Haiti national football team

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Haiti
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Grenadiers
Le Rouge et Bleu
Les Bicolores
La Sélection Nationale
Association Fédération Haïtienne de Football
(FHF)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF
(North America)
Head coach Marc Collat
Captain Johnny Placide
Most caps Pierre Richard Bruny (87)
Home stadium Stade Sylvio Cator
FIFA code HAI
FIFA ranking 76 Increase 3 (4 June 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 38 (January 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 155 (April 1996)
Elo ranking 97 (June 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 40 (December 1973)
Lowest Elo ranking 121 (April 1996)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Haiti 1–2 Jamaica 
(Haiti; March 22, 1925)
Biggest win
 Haiti 12–1 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; April 10, 2001)
 Haiti 11–0 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(Kingston, Jamaica; November 24, 2004)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 8–0 Haiti 
(Mexico; July 19, 1953)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1974)
Best result Round 1; 1974
CCCF Championship
Appearances 2 (First in 1957)
Best result Champions; 1957
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 11 (First in 1965)
Best result Champions; 1973
CFU Championship
& Caribbean Cup
Appearances 11 (First in 1978)
Best result Champions: 1979, 2007

The Haiti National Football Team (French: Équipe Haïtienne de football) represents Haiti in association football and is controlled by the Fédération Haïtienne de Football, the governing body for football in Haiti. Haiti's home ground is Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince and their head coach is Marc Collat. They were the second Caribbean team to make the World Cup, which was their only appearance in 1974, but were beaten convincingly in the opening qualifying stages by three of the pre-tournament favorites; Italy, Poland, and Argentina. Their most recent achievement was in 2007, when the national team won the 2007 Caribbean Nations Cup.[1]

History[edit]

Haiti has one of the longest football traditions in the Caribbean and was an early participant in World Cup qualifying. Throughout the 60s, and 70s, Haiti's footballing status in the region remained very strong, being considered the third strongest team in the CONCACAF after Mexico and arguably Costa Rica. The strength of the national selection ultimately culminated in Haiti's first ever World Cup appearance in 1974, in which they surprised the world in their opening goal against a considerably stronger Italian team. The island nation has produced many talented players over the years.

The Golden Age[edit]

The period from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s could be considered a golden age for Haitian football. With Antoine Tassy as coach for much of this period, Haiti would emerge as one of the strongest teams in the CONCACAF zone, being pooled with other regionally strong football nations such as Mexico and Costa Rica. By 1965, players like Henri Francillon, Philippe Vorbe, Guy Renold Jean Francois and Guy St-Vil were already playing in the team and would be stalwarts of the side in the coming years.

The team developed sufficiently to reach the final round of qualifying for 1970, where they faced El Salvador. After losing the first leg at home, Haiti pulled off a 3–0 win away but the rules of the day dictated a play-off on neutral ground which El Salvador won to secure a place in the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

In the 1974 qualifiers, Haiti once again reached the final round in a qualifying tournament completely played at home. This time, with all odds on their favor, they would top the group and qualify for the 1974 World Cup. In West Germany, they would be drawn in an extremely tough group with Italy, Argentina and Poland. However, they surprised the football world in their debut game when star forward Emmanuel Sanon scored to give Haiti a lead over Italy, at the same time ending Dino Zoff's still standing record run of 1142 minutes without conceding a goal in international matches. They eventually lost 1–4, and would lose to Poland (0–7) and Argentina (1–4).

Post 1974[edit]

Haiti would reach the final rounds of 1978 and 1982 qualifiers, but failed to make the cut. The years since have seen Haiti's footballing status decline markedly. In recent years, the political situation in the country has led to numerous defections from members of the soccer team. The team has rebuilt somewhat through the Haitian diaspora in Miami, Florida, and some Haitian home games have been played in Miami in recent years. Haiti as of recently has been rising once again as a footballing power in CONCACAF.

