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The Nicaragua national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Nicaragua) 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 Gold Cup as the last entrant from Central America, after a 2–0 win over Guatemala of the fifth place match in the 2009 Nations Cup.[4]

Nicaragua
Nickname(s)
  • La Azul y Blanco (The Blue and White)
  • Los Pinoleros
  • Albiazules
AssociationNicaraguan Football Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachHenry Duarte
CaptainJuan Barrera
Most capsJosué Quijano (61)
Top scorerJuan Barrera (18)
Home stadiumNicaragua National Football Stadium
FIFA codeNCA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 148 Decrease 11 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest92 (December 2015)
Lowest193 (May 2001)
Elo ranking
Current 157 Decrease 22 (10 October 2019)[2]
Highest126 (3 July 2017)
Lowest204 (May – November 2001)
First international
 El Salvador 9–0 Nicaragua Nicaragua
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 1 May 1929)
Biggest win
Nicaragua Nicaragua 6–0 Anguilla 
(Heredia, Costa Rica; 14 October 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 17 October 1975)[3]
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1963)
Best result6th place, 1967

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.

HistoryEdit

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.[5]

Recent timesEdit

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.[6]

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

The Nicaraguan national football team has never qualified for the World Cup. Their last attempt was for the 2018 World Cup, when they lost 3–4 on aggregate in the third round to Jamaica, despite winning the away leg 2-3.

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 10
  1998 2 0 0 2 1 3
    2002 4 0 0 4 0 10
  2006 2 0 1 1 3 6
  2010 2 0 0 2 0 3
  2014 4 2 0 2 5 7
  2018 6 5 0 1 15 5
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/23 22 7 1 14 25 44

CONCACAF Championship recordEdit

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 five 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 the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup. In 1990, the 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 United States hosting the first competition in 1991. Nicaragua has qualified three times since the Gold Cup format started with a group stage finish in 2009 and 2017.

Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
  1963 Round 1 4 0 0 4 2 15
  1965 Did not qualify
  1967 Sixth place 5 0 1 4 3 12
  1969 Did not enter
  1971 Did not qualify
  1973 Did not qualify
  1977 Did not enter
  1981
1985
1989
  1991 Did not qualify
    1993
  1996
  1998
  2000
  2002
    2003
  2005
  2007
  2009 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 8
  2011 Did not qualify
  2013
    2015
  2017 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 7
      2019 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 8
Total 5/25 18 0 1 17 6 50

Other tournament recordsEdit

PersonnelEdit

Current staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Henry Duarte
Technical Director   Roger Rodriguez
Assistant Coach   Mario Alfaro Mercado
Goalkeeping coach   Carlos Mendieta
Physical Coordinator   Jaime Ruiz
Doctor   Dr. Cupertino Borrell
Physiotherapist   Zamir Cerna
Team Coordinator   Cesar Castro Trinidad
Team Coordinator   Nestor Diaz

Schedule and resultsEdit

The following is Nicaragua's schedule and results for the 2018 season.

Key

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the CONCACAF Nations League match against Suriname.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Henry Maradiaga (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 29) 5 0   Real Esteli F.C.
30 1GK Denilson Gutierrez (1999-05-14) 14 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Juventus Managua

2 2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 28) 61 1   Real Estelí FC
3 2DF Manuel Rosas (1983-10-14) 14 October 1983 (age 36) 47 2   Real Estelí FC
4 2DF René Huete (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Walter Ferretti
5 2DF Carlos Montenegro (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 28) 2 0   UCR
6 2DF Marvin Fletes (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Diriangén FC
21 2DF Francisco Flores (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 31) 5 0   Santos de Guápiles

11 3MF Juan Barrera (captain) (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 30) 54 18   Real Estelí FC
14 3MF Kevin Serapio (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Managua FC
17 3MF Brandon Ayerdis (1999-07-11) 11 July 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Real Esteli F.C.
18 3MF Richard Rodriguez (1992-07-13) 13 July 1992 (age 27) 2 0   CD Santani
19 3MF Ulises Pozo (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Managua FC

22 4FW Jorge Betancur (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 28) 7 0   Real Estelí FC
13 4FW Jaime Moreno (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 24) 11 4   Real Estelí FC

