Guatemala national football team

The Guatemala national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Guatemala) represents Guatemala in men's international football and is controlled by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. Founded in 1919, it has been affiliated to FIFA since 1946, as a member of CONCACAF.

Guatemala
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Chapines (The Chapines)
La Bicolor (The Bicolor)
La Furia Azul (The Blue Fury)
La Azul y Blanco (The Blue and White)
Los Mayas (The Mayans)
Los Hombres de Maíz (The Men of Maize)
AssociationFederación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala (FEDEFUT)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachLuis Fernando Tena
CaptainJosé Carlos Pinto
Most capsCarlos Ruiz (133)[1]
Top scorerCarlos Ruiz (68)
Home stadiumEstadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores
FIFA codeGUA
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 107 Decrease 1 (18 July 2024)[2]
Highest50 (August 2006)
Lowest163 (November 1995)
First international
 Guatemala 9–0 Honduras 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
Biggest win
 Guatemala 10–0 Anguilla 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 5 September 2019)
 Guatemala 10–0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 4 June 2021)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 9–1 Guatemala 
(San José, Costa Rica; 24 July 1955)
CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
Appearances20 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1967)

The team has made three Olympic tournament appearances, competing at the 1968, 1976, and 1988 Olympic Games. Guatemala have yet to qualify for the 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. More recently, the team almost beat their best at the 2023 Gold Cup in fifth place. Guatemala has also earned a bronze medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela. The national team kits are supplied by Umbro, which in the past have been supplied by Atletica, Adidas and Puma. Since the 2000s, Guatemala's home kit have featured a light blue sash on a white shirt.

History

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Beginnings

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Guatemalan Squad (CRC vs GUA 1921)

Guatemala created its first football team, made up of 22 players, on 23 August 1902. The team was split into two sides, blue and white. With time, clubs were made and eventually the Guatemala national team, nicknamed "la Azul y Blanco" (the blue and white), was created in 1921. Guatemala had its first game on 16 September 1921, in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City, against Honduras. Guatemala beat Honduras 9–0.[4] In the final, Guatemala were defeated 6–0 by Costa Rica.[5]

Guatemala had success in several editions of the CCCF Championship, the precursor of the Gold Cup, by being the runners-up in 1943, 1946, and 1948. In 1958, Guatemala began participating in the qualifying rounds of the World Cup. They finished last, without a point, in a group with Costa Rica and the Netherlands Antilles.[6]

Success in the 1960s

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Guatemala's performance in the World Cup qualifying rounds began to improve in the 1960s. In 1962 they drew against both Costa Rica (4–4) and Honduras (1–1). However they again finished last in their qualifying group.[7]

Guatemala did not participate in the qualifying round in 1966, as FIFA refused their participation for administrative reasons.

Guatemala joined CONCACAF in 1961. In 1967, they again showed the progress they had made when by participating by winning the Gold Cup for the only time in their history.[8] In that tournament, hosted by Honduras, Guatemala began with a 2–1 win against Haiti, followed by a 1–0 win over the defending champions, Mexico, a 0–0 draw against Honduras, a 2–0 win over Trinidad and Tobago, and a 2–0 win over Nicaragua. The forward Manuel "Escopeta" Recinos was Guatemala's top scorer with four goals, including the goal against Mexico.

Guatemala were also the runners-up in the CONCACAF Championship in 1965 and 1969.

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

In 1967, Guatemala showed further progress by qualifying for the 1968 Olympic football 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 1–0 to the eventual champions, Hungary.

