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El Salvador
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Selecta
La Azul
La Selección Cuscatleca
Los Cuscatlecos
Association Federación Salvadoreña
de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF
(North America)
Head coach José Luis Rugamas (Interim coach)
Captain Ramón Sánchez
Most caps Luis Guevara Mora (89)
Top scorer Jorge "Mágico" González (41)
Home stadium Estadio Cuscatlán
FIFA code SLV
FIFA ranking 72
Highest FIFA ranking 50 (December 1992)
Lowest FIFA ranking 169 (November 2006)
Elo ranking 85
Home colours
Away colours
First international
El Salvador El Salvador 0–3 Costa Rica Costa Rica
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; Sept 14, 1921)
Biggest win
El Salvador El Salvador 12–0 Anguilla Anguilla
(San Salvador, El Salvador; February 6, 2008)
Biggest defeat
Hungary Hungary 10–1 El Salvador El Salvador
(Elche, Spain; June 15, 1982)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1970)
Best result Round 1, 1970, 1982
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1996)
Best result Quarterfinals, 2002, 2003

The El Salvador national football team is the national team of El Salvador and is controlled by the Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol. [1] The team have qualified twice to the FIFA World Cup; firstly in 1970 and then in 1982. [2] [3]

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History

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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.

Best 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 13 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 City on June 3. [4] 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. [5] El Salvador were demoralised as a result, and Mexico subsequently won the game 4-0 with ease in Mexico City. [6] 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. [7]

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 Elche, they were defeated 10-1 by Hungary, a scoreline that stands as a World Cup record to this day. [8] 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. [9]

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 Alicante on June 23. [10] [11]

Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
France 1938 Withdrew - - - - - -
Brazil 1950 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
England 1966 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
Mexico 1970 Round 1 3 0 0 3 0 9
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 13
Mexico 1986 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
France 1998 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
Brazil 2014 - - - - - -
Total 2/19 6 0 0 6 1 22

Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2001 Did not qualify - - - - - -
France 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Germany 2005 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Brazil 2013 - - - - - -
Total 0/8 - - - - - -

CONCACAF Championships record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
El Salvador 1963 Second Place 7 3 3 1 17 7
Guatemala 1965 Fourth Place 5 2 1 2 7 9
Honduras 1967 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
Costa Rica 1969 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Withdrew** - - - - - -
Haiti 1973 First Round* 2 0 0 2 0 2
Mexico 1977 Third Place* 11 4 4 3 18 16
Honduras 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
United States 1991 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
United StatesMexico 1993 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
United States 1996 First Round 2 1 0 1 3 4
United States 1998 First Round 3 0 1 2 0 6
United States 2000 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
United States 2002 Quarter-Finals 3 1 0 2 1 5
United StatesMexico 2003 Quarter-Finals 3 1 0 2 7 3
United States 2005 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
United States 2007 First Round 3 1 0 2 2 6
United States 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
Costa Rica 1991 Fourth Place 3 0 1 2 2 9
Honduras 1993 Fourth Place 3 0 1 2 1 5
El Salvador 1995 Third Place 4 2 0 2 5 5
Guatemala 1997 Third Place 5 3 1 1 5 5
Costa Rica 1999 Fourth Place 5 1 1 3 3 9
Honduras 2001 Third Place 6 2 4 0 8 4
Panama 2003 Third Place 5 3 0 2 6 4
Guatemala 2005 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 3
El Salvador 2007 Fourth Place 5 2 1 2 4 5
Honduras 2009 Fourth Place 5 1 1 3 5 6
Costa Rica 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
  • 2000 - Did not enter
  • 2004 to 2008 - Did not qualify

