Nicaragua national football team

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 its first qualification to 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 win over Guatemala of the fifth place match in the 2009 Nations Cup.[4] However, the team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.

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 coachHector Castellon
CaptainJuan Barrera
Most capsJosué Quijano (61)
Top scorerJuan Barrera (18)
Home stadiumNicaragua National Football Stadium
FIFA codeNCA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 151 Steady (16 July 2020)[1]
Highest92 (December 2015)
Lowest193 (May 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
 Netherlands Antilles 11–1 Nicaragua 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 2 March 1950)[2]
 Honduras 10–0 Nicaragua 
(Costa Rica; 13 March 1946)
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1963)
Best resultSixth 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]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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 0/21 22 7 1 14 25 44

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Round 1 8th 4 0 0 4 2 15
  1965 Did not qualify
  1967 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 3 12
  1969 Did not enter
  1971 Did not qualify
  1973
  1977 Did not enter
  1981
1985
1989
  1991 Did not qualify
    1993
  1996
  1998
  2000
  2002
    2003
  2005
  2007
  2009 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 0 8
  2011 Did not qualify
  2013
    2015
  2017 Group stage 10th 3 0 0 3 1 7
      2019 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 0 8
Total Sixth place 5/25 18 0 1 17 6 50

Copa CentroamericanaEdit

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

CCCF ChampionshipEdit

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

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Did not enter
  1955
  1959
  1963
  1967
  1971
  1975 Round 1 13th 3 0 0 3 2 23
  1979 Did not enter
  1983
  1987
  1991 Round 1 8th 3 0 0 3 1 20
  1995 Did not qualify
  1999
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019
Total Round 1 2/18 6 0 0 6 3 43

Central American and Caribbean GamesEdit

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

Central American GamesEdit

Central American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1973 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 4 3
  1977 Third place 3rd 6 2 0 4 6 23
  1986 Third place 3rd 3 0 2 1 1 5
  1990 Third place 3rd 4 0 0 4 1 11
  1994 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 0 17
  1997 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 3 8
  2001 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 5 8
  2006 Not held
  2010
  2013 Third place 3rd 6 2 0 4 6 23
  2017 Fourth place 4th 3 0 2 1 1 2
Total Runners-up 9/11 33 7 5 21 27 100

All-time head-to-head recordEdit

As of 25 February 2020 after the match against   Panama[7]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against   Netherlands Antilles.

Schedule and resultsEdit

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

2019Edit

8 September 2019 Nations League BSuriname  6–0  NicaraguaParamaribo, Suriname
18:00
Report Stadium: André Kamperveen Stadion
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)
11 October 2019 Nations League BNicaragua  3–1  DominicaManagua, Nicaragua
22:00
Report
Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium
Referee: Nelson Salgado (Honduras)
14 October 2019 Nations League BDominica  0–4  NicaraguaRoseau, Dominica
15:00 Report
Stadium: Windsor Park
Referee: Kimbell Ward (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
7 November 2019 FriendlyNicaragua  0–0  CubaManagua, Nicaragua
19:00 (UTC-6) Report Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium
10 November 2019 FriendlyNicaragua  0–1  CubaManagua, Nicaragua
19:00 (UTC-6) Report Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium
15 November 2019 Nations League BSaint Vincent and the Grenadines  1–0  NicaraguaArnos Vale, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
19:00 (UTC−4)
Report Stadium: Arnos Vale Stadium
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
18 November 2019 Nations League BNicaragua  1–2  SurinameManagua, Nicaragua
19:00 (UTC-6)
Report
Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium
Referee: Patrick Senecharles (Haiti)

2020Edit

25 February 2020 FriendlyNicaragua  0–0  PanamaManagua, Nicaragua
Report Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Bryan Rodríguez (1996-09-23) 23 September 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Municipal Grecia
1GK Denvorn Fox (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Real Estelí FC
1GK Henry Maradiaga (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 30) 5 0   ART Municipal Jalapa

2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 29) 61 1   Real Estelí FC
2DF Jason Ingram (1997-08-20) 20 August 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Santos de Guápiles F.C.
2DF Manuel Rosas (captain) (1983-10-14) 14 October 1983 (age 36) 49 2   Real Estelí
2DF Carlos Montenegro (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 29) 3 0   C.S. Cartaginés
2DF Francisco Flores (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 32) 9 0   A.D.R. Jicaral
2DF Luis Fernando Copete (1989-02-12) 12 February 1989 (age 31) 34 3   Once Deportivo
2DF Juan Pérez (1999-06-29) 29 June 1999 (age 21) 0 0   A.D.R. Jicaral

3MF Marlon López (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 27) 39 0   Real Estelí FC
3MF Kevin Serapio (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 24) 8 0   Managua FC
3MF Byron Bonilla (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 26) 11 2   C.S. Cartaginés
3MF Luis Galeano (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 (age 28) 30 4   ART Municipal Jalapa
3MF Renato Punyed (1995-08-22) 22 August 1995 (age 24) 7 0   NK Novigrad
3MF Juan Barrera (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 31) 56 18   Real Estelí FC

4FW Jaime Moreno (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 25) 11 4   Estudiantes de Mérida
4FW Armanto Gkoufas (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 25) 6 1   O.F. Ierapetra F.C.
4FW Brandon Ayerdis (1999-07-11) 11 July 1999 (age 21) 4 0   Real Estelí
4FW Ariagner Smith (1998-12-13) 13 December 1998 (age 21) 3 0   FK Spartaks Jūrmala
4FW Carlos Chavarría (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 26) 35 10   Club Africain

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Bryan Rodríguez (1996-09-23) 23 September 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Carmelita v.   Dominica, 14 October 2019

DF Marvi Fletes (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Diriangén v.   Suriname, 8 September 2019
DF René Huete (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Walter Ferretti v.   Suriname, 8 September 2019

MF Richard Rodríguez (1992-07-13) 13 July 1992 (age 28) 4 0   Deportivo Santaní v.   Dominica, October 14, 2019
MF Abner Acuña (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Diriangén v.   Dominica, October 14, 2019

FW Carlos Chavarría (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 26) 35 10   Club Africain v.   Dominica, October 14, 2019

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.

RecordsEdit

Note: Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua. Last updated: October 14, 2019

Previous squadsEdit

CONCACAF Gold Cup

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Hector Castellon
Technical Director   Roger Rodriguez
Assistant coach   Tyron Acevedo
Goalkeeping coach   Carlos Mendieta
Physical Coordinator   Jaime Ruiz
Doctor   Dr. Cupertino Borrell
Physiotherapist   Zamir Cerna
Team Coordinator   Cesar Castro Trinidad
Team Coordinator   Nestor Diaz

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 June 2020

OthersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Brazil matches, ratings and points exchanged". Eloratings.net. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  4. ^ "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.
  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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