2006 World Cup

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Before the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Carlos Ruiz was the main focus in providing goals for the national team along with Juan Carlos Plata. Many other stars such as Fredy Garcia, Gonzalo Romero, Guillermo Ramirez, and Martin Machón were expected to play huge roles as well. In the 2006 World Cup qualifying, Guatemala advanced to the third round by beating Suriname 4–2. There they finished second in Group B, behind Costa Rica, with 10 points each. In the fourth round they started with a 0–0 draw against Panama and a 5–1 win against Trinidad and Tobago. Then followed a 2–0 loss against the United States and Mexico and a 3–2 loss against Costa Rica, and a 2–1 win against Panama. They lost against Trinidad and Tobago 3–2, drew against the United States 0–0 and then lost to Mexico 5–2. Guatemala had 8 points with one game left, and a win alongside a Trinidad and Tobago defeat against Mexico would send them into the play-offs. They won 3–1 against Costa Rica but Trinidad and Tobago beat Mexico 2–1. They finished in fifth place, two points away from the play-off spot. Juan Carlos Plata and Martin Machón announced their retirement from International Football in 2006.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   United States 10 7 1 2 16 6 +10 22[a] 2006 FIFA World Cup 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
2   Mexico 10 7 1 2 22 9 +13 22[a] 2–1 2–0 2–0 5–2 5–0
3   Costa Rica 10 5 1 4 15 14 +1 16 3–0 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–1
4   Trinidad and Tobago 10 4 1 5 10 15 −5 13 Inter-confederation play-offs 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–2 2–0
5   Guatemala 10 3 2 5 16 18 −2 11 0–0 0–2 3–1 5–1 2–1
6   Panama 10 0 2 8 4 21 −17 2 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–0
Source: [9]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head goal difference: United States +1, Mexico −1.

2010 World Cup

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After a third-place finish at the 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup, and reaching the knockout stage in the Gold Cup of the same year, along with a couple of satisfying friendly matches, including a 3–2 win against Mexico, Hernán Darío Gómez was to be the next coach to lead Guatemala into the Hexagonal in the World Cup qualifying stage. However, after losing 5–0 in early 2008 against the under-23 Argentine team, the Colombian soon departed. During 2010 World Cup qualifying, expectations of qualifying for the finals were set among the national team as Ramon Maradiaga returned as coach. They began well by advancing to the third round by defeating Saint Lucia 9–1 on aggregate.

In the third round, Guatemala began with a 1–0 home loss to the United States, with controversies surrounding the Panamanian referee Roberto Moreno, including not awarding a penalty to Guatemala in the first half after a handball from Steve Cherundolo, as well as Gustavo Cabrera being sent off after colliding with Eddie Lewis in the second half. In their second match, Los Chapines salvaged a draw in the closing minutes of the game against Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain after Carlos Gallardo deflected a free kick by Marco Pappa. On 10 September, Cuba shocked the Guatemalan supporters by taking the lead after Roberto Linares scored in the 25th minute, but by half-time, Carlos Ruiz had equalised, and in the second half, Ruiz scored again. Mario Rodríguez and José Manuel Contreras also scored and Guatemala won 4–1.

On 11 October, many fans gathered around the Estadio Mateo Flores for the game against Trinidad and Tobago. Despite being reduced to 10 men, the Soca Warriors were able to hold Guatemala to a 0–0 stalemate. Guatemala then lost in Cuba, falling behind 1–0 after Jaime Colome scored a penalty. Marco Pappa volleyed in an equalizer in the 80th minute, but Urgelles won the match for Cuba in the 90th minute. Meanwhile, the Trinidadians defeated the United States 2–1 at home, putting them in second place. Maradiaga was fired and Benjamin Monterroso was appointed, focusing on the Copa UNCAF the following January. A 2–0 away loss against the United States confirmed the elimination of the national team from the World Cup.