In the 2010 Haiti earthquake at least 30 people with ties to Haitian football perished, including players, coaches, referees and administrative and medical representatives. Twenty others with ties to Haitian football were feared to be buried in the ruins.[2][3][4]

Post Quake[edit]

In November 2011 Haiti was knocked out of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Antigua and Barbuda under the leadership of Brazilian coach Edson Tavares. In 2012 Tavares was replaced by Cuban coach Israel Blake Cantero who lead the national team through the 2012 Caribbean Championship. The Haitian team finished 3rd in the Caribbean Championships warranting a spot in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The following year Haiti would have a bad string of defeats against Chile, Bolivia, Oman and the Dominican Republic. In June 2013 Haiti bounced back from these shortcomings with a close 2–1 loss to reigning world champions Spain and an impressive 2–2 draw with footballing powerhouse Italy, with goals in both games scored by Wilde Donald Guerrier, Olrish Saurel and Jean-Philippe Peguero respectively.

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934 Did Not Qualify
France 1938 Did Not Enter
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1958 Did Not Enter
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1974 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 14
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990 Did Not Enter
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total Group Stage 1/20 3 0 0 3 2 14

CCCF Championship record[edit]

CCCF Championship
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Costa Rica 1941 Did not enter
El Salvador 1943
Costa Rica 1946
Guatemala 1948
Panama 1951
Costa Rica 1953
Honduras 1955
Netherlands Antilles 1957 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 14 4
Honduras 1960 Withdrew
Costa Rica 1961 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 0 3 8 17
Total 1 Title 2/10 10 7 0 3 22 21

CONCACAF Championship record[edit]

CONCACAF Championship
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
El Salvador 1963 Did not qualify
Guatemala 1965 Sixth Place 6th 5 0 1 4 3 13
Honduras 1967 Fifth Place 5th 5 1 0 4 5 9
Costa Rica 1969 Disqualified
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 3 0 9 1
Haiti 1973 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 8 3
Mexico 1977 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 6 6
Honduras 1981 Sixth Place 6th 5 0 2 3 2 9
1985 Group Stage 9th 4 0 0 4 0 9
1989 Did not enter
Total 1 Title 7/10 34 10 7 17 33 50

CONCACAF Gold Cup record[edit]

CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
United States 1991 Did not qualify
United StatesMexico 1993 Did not enter
United States 1996
United States 1998 Withdrew
United States 2000 Group Stage 11th 2 0 1 1 1 4
United States 2002 Quarter-Finals 7th 3 1 0 2 3 4
United StatesMexico 2003 Did not qualify
United States 2005
United States 2007 Group Stage 10th 3 0 2 1 2 4
United States 2009 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 7
United States 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 3
Total Quarter-Finals 5/12 14 3 4 7 12 21

CFU Championship record[edit]

CFU Championship
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Suriname 1978 Third Place 3rd 7 3 3 1 10 9
Suriname 1979 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 13 1
Puerto Rico 1981 Did not enter
French Guiana 1983
Barbados 1985
Martinique 1988
Total 1 Titles 2/6 14 10 3 1 23 10

Caribbean Cup record[edit]

Caribbean Cup
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Barbados 1989 Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1990
Jamaica 1991 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Did not enter
Jamaica 1993
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Group Stage 5th 4 2 1 1 5 6
Cayman IslandsJamaica 1995 Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Group Stage 6th 5 1 3 1 9 4
Antigua and BarbudaSaint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Withdrew
JamaicaTrinidad and Tobago 1998 Third Place 3rd 7 5 0 2 19 8
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Third Place 3rd 7 5 0 2 21 10
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Runners-up 2nd 8 5 2 1 30 9
Barbados 2005 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Champions 1st 13 8 1 4 27 12
Jamaica 2008 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Martinique 2010 Did not qualify
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 4 2
Jamaica 2014 Third Place 3rd 4 2 1 1 7 5
Total 1 Title 9/18 56 32 10 14 130 60

Pan American Games[edit]

Pan American Games
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Did not participate
Mexico 1955
United States 1959 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 0 3 19 20
Brazil 1963 Did not participate
Canada 1967
Colombia 1971 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 5
Mexico 1975 Did not participate
Puerto Rico 1979
Venezuela 1983
United States 1987
Cuba 1991 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 13 8
Argentina 1995 Did not participate
Canada 1999
Dominican Republic 2003
Brazil 2007 Group Stage 10th 3 0 1 2 1 6
Mexico 2011 Did not participate
Canada 2015
Total Fourth Place 4/17 15 4 4 7 37 39