Central American and Caribbean Games

Players

Current squad

The following players were selected for the friendly match against Guatemala on March 3, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Miguel Montes February 12, 1980 (1980-02-12) (age 30) 36 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
GK Dagoberto Portillo November 16, 1979 (1979-11-16) (age 30) 2 0 El Salvador FAS
DF Alfredo Pacheco December 1, 1982 (1982-12-01) (age 27) 72 6 Mexico Deportivo Toluca F.C.
DF Marvin González April 17, 1982 (1982-04-17) (age 27) 69 1 Argentina Estudiantes de La Plata
DF Manuel Salazar January 23, 1986 (1986-01-23) (age 24) 46 0 England Manchester United F.C.
DF Alexander Escobar April 4, 1984 (1984-04-04) (age 25) 34 0 France FC Lorient
DF Deris Umanzor January 7, 1980 (1980-01-07) (age 30) 33 1 Germany FC Bayern Munich
MF Ramón Sánchez May 25, 1982 (1982-05-25) (age 27) 59 2 United States San Jose Earthquakes
MF Dennis Alas January 10, 1985 (1985-01-10) (age 25) 46 2 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht
MF Eliseo Quintanilla February 5, 1983 (1983-02-05) (age 27) 45 13 Mexico Correcaminos UAT
MF Osael Romero April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18) (age 23) 39 8 United States Chivas USA
MF Cristian Castillo July 27, 1984 (1984-07-27) (age 25) 33 3 United States DC United
MF Shawn Martin February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15) (age 23) 25 4 El Salvador Águila
MF Julio Martínez July 8, 1985 (1985-07-08) (age 24) 11 2 United States Chicago Fire
MF Juan Moscoso May 6, 1982 (1982-05-06) (age 27) 7 1 United States Toronto FC
MF Arturo Alvarez June 28, 1985 (1985-06-28) (age 24) 7 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes
MF Josué Flores May 13, 1988 (1988-05-13) (age 21) 2 0 Italy Juventus F.C.
MF Edgar Alvarez September 14, 1986 (1986-09-14) (age 23) 0 0 United States San Jacinto College
FW Rudis Corrales November 6, 1979 (1979-11-06) (age 30) 69 16 England Liverpool F.C.
FW Andrés Flores August 31, 1990 (1990-08-31) (age 19) 2 0 England Wigan Athletic F.C.

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 November 8, 1980 (1980-11-08) (age 29) El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo 61 0 v.  Costa Rica; April 4, 2009
Luís Castro May 19, 1981 (1981-05-19) (age 28) El Salvador FAS 1 0 v.  Honduras; June 10, 2009
Benji Villalobos July 15, 1988 (1988-07-15) (age 21) El Salvador Águila 0 0 v.  Trinidad and Tobago; August 12, 2009
Defenders
Víctor Turcios April 13, 1988 (1988-04-13) (age 21) Mexico Puebla F.C. 6 0 v.  Colombia; August 7, 2009
Reynaldo Hernández September 11, 1984 (1984-09-11) (age 25) El Salvador Vista Hermosa 1 0 v.  Colombia; August 7, 2009
Luis Hernández February 9, 1985 (1985-02-09) (age 25) Portugal S.L. Benfica 20 0 v.  Honduras; October 14, 2009
José Henríquez May 24, 1987 (1987-05-24) (age 22) El Salvador FAS 20 0 v.  United States; February 24, 2010
Ramón Flores August 21, 1982 (1982-08-21) (age 27) Italy A.S. Roma 14 0 v.  United States; February 24, 2010
Midfielders
William Torres October 27, 1976 (1976-10-27) (age 33) El Salvador Águila 30 2 v.  Canada; July 7, 2009
Óscar Jiménez April 18, 1979 (1979-04-18) (age 30) El Salvador Isidro Metapán 24 0 v.  Colombia; August 7, 2009
Carlos Monteagudo April 29, 1985 (1985-04-29) (age 24) El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo 9 1 v.  Colombia; August 7, 2009
Salvador Coreas September 29, 1984 (1984-09-29) (age 25) Mexico San Luis F.C. 35 0 v.  Mexico; October 10, 2009
Forwards
Carlos Ayala December 23, 1982 (1982-12-23) (age 27) El Salvador Alianza 5 1 v.  United States; March 28, 2009
Herber Barrera April 28, 1987 (1987-04-28) (age 22) El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo 1 0 v.  Canada; July 7, 2009
Léster Blanco January 17, 1989 (1989-01-17) (age 21) Austria FC Red Bull Salzburg 2 0 v.  Colombia; August 7, 2009
Rodolfo Zelaya July 3, 1988 (1988-07-03) (age 21) Spain Atlético Madrid 22 4 v.  Costa Rica; September 9, 2009
Williams Reyes October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30) (age 33) Mexico Chiapas 18 0 v.  Honduras; October 14, 2009

Previous Squads

FIFA World Cup squads

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
Rudis Corrales 1999– 16

Note: Players in bold text are still active with El Salvador.

