2018–19 Liga Nacional de Guatemala

The 2018–19 Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala season is the 21st season of the Liga Nacional de Guatemala, the top football league in Guatemala, in which the Apertura and Clausura season is used. The season began in July 2018 and will end in May 2019.

Liga Nacional de Guatemala
Season2018–19
DatesJuly 2018 - May 2019
ChampionsApertura:
Guastatoya (2nd title)
Clausura:
Antigua (4th title)
RelegatedPetapa
CONCACAF LeagueGuastatoya
Antigua
Comunicaciones
Top goalscorerAgustin Herrera (Antigua GFC) - 9 goals
Biggest home winMalacateco 5-0 Chiantla
(2018)
Biggest away winChiantla 0-3 Guastatoya
(2018)

Team informationEdit

Location of the 2018–19 Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala teams

A total of 12 teams will contest the league, including 10 sides from the 2017–18 Liga Nacional and 2 promoted from the 2017–18 Primera División.

Deportivo Marquense and C.D. Suchitepéquez were relegated to 2018–19 Primera División the previous season.

The relegated team was replaced by the 2017–18 Primera División winners. Chiantla and Deportivo Iztapa.

Promotion and relegationEdit

Promoted from Primera División de Ascenso as of June 2018.

Relegated to Primera División de Ascenso as of June 2018.

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain Kitmaker Shirt Sponsors
Antigua GFC   Víctor Hugo García   Juan Antonio Torres   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
Chiantla   Damián Mérida   Alberto Salguero   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
Coban Imperial   Jimmy Morales   Fabricio Benitez   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
Comunicaciones   Pedro Portilla   William Coito Olivera   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
Guastatoya   Léster Rodríguez   Amarini Villatoro   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
Iztapa   Mario Mejía   Francisco Melgar   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
Malacateco   Carlos Gutiérrez   Ronald Gómez   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
CSD Municipal   Gerardo Villa   Horacio Cordero   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
Petapa   Luis Reyes   Norman Martin   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
Sanarate   Ángel Pantaleón   Ariel Sena   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD
Siquinalá   Juan Pablo Godíne   Otto Rodríguez   Kelme TBD
Xelajú MC   Francisco Santos   Walter Horacio González   TBD TBD Tigo, TBD

Managerial changesEdit

Beginning of the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Petapa   Ramiro Cepeda Resigned May 2018   Rafael Loredo May 2018 th (Clausura 2018)
Xelaju   Walter Claveri Resigned to become coach of the national team July 2018   Ramiro Cepeda July 2018 th (Clausura 2018)

During the Apertura seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Chiantla   Marvin Hernández Sacked August 2018   Alberto Salguero September 2018 12th (Apertura 2018)
Municipal   Hernan Medford Resigned September 2018   Horacio Cordero September 2018 th (Apertura 2018)
Siquinalá   Daniel Berta TBD October 2018   Otto Rodríguez October 2018 th (Apertura 2018)
Sanarate   Pablo Centrone TBD October 2018   Julián Trujillo October 2018 th (Apertura 2018)

Between Apertura and Clausura seasonsEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Antigua GFC   Mauricio Tapia Contract finished December 2018   Juan Antonio Torres January 2019 Th (Apertura 2018)

During the Clausura seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Sanarate   Héctor Julian Trujillo Sacked February 2019   Ariel Sena February 2019 th (Clausura 2019)
Xelaju   Ramiro Cepeda Sacked March 2019   Walter Horacio González March 2019 8th (Clausura 2019)
Petapa   Rafael Loredo Sacked March 2019   Norman Martin March 2019 12th (Clausura 2019)

AperturaEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Guastatoya 22 13 5 4 34 11 +23 44 Advance to Playoffs
(Semifinals)
2 Xelajú 22 11 7 4 28 17 +11 40
3 Comunicaciones 22 11 5 6 28 16 +12 38 Advance to Playoffs
(Quarterfinals)
4 Malacateco 22 11 5 6 38 32 +6 38
5 Cobán Imperial 22 10 6 6 28 20 +8 36
6 Antigua GFC 22 9 7 6 24 24 0 34
7 Siquinalá 22 7 9 6 31 32 −1 30
8 Municipal 22 8 4 10 26 30 −4 28
9 Iztapa 22 6 7 9 23 28 −5 25
10 Sanarate 22 4 7 11 21 35 −14 19
11 Petapa 22 3 7 12 18 31 −13 16
12 Chiantla 22 2 5 15 15 38 −23 11
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ANT CHI COB COM GUA IZT MAL MUN PET SAN SIQ XEL
Antigua GFC 2–2 1–2 0–3 3–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–0
Chiantla 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 0–1 2–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0
Cobán Imperial 1–0 2–0 0–3 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–2
Comunicaciones 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 4–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–2
Guastatoya 3–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–0
Iztapa 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–4 0–2 1–0 3–1 4–1 1–1 1–1
Malacateco 3–0 5–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 5–4 2–1 3–0 3–3 2–1
Municipal 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–3 3–4 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–1
Petapa 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–3 1–0
Sanarate 2–3 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–3 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–1
Siquinalá 1–1 4–3 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–2 2–2 4–3 2–2
Xelajú 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 3–0
Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

PlayoffsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
1 Guastatoya 0 0 0
4 Malacateco 2 2 4 5 Cobán Imperial 0 0 0
5 Cobán Imperial 2 3 5 1 Guastatoya 2 1 3
3 Comunicaciones 1 1 2
2 Xelajú 1 2 3
3 Comunicaciones 1 0 1 3 Comunicaciones 4 0 4
6 Antigua GFC 0 0 0

FinalEdit

First legEdit
Comunicaciones1–2Guastatoya
Maximiliano Lombardi   68' Luis Martinez   30'   42'
Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, Guatemala City
Attendance: 8,976
Referee: Walter Lopez
Second legEdit
Guastatoya1–1Comunicaciones
Angel Rodriguez   13' Jorge Vargas   65'
Estadio David Cordón Hichos, Guastatoya
Attendance: 2,959
Referee: Mario Escobar

ClausuraEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Antigua GFC 22 12 5 5 36 20 +16 41 Advance to Playoffs
(Semifinals)
2 Cobán Imperial 22 12 4 6 35 25 +10 40
3 Comunicaciones 22 11 6 5 32 14 +18 39 Advance to Playoffs
(Quarterfinals)
4 Municipal 22 10 6 6 37 22 +15 36
5 Malacateco 22 10 6 6 24 20 +4 36
6 Guastatoya 22 9 8 5 27 16 +11 35
7 Chiantla 22 8 6 8 21 25 −4 30
8 Xelajú 22 8 5 9 27 25 +2 29
9 Siquinalá 22 7 5 10 23 25 −2 26
10 Iztapa 22 7 4 11 21 28 −7 25
11 Sanarate 22 7 2 13 22 38 −16 23
12 Petapa 22 2 1 19 12 59 −47 7
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ANT CHI COB COM GUA IZT MAL MUN PET SAN SIQ XEL
Antigua GFC 2–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 4–0 3–0 2–1
Chiantla 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–6 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–1
Cobán Imperial 2–3 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 4–1 1–0 2–1
Comunicaciones 0–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–3 5–0 3–1 0–0 2–0
Guastatoya 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 6–0 1–0 1–0 3–0
Iztapa 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–0 0–0
Malacateco 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–0
Municipal 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 6–1 4–1 1–1 0–2
Petapa 0–3 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 2–3 1–0 0–3 1–0
Sanarate 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 4–1 1–0 1–0
Siquinalá 1–2 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–3 3–1 2–1 1–0 4–2 0–1 2–1
Xelajú 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–1
Updated to match(es) played on completed. Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

PlayoffsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
1 Antigua GFC 0 2 2
3 Comunicaciones 0 1 1 6 Guastatoya 1 0 1
6 Guastatoya 1 1 2 1 Antigua GFC 1 1 2
5 Malacateco 0 0 0
2 Cobán Imperial 2 0 2
4 Municipal 0 3 3 5 Malacateco 2 1 3
5 Malacateco 0 3 3 (a)

QuarterfinalsEdit

First legsEdit
Guastatoya1 – 0Comunicaciones
J. Corena   42'
Attendance: 921
Referee: Ever Lopez
Malacateco0 – 0Municipal
Attendance: 1337
Referee: Jonathan Polanco
Second legsEdit
Comunicaciones1 – 1Guastatoya
C. Estrada   22'   45+2' O. Domínguez

Guastatoya advances 2–1 on aggregate.

Municipal3 – 3Malacateco
F. de León   55'
O. Arce   88'
O. Moreira   90+6'
  10'   32' E. Santaliz
  22' E. Herrera

3–3 on aggregate. Malacateco advances 3–0 on away goals.

