Nicaragua national football team

Nicaragua national football team
Nicaragua
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Azul y Blanco (The Blue and White)
Los Pinoleros
Albiazules
Association Nicaraguan Football Federation
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Enrique Llena
Asst coach Mauricio Cruz
Captain Denis Espinoza
Top scorer Emilio Palacios (11)
Home stadium Estadio Cacique Diriangén
FIFA code NCA
FIFA ranking 160
Highest FIFA ranking 132 (February 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 193 (May 2001)
Elo ranking 177
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 El Salvador 9–0 Nicaragua Nicaragua
(El Salvador; May 1, 1929)
Biggest win
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2–0 Panama 
(San Jose, Costa Rica; 10 March 1946)
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2–0 Panama 
(San Jose, Costa Rica; 14 March 1953)
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2–0 Honduras 
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 12 March 1965)
Nicaragua Nicaragua 3–1 Panama 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; February 17, 1967)
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2–0 Bermuda 
(Diriamba, Nicaragua; 30 April 2004)
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2–0 Bermuda 
(Estelí, Nicaragua; 2 May 2004)
Nicaragua Nicaragua 4–2 Belize 
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 12 February 2007)
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2–0 Guatemala 
(Tegucigalpa, Honduras; 30 January 2009)
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2–0 Dominica 
(Roseau, Dominica; 2 September 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua Nicaragua
(Mexico; 17 October 1975)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1963)
Best result 6th, 1967

The Nicaragua national football team is the national team of Nicaragua and is controlled by the Nicaraguan Football Federation. It is among the weakest teams in Central America and achieved its first qualification to a major international competition in 2009, when they qualified for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a 2–0 win over Guatemala in the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup.[1]

Contents

Records

World Cup record

The Nicaraguan national football team has never qualified for the World Cup.Their last attempt was in 2008 when Nicaragua lost both legs in the first round to the Netherlands Antilles.

CONCACAF Championship record

  • 1963 – Round 1
  • 1965 – Did not qualify
  • 1967 – 6th place
  • 1969 – Did not enter
  • 1971 to 1973 – Did not qualify
  • 1977 to 1989 – Did not enter

Gold Cup record

  • 1991 to 2007Did not qualify
  • 2009 – Round 1
  • 2011 – Did not qualify

UNCAF Nations Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Costa Rica 1991 Preliminary round 2 0 0 2 2 5
Honduras 1993 Preliminary round 2 0 0 2 0 8
El Salvador 1995 Preliminary round 2 0 0 2 0 7
Guatemala 1997 First round 2 0 0 2 2 11
Costa Rica 1999 First round 2 0 0 2 0 2
Honduras 2001 First round 3 0 0 3 2 19
Panama 2003 Sixth Place 5 1 0 4 1 11
Guatemala 2005 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 2 9
El Salvador 2007 Sixth Place 4 1 0 3 6 14
Honduras 2009 Fifth Place 4 1 2 1 5 6
Panama 2011 Sixth Place 4 0 1 3 2 7

CCCF Championship record

  • Costa Rica 1941 – Fifth Place
  • El Salvador 1943 – Fourth Place
  • Costa Rica 1946 – Sixth Place
  • Guatemala 1948Did not enter
  • Panama 1951Third Place
  • Costa Rica 1953 – Sixth Place
  • 1955 to 1960 – Did not enter
  • Costa Rica 1961 – Ninth Place

Pan American Games record

Personnel

Current staff

Head Coach Spain Enrique Llena
Assistant Coach Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz
Physical Coordinator Brazil Flavio Da Silva

Schedule and recent results

Last five match results

Category Home Team Result Away Team Date Venue Scorers
2011 UNCAF Nations Cup  Panama 2–0  Nicaragua 16 January 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama Panama: Cooper Goal 15'
Rentería Goal 80'
2011 UNCAF Nations Cup  Belize 1–1  Nicaragua 18 January 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama Nicaragua: Espinoza Goal 10' (pen.)
Belize: D. Jiménez Goal 81'
2011 UNCAF Nations Cup  Nicaragua 1–2  Guatemala January 21, 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City Nicaragua: Rodríguez Goal 23'
Guatemala: G. Ruiz Goal 45+1'
León Goal 66'
Friendly Match  Cuba 1–1  Nicaragua 26 May 2011
Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana [1]
Nicaragua: Raul Legias 45min
Cuba: Marcel Hernández 93min
Friendly Match  Cuba 2–1  Nicaragua 28 May 2011
Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana [2]
TBD