Top ten appearances

# Name Career Appearances
1 Luis Guevara Mora 1979–1996 89
2 Guillermo Rivera 1988–2002 74
3 Alfredo Pacheco 2002– 72
4 Rudis Corrales 1999– 69
Marvin González 2002– 69
5 Mauricio Cienfuegos 1987–2003 68
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

Note: Players in bold text are still active with El Salvador.

Current staff

Head Coach El Salvador José Luis Rugamas (interim)
Assistant Coach El Salvador Guillermo Rivera
2nd Assistant Coach El Salvador TBA
GK Coach El Salvador Carlos Felipe Can`adas
Physical Coordinator Argentina Esteban Copia
Medical Trainer El Salvador Francisco Amaya Cruz
Massage Therapist El Salvador José Luis Rodríguez
Trainer El Salvador Rodrigo Antonio

Manager history

 
Name Years
United States Marck Scott Thompson 1930–1935
Spain Pablo Ferre Elías 1935–1938
Argentina Maximo Garay 1940–1941
Slade 1941–1943
El Salvador Amaricano Gonzalez 1943–1948
Argentina Rodolfo Orlandini 1949–1951
El Salvador Marcelo Estrada 1953
El Salvador Carbilio Tomasino 1954–1959
El Salvador Milo Guardado 1959–1960
El Salvador Conrado Miranda 1961
Uruguay Luis Comitante 1962–1963
Chile Hernán Vivanco 1965–1967
El Salvador Rigoberto Guzmán 1968
Argentina Gregorio Bundio 1968–1970
Chile Hernán Vivanco 1970
El Salvador Conrado Miranda 1971
Argentina Hector D'Angelo 1972
Brazil Jorge Tupinambá 1973
 
Name Years
El Salvador Pipo Rodríguez 1973–1974
El Salvador Conrado Miranda 1975
El Salvador Marcelo Estrada 1975–1976
El Salvador Raúl Magaña 1976
Brazil Aurelio Pinto Beltrao 1976
Uruguay Porta 1977
El Salvador Julio Contreras Cardona 1977
El Salvador Ricardo Tomasino 1978
El Salvador Raúl Magaña 1979
El Salvador Pipo Rodríguez 1979–1982
El Salvador Armando Contreras 1983
El Salvador Raúl Magaña 1984
Argentina Juan Quarterone 1984–1985
El Salvador Paulo Roberto Cabrera 1986
El Salvador Raúl Magaña 1987
Yugoslavia Milovan Đorić 1988
Yugoslavia Miroslav Vukašinović 1988–1989
El Salvador Conrado Miranda 1989
 
Name Years
Yugoslavia Kiril Dojcinovski 1989
El Salvador Oscar Emigdio Benítez 1991
Uruguay Jorge Aude 1991–1992
Uruguay Aníbal Ruiz 1992
Brazil Jorge Vieira 1993–1994
Argentina José Omar Pastoriza 1995–1996
El Salvador Armando Contreras 1996–1997
Serbia Milovan Đorić 1997–1998
Yugoslavia Kiril Dojcinovski 1998
Brazil Marinho Peres 1998
El Salvador Oscar Emigdio Benítez 1999–2000
El SalvadorCarlos Recinos 2000–2002
El Salvador Juan Ramon Paredes 2002–2004
El Salvador Armando Contreras 2004
Argentina Carlos Cavagnaro 2005
El Salvador Miguel Aguilar 2005–2006
Mexico Carlos de los Cobos 2006–2009
El Salvador José Luis Rugamas 2010–

Honours

Schedule and recent results

Last five match results

Date Home Team Result Away Team Location Competition El Salvador scorers
September 9, 2009 El Salvador El Salvador
1–0
 Costa Rica Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador
WCQ
Corrales Goal 90+1'
October 10, 2009  Mexico
4–1
El Salvador El Salvador Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
WCQ
Martínez Goal 88'
October 14, 2009 El Salvador El Salvador
0–1
 Honduras Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador
WCQ
February 24, 2010  United States
2–1
El Salvador El Salvador Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
F
Corrales Goal 59'
March 3, 2010 El Salvador El Salvador
1–2
 Guatemala Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
F
Quintanilla Goal 89'

