|Nickname(s)||Los Chapines (The Chapines) |
La Bicolor (The Bicolor)
La Furia Azul (The Blue Fury)
La Azul y Blanco (The Blue and White)
Los Mayas (The Mayans)
|Association||Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Luis Fernando Tena|
|Captain||José Carlos Pinto|
|Most caps||Carlos Ruiz (133)|
|Top scorer||Carlos Ruiz (68)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores|
|Current||118 2 (25 August 2022)|
|Highest||50 (August 2006)|
|Lowest||163 (November 1995)|
| Guatemala 9–0 Honduras |
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
| Guatemala 10–0 Anguilla |
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 5 September 2019)
Guatemala 10–0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 4 June 2021)
| Costa Rica 9–1 Guatemala |
(San José, Costa Rica; 24 July 1955)
|Appearances||19 (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 did not participate in the qualifying round in 1966, as FIFA refused their participation for administrative reasons.
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.
Guatemala were also the runners-up in the CONCACAF Championship in 1965 and 1969.
Main article: 1967 CONCACAF Championship
|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 Machón were expected to play huge roles as well. In the 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 the 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 Guatemalan supporters 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 youthful 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, with Marco Pappa's free kick salvaging a draw for the Guatemalans. 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 took the lead in the first five minutes thanks to Ruiz, the United States scored three unanswered goals, 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 October 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.
Main article: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores
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.
Win Draw Loss
|8 September Friendly||Guatemala||2–2||Nicaragua||Antigua, Guatemala|
||Stadium: Estadio Pensativo|
Referee: Armando Reyna (Guatemala)
|24 September Friendly||El Salvador||0–2||Guatemala||Washington D.C., United States|
||Stadium: Audi Field|
Referee: Sergio Armando Reyna Moller (Guatemala)
|24 March Friendly||Guatemala||1–0||Cuba||Antigua, Guatemala|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Pensativo|
Referee: Julio Cesar Luna (Guatemala)
|27 March Friendly||Guatemala||2–1||Haiti||Fort Lauderdale, United States|
||Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium|
Referee: Rubiel Vázquez (United States)
|24 April Friendly||El Salvador||0–4||Guatemala||San Jose, United States|
|16:30 UTC−7||Report||Stadium: PayPal Park|
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
|27 April Friendly||Mexico||0–0||Guatemala||Orlando, United States|
|20:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Camping World Stadium|
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
|2 June 2022–23 Nations League||French Guiana||2–0||Guatemala||Cayenne, French Guiana|
||Report||Stadium: Stade Municipal Dr. Edmard Lama|
Referee: Damien Rosa (Martinique)
|5 June 2022–23 Nations League||Guatemala||2–0||Belize||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|13:00 UTC−6||Report||Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores|
Referee: Diego Montaño (Mexico)
|10 June 2022–23 Nations League||Dominican Republic||1–1||Guatemala||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez|
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|13 June 2022–23 Nations League||Guatemala||2–0||Dominican Republic||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores|
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
|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)|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Ricardo Jérez||4 February 1986||60||0||Municipal|
|GK||Kenderson Navarro||25 February 2002||2||0||Mixco|
|GK||Fredy Pérez||9 December 1994||0||0||Comunicaciones|
|DF||José Ardón||20 January 2000||1||0||Antigua|
|DF||Óscar Castellanos||18 January 2000||13||0||Antigua|
|DF||Gerardo Gordillo||17 August 1994||19||3||Coquimbo Unido|
|DF||Moisés Hernández||5 March 1992||36||2||Municipal|
|DF||Cristian Jiménez||26 April 1995||14||0||Antigua|
|DF||Carlos Mejía||13 November 1991||30||5||Antigua|
