|Nickname(s)||Los Chapines |
La Furia Azul
|Association||National Football Federation of Guatemala|
|UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Amarini Villatoro|
|Most caps||Carlos Ruíz (133)|
|Top scorer||Carlos Ruiz (68)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores|
|Current||131 2 (24 October 2019)|
|Highest||50 (August 2006)|
|Lowest||163 (November 1995)|
|Current||82 5 (18 October 2019)|
|Highest||40 (April 1972)|
|Lowest||105 (February 2010)|
| Guatemala 10-1 Honduras |
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; September 14, 1921)
| Guatemala 10-0 Anguilla |
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; September 5, 2019)
| Costa Rica 9-1 Guatemala |
(San José, Costa Rica; July 24, 1955)
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||18 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions, 1967|
The Guatemala national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Guatemala) is governed by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. Founded in 1919, it affiliated to FIFA in 1946, and it is a member of CONCACAF.
The team has made three Olympic tournament appearances, competing at the 1968, 1976, and 1988 Olympic Games. Guatemala have never qualified for a finals tournament of the World Cup, although they have reached the final round of qualification on four occasions.
Guatemala won the 1967 CONCACAF Championship and the 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup. The team's best performance in a CONCACAF Gold Cup was in 1996, when they finished fourth. Carlos Ruiz their top goal scorer, retired his career after the failure of his team to now win the gold cup. Guatemala has also earned a bronze medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela. The national team kits are supplied by Umbro. Past kit suppliers include Atletica, Adidas and Puma.
The national team, nicknamed "la Azul y Blanco" (the blue and white), made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City in September 1921, winning their first game 10-1 against Honduras. In the final, Guatemala were defeated 6-0 by Costa Rica. Guatemala entered a World Cup qualification process for the first time in 1958.
Guatemala created its first soccer team, made up of 22 players, on August 23, 1902. The team was split into two sides, blue and white. With time, clubs were made and eventually the Guatemalan National Team was created in 1921. Guatemala had its first game on September 14, 1921 against Honduras. The game was played in Guatemala City and Guatemala beat Honduras 10 to 1.
Guatemala had success in several editions of the CCCF Championship (Copa CCCF), precursor to the Concacaf Gold Cup (Copa Concacaf), by being the runner up in three championships, 1943, 1946, and 1948. In 1958, Guatemala began participating in the qualifying rounds of the World Cup. It was placed in the first group, along with the teams from Costa Rica and the Netherlands Antilles. It placed last and was unable to score a single point.
Guatemala's performance in the qualifying rounds began to improve in the beginning of the 1960s. In 1962 it was able to tie against both Costa Rica (4-4), while playing in Guatemala, and Honduras (1-1), while playing in Tegucigalpa. However, after being placed in the second group, it once again finished last.
Guatemala did not participate in the qualifying round in 1966. Before the process of elimination began, the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) refused Guatemala's participation for administrative reasons.
The Guatemalan National Team joined Concacaf in 1961. In 1967 it again showed the progress it had made when it participated in the Concacaf Gold Cup. For the first time and only time in its history, it placed first in the tournament. It was also the runner up in both 1965 and 1969.
In 1967, Honduras hosted the CONCACAF Championship. Guatemala began the tournament with a 2-1 win against Haiti, followed by a 1-0 win over defending champions Mexico, a 0-0 draw against Honduras, a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago, and a 2-0 win over Nicaragua, being crowned CONCACAF champions for the first time. Forward Manuel "Escopeta" Recinos was Guatemala's top scorer with four goals, including the game-winning goal against Mexico.
|4||Trinidad and Tobago||4||5||2||0||3||6||10||-4|
In 1967, Guatemala showed some major progress by qualifying for the 1968 Olympic Tournament in Mexico City. In the first round, they won 1-0 against Czechoslovakia, and 4-1 against Thailand, and lost to Bulgaria 2-1. They went on the next round where they lost to eventual champions Hungary 1-0.
