Grenada national football team

The Grenada national football team represents Grenada in international football and is controlled by the Grenada Football Association, a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF. The team is nicknamed The Spice Boys, a reference to the country being dubbed as the "Island of Spice" or the "Spice Isle".

Grenada
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Spice Boys
AssociationGrenada Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachMichael Findlay[1]
Most capsCassim Langaigne (72)
Top scorerRicky Charles (37)
Home stadiumKirani James Stadium
FIFA codeGRN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 170 Decrease 1 (31 March 2022)[2]
Highest88 (July 2009)
Lowest176 (December 2007)
First international
Grenada Grenada 2–1 British Guiana 
(Grenada; 13 October 1934)
Biggest win
Grenada Grenada 14–1 Anguilla 
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 15 April 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Curaçao 10–0 Grenada 
(Willemstad, Curaçao; 10 September 2018)
Gold Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2009)
Best resultGroup stage (2009, 2011, 2021)

Grenada has never qualified for the World Cup but have finished second in the Caribbean Cup in 1989 and 2008. Their second-place finish in the 2008 Caribbean Cup gave Grenada its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

HistoryEdit

Beginnings and early tournaments (1934–1989)Edit

Granada played its first international match, on 13 October 1934, against British Guiana, which they defeated 2–1. They played British Guiana twice, Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis before the Second World War started in 1939, winning all of those contests.

In 1961, Grenada participated in the Windward Islands Tournament, losing their opening game to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6–3, but winning their next two matches against Saint Lucia 4–0 and Dominica 8–1 to win the tournament. Grenada won the tournament again the following year, beating Saint Vincent 2–1 in the final, and for four consecutive years from 1967 to 1970.

Grenada played their first competitive match in the 1979 CFU Championship qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago, losing 3–1 on aggregate. Grenada entered the 1981 CONCACAF Championship qualification but lost in the preliminary round to Guyana 8–4 over two legs. Their next competitive match came in the 1985 CFU Championship qualifiers, but they lost both matches and failed to progress past the first round. Grenada had more success in the CFU Championship's successor tournament, reaching the 1989 Caribbean Cup final before losing 2–1 to Trinidad and Tobago.

Caribbean Cup and qualifiers (1990–2010)Edit

Grenada qualified for the 1990 Caribbean Cup but lost again to Trinidad and Tobago, this time 5–0 before drawing with Jamaica 0–0 therefore failing to advance. In the qualifiers for the 1994 Caribbean Cup, Grenada was eliminated by Barbados in an infamous match where Barbados purposefully scored an own-goal in order to force overtime and help them to advance, which they did. Grenada qualified to the 1997 Caribbean Cup, reaching the semi-finals before losing to Saint Kitts and Nevis. Grenada entered the 1998 World Cup qualifiers but after getting through the preliminary round by beating Guyana 8–1 on aggregate, they lost 7–1 over two legs to Haiti.

In the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, Grenada was knocked out by Barbados who won with a tight 5–4 aggregate score. They were luckier four years later in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, once again eliminating Guyana (8–1 on aggregate) in the first round before falling to the USA who edged them 6–2. Granada would close this decade with a new World Cup disappointment, in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, being eliminated by Costa Rica 5–2.

Gold CupEdit

Nineteen years after finishing runner-up in the 1989 Caribbean Cup, the Spice Boyz once again reached the final, in the 2008 edition, although they lost to the hosts, Jamaica 2–0. However, this result allowed them to qualify for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time, however Grenada failed to score a goal in the competition whilst conceding ten times and collecting no points. In the 2010 Caribbean Cup, Grenada reached the semi-finals before again being eliminated by Jamaica though their performance earned them qualification for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup but they again failed to capitalise, losing all three group matches and scoring only a single goal.

2012–presentEdit

Since 2012, Grenada have not managed to progress to the Caribbean Cup or the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, they finished bottom of their qualifying group despite being the top seed, then in 2018 World Cup qualification they were eliminated by Haiti in the third round.

In the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying, Grenada suffered its largest ever defeat, losing 10–0 against Curaçao. They'd eventually qualify for League B before earning promotion to League A for the 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League competition.

