Netherlands Antilles national football team

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This article is about the Netherlands Antilles national football team (1958–2010). For the national team prior to 1958, see Territory of Curaçao national football team. For the Curaçao national team established in 2011, see Curaçao national football team.
Netherlands Antilles
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Nederlands Antilliaanse
Voetbal Unie
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Remko Bicentini
Captain Robin Nelisse
Home stadium Stadion Ergilio Hato
FIFA code ANT
FIFA ranking 151
Highest FIFA ranking 118 (July 1995)
Lowest FIFA ranking 188 (December 2003)
Elo ranking 171
Highest Elo ranking 41 (March 1963)
Lowest Elo ranking 174 (October 2009, October 2010)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Netherlands Neth. Antilles 3–1 Panama Panama
(Ciudad de Guatemala; 4 March 1948)
Last International
Netherlands Antilles Neth. Antilles 2–2 Suriname 
(Willemstad, 31 October 2010)
Biggest win
Netherlands Antilles Neth. Antilles 15–0 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
(Venezuela; 15 January 1959)
Biggest defeat
Netherlands Netherlands 8–0 Neth. Antilles Netherlands Antilles
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 5 September 1962)
Mexico Mexico 8–0 Neth. Antilles Netherlands Antilles
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 8 December 1973)
CONCACAF Championship
& 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.

History[edit]

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,[1] 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.[2]

Dissolution of country[edit]

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,[3] 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.[4]

World Cup record[edit]

2010 Qualifying[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Team 1 agg. Team 2 Leg 1 Leg 2
 Nicaragua 0–3  Netherlands Antilles 0–1 0–2

Round 2[edit]

Team 1 agg. Team 2 Leg 1 Leg 2
 Haiti 1–0  Netherlands Antilles 0–0 1–0

CONCACAF Championship record[edit]

Gold Cup record[edit]

Pan American Games record[edit]

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of 31 May 2012[5]

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
 Netherlands 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 191 52 50 89

Titles[edit]

Managers[edit]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the FIFA worldcup preliminary competition (By year)". FIFA. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Dave Russell, Football and the English: A Social History of Association Football, (London, 1997), pp. 78-79
  3. ^ "Antillen opgeheven op 10-10-2010" (in Dutch). NOS. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Curaçao page on". Fifa.com. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Curaçao Match history". Soccerway.com. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

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