Trinidad and Tobago national football team

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Trinidad and Tobago
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Soca Warriors
Association Trinidad and Tobago Football Association
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Stephen Hart
Captain Kenwyne Jones
Most caps Angus Eve (117)
Top scorer Stern John (70)
Home stadium Hasely Crawford Stadium
FIFA code TRI
FIFA ranking 76 Steady 0
Highest FIFA ranking 25 (June 2001)
Lowest FIFA ranking 106 (October 2010)
Elo ranking 88
Highest Elo ranking 35 (January 1929)
Lowest Elo ranking 116 (September 1987)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[1]
Biggest win
 Trinidad and Tobago 11–0 Aruba 
(Grenada; 4 June 1989)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 October 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
Best result Round 1, 2006
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 13 (First in 1967)
Best result Runners-up; 1973

The Trinidad and Tobago national football team, nicknamed The Soca Warriors is the national team of Trinidad and Tobago and is run by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The team is ranked 76th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and 103rd in the World Football Elo Ratings. The team reached the first round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals and currently holds the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a World Cup.

The separate Trinidad and Tobago national football teams are not related to the national team and are not directly affiliated with the game's governing bodies of FIFA or CONCACAF, but are affiliated with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.

History[edit]

1970s[edit]

At the 1973 CONCACAF Championship, Trinidad and Tobago fell two points short of qualifying for the 1974 World Cup Finals in controversial fashion. Trinidad and Tobago lost a crucial game on 4 December 1973 against hosts Haiti 2–1 after being denied five goals. The referee, José Roberto Henríquez of El Salvador, and Canadian linesman James Higuet were subsequently banned for life by FIFA for the dubious events of the match.[2][3][4]

1980s to 1990s: The Strike Squad[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Nicknamed the Strike Squad during the qualifying campaign, Trinidad and Tobago needed only a draw to qualify in their final game played at home against the United States on 19 November 1989. In front of an over-capacity crowd of more than 30,000 at the National Stadium on Red Day,[5] Paul Caligiuri of the United States scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing Trinidad and Tobago's qualification hopes.[6] For the good behaviour of the crowd at the stadium, despite the devastating loss and overcrowded stands, the spectators of Trinidad and Tobago were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1989.[7]

2000s[edit]

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany, its first-ever qualification for the tournament. During their qualifying campaign, they sat at the bottom of the table in the final round of qualifying with one point from three. However, after the arrival of Leo Beenhakker as team coach and the recalling of veteran players Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, Trinidad and Tobago reversed its fortunes and placed fourth in the group. They qualified via a playoff against Bahrain, recovering from a 1–1 draw at home to win 1–0 in Manama, Bahrain to book a place in the finals. As a result, Trinidad and Tobago became the smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

In Germany, Trinidad and Tobago were grouped with England, Sweden and Paraguay in Group B. They drew their first game 0–0 against Sweden despite going down to ten men early in the second half. They lost both their remaining matches against England and Paraguay by a 2–0 margin.

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   Score   Team
Trinidad and Tobago  0–0  Sweden
England  2–0  Trinidad and Tobago
Paraguay  2–0  Trinidad and Tobago

2010s[edit]

2010 World Cup Cycle[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago began their campaign in the Second Round with a home and away series against Bermuda. Trinidad and Tobago lost the first match at home 1–2, but bounced back to win the away leg in Bermuda 2–0 to progress to the third round 3–2 on aggregate. The Soca Warriors advanced to Group 1 of the Third Round alongside the United States, Guatemala, and Cuba. Trinidad and Tobago progressed to the Fourth Round by placing second in the group with eleven points from six games. This qualified Trinidad and Tobago for the Fourth Round, or Hexagonal, against Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States. The Fourth Round was also played in a home and away format among the six teams involved. Qualification quickly turned disastrous for Trinidad and Tobago as they tied 2–2 with El Salvador after leading 2–0. They would then tie 1–1 with Honduras following a late-strike. However, three consecutive losses to the United States, Costa Rica, and Mexico found the Soca Warriors bottom of the Hexagonal with two points from their first five matches. In their sixth match, they recorded their first win of the round by defeating El Salvador 1–0. However, the victory was short lived as they suffered losses to Honduras and the United States the following month; ending their hopes to qualify for the World Cup.