Prior to the qualification process, many fans saw Carlos Ruiz as the main focus in providing goals for the national team along with his compatriot but elder Juan Carlos Plata. Many other stars such as Fredy, Garcia, Gonzalo Romero, Guillermo Ramirez and Martin Machon were expected to play huge roles as well. In 2006 World Cup qualifying, Guatemala started off well, advancing to the third round by beating Suriname 4-2 in the second round. In the third round they finished second behind Costa Rica in Group B tying at 10 points each, advancing to the final round. In the fourth round they started off well with a 0-0 draw against Panama and a 5-1 win against Trinidad and Tobago. Then followed a 2-0 loss against United States and Mexico and a 3-2 loss against Costa Rica, and after 3 losses in a row they finally won against Panama 2-1, then lost against Trinidad and Tobago 3-2, tied against United States 0-0 and then lost to Mexico 5-2 once again. Guatemala had 8 points with one game left, and a win and a Trinidad and Tobago loss against Mexico would get them to the playoff. They won 3-1 against Costa Rica but Trinidad and Tobago beat Mexico 2-1, ending one of the best runs in Guatemala football history. They finished in 5th place, 2 points away from a possible World Cup spot. Juan Carlos Plata and Martin Machón had announced their retirement from International Football in 2006.
After a third-place finish in the Uncaf Nations Cup in 2007, having made the knockout stage in the Gold Cup of the same year, and a couple of satisfying friendly matches including a 3-2 win against Mexico, many saw Hernan Dario Gomez as the next coach to lead Guatemala into the Hexagonal in the World Cup qualifying stage. However, after losing 5-0 in early 2008 against a U-23 Argentine team, fans wanted Gomez out as coach and soon the Colombian would do so. In 2010 World Cup qualifying, expectations of being able to qualify for the tournament were set among the national team as Ramon Maradiaga had returned as coach after almost leading Guatemala to the World Cup 2006. They began well by having advanced to the third round by defeating Saint Lucia in a 9-1 aggregate in the second round. In the third round, Guatemala began with a 1-0 home loss to the United States, with controversies surrounding Panamanian referee Roberto Moreno, who was arbitrating the match, including not awarding a penalty in the first half in the favor of Guatemala after a handball from Steve Cherundolo as well as Gustavo Cabrera being sent off after colliding with Eddie Lewis in the second half. In their second match of round 3, Los Chapines were able to take home a draw in the closing minutes of the game against Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain after Carlos Gallardo deflected a free kick taken by Marco Pappa with his heels. On September 10, Guatemala welcomed Cuba at home for their third match. Cuba shocked the Guatemala fans by taking the lead after Roberto Linares scored in the 25th minute however by halftime, Carlos Ruiz relieved the team with an equalizer. In the second half Carlos Ruiz scored once more, Mario Rodriguez and youngster Jose Manuel Contreras also scored and finished the game 4-1. With the win, they were able to collect 4 points, putting them in second place due to having a better goal difference that Trinidad and Tobago. The next two games were crucial in advancing to the next round. On October 11, many fans have gathered around the Estadio Mateo Flores to support the national team in their home game against Trinidad and Tobago, heavily expecting a win. Despite being reduced to 10 men, the Soca Warriors were able to hold Guatemala to 0-0 stalemate, disgruntling the national team and fans. With hopes of getting a result in Havana four days later, Guatemala were unable to even get a point against Cuba, falling down 1-0 by halftime after Jaime Colome scored a penalty. Marco Pappa volleyed in an equalizer in the 80th minute, replenishing the confidence for the team but Urgelles was able to bring Cuba back on top in the 90th minute, complicating the hopes of Guatemala in qualifying for the World Cup with one game to spare. Meanwhile, the Trinidadians defeated the United States 2-1 at home, putting them in second place. Maradiaga was fired soon right after and Benjamin Monterroso, a less ambitious coach was appointed, focusing on the upcoming edition of the Copa Uncaf the following January. A 2-0 away loss against the US confirmed the elimination of the national team, having finished in third place with 5 points, thus missing out on the final round. In the Uncaf nations cup, Monterroso wanted to introduce more younger players into the starting line up such as Minor Lopez, Ricardo Jerez and Wilson Lalin but everything backfired after losing both group stage matches against Costa Rica and Panama as well as losing astonishingly 2-0 to an inferior Nicaragua team in the play off match for the final berth to attend the next Gold Cup; Minor Lopez was the lone goal scorer for Los Bicolores. As a result, the national team were inactive for the next two years and Benjamin Monterroso shamefully stepped down after two months in charge.
