Nicaragua national football team

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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

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]

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.

History[edit]

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 times[edit]

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 record[edit]

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
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 10
France 1998 2 0 0 2 1 3
South Korea Japan 2002 4 0 0 4 0 10
Germany 2006 2 0 1 1 3 6
South Africa 2010 2 0 0 2 0 3
Brazil 2014 4 2 0 2 5 7
Russia 2018 6 5 0 1 15 5
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/23 22 7 1 14 25 44

CONCACAF Championship record[edit]

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
El Salvador 1963 Round 1 4 0 0 4 2 15
Guatemala 1965 Did not qualify
Honduras 1967 Sixth place 5 0 1 4 3 12
Costa Rica 1969 Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Did not qualify
Haiti 1973 Did not qualify
Mexico 1977 Did not enter
Honduras 1981
1985
1989
United States 1991 Did not qualify
United States Mexico 1993
United States 1996
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002
United States Mexico 2003
United States 2005
United States 2007
United States 2009 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 8
United States 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013
United States Canada 2015
United States 2017 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 7
United States Costa Rica Jamaica 2019 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 8
Total 5/25 18 0 1 17 6 50

Other tournament records[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Current staff[edit]

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

Schedule and results[edit]

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

Key

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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 Nicaragua Real Esteli F.C.
30 1GK Denilson Gutierrez (1999-05-14) 14 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua

2 2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 28) 61 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí FC
3 2DF Manuel Rosas (1983-10-14) 14 October 1983 (age 35) 47 2 Nicaragua Real Estelí FC
4 2DF René Huete (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Nicaragua Walter Ferretti
5 2DF Carlos Montenegro (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 28) 2 0 Costa Rica UCR
6 2DF Marvin Fletes (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC
21 2DF Francisco Flores (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 31) 5 0 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles

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

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

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

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

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

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

Records[edit]

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

Manager history[edit]

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

Others[edit]

International Match Records[edit]

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 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
 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 191 32 18 141 165 547 −382

References[edit]

  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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