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 in the fifth place match in the 2009 Nations Cup.[3] However, the team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.

Nicaragua
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Azul y Blanco (The Blue and White)
Los Pinoleros (The Pinoleros)
AssociationFederación Nicaragüense de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachJuan Vita
CaptainJuan Barrera
Most capsJosué Quijano (71)
Top scorerJuan Barrera (21)
Home stadiumNicaragua National Football Stadium
FIFA codeNCA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 143 Steady (19 November 2021)[1]
Highest92 (December 2015)
Lowest193 (May 2001)
First international
 El Salvador 9–0 Nicaragua 
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 1 May 1929)
Biggest win
 Turks and Caicos Islands 0–7 Nicaragua 
(San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic; 27 March 2021)
Biggest defeat
 Honduras 10–0 Nicaragua 
(San José, Costa Rica; 13 March 1946)
Netherlands Curaçao 11–1 Nicaragua 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 2 March 1950)
Gold Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1963)
Best resultSixth place (1967)
Medal record

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.[4]

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.[5]

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

2021Edit

24 February Friendly Guatemala   1–0   Nicaragua Guatemala City, Guatemala
15:00 (UTC−6)
Report Stadium: Centro de Alto Rendimiento de Guatemala
Referee: Armando Reyna (Guatemala)
27 March WC 1st Round Qualifying Turks and Caicos Islands   0–7   Nicaragua San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
16:30 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: Estadio Panamericano
Referee: William Anderson (Puerto Rico)
4 June WC 1st Round Qualifying Nicaragua   3–0   Belize Managua, Nicaragua
19:00 UTC−6
Report Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium
Referee: Nelson Salgado (Honduras)
8 June WC 1st Round Qualifying Haiti   1–0   Nicaragua Port-au-Prince, Haiti
17:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Stade Sylvio Cator
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica)
8 September Friendly Guatemala   2–2   Nicaragua Antigua, Guatemala
3:00 (UTC−6)
Report
Stadium: Estadio Pensativo
Referee: Armando Reyna (Guatemala)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Belize and Haiti on June 2021.
Caps updated as of 8 June 2021, after the match with Haiti.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Denis Espinoza (1983-08-25) 25 August 1983 (age 38) 39 1   Walter Ferretti
12 1GK Denver Fox (1997-11-22) 22 November 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Real Estelí
23 1GK Douglas Forvis (1992-05-17) 17 May 1992 (age 29) 0 0   Santos de Guápiles

2 2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 30) 70 1   Real Estelí
3 2DF Melvin Hernández (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 27) 5 0   Walter Ferretti
4 2DF Henry Niño (1997-10-03) 3 October 1997 (age 24) 7 1   Walter Ferretti
5 2DF Marvin Fletes (1997-11-12) 12 November 1997 (age 24) 7 1   Real Estelí
6 2DF Luis Copete (1989-02-12) 12 February 1989 (age 32) 37 3   Independiente Petrolero
13 2DF Jason Ingram (1997-08-20) 20 August 1997 (age 24) 2 0   Santos de Guápiles
20 2DF René Huete (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 26) 4 0   Walter Ferretti
21 2DF Francisco Flores (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 33) 15 0   Jicaral

8 3MF Richard Rodríguez (1992-07-13) 13 July 1992 (age 29) 13 1   Real Estelí
10 3MF Byron Bonilla (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 28) 15 3   Cartaginés
11 3MF Juan Barrera (Captain) (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 32) 63 21   Xelajú
14 3MF Kevin Serapio (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 25) 17 0   Managua
15 3MF Armando Goufas (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 26) 8 1   Real Estelí
17 3MF Matías Moldskred (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 (age 24) 3 1   Start
18 3MF Danilo Zúñiga (1997-06-04) 4 June 1997 (age 24) 5 0   Managua

7 4FW Carlos Chavarría (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 27) 43 11   Real Estelí
9 4FW Jaime Moreno (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 26) 19 4   Diriangén
16 4FW Henry García (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 31) 13 0   Real Estelí
19 4FW Brandon Ayerdis (1999-09-11) 11 September 1999 (age 22) 14 0   Real Estelí
22 4FW Dshon Forbes (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 24) 3 1   Walter Ferretti

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 Justo Lorente (1994-02-27) 27 February 1994 (age 27) 33 0   Diriangén v.   Belize, 4 June 2021 PRE

