Haiti national football team

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Haiti
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Grenadiers
Le Rouge et Bleu
La Sélection Nationale
Association Fédération Haïtienne de Football
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Marc Collat
Captain Johnny Placide
Most caps Pierre Richard Bruny (87)
Home stadium Stade Sylvio Cator
FIFA code HAI
FIFA ranking 93 Increase 26 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 38 (January 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 155 (April 1996)
Elo ranking 104
Highest Elo ranking 40 (December 1973)
Lowest Elo ranking 121 (April 1996)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Haiti 1–2 Jamaica 
(Haiti; March 22, 1925)
Biggest win
 Haiti 12–1 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; April 10, 2001)
 Haiti 11–0 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(Kingston, Jamaica; November 24, 2004)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 8–0 Haiti 
(Mexico; July 19, 1953)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1974)
Best result Round 1; 1974
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 11 (First in 1965)
Best result Champions; 1973

The Haiti national football team (French: Équipe Haïtienne de football, Haitian Creole: Ekip foutbòl nasyonal Ayiti) represents Haiti in association football and is controlled by the Fédération Haïtienne de Football, the governing body for football in Haiti. Haiti's home ground is Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince and their head coach is Marc Collat. They were the second Caribbean team to make the World Cup, which was their only appearance in 1974, but were beaten convincingly in the opening qualifying stages by three of the pre-tournament favorites; Italy, Poland, and Argentina. Their most recent achievement was in 2007, when the national team won the 2007 Caribbean Nations Cup.[1]

History[edit]

Haiti has one of the longest football traditions in the Caribbean and was an early participant in World Cup qualifying. Throughout the 60s, and 70s, Haiti's footballing status in the region remained very strong, being considered the third strongest team in CONCACAF after Mexico and arguably Costa Rica. The strength of the national selection ultimately culminated in Haiti's first ever World Cup appearance in 1974, in which they surprised the world in their opening goal against a considerably stronger Italian team. The island nation has produced many talented players over the years.

The Golden Age[edit]

The period from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s could be considered a golden age for Haitian football. With Antoine Tassy as coach for much of this period, Haiti would emerge as one of the strongest teams in the CONCACAF zone, being pooled with other regionally strong football nations such as Mexico and Costa Rica. By 1965, players like Henri Francillon, Philippe Vorbe, Guy Renold Jean Francois and Guy St-Vil were already playing in the team and would be stalwarts of the side in the coming years.

The team developed sufficiently to reach the final round of qualifying for 1970, where they faced El Salvador. After losing the first leg at home, Haiti pulled off a 3–0 win away but the rules of the day dictated a play-off on neutral ground which El Salvador won to secure a place in the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

In the 1974 qualifiers, Haiti once again reached the final round in a qualifying tournament completely played at home. This time, with all odds on their favor, they would top the group and qualify for the 1974 World Cup. In West Germany, they would be drawn in an extremely tough group with Italy, Argentina and Poland. However, they surprised the football world in their debut game when star forward Emmanuel Sanon scored to give Haiti a lead over Italy, at the same time ending Dino Zoff's still standing record run of 1142 minutes without conceding a goal in international matches. They eventually lost 1–4, and would lose to Poland (0–7) and Argentina (1–4).

Post 1974[edit]

Haiti would reach the final rounds of 1978 and 1982 qualifiers, but failed to make the cut. The years since have seen Haiti's footballing status decline markedly. In recent years, the political situation in the country has led to numerous defections from members of the soccer team. The team has rebuilt somewhat through the Haitian diaspora in Miami, Florida, and some Haitian home games have been played in Miami in recent years. Haiti as of recently has been rising once again as a footballing power in CONCACAF.

In the 2010 Haiti earthquake at least 30 people with ties to Haitian football perished, including players, coaches, referees and administrative and medical representatives. Twenty others with ties to Haitian football were feared to be buried in the ruins.[2][3][4]

Post Quake[edit]

In November 2011 Haiti was knocked out of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Antigua and Barbuda under the leadership of Brazilian coach Edson Tavares. In 2012 Tavares was replaced by Cuban coach Israel Blake Cantero who lead the national team through the 2012 Caribbean Championship. The Haitian team finished 3rd in the Caribbean Championships warranting a spot in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The following year Haiti would have a bad string of defeats against Chile, Bolivia, Oman and the Dominican Republic. In June 2013 Haiti bounced back from these shortcomings with a close 2–1 loss to reigning world champions Spain and an impressive 2–2 draw with footballing powerhouse Italy, with goals in both games scored by Wilde Donald Guerrier, Olrish Saurel and Jean-Philippe Peguero respectively.

