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The Martinique national football team (French: Équipe de la Martinique de football) represents the French overseas department and region of Martinique in international football. The team is controlled by the Ligue de Football de la Martinique (English: Martinique Football League), a local branch of French Football Federation (French: Fédération Française de Football). On 7 August 2010, the national team adopted the nickname Les Matinino, which pays tribute to the history of the island.[2][3]

Martinique
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Matinino
AssociationLigue de football de la Martinique
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachMario Bocaly
CaptainCretinoir Sébastien
Top scorerKévin Parsemain (33)
Home stadiumStade Pierre Aliker de Dillon
FIFA codeMTQ
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Current 91 Increase 10 (27 March 2019)[1]
Highest64 (14 April 1994)
Lowest125 (September 2011, March 2012)
First international
 Barbados 3–2 Martinique 
(Martinique; 11 February 1931)
Biggest win
 Martinique 16–0 British Virgin Islands 
(Le Lamentin, Martinqiue; 5 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 9–0 Martinique 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 11 July 1993)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1993)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2002

Contents

HonoursEdit

OverviewEdit

As an overseas department of the French Republic, Martinique is not a member of FIFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the FIFA World Cup or any competition organised first-hand by the organisation. Martiniquais, being French citizens, are eligible to play for the France national football team. Martinique is, however, a member of CONCACAF and CFU and is eligible for all competitions organised by both organisations. Indeed, according to the status of the FFF (article 34, paragraph 6): "[...]Under the control of related continental confederations, and with the agreement of the FFF, those leagues can organize international sport events at a regional level or set up teams in order to participate to them."'

Martinique's highest honour to date was winning the Caribbean Cup in 1993. Martinique also was a two-time winner of the CFU Championship, a precursor to the Caribbean Cup. A more recent success was winning the 2010 Coupe de l'Outre-Mer. The team defeated Réunion 5–3 on penalties to claim the title. The national team has participated in three CONCACAF Gold Cups and its best finish in the competition was in 2002 when the team reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Canada 6–5 on penalties.

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss   Upcoming fixture

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match versus Guadeloupe on 23 March 2019.
Caps and goals as of 23 March 2019, after the game against Guadeloupe

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Loïc Chauvet (1988-04-30) 30 April 1988 (age 31) 15 0   Golden Lion
1 1GK Arnaud des Etages (1985-12-30) 30 December 1985 (age 33) 0 0   Aiglon

21 2DF Sébastien Crétinoir (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 33) 55 2   Golden Lion
5 2DF Karl Vitulin (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 28) 45 2   Samaritaine
8 2DF Jordy Delem (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 26) 41 5   Seattle Sounders FC
4 2DF Rodrigue César (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 31) 5 0   Club Colonial
7 2DF Andy Marny (1995-07-16) 16 July 1995 (age 23) 3 0   Samaritaine
11 2DF Ambroise Félicitet (1993-05-29) 29 May 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Aiglon

19 3MF Daniel Hérelle (1988-10-17) 17 October 1988 (age 30) 70 3   Golden Lion
20 3MF Stéphane Abaul (1991-11-23)23 November 1991 (aged 25) 41 8   Club Franciscain
18 3MF Jean-Emmanuel Nédra (1993-03-11)11 March 1993 (aged 24) 20 0   Aiglon
13 3MF Christophe Jougon (1995-07-10) 10 July 1995 (age 23) 20 1   Club Franciscain
14 3MF Yann Thimon (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 29) 4 1   Golden Lion
18 3MF Wesley Jobello (1994-01-23) 23 January 1994 (age 25) 3 1   Ajaccio
22 3MF Romario Barthéléry (1994-06-25) 25 June 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Golden Lion
15 3MF Thomas Ephestion (1995-06-09) 9 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0   US Orleans

17 4FW Kévin Parsemain (1988-02-03) 3 February 1988 (age 31) 52 34   Golden Lion
10 4FW Mickaël Biron (1997-08-27) 27 August 1997 (age 21) 5 4   Golden Lion
9 4FW Kévin Fortuné (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 29) 2 0   Troyes

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Martinique squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Emmanuel Vermignon (1989-01-20) 20 January 1989 (age 30) 19 0   New Star Ducos   Antigua and Barbuda, 19 November 2018

DF Gérald Dondon (1986-10-04) 4 October 1986 (age 32) 16 2   Club Colonial   Antigua and Barbuda, 19 November 2018
DF Jean-Sylvain Babin (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 32) 10 1   Sporting Gijón   British Virgin Islands, 16 October 2018

