Martinique national football team

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Martinique
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Matinino
Association Ligue de football de la Martinique
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Patrick Cavelan
Top scorer Kévin Parsemain (23)[1]
Home stadium Stade d'Honneur de Dillon
FIFA code MTQ
Elo ranking 101
Highest Elo ranking 65 (14 April 1994)
Lowest Elo ranking 125 (30 Sept 2011, 3 Mar 2012)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Barbados 3–2 Martinique 
(Martinique; February 11, 1931)
Biggest win
 Martinique 16–0 British Virgin Islands 
(Le Lamentin, Martinqiue; September 5, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 9–0 Martinique 
(Mexico City, Mexico; July 11, 1993)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1993)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2002

The Martinique national football team (French: Équipe de la Martinique de football) represents the French overseas department and region of Martinique in international football. The team is controlled by the Ligue de Football de la Martinique (English: Martinique Football League), a local branch of French Football Federation (French: Fédération Française de Football). On 7 August 2010, the national team adopted the nickname Les Matinino, which pays tribute to the history of the island.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

As an overseas department of the French Republic, Martinique is not a member of FIFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the FIFA World Cup or any competition organized first-hand by the organization. Martiniquais, being French citizens, are eligible to play for the France national football team. Martinique is, however, a member of CONCACAF and CFU and is eligible for all competitions organized by both organizations. Indeed, according to the status of the FFF (article 34, paragraph 6): "[...]Under the control of related continental confederations, and with the agreement of the FFF, those leagues can organize international sport events at a regional level or set up teams in order to participate to them." A special rule of the CONCACAF Gold Cup only allows players to join the team if they have not played for France during the past five years. On the other hand, any player joining Martinique is allowed to join the French national team afterwards without any time restrictions.

Martinique's highest honor to date was winning the Caribbean Cup in 1993. Martinique also was a two-time winner of the CFU Championship, a precursor to the Caribbean Cup. A more recent success was winning the 2010 Coupe de l'Outre-Mer. The team defeated Réunion 5–3 on penalties to claim the title. The national team has participated in three CONCACAF Gold Cups and its best finish in the competition was in 2002 when the team reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Canada 6–5 on penalties.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Guadeloupe.
Caps and goals updated as of April 19, 2014 after the match against Saint Lucia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Emmanuel Vermignon (1989-01-20) January 20, 1989 (age 25) 11 0 Martinique Club Colonial
2DF Sébastien Crétinoir (1986-02-12) February 12, 1986 (age 28) 27 0 Martinique Club Colonial
2DF Nicolas Zaïre (1986-12-07) December 7, 1986 (age 27) 19 1 Martinique Rivière-Pilote
2DF Sébastien Lepel (1990-09-10) September 10, 1990 (age 23) 7 0 Martinique Club Colonial
2DF Wilson Nattes (1989-03-02) March 2, 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Martinique Golden Lion
2DF Lionel Victoire 2 0 Martinique Aiglon
3MF Daniel Herelle (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 (age 25) 36 0 Martinique Club Colonial
3MF Gaël Germany (1983-05-10) May 10, 1983 (age 31) 23 3 Martinique Samaritaine
3MF Stéphane Abaul (1991-11-23) November 23, 1991 (age 22) 19 2 Martinique Club Franciscain
3MF Jordy Delem (1993-03-18) March 18, 1993 (age 21) 17 3 Martinique Club Franciscain
3MF Karl Vitulin (1991-01-15) January 15, 1991 (age 23) 14 0 Martinique Club Franciscain
3MF Andy Bodézon 2 0 Martinique Golden Lion
3MF Cyril Dijon 2 0 Martinique Emulation
4FW José-Thierry Goron (1990-03-21) March 21, 1990 (age 24) 39 12 Martinique Rivière-Pilote
4FW Anthony Angély (1990-03-21) March 21, 1990 (age 24) 12 2 Martinique Club Colonial
4FW Josué Joseph-Rose (1986-02-25) February 25, 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Martinique Essor-Préchotain
4FW Mathias Coureur (1988-03-22) March 22, 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Bulgaria Cherno More Varna

