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Cuba
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Leones del Caribe
Association Asociación de Fútbol
de Cuba
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Raul Gonzalez Triana
Home stadium Estadio Panamericano
FIFA code CUB
FIFA ranking 119
Highest FIFA ranking 46 (November 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 175 (December 1994)
Elo ranking 98
Highest Elo ranking 52 (February 2005)
Lowest Elo ranking 143 (January 1965)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Cuba Cuba 3 - 1 Jamaica Jamaica
(Cuba; March 16, 1930)
Biggest win
Cuba Cuba 9 - 0 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
(Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep.; May 27, 1995)
Biggest defeat
Sweden Sweden 8 - 0 Cuba Cuba
(Antibes, France; June 12, 1938)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1938)
Best result quarter finals, 1938
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1998)
Best result Quarterfinals, 2003

The Cuba national football team is the national team of Cuba and is controlled by the Asociación de Fútbol de Cuba. They were the first Caribbean team to make the World Cup, which they did in 1938. There, they defeated Romania in a replay 2-1 after tying them 3-3. They were then eliminated in the second round by Sweden, 8-0. The Cuban team has not returned to the World Cup since. Football (soccer) is not followed as strongly in Cuba as it is in many other countries, as baseball is the national sport.

Cuba finished second in the Caribbean Cup in 1996, 1999 and 2005.

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History

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Early history

Cuba has a long-standing football tradition, although the sport has never been as popular there as baseball, and were early participants in World Cup qualifying. Cuba were given a walkover into the 1938 World Cup and reached the second round by beating Romania.

Post-war history

The post-war years were not so kind to Cuban football. They participated in the 1950 qualifiers, but it was not until the 1966 qualifiers that they would again participate.

They returned to participation in qualification in the 1978 series, but the 1982 qualifiers represented a significant breakthrough- Cuba reached the final round of qualifying, and were only 2 points short of reaching the 1982 World Cup.

In recent years, Cuban football has seen an improvement in fortunes. They reached the Quarter-finals of the 2003 Gold Cup (where they were beaten by the USA) by defeating Canada 2-0 in the Group Stage.

During the 2006 World Cup qualifiers Cuba faced Costa Rica and were only eliminated on away goals. They held Costa Rica to a draw in Havana 2-2 and later battled it out for a 1-1 draw in Costa Rica.

World Cup record

  • 1930 - Did not enter
  • 1934 - Did not qualify
  • 1938 - Quarterfinals
  • 1950 - Did not qualify
  • 1954 - Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • 1958 to 1962 - Did not enter
  • 1966 - Did not qualify
  • 1970 - Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • 1974 - Did not enter
  • 1978 to 1982 - Did not qualify
  • 1986 - Did not enter
  • 1990 - Did not qualify
  • 1994 - Withdrew
  • 1998 to 2010 - Did not qualify

Gold Cup record

CONCACAF Championship record

  • 1963 - Did not enter
  • 1965 - Did not enter
  • 1967 - Did not qualify
  • 1969 - Did not enter
  • 1971 - 4th place
  • 1973 - Did not enter
  • 1977 - Did not qualify
  • 1981 - 5th place
  • 1985 - Did not enter
  • 1989 - Did not qualify

NAFC Championship record

Defection and economic migration by Cuban athletes

As well as Cuban athletes in other sports, a number of football players have made the move to the United States in recent years. During the 2002 Gold Cup in Los Angeles, 2 Cuban players chose to remain in the United States, 1 did so during the 2005 Gold Cup, 2 did so during the 2007 Gold Cup, and in 2008 seven players of the U-23 national football team did likewise and finally in 2008, 2 days before the World Cup Qualifier vs. the USA, 2 more athletes defected again.

