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The Trinidad and Tobago national football team, nicknamed The Soca Warriors, is the national team of Trinidad and Tobagomarker and is controlled by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation. It reached the first round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals. The country currently holds the record of being the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup Final.

The separate Trinidadmarker and Tobago football team are not related to the national team and are not directly affiliated with the game's governing bodies of FIFAmarker or CONCACAF but are affiliated with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.

History

1974 World Cup qualification: Controversy

At the 1973 CONCACAF Championship, Trinidad and Tobago fell two points short of qualifying for the 1974 World Cup Finals in controversial fashion. Trinidad and Tobago lost a crucial game on December 4, 1973 against hosts Haiti 2–1 having five of their goals disallowed. The referee, Jose Enrique of El Salvadormarker and a Canadianmarker linesman James Higuet were subsequently banned for life by FIFA for the dubious events of the match.

1990 World Cup qualification: Within grasp

Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italymarker. Dubbed the Strike Squad during the qualifying campaign, Trinidad and Tobago needed only a draw to qualify in their final game played at home against the United States on November 19, 1989. In front of an over-capacity crowd of over 30,000 at the National Stadiummarker on Red Day, Paul Caligiuri of the United States scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing Trinidad and Tobago's qualification hopes. For the good behaviour of the crowd at the stadium, despite the devastating loss and overcrowded stands, the spectators of Trinidad and Tobago were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1989.

2006 World Cup: Country's first World Cup

Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germanymarker, its first-ever qualification for the tournament. During their qualifying campaign, they sat at the bottom of the table in the final round of qualifying with one point from three games. However, after the arrival of Leo Beenhakker as team coach and the recalling of veteran players Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, Trinidad and Tobago reversed its fortunes and placed fourth in the group. They qualified via a playoff against Bahrain, recovering from a 1–1 draw at home to win 1–0 in Manama, Bahrainmarker to book a place in the finals. As a result, Trinidad and Tobagomarker became the smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

In Germany, Trinidad and Tobago were grouped with England, Sweden and Paraguay in Group B. They drew their first game 0–0 against Sweden despite going down to ten men early in the second half. They lost both their remaining games against England and Paraguay by a 2–0 margin.

2010 World Cup qualification: Disappointment

Trinidad and Tobago are currently attempting to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. They began their campaign in the second round with a home and away series against Bermuda. Trinidad and Tobago lost the first game at home 1–2 on June 15 but bounced back to win the away leg in Bermuda 2–0 to progress to the third round 3–2 on aggregate.

Trinidad and Tobago played in Group 1 alongside the United States, Guatemala, and Cuba. Trinidad and Tobago progressed to the fourth round by placing second in the group with eleven points from six games.

The fourth round is also played in a home and away format among the six teams involved. The other teams in the fourth round include the United States, Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, and El Salvador The top three teams in the fourth round will qualify for the World Cup Finals, while the fourth placed team will enter a home and away playoff against the fifth placed CONMEBOL team for a qualification spot.

Schedule and recent results

Matches from the past six months, as well as any future scheduled matches.

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result T&T Goals (Goal #)
June 6, 2009 Dwight Yorke Stadiummarker WC CQ R4 2–3 L Edwards (4)

Samuel (5)
June 10, 2009 Estadio Aztecamarker WC CQ R4 1–2 L Tinto (2)
July 12, 2009 Warner Parkmarker F 3–2 W Abu Bakr (1)

Guerra (1)

Baptiste (5)
August 12, 2009 Hasely Crawford Stadiummarker WC CQ R4 1–0 W Glen (23)
September 5, 2009 Estadio Olimpico Metropolitanomarker WC CQ R4 1–4 L Baptiste (6)
September 9, 2009 Hasely Crawford Stadiummarker WC CQ R4 0–1 L
October 10, 2009 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymámarker WC CQ R4 0–4 L
October 14, 2009 Hasely Crawford Stadiummarker WC CQ R4 2–2 D Baptiste (7, 8)


Current squad

The following 18-man matchday squad was named for the 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying draw against Mexico at Hasely Crawford Stadiummarker on October 14, 2009.

Caps and goals are current as of the completion of the 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying draw against Mexico at Hasely Crawford Stadiummarker on October 14, 2009.







Recent call-ups

The following players were named to a matchday squad in the last six months, but were not named to the 18-man squad for the 2–2 2010 World Cup Qualifying Fourth Round draw against Mexico at Hasely Crawford Stadiummarker on October 14, 2009.

Caps and goals are current as of the completion of the 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying draw against Mexico at Hasely Crawford Stadiummarker on October 14, 2009.



Competitive record

Trinidad and Tobago have competed the FIFA World Cup, as well as CFUand CONCACAFregional tournaments.

The team qualified for its first World Cup in 2006, with the team finishing 0–1–2 in its three First Round matches. Even though the team did not advance further in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first point from the World Cup in its first appearance.