Upcoming games

None for the moment

Round 4: Hexagonal

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 10 6 2 2 19 13 +6 20
 Mexico 10 6 1 3 18 12 +6 19
 Honduras 10 5 1 4 17 11 +6 16
 Costa Rica 10 5 1 4 15 15 0 16
 El Salvador 10 2 2 6 9 15 −6 8
 Trinidad and Tobago 10 1 3 6 10 22 −12 6
  Costa Rica El Salvador Honduras Mexico Trinidad and Tobago United States
Costa Rica  1–0 2–0 0–3 4–0 3–1
El Salvador  1–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–2
Honduras  4–0 1–0 3–1 4–1 2–3
Mexico  2 –0 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–1
Trinidad and Tobago  2–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1
United States  2–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–0

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 in Mexico's home turf.[citation needed]

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.

See also

External links

Preceded by
1941 Costa Rica 
CCCF Champions
1943 (First title)
Succeeded by
1946 Costa Rica 
Preceded by
1950 Curaçao Curaçao
Central American and Caribbean Games Champions
1954 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1959 Mexico 
Preceded by
1998 Venezuela 
Central American and Caribbean Games Champions
2002 (Third title)
Succeeded by
2006 Colombia 

For current information on this topic, see El Salvador national football team season 2010.
El Salvador
File:FESFUT
Nickname(s) La Selecta
La Selección Cuscatleca
Los Cuscatlecos
Association Federación Salvadoreña
de Fútbol (FESFUT)
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach José Luis Rugamas
(Interim Manager)
Captain Ramón Sánchez
Most caps Luis Guevara Mora (89)
Top scorer Jorge "Mágico" González (41)
Home stadium Estadio Cuscatlán
FIFA code SLV
FIFA ranking 110
Highest FIFA ranking 50 (December 1992)
Lowest FIFA ranking 169 (November 2006)
Elo ranking 91
Home colours
Away colours
First international
El Salvador 0–7 Costa Rica
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; Sept 14, 1921)
Biggest win
El Salvador 12–0 Anguilla
(San Salvador, El Salvador; February 6, 2008)
Biggest defeat
File:Flag of Hungary (1957-1989).svg Hungary 10–1 El Salvador
(Elche, Spain; June 15, 1982)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1970)
Best result Round 1: 1970, 1982
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1996)
Best result Quarterfinals: 2002, 2003

The El Salvador national football team represents El Salvador in international association football and is controlled by the FESFUT.[1]

El Salvador have made two FIFA World Cup appearances, first in 1970 followed by the 1982 edition. They were the 1943 CCCF champions, and second-placed in the 1941 and 1961 editions. They have competed in the CONCACAF Gold Cup twelve times, finishing as runners-up in 1963 and 1981. La Selecta also competes in the biennial UNCAF Nations Cup, the Pan American Games, the Olympics, and have achieved two gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games. Jorge "Mágico" González remains as the top-scorer with 41 goals, while Luis Guevara Mora has the record of being the most capped Salvadoran player with 89 appearances. From 1976, it's home stadium has been the Estadio Cuscatlan. [2] Since 2008, the national team have a kit sponsorship contract with England based supplier, Mitre. [3]

Contents

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 of what is now known as "La Selecta". 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. [4]

El Salvador lost their game 7-0 to eventual winners Costa Rica. Despite the loss, this tournament is seen as the starting point for the El Salvador national team.

Best 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 City on June 3. [5] 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. [6] El Salvador were demoralised as a result, and Mexico subsequently won the game 4-0 with ease in Mexico City. [7] 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. [8]

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 Elche, they were defeated 10-1 by Hungary, a scoreline that stands as a World Cup record to this day. [9] 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. [10]

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 Alicante on June 23. [11] [12]

Decline of 2004 to 2006

From April 2004 to November 2006 El Salvador amassed a record of no wins, two draws, and 10 losses.[1] As a consequence, the team fell in the FIFA World Rankings from 81st in March 2003 to 167th in October 2006.