At the UNCAF nations cup, Monterroso wanted to introduce more youthful players into the starting line up such as Minor Lopez, Ricardo Jerez and Wilson Lalin, but Guatemala lost both group stage matches against Costa Rica and also lost 2–0 to Nicaragua in the play-off match for the final berth to attend the next Gold Cup; Minor Lopez was the lone goal scorer for Los Bicolores. As a result, the national team were inactive for the next two years and Monterroso stepped down after two months in charge.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts        
1   United States 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11 15 3–0 2–0 6–1
2   Trinidad and Tobago 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11 2–1 1–1 3–0
3   Guatemala 6 1 2 3 6 7 −1 5 0–1 0–0 4–1
4   Cuba 6 1 0 5 5 18 −13 3 0–1 1–3 2–1
Source: [10]

2014 World Cup

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In May 2010, the Uruguayan-born Paraguayan Ever Hugo Almeida was appointed as the Guatemala's next coach. At the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, formerly known as the "UNCAF Nations Cup", Guatemala finished in fifth place, losing 2–0 to Costa Rica and 3–1 Honduras before defeating Nicaragua 2–1 to qualify for the 2011 Gold Cup.

At the Gold Cup, Guatemala drew 0–0 against Honduras despite being reduced to nine men. They lost against a physically superior Jamaica 2–0, but managed to redeem themselves by beating Grenada 4–0, with goals from José Javier del Águila, Marco Pappa, Carlos Ruiz, and Carlos Gallardo. In the quarter-finals, they lost to 2–1 the reigning champions Mexico, after Ruiz had given them the lead in the first half.

For the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Guatemala began in the second round with six wins in six games, advancing to a third round group alongside the United States, Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda. Before the third round, three key players – Guillermo Ramirez, Gustavo Cabrera and Yony Flores – were sent home during a practice session after their team-mates Ruiz and Luis Rodriguez heard of their involvement in money laundering and bribery in fixing multiple fixtures; they were subsequently banned for life.[11]

The team began with an away loss to Jamaica, with Dwight Pezzarossi only managing to pull back one goal in stoppage time. In the next match, Guatemala drew at home against the United States, with Marco Pappa's free kick salvaging a draw for the Guatemalans. At home against Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala again fell behind, but after the Antiguan goalkeeper Molvin James was sent off for wasting time, Ruiz scored a brace and a goal from Pezzarossi sealed a 3–1 victory. Four days later, a goal from Ruiz sufficed for an away win against the same opponents in North Sound.

Guatemala beat Jamaica at home 2–1, leaving them needing a draw against the United States to progress to the final stage of the qualifiers. After they took the lead in the first five minutes thanks to Ruiz, the United States scored three unanswered goals, and Guatemala finished behind Jamaica on goal difference.

In January 2013, still led by Almeida, Guatemala participated in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. With a team of mainly younger players, they could only manage three draws in their group play (1–1 against Nicaragua, 0–0 against Belize and 1–1 against Costa Rica), losing out to Belize for direct qualification for the 2013 Gold Cup. They faced Panama in the fifth place match, but lost 3–1, and Almeida stepped down in favour of the technical director, Victor Hugo Monzón.

Group E

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Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Guatemala 6 6 0 0 19 3 +16 18 Advance to third round 3–1 4–0 3–0
2   Belize 6 2 1 3 9 10 −1 7 1–2 1–1 1–4
3   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6 1 2 3 4 12 −8 5 0–3 0–2 2–1
4   Grenada 6 1 1 4 7 14 −7 4 1–4 0–3 1–1
Source: [12]

Third Round (Group A)

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Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13 Advance to fourth round
2   Jamaica 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
3   Guatemala 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10
4   Antigua and Barbuda 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1
Source: [12]

2016 FIFA suspension

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On 28 October 2016, the Guatemalan football federation was suspended indefinitely by FIFA, after the international football governing body had appointed an oversight committee to look into allegations of corruption.[13] FIFA stated that the Guatemalan federation (FEDEFUT) had rejected the committee's mandate to run FEDEFUT's business, organize elections, and modernize its statutes, and would remain barred from international competition until FEDEFUT ratified an extension of the mandate.[14] The football team missed their chance on qualifying on the 2017 and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments (2017 Copa Centroamericana and 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying) as they missed deadlines to have their suspension lifted.