|DF||José Morales||3 December 1996||12||2||Municipal|
|DF||José Carlos Pinto||16 June 1993||32||0||Comunicaciones|
|MF||Rudy Barrientos||1 March 1999||18||2||Municipal|
|MF||Alejandro Galindo||5 March 1992||28||6||Cobán Imperial|
|MF||Lynner García||7 May 2000||2||0||Comunicaciones|
|MF||Antonio López||10 April 1997||12||0||Municipal|
|MF||Stheven Robles||12 November 1995||25||2||Comunicaciones|
|MF||José Mario Rosales||24 June 1993||7||1||Municipal|
|MF||Oscar Santis||25 March 1999||16||4||Comunicaciones|
|MF||Rodrigo Saravia||22 February 1993||34||0||Plaza Colonia|
|FW||Robin Betancourth||25 November 1991||22||2||Cobán Imperial|
|FW||Andrés Lezcano||5 May 1990||7||0||Comunicaciones|
|FW||Luis Martínez||14 December 1991||28||7||Municipal|
|FW||Rubio Rubin||1 March 1996||4||2||Real Salt Lake|
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||Nicholas Hagen||2 August 1996||21||0||HamKam||v. Mexico, 27 April 2022|
|GK||Kevin Moscoso||13 June 1993||1||0||Comunicaciones||Training camp, 23–26 February 2022|
|GK||Braulio Linares||29 January 1996||0||0||Antigua||v. El Salvador, 24 September 2021|
|DF||Raúl Calderón||10 March 1993||0||0||Malacateco||Training camp, 13–16 March 2022|
|DF||Kevin Ruiz||18 May 1995||0||0||Xelajú||Training camp, 13–16 March 2022|
|DF||Nicolás Samayoa||2 August 1995||1||0||Comunicaciones||Training camp, 23–26 February 2022|
|DF||Edwin Fuentes||22 February 1991||0||0||Malacateco||Training camp, 9–12 January 2022|
|DF||Javier González||27 April 1998||0||0||Xelajú||Training camp, 9–12 January 2022|
|DF||Kervin García||7 December 1990||5||0||Iztapa||2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|DF||Manuel López||26 April 1990||0||0||Cobán Imperial||2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|MF||Jorge Aparicio||21 November 1992||31||0||Comunicaciones||v. Mexico, 27 April 2022|
|MF||Pedro Altán||4 June 1997||4||1||Municipal||v. Mexico, 27 April 2022|
|MF||Marco Domínguez||25 February 1996||11||0||Antigua||v. Haiti, 27 March 2022|
|MF||José Ochoa||3 February 2001||1||0||Malacateco||v. Cuba, 24 March 2022|
|MF||Aslinn Rodas||7 October 1992||5||0||Xelajú||Training camp, 13–16 March 2022|
|MF||Andy Ruiz||30 May 1996||3||0||Municipal||Training camp, 13–16 March 2022|
|MF||César Archila||30 July 1993||0||0||Municipal||Training camp, 13–16 March 2022|
|MF||Uzias Hernández||20 July 1997||0||0||Guastatoya||Training camp, 13–16 March 2022|
|MF||Yonathan Morán||17 October 1997||0||0||Malacateco||Training camp, 13–16 March 2022|
|MF||Anderson Ortiz||7 November 2001||0||0||Guastatoya||Training camp, 23–26 February 2022|
|MF||Christopher Ramírez||8 January 1994||3||0||Mixco||Training camp, 9–12 January 2022|
|MF||Óscar Mejía||16 January 1999||0||0||Antigua||Training camp, 9–12 January 2022|
|MF||John Méndez||24 June 1999||4||1||Municipal||v. El Salvador, 24 September 2021|
|MF||Yeltsin Álvarez||2 November 1994||5||2||Cobán Imperial||v. El Salvador, 11 July 2021|
|FW||José Carlos Martínez||10 October 1997||17||2||Municipal||v. Mexico, 27 April 2022|
|FW||Marvin Ceballos||22 April 1992||28||6||Xinabajul||v. Haiti, 27 March 2022|
|FW||William Cardoza||29 July 2002||0||0||Xelajú||Training camp, 13–16 March 2022|
|FW||Darwin Lom||14 July 1997||15||6||Xelajú||Training camp, 9–12 January 2022|
|FW||Jairo Arreola||20 September 1985||29||1||Xinabajul||2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
Players in bold are still active with Guatemala.
|5||Juan Carlos Plata||87||35||1996–2010|
|José Manuel Contreras||79||5||2006–present|
|2||Juan Carlos Plata||35||87||0.4||1996–2010|
|6||Oscar Enrique Sánchez||19||—||—||1976–1990|
|10||Juan Manuel Funes||15||66||0.23||1985–2000|
|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|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Main article: Guatemala at the CONCACAF Gold Cup
|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|
|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, 2021)
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022–23||B||D||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|
Main article: Guatemala national football team results
As of 13 June 2022 after the match against Dominican Republic.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|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||6||6||0||0||33||3||+30|
|Trinidad and Tobago||25||8||9||8||41||33||+8|