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Trinidad and Tobago
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Soca Warriors
Association Trinidad and Tobago
Football Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Russell Latapy
Asst coach Zoran Vraneš
Dwight Yorke
Captain Dennis Lawrence
Most caps Angus Eve (117)
Top scorer Stern John (69)
Home stadium Hasely Crawford Stadium
FIFA code TRI
FIFA ranking 84
Highest FIFA ranking 25 (June 2001)
Lowest FIFA ranking 102 (July 2008)
Elo ranking 81
Highest Elo ranking 35 (January 1929)
Lowest Elo ranking 116 (September 1987)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Trinidad and Tobago 3–3 Dutch Guiana Netherlands
(Trinidad and Tobago; August 6, 1934)
Biggest win
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 11–0 Aruba Aruba
(Grenada; June 4, 1989)
Biggest defeat
Mexico Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
(Mexico City; October 8, 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
Best result Round 1, 2006
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1991)
Best result Semifinals, 2000

The Trinidad and Tobago national football team, nicknamed The Soca Warriors, is the national team of Trinidad and Tobago and is controlled by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation. It reached the first round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals. The country currently holds the record of being the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup Final.

The separate Trinidad and Tobago football teams are not related to the national team and are not directly affiliated with the game's governing bodies of FIFA or CONCACAF but are affiliated with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.

Contents

History

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1974 World Cup qualification: Controversy

At the 1973 CONCACAF Championship, Trinidad and Tobago fell two points short of qualifying for the 1974 World Cup Finals in controversial fashion. Trinidad and Tobago lost a crucial game on December 4, 1973 against hosts Haiti 2–1 having five of Nikolai G's goals disallowed. The referee, Kevon Chandler of El Salvador and a Canadian linesman James Higuet were subsequently banned for life by FIFA for the dubious events of the match.[1][2][3]

1990 World Cup qualification: Within grasp

Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Dubbed the Strike Squad during the qualifying campaign, Trinidad and Tobago needed only a draw to qualify in their final game played at home against the United States on November 19, 1989. In front of an over-capacity crowd of over 30,000 at the National Stadium on Red Day,[4] Paul Caligiuri of the United States scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing Trinidad and Tobago's qualification hopes.[5] For the good behaviour of the crowd at the stadium, despite the devastating loss and overcrowded stands, the spectators of Trinidad and Tobago were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1989.[6]

2006 World Cup: Country's first World Cup

Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany, its first-ever qualification for the tournament. During their qualifying campaign, they sat at the bottom of the table in the final round of qualifying with one point from three games. However, after the arrival of Leo Beenhakker as team coach and the recalling of veteran players Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, Trinidad and Tobago reversed its fortunes and placed fourth in the group. They qualified via a playoff against Bahrain, recovering from a 1–1 draw at home to win 1–0 in Manama, Bahrain to book a place in the finals. As a result, Trinidad and Tobago became the smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

In Germany, Trinidad and Tobago were grouped with England, Sweden and Paraguay in Group B. They drew their first game 0–0 against Sweden despite going down to ten men early in the second half. They lost both their remaining games against England and Paraguay by a 2–0 margin.

2010 World Cup qualification: Disappointment

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 10 6 2 2 19 13 +6 20
 Mexico 10 6 1 3 18 12 +6 19
 Honduras 10 5 1 4 17 11 +6 16
 Costa Rica 10 5 1 4 15 15 0 16
 El Salvador 10 2 2 6 9 15 −6 8
 Trinidad and Tobago 10 1 3 6 10 22 −12 6
  Costa Rica El Salvador Honduras Mexico Trinidad and Tobago United States
Costa Rica  1–0 2–0 0–3 4–0 3–1
El Salvador  1–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–2
Honduras  4–0 1–0 3–1 4–1 2–3
Mexico  2 –0 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–1
Trinidad and Tobago  2–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1
United States  2–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–0

Trinidad and Tobago began their campaign in the Second Round with a home and away series against Bermuda. Trinidad and Tobago lost the first match at home 1–2, but bounced back to win the away leg in Bermuda 2–0 to progress to the third round 3–2 on aggregate.

The Soca Warriors advanced to Group 1 of the Third Round alongside the United States, Guatemala, and Cuba. Trinidad and Tobago progressed to the Fourth Round by placing second in the group with eleven points from six games. This qualified Trinidad and Tobago for the Fourth Round, or Hexagonal, against Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States.

