The people of El Salvador
are passionate about football. El Salvador
have qualified only twice for the FIFA World Cup final competition - in 1970 and 1982, but since then their football activities have been severely hampered by the civil war which raged until the early 1990s. Thanks to an enterprising and innovative national association and financial help from FIFA, El Salvador
can now look forward to a promising future. The nation's greatest exploit to date was its U-23 team's victory against Mexico in the final of the Central American and Caribbean Games Football Tournament. Jorge «Magico» Gonzalez and Mauricio Cienfuegos are the football fans' idols. Gonzalez played for several top Spanish clubs after the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Cienfuegos is currently playing for Los Angeles Galaxy. He is planning to work in the youth sector in his home country once his playing career is over.