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The Guatemala national football team is the association football team representing the country of Guatemalamarker and is controlled by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. Founded in 1919, it affiliated to FIFAmarker 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. It has never qualified for a finals tournament of the World Cup.

Guatemala has won the 3rd CONCACAF Championship in 1967 and the UNCAF Nations Cup in 2001. The team's best performance in a CONCACAF Gold Cup was at the 1996 edition, where it finished fourth. Guatemala obtained the silver medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracasmarker, Venezuelamarker.

The country has not organized any major international football competitions, but it did organize the 2000 FIFA Futsal World Championship.

History

Guatemala is a country that participates in World Cup Qualifiers for the area of CONCACAF but they have fail to reach a World Cup of any category. But they have reached the final round 4 times.

The first soccer team in Guatemala was founded in 1902 called "los azules y blancos (the blue and white).

After a while more teams were founded and the national team began to play in 1921, they played their first game against Honduras and Guatemala won 10-1.

Guatemala did not played very well in their first few years, but they started to show some progress as the years went on, but they can not be compared to countries like USAmarker or Mexicomarker.

Guatemala started the dream of going to a World Cup in 1958.

In 1967, they showed they had made some major progress by classifying to the Olympic Games of Mexico 68. While in the Olympic games they won 1:0 to Checoslovaquia, also winning 4:1 to Thailand, and losing to Bulgaria 2:1. They went on the next round where they lost to future champion Hungary 1:0. By the end of the Olympics they were the 6th best team in the world.

After that performance, they began to have more important victories added to their resume. They have the Copa UNCAF one time, while the other times they have finished either second or third, which meant they sealed their ticket to the Gold Cup except in 1993, where they did not participate in the UNCAF tournament.

In the World Cup Qualifiers to Germany 2006, they went all the way to the last round, where they beat Surinam 4:2 in the second round, and then finished in second place behind Costa Rica in group B, while the other two teams were Honduras and Canada. In the third round they had wins against Canada, Costa Rica and then tied against Honduras and then lost to Costa Rican and then won 1:0 to Honduras, which was when they seal their pass to the last round and last lost to Canada.

In the last round, they failed to at least reach 4th place, they failed to get good results both away and at home and they did not see themselves go to the FIFA World Cup.

They tried to classify to South Africa 2010, but due to bad results both at home and away, they failed to reach a World Cup again.

One of the most talented players in Guatemala history is Carlos "El Pescadito" Ruiz, who plays for Puebla in Mexico. Another star is Willie "El Cometa" Sims, who plays in the Major League Soccer or MLS. Also Jose Manuel Contreras, who does not play for a soccer team at the moment. Also Carlos Fernando Figueroa who plays for Olimpia in Paraguay, and last but not least Marco Pablo Pappa who plays for the Chicago Fire. Another outstading players are Freddy Thompson, Guillermo "El Pando" Ramírez, Freddy Garcia, Gonzalo Romero, Abner "El Vampiro" Trigueros.

Competitive Record

World Cup record

Year Round
1930 Did not enter
1934 Did not enter
1938 Did not enter
1950 Did not enter
1954 Did not enter
1958 Did not qualify
1962 Did not qualify
1966 Did not enter
1970 Did not qualify
1974 Did not qualify
1978 Did not qualify
1982 Did not qualify
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
Total 0/18


CONCACAF Championships record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1963 Round 1 4 1 2 1 7 6
1965 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 11 5
1967 Champions 5 4 1 0 7 1
1969 Runner-up 5 3 2 0 10 2
1971 Did Not Qualify
1973 Fifth Place 5 0 3 2 4 6
1977 Fifth Place 5 1 1 3 8 10
1981 Did Not Qualify
1985 Round 1 4 2 1 1 7 3
1989 Fourth Place 6 1 1 4 4 7
1991 Round 1 3 1 0 2 1 5
1993 Did Not Enter
1996 Fourth Place 4 1 0 3 3 5
1998 Round 1 3 0 2 1 3 4
2000 Round 1 2 0 1 1 3 5
2002 Round 1 2 0 0 2 1 4
2003 Round 1 2 0 1 1 1 3
2005 Round 1 3 0 1 2 4 9
2007 Quarter Finals 4 1 1 2 2 5
2009 Did Not Qualify
Total 1 Title 62 18 18 26 76 80


UNCAF Nations Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1991 Third Place 3 0 2 1 0 1
1993 Did Not Enter
1995 Runner-up 4 2 0 2 2 5
1997 Runner-up 5 3 2 0 10 3
1999 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 5 2
2001 Champions 5 2 3 0 9 5
2003 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 10 4
2005 Third Place 5 3 1 1 10 5
2007 Third Place 5 3 1 1 3 2
2009 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 6
Total 1 Title 40 19 11 10 50 33