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934 Did Not Qualify
France 1938 Did Not Enter
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1958 Did Not Enter
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1974 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 14
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990 Did Not Enter
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total Group Stage 1/20 3 0 0 3 2 14

CONCACAF Championship record[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
El Salvador 1963 Did not qualify
Guatemala 1965 Sixth Place 5 0 1 4 3 13
Honduras 1967 Fifth Place 5 1 0 4 5 9
Costa Rica 1969 Disqualified
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Second Place 5 2 3 0 9 1
Haiti 1973 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 3
Mexico 1977 Second Place 5 3 1 1 6 6
Honduras 1981 Sixth Place 5 0 2 3 2 9
1985 Round 1 4 0 0 4 0 9
1989 Did not enter
Total 1 Title 34 10 7 17 33 50

CONCACAF Gold Cup record[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
United States 1991 Did not qualify
1993 to 1996 Did not enter
United States 1998 Withdrew
United States 2000 Round 1 2 0 1 1 1 4
United States 2002 Quarter-Finals 3 1 0 2 3 4
2003 to 2005 Did not qualify
United States 2007 Round 1 3 0 2 1 2 4
United States 2009 Quarter-Finals 4 1 1 2 4 7
United States 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013 Round 1 3 1 0 2 2 3
Total 5/12 14 3 4 7 12 21

Caribbean Cup record[edit]

  • 1989 - Did not enter
  • 1990 - Did not enter
  • 1991 - Did not qualify
  • 1992 - Did not enter
  • 1993 - Did not enter
  • 1994 - Group stage
  • 1995 - Did not enter
  • 1996 - Group stage
  • 1997 - Withdrew
  • 1998 - Third place
  • 1999 - Third place shared
  • 2001 - Second place
  • 2005 - Did not qualify
  • 2007 - Winners
  • 2008 - Group stage
  • 2010 - Did not qualify
  • 2012 - Third place
  • 2014 - Qualified

Recent fixtures and results[edit]

Date Location Opponent Result Competition
January 19, 2013 Concepción, Chile  Chile 0–3 F
February 6, 2013 Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia  Bolivia 1–2 F
March 20, 2013 Muscat, Oman  Oman 0–3 F
March 24, 2013 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic  Dominican Republic 1–3 F
June 8, 2013 Miami, United States  Spain 1–2 F
June 11, 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Italy 2–2 F
July 8, 2013 Harrison, United States  Honduras 0–2 GC
July 12, 2013 Miami Gardens, United States  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 GC
July 15, 2013 Houston, United States  El Salvador 0–1 GC
September 6, 2013 Incheon, South Korea  South Korea 1–4 F
March 5, 2014 Mitrovica, Kosovo  Kosovo 0–0 F
September 9, 2014 Fort Lauderdale, United States  Chile 0–1 F
October 8, 2014 Port-au-Prince, Haiti  French Guiana 2-2 CCQ
October 10, 2014 Port-au-Prince, Haiti  Barbados 4-2 CCQ
October 12, 2014 Port-au-Prince, Haiti  Saint Kitts and Nevis 0-0 CCQ

