|Nickname(s)||Los Chapines |
La Furia Azul
|Association||National Football Federation of Guatemala|
|Head coach||Amarini Villatoro|
|Most caps||Carlos Ruiz (133)|
|Top scorer||Carlos Ruiz (68)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores|
|Current||127 3 (7 April 2021)|
|Highest||50 (August 2006)|
|Lowest||163 (November 1995)|
| Guatemala 9-0 Honduras |
| Guatemala 10-0 Anguilla |
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 5 September 2019)
| Costa Rica 9-1 Guatemala |
(San José, Costa Rica; 24 July 1955)
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup|
|Appearances||18 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions (1967)|
The Guatemala national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Guatemala) represents Guatemala in men's international football and is controlled by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. Founded in 1919, it has been affiliated to FIFA since 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 the 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. 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.
Guatemala created its first soccer team, made up of 22 players, on 23 August 1902. The team was split into two sides, blue and white. With time, clubs were made and eventually the Guatemalan national team, nicknamed "la Azul y Blanco" (the blue and white), was created in 1921. Guatemala had its first game on 16 September 1921, in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City, against Honduras. The game was played in Guatemala City and Guatemala beat Honduras 9-0. In the final, Guatemala were defeated 6-0 by Costa Rica.
Guatemala had success in several editions of the CCCF Championship, the precursor of the Gold Cup, by being the runners-up in 1943, 1946, and 1948. In 1958, Guatemala began participating in the qualifying rounds of the World Cup. They finished last, without a point, in a group with Costa Rica and the Netherlands Antilles.
Guatemala's performance in the World Cup qualifying rounds began to improve in the 1960s. In 1962 they drew against both Costa Rica (4-4) and Honduras (1-1). However they again finished last in their qualifying group.
Guatemala joined CONCACAF in 1961. In 1967, they again showed the progress they had made when by participating by winning the Gold Cup for the only time in their history. In that tournament, hosted by Honduras, Guatemala began with a 2-1 win against Haiti, followed by a 1-0 win over the defending champions, Mexico, a 0-0 draw against Honduras, a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago, and a 2-0 win over Nicaragua. The forward Manuel "Escopeta" Recinos was Guatemala's top scorer with four goals, including the goal against Mexico.
|4||Trinidad and Tobago||4||5||2||0||3||6||10||-4|
In 1967, Guatemala showed further progress by qualifying for the 1968 Olympic football 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 1-0 to the eventual champions, Hungary.
Before the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, many fans[who?] saw Carlos Ruiz as the main focus in providing goals for the national team along with 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 advanced to the third round by beating Suriname 4-2. There they finished second in Group B, behind Costa Rica, with 10 points each. In the fourth round they started with a 0-0 draw against Panama and a 5-1 win against Trinidad and Tobago. Then followed a 2-0 loss against the United States and Mexico and a 3-2 loss against Costa Rica, and a 2-1 win against Panama. They lost against Trinidad and Tobago 3-2, drew against the United States 0-0 and then lost to Mexico 5-2. Guatemala had 8 points with one game left, and a win alongside a Trinidad and Tobago defeat against Mexico would send them into the play-offs. They won 3-1 against Costa Rica but Trinidad and Tobago beat Mexico 2-1. They finished in fifth place, two points away from the play-off spot. Juan Carlos Plata and Martin Machón announced their retirement from International Football in 2006.
After a third-place finish at the 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup, and reaching the knockout stage in the Gold Cup of the same year, along with a couple of satisfying friendly matches including a 3-2 win against Mexico, many[who?] saw Hernán Darío Gómez 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 under-23 Argentine team, the Colombian soon departed. During 2010 World Cup qualifying, expectations of qualifying for the finals were set among the national team as Ramon Maradiaga returned as coach. They began well by advancing to the third round by defeating Saint Lucia 9-1 on aggregate.
In the third round, Guatemala began with a 1-0 home loss to the United States, with controversies surrounding the Panamanian referee Roberto Moreno, including not awarding a penalty to Guatemala in the first half 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, Los Chapines salvaged a draw in the closing minutes of the game against Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain after Carlos Gallardo deflected a free kick by Marco Pappa. On 10 September, Cuba shocked the Guatemala fans by taking the lead after Roberto Linares scored in the 25th minute, but by half-time, Carlos Ruiz had equalised, and in the second half, Ruiz scored again. Mario Rodríguez and José Manuel Contreras also scored and Guatemala won 4-1.
