Curaçao national football team
The Curaçao national football team (Dutch: Curaçaos voetbalelftal; Papiamentu, Selekshon di Futbòl Kòrsou) represents Curaçao in International football and is controlled by the Curaçao Football Federation (Federashon Futbòl Kòrsou; FFK).
|Head coach||Guus Hiddink|
|Most caps||Cuco Martina (46)|
|Top scorer||Leandro Bacuna (11)|
|Home stadium||Stadion Ergilio Hato|
|Current||76 (18 February 2021)|
|Highest||68 (July 2017)|
|Lowest||183 (April 2013, July 2014)|
| Dominican Republic 1–0 Curaçao |
(Dominican Republic, 10 August 2011)
| Curaçao 10–0 Grenada |
(Curacao, 10 September 2018)
| Saint Lucia 5–1 Curaçao |
(Saint Lucia, 21 October 2012)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4–0 Curaçao
(Saint Lucia, 25 October 2012)
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||2 (first in 2017)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2019)|
Following a constitutional change that allowed its predecessor, the Colony of Curaçao and Dependencies to become a unified constituent country consisting of several island territories as the Netherlands Antilles and its dissolution in 2010, Curaçao has played under a new constitutional status as a separate constituent country since 2011.
The first national football team to bear the name Curaçao was the Territory of Curaçao national football team, which made its debut in 1924 in an away match against neighboring Aruba, a match which the Territory of Curaçao won four to nil.
In December 1954, the territory of Curaçao became the Netherlands Antilles, and following a constitutional change the Netherlands Antilles were designated a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which included the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten. The name of the Curaçao team changed to Netherlands Antilles national team, representing all six islands.
In 1986, Aruba became a country within the Kingdom in its own right, with its own Aruba national football team and subsequently Aruban players no longer represented the Netherlands Antilles.
On 10 October 2010, the Netherlands Antilles were dissolved, and Curaçao and Sint Maarten became countries in their own right, while Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius became part of the Netherlands proper. Although not a sovereign state, Curaçao (the largest island territory in the Netherlands Antilles) appeared on the FIFA member list in March 2011, as successor of the Netherlands Antilles.
As well as taking on the Netherlands Antilles' FIFA membership, Curaçao was recognised as the direct successor of the former (similarly to how Serbia is regarded the direct successor of Yugoslavia, and Russia for the Soviet Union), and took on its historical records and FIFA ranking.
During the CONCACAF Qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Curaçao achieved a major feat when they defeated Cuba 1–1 with the away goals rule.
After a strong qualification campaign, Curaçao defeated host Martinique in the semi finals of the 2017 edition of the Caribbean Cup with the score of 2–1. They met defending champions and six-time winners, Jamaica. Curaçao won their first ever Caribbean Cup by defeating Jamaica, again with the scoreline of 2–1.
All competitive matches played from 1921–1958 were contested as the Territory of Curaçao (comprising all six islands of the Netherlands Antilles). From 1958–2010 all matches were contested as the Netherlands Antilles, successor of the Territory of Curaçao, (still comprising six islands until 1986, when Aruba seceded). All competitive fixtures after 2010 were contested by Curaçao, which solely consists of the island nation itself. Under the newly formed governing body, Curaçao have so far only competed in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, the 2012 Caribbean Cup qualification, the 2014 and 2017 Caribbean Cup, the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as the ABCS Tournament.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Part of Netherlands Antilles||Part of Netherlands Antilles|
|2014||Did not qualify||6||2||1||3||15||15|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record||Qualifying record|
|1965||Fifth place||5th||5||0||2||3||4||16||Automatically entered|
|1967||Did not qualify||4||0||2||2||4||6|
|1969||Third place||3rd||5||2||1||2||9||12||Automatically entered|
|1971||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1973||Sixth place||6th||5||0||2||3||4||19||Automatically entered|
|1977||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||1||9|
|1981||Did not qualify||4||0||3||1||1||2|
|1985||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||0||4|
|1989||Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||4||7|
|1991||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||5|
|1993||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify||5||3||1||1||11||11|
|1998||Did not qualify||1||0||0||1||1||2|
|2000||Did not qualify||6||2||1||3||8||13|
|2002||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2003||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||3||6|
|2007||Did not qualify||3||0||1||2||1||7|
|2009||Did not qualify||5||1||1||3||5||11|
|2011||Did not qualify||3||0||1||2||5||7|
|2013||Did not qualify||3||0||0||3||2||11|
|2015||Did not qualify||9||2||3||4||11||15|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup history|
|First Match|| Netherlands Antilles 2–1 Mexico |
(24 March 1963; Santa Ana, El Salvador)
|Biggest Win|| Netherlands Antilles 4–1 Honduras |
(7 April 1963; San Salvador, El Salvador)
|Biggest Defeat|| Mexico 8–0 Netherlands Antilles |
(8 December 1973; Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
|Best Result||Third place in 1963, 1969|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 2017|
CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022–23||A||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First Match|| Curaçao 1–0 Haiti |
(7 September 2019; Willemstad, Curaçao)
|Biggest Win|| Curaçao 1–0 Haiti |
(7 September 2019; Willemstad, Curaçao)
|Biggest Defeat|| Curaçao 1–2 Costa Rica |
(14 November 2019; Willemstad, Curaçao)
CFU Caribbean CupEdit
|CFU Caribbean Cup|
|1989 to 2010||As Netherlands Antilles|
- Draws include knockout matches decided on a penalty shootout.