The suspension was lifted on 31 May 2018 after FEDEFUT's normalization committee became fully operational.[15]

2018 World Cup

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After their FIFA suspension, Guatemala resumed normal operation and went through World Cup Qualification. They did not advance beyond qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Guatemala drawed in the first leg against Bermuda, and won 1-0 in the second. After a loss of 0-1 to Antigua and Barbuda in the first leg, they won 2-0 in the second leg. Overall, they placed 3rd in their table and failed to advance further.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 6 4 1 1 20 3 +17 13 Advance to fifth round
2   Trinidad and Tobago 6 3 2 1 13 9 +4 11
3   Guatemala 6 3 1 2 18 11 +7 10
4   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6 0 0 6 6 34 −28 0
Source: FIFA

2022 World Cup

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Between 2018-2022, Guatemala had mixed results in their international meetings, losing 0-3 to intracontinental neighbors, Mexico, and 0-2 to Panama. However, they did beat Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, French Guiana, and El Salvador by large margins, those being 10-0, 2-0, and 4-0 respectively.

Before qualification, they had lost twice, drawn once and won only 3 of 6 matches in early 2020 before 2022 World Cup qualification.

Guatemala did not advance beyond qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Guatemala won 1-0 against Cuba with a goal from Luis Martinez in the 60th minute. They then won 0-3 against British Virgin Islands. Guatemala then scored 10 goals by 10 different players against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. They drawed 0-0 against Curaçao, leading to Curaçao and Guatemala being drawn with 10 points each in the table, and Curaçao went on to the next round of qualification due to having more goals scored, thus eliminating Guatemala from further eliminatory matches in qualification.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Curaçao 4 3 1 0 15 1 +14 10 Advance to second round
2   Guatemala 4 3 1 0 14 0 +14 10
3   Cuba 4 2 0 2 7 3 +4 6
4   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 1 0 3 3 16 −13 3
5   British Virgin Islands 4 0 0 4 0 19 −19 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Road to 2026 World Cup

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Guatemala had a historic run in the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup, topping Group D, where they beat Cuba 1-0, [16]drawed against Canada,[17] and won 2-3 in their final group stage game against Guadeloupe.[18] They lost in the quarter-finals against Jamaica with a 0-1 score. They ended in fifth place at the tournament. [19] In the following tournament, the 2023-24 CONCACAF Nations League, Guatemala finished 4th in Group A of League A, finishing below Martinique and Panama. They only won 1 of 4 matchdays with a 2-0 win against El Salvador, losing against Trinidad and Tobago and Panama.

At the beginning of 2024, Guatemala played a friendly against European national team Iceland, where they lost 0-1 in a late winner by Ísak Þorvaldsson in the 79th minute.[20][21] In March, they played against South American national team Ecuador, losing 2-0 from an early 8th minute goal by John Yeboah and a late finisher 86th minute goal by Gonzalo Plata.[22][23] Guatemala were winless in their first four national fixtures of 2024. Guatemala saw victories during the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification, in their first 2 games. They lifted strong score lines, winning 6-0 against Dominica[24] and 0-3 against the British Virgin Islands.[25][26] In June, Guatemala played against 2022 FIFA World Cup champions Argentina, losing 4-1[27] with their only goal being by Lisandro Martinez, who scored an own goal in the fourth minute after a Guatemalan freekick.[28] It is the first and only goal Guatemala has ever scored against Argentina.[29] Nicholas Hagen recorded 6 saves against Argentina,[30] with 5 being in the penalty box. Hagen saved an attempted bicycle kick from Ángel Di María, preventing an Argentinian goal.[31]

Home stadium

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Training in the Estadio Doroteo Guamuch

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 entire history. Its highest record attendance was of 82,000 during the 1950 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Team image

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Kit sponsorship

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Kit supplier Period
  Erima 1981
  Adidas 1986
  Pro-Specs 1988
  Erima 1992-1994
  Umbro 1996-1997
  ABA Sport 1997-1998
  Atletica 1998-2002
  Adidas 2005-2007
  Puma 2007-2010
  Umbro 2011–present

