Nicaragua national football team

Nicaragua
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 (16 August 2018)
Highest 92 (December 2015)
Lowest 193 (May 2001)
Elo ranking
Current 142 (30 August 2018)
Highest 126 (3 July 2017)
Lowest 204 (May – November 2001)
First international
 El Salvador 9–0 Nicaragua
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 1 May 1929)
Biggest win
Nicaragua 5–0 Anguilla 
(Managua, Nicaragua; 23 March 2015)
Nicaragua 5–0 Cuba 
(Managua, Nicaragua; 8 December 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 17 October 1975)[1]
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.[2]

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.[3]

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
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 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 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 twice since the Gold Cup format started with a group stage finish in 2009, and 2017.

Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
1963Round 14004215
1965Did not qualify
1967Sixth place5014312
1969Did not enter
1971Did not qualify
1973Did not qualify
1977Did not enter
1981
1985
1989
1991Did not qualify
1993
1996
1998
2000
2002
2003
2005
2007
2009Round 1300308
2011Did not qualify
2013
2015
2017Group stage300317
Total4/24150114642

Other tournament records

Personnel

Current staff

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

Schedule and results

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

Key

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017

2018

2019

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 26 0 UNAN Managua

2DF Cyril Errington (1992-03-30) March 30, 1992 13 0 Club Always Ready
2DF Luis Fernando Copete (1989-12-03) December 3, 1989 28 3 Deportivo Pasto
2DF Josué Quijano (1991-03-10) March 10, 1991 52 1 Real Estelí F.C.
2DF Manuel Rosas (1983-10-14) October 14, 1983 37 2 Real Estelí F.C.
2DF Bismarck Veliz (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 14 0 Managua F.C.

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

4FW Daniel Cadena (1987-02-09) February 9, 1987 25 3 Mérida AD
4FW Ariagner Smith (1999-09-11) September 11, 1999 4 0 FK Spartaks Jūrmala
4FW Carlos Chavarría (1994-05-02) May 2, 1994 26 7 Birkirkara F.C.
4FW Luis Galeano (1991-10-15) October 15, 1991 21 4 Real Estelí F.C.
4FW Jaime Moreno (1995-03-30) March 30, 1995 7 2 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 0 0 Real Estelí F.C. v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017
GK Diedrich Téllez (1984-10-31) October 31, 1984 15 0 Diriangén FC CONCACAF Gold Cup

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

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

FW Jorge García (1998-08-27) August 27, 1998 9 1 Deportivo Walter Ferretti v.  Dominican Republic, November 11, 2017
FW Luis Gutiérrez (1996-11-04) November 4, 1996 2 0 Diriangén FC v.  Curaçao, June 17, 2017
FW Eulises Pavón (1993-01-06) January 6, 1993 21 2 UNAN Managua CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Daniel Reyes (1990-07-21) July 21, 1990 14 1 UNAN Managua v.  Bolivia, June 2, 2017
FW Ariagner Smith (1998-07-01) July 1, 1998 3 0 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
Santiago Bonilla  Costa Rica 1952 1953
Ferenc Mészáros  Hungary 1961 1961
Carlos Ruiz  Nicaragua 1961 1962
Santiago Berrini  Argentina 1966 1967
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

  • José "Chingolo" Rodríguez
  • Omar Zambrana

International Match Records

As of 25 March 2018[4]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
 Anguilla220080+8
 Belize93241318−5
 Bermuda4202550
 Bolivia200224−2
 Cayman Islands110010+1
 Canada110031+2
 Costa Rica1801171071−61
 Cuba93241420−6
 Curaçao8017334−31
 El Salvador28022619115−96
 Dominica220030+3
 Dominican Republic200204−4
 Guadeloupe100102−2
 Guatemala2011181265−53
 Haiti6123911−2
 Honduras1911171164−53
 Jamaica210134−1
 Martinique100102−2
 Mexico200206−6
 Panama2550202170−49
 Puerto Rico531196+3
 Suriname220041+3
 Saint Kitts and Nevis1010000
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines501136−3
 Trinidad and Tobago5113410−6
 United States100103−3
Total1772816133154521−367

References

  1. "Brazil matches, ratings and points exchanged". Eloratings.net. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  2. "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.
  3. "Nicaragua - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  4. "World Football Elo Ratings: Nicaragua". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
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