Belize national football team

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Belize
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Jaguars, The Unbelizeables
Association Football Federation of Belize (FFB)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Head coach Richard Orłowski
Most caps Elroy Smith (44)
Top scorer Deon McCaulay (21)
Home stadium FFB Field, Belmopan
FIFA code BLZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 166 Increase 1 (10 August 2017)
Highest 114 (April–June 2016)
Lowest 201 (November 2007 – January 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 171 (28 May 2017)
Highest 167 (June 14, 2013)
Lowest 189 (January 2008)
First international
 El Salvador 3–0 Belize Belize
(San Salvador, El Salvador; November 29, 1995)
Biggest win
Belize Belize 7–1 Nicaragua 
(Belize City, Belize; April 17, 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 7–0 Belize Belize
(San José, Costa Rica; March 17, 1999)
 Mexico 7–0 Belize Belize
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2013)
Best result Group stage, 2013

The Belize national football team is controlled by the Football Federation of Belize. It is affiliated with the Central American Football Union of CONCACAF.

Although Belize has never qualified for a FIFA World Cup tournament, it has once qualified for a CONCACAF Gold Cup championship in 2013, in which they were eliminated in the group stage. Belize has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup championship in which their best result was fourth place in 2013.

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

Although Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981 (and many of the UK's current colonies have international teams), Belize did not play international football until 1995. It made its debut at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup and was eliminated in the first round after losing to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Belize has never qualified for the World Cup but finished fourth in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. Their fourth-place finish in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana gave Belize its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

June 2011 suspension by FIFA[edit]

On June 15, 2011, Belize kicked-off its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign against minnows Montserrat, winning 2–5 away in a match played in the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. However, the return which was scheduled for June 19 was postponed by FIFA when they suspended the FFB due to governmental interference.[1]

Facilities[edit]

FFB Field in Belmopan is the home stadium for the Belize national football team. Prior to this stadium, Belize had no facilities that met FIFA specifications. Apart from this Belize has many fields to play on but with no facilities for the players.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1994 Did not exist
1998 to 2018 Did not qualify
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total 0/21

Gold Cup record[edit]

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1991 to 1993 Did not exist
1996 to 2002 Did not qualify
United States Mexico 2003 Did not enter
2005 to 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 11
United States Canada 2015 Did not qualify
Total 1/13

Copa Centroamericana[edit]

Copa Centroamericana Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
Costa Rica 1991 Did Not Exist
Honduras 1993 Did Not Exist
El Salvador 1995 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 5
Guatemala 1997 Preliminary 7th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Costa Rica 1999 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 12
Honduras 2001 Group Stage 6th 2 0 1 1 3 7
Panama 2003 Did Not Enter
Guatemala 2005 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 0 7
El Salvador 2007 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 3 7
Honduras 2009 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 7
Panama 2011 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 8
Costa Rica 2013 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 2 4
United States 2014 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 6
Panama 2017 Group Stage 6th 5 0 1 4 2 10
Total 10/13 0 Titles 30 1 6 23 19 69

The 1995 tournament in El Salvador saw Belize's international debut. They played the hosts in their first-ever international on November 29 in Group A. El Salvador won 3–0 with all goals coming in the second half.[2] On December 1 Belize scored their first-ever international goal as they lost 2–1 to Costa Rica and were eliminated from the tournament. Both other teams advanced to the semi-finals and were defeated there, Costa Rica's conqueror Honduras beat Guatemala in the final.

Team staff[edit]

Name Nat Position
Richard Orlowski Poland Head coach
Carlos Slusher Belize Assistant Head coach
Peter Jones Belize Assistant Head coach
Kent Gabourel Sr. Belize Goalkeeping coach
Phillip Marin Honduras Physical Trainer
Thomas Rivars Belize Physiotherapist

Current squad[edit]

The following 27 players were called up for the 2017 Copa Centroamericana in January 2017.
Caps and goals updated as January 23, 2017 after the game against Honduras.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Woodrow West (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 31) 28 0 Honduras Honduras Progreso
27 1GK Shane Orio (1980-08-07) August 7, 1980 (age 37) 31 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits

4 2DF Makonnan Clare 2 0
5 2DF Elroy Kuylen (1983-06-06) June 6, 1983 (age 34) 26 5 Belize Belmopan Bandits
7 2DF Ian Gaynair (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 (age 31) 44 1 Belize Belmopan Bandits
8 2DF Elroy Smith (captain) (1981-11-30) November 30, 1981 (age 35) 51 3 Belize Belmopan Bandits
18 2DF Evral Trapp (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 30) 25 0 Belize Verdes FC
23 2DF Tyrone Pandy (1986-01-14) January 14, 1986 (age 31) 12 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
26 2DF Mike Atkinson 2 0
28 2DF Khalil Velasquez (1985-08-13) August 13, 1985 (age 32) 7 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits

3 3MF Trevor Lennen (1983-01-05) January 5, 1983 (age 34) 36 1 Belize Police United
12 3MF Denmark Casey (1994-01-14) January 14, 1994 (age 23) 16 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
13 3MF Delone Torres (1994-06-14) June 14, 1994 (age 23) 6 0 Belize Placencia Assassins
14 3MF Andrés Makin (1992-04-11) April 11, 1992 (age 25) 16 0 Belize Police United
16 3MF Jordy Leonel Polanco (1996-07-08) July 8, 1996 (age 21) 9 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
17 3MF Devon Makin (1990-11-11) November 11, 1990 (age 26) 10 0 Belize Police United
19 3MF Luis Torres (1993-03-02) March 2, 1993 (age 24) 3 0 Belize Placencia Assassins
22 3MF Nana Mensah (1989-01-19) January 19, 1989 (age 28) 5 0 Turkey Belediye Bingölspor

9 4FW Deon McCaulay (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987 (age 29) 42 22 Belize Verdes FC
10 4FW Michael Salazar (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 24) 10 0 Canada Montreal Impact
11 4FW Jarret Davis (1989-06-17) June 17, 1989 (age 28) 8 0 Belize Verdes FC
20 4FW Daniel Jimenez (1988-04-14) April 14, 1988 (age 29) 32 2 Belize Police United
29 4FW Gilroy Thurton (1993-09-07) September 7, 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Belize Verdes FC

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the past 18 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

GK Tevin Gamboa (1994-01-22) January 22, 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Belize Belize Defence Force v.  Honduras, November 3, 2016

DF Ajani Banner 1 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits v.  Honduras, November 3, 2016
DF Dalton Eiley (1983-12-10) December 10, 1983 (age 33) 37 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits v.  Honduras, October 8, 2016

MF John King (1993-11-13) November 13, 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits v.  Honduras, November 3, 2016
MF Jordy Polanco (1996-06-08) June 8, 1996 (age 21) 10 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits v.  Honduras, January 22, 2017
MF Amin August Jr. (1990-08-16) August 16, 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Belize Police United v.  Honduras, November 3, 2016

FW Jerome James (1981-04-11) April 11, 1981 (age 36) 14 1 Belize Belmopan Bandits v.  Honduras, November 3, 2016
FW Carlton Thomas (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Belize Police FC v.  Honduras, November 3, 2016

Records[edit]

As of January 24, 2017
Players in bold text are still active with Belize.

Managers[edit]

Since the creation of the national team in 1995, several coaches have been in charge of managing Belize. From 1995 to 1996, Winston Michael was appointed as Belize's first ever manager. As of January 2012, the Belize national football team has had 11 managers.

Manager Period in charge Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Belize Michael, WinstonWinston Michael 1995–1996 4 0 0 4 000.0
Argentina Bilches, ManuelManuel Bilches 1999–2000 6 0 1 5 000.0
Costa Rica Sherrier Lewis, LeroyLeroy Sherrier Lewis 2001 5 3 1 1 060.0
Brazil Santana, EduardoEduardo Santana 2003 0 0 0 0 !
Belize Adderly, AnthonyAnthony Adderly 2004–2006 5 0 0 5 000.0
Brazil Antonio Carlos Vieira 2006–2007 3 0 0 3 000.0
Guatemala Salas, José PalmiroJosé Palmiro Salas 2008 2 1 0 1 050.0
United States Mork, IanIan Mork[3] 2008 4 0 1 3 000.0
Mexico Couoh, RenanRenan Couoh 2008–2009 3 0 1 2 000.0
Honduras José de la Paz Herrera 2010–2012 7 2 2 3 028.6
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2012–2013 5 1 1 3 020.0
Belize Charlie Slusher 2013 1 0 1 0 000.0
United States Mork, IanIan Mork[4] 2013–2014 4 0 1 3 000.0
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2014–2015 3 0 0 3 000.0
Brazil Jorge Nunez 2015–2016 4 2 2 0 050.0
Poland Richard Orlowski 2016- 5 0 1 4 000.0

Schedule and recent results[edit]

Recent match results[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suspension of the Football Federation of Belize – FIFA
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  3. ^ As World Cup soccer coach,Mork's gotta Belize – San Diego Union Tribune
  4. ^ As World Cup soccer coach,Mork's gotta Belize – San Diego Union Tribune

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