On 11 October, many fans gathered around the Estadio Mateo Flores for the game against Trinidad and Tobago. Despite being reduced to 10 men, the Soca Warriors were able to hold Guatemala to a 0-0 stalemate. Guatemala then lost in Cuba, falling behind 1-0 after Jaime Colome scored a penalty. Marco Pappa volleyed in an equalizer in the 80th minute, but Urgelles won the match for Cuba in the 90th minute. Meanwhile, the Trinidadians defeated the United States 2-1 at home, putting them in second place. Maradiaga was fired and Benjamin Monterroso was appointed, focusing on the Copa UNCAF the following January. A 2-0 away loss against the United States confirmed the elimination of the national team from the World Cup.
At 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 Guatemala lost both group stage matches against Costa Rica and also lost 2-0 to Nicaragua 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 Monterroso stepped down after two months in charge.
In May 2010, the Uruguayan-born Paraguayan Ever Hugo Almeida was appointed as the Guatemala's next coach. At the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, formerly known as the "UNCAF Nations Cup", Guatemala finished in fifth place, losing 2-0 to Costa Rica and 3-1 Honduras before defeating Nicaragua 2-1 to qualify for the 2011 Gold Cup.
At the Gold Cup, Guatemala drew 0-0 against Honduras despite being reduced to nine men. They lost against a physically superior Jamaica 2-0, but managed to redeem themselves by beating Grenada 4-0, with goals from José Javier del Águila, Marco Pappa, Carlos Ruiz, and Carlos Gallardo. In the quarter-finals, they lost to 2-1 the reigning champions Mexico, after Ruiz had given them the lead in the first half.
For the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Guatemala began in the second round with six wins in six games, advancing to a third round group alongside the United States, Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda. Before the third round, three key players - Guillermo Ramirez, Gustavo Cabrera and Yony Flores - were sent home during a practice session after their team-mates Ruiz and Luis Rodriguez heard of their involvement in money laundering and bribery in fixing multiple fixtures; they were subsequently banned for life.
The team began with an away loss to Jamaica, with Dwight Pezzarossi only managing to pull back one goal in stoppage time. In the next match, Guatemala drew at home against the United States, after they equalised from Marco Pappa's free kick. At home against Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala again fell behind, but after the Antiguan goalkeeper Molvin James was sent off for wasting time, Ruiz scored a brace and a goal from Pezzarossi sealed a 3-1 victory. Four days later, a goal from Ruiz sufficed for an away win against the same opponents in North Sound.
Guatemala beat Jamaica at home 2-1, leaving them needing a draw against the United States to progress to the final stage of the qualifiers. After they taking the lead in the first five minutes thanks to Ruiz, the United States scored three times, and Guatemala finished behind Jamaica on goal difference.
In January 2013, still led by Almeida, Guatemala participated in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. With a team of mainly younger players, they could only manage three draws in their group play (1-1 against Nicaragua, 0-0 against Belize and 1-1 against Costa Rica), losing out to Belize for direct qualification for the 2013 Gold Cup. They faced Panama in the fifth place match, but lost 3-1, and Almeida stepped down in favour of the 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) as they missed deadlines to have their suspension lifted.
The suspension was lifted on 31 May 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.
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
The following players were called up for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification - CONCACAF First Round matches against Cuba and British Virgin Islands on 24 & 27 March 2021.
Caps and goals updated as of 27 March 2021 after the game against Cuba.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Ricardo Jérez||4 February 1986||52||0||Alianza Petrolera|
|GK||Nicholas Hagen||2 August 1996||12||0||Sabail|
|GK||Kevin Moscoso||13 June 1993||3||0||Comunicaciones|
|DF||Moisés Hernández||5 March 1992||21||1||Antigua|
|DF||José Carlos Pinto||16 June 1993||17||0||Comunicaciones|
|DF||Wilson Pineda||23 September 1993||11||2||Guastatoya|
|DF||Allen Yanes||4 July 1997||11||0||Comunicaciones|
|DF||Stheven Robles||12 November 1995||9||1||Comunicaciones|
|DF||Gerardo Gordillo||17 August 1994||4||0||UTC|
|DF||Kervin García||7 December 1990||1||0||Antigua|
|DF||Sixto Betancourt||16 May 1992||1||0||Malacateco|
|DF||Matan Peleg||11 November 1993||0||0||Hapoel Nof HaGalil|