- Largest win
- 15–0 vs Puerto Rico on 7 January 19591
- Largest win at the CONCACAF Championship finals
- Largest win at the CCCF Championship finals
- 9–1 vs Nicaragua on 15 May 1941, 1941 CCCF Championship
- 8–0 vs Nicaragua on 11 March 1953, 1953 CCCF Championship
- Largest win at the CFU Championship finals
- Did not qualify
- Largest win at the Caribbean Cup finals
- 2–1 vs Martinique on 22 June 2017, 2017 Caribbean Cup
- 2–1 vs Jamaica on 25 June 2017, 2017 Caribbean Cup
- Largest win at the Pan American Games
- Largest win at the ABCS Tournament
- Highest scoring draw
- Highest scoring draw at the CONCACAF Championship finals
- 2–2 vs Mexico on 4 December 1969, 1969 CONCACAF Championship1
- 2–2 vs Guatemala on 5 December 1973, 1973 CONCACAF Championship1
- 2–2 vs Honduras on 12 December 1973, 1973 CONCACAF Championship1
- Highest scoring draw at the CCCF Championship finals
- 3–3 vs Panama on 8 May 1941, 1941 CCCF Championship
- 3–3 vs Honduras on 27 February 1960, 1960 CCCF Championship1
- Highest scoring draw at the CFU Championship finals
- Did not qualify
- Highest scoring draw at the Caribbean Cup finals
- 1–1 vs Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on 2 July 1989, 1989 Caribbean Cup1
- 1–1 vs Grenada on 6 July 1989, 1989 Caribbean Cup1
- Highest scoring draw at the Pan American Games
- Highest scoring draw at the ABCS Tournament
a. Tournament follows a knock-out format, and matches cannot end on a draw.
- Largest defeat
- Largest defeat at the CONCACAF Championship finals
- 8–0 vs Mexico on 8 December 1973, 1973 CONCACAF Championship1
- Largest defeat at the CCCF Championship finals
- Largest defeat at the CFU Championship finals
- Did not qualify
- Largest defeat at the Caribbean Cup finals
- Largest defeat at the Pan American Games
- Largest defeat at the ABCS Tournament
- 3–1 vs Bonaire on 2 December 2011, ABCS Tournament 2011
- 3–1 vs Suriname on 16 November 2013, ABCS Tournament 2013
- 2–0 vs Suriname on 4 December 2011, ABCS Tournament 2011
1. Matches played as the Netherlands Antilles from 16 December 1946 to 18 August 2011.
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
- For all past match results of the national team, see the team's results page
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|25 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Curaçao||v||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Willemstad, Curaçao|
|Stadium: Ergilio Hato Stadium|
|28 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Cuba||v||Curaçao||Havana, Cuba|
|Stadium: Estadio Pedro Marrero|
|5 June 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||British Virgin Islands||v||Curaçao||Road Town, British Virgin Islands|
|Stadium: A. O. Shirley Recreation Ground|
|8 June 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Curaçao||v||Guatemala||Willemstad, Curaçao|
|Stadium: Ergilio Hato Stadium|
The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
Past managers of the Netherlands AntillesEdit
- Pedro Celestino Dacunha1 (1957–65)
- Wilhelm Canword (1973)
- Jan Zwartkruis2 (1978–81)
- Rob Groener (1983–85)
- Wilhelm Canword (1988)
- Jan Zwartkruis (1992–94)
- Etienne Siliee (1996)
- Henry Caldera (2000–02)
- Pim Verbeek (2003–05)
- Etienne Siliee (2005–07)
- Leen Looyen (2007–09)
- Remko Bicentini (2009–10)
- Henry Caldera (2010, interim)
Past managers of CuraçaoEdit
1. Managers of the Netherlands Antilles from 16 December 1946 to 18 August 2011.
2. Jan Zwartkruis served as manager of the Netherlands as well as the Netherlands Antilles concurrently from 1978 to 1981.
3. Managers of Curaçao, from 18 August 2011. Direct successor, inheriting the former nation's FIFA membership and competitive record.
All-time record against other nationsEdit
Netherlands Antilles (1946–2011)Edit
- The following matches were played as the Netherlands Antilles (from 16 December 1946 until 18 August 2011)
|Trinidad and Tobago||17||1||6||10|
|Antigua and Barbuda||9||5||2||2|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1||0||1||0|
- The following matches were played as Curaçao (from 18 August 2011 until present)
|Antigua and Barbuda||4||1||0||3|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||3||3||0||0|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2||1||0||1|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2||0||0||2|
- CFU Caribbean Cup:
- Winners (1): 2017
- Central American and Caribbean Games:
- ABCS Tournament:
- Phillip Seaga Cup :
- Winners (1): 19631
- Inter Expo Cup / Polar Cup:
- Parbo Bier Cup:
- Winners (1): 20041
- King's Cup:
- Winners (1): 2019
1. Trophies won as the Netherlands Antilles from 16 December 1946 to 18 August 2011.
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