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The Bonaire national football team (Dutch: "Bonairiaans voetbalelftal"; Papiamentu, Selekshon Boneriano di futbòl) is the national football team of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, a public body of the Netherlands. It is under the control of the Bonaire Football Federation. It became a member of the CFU and an associate member of CONCACAF on 19 April 2013.[2][3][4] after which it became a full CONCACAF member on 10 June 2014[5] The team can participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Caribbean Cup because of their membership in the confederation and sub-confederation.[6] However, Bonaire is not a member of FIFA and therefore can not compete in the FIFA World Cup or other FIFA events.[7][8]

Bonaire
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationBonaire Football Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF
(North America, Central America, Caribbean)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachAlexandro Raphaela
Most capsIgmard Gijsbertha (13)
Top scorerSuehendley Barzey, Jermaine Windster &
Yurick Seinpaal (3)
Home stadiumMunicipal Stadium
FIFA codeBOE
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Current 194 Decrease 2 (10 July 2019)[1]
Highest185 (February 2010)
Lowest196 (November 2018)
First international
 Suriname 2–0 Bonaire Bonaire
(Willemstad, Curaçao, 15 November 2013)
Biggest win
Bonaire Bonaire 2–1 Aruba 
(Willemstad, Curacao, 16 November 2013)
Bonaire Bonaire 2–1 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(Look Out, Montserrat, 1 June 2014)
Bonaire Bonaire 3–2 Suriname 
(Rivière-Pilote, Martinique, 5 September 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Martinique 6–0 Bonaire Bonaire
(Fort-de-France, Martinique, 3 September 2014)
Bonaire Bonaire 0–6 Jamaica 
(Willemstad, Curaçao, 14 October 2018)

Contents

HistoryEdit

Between 1960 when the Bonaire Football Federation was founded and 1988, a Bonaire selection played over fifty unofficial interinsular matches against Curaçao and Aruba. The first such match was a 0–2 defeat to Curaçao on 7 March 1960.[9] On 14 January 1987 and 16 January 1991, an amateur Dutch selection played matches against Bonaire on Bonaire while touring the Caribbean. The matches ended in 1–4 and 2–5 defeats, respectively.[10][11] In June 2008, a Bonaire selection was assembled for a match against NEC Nijmegen as the club held a training camp on the Island. Approximately 1500 spectators attended the match at the Municipal Stadium. The match also marked Lasse Schöne's first appearance for the club.[12]

Until 2010 people from Bonaire competed in confederated football as part of the Netherlands Antilles national football team. After the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved as a unified political entity (a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands) on 10 October 2010, the five constituent islands took on new constitutional statuses within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.[13] The Netherlands Antilles national team was succeeded by the Curaçao national football team and remained thus a CFU, CONCACAF and FIFA member, while Aruba was already a FIFA and CONCACAF member after registering their own association and leaving the Netherlands Antilles team in 1986. Sint Maarten was also already an independent member of CONCACAF.[14][15][16] Before Bonaire was a member of the CFU or CONCACAF, they competed in the ABCS Tournament, a competition between the Dutch-speaking teams of the Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Suriname), since its inception in 2010 and were surprise champions in 2011.[17] Bonaire assembled a squad for a match on 28 February 2010 for a friendly against Curaçao, months before the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved. The match ended in a 4–0 victory for Curaçao. Bonaire's first match after the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved was an eventual 2–4 defeat to Suriname in the 2010 ABCS Tournament on 29 October 2010,19 days after the islands gained their new status in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.[18]

On 19 April 2013, Bonaire was accepted as an associate member of CONCACAF at CONCACAF's XXVIII Ordinary Congress held in Panama City, Panama,[2][3] a process that took two years.[6] The membership process was delayed when Bonaire's applications to join CONCACAF and the CFU went missing after being sent to president Jack Warner.[19] Around the same time that Bonaire was named an associate member of CONCACAF, it was named a full member of the Caribbean Football Union as the subconfederation's 31st member. Previously, Bonaire was a provisional member before submitting the final paperwork and adjusting the federation's statutes to meet CFU requirements.[2] Bonaire became a full member of CONCACAF at the confederation's next Ordinary Congress on 10 June 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil.[5]

Although Bonaire is not a member, national team player Lacey Pauletta has expressed his desire that Bonaire becomes a FIFA member in the future.[20] FIFA statutes allow only associations of internationally recognised independent countries to become members, as well as entities "which [have] not yet gained independence" provided the "association in the country on which it is dependent" authorizes membership.[21] The requirements of independence or "gaining independence" did not apply to 17 out of the 18 members of FIFA that are not fully independent states, including all 10 Caribbean members, as they entered before the rules were changed.[22] Although the KNVB supports the BFF with training courses, infrastructure, and with goal projects, no express authorization of such a move for Bonaire is reported. Any association seeking affiliation to FIFA must observe FIFA’s further regulations related to the subject.[23] In a 2007 independent report on the sports facilities of the BES islands, Bonaire's facilities were described as adequate in number but "substandard" and "hardly maintained",[24] potentially providing a further hurdle to FIFA membership because of the governing body's lengthy stadium recommendations and requirements which include, "...surrounding a football field with a running track in a modern stadium should be avoided" as part of its stance against multi-purpose stadiums.[25] In 2008, FIFA and the KNVB began a Goal Project on Bonaire, creating two full-sized and one small-sized football pitch with accommodation facilities. An extension of the existing facilities was also part of the project.[26] Goal Projects are part of the Goal Programme which has enabled beneficiary member associations to implement projects designed to develop football in their countries.[27]