SemifinalsEdit

First legsEdit
Guastatoya1 – 0Antigua GFC
Á. Rodríguez   82' Nil
Malacateco2 – 2Cobán Imperial
J. Longo   20'
E. Herrera   53'
  51' (o.g.) W.Godoy
  59' E. Guerra
Attendance: 1,722
Second legsEdit
Antigua GFC2 – 0Guastatoya
Anllel Porras   54'   81' Nil

Antigua GFC advances 2-1 on aggregate.

Cobán Imperial0–1Malacateco
Nil Enzo Herrera   77'

Malacateco advances 2–3 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

First legEdit
Malacateco0 – 1Antigua GFC
Nil [1] Alejandro Galindo   27'
Estadio Santa Lucía
Referee: Bryan Lopez Castellanos
Second legEdit
Antigua GFC1–0Malacateco
Marco Dominguez   81'
Estadio Pensativo
Referee: Oscar Reyna

Aggregate tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Guastatoya (Q) 44 22 13 9 61 27 +34 79 CONCACAF League round of 16[a]
2 Comunicaciones (Q) 44 22 11 11 60 30 +30 77 CONCACAF League preliminary round[b]
3 Cobán Imperial 44 22 10 12 63 45 +18 76
4 Antigua GFC (Q) 44 21 12 11 60 44 +16 75 CONCACAF League preliminary round[c]
5 Malacateco 44 21 11 12 62 52 +10 74
6 Xelajú 44 19 12 13 55 42 +13 69
7 Municipal 44 18 10 16 63 52 +11 64
8 Siquinalá 44 14 14 16 54 57 −3 56
9 Iztapa 44 13 11 20 44 56 −12 50
10 Sanarate 44 11 9 24 43 73 −30 42
11 Chiantla (R) 44 10 11 23 36 63 −27 41 Relegated to Primera División de Ascenso
12 Petapa (R) 44 5 8 31 30 90 −60 23
Source: Soccerway Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(Q) Qualified for the phase indicated; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ As Apertura champions (GUA1)
  2. ^ As runners-up with better aggregate record (GUA3)
  3. ^ As Clausura champions (GUA2)

List of foreign players in the leagueEdit

This is a list of foreign players in 2018-2019 season. The following players:

  1. have played at least one apertura game for the respective club.
  2. have not been capped for the Guatemala national football team on any level, independently from the birthplace. [2] Archived 2018-07-29 at the Wayback Machine

A new rule was introduced a few season ago, that clubs can only have five foreign players per club and can only add a new player if there is an injury or player/s is released.

Antigua GFC
  •   Agustin Herrera
  •   Alejandro Diaz
  •   Jose Mena
  •   Adrián De Lemos
  •   Anllel Porras
  •   Rafael Lezcano
  •   Juan David Osorio
  •   Pablo Mingorance
Chiantla
  •   Luis Omar Hernández  
  •   Liborio Vicente Sánchez
  •   Sergio Alejandro Blancas Martínez
  •   José Abraham Alpuche  
  •   Juan Carlos Meza
  •   Diego Bartolota  
  •   Daniel Guzmán Miranda
Coban Imperial
  •   Álvaro García  
  •   Adrián Elois Leites
  •   Janderson Pereira
  •   Josue Flores
  •   Victor Guay
  •   Jonathan Charquero
  •   Jorge Luis Sotomayor
  •   Orlando Moreira  
CSD Comunicaciones
Guastatoya
Deportivo Iztapa
Deportivo Malacateco
CSD Municipal
Deportivo Petapa
Sanarate
  •   Juan Lovato
  •   Cristian Alexis Hernández  
  •   Juan Manuel Lazaneo  
  •   Fabián Castillo
  •   Lucas Emanuel Acosta
  •   Cristian Daniel Taborda
  •   Víctor Bolivar
  •   Jorge Zaldivar
  •   Jonathan Posas
  •   William Zapata
  •   Juan Carlos Silva
Siquinalá
  •   Quiarol Arzu
  •   Cesar García
  •   Jean Andrés Scott Hernández  
  •   Othoniel Arce  
  •   Verny Scott
  •   Diego Sanchez Corrales
  •   Luis Gerardo Arroyo
  •   Julio Andrés Valdez
  •   Sergio Alejandro Blancas
  •   Christopher Solano
Club Xelajú MC

  (player released during the Apertura season)   (player released between the Apertura and Clausura seasons)   (player released during the Clausura season)

External linksEdit