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2017 Copa Centroamericana

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Host country  Panama
Venue(s)  1 (in 1 host city)
Runners-up  Panama
Dates  13–22 January 2017
Champions  Honduras (4th title)
2017 Copa Centroamericana
Teams  6 (from 1 sub-confederation)

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.

Contents

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.

Entrants

Six of the seven UNCAF members were eligible to participate in the tournament.

On 28 October 2016, FIFA suspended the National Football Federation of Guatemala for political interference by the Government of Guatemala. Until the suspension is lifted, Guatemalan teams are not permitted to participate in international competitions. CONCACAF had set the deadline of 9 December 2016 for the suspension to be lifted, otherwise by rule, Guatemala would be disqualified from the 2017 Copa Centroamericana, and any revision to the tournament format would be discussed once the deadline had passed. The suspension was not lifted before the deadline, so Guatemala could not participate in the competition.

Original draw

The original format of the competition was to be a group stage (one group of four teams and one group of three teams) followed by a knockout stage (fifth-placed match, semi-finals, third-placed match and final). The draw for the competition with the original format took place on 25 October 2016, 18:00 UTC−5, at the Hotel Sortis in Panama City, Panama.

The original draw results were:

A change in format was announced on 10 December 2016 following FIFA's decision not to lift the suspension of the National Football Federation of Guatemala.

Squads

Each team squad must have a minimum of 18 players and a maximum of 23 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers.

Goalscorers

3 goals
  • Eddie Hernández
  • 2 goals
    1 goal
    Own goals

    Awards

    The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:

  • Golden Ball: Jorge Claros
  • Golden Boot: Eddie Hernández (3 goals)
  • Golden Glove: José Calderón
  • Young player award: Roberto Domínguez
  • Fair play award: Johnny Acosta
  • Best XI:
  • Goalkeeper: José Calderón
  • Left Defender: Alexander Larín
  • Central Defender: Harold Cummings
  • Central Defender: Francisco Calvo
  • Right Defender: Jairo Puerto
  • Left Midfielder: Óscar Cerén
  • Central Midfielder: Darwin Cerén
  • Central Midfielder: Jorge Claros
  • Central Midfielder: Armando Cooper
  • Left Midfielder: Erick Andino
  • Forward: Eddie Hernández
  • References

    2017 Copa Centroamericana Wikipedia


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