Belize national football team

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Belize
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Jaguars
Association Football Federation of Belize (FFB)
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Ian Mork
Most caps Elroy Smith (34)
Top scorer Deon McCaulay (16)
Home stadium FFB Field, Belmopan
FIFA code BLZ
FIFA ranking 161 Decrease 9 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 128 (14 March 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 201 (23 November 2007, 16 January 2008)
Elo ranking 172
Highest Elo ranking 167 (14 June 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 189 (January 2008)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 El Salvador 3–0 Belize Belize
(San Salvador, El Salvador; November 29, 1995)
Biggest win
 Belize 7–1 Nicaragua 
(Belize City, Belize; April 17, 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 7–0 Belize Belize
(San José, Costa Rica; March 17, 1999)
 Mexico 7–0 Belize Belize
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2013)
Best result Group stage

The Belize national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Belice) is a national team of Belize and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belize. It is affiliated to the Central American Football Union of CONCACAF.

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

Although Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1980 (and many of the UK's current colonies have international teams), Belize did not play international football until 1995. It made its debut at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup and was eliminated in the first round after losing to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

It is considered the weakest team in Central America according to the FIFA World Rankings,[1] with no World Cup appearances. In March 2013 it reached its highest ever ranking of 128th.[2]

Belize has never qualified for the World Cup but finished fourth in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. Their fourth-place finish in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana gave Belize its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

June 2011 suspension by FIFA[edit]

On 15 June 2011, Belize kicked-off its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign against minnows Montserrat, winning 2–5 away in a match played in the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. However, the return which was scheduled for 19 June was postponed by FIFA when they suspended the FFB due to governmental interference.[3]

Facilities[edit]

FFB Field in Belmopan is the home stadium for the Belize national football team. Prior to this stadium, Belize had no facilities that met FIFA specifications. Apart from this Belize has many fields to play on but with no facilities for the players.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1994 Did not exist
1998 to 2014 Did not qualify
Total 0/20

Gold Cup record[edit]

Copa Centroamericana[edit]

Copa Centroamericana Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1995 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 5
Guatemala 1997 Preliminary 7th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Costa Rica 1999 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 12
Honduras 2001 Group Stage 6th 2 0 1 1 3 7
Panama 2003 Did Not Enter
Guatemala 2005 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 0 7
El Salvador 2007 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 3 7
Honduras 2009 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 7
Panama 2011 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 8
Costa Rica 2013 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 2 4
United States 2014 To Be Determined
Total 9/12 0 Titles 25 1 5 19 17 59

The 1995 tournament in El Salvador saw Belize's international debut. They played the hosts in their first-ever international on 29 November in Group A. El Salvador won 3–0 with all goals coming in the second half.[4] On 1 December Belize scored their first-ever international goal as they lost 2–1 to Costa Rica and were eliminated from the tournament. Both other teams advanced to the semi-finals and were defeated there, Costa Rica's conqueror Honduras beat Guatemala in the final.

Team staff[edit]

Name Nat Position
Ian Mork United States Head coach
Emilio Rene Montero Belize Assistant Head coach
Kent Gabourel Sr. Belize Goalkeeping coach
Luís Cabrera Honduras Physical Trainer
Ken Vasquez Belize Physiotherapist