It had been announced that Bonaire would host the 2013 ABCS tournament.[28] However, because of financial difficulties, it was later announced that Curaçao would host the tournament between 16 and 18 November. After initially stating that they would not take part in the tournament at all, Bonaire later announced that they would compete in the tournament.[29] Bonaire went on to play their first match after joining CONCACAF in the tournament, a 0–2 loss to Suriname on 14 November 2013.[30] The tournament, in which they finished in 3rd place, also saw them record their first victory after joining, a 2–1 victory over Aruba on 16 November 2013, and score their first goal after joining, a 74th-minute strike from Ilfred Piar in the same match.[31]

On 1 June 2014, Bonaire played their first match in a CONCACAF competition, a 2–1 victory over the US Virgin Islands during the preliminary round of 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification.[32] Two days later, Bonaire held Montserrat to a scoreless draw to top their group and advance to face Martinique, Barbados, and Suriname in the second round of qualification.[33] On 10 June 2014, only a few days after their success in the Preliminary Round of 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, Bonaire became a full member of CONCACAF.[5] After posting one win and two losses in the next round of qualifying, Bonaire was eliminated from their maiden Caribbean Cup qualifying campaign as Barbados and Martinique advanced from the group.[34] Bonaire came close to qualifying for the next round of qualifying by being the top third place team but were topped by the Dominican Republic who had a superior goal difference of +8 to −8.[35]

In March 2018 it was announced that FFB president Ludwig Balentin met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino to begin the process of gaining FIFA membership.[36] As part of the new agreement, which was supported and facilitated by the KNVB, Bonaire would be invited to future FIFA conferences.[37] Only a few days later, it was announced that Bonaire would take part in the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Nations League.[38]

StadiumEdit

Municipal Stadium
LocationKaya Hermandad,
Kralendijk,
Bonaire[39]
Capacity3,000[7]
Surfaceartificial turf[40]
Construction
Renovated2007,[41] 2012[7]
Tenants
Bonaire national team
Bonaire League clubs[7]

Bonaire plays their home matches at the Municipal Stadium, currently named Digicel Kralendijk Stadium for sponsorship reasons, located in Kralendijk, Bonaire's main city. The stadium has a capacity of 3,000 spectators. In 2006, the cellular phone service provider Digicel donated USD $240,000 to the Bonaire Football Association which was, in part, used to renovate the national stadium.[41] Artificial turf was installed at the stadium, along with the Stadion Antonio Trenidat in Rincon, in 2012 with financial assistance from FIFA and the Dutch KNVB.[7][40]

KitEdit

Bonaire's current kit provider is Dutch sportswear company Masita. Home kits are all yellow with blue piping on the jersey[42] while the away kit is all white with blue piping on the jersey. Both jerseys include the flag of Bonaire on the left breast and the coat of arms of Bonaire on the right. [43]

Competitive recordEdit

Key

  Champion   Runners-up   3rd Place

**Red border color indicates the tournament was held at home.

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  19632013   Not eligible
    2015 Did not qualify
  2017 Did Not Enter
      2019 Did not qualify
Total 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0

Caribbean CupEdit

Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  19892012  
Not eligible
Not eligible
  2014 Did not Qualify 5 2 1 2 6 13
  2017 Did not Enter Did not Enter
Total - 0/19 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 1 2 6 13

ABCS TournamentEdit

ABCS Tournament
Year Place GP W D* L GS GA
  2010
4th
2 0 1 1 2 7
  2011
1st
2 1 1 0 5 3
  2012
4th
2 0 0 2 2 17
  2013
3rd
2 1 0 1 2 3
  2014
Postponed
  2015
4th
2 0 0 2 1 7
  2018
Canceled
Total 1 title 10 2 2 6 12 27

All–time recordEdit

As of 26 March 2019, includes matches after CONCACAF acceptance[18]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
  Aruba 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Barbados 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3
  British Virgin Islands 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Curaçao 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3
  Dominican Republic 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5
  Jamaica 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
  Martinique 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
  Montserrat 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
  Suriname 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4
  U.S. Virgin Islands 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
Total 13 4 1 8 12 37 −25

CONCACAF fixtures and resultsEdit

2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualificationEdit

2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League CEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the Concacaf Nations League qualifying match against   British Virgin Islands in March 2019[47]

Caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2019 after the game against   British Virgin Islands..