On May 2010, Uruguayan born Paraguayan Ever Hugo Almeida was appointed as the next coach for Guatemala. At the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, formerly known as the "UNCAF Nations Cup", Guatemala finished in fifth place, losing to Costa Rica 2-0 and Honduras 3-1. In the fifth place match, they defeated Nicaragua 2-1 to qualify to the 2011 Gold Cup.
At the 2011 Gold Cup, Guatemala drew against Honduras 0-0 despite being reduced to nine men. In the next match, they suffer a loss against a physically superior Jamaica 2-0 but managed to redeem themselves after having won against Grenada 4-0 goals from Jose Javier Del Águila, Marco Pappa, Carlos Ruiz, and Carlos Gallardo. Placing among the best third place, they saw themselves advancing to the quarterfinals, where they lost against the reigning champions Mexico 2-1 although a long ball from Elias Vasquez to Carlos Ruiz gave them the lead in the first half.
For the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Guatemala opened the qualifying campaign in the second round by sweeping six wins in six games, advancing to the third round in the same group as USA, Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda. Prior to the start of the third round, three of Guatemala's key players Guillermo Ramirez, Gustavo Cabrera and Yony Flores were sent home during a practice session after teammates Carlos Ruiz and Luis Rodriguez heard of their involvement in money laundering and bribery in fixing multiple fixtures; they were subsequently banned for life in participating in any football competition abroad or domestic.
The team had a rough start in an away loss to Jamaica with Dwight Pezzarossi only managing to pull back one goal in stoppage time. In the next match, Guatemala tied at home after Clint Dempsey managed to get a goal for the US, and Marco Pappa's free kick later in the game managed to bring Guatemala one point. For the third game in a row, also at home, the team fell behind against Antigua and Barbuda. In the second half with the Antiguan goalkeeper Molvin James sent off for wasting time, Carlos Ruiz was able to score a brace making the game 2-1; an additional goal from Dwight Pezzarossi eventually ended the game 3-1. Four days later, a lone goal from Carlos Ruiz sufficed for an away win against Antigua and Barbuda in North Sound.
In the next fixture, Guatemala beat Jamaica at home 2-1. In their last game, a minimum of a draw would be enough to get Guatemala to the final stage of the qualifiers. After taking the lead 1-0 in the first five minutes thanks to Carlos Ruiz, the USA team returned the favor by scoring 3 goals to crush their hopes. Guatemala finished ten points behind the USA and Jamaica, losing out on goal difference to the Jamaicans.
In January 2013, still led by Ever Almeida, Guatemala participated in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. Consisted of mostly youngsters, Guatemala could only manage three draws in their group play (1-1 against Nicaragua, 0-0 to border rivals Belize and 1-1 against Costa Rica), losing out to Belize for direct qualification to the Gold Cup. They faced Panama in the 5th place match for the final slot in the 2013 Gold Cup in the United States but lost 3-1. Ever Almeida stepped down in favour of technical director Victor Hugo Monzón.
On Oct 28, 2016, the Guatemalan football federation was suspended indefinitely by FIFA, after the international football governing body had appointed an oversight committee to look into allegations of corruption. FIFA stated that the Guatemalan federation (FEDEFUT) had rejected the committee's mandate to run FEDEFUT's business, organize elections, and modernize its statutes, and would remain barred from international competition until FEDEFUT ratified an extension of the mandate. The football team missed their chance on qualifying on the 2017 and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments (2017 Copa Centroamericana and 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying, respectively) as they missed deadlines to have their suspension lifted.
The suspension was lifted on May 31, 2018 after FEDEFUT's normalization committee became fully operational.
The Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, also known as Coloso de la Zona 5, is a multi-use national stadium in Guatemala City, the largest in Guatemala. It was built in 1948, to host the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1950, and was renamed after long-distance runner Mateo Flores, winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon. It has a capacity of 26,000 seats.