In regional competitions, Trinidad and Tobago best finish in the CONCACAF Championshipand later the Gold Cupcame in 1973 when the team came in 2nd. Since then they have only advanced beyond the First Round once, which came in 2000 where the Soca Warriors lost to the eventual winners Canadain the Semifinals.

All CFU members have competed in the Caribbean Cupas a qualification tournament for the Gold Cup since 1989. Trinidad and Tobago has won eight out of thirteen Caribbean Cups since its inception.

Player records

Most capped players

The following players have received the caps in national team history:

Top scorers

The following players are the top scorers in national team history:

Manager history



Other former managers include the following:

Supporters' Groups

The major supporters' group for the Trinidad and Tobago national team is the Soca Warriors Supporters Club. Also known as The Warrior Nation, the group is a non-profit organization that formed shortly after Trinidad and Tobago secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

See also



References

  1. Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors set to give them all in Germany, Guardian UK. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  2. Football: Carnival time and the Trinis are up for the party, The Independent. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  3. Trinidad Express - Haitian robbery: Trinidad and Tobago cheated W/Cup spot, Socawarriors.net. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  4. Red-Day, Nov, 19, 1989, Youtube.com. Accessed: June 23, 2008.
  5. Pulse: Thank You Trinidad and Tobago Warriors, Trinidad Guardian. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  6. FIFA Fair Play Awards, FIFA.com. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  7. Latas in, Maturana out, Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, Accessed 2009-04-09.


External links



Player
DoB (Age)
Caps
Goals
Club
Most recent call-up
Goalkeepers
Clayton Ince
79
0
Walsall
v. ; September 9, 2009
Defenders
Avery John
70
0
D.C. United
v. ; June 6, 2009
Makan Hislop
31
0
United Petrotrin
v. ; June 10, 2009
Akeem Adams
3
0
Presentation College, San Fernando
v. ; July 12, 2009
Keyeno Thomas
72
2
Joe Public
v. ; July 12, 2009
Aklie Edwards
23
1
Defence Force
v. ; August 12, 2009
Marvin Andrews
101
10
Hamilton Academical
v. ; September 5, 2009
Jlloyd Samuel
2
0
Bolton Wanderers
v. ; September 9, 2009
Radanfah Abu Bakr
8
1
Swansea City
v. ; October 10, 2009
Julius James
4
0
D.C. United
v. ; October 10, 2009
Midfielders
Khaleem Hyland
27
3
SV Zulte Waregem
v. ; June 10, 2009
Ataullah Guerra
4
1
San Juan Jabloteh
v. ; July 12, 2009
Lyndon Andrews
43
0
Ma Pau
v. ; September 5, 2009
Christopher Birchall
36
4
Los Angeles Galaxy
v. ; September 5, 2009
Silvio Spann
41
2
Wrexham
v. ; September 9, 2009
Keon Daniel
37
8
Caledonia AIA
v. ; October 10, 2009
Forwards
Andre Toussaint
28
6
W Connection
v. ; July 12, 2009
Cornell Glen
59
23
San Jose Earthquakes
v. ; September 9, 2009
Jason Scotland
41
8
Wigan Athletic
v. ; September 9, 2009
Rank
Player
Caps
Goals
Years
1
Angus Eve
117
34
1994–2005
2
Stern John
109
69
1995–
3
Marvin Andrews
101
10
1996–
4
Dennis Lawrence
89
5
2000–
5
Russell Latapy
79
29
1988–
Clayton Ince
79
0
1997–
7
Carlos Edwards
78
4
1999–
8
Arnold Dwarika
73
28
1993–2008
9
Dwight Yorke
72
19
1989–2009
10
Ansil Elcock
69
0
1994–2004
Rank
Player
Caps
Goals
Years
1
Stern John
109
69
1995–
2
Angus Eve
117
34
1994–2005
3
Russell Latapy
79
29
1988–
4
Arnold Dwarika
73
28
1993–2008
5
Cornell Glen
59
23
2002–
6
Nigel Pierre
56
22
1999–2005
7
Leonson Lewis
32
21
1988–1996
8
Dwight Yorke
72
19
1989–2009
9
Steve David
16
16
1972–1976
10
Gary Glasgow
53
11
1997–2007
Jerren Nixon
38
11
1994–2004
Name
From
To
Russell Latapy
April 8, 2009
Present
Francisco Maturana
January 4, 2008
April 8, 2009
Wim Rijsbergen
July 11, 2006
December 4, 2007
Leo Beenhakker
March 31, 2005
June 20, 2006
Bertille St. Clair
January 16, 2004
March 31, 2005
Stuart Charles Fevrier
May 15, 2003
January 16, 2004
Zoran Vraneš
April 2, 2003
May 14, 2003
Hannibal Najjar
October 23, 2002
April 1, 2003
René Simões
June 2001
May 2002
Ian Porterfield
March 1, 2000
June 25, 2001
Bertille St. Clair
May 1997
February 2000

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