Results and fixtures

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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

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3 September Friendly Guatemala   0–0   Honduras Fort Lauderdale, United States
18:00 UTC−4 Report Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
7 September 2023–24 Nations League Guatemala   2–0   El Salvador Guatemala City, Guatemala
20:00 UTC−6
  • Mejía   15'
  • Altán   78'
Report Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores
Referee: Selvin Brown (Honduras)
10 September 2023–24 Nations League Guatemala   1–1   Panama Guatemala City, Guatemala
18:00 UTC−6
Report
Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores
Referee: Saíd Martínez (Honduras)
13 October 2023–24 Nations League Trinidad and Tobago   3–2   Guatemala Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
21:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
11 November Friendly Guatemala   0–0   Jamaica Harrison, United States
19:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Benjamín Pineda (Costa Rica)

2024

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13 January Friendly Guatemala   0–1   Iceland Fort Lauderdale, United States
19:00 UTC−5 Report
Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez (United States)
21 March Friendly Ecuador   2–0   Guatemala Harrison, United States
20:30 UTC−4 Report Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Lukasz Szpala (United States)
24 March Friendly Guatemala   0–0   Venezuela Houston, United States
17:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Shell Energy Stadium
Referee: Armando Villarreal (United States)
26 May Friendly Guatemala   1–1   Nicaragua San Jose, United States
17:00 UTC−7
Report
Stadium: PayPal Park
Referee: Jon Freemon (United States)
5 June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Guatemala   6–0   Dominica Guatemala City, Guatemala
20:00 UTC−6
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONCACAF)
Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores
Attendance: 18,313
Referee: Víctor Alfonso Cáceres Hernández (Mexico)
8 June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification British Virgin Islands   0–3   Guatemala Road Town, British Virgin Islands
15:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: A. O. Shirley Recreation Ground
Referee: Kwinsi Williams (Trinidad and Tobago)
14 June Friendly Argentina   4–1   Guatemala Landover, United States
20:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Commanders Field
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Joseph Dickerson (United States)
27 July Friendly Guatemala   v   El Salvador Carson, United States
19:30 UTC−7 Report Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park

2025

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10 June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Jamaica   v   Guatemala Jamaica
TBD

Coaching history

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As of 28 June 2024[32]

Players

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Current squad

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The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Ecuador and Venezuela on 21 and 24 March 2024.[38]

Caps and goals are correct as of 28 June 2024, after the match against Argentina.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nicholas Hagen (1996-08-02) 2 August 1996 (age 27) 39 0   Columbus Crew
21 1GK Fredy Pérez (1994-12-09) 9 December 1994 (age 29) 5 0   Comunicaciones

2 2DF José Ardón (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 24) 21 0   Antigua
3 2DF Nicolás Samayoa (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 28) 17 1   Politehnica Iași
7 2DF Aaron Herrera (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 27) 8 0   D.C. United
2DF José Carlos Pinto (captain) (1993-06-16) 16 June 1993 (age 31) 56 0   Comunicaciones
2DF José Morales (1996-12-03) 3 December 1996 (age 27) 24 2   Municipal
2DF Cristian Jiménez (1995-04-26) 26 April 1995 (age 29) 19 0   Municipal
2DF Kevin Ruiz (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 (age 29) 6 0   Xelajú

5 3MF Pedro Altán (1997-06-04) 4 June 1997 (age 27) 17 2   Municipal
6 3MF Carlos Mejía (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 32) 47 8   Comunicaciones
4 3MF Alejandro Galindo (1992-03-05) 5 March 1992 (age 32) 47 6   Municipal
3MF Óscar Castellanos (2000-01-18) 18 January 2000 (age 24) 33 1   Antigua
3MF Marco Domínguez (1996-02-25) 25 February 1996 (age 28) 12 0   Pacific
3MF Elmer Cardoza (2002-07-29) 29 July 2002 (age 21) 6 0   Xelajú
3MF Jonathan Franco (2003-07-26) 26 July 2003 (age 20) 4 0   Municipal