DF Óscar Acevedo (1997-03-18) 18 March 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Real Estelí v.   Belize, 4 June 2021 PRE
DF Manuel Rosas (1983-10-14) 14 October 1983 (age 38) 57 2   Real Estelí v.   Turks and Caicos Islands, 27 March 2021
DF Cristian Gutiérrez (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 28) 10 0   Real Estelí v.   Turks and Caicos Islands, 27 March 2021 PRE
DF Alejandro Tapia (1993-03-28) 28 March 1993 (age 28) 7 0   Walter Ferretti v.   Turks and Caicos Islands, 27 March 2021 PRE
DF Juan Pérez (1999-06-29) 29 June 1999 (age 22) 0 0   San Carlos v.   Turks and Caicos Islands, 27 March 2021 PRE
DF Erick Téllez (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 32) 26 0   Diriangén v.   Guatemala, 24 February 2021

MF Marlon López (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 29) 40 0   Real Estelí v.   Belize, 4 June 2021 PRE
MF Bismarck Montiel (1995-03-05) 5 March 1995 (age 26) 13 0 Unattached v.   Belize, 4 June 2021 PRE
MF Nahúm Peralta (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 27) 2 0   Managua v.   Belize, 4 June 2021 PRE
MF Agenor Báez (1997-12-18) 18 December 1997 (age 23) 1 0   Managua v.   Belize, 4 June 2021 PRE
MF Pablo Gállego (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Zemplín Michalovce v.   Belize, 4 June 2021 PRE
MF Daniel Cadena (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 34) 33 3   Ocotal v.   Turks and Caicos Islands, 27 March 2021 PRE
MF Harold Medina (2002-01-30) 30 January 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Real Estelí v.   Turks and Caicos Islands, 27 March 2021 PRE

FW Ariagner Smith (1998-12-13) 13 December 1998 (age 22) 2 2   Veles Moscow v.   Belize, 4 June 2021 PRE / WD
FW Ezequiel Ugalde (2001-09-19) 19 September 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Walter Ferretti v.   Turks and Caicos Islands, 27 March 2021
FW Holman Mairena (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 25) 0 0   San Ramón v.   Turks and Caicos Islands, 27 March 2021 PRE

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

As of 8 September 2021[6]
Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua.

Most appearancesEdit

 
Josué Quijano is Nicaragua's most-capped player with 71 international appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Josué Quijano 71 1 2011–
2 Juan Barrera 64 21 2009–
3 Manuel Rosas 60 2 2013–
4 David Solórzano 49 1 1999–2014
5 Carlos Chavarría 44 11 2013–
6 Marlon López 40 0 2014–
7 Denis Espinoza 39 1 2004–
8 Carlos Alonso 37 0 1999–2011
Luis Copete 37 3 2014–
10 Daniel Cadena 34 3 2014–

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Juan Barrera is Nicaragua's all-time top scorer with 21 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Juan Barrera 21 63 0.33 2009–
2 Emilio Palacios 11 26 0.42 2001–2009
Carlos Chavarría 11 43 0.26 2013–
4 Raúl Leguías 8 23 0.35 2011–2016
5 Jaime Moreno 4 19 0.22 2016–
Rudel Calero 4 26 0.15 2001–2011
Samuel Wilson 4 29 0.14 2001–2013
Luis Galeano 4 32 0.13 2015–
9 Bryan García 3 22 0.14 2015–
Daniel Cadena 3 33 0.09 2014–
Luis Copete 3 37 0.08 2014–
Byron Bonilla 3 15 0.21 2016–
Ariagner Smith 3 5 0.6 2017-

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Juan Vita
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

Coaching historyEdit

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

The Nicaragua national football team has never qualified for the World Cup. Their latest attempt was for the 2022 World Cup, when the side failed to advance from the first round.

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 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1934
  1938
  1950 Did not enter Declined participation
  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 3 2 0 1 10 1
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 25 9 1 15 35 45

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1963 Round 1 8th 4 0 0 4 2 15 Squad
  1965 Did not qualify
  1967 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 3 12 Squad
  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 Squad
  2011 Did not qualify
  2013
    2015
  2017 Group stage 10th 3 0 0 3 1 7 Squad
      2019 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 0 8 Squad
  2021 Did not qualify
Total Sixth place 5/26 18 0 1 17 6 50

CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
  2019−20 B D 6 2 1 3 9 11   23rd
  2022–23 B To be determined
Total 6 2 1 3 9 11 23rd

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 Preliminary round 13th 3 0 0 3 2 23
  1979 Did not enter
  1983
  1987
  1991 Preliminary round 8th 3 0 0 3 1 20
  1995 Did not qualify
  1999
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019
Total Preliminary round 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
  1935
  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 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 9
  2017 Third place 3rd 4 1 2 1 2 1
Total Runners-up 9/11 31 6 5 20 23 85

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 14 November 2021 after the match against   Cuba.[7]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against   Netherlands Antilles.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 1 December 2021. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Nicaragua - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Bermuda downs Nicaragua to earn first ever Gold Cup victory". New Jersey: Gold Cup. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  6. ^ Passo Alpuin, Luis Fernando. "Nicaragua - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  7. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Nicaragua".

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