Upcoming games

Date Home Team Result Away Team Location Competition Scorers
2 September 2011  Dominica 0–2  Nicaragua Windsor Park, Rouseau
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Nicaragua: Raúl Leguías, Félix Rodriguez
Dominica: –
6 September 2011  Nicaragua 1-2  Panama Estadio Nacional de Fútbol, Managua
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
TBD

Current squad

The following 18-man squad was selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Dominica and Panama.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Denis Espinoza 25 August 1983 (1983-08-25) (age 28) 22 1 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
12 GK Diedrich Tellez 25 August 1983 (1983-08-25) (age 28) 0 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
2 DF Josue Quijano 10 March 1991 (1991-03-10) (age 20) 6 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
5 DF Erick Téllez 28 November 1989 (1989-11-28) (age 21) 4 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
7 DF Donald Parrales 28 November 1989 (1989-11-28) (age 21) 3 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
14 DF Maximo Gamez 28 November 1989 (1989-11-28) (age 21) 0 0 Nicaragua Managua
6 MF Elvis Pinel 22 March 1992 (1992-03-22) (age 19) 1 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí
8 MF Félix Rodríguez 27 April 1984 (1984-04-27) (age 27) 8 2 Nicaragua Real Estelí
10 MF Juan Barrera 2 May 1989 (1989-05-02) (age 22) 15 1 Panama Tauro F.C.
13 MF Marcos Roman 10 August 1989 (1989-08-10) (age 22) 2 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
15 MF Marcos Mendez 10 August 1989 (1989-08-10) (age 22) 3 0 Nicaragua Diriangén
17 DF Felix Zeledón 24 November 1983 (1983-11-24) (age 27) 14 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
18 MF Axel Villanueva 10 August 1989 (1989-08-10) (age 22) 7 0 Nicaragua Deportivo Walter Ferretti
4 FW Samuel Wilson 4 April 1983 (1983-04-04) (age 28) 18 4 Nicaragua Real Estelí
9 FW Norfran Lazo 8 September 1990 (1990-09-08) (age 21) 4 0 Nicaragua Managua
11 FW Daniel Reyes 21 July 1990 (1990-07-21) (age 21) 4 2 Brazil Boavista Sport Club
16 MF Raúl Leguías 9 October 1982 (1982-10-09) (age 29) 6 2 Nicaragua Managua F.C.

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
DF Manuel Gutiérrez January 20, 1987 (1987-01-20) (age 24) 3 0 Nicaragua Diriangén v.  Cuba; May 29, 2011
DF Milton Bustos April 19, 1982 (1982-04-19) (age 29) 11 2 Nicaragua Xilotepelt v.  Guatemala; January 22, 2011
DF David Solórzano (c) 5 November 1980 (1980-11-05) (age 31) 29 1 Nicaragua Diriangén v.  Cuba; May 29, 2011
MF Elvis Figueroa 18 December 1988 (1988-12-18) (age 22) 5 0 Nicaragua Managua v.  Guatemala; May 29, 2011
MF McPerson Garth 22 March 1992 (1992-03-22) (age 19) 1 0 Nicaragua Diriangén v.  Cuba; TBA
MF Norman Eugarrios 9 January 1987 (1987-01-09) (age 24) 5 0 Nicaragua Chinandega v.  Guatemala; May 29, 2011
FW Wilber Sánchez 20 October 1979 (1979-10-20) (age 32) 17 0 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Cuba; TBA
FW Rudel Calero 20 December 1982 (1982-12-20) (age 28) 19 2 Nicaragua Real Estelí v.  Cuba; TBA
FW Emilio Palacios 8 October 1983 (1983-10-08) (age 28) 20 9 Nicaragua Xilotepelt v.  Cuba; TBA

Nicaragua Coaches

Name From To
Nicaragua Octavio Edmundo Salas Urbina 1941 ?
Hungary Eduardo Kosovic [3] 1941 ?
Costa Rica Santiago Bonilla 1952 ?
Hungary Ferenc Messaro 1967 ?
Nicaragua Livio Bendaña Espinoza 1967 1970
Argentina Omar Muraco 1969 1970
Argentina José "Chingolo" Rodríguez ? ?
Nicaragua Omar Zambrana ? ?
Nicaragua Salvador Dubois Leiva 1991,1992
Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz Jiron 1993 2001
Italy Maurizio Battistini 2002 2004
Argentina Marcelo Javier Zuleta August 2005 September 2005
Argentina Carlos De Toro September 2007 December 2008
Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz Jiron December 2008 October 2008
Nicaragua Ramón Otoniel Olivas November 2008 December 2009
Spain Enrique Llena January 2010 –

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