Trinidad and Tobago at the FIFA World Cup

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The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

Trinidad and Tobago have qualified for the final stages of the FIFA World Cup on one occasion, in 2006, when they qualified for the tournament in Germany, but were eliminated at the group stage.[1]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006 Group Stage (Group B) 4th 3 0 1 2 0 4
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total Group Stage 1/19 3 0 1 2 0 4

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Shaka Hislop 22 February 1969 26 England West Ham United
2 2DF Ian Cox 25 March 1971 16 England Gillingham
3 2DF Avery John 18 June 1975 58 United States New England Revolution
4 2DF Marvin Andrews 22 December 1975 98 Scotland Rangers
5 2DF Brent Sancho 13 March 1977 42 England Gillingham
6 2DF Dennis Lawrence 1 August 1974 65 England Wrexham
7 3MF Chris Birchall 5 May 1984 21 England Port Vale
8 2DF Cyd Gray 21 November 1976 41 Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh
9 3MF Aurtis Whitley 1 May 1977 26 Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh
10 4FW Russell Latapy 2 August 1968 66 Scotland Falkirk
11 3MF Carlos Edwards 24 October 1978 53 England Luton Town
12 4FW Collin Samuel 27 August 1981 19 Scotland Dundee United
13 4FW Cornell Glen 21 October 1980 37 United States Los Angeles Galaxy
14 4FW Stern John 30 October 1976 97 England Coventry City
15 4FW Kenwyne Jones 5 October 1984 30 England Southampton
16 3MF Evans Wise 23 November 1973 17 Germany Waldhof Mannheim
17 2DF Atiba Charles 29 September 1977 19 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
18 3MF Densill Theobald 27 June 1982 40 Scotland Falkirk
19 4FW Dwight Yorke (c) 3 November 1971 56 Australia Sydney FC
20 4FW Jason Scotland 18 February 1979 25 Scotland St. Johnstone
21 1GK Kelvin Jack 29 April 1976 32 Scotland Dundee
22 1GK Clayton Ince 13 July 1972 63 England Coventry City
23 3MF Anthony Wolfe 23 December 1983 4 Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh

Silvio Spann was originally in the squad, but had to drop-out after sustaining a hamstring injury in the run-up to the tournament. He was replaced by Evans Wise.
Head coach of Trinidad and Tobago's 2006 World Cup squad was Leo Beenhakker.

Finals Matches[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago were drawn in Group B along with England, Sweden, and Paraguay.

In their first match, Trinidad and Tobago held a strong Swedish side to a 0–0 draw, despite having Avery John sent off less than 30 seconds into the second half. Team captain Dwight Yorke won Man of the Match honours.[2]

Trinidad and Tobago lost their second game of the group stage to England 2–0. Late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard secured England a place in the second round.[3] Trinidad had hoped for a draw between Paraguay and Sweden for their best chances of getting second place but Sweden defeated Paraguay 1–0.[4]

Trinidad and Tobago lost their third and final game of Group B to Paraguay 2–0. An own goal from Brent Sancho put them behind early in the game, and Paraguay scored a second goal late in the match from Nelson Cuevas.[5]

Trinidad and Tobago finished last in Group B with one point, and were eliminated from the 2006 World Cup. They were the only team in the 2006 World Cup not to score a goal.[6]

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
 Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
 Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
Team #1   Score   Team #2
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 0–0 Sweden Sweden
England England 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
Paraguay Paraguay 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago World Cup Record". FIFA.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago 0-0 Sweden". BBC Sport. 2006-06-10 6. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  3. ^ "England 2-0 Trinidad and Tobago". BBC Sport. 2006-06-15 6. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Sweden 1-0 Paraguay". BBC Sport. 2006-06-15 6. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Paraguay 2-0 Trinidad and Tobago". BBC Sport. 2006-06-20 6. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Beenhakker admits defeat was fair". BBC Sport. 2006-06-20 6. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 

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