Belize national football team

The Belize national football team represents Belize in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belize, a member of the Central American Football Union of CONCACAF.

Belize
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Jaguars, The Unbelizeables
AssociationFootball Federation of Belize (FFB)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachVincenzo Alberto Annese
Most capsElroy Smith (57)
Top scorerDeon McCaulay (26)
Home stadiumFFB Field, Belmopan
FIFA codeBLZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 170 Steady (16 July 2020)[1]
Highest114 (April–June 2016)
Lowest201 (November 2007 – January 2008)
First international
 British Honduras 1–0 Honduras 
(British Honduras; February 19, 1928)
Biggest win
 Belize 7–1 Nicaragua 
(Belize City, Belize; April 17, 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 7–0 Belize 
(San José, Costa Rica; March 17, 1999)
 Mexico 7–0 Belize Belize
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2013)
Best resultGroup stage, 2013

Although Belize has never qualified for a FIFA World Cup tournament, it has once qualified for a CONCACAF Gold Cup championship in 2013, in which they were eliminated in the group stage. Belize has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup championship in which their best result was fourth place in 2013.

HistoryEdit

OverviewEdit

Named British Honduras whilst under British colonial rule, the country's first international game came on February 19, 1928, beating Honduras 1–0. Following independence, Belize's first game came on December 8, 1983, in a 2–0 loss against Canada in Belize.[3] Although Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981 (and many of the UK's current colonies have international teams), Belize did not begin to regularly play international football until 1995. It made its debut at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup and was eliminated in the first round after losing to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Belize has never qualified for the World Cup but finished fourth in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. Their fourth-place finish in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana gave Belize its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

June 2011 suspension by FIFAEdit

On June 15, 2011, Belize kicked off its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign against minnows Montserrat, winning 2–5 away in a match played in the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. However, the return which was scheduled for June 19 was postponed by FIFA when they suspended the FFB due to governmental interference.[4]

FacilitiesEdit

FFB Field in Belmopan is the home stadium for the Belize national football team. Prior to this stadium, Belize had no facilities that met FIFA specifications. Apart from this Belize has many fields to play on but with no facilities for the players.

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994
  1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6
    2002 4 0 1 3 2 10
  2006 2 0 0 2 0 8
  2010 4 1 1 2 4 11
  2014 8 4 1 3 17 13
  2018 6 2 3 1 7 6
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 26 7 6 13 32 54

Gold Cup recordEdit

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1991 to 1993 Did not exist
1996 to 2002 Did not qualify
    2003 Did not enter
2005 to 2011 Did not qualify
  2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 11
    2015 Did not qualify
  2017
      2019
Total Group stage 1/14 3 0 0 3 1 11

Copa CentroamericanaEdit

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
  1991 Did not exist
  1993 Did not exist
  1995 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 5
  1997 Preliminary 7th 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1999 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 12
  2001 Group Stage 6th 2 0 1 1 3 7
  2003 Did not enter
  2005 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 0 7
  2007 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 3 7
  2009 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 7
  2011 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 8
  2013 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 2 4
  2014 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 6
  2017 Group Stage 6th 5 0 1 4 2 10
Total Fourth Place 10/13 30 1 6 23 19 69

The 1995 tournament in El Salvador saw Belize's international debut. They played the hosts in their first-ever international on November 29 in Group A. El Salvador won 3–0 with all goals coming in the second half.[5] On December 1, Belize scored their first-ever international goal as they lost 2–1 to Costa Rica and were eliminated from the tournament. Both other teams advanced to the semi-finals and were defeated there, Costa Rica's conqueror Honduras beat Guatemala in the final.

Team staffEdit

Name Nat Position
Vincenzo Alberto Annese   Head coach
Jack Striders   Technical director
Carlos Slusher   Assistant Head coach
Peter Jones   Assistant Head coach
Kent Gabourel Sr.   Goalkeeping coach
Shaun Woodmac   Physical Trainer
Thomas Rivars   Physiotherapist

Current squadEdit

The following 19 players were called up for the Nations League B matches against   French Guiana and   Grenada in 15 and 18 November 2019.

Caps and goals updated as November 18, 2019, after the game against   Grenada.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Woodrow West (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 34) 39 0   Juticalpa FC
12 1GK Shane Orio (1980-08-07) August 7, 1980 (age 40) 31 0   Belmopan Bandits

7 2DF Ian Gaynair (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 (age 34) 53 2   Belmopan Bandits
8 2DF Elroy Smith (captain) (1981-11-30) November 30, 1981 (age 38) 60 4   Verdes FC
18 2DF Evral Trapp (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 33) 34 0   Verdes FC
23 2DF Tyrone Pandy (1986-01-14) January 14, 1986 (age 34) 17 0   Belmopan Bandits

