El Salvador Greatest All-Time Team
This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams. This blog was one of them. It was my Russia All-Time Team here. His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017. His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. He also copied many many of my blog entries.
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
The El Salvador national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de El Salvador) represents El Salvador in international football, and is governed by the Salvadoran Football Federation (FESFUT).
In 1899, two teams from Santa Ana and San Salvador met for the first known football game in El Salvador. The national team's first match was played in September 1921, when they were invited to participate in a tournament to celebrate 100 years of Central American Independence.
El Salvador has made two FIFA World Cup appearances: first in 1970 and again in 1982, but have never progressed beyond the first stage of a finals tournament. They were the 1943 CCCF champions, and finished in second-place in the 1941 and 1961 championships. They have competed in the CONCACAF regional tournaments fourteen 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 won two gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
The Estadio Cuscatlán, also known as "El Coloso de Montserrat" and "La Catedral del Espectáculo", is the official home stadium of the El Salvador national football team.
This is my all-time team for El Salvador. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.
|World Cup 1970|
Nicknamed Araña (spider) and even El Gran Salvadoreño (the great Salvadoran), Raúl Magaña played for many clubs in El Salvador as well as clubs in Guatemala and Canada. Between 1958 and 1953, he played for FAS at home, where his career was mainly linked with. Nicknamed Araña (spider) and even El Gran Salvadoreño (the great Salvadoran), Magaña represented his country at their first ever World Cup, the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
GK: Misael Alfaro
Born in El Salvador of Spanish parents, Saprissa played football with RCD Espanyol, as well as in tennis, field hockey and polo. He won Spain's football national championship with RCD Espanyol in 1928, the field hockey national championship in 1924, and the tennis national championships in 1923 and 1924. He participated with Spain at the Paris Olympic Games in 1924 and on the Spanish Davis Cup team in 1930. He moved to Costa Rica, in 1932, where he founded Deportivi Saprissa, the most successful club in Costa Rica.
CB/RB: Jamie Rodriguez
A defender, Rodríguez played professionally for different clubs around the world. Among these were El Salvador's Alianza F.C., Mexico's Club Léon and F.C. Atlas, and Germany's Bayer Uerdingen (now known as KFC Uerdingen 05). He also played for teams in Japan's NKK, Yokohama Flügels and Finland's KPV. He was capped 30 times for El Salvador. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1982.
|Luis Guevara Mora and Jose Francisco Jovel|
Nicknamed El Zarco, Jorge Rodríguez started his career with Salvadoran Second Division outfit Huracán in 1989 and has played professionally for Salvadoran Premier Division sides Isidro Metapán, FAS, Águila and Alianza as well as for Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas). For El Salvador, he has earned a total of 71 caps, scoring 9 goals between 1991 and 2004.
AM/CM: Mauricio Cienfuegos
Cienfuegos began his career in 1985 with Racing Junior. He also played for Soyapango, and Luís Ángel Firpo in El Salvador, for Morelia and Santos Laguna in Mexico. He joined LA Galaxy in 1996, where he stayed until 2003. He was elected to the MLS Best XI three times, in 1996, 1998, and 1999, and played in seven MLS All-Star Games. During his MLS career, Galaxy won the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 2001 U.S. Open Cup, and the 2002 MLS Cup. Capped 68 times.
Mauricio “Pipo” Rodríguez began playing professionally for Atlante San Alejo in 1962. He was signed, on a one-year loan basis, by C.D. FAS. Rodriguez permanently signed and played out his soccer career at Universidad from 1963 to 1972. He scored the winning against Honduras in 1969, which might have led to the famous Football War. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1970 for El Salvador.
Juan Francisco Barraza was born in 1935. He was an all-time great in El Salvador. He made his professional debut with Dragón in 1953. In 1958 he joined Deportivo Águila, with whom he won several league titles. He played for them until 1970. He won five consecutive titles between 1959 and 1968 for them. He earned 30 caps scored 13 goals for the national team of El Salvador in official games between 1959 and 1969. He had 24 goals in 64 caps includimng unofficial games.
His real name is Jorge Alberto Gonzalez. Some said that he would be ranked among the greatest players ever if he was born Brazilian or Argentine. He played for ANTEL and Independiente Nacional 1906 over the course of two seasons, before moving to Club Deportivo Fútbolistas Asociados Santanecos. He was a star at La Liga during the 1980's. He mainly played for Cadiz, where he remained very loyal despite offers from bigger clubs. He led El Salvador to the first and only World Cup Finals in 1982. He had 62 caps.
FW: Luis Ramírez Zapata
ST: Ronald Cerritos
Ronald Cerritos started his career with ADET in 1993. He has spent the bulk of his career playing in MLS, being signed by the league in 1997. His best stint was with San Jose Clash Earthquakes where he played between 1997 and 2001, winning the MLS Cup in 2001. He later played with Dallas Burn, DC United and Houston Dynamo. He was named MLS Best XI in 1997. He is a member of San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Flame. For El Salvador, he has over 70 caps between 1993 and 2008.
Nicknamed el Americano (the American), Cruz played club football in El Salvador, before going to Chile to play professionally alongside compatriot Armando Chacón at Universidad Católica. In 1935, he made his international debut in El Salvador's first group stage match at the 1935 Central American Games against Cuba. He scored 16 goals for El Salvador from 1935 to 1943. He represented his country at the 1935 Central American Games.
ST: Juan Ramon Martinez
Raul Diaz Arce made his name with C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo, where he would go on to win the league's top scorer 3 times in a row (1993–1996). In 1996, he joined DC United. In his first season with United, he was second in scoring for the league behind Roy Lassiter. With them, he won two MLS Cups in 1996 and 1997. In 1998, he was traded to New England Revolution. From 1999, he played for many MLS clubs. Arce was capped 68 caps for El Salvador between 1987 and 2003.
|Raul Diaz Arce|
-- El Salvador's World Cup 1982 team included Carlos Recinos, Noberto Huezo, Jose Francisco Jovel, Jamie Rodriguez and Magico Gonzalez. It was not a good Finals for them where they lost 10-1 against Hungary.