Cook Islands national football team

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Cook Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Cook Islands
Football Association
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Paul Farrell-Turepu
Home stadium National Stadium
FIFA code COK
FIFA ranking 205 Steady
Highest FIFA ranking 169 (July 2000)
Lowest FIFA ranking 204 (July 2013, August 2013)
Elo ranking 207
First colours
Second colours
First international
France Tahiti 30–0 Cook Islands Cook Islands
(Papeete, Tahiti; 2 September 1971)
Biggest win

Cook Islands Cook Islands 3–0 American Samoa 
(Papeete, Tahiti; 12 June 2000)

Cook Islands Cook Islands 4–1 Tuvalu 
(Apia, Samoa; 1 September 2007)
Biggest defeat
France Tahiti 30–0 Cook Islands Cook Islands
(Papeete, Tahiti; 2 September 1971)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1998)
Best result Round 1, 1998 & 2000

The Cook Islands national football team is the national team of the Cook Islands and is controlled by the Cook Islands Football Association. With a population of around 24,000 people it remains one of the smallest FIFA teams.

World Cup record[edit]

Oceania Nations Cup record[edit]

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1973 to 1996 Did not enter
1998 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 0 19
2000 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 22
2002 Withdrew
2004 to 2012 Did not qualify
Total Group Stage 2/9 4 0 0 4 1 41

Performance at the 1998 Oceania Nations Cup[edit]

The Cook Islands qualified for their first Oceania Nations Cup after finishing second in the 1998 Polynesia Cup, which they hosted. They faced Australia and Fiji in Group B, in what proved to be a tough draw. Australia crushed the Cook Islands 16–0 in their first match, scoring eight goals either side of the interval. In their next match against Fiji, however, the Cook Islands acquitted themselves much better, losing only 3–0, but with two defeats from two matches they failed to make the semi-finals.

Performance at the 2000 Oceania Nations Cup[edit]

In finishing 2nd at the Polynesia Cup for the second tournament running, the Cook Islands also qualified for their second successive OFC Nations Cup. They were drawn in Group A along with the Solomon Islands, and once again, Australia. After their heavy defeat at the hands of Australia in the 1998 tournament, the Cook Islands hoped to avoid a repeat performance. However, they were powerless to prevent their opponents from running rampant once again, this time to the tune of 17–0. The Solomon Islands were up next, and in this game the Cook Islands had the consolation of scoring their first goal at the Oceania Nations Cup–the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak 5–1 defeat. After two defeats, then, the Cooks Islands again went out at the group stage.

South Pacific Games record[edit]

Squad[edit]

Players selected to compete in the First Round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Tony Jamieson (1977-04-07) 7 April 1977 (age 37) 31 0 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga F.C.
20 1GK Iona Lupena (1984-05-03) 3 May 1984 (age 30) 1 0 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga F.C.
21 1GK Keegan Inia (1997-03-20) March 20, 1997 (age 17) 0 0 New Zealand Central United
2 2DF Miitamariki Joseph (1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 (age 25) 11 0 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga F.C.
3 2DF Nikorima Te Miha (1980-01-01) 1 January 1980 (age 34) 11 1 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga F.C.
4 2DF Tahiri Elikana (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 25) 7 0 Cook Islands Avatiu FC
5 2DF Nathan Tisam (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Cook Islands Nikao Sokattack F.C.
18 2DF Paul van Eijk (1986-03-16) 16 March 1986 (age 28) 7 0 Cook Islands Nikao Sokattack F.C.
19 2DF Teriiahoroa Framhein (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga F.C.
7 3MF Grover Harmon (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 24) 7 1 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga F.C.
8 3MF Roger Manuel (1988-11-10) 10 November 1988 (age 25) 2 1 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga F.C.
23 3MF Takuina Tararo (1996-06-17) June 17, 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Free agent
10 3MF Gichin Fuhiniu (1988-08-20) 20 August 1988 (age 25) 2 0 Free agent
14 3MF Tuka Tisam (1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 (age 28) 10 0 Cook Islands Nikao Sokattack F.C.
15 3MF John Michael Quijano (1990-09-02) 2 September 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Cook Islands Nikao Sokattack F.C.
16 3MF Taylor Saghabi (1990-12-25) 25 December 1990 (age 23) 5 2 Australia West Ride Rovers
9 4FW Campbell Best (1986-03-12) 12 March 1986 (age 28) 6 2 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga F.C.
11 4FW Joseph Ngauora (1989-06-30) 30 June 1989 (age 25) 5 1 Australia Picton Rangers
13 4FW Emiel Burrows (1992-05-17) 17 May 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Free Agent
22 4FW Paavo Mustonen (1986-01-13) 13 January 1986 (age 28) 7 0 Cook Islands Nikao Sokattack F.C.
12 4FW Twin Tiro (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga F.C.

Coaches[edit]

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