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The El Salvador national football team is the national team of El Salvadormarker and is controlled by the Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol. The team have qualified twice to the FIFA World Cup; firstly in 1970 and then in 1982.

History

The beginning of the national team

Although El Salvador played a few games in the early part of the 20th Century, it did not become a fully committed national team until 1921. This year is seen by many as being the starting point, to what we now know as "La Selecta". It was this year that many fans began to pay attention to the national football team, and many stars began to shine through the side, players such as Pablo Huezo, Carlos Escobar Leiva and Santiago Barrachina.

El Salvador's first tournament

In September 1921, Guatemala organised a football tournament comprising of itself, Honduras, Costa Rica and El Salvador. The tournament was organized in order to celebrate 100 years of Central American independence, and was played in a round-robin format, with Guatemala playing Honduras and El Salvador playing Costa Rica.

Sadly, El Salvador lost their game 3-0 to Costa Rica who would then go on to defeat Guatemala in the final. Despite the loss, this tournament is seen as the starting point for the El Salvador national team.

First win ever

Since the tournament in Guatemala in 1921, El Salvador had only played 2 other international matches, both against Honduras. El Salvador had lost the first encounter 1-0 and drawn the second 0–0.

Three games without a win came to an end on December 7, 1928, when El Salvador recorded its first ever win. A 5-0 thumping of what would later become their traditional rivals, Honduras. The game was played on on a field called Marte de San Salvador. Not only was this El Salvador's first ever win, but also the first time they had scored in an international friendly. It was also a day that few will forget, as it saw Gustavo "Taviche" Marroquin become the first ever player to score 5 goals in one game for the national team.

1970 FIFA World Cup

In the 1970 tournament, El Salvador lost their first game 3-0 to Belgium in Mexico Citymarker on June 3. On June 7, the team played its second match against the host nation. It proved to be a controversial affair: with the score still at 0–0, the Egyptian referee Hussain Kandil awarded a free-kick to the Salvadorans in their own half. It was immediately taken by Mexico, who scored a couple of seconds later. The Salvadoran players protested vigorously, to the extent of physically jostling Bermudan linesman Keith Dunstan, but the goal was allowed to stand. El Salvador were demoralised as a result, and Mexico subsequently won the game 4-0 with ease in Mexico City. On June 10, El Salvador lost their final match in the tournament 2-0 to the USSR in Mexico City, to finish bottom of Group A.

1982 FIFA World Cup

In 1982, El Salvador took a 20-man squad (two players short of the normal 22, for reasons that remain unclear), coached by Mauricio "Pipo" Rodríguez, to Spain. However, the team's experience was an unhappy one. In their first match on June 15, in Elchemarker, they were defeated 10-1 by Hungary, a scoreline that stands as a World Cup record to this day. One crumb of comfort was that Luis Baltazar Ramírez Zapata did score the country's first ever World Cup goal during the game, albeit at a point when the Salvadorans were already down 5-0.

El Salvador managed to regain some pride in their subsequent games: displaying much-improved levels of organisation and commitment, they lost 1-0 to Belgium on June 19 in Elche and 2-0 to the then reigning world champions Argentina in Alicantemarker on June 23.

Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1930 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1934 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1938 Withdrew - - - - - -
1950 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1954 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1958 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1962 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1966 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1970 Round 1 3 0 0 3 0 9
1974 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1978 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1982 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 13
1986 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1990 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1994 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1998 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
2002 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
2006 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
2010 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
2014 - - - - - -
Total 2/19 6 0 0 6 1 22


Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1995 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1997 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1999 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2001 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2005 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2009 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2013 - - - - - -
Total 0/8 - - - - - -


CONCACAF Championships record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1963 Second Place 7 3 3 1 17 7
1965 Fourth Place 5 2 1 2 7 9
1967 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1969 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
1971 Withdrew** - - - - - -
1973 First Round* 2 0 0 2 0 2
1977 Third Place* 11 4 4 3 18 16
1981 Second Place* 13 7 4 2 14 5
1985 Second Round* 6 4 1 1 15 2
1989 Fifth Place* 8 2 2 4 8 9
1991 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1993 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
1996 First Round 2 1 0 1 3 4
1998 First Round 3 0 1 2 0 6
2000 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
2002 Quarter-Finals 3 1 0 2 1 5
2003 Quarter-Finals 3 1 0 2 7 3
2005 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
2007 First Round 3 1 0 2 2 6
2009 First Round 3 1 0 2 2 3
Total 13/20 69 27 16 26 94 77


UNCAF Nations Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1991 Fourth Place 3 0 1 2 2 9
1993 Fourth Place 3 0 1 2 1 5
1995 Third Place 4 2 0 2 5 5
1997 Third Place 5 3 1 1 5 5
1999 Fourth Place 5 1 1 3 3 9
2001 Third Place 6 2 4 0 8 4
2003 Third Place 5 3 0 2 6 4
2005 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 3
2007 Fourth Place 5 2 1 2 4 5
2009 Fourth Place 5 1 1 3 5 6
2011 - - - - - -
Total 10/10 43 14 10 19 40 55
Note: *Results include games played in qualifiers.
**El Salvador withdrew from the tournament, as a result of the infamous Football War with Honduras.