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[5] Caps and goals updated as July 16, 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Woodrow West (1985-09-19) 19 September 1985 (age 28) 16 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
22 1GK Frank Lopez (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Belize Belize Defence Force
27 1GK Shane Orio (1980-08-07) 7 August 1980 (age 34) 23 0 Guatemala Suchitepéquez
5 2DF Kahlil Velasquez (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Belize Belize Defence Force
7 2DF Ian Gaynair (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 28) 30 1 Belize Belmopan Bandits
8 2DF Elroy Smith (1981-11-30) 30 November 1981 (age 32) 34 2 Honduras Platense
12 2DF Cristobal Gilharry (1980-09-02) 2 September 1980 (age 33) 8 0 Belize Belize
13 2DF Dalton Eiley (captain) (1983-12-10) 10 December 1983 (age 30) 26 0 Belize Placencia Assassins
18 2DF Evral Trapp (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 27) 16 0 Belize Verdes
23 2DF Tyrone Pandy (1986-01-14) 14 January 1986 (age 28) 10 0 Belize Belize Defence Force
2 3MF David Trapp (1981-08-05) 5 August 1981 (age 33) 15 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
3 3MF Trevor Lennan (1983-06-05) 5 June 1983 (age 31) 20 1 Belize Police United
14 3MF Andres Makin Jr. (1992-04-11) 11 April 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Belize Police United
25 3MF Devon Makin (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 23) 6 0 Belize Police United
28 3MF Harrison Tasher (1985-01-05) 5 January 1985 (age 29) 13 0 Belize Belize Defence Force
30 3MF Luis Torres (1993-03-02) 2 March 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Belize Placencia Assassins
6 4FW Evan Mariano (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 26) 10 0 United States Houston Hurricanes FC
9 4FW Deon McCaulay (1987-09-20) 20 September 1987 (age 26) 29 16 United States Atlanta Silverbacks
10 4FW Harrison Roches (1983-11-29) 29 November 1983 (age 30) 30 4 Belize Belize Defence Force
11 4FW Michael Salazar (1992-11-15) 15 November 1992 (age 21) 3 0 United States UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
16 4FW Ashley Torres (1985-09-15) 15 September 1985 (age 28) 5 0 Belize Placencia Assassins
20 4FW Daniel Jimenez (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 26) 16 2 Belize Police United
24 4FW Lennox Castillo (1985-11-19) 19 November 1985 (age 28) 3 0 Belize Police United

Records[edit]

As of 16 July 2013
Players in bold text are still active with Belize.

Managers[edit]

Since the creation of the national team in 1995, several coaches have been in charge of managing Belize. From 1995 to 1996, Winston Michael was appointed as Belize's first ever manager. As of January 2012, the Belize national football team has had 11 managers.

Manager Period in charge Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Belize Michael, WinstonWinston Michael 1995–1996 4 0 0 4 00.0
Argentina Bilches, ManuelManuel Bilches 1999-2000 6 0 1 5 00.0
Costa Rica Sherrier Lewis, LeroyLeroy Sherrier Lewis 2001 5 3 1 1 60.0
Brazil Santana, EduardoEduardo Santana 2003 0 0 0 0 !
Belize Adderly, AnthonyAnthony Adderly 2004–2006 5 0 0 5 00.0
Brazil Antonio Carlos Vieira 2006–2007 3 0 0 3 00.0
Guatemala Salas, José PalmiroJosé Palmiro Salas 2008 2 1 0 1 50.0
United States Mork, IanIan Mork[6] 2008 4 0 1 3 00.0
Mexico Couoh, RenanRenan Couoh 2008–2009 3 0 1 2 00.0
Honduras José de la Paz Herrera 2010–2012 7 2 2 3 28.6
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2012–2013 5 1 1 3 20.0
Belize Charlie Slusher 2013 1 0 1 0 00.0
United States Mork, IanIan Mork[7] 2013– 4 0 1 3 00.0

Schedule and recent results[edit]

Recent match results[edit]

Category Opponent Result Date Venue Scorers (Belize) Scorers (Opponent)
CCA  Costa Rica
0–1
18 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica none Costa Rica: Arrieta Goal 54'
CCA  Guatemala
0–0
20 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica none none
CCA  Nicaragua
2–1
22 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica Belize: Lennen Goal 29'
Deon McCaulay Goal 90+2'
Nicaragua: Figueroa Goal 85'
CCA  Honduras
0–1
25 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica none Honduras: Beckeles Goal 72'
CCA  El Salvador
0–1
27 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica none El Salvador: Bonilla Goal 50'
Friendly  Trinidad and Tobago
0–0
23 March 2013 FFB Field, Belmopan none none
Friendly  Guatemala
0–0
11 June 2013 Estadio Pensativo, Antigua none none
GC – GS  United States
1–6
9 July 2013 Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, OR Belize: Ian Gaynair Goal 40' United States: Wondolowski Goal 12'37'41'
Holden Goal 58'
Orozco Fiscal Goal 72'
Donovan Goal 76' (pen.)
GC – GS  Costa Rica
0–1
13 July 2013 Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT none Costa Rica: Eiley Goal 49' (o.g.)
GC – GS  Cuba
0–4
16 July 2013 Rentschler Field, Hartford, CT none Cuba: Martínez Goal 38'61'84'
Márquez Goal 90+2'

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