9 4FW Rubio Rubin (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 28) 20 7   Querétaro
8 4FW Darwin Lom (1997-07-14) 14 July 1997 (age 27) 33 11   Cartaginés
8 4FW Oscar Santis (1999-03-25) 25 March 1999 (age 25) 31 9   Dinamo Tbilisi

Recent call-ups

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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 Diego Bolaños (2006-06-21) 21 June 2006 (age 18) 0 0   Juventud Canadiense v.   Iceland, 13 January 2024
GK Ricardo Jérez (1986-02-04) 4 February 1986 (age 38) 63 0   Chattanooga Red Wolves v.   Panama, 17 October 2023

DF Gerardo Gordillo (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 29) 26 3   Comunicaciones v.   Iceland, 13 January 2024
DF Carlos Estrada (1997-09-12) 12 September 1997 (age 26) 3 0   Chiapas v.   Iceland, 13 January 2024
DF Diego Santis (2002-07-13) 13 July 2002 (age 22) 2 0   Antigua v.   Iceland, 13 January 2024
DF Erick González (1999-05-10) 10 May 1999 (age 25) 0 0   Comunicaciones v.   Iceland, 13 January 2024
DF Matan Peleg (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 30) 6 0   Hapoel Petah Tikva v.   Nicaragua, 19 November 2022
DF Javier González (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 26) 2 0   Xelajú v.   Nicaragua, 19 November 2022
DF Kevin Ramírez (2002-08-01) 1 August 2002 (age 21) 0 0   Malacateco v.   Jamaica, 11 November 2023

MF Aslinn Rodas (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 31) 8 0 v.   Nicaragua, 19 November 2022
MF Rodrigo Saravia (1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 (age 31) 52 0   Pérez Zeledón v.   Jamaica, 11 November 2023
MF José Ochoa (2001-02-03) 3 February 2001 (age 23) 0 0   Malacateco v.   Jamaica, 11 November 2023
MF Yonatan Pozuelos (1997-07-28) 28 July 1997 (age 26) 0 0   Mixco v.   Jamaica, 11 November 2023
MF José Mario Rosales (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 (age 31) 7 1   Municipal v.   Panama, 17 October 2023
MF Stheven Robles (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 28) 32 2   Comunicaciones v.   Trinidad and Tobago, 13 October 2023
MF César Archila (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 (age 30) 6 0   Municipal 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup

FW José Carlos Martínez (1997-10-10) 10 October 1997 (age 26) 20 2   Municipal v.   Iceland, 13 January 2024
FW Esteban García (1998-03-06)6 March 1998 (aged 25) 12 0   Municipal v.   Iceland, 13 January 2024
FW José Espinoza (2003-09-10) 10 September 2003 (age 20) 0 0   Antigua v.   Iceland, 13 January 2024
FW Andrés Lezcano (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 (age 34) 10 0   Mixco v.   Nicaragua, 19 November 2022
FW Erick Lemus (2001-02-05) 5 February 2001 (age 23) 0 0   Comunicaciones v.   Jamaica, 11 November 2023
FW Olger Escobar (2006-09-11) 11 September 2006 (age 17) 1 0   New England Revolution II v.   Jamaica, 11 November 2023
FW Robin Betancourth (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 32) 26 2   Guastatoya v.   Panama, 17 October 2023
FW Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (1992-04-15)15 April 1992 (aged 31) 8 0   Derby County v.   Panama, 17 October 2023

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.

Records

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As of 27 March 2021.[39]

Players in bold are still active with Guatemala.