The Fourth Round was also played in a home and away format among the six teams involved. Qualification quickly turned disastrous for Trinidad and Tobago as they tied 2–2 with El Salvador after leading 2–0. They would then tie 1–1 with Honduras following a late-strike. However, three consecutive losses to the United States, Costa Rica, and Mexico found the Soca Warriors bottom of the Hexagonal with two points from their first five matches. In their sixth match, they recorded their first win of the round by defeating El Salvador 1–0. However, the victory was short lived as they suffered losses to Honduras and the United States the following month; ending their hopes to qualify for the World Cup. In their final two matches, Trinidad and Tobago lost 4-0 to Costa Rica and drew 2-2 with Mexico. Trinidad and Tobago finished last in the Hexagonal with just six points from ten matches.

Schedule and recent results

Matches from the past six months, as well as any future scheduled matches.

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result T&T Scorers
October 10, 2009 Costa Rica Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá  Costa Rica WC CQ R4 0–4 L
October 14, 2009 Trinidad and Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium  Mexico WC CQ R4 2–2 D Baptiste Goal 32'61'

Current squad

The following 18-man matchday squad was named for the 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying draw against Mexico at Hasely Crawford Stadium on October 14, 2009.
Caps and goals are current as of the completion of the 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying draw against Mexico at Hasely Crawford Stadium on October 14, 2009.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Marvin Phillip August 1, 1984 (1984-08-01) (age 25) 25 0 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
18 GK Jan-Michael Williams October 26, 1984 (1984-10-26) (age 25) 25 0 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
3 DF Keston Williams March 25, 1981 (1981-03-25) (age 28) 4 0 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
4 DF Jake Thomson December 5, 1989 (1989-12-05) (age 20) 2 0 England Southampton
5 DF Robert Primus November 10, 1990 (1990-11-10) (age 19) 2 0 Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh
6 DF Dennis Lawrence August 1, 1974 (1974-08-01) (age 35) 89 5 Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh
16 DF Kern Cupid April 11, 1984 (1984-04-11) (age 25) 12 0 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
2 MF Clyde Leon December 8, 1983 (1983-12-08) (age 26) 28 1 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
7 MF Densill Theobald August 27, 1981 (1981-08-27) (age 28) 68 2 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA
8 MF Trent Noel January 14, 1976 (1976-01-14) (age 34) 27 0 Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public
9 MF Hughton Hector October 16, 1984 (1984-10-16) (age 25) 2 0 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
10 MF Hayden Tinto August 31, 1984 (1984-08-31) (age 25) 15 1 Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public
11 MF Carlos Edwards Captain October 24, 1978 (1978-10-24) (age 31) 78 4 England Ipswich Town
12 FW Shahdon Winchester January 8, 1992 (1992-01-08) (age 18) 0 0 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
13 FW Jamal Clarence March 17, 1989 (1989-03-17) (age 21) 1 0 Trinidad and Tobago United Petrotrin
14 FW Kerry Baptiste December 1, 1981 (1981-12-01) (age 28) 43 8 Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public
15 FW Devon Jorsling December 27, 1983 (1983-12-27) (age 26) 10 4 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
17 FW Kenwyne Jones October 5, 1984 (1984-10-05) (age 25) 45 5 England Sunderland

Recent call-ups

The following players were named to a matchday squad in the last six months, but were not named to the 18-man squad for the 2–2 2010 World Cup Qualifying Fourth Round draw against Mexico at Hasely Crawford Stadium on October 14, 2009.

Caps and goals are current as of the completion of the 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying draw against Mexico at Hasely Crawford Stadium on October 14, 2009.

Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club Most recent call-up
Defenders
Radanfah Abu Bakr February 12, 1987 (1987-02-12) (age 23) 8 1 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA v.  Costa Rica; October 10, 2009
Julius James July 9, 1984 (1984-07-09) (age 25) 4 0 United States D.C. United v.  Costa Rica; October 10, 2009
Midfielders
Keon Daniel January 16, 1987 (1987-01-16) (age 23) 37 8 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA v.  Costa Rica; October 10, 2009

Competitive record

Trinidad and Tobago have competed the FIFA World Cup, as well as CFU and CONCACAF regional tournaments.

The team qualified for its first World Cup in 2006, with the team finishing 0–1–2 in its three First Round matches. Even though the team did not advance further in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first point from the World Cup in its first appearance.

In regional competitions, Trinidad and Tobago best finish in the CONCACAF Championship and later the Gold Cup came in 1973 when the team came in 2nd. Since then they have only advanced beyond the First Round once, which came in 2000 where the Soca Warriors lost to the eventual winners Canada in the Semifinals.

All CFU members have competed in the Caribbean Cup as a qualification tournament for the Gold Cup since 1989. Trinidad and Tobago has won eight out of thirteen Caribbean Cups since its inception.

