Curaçao national football team

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This article is about the Curaçao national team established in 2011. For the (Territory of) Curaçao national football team (prior to 1958), see Territory of Curaçao national football team. For the Netherlands Antilles national football team (1958-2010), see Netherlands Antilles national football team.
Curaçao
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association FFK
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Igemar Pieternella
Home stadium Stadion Ergilio Hato
FIFA code CUW
FIFA ranking 148 Increase 34 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 146 (March 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 183 (April 2013, July 2014)
Elo ranking 186
Highest Elo ranking 41 (March 1963)
Lowest Elo ranking 188 (October 2012)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Aruba 0–4 Curaçao
(Aruba, 6 April 1924)
 Dominican Republic 1–0 Curaçao 
(Dominican Republic, 18 August 2011)
Biggest win
Curaçao 14–0 Puerto Rico 
(Colombia, 21 December 1948)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands 8–1 Curaçao
(Netherlands, 23 April 1948)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1963)
Best result Third, 1963, 1969

The Curaçao national football team represents Curaçao in International association football and is controlled by the Curaçao Football Federation.

History[edit]

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.[1]

Although not a sovereign state, Curaçao appeared on the FIFA member list in March 2011, as successor of the Netherlands Antilles.

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.

They played their first match as the newly formed Curaçao national team on 20 August 2011 against Dominican Republic at the Estadio Panamericano, with the match ending in a 1–0 loss for Curaçao.

Getting Organized[edit]

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.

Earliest Years[edit]

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.

Golden Years[edit]

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.

Competitive record[edit]

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.

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Championship & CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
El Salvador 1963 Third Place 8 5 0 3 14 9
Guatemala 1965 Fifth Place 5 0 2 3 4 16
Honduras 1967 Group Stage 4 0 2 2 4 6
Costa Rica 1969 Third Place 5 2 1 2 9 12
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Did not enter
Haiti 1973 Sixth Place 5 0 2 3 4 19
1977-1991 Did not qualify
United StatesMexico 1993 Did not enter
1996-2000 Did not qualify
United States 2002 Did not enter
United StatesMexico 2003 Did not qualify
United States 2005 Withdrew
2007-2013 Did not qualify
Total Third Place 27 7 7 13 39 62

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures (2011–2014)[edit]

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification against Puerto Rico, Grenada and French Guiana on 3–7 September 2014.[3]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Rugenio Josephia (1989-12-01) December 1, 1989 (age 24) 5 0 Netherlands TSV NOAD
1GK Jarzinho Pieter (1987-11-11) 11 November 1987 (age 26) 1 0 Curaçao Centro Dominguito
2DF Cuco Martina (1989-09-25) 25 September 1989 (age 24) 11 0 Netherlands FC Twente
2DF Shanon Carmelia (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 25) 6 2 Netherlands JVC Cuijk
2DF Gillian Justiana (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Netherlands Helmond Sport
2DF Sorandley Tomsjansen (1984-05-21) May 21, 1984 (age 30) 3 0 Curaçao Hubentut Fortuna
2DF Shelton Martis (1982-11-29) 29 November 1982 (age 31) 2 1 Thailand Osotspa
3MF Ashar Bernardus (1985-12-21) 21 December 1985 (age 28) 6 0 Curaçao Centro Dominguito
3MF Frenly Servania (1988-06-04) June 4, 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Curaçao Jong Colombia
3MF Jurensley Martina (1993-08-10) 10 August 1993 (age 21) 4 3 Curaçao CSD Barber
3MF Lendell Johannes (1990-12-13) 13 December 1990 (age 23) 3 0 Curaçao Banda Abou
3MF Maiky Fecunda (1995-08-04) 4 August 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Netherlands Helmond Sport
3MF Ruensly Leuteria 1 0 Curaçao CSD Barber
3MF Vidarrell Merencia (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag
3MF Luidjino Hoyer 0 0 Curaçao Centro Dominguito
4FW Mirco Colina (1990-05-23) 23 May 1990 (age 24) 10 3 Curaçao Centro Dominguito
4FW Kenneth Kunst (1986-11-01) 1 November 1986 (age 27) 3 0 Curaçao Centro Dominguito
4FW Gevaro Nepomuceno (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 21) 3 1 Romania Petrolul Ploiești
4FW Prince Rajcomar (1985-04-25) 25 April 1985 (age 29) 2 2 Netherlands VVV-Venlo
4FW Rihairo Meulens (1988-06-03) June 3, 1988 (age 26) 1 1 Netherlands FC Dordrecht

