Martinique national football team
|Association||Ligue de football de la Martinique|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Patrick Cavelan|
|Top scorer||Kévin Parsemain (23)|
|Home stadium||Stade d'Honneur de Dillon|
|Highest Elo ranking||64 (14 April 1994)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||125 (30 Sept 2011, 3 Mar 2012)|
| Barbados 3–2 Martinique
(Martinique; February 11, 1931)
| Martinique 16–0 British Virgin Islands
(Le Lamentin, Martinqiue; September 5, 2012)
| 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.
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.
The following players have been called to the squad in the last twelve months.
2010 Coupe de l'Outre-Mer
|23 September 2010
|Martinique||4–1||Tahiti||Parc des Sports des Maisons Rouges, Bry-sur-Marne|
|18:30 CET||Audel 44'
Percin 48', 82'
|Report||27' Li Fung Kee||Referee: Stephane Panont (Île-de-France)
|26 September 2010
|New Caledonia||0–4||Martinique||Stade Henri-Longuet, Viry-Châtillon|
|15:00 CET||Report|| 41', 90+2' Percin
|Referee: Stephane Tetauira (French Polynesia)
|29 September 2010
|Guadeloupe||2–0||Martinique||Stade Louison Bobet, Le Plessis-Trévise|
|20:00 CET||Lambourde 20'
|Report||Referee: David Hoarau (Réunion)
|2 October 2010
|Réunion||0 – 0
3 – 5 pen.
|Martinique||Stade Dominique Duvauchelle, Créteil|
|17:00 CET||Report||Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (Nord-Pas-de-Calais)
2010 Caribbean Cup
|26 November 2010
|Martinique||1–1||Grenada||Stade Pierre-Aliker, Fort-de-France|
|20:30 CET||Goron 79' (pen.)||Report||Bain 29'||Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Raymond Bogle (Jamaica)
|28 November 2010
|Martinique||0–1||Cuba||Stade Pierre-Aliker, Fort-de-France|
|18:30 CET||Report||Márquez 28'||Attendance: 500
Referee: Trevor Taylor (Barbados)
|30 November 2010
|Martinique||0–1||Trinidad and Tobago||Stade Pierre-Aliker, Fort-de-France|
|20:30 CET||Report||Hector 47'||Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Trevor Taylor (Barbados)
Last updated: 3 December 2010
Gold Cup record
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|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|1996 to 2000||Did not qualify|
|2005 to 2011||Did not qualify|
Caribbean Cup record
Martinique have appeared in 13 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.
|1989||Did not qualify|
|1995||Did not qualify|
|1999||Did not qualify|
|2008||Did not qualify|
- Play was suspended when Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted a coup d'état of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament was abandoned altogether after Tropical storm Arthur forced the cancellation of the final round of games. Martinique were to meet Trinidad and Tobago in the final.
Coupe de l'Outre-Mer record
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.
CFU Championship record
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.
|1978||Did not qualify|
- *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.
- CFU Championship:
- Winners (2): 1983, 1985
- 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.
- "Allez Matinino!". Ligue de Football de la Martinique (in French). 18 August 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- "Matinino en Présentation". Bondamanjak (in French). 8 September 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- It is unsure if the tournament was completed, but some sources state that Trinidad and Tobago defeated Martinique 3–0 in the final.