Curaçao national football team
|Head coach||Etienne Siliee|
|Home stadium||Stadion Ergilio Hato|
|FIFA ranking||156 9 (27 November 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||146 (March 2011)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||183 (April 2013, July 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||41 (March 1963)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||188 (October 2012)|
| Aruba 0–4 Curaçao
(Aruba, 6 April 1924)
Dominican Republic 1–0 Curaçao
(Dominican Republic, 18 August 2011)
| Curaçao 14–0 Puerto Rico
(Colombia, 21 December 1948)
| Netherlands 8–1 Curaçao
(Netherlands, 23 April 1948)
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||4 (First in 1963)|
|Best result||Third, 1963, 1969|
- 1 History
- 2 Competitive record
- 3 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 4 Current squad
- 5 Past managers
- 6 All-time record against other nations
- 7 Honours
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The first national football team to represent Curaçao was the Territory of Curaçao national football team, which made its debut in 1924 in an away match against neighboring Aruba, a match which the Territory of Curaçao won four to nothing.
In December 1954, Curaçao became a part of the newly founded Netherlands Antilles, a constituent country which included Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten, in which case the national team followed the same changes, where the Netherlands Antilles national team would include players from all Dutch Caribbean territories.
In 1986, Aruba declared independence from the Netherlands Antilles, and subsequently Aruban players were no longer eligible to represent the Netherlands Antilles, thus the Aruba national football team was born.
On 10 October 2010, the Netherlands Antilles were dissolved, and while Curaçao and Sint Maarten became countries in their own right, forming their own football federations and national teams, Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius opted to remain foreign territories of the Netherlands, rendering them ineligible to field national teams of their own. However, Bonaire became an associate member of CONCACAF in 2013.
As well as taking on the Netherlands Antilles' FIFA membership, Curaçao was recognised as the direct successor of the former (similarly to how Serbia is regarded the direct successor of Yugoslavia, and Russia for the Soviet Union), and took on its historical records and FIFA ranking.
In 1921 the football federation CVB (Curacaose Voetbal Bond) was established and in August that year the CVB organized the first Curaçao Championship with eight participating clubs. In 1926 the first national selection of Curaçao travelled to Haiti to play in a tournament against Haiti, Jamaica and Santo Domingo. The Curaçao selection did quite well in the tournament, with several wins over Haiti and Santo Domingo.
In 1932 the federation CVB became affiliated with FIFA. Exchanges with neighboring islands and countries followed on a regular basis. In 1941 the First CONCACAF Championship took place in San José. Participating countries were Costa Rica, Curaçao, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama. Curaçao ended third.
At the end of this year the Curaçao and Aruba federations, both islands being part of the Netherlands Antilles, decided to join forces and established NAVU, Netherlands Antillean Football Union. Both federations remained autonomous in their own territory, and the winners of the championships on the respective islands would play against each other to determine which club would be Champion of the Netherlands Antilles.
Curaçao is a small Caribbean island located just north of the Venezuelan coast. Curaçao is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as are the islands Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba, together known as the former Netherlands Antilles. Curaçao has about 150,000 inhabitants.
In 1909 the first football club was established on Curaçao, then counting about 25.000 inhabitants, established in 1909, CVV Republic. Young people who had spent time in the Netherlands for study and had started playing football and taken a liking to the game united in CVV Republic. At the time there were no soccer fields on Curaçao and the first match between CVV Republic and a team of marines took place in the garden of the church of Sta. Famia. As a matter of fact the Friars, who also ran the schools, played an important role in the early stages of soccer development as they propagated the sport and also organized volunteers to clean and prepare the first fields in Skalo and Mundo.
In May 1946 CVB celebrated its 25 years of existence with an international tournament on Curaçao. Visiting teams were Aruba, Surinam, Atlético Junior from Colombia and Feyenoord from the Netherlands. Curaçao won all their matches and the last match against the famous Dutch team Feyenoord attracted a large number of spectators. Curaçao won 4-0. In July 1946 the national selection of Curaçao travelled to the Netherlands to reinforce the bond between Curaçao and the Netherlands. During their three months’ stay the Curaçao selection played 9 matches against Dutch teams of which the 3-3 draw against Feyenoord, one of the big Dutch teams, is vividly remembered. The stadium in Rotterdam was filled with over 37.000 spectators, almost as much as the inhabitants of Curaçao at the time! The young Curaçao goalkeeper Ergilio Hato made a lasting impression with his great athletic abilities and amazing jumping power.
The Curaçao national selection performed very well in the Concacaf and the Central American and Caribbean Games, even winning the gold medal in 1950 in the CAC Games. Ergilio Hato became a legend in South America and the Caribbean and is remembered by his nickname “El pantera negra”. He got offered several contracts abroad but refused to go pro and choose to stay on his native island. The national stadium of Curaçao is named after Ergilio Hato Stadium 1958 brought another organizational change with the establishment of NAVU, the Netherlands Antilles Football Union. Soon the Aruban AVB affiliated with NAVU and BVB, the Bonaire Football Federation followed in 1959. Now players from the three islands could all participate in the national selection of the Netherlands Antilles. Driving force behind bith NAVU and FFK is Mordy Maduro, president of CVB since 1951 and president of NAVU from 1958-1971. Maduro was elected vice-president of FIFA in 1960 and re-elected in 1968. Thanks to Mordy Maduro many foreign teams visited Curaçao during his presidency. His great contribution to Curaçao football development was honored in 2002 with naming the NAVU development center after him.
Another remarkable success in the football history of Curaçao is the Curaçao team CRKSV Jong Colombia reaching the finals of the 1979 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. After nine matches the team lost the final 7-1 against the El Salvador team C.D. FAS.
All competitive matches played from 1921-1958 were contested as the Territory of Curaçao (comprising all six islands of the Netherlands Antilles). From 1958-2010 all matches were contested as the Netherlands Antilles, successor of the Territory of Curaçao, (still comprising six islands until 1986, when Aruba seceded). All competitive fixtures after 2010 were contested by Curaçao, which solely consists of the island nation itself. Under the newly formed governing body, Curaçao has so far only competed in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, the 2012 Caribbean Cup qualification, the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification as well as the ABCS Tournament.
CFU Caribbean Cup
|CFU Caribbean Cup|
|1990||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1991||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1992||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1994||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1995-1997||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1999||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2001||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2007-2012||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- Draws include knockout matches decided on a penalty shootout.
CONCACAF Gold Cup
|CONCACAF Championship & CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|1971||Did not enter|
|1977-1991||Did not qualify|
|1993||Did not enter|
|1996-2000||Did not qualify|
|2002||Did not enter|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2007-2015||Did not qualify|
FIFA World Cup
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.
Past managers of the Netherlands Antilles1
Past managers of Curaçao3
1. Managers of the Netherlands Antilles from 16 December 1946 to 18 August 2011.
All-time record against other nations
As of 15 November 2014
Netherlands Antilles (1946–2011)
Statistics accurate as of last match played against French Guiana on 15 November 2014
1. Trophies won as the Netherlands Antilles from 16 December 1946 to 18 August 2011.