3 3MF Norman Anderson (1997-01-25) January 25, 1997 (age 23) 5 0   Belmopan Bandits
4 3MF Amilton Filho (1992-04-27) April 27, 1992 (age 28) 2 0   Belmopan Bandits
6 3MF Sean Caliz (1996-09-01) September 1, 1996 (age 23) 2 0 unknown
13 3MF Ean Lewis (1991-02-25) February 25, 1991 (age 29) 3 1   Belize Defence Force FC
14 3MF Andrés Makin (1992-04-11) April 11, 1992 (age 28) 23 0   Belmopan Bandits
15 3MF Humberto Requena (1986-07-13) July 13, 1986 (age 34) 2 0   Belmopan Bandits
16 3MF Krisean Lopez (1998-11-02) November 2, 1998 (age 21) 10 3   Verdes FC
19 3MF Darrel Myvett (1993-12-15) December 15, 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Verdes FC
20 3MF Daniel Jimenez (1988-04-14) April 14, 1988 (age 32) 40 2   Belmopan Bandits
21 3MF Nana Mensah (1989-01-19) January 19, 1989 (age 31) 16 0   Michigan Stars FC

9 4FW Deon McCaulay (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987 (age 32) 53 26   Georgia Revolution FC
10 4FW Michael Salazar (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 27) 14 1   Houston Dynamo
17 4FW Desmond Wade (1997-08-31) August 31, 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Belize Defence Force FC

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kerry González (1999-03-03) 3 March 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Verdes FC v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 10 October 2019
GK Eithon Wagner unknown 0 0 unknown v.   Grenada, 9 September 2019

DF Donell Arzú (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Wagiya FC v.   French Guiana, 15 November 2019
DF Jahron Myvette (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Verdes FC v.   Grenada, 9 September 2019

MF Denmark Casey (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994 (age 26) 18 1   Belmopan Bandits v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 14 October 2019
MF Jordy Polanco (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 24) 12 0   Belmopan Bandits v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 14 October 2019
MF Tony Rocha (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 26) 3 0   New York City FC v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 14 October 2019
MF Trimayne Harris (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Belmopan Bandits v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 10 October 2019
MF Nahjib Guerra (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 25) 8 0   Belmopan Bandits v.   Grenada, 9 September 2019
MF Osmar Duran (1993-08-26) 26 August 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Belize Defence Force FC v.   Grenada, 9 September 2019

FW Carlos Bernárdez (1992-12-28) 28 December 1992 (age 27) 4 0 unknown v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 14 October 2019
FW Randy Padilla (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 29) 3 0   Deportivo Mictlán v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis, 14 October 2019
FW Highking Roberts (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 26) 3 1   Belmopan Bandits v.   Grenada, 9 September 2019
FW Camilo Sánchez (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Belize Defence Force FC v.   Grenada, 9 September 2019

RecordsEdit

As of March 23, 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Belize.

ManagersEdit

Since the creation of the national team in 1995, several coaches have been in charge of managing Belize. From 1995 to 1996, Winston Michael was appointed as Belize's first ever manager. As of January 2012, the Belize national football team has had 11 managers.

Manager Period in charge Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
  Winston Michael 1995–1996 4 0 0 4 000.0
  Manuel Bilches 1999–2000 6 0 1 5 000.0
  Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2001 5 3 1 1 060.0
  Eduardo Santana 2003 0 0 0 0 !
  Anthony Adderly 2004–2006 5 0 0 5 000.0
  Antonio Carlos Vieira 2006–2007 3 0 0 3 000.0
  Palmiro Salas 2008 2 1 0 1 050.0
  Ian Mork[6] 2008 4 0 1 3 000.0
  Renan Couoh 2008–2009 3 0 1 2 000.0
  José de la Paz Herrera 2010–2012 7 2 2 3 028.6
  Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2012–2013 5 1 1 3 020.0
  Charlie Slusher 2013 1 0 1 0 000.0
  Ian Mork[7] 2013–2014 4 0 1 3 000.0
  Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2014–2015 3 0 0 3 000.0
  Jorge Nunez 2015–2016 4 2 2 0 050.0
    Richard Orlowski 2016–2018 5 0 1 4 000.0
  Palmiro Salas 2018-2019 6 3 1 2 050.0
  Vincenzo Alberto Annese 2019-2020 6 2 1 3 033.3

Schedule and recent resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019Edit

August 31, 2019 FriendlyBelize  1–1  Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesBelmopan, Belize
Stadium: Isidoro Beaton Stadium
Referee: Efren Guy (Belize)
September 2, 2019 FriendlyBelize  1–0  Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesBelmopan, Belize
Stadium: Isidoro Beaton Stadium
Referee: Juan Alas (Belize)
September 8, 2019 CONCACAF Nations League BBelize  1–2  GrenadaBelmopan, Belize
16:00
Report
Stadium: Isidoro Beaton Stadium
Referee: Erick Lezama (Nicaragua)
November 17, 2019 CONCACAF Nations League BGrenada  3–2  BelizeSt. George's, Grenada
19:00
Report
Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium
Referee: José Torres (Puerto Rico)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. July 16, 2020. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. August 1, 2020. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Belize". Elo Ratings. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Suspension of the Football Federation of Belize – FIFA
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ As World Cup soccer coach, Mork's gotta Belize Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine – San Diego Union Tribune
  7. ^ As World Cup soccer coach, Mork's gotta Belize Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine – San Diego Union Tribune

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