2010 Suspension of the Salvadoran Football Association

On 11 May 2010, The FIFA Emergency Committee suspended the Salvadoran Football Association (FESFUT) on account of government interference. This decision by FIFA was based on the fact that the statutes ratified by the FESFUT general assembly in August 2009 had not been formally entered in the country’s official register, and that the government had failed to acknowledge the authority of the Normalisation Committee set up to represent FESFUT. [13]

Consequently, FIFA considered that it was not possible for FESFUT to organise the elective general assembly in line with the action plan that had been drawn up and suspended FESFUT. For the suspension to be lifted, Salvadoran authorities needed to recognize the legitimacy of the Normalisation Committee.[14]

On May 28, the suspension was lifted. By FIFA lifting the suspension, El Salvador was allowed to participate in international tournaments for both club and national levels. El Salvador's under 21 team qualified for the CAC tournament in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, however, CONCACAF made a decision to suspend football at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games shortly after. Metapan and FAS participated in the CONCACAF Champions League. The Salvadoran referees selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup were able to participate in the world cup. El Salvador will also be able to participate in the qualifying stages for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Under-23 Olympics. [15]

Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1930 to 1934Did not enter
1938Withdrew
1950 to 1966Did not qualify
1970Round 1300309
1974 to 1978Did not qualify
1982Round 13003113
1986 to 2010Did not qualify
Total2/196006122

CONCACAF Championships record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1963Runner-Up7331177
1965Fourth Place521279
1967 to 1969Did not enter
1971Withdrew
Template:Country data Haiti 1973Did not qualify
1977Third Place521289
Template:Country data Honduras 1981Runner-Up522121
1985Round 1421172
1989Fifth Place602428
1991 to 1993Did not qualify
1996Round 1210134
1998Round 1301206
2000Did not qualify
2002Quarter-finals310215
2003Quarter-finals310273
2005Did not qualify
2007Round 1310226
2009Round 1310223
Total12/20491611225863

UNCAF Nations Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1991Fourth Place301229
Template:Country data Honduras 1993Fourth Place301215
1995Third Place420255
1997Third Place531155
1999Fourth Place511339
Template:Country data Honduras 2001Third Place624084
2003Third Place530264
2005Group Stage200213
2007Fourth Place521245
Template:Country data Honduras 2009Fourth Place511356
Total10/10431410194055

Pan American Games record

CCCF Championship record

  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Honduras 1955 - Fourth Place
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Curaçao 1957 - Did not enter

Olympic Games record

  • 1896 to 1964 - Did not enter
  • 1968 - Round 1
  • 1972 to 1996 - Did not qualify
  • 2000 - Did not enter
  • 2004 to 2008 - Did not qualify

Central American and Caribbean Games

Home Stadium

File:Estadio
Arial view of the Estadio Cuscatlán, El Salvador's national stadium

During El Salvador's early run of existance, the team's national stadium was alternated by the Estadio Nacional de la Flor Blanca (now known as Estadio Jorge "Mágico" González) in San Salvador, El Salvador. It was constructed 1932 by Maximiliano Hernández Martínez for the 1935 Central American and Caribbean Games. Its creation was made possible by EDESSA (Estadios Deportivos de El Salvador) who in 1969 first proposed the idea of a new national stadium. [16]

The construction of the new national stadium the Estadio Cuscatlán began on March 24, 1971, with then-president of El Salvador General Fidel Sánchez Hernández laying the first stone. After 5 years of building, the stadium was opened and held its very first game on July 24, 1976. This day saw German Bundesliga champions Borussia Mönchengladbach play the El Salvador national team, with the match ending 2-0 to the German side. Since that match, El Salvador has used the stadium for almost every major home game.[17]

It is located in San Salvador, El Salvador with a undefinitive capacity of 45,925, is the largest football venue not only in Central America, but the Caribbean as well. In addition to being the largest, Estadio Cuscatlán is often referred to as the most modern stadium in the region also since it has gone into 2 renovations, one in 2001 and the other in 2007. It was announced on November 16, 2007 that Estadio Cuscatlán would become the first football stadium in Central America and Caribbean to have a large LED screen where the supporters can view the action. The screen is 40 meters in height and width and was completed in March, 2008. [18]

Kit

El Salvador and Mitre had announced a new partnership that will see them supply the Central America national football team with home and away kits, training, and bench wear until August 2010. Mitre, and their Panamanian partner, The Harari Group, have designed the kit that El Salvador will use. The kit was showcased by the team on Wednesday, February 11 as they started their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign against Trinidad & Tobago in the CONCACAF (Central-American Football Union) Hexagonal Cup. [19] The contract was renewed on August of this year.