|DF||José Morales||3 December 1996||0||0||Municipal|
|MF||José Manuel Contreras||19 January 1986||79||5||Comunicaciones|
|MF||Rodrigo Saravia||22 February 1993||22||0||Comunicaciones|
|MF||Marvin Ceballos||22 April 1992||18||5||Guastatoya|
|MF||Luis Martínez||14 December 1991||18||4||Guastatoya|
|MF||Rudy Barrientos||1 March 1999||8||1||Municipal|
|MF||José Márquez||6 August 1988||6||1||Guastatoya|
|MF||Pablo Aguilar||21 February 1995||5||0||Comunicaciones|
|MF||Nico Rittmeyer||13 October 1993||3||1||Charleston Battery|
|MF||Óscar Santís||25 March 1999||1||0||Comunicaciones|
|FW||Robin Betancourth||25 November 1991||9||1||Cobán Imperial|
|FW||José Carlos Martínez||10 October 1997||8||1||Municipal|
|FW||Darwin Lom||14 July 1997||6||4||California United Strikers FC|
|FW||Antonio López||10 April 1997||4||0||América|
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||Manuel Sosa||5 April 1987||0||0||Malacateco||v. Puerto Rico, 22 January 2021|
|GK||Víctor Ayala||8 May 1989||0||0||Antigua||v. Puerto Rico, 22 January 2021|
|DF||Óscar Castellanos||18 January 2000||1||0||Antigua||v. Nicaragua, 24 February 2021|
|DF||Gerardo Arias||18 November 1985||10||0||Achuapa||v. Puerto Rico, 22 January 2021|
|DF||Carlos Gallardo||8 April 1984||69||4||Municipal||v. Nicaragua, 6 October 2020|
|DF||Eduardo Soto||3 March 1990||5||0||Cobán Imperial||v. Mexico, 30 September 2020|
|MF||Luis de León||14 November 1995||6||1||Municipal||v. Puerto Rico, 22 January 2021|
|MF||Jorge Vargas||26 February 1993||17||2||Guastatoya||v. Puerto Rico, 22 January 2021|
|MF||Yeltsin Álvarez||2 November 1994||5||2||Cobán Imperial||v. Puerto Rico, 22 January 2021|
|MF||Christopher Ramírez||8 January 1994||3||0||Sanarate||v. Puerto Rico, 22 January 2021|
|MF||Anderson Ortiz||7 November 2001||0||0||Guastatoya||v. Puerto Rico, 22 January 2021|
|MF||Jorge Aparicio||21 November 1992||23||0||Comunicaciones||v. Nicaragua, 6 October 2020|
|MF||Alejandro Galindo||5 March 1992||18||6||Cobán Imperial||v. Nicaragua, 6 October 2020|
|MF||Eduardo Soto||3 March 1990||5||0||Cobán Imperial||v. Nicaragua, 6 October 2020|
|MF||Marco Domínguez||25 February 1996||2||0||Antigua||v. Nicaragua, 6 October 2020|
|FW||Jairo Arreola||20 September 1985||27||1||Antigua||v. Nicaragua, 6 October 2020|
|FW||Víctor Matta||16 March 1990||0||0||Xelajú MC||v. Nicaragua, 6 October 2020|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
Players in bold text are still active with Guatemala.
|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)|
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1950||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1958||Did not qualify||3||0||0||3||4||12|
|1966||Entry not accepted||Entry not accepted|
|1970||Did not qualify||4||1||2||1||5||3|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record|
|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|
|2021||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup history|
|First Match|| Guatemala 2-1 Honduras |
(23 March 1963; San Salvador, El Salvador)
|Biggest Win|| Guatemala 6-1 Netherlands Antilles|
(29 November 1969; San José, Costa Rica)
|Biggest Defeat|| Mexico 4-0 Guatemala |
(9 July 2005; Los Angeles, United States)
|Best Result||Champions (1967)|
|Worst Result||Group stage (1991, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2015)|
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022-23||B||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First Match|| Guatemala 10-0 Anguilla |
(5 September 2019; Guatemala City, Guatemala)
|Biggest Win|| Guatemala 10-0 Anguilla |
(5 September 2019; Guatemala City, Guatemala)
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|1993||Did not enter|
|2017||Disqualified due to FIFA Suspension|
|CCCF Championship record|
|1941||Did not enter|
|1951||Did not enter|
|1957||Did not enter|
|Olympic Games record|
|1900||Did not participate|
|1972||Did not qualify|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|1992||Did not qualify|
Note: Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.
|Pan American Games record|
|1951||Did not qualify|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not qualify|
|Total||1 Bronze medal||5/18||16||3||6||7||17||20|
Note: Football at the Pan American Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1999.
|Central American and Caribbean Games record|
|1938||Did not qualify|
|1954||Did not qualify|
|1970||Did not qualify|
|1990||Did not qualify|
|2006||Did not qualify|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2018||Disqualified due to FIFA Suspension|
|Central American Games record|
|1990||Did not participate|
|2017||Disqualified due to FIFA Suspension|
|Antigua and Barbuda||8||7||0||1||29||3||+26|
|British Virgin Islands||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||5||5||0||0||23||3||+20|
|Trinidad and Tobago||24||8||8||8||40||32||+8|