2014 World Cup Cycle[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago entered qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the Second Round of CONCACAF as a seeded team with Guyana, Bermuda, and Barbados the other teams drawn in Group B. The Soca Warriors defeated Bermuda (1–0) and Bardados (2–0) in their first two matches to earn a full six points. However, on 7 October 2011, Trinidad and Tobago lost away to Bermuda in Devonshire Parish 2–1 to hurt its chances of advancing to the Third Round of qualification.[8] The team quickly rebounded four days later by defeating Barbados 4–0 in Hasely Crawford Stadium with a hat-trick from Lester Peltier.[9] Entering the final two matches in the Second Round, Trinidad and Tobago found itself in second place behind Guyana by one point. As only the group winner would advance to the Third Round of qualification, the Soca Warriors needed to take four points in the next two matches both facing Guyana to advance. Trinidad and Tobago first traveled to Providence, Guyana to face the Golden Jaguars on 11 November 2011. With an early goal from Ricky Shakes and another from Leon Cort in the 81st minute, Trinidad and Tobago found itself behind 2–0 and facing elimination. Kenwyne Jones managed to pull the team within a goal in the 93rd minute, but it was too late as the match would end 2–1 in favor of Guyana.[10] With the loss, Trinidad and Tobago were officially eliminated from qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 12 January 2012, Otto Pfister was sacked following a disappointing campaign which saw the country's earliest exit from World Cup qualification since 1994.[11]

Schedule and recent results[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago 2013 Record

Wins Draws Losses GF GA
4 4 6 13 19

The following is a list of matches from the last twelve months, as well as any future matches that have been officially scheduled this year.

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result T&T scorers
23 March 2013 FFB Stadium,  Belize  Belize
IF
0–0 D
26 March 2013 Estadio Nacional,  Peru  Peru
IF
0–3 L
4 June 2013 Arena Națională,  Romania  Romania
IF
0–4 L
7 June 2013 A. Le Coq Arena,  Estonia  Estonia
IF
0–1 L
8 July 2013 Red Bull Arena,  United States  El Salvador
GC GS
2–2 D
Daniel Goal 11'
K. Jones Goal 73'
12 July 2013 Sun Life Stadium,  United States  Haiti
GC GS
0–2 L
15 July 2013 BBVA Compass Stadium,  United States  Honduras
GC GS
2–0 W
K. Jones Goal 48' (pen.)
Molino Goal 67'
20 July 2013 Georgia Dome,  United States  Mexico
GC QF
0–1 L
5 September 2013 King Fahd International Stadium,  Saudi Arabia  United Arab Emirates
OSN Cup
3–3 D
Plaza Goal 55'
K. Jones Goal 87' (pen.)
Molino Goal 90+2'
9 September 2013 King Fahd International Stadium,  Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia
OSN Cup
3–1 W
K. Jones Goal 4'Goal 5'
Boucaud Goal 85'
15 October 2013 Hasely Crawford Stadium,  Trinidad and Tobago  New Zealand
IF
0–0 D
15 November 2013 Catherine Hall Sports Complex,  Jamaica  Jamaica
IF
1–0 W
A. Guerra Goal 7'
19 November 2013 Hasely Crawford Stadium,  Trinidad and Tobago  Jamaica
IF
2–0 W
A. Guerra Goal 49'
K. Jones Goal 73' (pen.)
27 May 2014 Estadio Jaime Morón León,  Colombia  Colombia
IF
4 June 2014 Estadio Ciudad de La Plata,  Argentina  Argentina
IF
8 June 2014 Arena Corinthians,  Brazil[12]  Iran
IF

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named to the squad for the 2013 OSN Cup.