Players

Current squad

The following 20 man squad was named for the friendly match against Costa Rica for October 12, 2010. [20] Caps and goals correct as of October 12, 2010.

# Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Henry Hernández January 4, 1985 (1985-01-04) (age 26) 4 0 Atlético Balboa
GK Diego Cuéllar August 10, 1990 (1990-08-10) (age 20) 0 0 Atlético Marte
DF Marvin González April 17, 1982 (1982-04-17) (age 28) 72 1 Águila
DF Manuel Salazar January 23, 1986 (1986-01-23) (age 25) 50 0 FAS
DF Mardoqueo Henríquez May 24, 1987 (1987-05-24) (age 23) 24 0 FAS
DF Víctor Turcios April 13, 1988 (1988-04-13) (age 22) 10 0 Luis Ángel Firpo
DF Reynaldo Hernández November 11, 1984 (1984-11-11) (age 26) 3 0 Vista Hermosa
DF Xavier García June 26, 1990 (1990-06-26) (age 20) 1 0 Luis Ángel Firpo
MF Ramón Sánchez (captain) May 25, 1982 (1982-05-25) (age 28) 63 2 Águila
MF Dennis Alas January 10, 1985 (1985-01-10) (age 26) 50 2 Luis Ángel Firpo
MF Osael Romero April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18) (age 24) 43 8 Chivas USA
MF Shawn Martin February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15) (age 23) 28 4 Águila
MF Juan Moscoso May 6, 1982 (1982-05-06) (age 28) 9 1 FAS
MF Jaime Alas July 30, 1989 (1989-07-30) (age 21) 2 0 Luis Ángel Firpo
MF Edwin Sanchez February 21, 1990 (1990-02-21) (age 20) 2 0 UES
MF Herbert Sosa January 11, 1990 (1990-01-11) (age 21) 2 0 Alianza
MF Alexander Mendoza June 4, 1990 (1990-06-04) (age 20) 0 0 UES
FW Andrés Flores August 31, 1990 (1990-08-31) (age 20) 6 0 Isidro Metapan
FW Léster Blanco January 17, 1989 (1989-01-17) (age 22) 4 0 Isidro Metapán
FW Rafael Burgos June 3, 1988 (1988-06-03) (age 22) 2 1 UES