CCCF Championship record



Pan American Games record

  • 1951 - Did not enter
  • 1955 - Did not enter
  • 1959 - Did not enter
  • 1963 - Did not enter
  • 1967 - Did not enter
  • 1971 - Did not enter
  • 1975 - Round 1
  • 1979 - Did not enter
  • 1983 - Did not enter
  • 1987 - Round 1
  • 1991 - Did not enter
  • 1995 - Did not enter
  • 1999 - Did not enter
  • 2003 - Did not enter
  • 2007 - Did not enter


Olympic Games record

  • 1896 to 1964 - Did not enter
  • 1968 - Round 1
  • 1927 to 1996 - Did not qualify


Central American and Caribbean Games

  • 1954 - Gold Medal
  • 2002 - Gold Medal
  • Central American Games
  • 1977 - Gold Medal


Player Statistics

Top ten Goalscorers

# Name Career Goals
1 Jorge "Mágico" González 1976–1998 41
2 Raúl Díaz Arce 1991–2000 39
José María Rivas 1979–1989 39
4 Norberto Huezo 1973–1987 29
5 Luis Baltazar Ramírez Zapata 1971–1989 27
6 Juan Francisco Barraza 1953–1969 23
7 Miguel Cruz 1935–1943 21
8 Rafael "Bazooka" Corado 1943–1955 17
9 Ever Hernández 1976–1985 16
Juan Ramón Martínez 1967–1976 16


Top ten appearances



Note: Players in bold text are still active with El Salvador.
# Name Career Appearances
1 Luis Guevara Mora 1979–1996 89
2 Guillermo Rivera 1988–2002 74
3 Alfredo Pacheco 2002– 72
4 Mauricio Cienfuegos 1987–2003 68
5 Rudis Corrales 1999– 67
Marvin González 2002– 67
7 Ronald Cerritos 1995–2008 66
8 Jorge Rodríguez 1994–2005 65
9 Juan Francisco Barraza 1953–1969 64
10 Juan José Gómez 2000–2009 61


Current squad

The following 18–man squad was selected for the World Cup Qualifying match against Honduras on October 14, 2009 at the Estadio Cuscatlanmarker.

Recent Callups

The following players have been called up to the El Salvador squad in the past 12 months.

Name DOB (Age) Club Caps Goals Most Recent Call up
Goalkeepers
Juan José Gómez Luis Ángel Firpo 61 0 v. ; April 4, 2009
Luís Castro FAS 1 0 v. ; June 10, 2009
Benji Villalobos Águila 0 0 v. ; August 12, 2009
Defenders
Ricardo Alvarado Isidro Metapán 1 0 v. ; February 1, 2009
Víctor Turcios Luis Ángel Firpo 6 0 v. ; August 7, 2009
Reynaldo Hernández Vista Hermosa 1 0 v. ; August 7, 2009
Mardoqueo Henríquez FAS 20 0 v. ; October 10, 2009
Midfielders
Edwin Miranda Miami FC 3 0 v. ; February 1, 2009
Shawn Martin Águila 24 4 v. ; February 11, 2009
William Torres Águila 30 2 v. ; July 7, 2009
Óscar Jiménez Isidro Metapán 24 0 v. ; August 7, 2009
Carlos Monteagudo Luis Ángel Firpo 9 1 v. ; August 7, 2009
Salvador Coreas Municipal Limeño 35 0 v. ; October 10, 2009
Julio Martínez León 10 2 v. ; October 10, 2009
Forwards
César Larios FAS 9 1 v. ; February 6, 2009
Carlos Ayala Alianza 5 1 v. ; March 28, 2009
Herber Barrera Luis Ángel Firpo 1 0 v. ; July 7, 2009
Léster Blanco Atlético Marte 2 0 v. ; August 7, 2009
Rodolfo Zelaya León 22 4 v. ; September 9, 2009


