

# Name Career Appearances
1 David Solórzano 1999–2014 49 (0)
2 Denis Espinoza 2004–2013 33 (1)
3 Juan Barrera 2009— 32 (6)
4 Carlos Alonso 1999–2011 29 (0)
= Samuel Wilson 2001–2013 29 (4)
6 Josué Quijano 2011— 28 (1)
7 Emilio Palacios 2001–2009 26 (11)
= Rudel Calero 2001–2011 26 (4)
9 Felix Zeledón 2009— 24 (1)
10 Silvio Avilés 2002–2010 22 (0)

Note: Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua. Last updated: June 27, 2015

Top ten goal scorers[edit]

# Name Career Goals
1 Emilio Palacios 2001–2009 11
2 Raul Leguias 2011– 8
3 Juan Barrera 2009– 6
4 Samuel Wilson 2001–2013 4
= Rudel Calero 2001–2011 4
6 Carlos Chavarría 2013– 3
7 Milton Bustos 2004–2011 2
= Axel Villanueva 2010– 2
= Ricardo Vega 2000–2012 2
= Félix Rodríguez 2010– 2
= Luis Fernando Copete 2014– 2

Note: Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua. Last updated: September 4, 2015.

Manager history[edit]

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

Others[edit]

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