Most appearances

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Carlos Ruiz is Guatemala's top goalscorer and their most capped player.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Carlos Ruiz 133 68 1998–2016
2 Guillermo Ramírez 106 16 1997–2012
3 Gustavo Cabrera 104 2 2000–2012
4 Fredy Thompson 96 3 2001–2015
5 Juan Carlos Plata 87 35 1996–2010
6 Gonzalo Romero 83 9 2000–2012
7 Julio Girón 82 0 1992–2006
8 Edgar Estrada 80 0 1995–2003
José Manuel Contreras 80 5 2006–2021
10 Mario Rodríguez 79 10 2003–2013

Most goals

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Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Carlos Ruiz 68 133 0.51 1998–2016
2 Juan Carlos Plata 35 87 0.4 1996–2010
3 Carlos Toledo 25 1943–1953
4 Mario Camposeco 23 1943–1951
Freddy García 23 73 0.32 1998–2012
6 Oscar Enrique Sánchez 19 1976–1990
7 Edwin Westphal 16 47 0.34 1985–1998
Dwight Pezzarossi 16 72 0.22 2000–2012
Guillermo Ramírez 16 106 0.15 1997–2012
10 Juan Manuel Funes 15 66 0.23 1985–2000

Competitive record

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FIFA World Cup

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FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1934
  1938
  1950 Did not enter Declined participation
  1954
  1958 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 4 12
  1962 4 0 2 2 7 10
  1966 Entry not accepted Entry not accepted
  1970 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 5 3
  1974 7 2 3 2 6 6
  1978 11 4 3 4 23 16
  1982 8 3 3 2 10 2
  1986 4 2 1 1 7 3
  1990 10 3 2 5 9 10
  1994 2 0 1 1 0 2
  1998 8 4 2 2 6 9
    2002 13 6 3 4 23 15
  2006 18 7 4 7 27 29
  2010 8 3 2 3 15 8
  2014 12 9 1 2 28 11
  2018 10 5 2 3 21 12
  2022 4 3 1 0 14 0
      2026 Qualification in progress 2 2 0 0 9 0
      2030 To be determined To be determined
  2034
Total 0/19 128 54 32 42 214 148

CONCACAF Gold Cup

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CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Group stage 6th 4 1 2 1 7 6 Squad Qualified automatically
  1965 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 11 5 Squad Qualified as hosts
  1967 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 7 1 Squad 2 2 0 0 6 2
  1969 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 10 2 Squad Qualified as defending champions
  1971 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1973 Fifth place 5th 5 0 3 2 4 6 Squad 2 2 0 0 2 0
  1977 5th 5 1 1 3 8 10 Squad 6 3 2 1 15 6
  1981 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 10 2
1985 Group stage 5th 4 2 1 1 7 3 Squad Qualified automatically
1989 Fourth place 4th 6 1 1 4 4 7 Squad 4 2 1 1 5 4
  1991 Group stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 5 Squad 3 0 2 1 0 1
    1993 Did not enter Did not enter
  1996 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 3 5 Squad 4 2 0 2 2 5
  1998 Group stage 7th 3 0 2 1 3 4 Squad 5 3 2 0 10 3
  2000 10th 2 0 1 1 3 5 Squad 5 3 1 1 5 2
  2002 12th 2 0 0 2 1 4 Squad 5 2 3 0 9 5
    2003 11th 2 0 1 1 1 3 Squad 5 3 1 1 10 4
  2005 11th 3 0 1 2 4 9 Squad 5 3 1 1 10 5
  2007 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 2 5 Squad 5 3 1 1 3 2
  2009 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 1 6
  2011 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 4 Squad 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2013 Did not qualify 4 0 3 1 3 5
    2015 Group stage 12th 3 0 1 2 1 4 Squad 4 3 0 1 7 4
  2017 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension Disqualified due to FIFA suspension
      2019
  2021 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 6 Squad 6 5 1 0 30 1
    2023 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 3 Squad 6 4 1 1 11 4
Total 1 Title 20/27 76 21 22 33 87 97 87 44 23 20 143 69