Goals and caps are updated as of 20 July 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jan-Michael Williams (1984-10-26) 26 October 1984 (age 29) 53 0 Trinidad and Tobago Central FC
1GK Marvin Phillip (1984-08-01) 1 August 1984 (age 29) 40 0 Trinidad and Tobago Point Fortin Civic
1GK Glenroy Samuel (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA
2DF Sheldon Bateau (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Mechelen
2DF Justin Hoyte (1984-11-20) 20 November 1984 (age 29) 4 0 England Millwall
2DF Robert Primus (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 23) 5 0 Kazakhstan Aktobe
2DF Mekeil Williams (1990-07-24) 24 July 1990 (age 23) 1 1 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
2DF Aubrey David (1990-10-11) 11 October 1990 (age 23) 8 1 Finland FF Jaro
2DF Radanfah Abu Bakr (1987-02-12) 12 February 1987 (age 27) 12 1 Lithuania FK Kruoja Pakruojis
2DF Daneil Cyrus (1990-12-15) 15 December 1990 (age 23) 30 0 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
2DF Curtis González (1989-01-26) 26 January 1989 (age 25) 11 0 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
3MF Khaleem Hyland (1989-06-05) 5 June 1989 (age 24) 34 3 Belgium Racing Genk
3MF Kevan George (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 24) 0 0 United States Dayton Dutch Lions
3MF Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 23) 19 4 United States Orlando City
3MF Densill Theobald (1982-06-27) 27 June 1982 (age 31) 95 2 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA
3MF Marcus Joseph (1991-04-29) 29 April 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Trinidad and Tobago Point Fortin Civic
3MF Ataullah Guerra (1987-11-14) 14 November 1987 (age 26) 21 2 Trinidad and Tobago Central FC
3MF Andre Boucaud (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 29) 10 0 England Notts County
4FW Kenwyne Jones (1984-10-05) 5 October 1984 (age 29) 56 9 Wales Cardiff City
4FW Lester Peltier (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 25) 17 5 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
4FW Willis Plaza (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 26) 7 4 Trinidad and Tobago Central FC

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Kareem Moses (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Canada FC Edmonton v.  Estonia; 7 June 2013
MF Keyon Edwards (1983-12-29) 29 December 1983 (age 30) 10 0 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA v.  Peru; 26 March 2013
MF Keon Daniel (1987-01-16) 16 January 1987 (age 27) 59 14 United States Philadelphia Union v.  Mexico; 20 July 2013
MF Darren Mitchell (1989-10-16) 16 October 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Trinidad and Tobago Central v.  Peru; 26 March 2013
FW Devorn Jorsling (1983-12-27) 27 December 1983 (age 30) 40 17 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force v.  Estonia; 7 June 2013
FW Shahdon Winchester (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Finland FF Jaro v.  Estonia; 7 June 2013
FW Jason Marcano (1983-12-30) 30 December 1983 (age 30) 11 0 Trinidad and Tobago Central v.  Peru; 26 March 2013

Most capped players[edit]

Rank Player Caps Goals Years[13]
1 Angus Eve 117 34 1994–2005
2 Stern John 115 70 1995–2011
3 Marvin Andrews 102 10 1996–2009
4 Densill Theobald 95 2 2002–
5 Dennis Lawrence 89 5 2000–2010
6 Carlos Edwards 88 4 1999–
7 Russell Latapy 81 29 1988–2009
8 Clayton Ince 79 0 1997–2010
9 Dwight Yorke 74 19 1989–2009
10 Arnold Dwarika 73 28 1993–2009

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Caps Goals Years[13]
1 Stern John 115 70 1995–2011
2 Angus Eve 117 34 1994–2005
3 Russell Latapy 81 29 1988–2009
4 Arnold Dwarika 73 28 1993–2009
5 Cornell Glen 68 23 2002–
6 Leonson Lewis 36 22 1988–1996
Nigel Pierre 58 22 1999–2005
8 Dwight Yorke 74 19 1989–2009
9 Devorn Jorsling 40 17 2007–
10 Steve David 16 15 1972–1976

Competitive record[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago have competed the FIFA World Cup, as well as CFU and CONCACAF regional tournaments.

The team qualified for its first World Cup in 2006, with the team finishing 0–1–2 in its three First Round matches. Even though the team did not advance further in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first point from the World Cup in its first appearance.

In regional competitions, Trinidad and Tobago best finish in the CONCACAF Championship and later the Gold Cup came in 1973 when the team came in 2nd. Since then they have only advanced beyond the First Round twice; the first came in 2000 where the Soca Warriors lost to the eventual winners Canada in the Semifinals and the second in 2013.

All CFU members have competed in the Caribbean Cup as a qualification tournament for the Gold Cup since 1989. Trinidad and Tobago has won eight out of thirteen Caribbean Cups since its inception.