Player records

Most capped players

The following players have received the caps in national team history:

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Angus Eve 117 34 1994–2005
2 Stern John 109 69 1995–
3 Marvin Andrews 101 10 1996–
4 Dennis Lawrence 89 5 2000–
5 Russell Latapy 79 29 1988–
Clayton Ince 79 0 1997–
7 Carlos Edwards 78 4 1999–
8 Arnold Dwarika 73 28 1993–2008
9 Dwight Yorke 72 19 1989–2009
10 Ansil Elcock 69 0 1994–2004

Top scorers

The following players are the top scorers in national team history:

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Stern John 109 69 1995–
2 Angus Eve 117 34 1994–2005
3 Russell Latapy 79 29 1988–
4 Arnold Dwarika 73 28 1993–2008
5 Cornell Glen 59 23 2002–
6 Nigel Pierre 56 22 1999–2005
7 Leonson Lewis 32 21 1988–1996
8 Dwight Yorke 72 19 1989–2009
9 Steve David 16 16 1972–1976
10 Gary Glasgow 53 11 1997–2007
Jerren Nixon 38 11 1994–2004

Manager history

Name From To
Trinidad and Tobago Russell Latapy April 8, 2009[7] Present
Colombia Francisco Maturana January 4, 2008 April 8, 2009
Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen July 11, 2006 December 4, 2007
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker March 31, 2005 June 20, 2006
Trinidad and Tobago Bertille St. Clair January 16, 2004 March 31, 2005
Saint Lucia Stuart Charles Fevrier May 15, 2003 January 16, 2004
Serbia Zoran Vraneš April 2, 2003 May 14, 2003
Trinidad and Tobago Hannibal Najjar October 23, 2002 April 1, 2003
Brazil René Simões June 2001 May 2002
Scotland Ian Porterfield March 1, 2000 June 25, 2001
Trinidad and Tobago Bertille St. Clair May 1997 February 2000

Other former managers include the following:

  • Trinidad and Tobago Anton Corneal
  • Trinidad and Tobago Everald Cummings
  • Trinidad and Tobago Ronald La Forest
  • Trinidad and Tobago Edgar Vidale (1976)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Roderick Warner
  • Netherlands Jan Zwartkruis
  • England Kevin Verity (1973-1974)
  • Hungary Americo Brunner
  • England Jimmy Hill
  • England Frank Brennan
  • England Michael Laing
  • Brazil Casa Grande
  • Germany Joachem Figge

Supporters' Groups

The major supporters' group for the Trinidad and Tobago national team is the Soca Warriors Supporters Club. Also known as The Warrior Nation, the group is a non-profit organization that formed shortly after Trinidad and Tobago secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

See also

References

  1. ^ Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors set to give them all in Germany, Guardian UK. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  2. ^ Football: Carnival time and the Trinis are up for the party, The Independent. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  3. ^ Trinidad Express - Haitian robbery: Trinidad and Tobago cheated W/Cup spot, Socawarriors.net. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  4. ^ Red-Day, Nov, 19, 1989, Youtube.com. Accessed: June 23, 2008.
  5. ^ Pulse: Thank You Trinidad and Tobago Warriors, Trinidad Guardian. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  6. ^ FIFA Fair Play Awards, FIFA.com. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  7. ^ Latas in, Maturana out, Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, Accessed 2009-04-09.

External links


Simple English

Trinidad and Tobago
Association Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation
Confederation CONCACAF
Coach Francisco Maturana
Most caps Angus Eve (117)
Top scorer Stern John (69)
World Cup
Appearances 1
First Apps 2006
Best result Round 1 (2006)

Trinidad and Tobago national football team is the national football team of Trinidad and Tobago.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Angus Eve117341994-2005
2Stern John106691995-present
3Marvin Andrews98101996-2006
4Dennis Lawrence8152000-present
5Russell Latapy75291988-present
6Arnold Dwarika74281993-present
7Clayton Ince7201997-present
8Ansil Elcock6901994-2004
8Avery John6901996-present
10Dwight Yorke68181989-present
10Carlos Edwards6821999-present

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Stern John691061995-present
2Angus Eve341171994-2005
3Russell Latapy29751988-present
4Arnold Dwarika28741993-present
5Nigel Pierre22571999-2005
6Cornell Glen21532002-present
6Leonson Lewis21301988-1996
8Dwight Yorke18681989-present
9Steve David161972-1976
10Gary Glasgow11531997-2007
10Jerren Nixon11381994-2004


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