Honours[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad on June 23, 2015.[5] Caps and goals as of March 27, 2015, after the game against China.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Johnny Placide (Captain) (1989-01-21) January 21, 1989 (age 26) 16 0 France Reims
12 1GK Steward Ceus (1987-03-26) March 26, 1987 (age 28) 7 0 United States Atlanta Silverbacks
23 1GK Ronald Elusma (1993-09-08) September 8, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Haiti America
5 2DF Jean-Jacques Pierre (1981-01-23) January 23, 1981 (age 34) 62 5 France Angers
18 2DF Judelin Aveska (1987-10-21) October 21, 1987 (age 27) 43 1 Argentina Almagro
3 2DF Mechack Jérôme (1990-04-21) April 21, 1990 (age 25) 40 1 United States Charlotte Independence
6 2DF Frantz Bertin (1983-05-30) May 30, 1983 (age 32) 38 1 Greece Aiginiakos
13 2DF Kevin Lafrance (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990 (age 25) 16 2 Poland Miedź Legnica
8 2DF Réginal Goreux (1987-12-31) December 31, 1987 (age 27) 14 2 Russia Rostov
4 2DF Kim Jaggy (1982-11-14) November 14, 1982 (age 32) 12 1 Switzerland Aarau
19 2DF Bitielo Jean Jacques (1990-12-28) December 28, 1990 (age 24) 4 0 United States Kraze United
17 2DF Andrew Jean-Baptiste (1992-06-16) June 16, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Unattached
2 3MF Jean Sony Alcénat (1986-01-23) January 23, 1986 (age 29) 56 7 Romania Steaua București
16 3MF Jean Alexandre (1986-08-24) August 24, 1986 (age 28) 29 2 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan
7 3MF Wilde Donald Guerrier (1989-03-31) March 31, 1989 (age 26) 26 6 Poland Wisła Kraków
14 3MF James Marcelin (1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 (age 29) 25 3 United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers
11 3MF Pascal Millien (1986-05-03) May 3, 1986 (age 29) 22 1 United States Jacksonville Armada
10 3MF Jeff Louis (1992-08-08) August 8, 1992 (age 22) 20 2 Belgium Standard Liège
22 3MF Sony Nordé (1989-07-27) July 27, 1989 (age 25) 18 2 India Mohun Bagan
15 3MF Sebastien Thuriere (1990-01-06) January 6, 1990 (age 25) 8 0 United States Charleston Battery
21 4FW Jean-Eudes Maurice (1986-06-21) June 21, 1986 (age 29) 21 9 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou
9 4FW Kervens Belfort (1992-05-16) May 16, 1992 (age 23) 18 10 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna
20 4FW Duckens Nazon (1994-04-17) April 17, 1994 (age 21) 4 0 France Laval

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Haiti squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jaafson Origène (1991-09-08) September 8, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Haiti Don Bosco 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GK Julien Jospy (1983-06-03) June 3, 1983 (age 32) 0 0 Haiti Cavaly 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GK Amos Point-du-Jour (1995-04-06) April 6, 1995 (age 20) 2 0 Haiti America v.  China PR, March 27, 2015
GK Dominique Jean-Zéphirin (1982-06-03) June 3, 1982 (age 33) 14 0 Unattached 2014 Caribbean Cup
GK Gabard Fénélon (1981-06-03) June 3, 1981 (age 34) 43 0 Haiti Racing Haïtien v.  Chile, September 9, 2014
DF Romain Genevois (1987-10-28) October 28, 1987 (age 27) 1 0 France Nice 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup INJ [6]
DF Alex Junior Christian (1993-12-05) December 5, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Portugal Boavista 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Lecsinel Jean-François (1986-10-02) October 2, 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Unattached v.  Saint Kitts and Nevis, October 12, 2014
DF Stéphane Lambese (1995-05-10) May 10, 1995 (age 20) 0 0 France PSG Academy v.  Saint Kitts and Nevis, October 12, 2014
MF Soni Mustivar (1990-02-12) February 12, 1990 (age 25) 6 0 United States Sporting Kansas City 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Emmanuel Sarki (1987-12-26) December 26, 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Poland Wisła Kraków 2014 Caribbean Cup
MF Benderlin Beaubrun (1991-11-01) November 1, 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Haiti Aigle Noir v.  Saint Kitts and Nevis, October 12, 2014
MF Max Hilaire (1985-12-06) December 6, 1985 (age 29) 3 0 France Consolat Marseille v.  Chile, September 9, 2014
MF Fafà Picault (1991-02-23) February 23, 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Czech Republic Sparta Prague v.  Chile, September 9, 2014
FW Hervé Bazile (1990-03-18) March 18, 1990 (age 25) 0 0 France Caen 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Jonel Désirè (1997-02-12) February 12, 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Haiti Mirebalais v.  China PR, March 27, 2015
FW Jean-François James (1993-08-15) August 15, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 France Sablé v.  China PR, March 27, 2015
FW Mancini Telfort (1989-07-04) July 4, 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Haiti Cavaly v.  China PR, March 27, 2015
FW Leonel Saint-Preux (1985-05-12) May 12, 1985 (age 30) 41 6 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 2014 Caribbean Cup
FW Gary Ambroise (1985-07-17) July 17, 1985 (age 29) 4 0 Belgium White Star Bruxelles v.  Chile, September 9, 2014
FW Kens Germain (1988-03-20) March 20, 1988 (age 27) 1 0 Dominican Republic Moca v.  Chile, September 9, 2014
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.