CONCACAF Nations League

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CONCACAF Nations League record
League Finals
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Year Result Pld W D L GF GA Squad
2019–20 C C 4 4 0 0 25 0     2021 Ineligible
2022–23 B D 6 4 1 1 11 4     2023
2023–24 A A 4 1 1 2 5 7     2024 Did not qualify
2024–25 A A To be determined   2025 To be determined
Total 14 9 2 3 41 11 Total 0 Titles

Copa Centroamericana

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Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Third place 3rd 3 0 2 1 0 1
  1993 Did not enter
  1995 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 0 2 2 5
  1997 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 10 3
  1999 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 5 2
  2001 Champions 1st 5 2 3 0 9 5
  2003 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 10 4
  2005 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5
  2007 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 3 2
  2009 Round 1 6th 3 0 0 3 1 6
  2011 Fifth place 5th 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2013 Sixth place 6th 4 0 3 1 3 5
  2014 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 4
  2017 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension
Total 1 Title 12/14 51 23 14 14 63 48

CCCF Championship

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CCCF Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1941 Did not enter
  1943 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 21 11
  1946 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 20 10
  1948 Runners-up 2nd 8 3 4 1 20 16
  1951 Did not enter
  1953 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 8 8
  1955 Sixth place 6th 6 1 0 5 6 9
  1957 Did not enter
  1960
  1961 Round 1 5th 4 2 0 2 7 7
Total Runners-up 6/10 35 16 8 11 82 61

Olympic Games

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Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1900 Did not participate
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920
  1924
  1928
  1936
  1948
  1952
  1956
  1960
  1964
  1968 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 4 Squad
  1972 Did not qualify
  1976 Group stage 10th 3 0 2 1 2 5 Squad
  1980 Did not qualify
  1984
  1988 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 12 Squad
  1992 Did not qualify
  1996
  2000
  2004
  2008
  2012
  2016
  2020
  2024
Total Quarter-finals 3/28 3 0 1 2 2 8

Note: Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

Pan American Games

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Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Did not qualify
  1955
  1959
  1963
  1967
  1971
  1975
  1979 Group stage 7th 2 0 1 1 2 4
  1983 Bronze medal 3rd 4 1 2 1 6 4
  1987 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 2
  1991 Did not qualify
  1995
  1999 Group stage 7th 4 1 1 2 4 5
  2003 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 5
  2007 Did not qualify
  2011
  2015
  2019
  2023
Total 1 Bronze medal 5/18 16 3 6 7 17 20

Note: Football at the Pan American Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1999.

Central American and Caribbean Games

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Central American and Caribbean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Round 1 6th 2 0 0 2 3 16
  1935 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 6 17
  1938 Did not qualify
  1946 Sixth place 6th 6 1 1 4 12 20
  1950 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 4 4
  1954 Did not qualify
  1959
  1962
  1966 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 5 9
  1970 Did not qualify
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986 Withdrew
  1990 Did not qualify
  1993
  1998 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 9
  2002 Quarter-finals 10th 3 1 1 1 4 4
  2006 Did not qualify
  2010 Seventh place 7th 2 0 1 1 0 3
  2014 Did not qualify
  2018 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension
Total Runners-up 8/22 31 6 7 18 38 82

Central American Games

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Central American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1973 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 4 3
  1977 Fourth place 4th 6 1 1 4 2 7
  1986 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 4 1
  1990 Did not participate
  1994 Fourth place 4th 3 1 1 1 11 5
  1997 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 4 5
  2001 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 13 3
  2006 Not held
  2010
  2013 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 3 5
  2017 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension
Total 2 Titles 7/11 29 12 5 12 41 29

Head-to-head record

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As of 14 June 2024 after the match against   Argentina.[40]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against   Netherlands Antilles.
  2. ^ Includes matches against   Soviet Union.

Honours

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Major competitions

Other competitions

  • Runners-up (1): 1950
  • Bronze medal (1): 1983
  • Third place (1): 1999

See also

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References

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