MF Djénhael Maingé (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 27) 18 3   Club Franciscain   Antigua and Barbuda, 19 November 2018

FW Julio Donisa (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Lyon-Duchère   Antigua and Barbuda, 19 November 2018
FW Grégory Pastel (2017-07-07) 7 July 2017 (age 22 months) 15 3   Rivière-Pilote   Antigua and Barbuda, 19 November 2018
FW Johnny Marajo (1993-10-21)21 October 1993 (aged 23) 8 0   Club Franciscain   Antigua and Barbuda, 19 November 2018

Previous squadsEdit

Competitive recordEdit

Gold Cup recordEdit

Martinique has participated in five of the fourteen CONCACAF Gold Cups contested. The team's first appearance in the competition was in 1993. The team was eliminated in the first round, however, not without procuring its first point in the competition after earning a 2–2 draw against Canada. Martinique's next appearance in the competition came in 2002. The team achieved its best performance reaching the quarterfinals where they lost to Canada 6–5 on penalties. The following year, Martinique appeared in the competition again, however, the team departed the tournament without scoring a goal.

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
  1991 Did not qualify
    1993 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 14
  1996 to   2000 Did not qualify
  2002 Quarter-finals 6th 3 1 1 1 2 3
    2003 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 3
  2005 to   2011 Did not qualify
  2013 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 4
    2015 Did not qualify
  2017 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 4 6
    2019 Qualified
Total Quarter-finals 5/14 14 3 2 9 11 30

Caribbean Cup recordEdit

Martinique have appeared in fourteen Caribbean Cups. The national team is the organization with the smallest population to have won the competition. Martinique won their first and only Caribbean Cup title in 1993. The tournament was played in Jamaica and Martinique defeated the hosts 6–5 on penalties in the final match. The following year, Martinique finished runner-up to Trinidad and Tobago. The team has finished in third place on three occasions in 1992, 1996, and 2001.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA
  1989 Did not qualify
  1990 Abandoned [n 1] 2 1 1 0 4 2
  1991 Round 1 5th 3 1 1 1 4 2
  1992 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 10 6
  1993 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 8 3
  1994 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 12 10
    1995 Did not qualify
  1996 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 4
    1997 Round 1 5th 2 1 0 1 2 3
    1998 Round 1 5th 3 1 0 2 7 8
  1999 Did not qualify
  2001 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 6 8
  2005 Did not qualify
  2007 Round 1 6th 3 1 0 2 4 8
  2008 Did not qualify
  2010 Round 1 7th 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2012 Fourth place 4th 5 2 2 1 5 3
  2014 Round 1 6th 3 1 1 1 3 4
  2017 Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 3
Total 1 Title 14/19 51 21 11 19 73 67
  1. ^ Play was suspended when Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted a coup d'état of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament was abandoned altogether after Tropical storm Arthur forced the cancellation of the final round of games. Martinique were to meet Trinidad and Tobago in the final.

Coupe de l'Outre-Mer recordEdit

Martinique has participated all three editions of the Coupe de l'Outre-Mer, which was established in 2008. In the first edition, the team finished runner-up to the champions Réunion losing 1–0 in the final. In 2010, Martinique won its first Coupe de l'Outre-Mer defeating the defending champions Réunion 5–3 on penalties at the Stade Dominique Duvauchelle in Créteil. They re-lost the title to Reunion in 2012 in a penalty shootout.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA
  2008 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 3 2
  2010 Champions 1st 4 2 1 1 8 3
  2012 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 5
Total 1 Title 3/3 12 6 3 3 20 10

CFU Championship recordEdit

From 1978–1985, Martinique participated in the CFU Championship, a precursor to the Caribbean Cup. Of the six championships played, Martinique featured three final rounds. Les Matinino won the competition twice in 1983 and 1985.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA
  1978 Did not qualify
  1979
  1981
  1983 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 1
  1985 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 2
  1988[4] Runners-up 2nd
Total 2 Titles 3/6 6 4 2 0 10 3
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Allez Matinino!". Ligue de Football de la Martinique (in French). 18 August 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Matinino en Présentation". Bondamanjak (in French). 8 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  4. ^ It is unsure if the tournament was completed, but some sources state that Trinidad and Tobago defeated Martinique 3–0 in the final.

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