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Bryan Rodriguez (1996-09-23) 23 September 1996 (age 23) 1 0   A.D. Carmelita 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GK Justo Lorente (1984-02-27) February 27, 1984 (age 35) 32 0   Juventus Managua 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GK Diedrich Téllez (1984-10-31) October 31, 1984 (age 34) 15 0   UNAN Managua v.   Costa Rica, Copa Centroamericana

DF Camphers Pérez (1998-05-13) 13 May 1998 (age 21) 6 0   Managua FC 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Cyril Errington (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 27) 11 0   Luis Ángel Firpo 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Luis Fernando Copete (1989-02-12) 12 February 1989 (age 30) 7 0   Club Always Ready 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Henry Niño (1997-10-03) 3 October 1997 (age 22) 5 1   Diriangén 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Jason Casco (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 29) 27 0   Real Esteli FC 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Oscar López (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 27) 19 0   Real Esteli FC 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Erick Téllez (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 30) 26 0   Diriangén FC 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Jason Ingram (1997-08-20) 20 August 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Santos de Guápiles F.C. 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

MF Byron Bonilla (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 26) 7 0   Deportivo Saprissa 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Marlon López (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 26) 39 0   Real Esteli FC 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Renato Punyed (1995-08-22) 22 August 1995 (age 24) 7 0   Nybergsund 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Daniel Cadena (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 32) 33 4   Arcos CF 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Luis Galeano (1991-10-15) October 15, 1991 (age 28) 30 4   ART Jalapa v.   Bermuda, June 4, 2019
MF Maykel Montiel (1990-01-27) January 27, 1990 (age 29) 8 0   Juventus Managua v.   Haiti, June 18, 2018

FW Ariagner Smith (1998-12-13) 13 December 1998 (age 20) 3 0   PFC Lokomotiv Tashkent
FW Carlos Chavarría (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 25) 33 7   Shahr-e Khodro F.C. 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Armanto Gkoufas (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 24) 6 1   Ionikos F.C. 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Eulises Pavón (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 26) 21 2   Juventus Managua 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Raul Leguias (1981-10-09) 9 October 1981 (age 38) 23 8   AD Santa Rosa v.   Honduras, January 27, 2016

RecordsEdit

Note: Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua. Last updated: June 24, 2019

Manager historyEdit

Name Nation From To Notes
Octavio Edmundo Salas Urbina   Nicaragua 1941 1943
Eduardo Kosovic 'Edy'   Hungary 1943 N/A [1]
Santiago Bonilla   Costa Rica 1952 1953
Ferenc Mészáros   Hungary 1961 1961
Carlos Ruiz   Nicaragua 1961 1962
Santiago Berrini   Argentina 1965 1967 [2]
Livio Bendaña Espinoza   Nicaragua 1967 1969
Omar Muraco   Argentina 1969 1970
Salvador Dubois Leiva   Nicaragua 1977 1977
Orlando Casares

  Argentina

1980 1981
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

OthersEdit

International Match RecordsEdit

As of 8 September 2019 after match against   Suriname[7]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Anguilla 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14
  Argentina 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4
  Barbados 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
  Belize 9 3 2 4 13 18 −5
  Bermuda 5 2 0 3 5 7 −2
  Bolivia 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2
  Cayman Islands 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Canada 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  Costa Rica 19 0 1 18 10 75 −65
  Cuba 9 3 2 4 14 20 −6
  Curaçao 8 0 1 7 3 34 −31
  El Salvador 28 0 2 26 19 115 −96
  Dominica 4 4 0 0 10 1 +9
  Dominican Republic 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4
  Guadeloupe 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Guatemala 21 1 1 19 12 66 −54
  Haiti 8 1 2 5 9 15 −6
  Honduras 19 1 1 17 11 64 −53
  Jamaica 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1
  Martinique 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Mexico 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
  Panama 25 5 0 20 21 70 −49
  Puerto Rico 5 3 1 1 9 6 +3
  Suriname 3 2 0 1 4 7 −3
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 1 2 1 6 7 −1
  Trinidad and Tobago 5 1 1 3 4 10 −6
  United States 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3
Total 193 34 18 141 172 548 −376

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Brazil matches, ratings and points exchanged". Eloratings.net. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Nicaragua shocks Guatemala 2–0 to claim last berth in CONCACAF Gold Cup". CONCACAF. 2009-01-29. Archived from the original on 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
  5. ^ "Nicaragua - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Bermuda downs Nicaragua to earn first ever Gold Cup victory". New Jersey: Gold Cup. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  7. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Nicaragua". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 24 June 2017.

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