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Like many of its Central American neighbors, Soccer is Guatemala’s most popular sport. Although the national team has never qualified for the final tournament of the world cup, they have been to the Olympics three times. In 1950, the country hosted the Central American and Caribbean games which are held every four years and include all countries in Central America, Mexico, Bermuda, and several countries in the Caribbean and South America. The national team has also participated in the Pan American games—also held every four years—and have won seven times. The major clubs are Comunicaciones and Municipal, both play out of Guatemala City. In addition to these, there are several other clubs that play around the country and you can generally get tickets to see a game for about $4.

Baseball, American football, and basketball are also popular sports but have a much smaller fan base than soccer. Guatemala’s national basketball team competes regularly with other Latin American but is often ranked near the bottom. The national baseball team is a member of the Pan American Baseball Confederation. The team is ranked 16 out of 17 in the International Basketball Federation, which includs the United States, Canada, and several countries in South America. Guatemala also has an organized American Football League that is a member of the Pan-American Federation of American Footbal.

11 Aug 2010

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