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Selected players called up for the friendly match against Chile on September 9, 2014.
Caps and goals as of September 9, 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Dominique Jean-Zéphirin (1982-06-03) June 3, 1982 (age 32) 13 0 France Fréjus Saint-Raphaël
1 1GK Johnny Placide (1989-01-21) January 21, 1989 (age 25) 11 0 France Reims
21 1GK Gabard Fénélon (1981-06-03) June 3, 1981 (age 33) 43 0 Haiti Racing Haïtien
5 2DF Jean-Jacques Pierre (1981-01-23) January 23, 1981 (age 33) 60 5 France Caen
13 2DF Frantz Bertin (1983-05-30) May 30, 1983 (age 31) 30 1 Greece Apollon Kalamarias
3 2DF Mechack Jérôme (1990-04-21) April 21, 1990 (age 24) 30 0 Unattached
6 2DF Kevin Lafrance (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990 (age 24) 14 2 Poland Miedź Legnica
22 2DF Réginal Goreux (1987-12-31) December 31, 1987 (age 26) 7 3 Russia Rostov
14 2DF Kim Jaggy (1982-11-14) November 14, 1982 (age 31) 7 1 Switzerland Aarau
2 2DF Lecsinel Jean-François (1986-10-02) October 2, 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Unattached
16 2DF Romain Genevois (1987-10-28) October 28, 1987 (age 27) 1 0 France Nice
19 2DF Bitielo Jean Jacques (1990-12-28) December 28, 1990 (age 23) 1 0 United States Orlando City
12 3MF James Marcelin (1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 (age 28) 25 2 United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers
4 3MF Wilde Donald Guerrier (1989-03-31) March 31, 1989 (age 25) 22 2 Poland Wisła Kraków
23 3MF Pascal Millien (1986-05-03) May 3, 1986 (age 28) 13 1 Italy Fidelis Andria
7 3MF Jeff Louis (1992-08-08) August 8, 1992 (age 22) 13 0 Belgium Standard Liège
24 3MF Max Hilaire (1985-12-06) December 6, 1985 (age 28) 3 0 France Pau
8 3MF Soni Mustivar (1990-02-12) February 12, 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Romania Petrolul Ploiești
20 3MF Kens Germain (1988-03-20) March 20, 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Dominican Republic Moca
15 3MF Emmanuel Sarki (1987-12-26) December 26, 1987 (age 26) 0 0 Poland Wisła Kraków
11 4FW Jean-Eudes Maurice (1986-06-21) June 21, 1986 (age 28) 17 11 France Paris Saint-Germain B
9 4FW Kervens Belfort (1992-05-16) May 16, 1992 (age 22) 14 6 France Fréjus
10 4FW Gary Ambroise (1985-07-17) July 17, 1985 (age 29) 4 0 Cyprus Doxa Katokopias
17 4FW Fafà Picault (1991-02-23) February 23, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Haiti squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Peterson Occénat (1989-12-03) December 3, 1989 (age 24) 6 0 Haiti Aigle Noir v.  Kosovo, March 5, 2014
DF Jean Sony Alcénat (1986-01-23) January 23, 1986 (age 28) 48 5 Romania Petrolul Ploiești v.  Kosovo, March 5, 2014
MF Renald Metellus (1993-01-06) January 6, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 France Ivry v.  Kosovo, March 5, 2014
MF Fabien Vorbe (1990-01-04) January 4, 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Unattached v.  Kosovo, March 5, 2014
FW Jean-Francois James (1993-08-15) August 15, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 France Sablé-sur-Sarthe v.  Kosovo, March 5, 2014
FW Duckens Nazon (1994-04-17) April 17, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 France Saint-Quentin v.  Kosovo, March 5, 2014

Previous squads[edit]

Staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Name Position
France Marc Collat Coach
France Jérôme Velfert Assistant Coach
France Marc Cheze U-17 Coach
Haiti Ernst Jean-Baptiste Fitness Coach
Haiti Jean-Mary Fritz Henry Medical Doctor

List of Managers[edit]

Name Period
1 Haiti Edouard Baker 1934
2 Haiti Antoine Champagne 1951[5]
3 France Paul Baron 1953
4 Greece Dan Georgiádis 1956[6]-1959
5 Haiti Antoine Tassy 1961
6 Haiti Antoine Tassy 1965-1976
7 West Germany Sepp Piontek 1977-1978
8 Haiti René Vertus 1978-1979[7]
9 Haiti Antoine Tassy 1980
10 Haiti Claude Barthelemy 1984-1985
11 Haiti Jean-Ernst Jean-Baptiste 1992-1994
12 Haiti Hervé Calixte 1996
13 Haiti Jean-Michel Vaval
14 Haiti Jean-Ernst Jean-Baptiste 1999
15 Haiti Emmanuel Sanon 1999-2000
16 Argentina Jorge Castelli 2001-2002
17 Argentina Andres Cruciani 2002-2003
18 United States Fernando Clavijo 2003-2005
19 Cuba Luis Armelio Garcia 2006-2007
20 Haiti Wagneau Eloi 2008
21 Colombia Jairo Rios Rendon 2009-2010
22 Brazil Edson Tavares 2010-2011
23 Cuba Israel Blake Cantero 2012-2013
24 France Marc Collat 2014-[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Caribbean teams in the FIFA World Cup". Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Williams, Sean A. "Haitian Football Federation says 30 dead". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (19 January 2010). "At least 30 Haitian soccer federation members died in last week's earthquake". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  4. ^ International football journalism (19 January 2010). "Pain in the Haitian Football". Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pour la première fois, une équipe haïtienne revient de l’étranger invaincue". Le Nouvelliste (Haïti) (22823) (Le Nouvelliste). 31 December 1951. p. 1. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Magnifique victoire de la formation nationale". Le Nouvelliste (Haïti) (23815) (Le Nouvelliste). 17 March 1956. p. 1. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Haïti nouveau champion à la Caraïbe". Le Nouvelliste (Haïti) (31210) (Le Nouvelliste). 19 November 1979. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Le football haïtien à la sauce reimoise". Le Nouvelliste (Haïti) (Le Nouvelliste). 16 January 2014. p. 1. Retrieved 16 Jan 2014. 

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