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
Miguel Montes February 12, 1980 (1980-02-12) (age 30) Águila 36 0 v.  Guatemala; March 3, 2010
Javier Gómez August 4, 1987 (1987-08-04) (age 23) Atlético Marte 0 0 v. DC United June 19, 2010
Benji Villalobos July 15, 1988 (1988-07-15) (age 22) Águila 1 0 v.  Guatemala; September 7, 2010
Dagoberto Portillo November 16, 1979 (1979-11-16) (age 31) Once Municipal 4 0 v.  Panama; October 8, 2010
Defenders
Ramón Flores August 21, 1982 (1982-08-21) (age 28) Once Municipal 14 0 v.  United States; February 24, 2010
Alfredo Pacheco December 1, 1982 (1982-12-01) (age 28) Águila 72 6 v.  Guatemala; March 3, 2010
Alexander Escobar April 4, 1984 (1984-04-04) (age 26) Isidro Metapán 34 0 v. DC United Preliminary squad; May 28, 2010
Luis Hernández February 9, 1985 (1985-02-09) (age 25) Águila 20 0 v. DC United Preliminary squad; May 28, 2010
Milton Molina February 2, 1989 (1989-02-02) (age 21) Isidro Metapán 0 0 v. DC United June 19, 2010
Deris Umanzor January 7, 1980 (1980-01-07) (age 31) Chicago Fire 35 1 v.  Panama; October 3, 2010 (unable to participate)
Carlos Arevalo March 23, 1988 (1988-03-23) (age 22) Alianza 0 0 v.  Panama; October 8, 2010
Midfielders
Edgar Alvarez September 14, 1986 (1986-09-14) (age 24) Incarnate Word 0 0 v.  Guatemala; March 3, 2010
Carlos Monteagudo April 29, 1985 (1985-04-29) (age 25) Luis Ángel Firpo 9 1 v. DC United June 19, 2010
Diego Chavarría February 28, 1990 (1990-02-28) (age 20) Once Municipal 0 0 v. DC United June 19, 2010
Josué Flores May 13, 1988 (1988-05-13) (age 22) Isidro Metapán 2 0 v.
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Honduras; September 4, 2010 (replaced due to injury)
Cristian Castillo July 27, 1984 (1984-07-27) (age 26) Alianza 35 3 v.  Guatemala; September 7, 2010
Julio Martínez July 8, 1985 (1985-07-08) (age 25) Alianza 12 2 v.  Guatemala; September 7, 2010
Alan Rovira February 10, 1992 (1992-02-10) (age 18) Los Angeles Galaxy Academy 0 0 v.  Guatemala; September 7, 2010
Efrain Burgos, Jr. August 14, 1988 (1988-08-14) (age 22) Cal Poly Mustangs 0 0 v.  Guatemala; September 7, 2010
Eliseo Quintanilla February 5, 1983 (1983-02-05) (age 27) Luis Ángel Firpo 47 13 v.  Panama; October 3, 2010 (unable to participate due to injury)
Arturo Alvarez June 28, 1985 (1985-06-28) (age 25) San Jose Earthquakes 8 0 v.  Panama; October 3, 2010 (unable to participate)
Henry Escobar May 25, 1990 (1990-05-25) (age 20) Luis Ángel Firpo 0 0 v.  Panama; October 3, 2010 (unable to participate due to injury)
Forwards
Williams Reyes October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30) (age 34) FAS 18 0 v.
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Honduras; October 14, 2009
Isidro Gutiérrez October 21, 1989 (1989-10-21) (age 21) Municipal Limeño 0 0 v. DC United Preliminary squad; May 28, 2010
Moisés Hernández April 23, 1985 (1985-04-23) (age 25) Vista Hermosa 0 0 v. DC United Preliminary squad; May 28, 2010
Danny Torres November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07) (age 23) Atlético Marte 0 0 v. DC United June 19, 2010
Rudis Corrales November 6, 1979 (1979-11-06) (age 31) Águila 71 16 v.  Guatemala; September 7, 2010
Rodolfo Zelaya July 3, 1988 (1988-07-03) (age 22) Alianza 24 6 v.  Costa Rica; October 10, 2010 (refused to participate)

Previous Squads

FIFA World Cup squads

Top ten Goalscorers

# Name Career Goals
1 Jorge "Mágico" González 1976–1998 41
2 Raúl Díaz Arce 1991–2000 39
3 José María Rivas 1979–1989 35
4 Norberto Huezo 1973–1987 29
5 Luis 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
Rudis Corrales 1999– 16

Note: Players in bold text are still active with El Salvador.

Top ten appearances

# Name Career Appearances
1 Luis Guevara Mora 1979–1996 89
2 Guillermo Rivera 1988–2002 74
3 Marvin González 2002– 72
Alfredo Pacheco 2002– 72
5 Rudis Corrales 1999– 71
6 Mauricio Cienfuegos 1987–2003 68
7 Ronald Cerritos 1995–2008 66
8 Jorge Rodríguez 1994–2005 65
9 Juan Francisco Barraza 1953–1969 64
10 Ramón Sánchez 2001– 63

Note: Players in bold text are still active with El Salvador.