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rishison Frans (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 29) 10 0   Real Rincon
12 1GK Jurven Clara (1999-03-31) 31 March 1999 (age 20) 0 0   SV Vespo
22 1GK Marnick Cicila (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0   SV Atlétiko Flamingo

2 2DF Leroy Van Dongen (1992-12-13) 13 December 1992 (age 26) 4 0   Real Rincon
3 2DF Rutger Thode (1999-10-05) 5 October 1999 (age 19) 0 0   SV Vespo
4 2DF Rudolph Kastaneer (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 27) 2 0   SV Estrella
5 2DF Igmard Gijsbertha (1985-10-26) 26 October 1985 (age 33) 13 0   Real Rincon
15 2DF Romeo Thomas (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 25) 0 0   SV Vitesse
16 2DF Leomar Janga (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 24) 2 0   SV Atlétiko Flamingo
17 2DF Julián Offerman (1995-11-11) 11 November 1995 (age 23) 0 0   SV Atlétiko Flamingo
20 2DF Keanu Hunt (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 22) 2 0   SV Vitesse

6 3MF Lacey Pauletta (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 31) 11 1   Real Rincon
7 3MF Robert Frans (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 28) 5 0   Real Rincon
11 3MF Derrick Lugo (2000-01-14) 14 January 2000 (age 19) 2 0   SV Estrellas
13 3MF Alsy Anthony (2001-07-31) 31 July 2001 (age 17) 0 0   SV Juventus
18 3MF Yannick Bekman (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 22) 1 0   SV Atlétiko Flamingo
19 3MF Jurven Koffy (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 21) 3 0   SV Atlétiko Flamingo
21 3MF Marnix Eustachia (2001-08-08) 8 August 2001 (age 17) 3 0   SV Juventus

8 4FW Jerson Agostien (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 24) 3 0   Real Rincon
9 4FW Guillermo Montero (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0   SV Vitesse
10 4FW Jermaine Windster (1994-04-29) 29 April 1994 (age 25) 4 3   Real Rincon

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Rugenio Josephia (1989-12-01) 1 December 1989 (age 29) 5 0   SV Estrellas v.   Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018

DF Berjantico Emerenciana (2000-01-07) 7 January 2000 (age 19) 1 0   SV Juventus v.   Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018
DF Jonathan Emerenciana (2001-11-03) 3 November 2001 (age 17) 1 0   SV Juventus v.   Jamaica, 14 October 2018
DF Rilove Janga (1987-08-27) 27 August 1987 (age 31) 11 0   SV Atlétiko Flamingo v.   Jamaica, 14 October 2018
DF Joelsten Koeks (1989-07-30) 30 July 1989 (age 29) 0 0   SV Juventus v.   Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018

MF Ayrton Cicilia (2001-03-02) 2 March 2001 (age 18) 2 0   Real Rincon v.   Jamaica, 14 October 2018
MF Edshel Martha (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 28) 2 0   SV Atlétiko Flamingo v.   Jamaica, 14 October 2018
MF Yurick Seinpaal (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 23) 10 3   Real Rincon v.   Jamaica, 14 October 2018
MF Terrance Trinidad (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 25) 3 0   SV Vespo v.   Jamaica, 14 October 2018

FW Giovanny Janga (1997-03-03) 3 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0   SV Vitesse v.   Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018
FW Sergio Mercera (1984-08-27) 27 August 1984 (age 34) 1 0   SV Atlétiko Flamingo v.   Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018
FW Ilfred Piar (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 29) 7 1   Real Rincon v.   Jamaica, 14 October 2018

Player historyEdit

Most cappedEdit

As of May 2015[48]

Players with an equal number of caps are listed by alphabetical order.

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Igmar Gijbertha 2013– 9 0
Relove Janga 2013– 9 0
Pedro Rodriguez 2013– 9 0
4 Yurick Seinpaal 2013– 8 3
5 Suehendley Barzey 2013– 7 3
Lacey Pauletta 2013– 7 1

Most goalsEdit

As of May 2015[48]

Players with an equal number of goals are ranked in order of average.

# Name Career Goals Caps Average
1 Suehendley Barzey 2013– 3 7 0.429
1 Yurick Seinpaal 2013– 3 8 0.375
3 Josef Beaumont 2013– 1 4 0.25
4 Ilfred Piar 2013– 1 6 0.167
5 Lacey Pauletta 2013– 1 7 0.143

ManagersEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 30 May 2014[49]

Name Nation Position
Alexandro Raphaela   Head coach
Celsio Mook   Assistant coach
Alsi Anthony   Assistant coach
Arviena Vis   Assistant coach
Danielo Quirindoongo   Physical therapist
Ludwig Balentin   Delegate

Manager historyEdit

Name From To
  Arturo Charles 2010 2012
  Rudsel Sint Jago 2012 2014
  Ferdinand Bernabela 1 May 2014 2015

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