Used mostly for football matches, the stadium has hosted the majority of the home matches of the Guatemala national football team throughout its history.
|1930||Did not enter|
|1958||Did not qualify|
|1966||Entry not accepted|
|1970||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
|1971||Did not qualify|
|1981||Did not qualify|
|1993||Did not enter|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2013||Did not qualify|
|2017||Disqualified due to FIFA Suspension|
|1993||Did not enter|
|2017||Disqualified due to FIFA Suspension|
Note: Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since the 1992 edition.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Antigua and Barbuda||7||6||0||1||21||3||+18|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||5||5||0||0||23||3||+20|
|Trinidad and Tobago||24||8||8||8||40||32||+8|
Win Draw Loss
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Nicholas Hagen||2 August 1996||4||0||CSD Municipal|
|GK||Manuel Sosa||5 April 1987||0||0||Malacateco|
|DF||Carlos Gallardo||9 April 1984||58||3||Guastatoya|
|DF||Rafael Morales||6 April 1988||21||2||Comunicaciones|
|DF||José Carlos Pinto||16 June 1993||4||0||Antigua|
|DF||Eduardo Soto||3 March 1990||4||0||Cobán Imperial|
|DF||Ángel Cabrera||10 February 1986||3||0||Cobán Imperial|
|DF||Allen Yanes||4 July 1997||3||0||New York Red Bulls II|
|DF||Manuel López||26 April 1990||2||0||Municipal|
|DF||Manuel Moreno||18 June 1992||2||0||Xelajú MC|
|MF||José Manuel Contreras||19 January 1986||69||5||Antigua|
|MF||Jorge Aparicio||21 November 1992||15||0||Guastatoya|
|MF||Luis Martínez||14 December 1991||11||2||Guastatoya|
|MF||Rodrigo Saravia||22 February 1993||10||0||Comunicaciones|
|MF||Marvin Ceballos||22 April 1992||9||1||UdeG|
|MF||Alejandro Galindo||5 March 1992||8||0||Antigua|
|MF||Jorge Vargas||26 February 1993||6||0||Comunicaciones|
|MF||John Méndez||24 June 1999||1||0||Municipal|
|FW||Edi Danilo Guerra||11 December 1987||8||1||Cobán Imperial|
|FW||Robin Betancourth||25 November 1991||7||0||Comunicaciones|
The following players have been called up during the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||José Carlos García||16 February 1993||1||0||Xelajú MC||v. Costa Rica, 22 March 2019|
|GK||Ricardo Jérez||4 February 1986||46||0||Alianza Petrolera||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|GK||Paulo Motta||29 March 1982||36||0||Municipal||v. Israel, 15 November 2018|
|GK||Iván Pacheco||23 March 1992||0||0||Cobán Imperial||v. Israel, 15 November 2018|
|GK||Nery Lobos||1||0||Aurora||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
|GK||Luis Tatuaca||6 July 1990||1||0||Cobán Imperial||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
|DF||Stefano Cincotta||28 February 1991||16||3||Guastatoya||v. Costa Rica, 22 March 2019|
|DF||Carlos Alvarado||14 February 1999||0||0||Municipal||v. Costa Rica, 22 March 2019|
|DF||Rafael González||4 March 1985||0||0||Cobán Imperial||v. Costa Rica, 22 March 2019|
|DF||Jean Márquez||6 March 1985||38||3||Comunicaciones||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|DF||Héctor Moreira||27 December 1987||9||1||Municipal||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|DF||Wilson Pineda||23 September 1993||3||1||Guastatoya||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|DF||Alexander Cifuentes||22 January 1990||0||0||Antigua||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|DF||Nicolás Samayoa||2 August 1995||1||0||Comunicaciones||v. Israel, 15 November 2018|
|DF||Elías Vásquez||18 June 1992||40||0||Sanarate||v. Ecuador, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Cristian Jiménez||26 April 1995||8||0||Antigua||v. Ecuador, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Fredy López||7 July 1992||3||0||Malacateco||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
