Bonaire national football team
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. after which it became a full CONCACAF member on 10 June 2014 The team can participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Caribbean Cup because of their membership in the confederation and sub-confederation. However, Bonaire is not a member of FIFA and therefore can not compete in the FIFA World Cup or other FIFA events.
|Association||Bonaire Football Federation|
(North America, Central America, Caribbean)
|Head coach||Alexandro Raphaela|
|Most caps||Igmard Gijsbertha (13)|
|Top scorer||Suehendley Barzey, Jermaine Windster & |
Yurick Seinpaal (3)
|Home stadium||Municipal Stadium|
|Current||194 2 (10 July 2019)|
|Highest||185 (February 2010)|
|Lowest||196 (November 2018)|
| Suriname 2–0 Bonaire |
(Willemstad, Curaçao, 15 November 2013)
| Bonaire 2–1 Aruba |
(Willemstad, Curacao, 16 November 2013)
Bonaire 2–1 U.S. Virgin Islands
(Look Out, Montserrat, 1 June 2014)
Bonaire 3–2 Suriname
(Rivière-Pilote, Martinique, 5 September 2014)
| Martinique 6–0 Bonaire |
(Fort-de-France, Martinique, 3 September 2014)
Bonaire 0–6 Jamaica
(Willemstad, Curaçao, 14 October 2018)
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
On 19 April 2013, Bonaire was accepted as an associate member of CONCACAF at CONCACAF's XXVIII Ordinary Congress held in Panama City, Panama, a process that took two years. The membership process was delayed when Bonaire's applications to join CONCACAF and the CFU went missing after being sent to president Jack Warner. 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. Bonaire became a full member of CONCACAF at the confederation's next Ordinary Congress on 10 June 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil.
Although Bonaire is not a member, national team player Lacey Pauletta has expressed his desire that Bonaire becomes a FIFA member in the future. 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. 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. 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. 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", 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. 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. Goal Projects are part of the Goal Programme which has enabled beneficiary member associations to implement projects designed to develop football in their countries.
It had been announced that Bonaire would host the 2013 ABCS tournament. 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. Bonaire went on to play their first match after joining CONCACAF in the tournament, a 0–2 loss to Suriname on 14 November 2013. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. As part of the new agreement, which was supported and facilitated by the KNVB, Bonaire would be invited to future FIFA conferences. Only a few days later, it was announced that Bonaire would take part in the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Nations League.
|Bonaire national team|
Bonaire League clubs
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. 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.
Bonaire's current kit provider is Dutch sportswear company Masita. Home kits are all yellow with blue piping on the jersey 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. 
Champion Runners-up 3rd Place
- **Red border color indicates the tournament was held at home.
CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2015||Did not qualify|
|2017||Did Not Enter|
|2019||Did not qualify|
|Caribbean Cup record||Qualification record|
|2014||Did not Qualify||5||2||1||2||6||13|
|2017||Did not Enter||Did not Enter|
As of 26 March 2019, includes matches after CONCACAF acceptance
|British Virgin Islands||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1||0||0||1||1||2||−1|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1|
CONCACAF fixtures and resultsEdit
2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualificationEdit
|9 September 2018||Bonaire||0–5||Dominican Republic||Willemstad, Curaçao|
|16:00||Report||Stadium: Ergilio Hato Stadium|
Referee: Patrick Senecharles (Haiti)
|14 October 2018||Bonaire||0–6||Jamaica||Willemstad, Curaçao|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Ergilio Hato Stadium|
Referee: Sherwin Moore (Guyana)
|21 March 2019||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2–1||Bonaire||Arnos Vale, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|15:00||Windster 77' (o.g.)
