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11 Guatemala U15s denied travel visas to U.S.

Guatemala federation president Gerardo Paiz confirmed on Friday that the country won't skip the 2019 CONCACAF Boys' Under-15 Championship in Bradenton, Fla., despite the fact that 11 players were denied visas to travel to the United States.

CONCACAF is hosting the event Aug. 4-11 at the IMG Academy campus with the participation of 42 North, Central America and Caribbean nations as well as Israel.

"They have rejected 11 visas and the boys will not be able to participate, but Guatemala will be going...

Argentina's Giovanni Simeone scores debut goal in win over Guatemala

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Giovanni Simeone capped his international debut with a goal as a new-look Argentina side disapatched Guatemala in a friendly.

Son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego, Simeone is also Fiorentina's main goal scoring threat -- following in the footsteps of fellow Argentine forward Gabriel Batistuta, who scored 207 goals in a nine-year spell with La Viola -- there is a lot of pressure on his young shoulders. But the 23-year-old was clearly up to the challenge has scored his country's third goal in Los...

Lionel Messi Argentina hiatus for U.S. trip 'disappointing' - Guatemala chief

Former Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron discusses how the national side needs to structure itself going forward, following their performance at the 2018 World Cup.

Guatemala Football Federation president Juan Carlos Rios is both surprised and disappointed that Lionel Messi will not be a part of the Argentina side his team will face in a friendly next month.

Argentina travel to the United States to take on Guatemala in Los Angeles on Sept. 7 before facing Colombia five days later in New Jersey.

Messi, who captained Argentina to the Round of 16 at this summer's World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated by France, is expected to take a break from the national...

FIFA lifts Guatemala's ban ahead of 2026 World Cup vote

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Guatemala has been suspended since October 2016.

FIFA has lifted its suspension of the Guatemala football federation, clearing the Central American country to vote in the 2026 World Cup hosting contest on June 13.

FIFA says its ruling council must ratify the decision on June 10 in Moscow.

That same FIFA Council meeting must also approve the 2026 candidates, Morocco and the joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid.

Guatemalan teams and officials were suspended since October 2016 from international games and business until its statutes were aligned...

Ex-Guatemala official Hector Trujillo banned for life by FIFA

ZURICH -- FIFA ethics judges have imposed a life ban from football on a Guatemalan official who took bribes linked to marketing deals for World Cup qualifying games.

Hector Trujillo was the first defendant sentenced last October in a sprawling American investigation of football corruption. He received an eight-month prison term after admitting wire fraud and conspiracy charges.

FIFA says its ethics committee has fined Trujillo $200,000 but it is unclear how the sport's ruling body can enforce payment.

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