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last qualifying campaign for the ABCS Tournament.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Rowendy Sumter (1988-05-19) 19 May 1988 (age 26) 8 0 Curaçao Jong Holland v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
GK Sigeurd Obispo (1994-11-20) 20 November 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Curaçao Victory Boys v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
GK Quincey Passial (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Curaçao CSD Barber v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
DF Richenel Doran (1978-07-16) July 16, 1978 (age 36) 6 0 Curaçao Jong Holland v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
DF Nathan Martina (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 20) 4 0 Curaçao Jong Holland v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
DF Jervine Mook (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Curaçao S.U.B.T. v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
MF Everon Espacia (1984-02-22) February 22, 1984 (age 30) 10 3 Curaçao Hubentut Fortuna v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
MF Shurvey Delando (1989-03-20) March 20, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Curaçao Banda Abou v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
MF Tyrone Maria (1984-09-24) 24 September 1984 (age 30) 1 0 Aruba La Fama v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
MF Hayrick Jansen 1 0 Curaçao Hubentut Fortuna v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
MF Stallone Isenia (1987-12-05) 5 December 1987 (age 26) 1 0 Curaçao S.U.B.T. v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
MF Quinton Christina (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Curaçao Jong Holland v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
FW Vilyson Lake (1987-02-08) 8 February 1987 (age 27) 10 1 Curaçao Victory Boys v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
FW Randel Winklaar (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Curaçao Victory Boys v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
FW Benjamin Martha (1981-11-28) 28 November 1981 (age 32) 1 0 Netherlands Kozakken Boys v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
FW Randall Labordus (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Curaçao CSD Barber v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
FW Rugin Snoijl (1984-07-06) 6 July 1984 (age 30) 0 0 Curaçao Hubentut Fortuna v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
FW Germain Geerman (1989-11-26) 26 November 1989 (age 24) 0 0 Curaçao S.U.B.T. v.  Suriname, November 16, 2013
Notes
  • Caps do not include matches played for the former Netherlands Antilles, but solely appearances for the thereout subsequent country of Curaçao.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.*

Past managers[edit]

Netherlands Antilles as Netherlands Antilles (from 16 December 1946 to 18 August 2011)

Curaçao as Curaçao (from 18 August 2011 to present)

  • Argentina Manuel Bilches (2011–2012)
  • Curaçao Ludwig Alberto (2012–2014)
  • Curaçao Igemar Pieternella (2014–Present)

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of 7 September 2014[4]

The following matches were played as the  Netherlands Antilles (from 16 December 1946 until 18 August 2011)

Team Pld W D L
 Haiti 18 1 4 13
 Trinidad and Tobago 17 1 6 10
 Suriname 16 5 4 7
 El Salvador 16 1 4 11
 Costa Rica 15 3 1 11
 Mexico 12 2 3 7
 Jamaica 10 4 3 7
 Honduras 10 2 4 4
 Cuba 9 6 1 2
 Antigua and Barbuda 9 5 2 2
 Guatemala 9 2 5 2
 Nicaragua 7 6 0 1
 Panama 7 4 1 2
 Venezuela 6 3 1 2
 Guyana 6 1 1 4
 Puerto Rico 4 4 0 0
 Grenada 4 1 3 0
 United States 4 0 2 2
 Aruba 2 1 1 0
 Dominican Republic 2 0 1 1
 Saint Lucia 1 0 1 0
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 1 0
 Argentina 1 0 0 1
 Barbados 1 0 0 1
 Bermuda 1 0 0 1
 Cayman Islands 1 0 0 1
Total 189 52 49 88

The following matches were played as  Curaçao (from 18 August 2011 until present)

Team Pld W D L
 Suriname 4 0 1 3
 U.S. Virgin Islands 2 2 0 0
 Aruba 2 1 0 1
 Bonaire 2 1 0 1
 Haiti 2 0 1 1
 Antigua and Barbuda 2 0 0 2
 Dominican Republic 2 0 0 2
 Grenada 1 1 0 0
 French Guiana 1 0 1 0
 Puerto Rico 1 0 1 0
 Guyana 1 0 0 1
 Saint Lucia 1 0 0 1
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 1
Total 22 5 4 13

Statistics accurate as of last match played against French Guiana on 7 September 2014

Titles[edit]

As  Netherlands Antilles

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.concacaf.com/page/ConfederationDetail/0,,12813~3150654,00.html
  2. ^ "Senior selection to Puerto Rico for Caribbean Cup". FFK. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Curaçao Match history". Soccerway.com. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

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