Personnel

Current staff

Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos
Assistant Coach Jaime Rodríguez
2nd Assistant Coach José Luis Rugamas
GK Coach Romeo Ulises Lozano
Physical Coordinator Alvaro Briones
Medical Trainer Francisco Amaya Cruz
Massage Therapist José Luis Rodríguez
Trainer Rodrigo Antonio


Squads for World Cup finals tournaments



Manager history

 
Name Years
Marck Scott Thompson 1930–1935
Pablo Ferre Elías 1935–1938
Maximo Garay 1940–1941
Slade 1941–1943
Amaricano Gonzalez 1943–1948
Rodolfo Orlandini 1949–1951
Marcelo Estrada 1953
Carbilio Tomasino 1954–1959
Milo Guardado 1959–1960
Conrado Miranda 1961
Luis Comitante 1962–1963
Hernán Vivanco 1965–1967
Rigoberto Guzmán 1968
Gregorio Bundio 1968–1970
Hernán Vivanco 1970
Conrado Miranda 1971
Hector D'Angelo 1972
Jorge Tupinambá 1973
 
Name Years
Pipo Rodríguez 1973–1974
Conrado Miranda 1975
Marcelo Estrada 1975–1976
Raúl Magaña 1976
Aurelio Pinto Beltrao 1976
Porta 1977
Julio Contreras Cardona 1977
Ricardo Tomasino 1978
Raúl Magaña 1979
Pipo Rodríguez 1979–1982
Armando Contreras 1983
Raúl Magaña 1984
Juan Quarterone 1984–1985
Paulo Roberto Cabrera 1986
Raúl Magaña 1987
Milovan Đorić 1988
Miroslav Vukašinović 1988–1989
Conrado Miranda 1989
 
Name Years
Kiril Dojcinovski 1989
Oscar Emigdio Benítez 1991
Jorge Aude 1991–1992
Aníbal Ruiz 1992
Jorge Vieira 1993–1994
José Omar Pastoriza 1995–1996
Armando Contreras 1996–1997
Milovan Đorić 1997–1998
Kiril Dojcinovski 1998
Marinho Peres 1998
Oscar Emigdio Benítez 1999–2000
Carlos Recinos 2000–2002
Juan Ramon Paredes 2002–2004
Armando Contreras 2004
Carlos Cavagnaro 2005
Miguel Aguilar 2005–2006
Carlos de los Cobos 2006–


Schedule and recent results

Last five match results

Category Home Team Result Away Team Date Venue Scorers
WCQ 1–0 El Salvador August 12, 2009 Hasely Crawford Stadiummarker, Port of Spainmarker Trinidad and Tobago: Glen 7'
WCQ 2–1 El Salvador September 5, 2009 Rio Tinto Stadiummarker, Sandymarker El Salvador: Castillo 31' United States: Dempsey 40' Altidore 45+2'
WCQ El Salvador 1–0 September 9, 2009 Estadio Cuscatlanmarker, San Salvadormarker El Salvador: Corrales 90+1'
WCQ 4–1 El Salvador October 10, 2009 Estadio Aztecamarker, Mexico Citymarker El Salvador: Martínez 88' Mexico: González 26(og)' Blanco 71' Palencia 85' Vela 90'
WCQ El Salvador 0–1 October 14, 2009 Estadio Cuscatlanmarker, San Salvadormarker Honduras: Pavón 64'


Upcoming games

None at this moment

Round 4: Hexagonal

Trivia

  • First Central American team to qualify for a FIFA World Cup (1970) and first Central American team to qualify twice (1982).
  • First Central American team to beat Mexico


Notes and references

  1. FIFA.com Association page at FIFA.com. Accessed 12 April 2006.
  2. 1970 FIFA World Cup History Accessed 12 April 2006.
  3. 1982 FIFA World Cup History Accessed 12 April 2006.
  4. FIFA Match Report for Belgium-El Salvador on June 3, 1970 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  5. Number 4 in the top dodgiest goals of the World Cup History Gürkan topsun olm Accessed 20 September 2007
  6. FIFA Match Report for Mexico-El Salvador on June 7, 1970 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  7. FIFA Match Report for Soviet Union-El Salvador on June 10, 1970 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  8. Did You Know? table Stating that Hungary broke the record for most lopsided victory against El Salvador. Accessed 12 April 2006.
  9. FIFA Match Report for Hungary-El Salvador on June 15, 1982 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  10. FIFA Match Report for Belgium-El Salvador on June 19, 1982 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  11. FIFA Match Report for Argentina-El Salvador on June 23, 1982 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  12. 1982 FIFA World Cup Preliminary History Overview which mentions that Mexico was eliminated by El Salvador and Honduras during the final qualifying stage. Accessed 21 July 2006.


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