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

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

2021Edit

4 June WC 1st Round Qualifying Antigua and Barbuda   1–0   Grenada North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
16:00 UTC−4
  • Browne   20'
Report Stadium: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
Referee: Francia González (Mexico)
8 June WC 1st Round Qualifying Grenada   1–2   Montserrat St. George's, Grenada
19:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
13 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Honduras   4–0   Grenada Houston, United States
22:10 UTC−5
Report Stadium: BBVA Stadium
Attendance: 10,625
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
17 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Grenada   0–4   Qatar Houston, United States
18:30 UTC−5 Report
Stadium: BBVA Stadium
Referee: Armando Villarreal (United States)
20 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Panama   3–1   Grenada Orlando, United States
23:30 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)

2022Edit

23 March Friendly Gibraltar   0–0   Grenada Gibraltar
Report Stadium: Victoria Stadium
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland)
28 March Friendly Andorra   1–0   Grenada Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:00
Report Stadium: Estadi Nacional
4 June Nations League El Salvador   v   Grenada San Salvador, El Salvador
20:00 UTC−6 Stadium: Estadio Cuscatlán
10 June Nations League United States   v   Grenada Austin, United States
21:00 UTC−5 Stadium: Q2 Stadium

2023Edit

Head coachesEdit

*Player-coach

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[4]

Caps and goals correct as of 15 July 2021, after the match against Honduras.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jason Belfon (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 31) 44 0   W Connection
12 1GK Reice Charles-Cook (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 28) 3 0   Bromley
22 1GK Trishawn Thomas (2003-01-25) 25 January 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Queens Park Rangers SC

2 2DF Benjamin Ettienne (2003-03-13) 13 March 2003 (age 19) 5 0   Charleston Battery
3 2DF Kwesi Paul (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 27) 2 0   Peachtree City
4 2DF Aaron Pierre (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 (age 29) 15 1   Shrewsbury Town
5 2DF Omar Beckles (1991-10-25) 25 October 1991 (age 30) 7 0   Leyton Orient
16 2DF A. J. Paterson (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 26) 14 4   Charleston Battery
18 2DF Kraig Noel-McLeod (1999-12-11) 11 December 1999 (age 22) 8 0 Unattached
17 2DF Tyrone Sterling (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 34) 11 0   Dulwich Hamlet

6 3MF Oliver Norburn (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 29) 3 0   Peterborough United
7 3MF Romar Frank (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 25) 15 1   Camerhogne
8 3MF Alexander McQueen (1995-03-24) 24 March 1995 (age 27) 11 0   Indy Eleven
11 3MF Shavon John-Brown (1995-04-13) 13 April 1995 (age 27) 30 4   New Amsterdam
19 3MF Kwazim Theodore (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 26) 31 1   St. David's FC
21 3MF Josh Gabriel (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 22) 6 0   Alderson Broaddus Battlers

9 4FW Kairo Mitchell (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 24) 13 2   Notts County
10 4FW Saydrel Lewis (1997-11-27) 27 November 1997 (age 24) 25 7   Real Juventud
13 4FW Regan Charles-Cook (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 25) 3 0   Ross County
14 4FW Dejon Noel-Williams (1998-09-22) 22 September 1998 (age 23) 5 0   Gloucester City
15 4FW Ricky German (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 23) 3 0   Dulwich Hamlet
20 4FW Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 25) 3 0   Aldershot Town
23 4FW Jamal Charles (1995-11-24) 24 November 1995 (age 26) 28 14   Paradise

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 Shaquille Charles (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 23) 0 0   GBSS Demerara Mutual 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
GK Chad Phillip (2000-09-08) 8 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Camerhogne 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
GK Jeremy Richardson (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 24) 1 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
GK Joe-Max Wildman (2002-10-01) 1 October 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Hard Rock FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad

DF Dequan Antoine (2004-02-08) 8 February 2004 (age 18) 8 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Brady Charles (2001-11-05) 5 November 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Hard Rock FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Christian James (2001-02-24) 24 February 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Camerhogne 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Carlous Joseph (2002-02-06) 6 February 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Sawan Mark (2002-04-11) 11 April 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Sunsetters FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Kimron Marshall (1993-02-28) 28 February 1993 (age 29) 12 0   FC Camerhogne 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Kerron Munro (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Shamrock FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Dorrel Pierre (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Jamil Rocastle (2002-11-07) 7 November 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Hard Rock FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Ro-Shaun Williams (1998-09-03) 3 September 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Doncaster Rovers 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
DF Trevon Williams (1994-12-11) 11 December 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Queens Park Rangers SC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad

MF Steffon Abraham (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 22) 8 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Shandon Baptiste (1998-04-08) 8 April 1998 (age 24) 3 1   Brentford 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Leon Braveboy (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 23) 6 0   Hard Rock FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Ashley Charles (1999-09-15) 15 September 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Wealdstone 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Jesron Charles (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 23) 0 0   GBSS Demerara Mutual 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Keishon Clarke (2004-07-27) 27 July 2004 (age 17) 0 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Ryhim Griffith (2001-05-12) 12 May 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Camerhogne 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Montell Joseph (2001-01-07) 7 January 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Chad Mark (1995-12-07) 7 December 1995 (age 26) 19 1   Hard Rock FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Shani Mitchell (2002-11-25) 25 November 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Queens Park Rangers SC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Simeon Mitchell (2004-12-02) 2 December 2004 (age 17) 0 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Ricky Modeste (1988-02-20) 20 February 1988 (age 34) 8 2   Tonbridge Angels 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Deon Phillip (2004-01-30) 30 January 2004 (age 18) 0 0   Queens Park Rangers SC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Moron Phillip (1999-02-07) 7 February 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Hurricanes SC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF DeAndre Smith (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 30) 30 1   Hard Rock SC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Irvine Smith (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 32) 40 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
MF Shermine Williams (2003-11-05) 5 November 2003 (age 18) 0 0   St. John's Sports FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad

FW Kasey Baptiste (1999-02-12) 12 February 1999 (age 23) 0 0   St. David's F.C. 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
FW Kharlton Belmar (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 29) 4 0   Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
FW Antonio German (1991-12-26) 26 December 1991 (age 30) 8 1   Leatherhead 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad
FW Joshua Isaac (2000-10-28) 28 October 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Paradise 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary squad

RecordsEdit

As of 17 July 2021[5]

Players in bold still active with Grenada.

Competition recordsEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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 to   1974 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
  1978 Did not enter Declined participation
  1982 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 4 8
  1986 Withdrew Withdrew
  1990 Did not enter Declined participation
  1994
  1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 7
    2002 2 0 1 1 4 5
  2006 4 2 0 2 10 7
  2010 3 1 1 1 12 5
  2014 6 1 1 4 7 14
  2018 4 1 0 3 3 7
  2022 4 1 0 3 2 5
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total - - - - - - - - 25 6 2 17 39 53
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Championship & Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1963 to   1973 Part of   United Kingdom
  1977 Did not enter
  1981 Did not qualify
1985 Withdrew
1989 Did not enter
  1991
    1993 Did not qualify
  1996
  1998
  2000
  2002
    2003
  2005
  2007
  2009 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 0 10
  2011 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 1 15
  2013 Did not qualify
    2015
  2017
      2019
  2021 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 11
Total Group stage 11th 9 0 0 9 2 36

CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK
  2019−20 B A 6 4 2 0 8 4   15th
  2022–23 A D To be determined
Total 6 4 2 0 8 4 15th

CFU Caribbean CupEdit

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1978 Did not enter Did not enter
  1979 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 3
  1981 Did not enter Did not enter
  1983
  1985 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 8
  1988 Did not enter Did not enter
  1989 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 4 3 4 4 0 0 13 1
  1990 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 0 5 3 1 2 0 4 2
  1991 Did not enter Did not enter
  1992 Did not qualify 3 0 2 1 1 2
  1993 3 1 0 2 6 7
  1994 2 1 0 1 4 4
    1995 2 1 0 1 2 4
  1996 3 1 1 1 3 4
    1997 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 6 8 2 1 1 0 6 2
    1998 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 17 4
  1999 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 10 2 1 1 0 3 1
  2001 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 6 7
  2005 5 1 1 3 8 10
  2007 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2008 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 8 11 5 2 1 2 10 9
  2010 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 3 4 3 2 0 1 5 4
  2012 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 3 4
  2014 3 0 2 1 4 5
  2017 4 2 0 2 11 9
Total Runners-up 2nd 22 6 6 10 24 41 60 22 13 25 109 93

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Grenada Football Association Appoints New Senior Men's National Team Head Coach". Grenada Football Association. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  4. ^ "CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters". CONCACAF.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Grenada - Record International Players". RSSSF.

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