Previous squads[edit]

Staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Name Position
France Marc Collat Coach
France Jérôme Velfert Assistant Coach
France Marc Cheze U-17 Coach
Haiti Ernst Jean-Baptiste Fitness Coach
Haiti Jean-Mary Fritz Henry Medical Doctor

List of Managers[edit]

Name Period
1 Haiti Edouard Baker 1934
2 Haiti Antoine Champagne 1951[7]
3 France Paul Baron 1953
4 Greece Dan Georgiádis 1956[8]-1959
5 Haiti Antoine Tassy 1961
6 Haiti Antoine Tassy 1965-1976
7 West Germany Sepp Piontek 1977-1978
8 Haiti René Vertus 1978-1979[9]
9 Haiti Antoine Tassy 1980
10 Haiti Claude Barthelemy 1984-1985
11 Haiti Jean-Ernst Jean-Baptiste 1992-1994
12 Haiti Hervé Calixte 1996
13 Haiti Jean-Michel Vaval
14 Haiti Jean-Ernst Jean-Baptiste 1999
15 Haiti Emmanuel Sanon 1999-2000
16 Argentina Jorge Castelli 2001-2002
17 Argentina Andrés Cruciani 2002-2003
18 United States Fernando Clavijo 2003-2005
19 Cuba Luis Armelio Garcia 2006-2007
20 Haiti Wagneau Eloi 2008
21 Colombia Jairo Rios Rendon 2009-2010
22 Brazil Edson Tavares 2010-2011
23 Cuba Israel Blake Cantero 2012-2013
24 France Marc Collat 2014-[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Caribbean teams in the FIFA World Cup". Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Williams, Sean A. "Haitian Football Federation says 30 dead". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (19 January 2010). "At least 30 Haitian soccer federation members died in last week's earthquake". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  4. ^ International football journalism (19 January 2010). "Pain in the Haitian Football". Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  5. ^ http://haititempo.com/gold-cup-2015-haiti-jaafson-origene-forfait-ronald-elusma-appele/
  6. ^ http://haitisports.com/index.php/component/k2/item/219-romain-genevois-to-miss-the-gold-cup
  7. ^ "Pour la première fois, une équipe haïtienne revient de l’étranger invaincue". Le Nouvelliste (Haïti) (22823) (Le Nouvelliste). 31 December 1951. p. 1. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Magnifique victoire de la formation nationale". Le Nouvelliste (Haïti) (23815) (Le Nouvelliste). 17 March 1956. p. 1. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Haïti nouveau champion à la Caraïbe". Le Nouvelliste (Haïti) (31210) (Le Nouvelliste). 19 November 1979. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Le football haïtien à la sauce reimoise". Le Nouvelliste (Haïti) (Le Nouvelliste). 16 January 2014. p. 1. Retrieved 16 Jan 2014. 

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