Olympic record

  • 1896 to 1924 - Did not enter
  • 1928 to 1964 - Did not qualify
  • 1968 - Quarter finals - 6th place
  • 1972 - Did not qualify
  • 1976 - Round 1
  • 1980 - Did not qualify
  • 1984 - Did not qualify
  • 1988 - Round 1
  • 1992 to 2008 - Did not qualify


Current team status

Guatemala has been eliminated from participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Recent games

Last 3 Games

Category Home Team Result Away Team Date Venue Scorers
Friendly Guatemala 0–3 June 30, 2009 Oxnardmarker
Friendly 0–0 Guatemala June 28, 2009 Qualcomm Stadiummarker
Friendly 1–2 Guatemala February 11, 2009 Estadio Monumental de Maturínmarker


Forthcoming Games

Current squad

Squad for UNCAF Cup in January 2009.Caps by July 18th, 2009.







Recent Call Ups







Player history

* denotes a player still playing or available for selection.

Most capped players

Taken From: http://www.guatefutbol.com/content/view/3922/110/

Top goalscorers



Managers (1955–present)



See also



References

External links



Titles

#
Name
Career
Caps
1
Victor Hugo Monzon
1979-1992
103
2
Guillermo Ramírez*
1997-present
91
3
Juan Carlos Plata
1996-2006
86
4
Carlos Ruiz*
1998-present
83
5
Allan Wellmann
?-1989
82
Julio Girón
1992-2006
82
6
Edgar Estrada
1995-2003
80
Gustavo Cabrera*
2001-present
80
8
Fredy Thompson*
2001-present
78
9
Victor Hugo Monzón
1979-1992
75
10
Julio Gómez
74
11
Gonzalo Romero*
2000-present
73
12
Erick Miranda
1991-2001
69
Fredy García*
2000-present
69
14
Juan Manuel Funes
1985-2000
66
#
Name
Career
Goals
1
Carlos Ruiz*
1998-present
41
2
Juan Carlos Plata
1996-2006
35
3
Carlos Toledo
25
4
Mario Camposeco
1943-1951
23
5
Fredy García*
2000-present
20
6
Óscar Sánchez
19
7
Edwin Westphal
1985-1998
16
8
Juan Manuel Funes
1985-2000
16
9
Hugo Peña
1960-1969
13
10
Byron Pérez
?-1992
11
Dwight Pezzarossi*
2000-present
11
Guillermo Ramírez*
1997-present
11
Name
Period
Matches
Wins
Draws
Losses
Winning %
Honours
Alfredo Cuevas
1955–1957
José Alberto Cevasco
1960–1961
Afro Geronazzo
1961
César Viccino
1965
Rubén Amorín
1967
Winner of the 1967 NORCECA Championship
César Viccino
1968–1969
Lorenzo Ausina Tur
1969
Carmelo Faraone
1971
Afro Geronazzo
1971–1972
Rubén Amorín
1972
Néstor Valdez Moraga
1972
Rubén Amorín
1976
Carlos Cavagnaro
1976
Carlos Wellman
1976
José Ernesto Romero
1979
Rubén Amorín
1980
Carlos Cavagnaro
1983
Dragoslav Šekularac
1984–1985
Julio César Cortés
1987
Jorge Roldán
1988
Rubén Amorín
1989–1990
Haroldo Cordón
1991
Miguel Angel Brindisi
1992
Jorge Roldán
1995
Runner up of the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup
Juan Ramón Verón
1996
11
6
1
4
54.6%
Horacio Cordero
1996
9
5
0
4
55.6%
Miguel Angel Brindisi
1997–1998
23
9
11
3
39.1%
Runner up of the 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
Carlos Bilardo

Eduardo Luján Manera
1998
8
2
3
3
25.0%
Benjamín Monterroso
1999
11
4
2
5
36.4%
Runner up of the 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
Carlos Miloc
2000
5
0
3
2
0.0%
Julio César Cortés
2000–2003
Winner of the 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup

Runner up of the 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup
Víctor Manuel Aguado
2003
Ramón Maradiaga
2004–2005
42
17
9
16
40.5%
Hernán Darío Gómez
2006–2008
21
5
4
12
23.8%
Ramón Maradiaga
2008
5
2
1
2
50.0%
Benjamín Monterroso
2008–2009
5
1
0
4
20.0%

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