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1962 Did not enter
1966 to 2002 Did not qualify
Germany 2006 Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 0 4
2010 to 2014 Did not qualify
Total Group Stage 1/20 3 0 1 2 0 4

Managers[edit]

Manager T&T Career Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Trinidad and Tobago Chambers, GeorgeGeorge Chambers 1964 5 4 1 0 80.0
Hungary Brunner, AmerigoAmerigo Brunner 1965, 1966 2 1 0 1 50.0
Trinidad and Tobago Braithwaite, ConradConrad Braithwaite 1965–1967 8 3 1 4 37.5
England Laing, MichaelMichael Laing 1968 4 1 1 2 25.0
Trinidad and Tobago Smith, TrevorTrevor Smith 1969 5 1 1 3 20.0
England Verity, KevinKevin Verity 1972–1973 9 6 1 2 66.7
Trinidad and Tobago Vidale, EdgarEdgar Vidale 1976 6 2 2 2 33.3
Trinidad and Tobago Corneal, AlvinAlvin Corneal 1980 3 1 1 1 33.3
Trinidad and Tobago Butcher, KennethKenneth Butcher 1980 1 0 1 0 00.0
Trinidad and Tobago Warner, RoderickRoderick Warner 1984–1985 10 2 1 7 20.0
Trinidad and Tobago Cummings, EveraldEverald Cummings 1988–1989 25 10 9 6 40.0
Trinidad and Tobago Cooper, KenwynKenwyn Cooper 1989 4 3 0 1 75.0
Trinidad and Tobago Corneal, AlvinAlvin Corneal 1990 1 0 0 1 00.0
Trinidad and Tobago Vidale, EdgarEdgar Vidale 1990–1991 12 5 2 5 41.7
Trinidad and Tobago Isa, MuhammadMuhammad Isa 1992 8 7 0 1 87.5
Brazil D'Oliviera, ClovisClovis D'Oliviera 1992 1 0 1 0 00.0
Trinidad and Tobago Cummings, EveraldEverald Cummings 1993 5 2 1 2 40.0
Trinidad and Tobago Joseph, KennyKenny Joseph 1994, 1996 15 12 1 2 80.0
Serbia Vraneš, ZoranZoran Vraneš 1994–1996 24 11 4 9 45.8
Brazil de Araújo, SebastianSebastian de Araújo 1996 5 0 1 4 00.0
Trinidad and Tobago Vidale, EdgarEdgar Vidale 1997 1 0 1 0 00.0
Trinidad and Tobago St. Clair, BertilleBertille St. Clair 1997–2000 40 19 5 16 47.5
Scotland Porterfield, IanIan Porterfield 2000–2001 33 19 6 8 57.6
Brazil Simões, RenéRené Simões 2001–2002 10 2 2 6 20.0
Trinidad and Tobago Morris, ClaytonClayton Morris 2002 3 0 1 2 00.0
Trinidad and Tobago Najjar, HannibalHannibal Najjar 2002–2003 6 3 0 3 50.0
Serbia Vraneš, ZoranZoran Vraneš 2003 3 0 0 3 00.0
Saint Lucia Charles-Fevrier, StuartStuart Charles-Fevrier 2003 8 2 3 3 25.0
Trinidad and Tobago La Forest, RonRon La Forest 2004 3 2 1 0 66.7
Trinidad and Tobago St. Clair, BertilleBertille St. Clair 2004–2005 34 18 2 14 52.9
Netherlands Beenhakker, LeoLeo Beenhakker 2005–2006 22 8 5 9 36.4
Netherlands Rijsbergen, WimWim Rijsbergen 2006–2007 18 6 4 8 33.3
Trinidad and Tobago Corneal, AntonAnton Corneal 2008 2 1 1 0 50.0
Colombia Maturana, FranciscoFrancisco Maturana 2008–2009 32 17 9 6 53.1
Trinidad and Tobago Latapy, RussellRussell Latapy[14] 2009–2011 23 9 3 11 39.1
Germany Pfister, OttoOtto Pfister[15] 2011–2012 7 5 0 2 71.4
Trinidad and Tobago Charles, HutsonHutson Charles 2012–2013 20 7 2 11 35.0
Trinidad and Tobago Hart, StephenStephen Hart 2013– 9 4 3 2 44

Supporters' groups[edit]

The major supporters' group for the Trinidad and Tobago national team is the Soca Warriors Supporters Club. Also known as The Warrior Nation, the group is a non-profit organization that formed shortly after Trinidad and Tobago secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It's run by Soca Warriors Online founder Inshan "Flex" Mohammed and Nigel Myers.

Honours[edit]

Continental[edit]

Regional[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]