Martinique national football team

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Martinique
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Matinino (The Matinino)
AssociationLigue de football de la Martinique
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachMario Bocaly
CaptainSébastien Crétinoir
Most capsDaniel Hérelle (81)
Top scorerKévin Parsemain (35)
Home stadiumStade Pierre Aliker de Dillon
FIFA codeMTQ
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Barbados 3–2 Martinique 
(Martinique; 11 February 1931)
Biggest win
 Martinique 16–0 British Virgin Islands 
(Le Lamentin, Martinqiue; 5 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 9–0 Martinique 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 11 July 1993)
Gold Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1993)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2002)

The Martinique national football team (French: Équipe de Martinique de football) represents the French overseas department and region of Martinique in international football. The team is controlled by the Ligue de Football de la Martinique (English: Martinique Football League), a local branch of French Football Federation (French: Fédération Française de Football). On 7 August 2010, the national team adopted the nickname Les Matinino, which pays tribute to the history of the island.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

As an overseas department of the French Republic, Martinique is not a member of FIFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the FIFA World Cup or any competition organised first-hand by the organisation. Martiniquais, being French citizens, are eligible to play for the France national football team. Martinique is, however, a member of CONCACAF and CFU and is eligible for all competitions organised by either organisation. Indeed, according to the status of the FFF (article 34, paragraph 6): "[...]Under the control of related continental confederations, and with the agreement of the FFF, those leagues can organize international sport events at a regional level or set up teams in order to participate to them."'

Martinique's highest honour to date was winning the Caribbean Cup in 1993. Martinique also was a two-time winner of the CFU Championship, a precursor to the Caribbean Cup. A more recent success was winning the 2010 Coupe de l'Outre-Mer. The team defeated Réunion 5–3 on penalties to claim the title. The national team has participated in three CONCACAF Gold Cups and its best finish in the competition was in 2002 when the team reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Canada 6–5 on penalties.

Results and fixtures[edit]

The tables below include matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.

Key

  Win   Draw   Loss   Upcoming fixture   Postponed

2021[edit]

11 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Canada  4–1  Martinique Kansas City, United States
17:30 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Attendance: 12,664
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
15 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Martinique  1–6  United States Kansas City, United States
Rivière Goal 64' (pen.) Report
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Attendance: 7,511
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
18 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Martinique  1–2  Haiti Frisco, United States
16:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Caps and goals as of 18 July 2021, after the match against Haiti.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Loïc Chauvet (1988-04-30) 30 April 1988 (age 33) 21 0 Martinique Golden Lion
1GK Arnaud Hugues des Etages (1985-12-30) 30 December 1985 (age 35) 3 0 Martinique Aiglon
1GK Gilles Meslien (1989-06-17) 17 June 1989 (age 32) 3 0 Martinique Golden Lion

2DF Sébastien Crétinoir (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 35) 66 3 Martinique Samaritaine
2DF Gérald Dondon (1986-10-04) 4 October 1986 (age 34) 18 2 Martinique Club Franciscain
2DF Yann Thimon (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 31) 19 1 Martinique Club Franciscain
2DF Jean-Sylvain Babin (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 34) 17 1 Spain Sporting Gijón
2DF Yordan Thimon (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 25) 9 0 Martinique Club Franciscain
2DF Samuel Camille (1986-02-02) 2 February 1986 (age 35) 8 0 France Valence
2DF Junior Michalet (2000-04-08) 8 April 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Martinique Golden Lion

3MF Daniel Hérelle (1988-10-17) 17 October 1988 (age 32) 81 3 Martinique Samaritaine
3MF Stéphane Abaul (1991-11-23)23 November 1991 (aged 25) 60 9 Martinique Club Franciscain
3MF Karl Vitulin (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 30) 54 2 Martinique Samaritaine
3MF Romario Barthéléry (1994-06-24) 24 June 1994 (age 27) 9 0 Martinique Golden Lion
3MF Norman Grelet (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 28) 4 0 Martinique Golden Lion
3MF Trésident Isaac (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Martinique Club Colonial

4FW Christophe Jougon (1995-07-10) 10 July 1995 (age 26) 29 1 Martinique Club Franciscain
4FW Johnny Marajo (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 27) 23 1 Martinique Club Franciscain
4FW Grégory Pastel (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 31) 17 3 Martinique Aiglon
4FW Kévin Fortuné (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 32) 10 2 France Auxerre
4FW Emmanuel Rivière (1990-03-03) 3 March 1990 (age 31) 5 3 Italy Crotone
4FW Enrick Reuperne (1998-08-03) 3 August 1998 (age 23) 4 0 Martinique Aiglon
4FW Patrick Burner (1996-04-11) 11 April 1996 (age 25) 3 0 France Nîmes

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Martinique squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Emmanuel Vermignon (1989-01-20) 20 January 1989 (age 32) 16 0 Martinique New Star Ducos v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE

DF Jordy Delem (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 28) 45 7 United States Seattle Sounders v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE
DF Andy César (1989-11-19) 19 November 1989 (age 31) 1 0 Martinique Samaritaine v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE
DF Ambroise Félicitet (1993-05-29) 29 May 1993 (age 28) 1 0 Martinique Aiglon v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE
DF Lory Balustre (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 26) 0 0 France Amiens AC v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE
DF Marvin Bellance (1998-11-15) 15 November 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Martinique Club Colonial v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE
DF Florian Goma (2001-01-21) 21 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Martinique Samaritaine v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE
DF Thuiller Ursulet (1998-12-08) 8 December 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Martinique Aiglon v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE

MF Thierry Catherine (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Martinique Samaritaine v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE
MF Tarik Cavelan (2001-09-26) 26 September 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Martinique Club Franciscain v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE

FW Mickaël Biron (1997-08-26) 26 August 1997 (age 24) 8 4 France Nancy v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE
FW Bryan Henriol (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Martinique Club Colonial v.  Canada, 11 July 2021 PRE

Previous squads[edit]

Player records[edit]

As of 19 July 2021
Players in bold are still active with Martinique.

Competitive record[edit]

Gold Cup record[edit]

Martinique has participated in six of the fifteen CONCACAF Gold Cups contested. The team's first appearance in the competition was in 1993. The team was eliminated in the first round, however, not without procuring its first point in the competition after earning a 2–2 draw against Canada. Martinique's next appearance in the competition came in 2002. The team achieved its best performance reaching the quarterfinals where they lost to Canada 6–5 on penalties. The following year, Martinique appeared in the competition again, however, the team departed the tournament without scoring a goal.

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
United States 1991 Did not qualify
United States Mexico 1993 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 14
United States 1996 Did not qualify
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002 Quarter-finals 6th 3 1 1 1 2 3
United States Mexico 2003 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 3
United States 2005 Did not qualify
United States 2007
United States 2009
United States 2011
United States 2013 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 2 4
United States Canada 2015 Did not qualify
United States 2017 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 4 6
United States Costa Rica Jamaica 2019 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 5 7
United States 2021 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 3 12
Total Quarter-finals 7/16 20 4 2 14 19 49

CONCACAF Nations League[edit]

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
United States 2019−20 A C 4 0 3 1 4 5 Same position 7th
2022–23 A To be determined
Total 4 0 3 1 4 5 7th

Caribbean Cup record[edit]

Martinique appeared in fourteen Caribbean Cups. The national team was the organization with the smallest population to have won the competition. Martinique won their first and only Caribbean Cup title in 1993. The tournament was played in Jamaica and Martinique defeated the hosts 6–5 on penalties in the final match. The following year, Martinique finished runner-up to Trinidad and Tobago. The team finished in third place on three occasions in 1992, 1996, and 2001.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA
Barbados 1989 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 Abandoned [n 1] 2 1 1 0 4 2
Jamaica 1991 Round 1 5th 3 1 1 1 4 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 10 6
Jamaica 1993 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 8 3
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 12 10
Cayman IslandsJamaica 1995 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 4
Antigua and BarbudaSaint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Round 1 5th 2 1 0 1 2 3
JamaicaTrinidad and Tobago 1998 Round 1 5th 3 1 0 2 7 8
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 6 8
Barbados 2005 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Round 1 6th 3 1 0 2 4 8
Jamaica 2008 Did not qualify
Martinique 2010 Round 1 7th 3 0 1 2 1 3
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Fourth place 4th 5 2 2 1 5 3
Jamaica 2014 Round 1 6th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Martinique 2017 Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 3
Total 1 Title 14/19 51 21 11 19 73 67
  1. ^ Play was suspended when Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted a coup d'état of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament was abandoned altogether after Tropical storm Arthur forced the cancellation of the final round of games. Martinique were to meet Trinidad and Tobago in the final.

Coupe de l'Outre-Mer record[edit]

Martinique has participated all three editions of the Coupe de l'Outre-Mer, which was established in 2008. In the first edition, the team finished runner-up to the champions Réunion losing 1–0 in the final. In 2010, Martinique won its first Coupe de l'Outre-Mer defeating the defending champions Réunion 5–3 on penalties at the Stade Dominique Duvauchelle in Créteil. They re-lost the title to Reunion in 2012 in a penalty shootout.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA
France 2008 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 3 2
France 2010 Champions 1st 4 2 1 1 8 3
France 2012 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 5
Total 1 Title 3/3 12 6 3 3 20 10

CFU Championship record[edit]

From 1978–1985, Martinique participated in the CFU Championship, a precursor to the Caribbean Cup. Of the six championships played, Martinique featured three final rounds. Les Matinino won the competition twice in 1983 and 1985.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA
Suriname 1978 Did not qualify
Suriname 1979
Puerto Rico 1981
French Guiana 1983 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 1
Barbados 1985 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 2
Martinique 1988[5] Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 4 6
Total 2 Titles 3/6 6 4 2 0 10 3
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Allez Matinino!". Ligue de Football de la Martinique (in French). 18 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Matinino en Présentation". Bondamanjak (in French). 8 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  4. ^ https://www.concacaf.com/en/gold-cup/game-details?matchid=568656
  5. ^ It is unsure if the tournament was completed, but some sources state that Trinidad and Tobago defeated Martinique 3–0 in the final.

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