|Report||Koffy 37'||Stadium: Arnos Vale Stadium|
Referee: José Raúl Torres (Puerto Rico)
|24 March 2019||British Virgin Islands||1–2||Bonaire||The Valley, Anguilla|
|15:00||Wilson 76' (pen.)||Report||Windster 7', 88'||Stadium: Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre|
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica)
2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League CEdit
|September 6 2019||Bonaire||v||British Virgin Islands||Kralendijk, Bonaire|
|15:00||Stadium: Municipal Stadium|
|October 13 2019||British Virgin Islands||v||Bonaire||Road Town, British Virgin Islands|
|15:00||Stadium: A. O. Shirley Recreation Ground|
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||GK||Rishison Frans||28 March 1990||10||0||Real Rincon|
|12||GK||Jurven Clara||31 March 1999||0||0||SV Vespo|
|22||GK||Marnick Cicila||14 January 1998||0||0||SV Atlétiko Flamingo|
|2||DF||Leroy Van Dongen||13 December 1992||4||0||Real Rincon|
|3||DF||Rutger Thode||5 October 1999||0||0||SV Vespo|
|4||DF||Rudolph Kastaneer||2 August 1991||2||0||SV Estrella|
|5||DF||Igmard Gijsbertha||26 October 1985||13||0||Real Rincon|
|15||DF||Romeo Thomas||30 December 1993||0||0||SV Vitesse|
|16||DF||Leomar Janga||4 November 1994||2||0||SV Atlétiko Flamingo|
|17||DF||Julián Offerman||11 November 1995||0||0||SV Atlétiko Flamingo|
|20||DF||Keanu Hunt||7 July 1997||2||0||SV Vitesse|
|6||MF||Lacey Pauletta||29 March 1988||11||1||Real Rincon|
|7||MF||Robert Frans||21 March 1991||5||0||Real Rincon|
|11||MF||Derrick Lugo||14 January 2000||2||0||SV Estrellas|
|13||MF||Alsy Anthony||31 July 2001||0||0||SV Juventus|
|18||MF||Yannick Bekman||13 May 1997||1||0||SV Atlétiko Flamingo|
|19||MF||Jurven Koffy||28 September 1997||3||0||SV Atlétiko Flamingo|
|21||MF||Marnix Eustachia||8 August 2001||3||0||SV Juventus|
|8||FW||Jerson Agostien||1 November 1994||3||0||Real Rincon|
|9||FW||Guillermo Montero||12 January 1997||3||0||SV Vitesse|
|10||FW||Jermaine Windster||29 April 1994||4||3||Real Rincon|
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||1 December 1989||5||0||SV Estrellas||v. Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018|
|DF||Berjantico Emerenciana||7 January 2000||1||0||SV Juventus||v. Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018|
|DF||Jonathan Emerenciana||3 November 2001||1||0||SV Juventus||v. Jamaica, 14 October 2018|
|DF||Rilove Janga||27 August 1987||11||0||SV Atlétiko Flamingo||v. Jamaica, 14 October 2018|
|DF||Joelsten Koeks||30 July 1989||0||0||SV Juventus||v. Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018|
|MF||Ayrton Cicilia||2 March 2001||2||0||Real Rincon||v. Jamaica, 14 October 2018|
|MF||Edshel Martha||29 March 1991||2||0||SV Atlétiko Flamingo||v. Jamaica, 14 October 2018|
|MF||Yurick Seinpaal||12 November 1995||10||3||Real Rincon||v. Jamaica, 14 October 2018|
|MF||Terrance Trinidad||28 May 1994||3||0||SV Vespo||v. Jamaica, 14 October 2018|
|FW||Giovanny Janga||3 March 1997||1||0||SV Vitesse||v. Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018|
|FW||Sergio Mercera||27 August 1984||1||0||SV Atlétiko Flamingo||v. Dominican Republic, 9 September 2018|
|FW||Ilfred Piar||19 August 1989||7||1||Real Rincon||v. Jamaica, 14 October 2018|
As of May 2015
Players with an equal number of caps are listed by alphabetical order.
As of May 2015
Players with an equal number of goals are ranked in order of average.
Current coaching staffEdit
As of 30 May 2014
|Alexandro Raphaela||Head coach|
|Celsio Mook||Assistant coach|
|Alsi Anthony||Assistant coach|
|Arviena Vis||Assistant coach|
|Danielo Quirindoongo||Physical therapist|
|Rudsel Sint Jago||2012||2014|
|Ferdinand Bernabela||1 May 2014||2015|
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