Copa Centroamericana

The Copa Centroamericana ([ˈkopa sentɾoameɾiˈkana], Spanish for "Central American Cup") is the main association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol (UNCAF), the sport's Central American governing body. Held every two years since 1991, in the years before and after the FIFA World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UNCAF Nations Cup (Spanish: Copa de Naciones de la UNCAF), changing to the current name in 2011.

The tournament consists of two stages. In the group round of the tournament finals, the seven teams compete in two round-robin groups, one of four teams and the other of three, for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These four teams qualify for the semifinal stage of the final round, where the winners advance into the final while the losers dispute a third-place match. The fifth-place match is disputed between the third-ranked teams of the group stage. Depending on their performance in the Copa Centroamericana, teams then go on to participate in other competitions, such as the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa América.

The 14 Central American Championship tournaments have been won by four different national teams: Costa Rica are the most successful national team of the competition with eight victories. Honduras have won four titles. Guatemala and Panama have one title each. To date, Costa Rica and Honduras are the only sides in history to have won consecutive titles, with the former winning an unprecedented three titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

The final tournament was held in 2017, after which it was absorbed into the CONCACAF Nations League.

Copa Centroamericana
UNCAF Copa Centroamericana logo
The current Copa Centroamericana official logo, in use since 2011
FoundedFebruary 19, 1991
Abolished2017
RegionCentral America (UNCAF)
Number of teams7
Last champions Honduras (4th time)
Most successful team(s) Costa Rica (8 titles)

History

Due to the success of the Costa Rica national football team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the approaching 1994 FIFA World Cup to be hosted in the United States, the CONCACAF Congress in Kingston, Jamaica decided to stage a continental championship itself; the CONCACAF Gold Cup was ratified on August 18, 1990.[1] Costa Rica were given a bye into the competition due to its first place placing at the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, which also served as a qualification phase for the World Cup hosted by Italy.[1] However, due to mainly economic reasons, the United States were chosen as the venue for the continental tournament.[2]

During that same conference, the qualification format for the Central American associations were also decided on.[1] The final qualification round of the Central American zone had two bids: the United States and Costa Rica.[2] Costa Rica, now three-time CONCACAF champions and to celebrate their anniversary of the nation's World Cup performance by its team, was named by CONCACAF and UNCAF as the host country of the inaugural UNCAF Nations Cup tournament on February 19, 1991.[3]

Results

Year Host Final Third place match
Champion Score Runner-Up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1991  Costa Rica
Costa Rica
RR
Honduras

Guatemala
RR
El Salvador
1993  Honduras
Honduras
RR
Costa Rica

Panama
RR
El Salvador
1995  El Salvador
Honduras
3–0
Guatemala

El Salvador
2–1
Costa Rica
1997  Guatemala
Costa Rica
RR
Guatemala

El Salvador
RR
Honduras
1999  Costa Rica
Costa Rica
RR
Guatemala

Honduras
RR
El Salvador
2001  Honduras
Guatemala
RR
Costa Rica

El Salvador
RR
Panama
2003  Panama
Costa Rica
RR
Guatemala

El Salvador
RR
Honduras
2005  Guatemala
Costa Rica
1–1
7–6
pen.

Honduras

Guatemala
3–0
Panama
2007  El Salvador
Costa Rica
1–1
4–1
pen.

Panama

Guatemala
1–0
El Salvador
2009  Honduras
Panama
0–0
5–3
pen.

Costa Rica

Honduras
1–0
El Salvador
2011  Panama
Honduras
2–1
Costa Rica

Panama
0–0
5–4
pen.

El Salvador
2013  Costa Rica
Costa Rica
1–0
Honduras

El Salvador
1–0
Belize
2014  United States
Costa Rica
2–1
Guatemala

Panama
1–0
El Salvador
2017  Panama
Honduras
RR
Panama

El Salvador
RR
Costa Rica
  1. ^ Placings decided on a round-robin basis.

