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The Guyana national football team, nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, represents Guyana in international football and is controlled by the Guyana Football Federation. It is one of three South American nations to be a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF alongside Suriname and French Guiana. Until the independence of Guyana in 1966, it competed as British Guiana. They qualified for the Caribbean Nations Cup in 1991, coming fourth, and in 2007. Guyana has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, but on 23 March 2019 they qualified for the first time for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Guyana
Nickname(s)Golden Jaguars
AssociationGuyana Football Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF
(North & Central America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachMichael Johnson
Most capsCharles Pollard (80)
Top scorerNigel Codrington (18)
Home stadiumProvidence Stadium
FIFA codeGUY
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 178 Decrease 1 (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest86 (November 2010)
Lowest185 (February 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 164 Increase 2 (20 August 2019)[2]
Highest86 (April 1980)
Lowest183 (April 1996)
First international
British Guiana British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago 
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[3]
Biggest win
 Guyana 14–0 Anguilla 
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 16 April 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 9–0 Guyana 
(Santa Ana, United States; 2 December 1987)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage, 2019

Contents

HistoryEdit

British Guiana (1905–59)Edit

Guyana (as British Guiana) played its first international football match on 21 July 1905, a 4–1 defeat against nearby and fellow British colony Trinidad and Tobago. Their next recorded game came almost 16 years later on 28 January 1921, an away 2–1 win against its neighbour Suriname. The two played again in Suriname on 27 August 1923, and on that occasion the hosts won 2–1. British Guiana did not play another match until 1937, when they lost two matches against Trinidad and Tobago in Suriname: 3–0 and 3–2. After seven years without a match, British Guiana entered a three-team tournament in Trinidad & Tobago against its national side and Barbados. They won twice against Barbados (1–0 and 3–0) before drawing 1–1 and losing 3–0 to Trinidad and Tobago. In the final of this Trinagular tournament they again lost 3–0 to Trinidad and Tobago.

In November 1947 British Guiana played in a Standard Life tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. They beat the hosts 2–1 in their opening game on 5 November before beating Jamaica 2–0 the very next day. On 10 November they drew 0–0 with Jamaica before losing 2–0 to Trinidad and Tobago in the last game on 14 November.

British Guiana played its first home games in 1950 against Trinidad and Tobago: these were British Guiana's first matches since the Standard Life tournament. British Guiana lost 1–0 and 4–1 before winning 1–0. The last match played under the name British Guiana was the next match on 2 March 1959 – a 2–2 draw against Trinidad and Tobago.[4]

GuyanaEdit

After independence in 1966, Guyana did not play a match for five years. Their first fixtures under their new name were qualifiers for the 1971 CONCACAF Championship against Suriname. The first match, away, was lost 4–1 and the home match on 21 September 1971 was lost 3–2 as Suriname advanced 7–3 on aggregate. In 1976 Guyana entered its first ever World Cup qualification campaign with the aim of reaching the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. Guyana and Suriname were drawn in a two-legged preliminary in the Caribbean section of CONCACAF qualification and Guyana won the first leg 2–0 at home on 4 July 1976. The second leg in Paramaribo was lost 3–0 which allowed Suriname to advance.[4]

2006Edit

Guyana had a remarkable calendar year 2006, with eleven successive wins, including five CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers[5] These results boosted Guyana's spot in the FIFA World Rankings by 87 spots in little over a year. As a consequence, the team rose to the top 12 in CONCACAF and were in the third rank of seeds in the World Cup qualifying draw.

Caribbean Nations Cup 2007Edit

At the 2006–07 Caribbean Nations Cup, Guyana finished top of Group A in Stage One, then top of Group H in Stage Two (which they hosted), and finished 3rd in the Bobby Sookram Group, missing out on a semi-final berth on goal difference alone. Had Guyana reached the semi-finals, they would have qualified for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Lack of football 2012/13Edit

From November 2012 to October 2014 Guyana failed to play a single game of International football due to off-field problems.[6]

Competitive recordEdit

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 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970 Did not enter Declined participation
  1974
  1978 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 3
  1982 6 2 0 4 8 13
  1986 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1990 2 0 0 2 0 5
  1994 2 0 1 1 2 3
  1998 2 0 0 2 1 8
    2002 Suspended by FIFA Suspended by FIFA
  2006 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 8
  2010 2 0 0 2 1 3
  2014 12 4 2 6 14 30
  2018 2 0 2 0 6 6
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 34 7 6 21 36 81

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1963 Did not enter
  1965
  1967
  1969
  1971
  1973
  1977
  1981
  1985
  1989
  1991 Did not qualify
    1993
  1996
  1998 Did not enter
  2000 Did not qualify
  2002
    2003
  2005 Withdrew
  2007 Did not qualify
  2009
  2011
  2013
    2015
  2017
      2019 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 9
Total Group stage 1/24 3 0 1 2 3 9

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Akel Clarke (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 30) 8 0   Walking Boyz Company
1GK Thomas Rutherford (1997-07-15) 15 July 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Gosport Borough
1GK Alex Murray (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 26) 2 0   Santos Georgetown
1GK Quillan Roberts (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Forge FC

2DF Sam Cox (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 28) 15 0   Hampton & Richmond Borough
2DF Kadell Daniel (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 (age 25) 5 1   Dover Athletic
2DF Terence Vancooten (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 21) 5 0   Stevenage
2DF Matthew Briggs (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 28) 3 0   Maldon & Tiptree
2DF Kevin Layne (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0   New Amsterdam United
2DF Ronayne Marsh-Brown (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984 (age 34) 3 0   Whitehawk
2DF Jordan Dover (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Pittsburgh Riverhounds
2DF Liam Gordon (1999-05-15) 15 May 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Dagenham & Redbridge

3MF Daniel Wilson (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 25) 24 1   Western Tigers
3MF Brandon Beresford (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 27) 15 2   Peachtree City MOBA
3MF Neil Danns (1982-11-23) 23 November 1982 (age 36) 10 8   Bury
3MF Pernell Schultz (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 25) 8 2   Western Tigers
3MF Elliot Bonds (2000-03-23) 23 March 2000 (age 19) 4 0   Dagenham & Redbridge
3MF Stephen Duke-McKenna (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 19) 3 0   Bolton Wanderers
3MF Callum Harriott (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Unattached

4FW Sheldon Holder (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 27) 23 6   Morvant Caledonia United
4FW Emery Welshman (1991-11-09) 9 November 1991 (age 27) 11 7   Hapoel Haifa
4FW Anthony Jeffrey (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Dover Athletic
4FW Keanu Marsh-Brown (1992-08-10) 10 August 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Newport County
4FW Terell Ondaan (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Grenoble

StaffEdit

As of 6 September 2018

Head Coach   Michael Johnson
Assistant Coach   Charles Pollard
Assistant Coach   Taff Rahman
Team Manager   Rawle Adams
Goalkeeping coach   Eon DeVeira
Kitman   Trevor Burnett [7]
GFF President   Wayne Forde[8]
Technical Director   Ian Greenwood[9]

Results and fixturesEdit

Matches in last 12 months, as well as any future scheduled matches

2018Edit

2019Edit

Key

  Win   Draw   Loss

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com.
  4. ^ a b "Guyana – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com. Rec.Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Guyana: Fixtures and Results". FIFA. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  6. ^ "A brief history of football in Guyana". Worldsoccer.com. 20 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Staff –Nurse among overseas trio to join squad". Guyana Times. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "GFF APPOINTS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR". Gffonlione.com. 5 September 2016.