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The Cuba national football team is the national team of Cubamarker and is controlled by the Asociación de Fútbol de Cuba. They were the first Caribbeanmarker team to make the World Cup, which they did in 1938. There, they defeated Romania in a replay 2-1 after tying them 3-3. They were then eliminated in the second round by Sweden, 8-0. The Cuban team has not returned to the World Cup since. Football is not followed as strongly in Cuba as it is in many other countries, as baseball is the national sport.

Cuba finished second in the Caribbean Cup in 1996, 1999 and 2005.


Early history

Cuba has a long-standing football tradition, although the sport has never been as popular there as baseball, and were early participants in World Cup qualifying. Cuba were given a walkover into the 1938 World Cup and reached the second round by beating Romania.

Post-war history

The post-war years were not so kind to Cuban football. They participated in the 1950 qualifiers, but it was not until the 1966 qualifiers that they would again participate.

They returned to participation in qualification in the 1978 series, but the 1982 qualifiers represented a significant breakthrough- Cuba reached the final round of qualifying, and were only 2 points short of reaching the 1982 World Cup.

In recent years, Cuban football has seen an improvement in fortunes. They reached the Quarter-finals of the 2003 Gold Cup (where they were beaten by the USA) by defeating Canada 2-0 in the Group Stage.

During the 2006 World Cup qualifiers Cuba faced Costa Rica and were only eliminated on away goals. They held Costa Rica to a draw in Havana 2-2 and later battled it out for a 1-1 draw in Costa Rica.

World Cup record

  • 1930 - Did not enter
  • 1934 - Did not qualify
  • 1938 - Second Round
  • 1950 - Did not qualify
  • 1954 - Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • 1958 to 1962 - Did not enter
  • 1966 - Did not qualify
  • 1970 - Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • 1974 - Did not enter
  • 1978 to 1982 - Did not qualify
  • 1986 - Did not enter
  • 1990 - Did not qualify
  • 1994 - Withdrew
  • 1998 to 2010 - Did not qualify

Gold Cup record

CONCACAF Championship record

  • 1963 - Did not enter
  • 1965 - Did not enter
  • 1967 - Did not qualify
  • 1969 - Did not enter
  • 1971 - 4th place
  • 1973 - Did not enter
  • 1977 - Did not qualify
  • 1981 - 5th place
  • 1985 - Did not enter
  • 1989 - Did not qualify

NAFC Championship record

Defection and economic migration by Cuban athletes

As well as Cuban athletes in other sports, a number of football players have made the move to the United States in recent years. During the 2002 Gold Cup in Los Angelesmarker, 2 Cuban players chose to remain in the United States, 1 did so during the 2005 Gold Cup, 2 did so during the 2007 Gold Cup, and in 2008 seven players of the U-23 national football team did likewise and finally in 2008, 2 days before the World Cup Qualifier vs. the USA, 2 more athletes defected again.

Current squad

The following players were called for the Caribbean Championship 2008 semifinal match at Independence Parkmarker in Kingston, Jamaicamarker against Grenada on 11 December 2008.

Caps as of December 12, 2008

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the national team in the past year.
Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club Last Call-up
FW Reynier Alcántara 18 10 Miami FC September 10, 2008 vs.
GK Julio Aldama 0 0 Matanzas June 22, 2008 vs.
DF Yusvanys Caballeros 2 0 Ciudad de La Habana November 19, 2008 vs.
FW Heviel Cordovés González 4 0 Ciudad de La Habana November 19, 2008 vs.
MF Pedro Adriani Faife 18 10 Miami FC September 10, 2008 vs.
DF Carlos Domingo Francisco Serrano 5 0 Santiago de Cuba November 19, 2008 vs.
DF Juan Carlos Martínez 3 0 Villa Clara June 22, 2008 vs.
FW Marcel Hernández Campanioni 2 0 Ciudad de La Habana
FW Keyler Lázro García Estrada 2 0 Camagüey

Former Coaches

Manager Years
José Tapia 1930–38
Marcelino Minsal 1947
František Churda 1963–64
Karoly Kocza 1966
Laszlo Mohaczy 1967
Kim Yong Ha 1970-1971
Sergio Padrón 1976
Tibor Ivanicz 1980–81
Geovani Campari 1990–92
William Bennett 1998
Miguel Company 2000–04
Armelio Luis 2005
Reinhold Fanz 2006–08
Raúl González Triana 2008–


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