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Nicaragua National Football Team

Nicaragua
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
  • Los Pinoleros
AssociationNicaraguan Football Federation
Confederation
Head coachJuan Vita
CaptainJuan Barrera
Most capsJosué Quijano (62)
Top scorerJuan Barrera (18)
Home stadiumNicaragua National Football Stadium
FIFA codeNCA
FIFA ranking
Current 149 Increase 2 (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest92 (December 2015)
Lowest193 (May 2001)
Elo ranking
Current 157 Increase 4 (19 November 2020)[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
 Netherlands Antilles 11-1 Nicaragua 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 2 March 1950)[3]
 Honduras 10-0 Nicaragua 
(Costa Rica; 13 March 1946)
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1963)
Best resultSixth place (1967)

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.[4] However, the team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.

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

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

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 record

FIFA World Cup

The Nicaragua 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 Not an FIFA member Not an FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Did not enter Declined participation
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 - 0/21 - - - - - - 22 7 1 14 25 44

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
El Salvador 1963 Round 1 8th 4 0 0 4 2 15 Squad
Guatemala 1965 Did not qualify
Honduras 1967 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 3 12 Squad
Costa Rica 1969 Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Did not qualify
Haiti 1973
Mexico 1977 Did not enter
Honduras 1981
1985
1989
United States 1991 Did not qualify
Mexico United States 1993
United States 1996
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002
Mexico United States 2003
United States 2005
United States 2007
United States 2009 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 0 8 Squad
United States 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013
Canada United States 2015
United States 2017 Group stage 10th 3 0 0 3 1 7 Squad
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 0 8 Squad
Total Sixth place 5/25 18 0 1 17 6 50 --

CONCACAF Nations League

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

Copa Centroamericana

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

CCCF Championship

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

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Did not enter
Mexico 1955
United States 1959
Brazil 1963
Canada 1967
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975 Preliminary round 13th 3 0 0 3 2 23
Puerto Rico 1979 Did not enter
Venezuela 1983
United States 1987
Cuba 1991 Preliminary round 8th 3 0 0 3 1 20
Argentina 1995 Did not qualify
Canada 1999
Dominican Republic 2003
Brazil 2007
Mexico 2011
Canada 2015
Peru 2019
Total Preliminary round 2/18 6 0 0 6 3 43

Central American and Caribbean Games

Central American and Caribbean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Cuba 1930 Did not qualify
El Salvador 1935
Panama 1938
Colombia 1946
Guatemala 1950 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 4 19
Mexico 1954 Did not qualify
Venezuela 1959
Jamaica 1962
Puerto Rico 1966
Panama 1970
Dominican Republic 1974
Colombia 1978
Cuba 1982 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 6
Dominican Republic 1986 Did not qualify
Mexico 1990
Puerto Rico 1993
Venezuela 1998 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 0 3 3 13
El Salvador 2002 Quarter-finals 8th 3 1 0 2 2 7
Colombia 2006 Did not qualify
Puerto Rico 2010
Mexico 2014
Colombia 2018
Total Quarter-finals 4/22 13 2 1 10 11 45

Central American Games

Central American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Guatemala 1973 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 4 3
El Salvador 1977 Third place 3rd 6 2 0 4 6 23
Guatemala 1986 Third place 3rd 3 0 2 1 1 5
Honduras 1990 Third place 3rd 4 0 0 4 1 11
El Salvador 1994 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 0 17
Honduras 1997 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 3 8
Guatemala 2001 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 5 8
Honduras 2006 Not held
Panama 2010
Costa Rica 2013 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 9
Nicaragua 2017 Third place 3rd 4 1 2 1 2 1
Total Runners-up 9/11 31 6 5 20 23 85

All-time head-to-head record

As of 10 October 2020 after the match against  Honduras.[7]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  Netherlands Antilles.

Schedule and results

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

2020

10 October FriendlyHonduras 1-1 NicaraguaComayagua, Honduras
17:00 Paz Goal 90+2 Chavarría Goal 40 Stadium: Estadio Carlos Miranda
Referee: Óscar Donaldo Moncada (Honduras)

2021

March 2021 WC 1st Round QualifyingNicaragua NicaraguavSaint Lucia Saint Lucia
TBD 2021 WC 1st Round QualifyingNicaragua NicaraguavBelize Belize
TBD 2021 WC 1st Round QualifyingHaiti HaitivNicaragua Nicaragua

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for a friendly match against Honduras on 10 October 2020.
Caps updated as of 10 October 2020, after the match with Honduras.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Denis Espinoza (1983-08-25) 25 August 1983 (age 37) 31 1 Nicaragua Walter Ferretti
1GK Justo Lorente (1984-02-27) 27 February 1984 (age 36) 28 0 Nicaragua Diriangén

2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 29) 66 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí
2DF Manuel Rosas (captain) (1983-10-14) 14 October 1983 (age 37) 58 2 Nicaragua Real Estelí
2DF Erick Téllez (1989-11-28) 28 November 1989 (age 30) 26 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
2DF Cristián Gutierrez (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 27) 10 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
2DF René Huete (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 25) 4 0 Nicaragua Walter Ferretti
2DF Luis López (1998-09-11) 11 September 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
2DF Marvin Fletes (1997-11-12) 12 November 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Nicaragua Walter Ferretti
2DF Jason Castellón (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 28) 2 0 Nicaragua Walter Ferretti

3MF Marlon López (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 28) 40 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
3MF Luis Galeano (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 (age 29) 32 4 Nicaragua ART Municipal Jalapa
3MF Kevin Serapio (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 24) 14 0 Nicaragua Managua
3MF Brandon Ayerdis (1999-09-11) 11 September 1999 (age 21) 12 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
3MF Richard Rodríguez (1992-07-13) 13 July 1992 (age 28) 9 0 Paraguay Deportivo Santaní
3MF Renato Punyed (1995-08-22) 22 August 1995 (age 25) 8 0 Norway Nybergsund
3MF Harold Medina (2002-01-30) 30 January 2002 (age 18) 1 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí

4FW Carlos Chavarría (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 26) 40 11 Tunisia Club Africain
4FW Henry Garcia (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 30) 11 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
4FW Ricardo Mendieta (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 25) 6 1 Nicaragua Managua
4FW Dshon Forbes (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Nicaragua Walter Ferretti
4FW Ezequiel Ugalde (2001-09-19) 19 September 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Nicaragua Walter Ferretti

Recent call-ups

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 Henry Maradiaga (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 30) 7 0 Nicaragua ART Municipal Jalapa v.  Guatemala, 6 October 2020
GK Denvorn Fox (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Panama, 25 February 2020

DF Joel Obando (2000-11-20) 20 November 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Nicaragua Real Madriz v.  Guatemala, 6 October 2020
DF Jason Ingram (1997-08-20) 20 August 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles v.  Panama, 25 February 2020


FW Juan Barrera (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 31) 59 18 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Guatemala, 6 October 2020

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

Note: Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua. Last updated: October 6, 2020

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Argentina Juan Vita
Technical director Nicaragua Roger Rodriguez
Assistant coach Nicaragua Tyron Acevedo
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

Manager history

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
Ján Fülöp  Czechoslovakia February 1984 January 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
Juan Vita  Argentina August 2020 -

Others

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 19 November 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Brazil matches, ratings and points exchanged". Eloratings.net. Retrieved 2014.
  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 2009.
  5. ^ "Nicaragua - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Bermuda downs Nicaragua to earn first ever Gold Cup victory". New Jersey: Gold Cup. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Nicaragua".

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