Netherlands Antilles national football team
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Remko Bicentini|
|Home stadium||Stadion Ergilio Hato|
|Highest FIFA ranking||118 (July 1995)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||188 (December 2003)|
|Highest Elo ranking||41 (March 1963)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||174 (October 2009, October 2010)|
| Neth. Antilles 3–1 Panama
(Ciudad de Guatemala; 4 March 1948)
Neth. Antilles 2–2 Suriname
(Willemstad, 31 October 2010)
| Neth. Antilles 15–0 Puerto Rico
(Venezuela; 15 January 1959)
| Netherlands 8–0 Neth. Antilles
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 5 September 1962)
Mexico 8–0 Neth. Antilles
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 8 December 1973)
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||4 (First in 1963)|
|Best result||Third, 1963, 1969|
The Netherlands Antilles national football team (Dutch, "Nederlands-Antilliaans voetbalelftal"; Papiamentu, "Selekshon Antiano di futbòl"), was the national team of the former Netherlands Antilles and was controlled by the Nederlands Antilliaanse Voetbal Unie. The NAVU consisted of Curaçao and Bonaire. Aruba split in 1986 and has its own team.
The Netherlands Antilles team never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. The country managed to come third in the CONCACAF championships of 1963 and 1969; for four days in March 1963 they could have been regarded as unofficial World Champions, beating Mexico 2–1 before losing to Costa Rica 0–1.
Under the name Curaçao, the team played its first international game in 1934 (against Suriname, which was then still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as well) and continued to use the name Curaçao until the qualifications for the World Championships of 1958, although the name of the area had changed from "Territory of Curaçao" to "Netherlands Antilles" in 1948. In order to boost the competence of the team's players, in 1968 an agreement was nearly reached which would allow the Netherlands Antilles to play in the Combined Counties Football League in the lower divisions of the English football pyramid. The move would have seen the team adopting a home ground in the Netherlands as a base and travelling to play English teams as a regular team, albeit one without promotion or relegation prospects. However, the idea was shelved after initial promise due to cost concerns for most amateur teams.
Dissolution of country
The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved as a unified political entity on 10 October 2010, and the five constituent islands took on new constitutional statuses within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, forming 2 new countries (Curaçao and Sint Maarten) and 3 new special municipalities of the Netherlands (namely Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius).
At the time of the dissolution, the team was about to compete in the qualification tournament for the 2010 Caribbean Championship, and finally competed under an obsolete country name. Sint Maarten national football team, as well as Bonaire national football team are already members of CONCACAF, but are not members of FIFA. The Curaçao national football team took the place of the Netherlands Antilles as a FIFA member.
World Cup record
|Team 1||agg.||Team 2||Leg 1||Leg 2|
|Team 1||agg.||Team 2||Leg 1||Leg 2|
CONCACAF Championship record
- 1963 - 3rd place
- 1965 - 5th place
- 1967 - Did not qualify
- 1969 - 3rd place
- 1971 - Withdrew
- 1973 - 6th place
- 1977 to 1989 - Did not qualify
Gold Cup record
- 1991 - Did not enter
- 1993 - Withdrew
- 1996 to 2000 - Did not qualify
- 2002 - Did not enter
- 2003 - Did not qualify
- 2005 - Withdrew
- 2007 to 2011 - Did not qualify
Pan American Games record
All-time record against other nations
As of 31 May 2012
|Trinidad and Tobago||17||1||6||10|
|Antigua and Barbuda||9||5||2||2|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1||0||1||0|
- Curaçao national football team (The name of the team before the change of country name to Netherlands Antilles)
- Sint Maarten national football team
- Netherlands national football team
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- "Curaçao page on". Fifa.com. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Curaçao Match history". Soccerway.com. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- Netherlands Antilles at the FIFA website.