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Guadeloupe (/ɡwɑːdəˈlp/; French pronunciation: ​[ɡwadəlup]; Guadeloupean Creole: Gwadloup, pronounced: [ɡwadlup]) is a Caribbean island located among the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles arc, a natural volcanic boundary between the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean. A result of its colonial history, Guadeloupe is currently under French sovereignty and bears the status of overseas region of France. As such, the island is an integral part of the French Republic, the European Union and the Eurozone. No need to say that the official language is French, even though Guadeloupean Creole remains the mother tongue of most people.

With a land area of 1,628 square kilometers (629 sq. mi) and a population of over 400,000, Guadeloupe is actually an archipelago comprising two main islands: Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre (French for "Big-Land" and "Low-Land". – Ironically, Basse-Terre is bigger than Grande-Terre ; and Grande-Terre is lower than Basse-Terre), separated only by a narrow sea-channel called Rivière Salée (Salty River) ; and the smaller adjacent islands of Marie-Galante, La Désirade, and the Îles des Saintes group (literally: "Islands of the Saints").

Also called Karukéra (The island of beautiful waters) by its first inhabitants the Arawak people ; or more recently referred to as le Papillon d'émeraude (the Emerald Butterfly), because of the shape of its two main islands ; Guadeloupe got its actual name in 1493 from Christopher Columbus, who named the island after the Virgin Mary venerated in the Spanish town of Guadalupe, in Extremadura.

With an economy mostly based on tourism and agriculture, Guadeloupe has gained from an history rich of cultural instreamings from the rest of the world, matching its today population, counting of descendants from Africa, Europe and Asia.

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A small city across a gray waterway under lowering gray clouds. A road leads to the city across a causeway. Mountains with snow and a low treeline form the backdrop. A few boats are in the water.
Panorama of Pointe de la Grande Vigie (near the village of Anse-Bertrand), the northern most point of the island of Grande-Terre, in Guadeloupe-2007.

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The Guadeloupe regional football team (French: Sélection de la Guadeloupe de football) represents the French overseas department and region of Guadeloupe in international football. The team is controlled by the Ligue Guadeloupéenne de Football (English: Guadeloupean Football League), a local branch of French Football Federation (French: Fédération Française de Football).

As an overseas department of the French Republic, Guadeloupe is not a member of FIFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the FIFA World Cup or any competition organized first-hand by the organization. However, Guadeloupeans, being French citizens, are eligible to play for the France national football team. On the other hand, Guadeloupe is a member of CONCACAF and the CFU and eligible for all competitions organized by both organizations.

Guadeloupe's highest honor to date was reaching the final at the 2010 Caribbean Championship where the Gwadaboys were defeated by Jamaica on penalties. In the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Guadeloupe reached the semi-finals in 2007. The team performed well in the group stage defeating Canada and drawing with Haiti. In the knockout stage of the competition, Guadeloupe eliminated Honduras in the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, Guadeloupe lost to Mexico 1–0. The regional team also participates in the Caribbean Cup and the Coupe de l'Outre-Mer. Guadeloupe has yet to win either competition.

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Guadeloupean actress Firmine Richard photographed at the Cannes Festival, in 2006
Credit: Georges Biard
French-Guadeloupean actress Firmine Richard photographed at the Cannes Festival, in 2006.

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Born on October 6, 1938, in Anse-Bertrand, Guadeloupe, Serge Nubret was a French professional bodybuilder, bodybuilding federation leader, and movie actor who died on April 19, 2011. Nicknamed "The Black Panther", he was awarded many bodybuilding titles, including IFBB Mr. Europe in 1970, NABBA Mr. Universe in 1976 and WBBG Pro Mr. World in 1977. After a happy childhood in Guadeloupe, in 1950 Serge Nubret moved to France with his family : he was then 12 years old. Soon enough, he became aware of his exceptional potential for athletics. Thus, in 1958, after accounting studies, he decided to dedicate himself to bodybuilding, which was to become, in his own words, his "raison d'être". Also gifted with real artistic aptitudes, Serge Nubret was then ready to fulfill his potential and became the "sculptor of his own body".

Did you know...

...that Hurricane Hugo was the strongest storm to impact Guadeloupe since Hurricane Cleo in 1964, and the worst storm since Hurricane Inez in 1966? In addition, it was the longest-lived North Atlantic tropical cyclone of all times, along with the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane.
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José Mourinho at Chelsea - 2007 (©Mark Freeman)
"As you know Gallas had an unbelievable holiday. I hope he enjoyed it very much in Guadeloupe, which I think is a fantastic place to be on holiday, so he wanted to stay there for a long time."

(On William Gallas missing the first team's trip to the United States because he was on holiday.)

José Mourinho, Chelsea Football Club manager (2004-2007)


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