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called to the squad in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Loïc Chauvet (1988-04-30) April 30, 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Martinique Golden Star  Saint Lucia, March 19, 2014
GK Ricardo Bertrand (1986-12-06) December 6, 1986 (age 27) 1 0 Unattached  Saint Lucia, March 19, 2014
GK Kévin Olimpa (1988-03-10) March 10, 1988 (age 26) 6 0 Unattached 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Steeve Meslien (1981-12-27) December 27, 1981 (age 32) 7 1 Martinique Samaritaine  Saint Lucia, March 19, 2014
DF Jacky Berdix (1979-08-29) August 29, 1979 (age 34) 15 1 Martinique Case-Pilote 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Audrick Linord (1987-04-17) April 17, 1987 (age 27) 12 0 France Romorantin 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF William Sery (1986-03-20) March 20, 1986 (age 28) 7 0 France Raon-l'Étape 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Lionel Ravi (1985-11-12) November 12, 1985 (age 28) 5 0 Martinique Club Franciscain 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Grégory Arnolin (1980-11-10) November 10, 1980 (age 33) 3 0 Portugal Paços de Ferreira 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Jean-Sylvain Babin (1986-10-14) October 14, 1986 (age 27) 3 0 Spain Granada 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Livaye Aliker (1992-04-11) April 11, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Martinique Aiglon  Saint Lucia, March 19, 2014
MF Fabrice Reuperné (1975-09-18) September 18, 1975 (age 38) 26 2 Martinique Golden Star 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Olivier Thomert (1980-05-28) May 28, 1980 (age 34) 3 0 Unattached 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Kevin Tresfield (1988-04-11) April 11, 1988 (age 26) 12 3 Martinique Club Franciscain  Saint Lucia, March 19, 2014
FW Kévin Parsemain (1988-02-12) February 12, 1988 (age 26) 32 23 United States Seattle Sounders 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Steeve Gustan (1985-11-26) November 26, 1985 (age 28) 28 7 Martinique Club Franciscain 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Frédéric Piquionne (1978-12-08) December 8, 1978 (age 35) 7 2 Unattached 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Yoann Arquin (1988-04-15) April 15, 1988 (age 26) 2 0 Scotland Ross County 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Previous squads[edit]

Results[edit]

2010 Coupe de l'Outre-Mer

2010 Caribbean Cup

Last updated: 3 December 2010

Competitive record[edit]

Gold Cup record[edit]

Martinique has participated in four of the twelve CONCACAF Gold Cups contested. The team's first appearance in the competition was in 1993. The team was eliminated in the first round, however, not without procuring its first point in the competition after earning a 2–2 draw against Canada. Martinique's next appearance in the competition came in 2002. The team achieved its best performance reaching the quarterfinals where they lost to Canada 6–5 on penalties. The following year, Martinique appeared in the competition again, however, the team departed the tournament without scoring a goal.

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1991 Did not qualify
United States Mexico 1993 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 14
1996 to 2000 Did not qualify
United States 2002 Quarter final 6th 3 1 1 1 2 3
United States Mexico 2003 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 3
2005 to 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 4
Total 4/12 6th 11 2 2 7 7 24

Caribbean Cup record[edit]

Martinique have appeared in 12 Caribbean Cups. The national team is one of four teams to have won the competition. Martinique won their first and only Caribbean Cup title in 1993. The tournament was played in Jamaica and Martinique defeated the hosts 6–5 on penalties in the final match. The following year, Martinique finished runner-up to Trinidad and Tobago. The team has finished in third place on three occasions in 1992, 1996, and 2001.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA
Barbados 1989 Did not qualify
Jamaica 1991 Round 1 5th 3 1 1 1 4 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Third Place 3rd 5 2 1 2 10 6
Jamaica 1993 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 8 3
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Runner-Ups 2nd 5 3 1 1 12 10
Cayman IslandsJamaica 1995 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Third Place 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 4
Antigua and BarbudaSaint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Round 1 5th 2 1 0 1 2 3
JamaicaTrinidad and Tobago 1998 Round 1 5th 3 1 0 2 7 8
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 6 8
Barbados 2005 Round 1 4 1 2 1 5 3
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Round 1 6th 3 1 0 2 4 8
Jamaica 2008 Did not qualify
Martinique 2010 Round 1 7th 3 0 1 2 1 3
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 2 1 5 3
Total 12/16 1 Title 48 20 11 17 70 61

Coupe de l'Outre-Mer record[edit]

Martinique has participated all three editions of the Coupe de l'Outre-Mer, which was established in 2008. In the first edition, the team finished runner-up to the champions Réunion losing 1–0 in the final. In 2010, Martinique won its first Coupe de l'Outre-Mer defeating the defending champions Réunion 5–3 on penalties at the Stade Dominique Duvauchelle in Créteil. They lost the title back to Reunion in 2012 via a penalty shootout.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 2008 Runner-Ups 2nd 4 2 1 1 3 2
France 2010 Champions 1st 4 2 1 1 8 3
France 2012 Runner-Ups 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 5
Total 3/3 1 Title 12 6 3 3 20 10

CFU Championship record[edit]

From 1978–1985, Martinique participated in the CFU Championship, a precursor to the Caribbean Cup. Of the six championships played, Martinique featured three final rounds. Les Matinino won the competition twice in 1983 and 1985.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
Suriname 1978 Did not qualify
Suriname 1979
Puerto Rico 1981
French Guiana 1983 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 1
Barbados 1985 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 2
Martinique 1988[4] Runner-Ups 2nd
Total 3/6 2 Titles 6 4 2 0 10 3
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Matthew. [Sounders FC Rumored To Bring In Martinique Leading Goalscorer Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/soccer/2014/01/24/sounders-fc-rumored-to-bring-in-martinique-leading-goalscorer/#0DGVvE8FARDELRz0.99 "Sounders FC Rumored To Bring In Martinique Leading Goalscorer"]. rantsports.com. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Allez Matinino!". Ligue de Football de la Martinique (in French). 18 August 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Matinino en Présentation". Bondamanjak (in French). 8 September 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  4. ^ It is unsure if the tournament was completed, but some sources state that Trinidad and Tobago defeated Martinique 3–0 in the final.

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