Teams reaching the top four

Team Titles Runner-up Third place Fourth place
 Costa Rica 8 (1991*, 1997, 1999*, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013*, 2014) 4 (1993, 2001, 2009, 2011) 2 (1995, 2017)
 Honduras 4 (1993*, 1995, 2011, 2017) 3 (1991, 2005, 2013) 2 (1999, 2009) 2 (1997, 2003)
 Guatemala 1 (2001) 5 (1995, 1997*, 1999, 2003, 2014) 3 (1991, 2005, 2007)
 Panama 1 (2009) 2 (2007, 2017*) 3 (1993, 2011*, 2014) 2 (2001, 2005)
 El Salvador 6 (1995*, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2013, 2017) 7 (1991, 1993, 1999, 2007*, 2009, 2011, 2014)
 Belize 1 (2013)
 Nicaragua
* Hosts

All-time Copa Centroamericana Table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Costa Rica 61 36 16 9 109 38 +71 124
2  Honduras 60 34 12 14 108 49 +59 114
3  Guatemala 51 23 14 14 63 48 +15 83
4  El Salvador 63 22 14 27 62 72 −10 80
5  Panama 52 21 13 18 56 52 +4 76
6  Nicaragua 44 5 5 34 29 111 −82 20
7  Belize 33 1 6 26 20 81 −61 9

References

  1. ^ a b c "Torneo de Naciones de CONCACAF: Costa Rica busca la ratificacion de sede" [CONCACAF Nations Cup: Costa Rica looks for ratification on host bid] (Web). La Nación (in Spanish). January 25, 1991. p. 39A. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "En Julio Copa de Naciones" [Nations Cup in July] (Web). La Nación (in Spanish). January 27, 1991. p. 42A. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "Torneo de Naciones Inicia el 26 de Mayo" [Nations Cup starts May 26] (Web). La Nación (in Spanish). February 20, 1991. p. 29A. Retrieved October 13, 2014.

External links

2011 Copa Centroamericana

The 2011 Copa Centroamericana (English: 2011 Central American Cup) was the eleventh edition of Copa Centroamericana (formerly known as the UNCAF Nations Cup), an international football championship for national teams affiliated with the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) of the CONCACAF region. It took place in Panama from January 14 to January 23, 2011. It was the second time for Panama to host the tournament. On January 23, 2011 Honduras won the cup by defeating Costa Rica 2-1 in the final.

The top five teams from this tournament qualified for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The group stage draw was conducted on September 2, 2010 in Panama City.

2013 Copa Centroamericana

The 2013 Copa Centroamericana was the 12th Copa Centroamericana, the regional championship for men's national association football teams in Central America. It was organized by the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol or UNCAF, and took place in Costa Rica from 18 January to 27 January 2013. The top five teams go on to participate in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The tournament consisted of two stages. In the group stage of the tournament finals, the seven teams competed for points in two round-robin groups, one of four teams and the other of three, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These four teams advanced to the semi-final stage, with the winners advancing to the final, while the losers contested a third-place match. The fifth-place match was played between the third-ranked teams from the group stage.

In the final, Costa Rica defeated defending champions Honduras 1–0, with Giancarlo González's goal in the 38th minute giving Costa Rica their seventh Central American title; they also became the first host nation to win the tournament since Costa Rica did it in 1999. The final between Costa Rica and Honduras, being the fifth time the two teams have contested final together, became the most frequent match-up at that stage. Belize made history in this tournament by managing to advance to the semifinals and qualifying to compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time.

2014 Copa Centroamericana

The 2014 Copa Centroamericana (also known as the Central American Cup Tigo 2014 USA for sponsorship reasons) was the 13th Copa Centroamericana, the regional championship for men's national association football teams in Central America. It was organized by the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol or UNCAF, and took place in the United States.

2017 Copa Centroamericana

The 2017 Copa Centroamericana (English: 2017 Central American Cup) was the 14th edition of the Copa Centroamericana, the biennial international men's football championship of the Central American region organized by the Central American Football Union (UNCAF). The tournament was hosted in Panama between 13–22 January 2017.The top four teams qualified for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while the fifth-placed team advanced to a play-off against the fifth-placed team from the 2017 Caribbean Cup for the final Gold Cup berth.

The tournament was played in round-robin format as a result of Guatemala not being able to participate due to FIFA's suspension of the National Football Federation of Guatemala.

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