Current squad

The following players were called for the Caribbean Championship 2008 semifinal match at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica against Grenada on 11 December 2008.[1]
Caps as of December 12, 2008

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Dany Luis Quintero 10 December 1984 (1984-12-10) (age 25) 7 0 Germany SV Nollingen
2 DF Silvio Pedro Miñoso 23 December 1976 (1976-12-23) (age 33) 63 0 Cuba Villa Clara
3 DF Yenier Márquez 3 January 1979 (1979-01-03) (age 31) 78 10 Cuba Villa Clara
4 DF Hannier Dranguet 2 September 1982 (1982-09-02) (age 27) 11 1 Cuba Guantánamo
5 DF Jorge Luis Clavelo 8 August 1982 (1982-08-08) (age 27) 25 2 Cuba Villa Clara
6 MF Yoel Colomé 15 October 1982 (1982-10-15) (age 27) 11 1 Cuba Ciudad de La Habana
7 MF Lazaro Alfonso 4 February 1981 (1981-02-04) (age 29) 13 0 Cuba Ciudad de La Habana
8 MF Alianni Urguelles 25 June 1986 (1986-06-25) (age 23) 14 1 Cuba Guantánamo
9 MF Alain Cervantes 17 November 1983 (1983-11-17) (age 26) 49 7 Cuba Ciego de Ávila
10 FW Roberto Linares 10 February 1986 (1986-02-10) (age 24) 16 11 Cuba Villa Clara
11 MF Hensy Muñoz 26 January 1983 (1983-01-26) (age 27) 20 2 Cuba Ciudad de La Habana
12 GK Odelin Molina Hernández 3 August 1974 (1974-08-03) (age 35) 67 0 Cuba Villa Clara
13 FW Ariel Martínez 9 May 1986 (1986-05-09) (age 23) 19 3 Cuba Sancti Spíritus
14 MF Jaime Colomé 30 June 1979 (1979-06-30) (age 30) 50 9 Cuba Ciudad de La Habana
15 FW Leonel Duarte 1 August 1987 (1987-08-01) (age 22) 31 6 Cuba Ciego de Ávila
16 DF Reysandri Fernández 22 August 1984 (1984-08-22) (age 25) 44 2 Cuba Ciego de Ávila
17 FW Luis Villegas 2 June 1988 (1988-06-02) (age 21) 12 0 Cuba Villa Clara
18 FW Mario Ruiz Leonard 7 March 1986 (1986-03-07) (age 24) 6 0 Cuba Ciudad de La Habana

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the national team in the past year.

Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club Last Call-up
FW Reynier Alcántara 14 January 1982 (1982-01-14) (age 28) 18 10 United States Miami FC September 10, 2008 vs.  Guatemala
GK Julio Aldama 12 March 1981 (1981-03-12) (age 29) 0 0 Cuba Matanzas June 22, 2008 vs.  Antigua and Barbuda
DF Yusvanys Caballeros 10 September 1983 (1983-09-10) (age 26) 2 0 Cuba Ciudad de La Habana November 19, 2008 vs.  Trinidad and Tobago
FW Heviel Cordovés González 11 October 1989 (1989-10-11) (age 20) 4 0 Cuba Ciudad de La Habana November 19, 2008 vs.  Trinidad and Tobago
MF Pedro Adriani Faife 1 January 1984 (1984-01-01) (age 26) 18 10 United States Miami FC September 10, 2008 vs.  Guatemala
DF Carlos Domingo Francisco Serrano 22 May 1990 (1990-05-22) (age 19) 5 0 Cuba Santiago de Cuba November 19, 2008 vs.  Trinidad and Tobago
DF Juan Carlos Martínez 30 December 1985 (1985-12-30) (age 24) 3 0 Cuba Villa Clara June 22, 2008 vs.  Antigua and Barbuda
FW Marcel Hernández Campanioni 11 July 1989 (1989-07-11) (age 20) 2 0 Cuba Ciudad de La Habana
FW Keyler Lázro García Estrada 14 January 1990 (1990-01-14) (age 20) 2 0 Cuba Camagüey

Former coaches

Manager Years
Cuba José Tapia 1930–38
Cuba Marcelino Minsal 1947
Czechoslovakia František Churda 1963–64
Hungary Karoly Kocza 1966
Hungary Laszlo Mohaczy 1967
North Korea Kim Yong Ha 1970-1971
Cuba Sergio Padrón 1976
Hungary Tibor Ivanicz 1980–81
Italy Giovanni Campari 1990–92
Cuba William Bennett 1998
Peru Miguel Company 2000–04
Cuba Armelio Luis 2005
Germany Reinhold Fanz 2006–08
Cuba Raúl González Triana 2008–

References


Simple English

Cuba
Association Asociación de Fútbol de Cuba
Confederation CONCACAF
Coach Raul Gonzalez Triana
World Cup
Appearances 1
First Apps 1938
Best result Round 2 (1938)

Cuba national football team is the national football team of Cuba.


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