Copa Centroamericana

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Copa Centroamericana
UNCAF Copa Centroamericana logo.png
The final Copa Centroamericana official logo,[ citation needed ] in use from 2011 to 2017
FoundedFebruary 19, 1991
Abolished2017
RegionCentral America (UNCAF)
Number of teams7
Last championsFlag of Honduras.svg  Honduras
(4th title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
(8 titles)

The Copa Centroamericana ( [ˈkopa sentɾoameɾiˈkana] , Spanish for "Central American Cup") was 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.

Contents

The tournament consisted of two stages. In the group round of the tournament finals, the seven teams competed 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 qualified for the semifinal stage of the final round, where the winners advanced into the final while the losers disputed a third-place match. The fifth-place match was disputed between the third-ranked teams of the group stage. Depending on their performance in the Copa Centroamericana, teams then went on to participate in other competitions, such as the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa América.

The 14 Central American Championship tournaments were won by four different national teams: Costa Rica were the most successful national team of the competition with eight victories. Honduras won four titles. Guatemala and Panama won one title each. Costa Rica and Honduras were the only sides in history to win 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.

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

YearHostFinalThird place match
ChampionScoreRunner-UpThird PlaceScoreFourth Place
1991 Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
RR Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
Flag of Guatemala.svg
Guatemala
RR Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
1993 Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
RR Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
RR Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
1995 Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
3–0 Flag of Guatemala.svg
Guatemala
Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
2–1 Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
1997 Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
RR Flag of Guatemala.svg
Guatemala
Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
RR Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
1999 Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
RR Flag of Guatemala.svg
Guatemala
Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
RR Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
2001 Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras Flag of Guatemala.svg
Guatemala
RR Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
RR Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
2003 Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
RR Flag of Guatemala.svg
Guatemala
Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
RR Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
2005 Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
1–1
7–6
pen.
Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
Flag of Guatemala.svg
Guatemala
3–0 Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
2007 Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
1–1
4–1
pen.
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
Flag of Guatemala.svg
Guatemala
1–0 Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
2009 Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
0–0
5–3
pen.
Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
1–0 Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
2011 Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
2–1 Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
0–0
5–4
pen.
Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
2013 Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
1–0 Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
1–0 Flag of Belize.svg
Belize
2014 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
2–1 Flag of Guatemala.svg
Guatemala
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
1–0 Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
2017 Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
RR Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
Flag of El Salvador.svg
El Salvador
RR Flag of Costa Rica.svg
Costa Rica
  1. ^ Placings decided on a round-robin basis.

Teams reaching the top four

TeamTitlesRunner-upThird placeFourth place
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 8 (1991 *, 1997, 1999 *, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013 *, 2014)4 (1993, 2001, 2009, 2011)2 (1995, 2017)
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 4 (1993 *, 1995, 2011, 2017)3 (1991, 2005, 2013)2 (1999, 2009)2 (1997, 2003)
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 1 (2001)5 (1995, 1997 *, 1999, 2003, 2014)3 (1991, 2005, 2007)
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 1 (2009)2 (2007, 2017 *)3 (1993, 2011 *, 2014)2 (2001, 2005)
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 6 (1995 *, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2013, 2017)7 (1991, 1993, 1999, 2007 *, 2009, 2011, 2014)
Flag of Belize.svg  Belize 1 (2013)
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua
* Hosts

Records and Statistics

All-time Copa Centroamericana Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 613616910938+71124
2Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 6034121410849+59114
3Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 512314146348+1583
4Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 6322142762721080
5Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 522113185652+476
6Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua 445534291118220
7Flag of Belize.svg  Belize 3316262081619
Updated to match(es) played on 22 January 2017. Source: [ citation needed ]

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References

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  2. 1 2 "En Julio Copa de Naciones" [Nations Cup in July](Web). La Nación (in Spanish). January 27, 1991. p. 42A. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
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