- Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Infobox National football team
Name = Trinidad and Tobago
Badge = Trinidad_FA.gif
FIFA Trigramme = TRI
Nickname = The Soca Warriors
Association = Trinidad and Tobago
CONCACAF( North America)
Coach = flagicon|COL
Most caps =
Top scorer = Stern John (69)
Home Stadium =
Hasely Crawford Stadium
FIFA Rank = 88
FIFA max = 25
FIFA max date = June 2001
FIFA min = 102
FIFA min date = July 2008
Elo Rank = T77
Elo max = 35
Elo max date = January 1929
Elo min = 116
Elo min date = September 1987
First game = )
Largest win =flagicon|Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 11 - 0 Aruba flagicon|Aruba
Grenada; June 4, 1989)
Largest loss =flagicon|Mexico Mexico 7 - 0 Trinidad and Tobago flagicon|Trinidad and Tobago
Mexico City, Mexico; October 8, 2000)
World cup apps = 1
World cup first = 2006
World cup best = Round 1, 2006
Regional name =
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Regional cup apps = 7
Regional cup first = 1991
Regional cup best = Semifinals, 2000 The Trinidad and Tobago national football team, nicknamed "The Soca Warriors", is the national team of
Trinidad and Tobagoand is controlled by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation. The country has produced several Premiership players, such as Dwight Yorke, Carlos Edwards, Kenwyne Jones, Stern Johnand Shaka Hislop, and reached the first round in the 2006 FIFA World Cupunder the management of Leo Beenhakker.
The separate Trinidad and Tobago football teams are not related to the national team and are not directly affiliated with the game's governing bodies of
FIFAor CONCACAFbut are affiliated with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.
The national team plays their home games generally in one of three stadia in the country. Games of significant importance are usually played at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium. However, many World Cup qualification matches have been played at the Queen's Park Oval, a multipurpose, but primarily cricket, stadium. Low profile games, such as international friendlies against other islands in the Caribbean, are played at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
FIFA World Cup
1974 World Cup
1973 CONCACAF Championshipheld in Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago fell two points short of qualifying for the 1974 World CupFinals hosted by West Germanyin controversial fashion. Captained by Selwyn Murrenand starring top goalscorer Steve David, T&T lost a crucial game on December 4, 1973against hosts Haiti 2-1 having five of their goals disallowed. The referee, Jose Enrique of El Salvadorand a Canadian linesman James Higuet were subsequently banned for life by FIFA for the dubious circumstances in the match. [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2006/jun/03/worldcup2006.sport7 Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors set to give them all in Germany] , Guardian UK. "Accessed 23 June, 2008".] [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4159/is_20051211/ai_n15918808 Football: Carnival time and the Trinis are up for the party] , The Independent. "Accessed 23 June, 2008".] [ [http://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=15743.msg162330 Trinidad Express - Haitian robbery: T&T cheated W/Cup spot] , Socawarriors.net. "Accessed 23 June, 2008".]
Members of the team also included
Everald Cummings, Warren Archibald, Leo Brewster, Raymond Roberts, Sammy Llewellyn, Leroy Spannand Winston Phillips.
1990 World Cup
Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the
1990 FIFA World CupFinals in Italy. Dubbed the "Strike Squad" during the qualifying campaign, T&T 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 Stadium on "Red Day" [ [http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=CndeofqbjZ0 Red-Day, Nov, 19, 1989] , Youtube.com. "Accessed: June 23, 2008".] , Paul Caligiuriof the USA scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing T&T's qualification hopes. [ [http://www.guardian.co.tt/archives/2005-11-21/pulse.html Pulse: Thank You T&T Warriors] , Trinidad Guardian. "Accessed 23 June, 2008".] 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 Awardin 1989. [ [http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/worldwideprograms/footballforhope/fairplay/awards.html FIFA Fair Play Awards] , FIFA.com. "Accessed 23 June 2008".]
The team was captained by
Clayton Morrisand coached by Everald Cummings. Members of the Strike Squad included Michael Maurice, Elliot Allen, Russell Latapy, Marlon Morris, Leonson Lewis, Philibert Jones, Dexter Lee, Kerry Jamerson, Maurice Alibey, Marvin Faustin, Brian Williams, Hutson Charles, Dexter Francisand Dwight Yorke. Yorke and Latapy were the only two players from the team that eventually got to play in the World Cup in 2006.
2006 World Cup
Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the
2006 FIFA World CupFinals in Germany, its first ever qualification to 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. But after the arrival of Leo Beenhakkeras the team coach and the recalling of veteran players Dwight Yorkeand Russell Latapy, Trinidad and Tobago reversed its fortunes and placed 4th in the group. They qualified via a playoff against Bahrain, recovering from a 1-1 draw at home to win 1-0 away from home in Manamato book a place in the finals.
In Germany, T&T was grouped with England, Sweden and Paraguay in group B. They drew their first game 0-0 against Sweden despite going down to 10 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
Trinidad and Tobago will be attempting to qualify for the
2010 FIFA World Cupin South Africafollowing their first ever qualification to the tournament in 2006. They began their campaign in the Second Round with a home and away series against Bermuda. T&T lost the first game at home 1-2 on June 15but bounced back to win the away leg in Bermuda 2-0 to progress to the Third Round 3-2 on aggregate.
T&T now plays in Group 1 alongside the United States, Guatemala and Cuba. The top two teams from this group will advance the Fourth Round of qualifying with four other teams from other groups. The top three teams then qualify for the World Cup while the fourth placed team enters a home and away playoff against the fifth placed
CONMEBOLteam for a qualification spot.
World Cup record
Source: RSSSF [ [http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/trin-recintlp.html Trinidad and Tobago - Record International Players] , The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, "Accessed 23 June 2008".] and [http://www.socawarriors.net Soca Warriors Online]
Recent Results and Upcoming Fixtures
Below is a table containing the results of recent matches involving the Men's Senior National team and known upcoming fixtures.
Other former managers include flagicon|Trinidad and Tobago
Anton Corneal, flagicon|Trinidad and Tobago Ronald La Forest, flagicon|Yugoslavia Zoran Vranes, flagicon|Trinidad and Tobago Everald Cummings, flagicon|Trinidad and Tobago Roderick Warner, flagicon|Netherlands Jan Zwartkruisand flagicon|Trinidad and Tobago Edgar Vidale.
Association football in Trinidad and Tobago
* [http://www.socawarriorstt.com/ Official Site of the Soca Warriors]
* [http://www.ttffonline.com Official site of Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation]
* [http://www.socawarriors.net/ SocaWarriors.net]
* [http://www.thewarriornation.com The Warrior Nation (Soca Warriors Supporters Club)]
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