Nicaragua national football team

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Nicaragua
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
  • La Azul y Blanco (The Blue and White)
  • Los Pinoleros
  • Albiazules
Association Nicaraguan Football Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Head coach Henry Duarte
Captain Juan Barrera
Most caps Josué Quijano (52)
Top scorer Juan Barrera (12)
Home stadium Nicaragua National Football Stadium
FIFA code NCA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 132 Increase 4 (7 June 2018)
Highest 92 (December 2015)
Lowest 193 (May 2001)
Elo ranking
Current 142 Steady (6 May 2018)
Highest 126 (3 July 2017)
Lowest 204 (May – November 2001)
First international
 El Salvador 9–0 Nicaragua Nicaragua
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 1 May 1929)
Biggest win
Nicaragua Nicaragua 5–0 Anguilla 
(Managua, Nicaragua; 23 March 2015)
Nicaragua Nicaragua 5–0 Cuba 
(Managua, Nicaragua; 8 December 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Honduras 10–0 Nicaragua Nicaragua
(San José, Costa Rica; 13 March 1946)
 Netherlands Antilles 11–1 Nicaragua Nicaragua
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 2 March 1950)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 1963)
Best result 6th 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.[1]

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.[2]

FIFA World Cup record

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
Total 0/21 22 7 1 14 25 44

CONCACAF Championship record

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 5 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 qualifying to the FIFA World Cup. In 1990, 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 USA hosting the first competition in 1991. Nicaragua has qualified twice since the Gold Cup format started with a group stage finish in 2009 and the ongoing Gold Cup in 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 Round 1 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
Total 4/24 15 0 1 14 6 42

Other tournament records

Personnel

Current staff

Position Name
Head Coach Costa Rica Henry Duarte
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

The following is Nicaragua's schedule and results for the 2017 season.

Key

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017

2018

Players

Current squad

The following 25 players were selected for the Friendlies against Cuba on March 22 and 25, 2018.
Caps and goals updated as of March 25, 2018 after the match against Cuba.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Justo Lorente (1994-02-27) February 27, 1994 (age 24) 26 0 Nicaragua UNAN Managua
1GK Henry Maradiaga (1990-02-05) February 5, 1990 (age 28) 1 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
1GK David Pernia (2000-05-15) May 15, 2000 (age 18) 0 0 England Kendal Town F.C.

2DF Cyril Errington (1992-03-30) March 30, 1992 (age 26) 13 0 Bolivia Club Always Ready
2DF Henry Niño (1997-10-03) October 3, 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC
2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) March 10, 1991 (age 27) 52 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
2DF Manuel Rosas (1983-10-14) October 14, 1983 (age 34) 37 2 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
2DF Bismarck Veliz (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 24) 14 0 Nicaragua Managua F.C.

3MF Juan Barrera (Captain) (1989-03-02) March 2, 1989 (age 29) 46 12 Colombia Boyacá Chicó F.C.
3MF Marlon López (1992-11-02) November 2, 1992 (age 25) 33 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
3MF Bismarck Montiel (1995-03-05) March 5, 1995 (age 23) 7 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua
3MF Maykel Montiel (1993-01-27) January 27, 1993 (age 25) 11 0 Nicaragua UNAN Managua
3MF Alexis Somarriba (1994-05-11) May 11, 1994 (age 24) 6 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua

4FW Ariagner Smith (1999-09-11) September 11, 1999 (age 18) 4 0 Latvia FK Spartaks Jūrmala
4FW Daniel Cadena (1987-02-09) February 9, 1987 (age 31) 25 3 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
4FW Carlos Chavarría (1994-05-02) May 2, 1994 (age 24) 26 7 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
4FW Luis Galeano (1991-10-15) October 15, 1991 (age 26) 21 4 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C.
4FW Jaime Moreno (1995-03-30) March 30, 1995 (age 23) 7 2 Spain Atlético Malagueño

Recent call-ups

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 Denver Fox (1996-04-24) April 24, 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017
GK Diedrich Téllez (1984-10-31) October 31, 1984 (age 33) 15 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC CONCACAF Gold Cup

DF Oscar Acevedo (1997-03-18) March 18, 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017
DF Jason Casco (1990-02-13) February 13, 1990 (age 28) 27 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. v.  Curaçao, June 17, 2017INJ
DF Luis Copete (1989-02-12) February 12, 1989 (age 29) 28 3 El Salvador C.D. Sonsonate CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Jason Ingram (1997-08-20) August 20, 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017
DF Oscar López (1992-02-27) February 27, 1992 (age 26) 10 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017
DF Erick Téllez (1989-01-28) January 28, 1989 (age 29) 26 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC CONCACAF Gold Cup

MF Jason Coronel (1993-10-06) October 6, 1993 (age 24) 8 0 Nicaragua UNAN Managua v.  Haiti, March 28, 2017
MF Bryan García (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 23) 22 3 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Allan Mercado 2 0 Nicaragua Juventus Managua v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017
MF Jonathan Moncada (1998-01-03) January 3, 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Latvia FK Spartaks Jūrmala v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017
MF Luis Peralta (1988-10-12) October 12, 1988 (age 29) 19 1 Nicaragua Managua F.C. CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Elvis Pinel (1988-12-18) December 18, 1988 (age 29) 30 1 Nicaragua Real Estelí F.C. CONCACAF Gold Cup

FW Jorge García (1998-08-27) August 27, 1998 (age 19) 9 1 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017
FW Luis Gutiérrez (1996-11-04) November 4, 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Nicaragua Diriangén FC v.  Curaçao, June 17, 2017
FW Eulises Pavón (1993-01-06) January 6, 1993 (age 25) 21 2 Nicaragua UNAN Managua CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Daniel Reyes (1990-07-21) July 21, 1990 (age 27) 14 1 Nicaragua UNAN Managua v.  Bolivia, June 2, 2017
FW Ariagner Smith (1998-07-01) July 1, 1998 (age 19) 3 0 Latvia FK Spartaks Jūrmala v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017

Records

Note: Players in bold text are still active with Nicaragua. Last updated: March 25, 2018

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 1966 1967 [2]
Livio Bendaña Espinoza  Nicaragua 1967 1969
Omar Muraco  Argentina 1969 1970
Salvador Dubois Leiva  Nicaragua 1977 1977
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

International Match Records

As of 25 March 2018[3]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
 Anguilla 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8
 Belize 9 3 2 4 13 18 −5
 Bermuda 4 2 0 2 5 5 0
 Bolivia 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
 Cayman Islands 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Canada 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 Costa Rica 18 0 1 17 10 71 −61
 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 20 1 1 18 12 65 −53
 Haiti 6 1 2 3 9 11 −2
 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 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 5 0 1 1 3 6 −3
 Trinidad and Tobago 5 1 1 3 4 10 −6
 United States 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3
Total 177 28 16 133 154 521 −367

References

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Nicaragua - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Nicaragua". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 

External links

  • A Picture of the Team
  • FENIFUT – Nicaraguan Football Federation
  • Nicaragua – List of International Matches at RSSSF.com (Last updated: 7 July 2004)
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