|DF||Yeltsin Álvarez||2 November 1994||1||0||Cobán Imperial||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
|DF||Allan Ortiz||1||0||Sanarate||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
|MF||José Rosales||24 June 1993||1||0||Municipal||v. Costa Rica, 22 March 2019|
|MF||Brandon de León||30 September 1993||14||0||Municipal||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|MF||Édgar Macal||5 December 1990||4||0||Xelajú MC||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|MF||Kevin Norales||26 January 1992||3||0||Guastatoya||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|MF||Pablo Aguilar||21 February 1995||2||0||Antigua||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|MF||José Márquez||6 August 1988||1||1||Guastatoya||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|MF||Kristian Guzmán||13 August 1986||1||0||Guastatoya||v. El Salvador, 6 March 2019|
|MF||Carlos Mejía||13 November 1991||20||1||Comunicaciones||v. Israel, 15 November 2018|
|MF||Frank de León||26 December 1994||4||0||Municipal||v. Israel, 15 November 2018|
|MF||Prins López||10 October 1992||2||0||Petapa||v. Ecuador, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Kevin Ruiz||18 May 1995||1||0||Malacateco||v. Ecuador, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Benedicto Aldana||2 May 1996||1||0||Sanarate||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
|MF||Kevin Ávila||8 May 1994||1||0||Siquinalá||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
|MF||Denilson Hernández||22 November 1994||1||0||Municipal||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
|FW||Wilber Pérez||26 September 1988||8||0||Gjilani||v. Israel, 15 November 2018|
|FW||José Martínez||10 October 1997||3||0||Municipal||v. Israel, 15 November 2018|
|FW||Henry López||8 August 1992||8||0||Cobán Imperial||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
|FW||Kevin Elías||5 December 1993||1||0||Sanarate||v. Cuba, 18 August 2018|
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
|2||Guillermo Ramírez *||106||1997-2012|
|3||Gustavo Cabrera *||104||2000-2012|
|5||Juan Carlos Plata||87||1996-2010|
Players in bold text are still active with Guatemala.
* Banned from Football on suspicions of fixing match results.
|2||Juan Carlos Plata||35||1996-2006|
|6||Oscar Enrique Sánchez||19||1976-1990|
|=||Guillermo Ramírez *||16||1997-2012|
|10||Juan Manuel Funes||15||1985-2000|
Players in bold text are still active with Guatemala.
* Banned from Football on suspicions of fixing match results.
|Manuel Felipe Carrera||1943||6||4||1||1||66.7%||1943 CCCF Championship 2nd place|
|Juan Francisco Aguirre||1946||5||3||1||1||60.0%|||
| Juan Francisco Aguirre
Manuel Felipe Carrera
|José Alberto Cevasco||1948||8||3||4||1||37.5%||1948 CCCF Championship 2nd place|
|Enrique Natalio Pascal Palomini||1950||6||3||1||2||50.0%|||
|Juan Francisco Aguirre||1953|
|José Alberto Cevasco||1960-1961|
|Lorenzo Ausina Tur||1963|
|Rubén Amorín||1967||1967 CONCACAF Championship|
|Lorenzo Ausina Tur||1969|
|Néstor Valdez Moraga||1972|
|José Ernesto Romero||1979|
|Julio César Cortés||1987|
|Miguel Angel Brindisi||1992|
|Jorge Roldán||1995||1995 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place|
|Juan Ramón Verón||1996||11||6||1||4||54.6%|
|Miguel Angel Brindisi||1997-1998||23||9||11||3||39.1%||1997 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place|
| Carlos Bilardo
Eduardo Luján Manera
|Benjamín Monterroso||1999||11||4||2||5||36.4%||1999 UNCAF Nations Cup 2nd place|
|Julio César Cortés||2000-2003||33||13||12||7||39.4%||2001 UNCAF Nations Cup |
2003 UNCAF Nations Cup (Runner-up)
|Víctor Manuel Aguado||2003||7||1||2||4||14.3%|
|Hernán Darío Gómez||2006-2008||21||5||4||12||23.8%|
|Ever Hugo Almeida||2010-2013||40||16||7||17||45.8%|
|Víctor Hugo Monzón||2013||4||0||1||3||11.1%|
|Ivan Franco Sopegno||2014-2015||23||9||4||10||44.9%||2014 Copa Centroamericana (Runner-up)|