Current staff

Head Coach José Luis Rugamas (Interim)
Assistant Coach Guillermo Rivera
2nd Assistant Coach Mauricio Alfaro
GK Coach Carlos Felipe Can`adas
Physical Coordinator Esteban Coppia
Medical Trainer José María Rivas
Massage Therapist José Luis Rodríguez
Trainer Rodrigo Antonio
Props Carlos Choto

Last updated: 11 October 2010
Source: FESFUT

Fixtures and results

Date Home Team Result Away Team Location Competition El Salvador Scorers
September 4, 2010  El Salvador
2–2 (3–4 Pso.)
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Honduras
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Friendly
Zelaya  42'  90+1'
September 7, 2010  El Salvador
0–2
 Guatemala RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Friendly
October 8, 2010  Panama
1–0
 El Salvador Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
Friendly
October 12, 2010  Costa Rica
2–1
 El Salvador Estadio Carlos Ugalde Álvarez, Ciudad Quesada
Friendly
Burgos  52'
January 14, 2011  El Salvador
 Nicaragua Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
CAC
January 16, 2011  Belize
 El Salvador Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
CAC
January 18, 2011  Panama
 El Salvador Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
CAC
Key

      Win       Draw       Loss

Key

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 2006–2009
José Luis Rugamas 2010–

Honours

Facts

  • 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 officially eliminate Mexico from a World Cup (1982).
  • First Central American team to ever score a goal in a FIFA World Cup on June 15, 1982.

Notes and references

  1. ^ FIFA.com Association page at FIFA.com. Accessed 12 April 2006.
  2. ^ Nace la passion... Coverage of the first match.
  3. ^ 1970 FIFA World Cup History Accessed 12 April 2006.
  4. ^ 1982 FIFA World Cup History Accessed 12 April 2006.
  5. ^ FIFA Match Report for Belgium-El Salvador on June 3, 1970 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  6. ^ Number 4 in the top dodgiest goals of the World Cup History Gürkan topsun olm Accessed 20 September 2007
  7. ^ FIFA Match Report for Mexico-El Salvador on June 7, 1970 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  8. ^ FIFA Match Report for Soviet Union-El Salvador on June 10, 1970 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  9. ^ Did You Know? table Stating that Hungary broke the record for most lopsided victory against El Salvador. Accessed 12 April 2006.
  10. ^ FIFA Match Report for Hungary-El Salvador on June 15, 1982 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  11. ^ FIFA Match Report for Belgium-El Salvador on June 19, 1982 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  12. ^ FIFA Match Report for Argentina-El Salvador on June 23, 1982 Accessed 12 April 2006.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ El Salvador vs Costa Rica October 12, 2010 Players Recent call-up for game against Costa Rica (Spanish)
  15. ^ El Salvador's use of mitre kits Mitre's official website regarding partnership with the El Salvador national football team.
  16. ^ Suspension of the Salvadoran Football Association Overview of the suspension on the Salvadoran Football Association. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  17. ^ FIFA lifts suspension of El Salvador Overview mentioning FIFA lifting the suspension against El Salvador. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  18. ^ EDESSA first thoughts for the construction of the Estadio Cuscatlan Assessed on 7 June 2009. (Spanish)
  19. ^ Capacity of the Estadio Cuscatlan Assessed on 23 July 2009. (Spanish)
  20. ^ Para apantallar Retrieved on 16 November 2007.

See also

References

External links

Preceded by
1941 Costa Rica 
CCCF Champions
1943 (First title)
Succeeded by
1946 Costa Rica 
Preceded by
1950 Curaçao Template:Country data Curaçao
Central American and Caribbean Games Champions
1954 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1959 Mexico 
Preceded by
1998 Venezuela 
Central American and Caribbean Games Champions
2002 (Third title)
Succeeded by
2006 Colombia 

Simple English

El Salvador
Association Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF
Coach Carlos de los Cobos
Most caps Luis Guevara Mora (89)
Top scorer Mágico González (41)
World Cup
Appearances 2
First Apps 1970
Best result Round 1 (1970, 1982)

El Salvador national football team is the national football team of El Salvador.

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Mágico González411976-1998
2José María Rivas391979-1989
2Raúl Díaz Arce391991-2000
4Norberto Huezo Montoya291973-1987
5Luis Ramírez Zapata271971-1989
6Juan Francisco Barraza231953-1969
7Miguel Americano Cruz211935-1943
8Rafael Bazooka Corado171943-1955
9Juan Ramón Martínez161967-1976
9Ever Hernández161976-1985


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