Guatemala 2014 World Cup Qualifiers CONCACAF Soccer Betting Odds
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Nickname(s): Los Chapines, La Azul y Blanco, La Bicolor, La Furia Azul
Head Coach: Ever Hugo Almeida (2010)
Gold Cup appearance(s): (9) 1991, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011
Best finish: Fourth place (1996)
Guatemala returns to Gold Cup for a ninth time after failing to qualify in 2009. It qualified this time by beating Nicaragua 2-1 for fifth place at the Copa Centroamericana in January. In group play it lost to eventual finalists Honduras and Costa Rica by a combined score of 5-1. Prior to the Centroamericana, Guatemala won three of five friendlies dating back to last September, beating Guyana, Belize and El Salvador. Ever Hugo Almeida, who replaced Benjamin Monterroso in May 2010, is expected to have the services of Philadelphia Union forward and career scoring leader Carlos Ruiz, who after announcing his retirement from international play in 2009, has returned to "Los Chapines".
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is the continental governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Three South American entities, the independent nations of Guyana and Suriname and the French department of French Guiana, are also members.
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