Sint Maarten national football team
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The Sint Maarten national football team is the football team of Sint Maarten, the Dutch half of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, and is controlled by the Sint Maarten Soccer Association. Sint Maarten is not a member of FIFA, and therefore is not eligible to enter the World Cup. However, the association planned to apply for FIFA membership in 2016.
(North America, Central America, Caribbean)
|Head coach||Elvis Albertus|
|Most caps||Peter Large (9)|
|Top scorer||Gerwin Lake (3) |
|Home stadium||Raoul Illidge Sports Complex|
|Current||206 (13 September 2019)|
|Lowest||207 (2–4 September 2018)|
| Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6–1 Sint Maarten |
(Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; 23 April 1989)
| Sint Maarten 4–0 Anguilla |
(Saint Kitts and Nevis; 29 March 1996)
| Haiti 13–0 Sint Maarten |
(Port-au-Prince; 10 September 2018)
|Appearances||1 (first in 1993)|
|Best result||Group Stage; 1993|
In 2002, the Sint Maarten Soccer Association was given associate membership in CONCACAF and became full members at the XXVIII Ordinary Congress in April 2013 after becoming an independent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands after the Netherland Antillies was dissolved in 2010. They are also members of the Caribbean Football Union and first took part in the Caribbean Cup in its inaugural edition in 1989.
From 1992 to 2016, the team had played approximately only 25 official matches. Between 2000 and 2016, only one match had been played, an unofficial 2–2 draw at home to Sint Eustatius on 20 August 2004. In 2012, SMSA President Owen Nickie stated that the national team's inactivity was due to a lack of needed improvements on their home stadium. He indicated that not having enough players to choose from had also prevented the team from competing in the past but that they had more than enough players at that time. At that time, the association discussed hosting the Leeward Islands Tournament and participating in 2012 Caribbean Cup qualification as two of its objectives for the year. Nickie described not entering a team in the Caribbean Cup in the past as "unfortunate". In August 2014, Sint Maarten was set to co-host the Leeward Islands Tournament which had been dormant at that time for over ten years. However, the tournament was postponed after Sint Maarten withdrew as host because of difficulties with the newly installed lights at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex and Anguilla, the other host, withdrew for unspecified reasons. One report also indicated that the hosts withdrew because of an "inability to facilitate teams." In May 2015, a match was organized by the SMSA as a showcase for selecting a national team player pool. It was open to all players with a Dutch passport. Although Sint Maarten's senior team was dormant, a youth selection participated in the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Championship in August 2013 and Sint Maarten co-hosted the 2015 CFU Boy's Under-15 Championship after the 2015 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship was canceled by CONCACAF for unspecified reasons.
2017 Caribbean CupEdit
Sint Maarten returned to international football in 2016, entering 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification and being drawn into Group 2 along with Grenada and the US Virgin Islands with the first round matches taking place on 22 and 26 March 2016. Sint Maarten had been absent from senior CFU competition for nineteen years as they entered the tournament. In January 2016 it was announced that Sint Maarten's squad for 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification would be composed solely of players from Flames United SC, reigning champions from the 2014/2015 Senior league competitions and the champions of the 2012/2013 Excellence Division between the islands of Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and St. Barths. However, shortly thereafter it was reported that the previous report was inaccurate and that Flames United would actually be competing in the CFU Club Championship. Sint Maarten played its first senior men's international in 12 years on 13 March 2016 as it hosted a 2–0 home victory against Anguilla as part of each side's preparation for 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification. Both of Sint Maarten's goals were scored by Joost Röben. In the first match of the tournament, Sint Maarten held Grenada to a scoreless draw in the first half which saw two of Sint Maarten's starters sustain injuries. It was later revealed that Raymond Wolff had sustained a broken rib before coming off in the first half while fellow-Dutchman Rick De Punder was credited with an own goal. Grenada scored five goals in the second half to secure the 5–0 victory. Sint Maarten arrived on Grenada for the 8pm match at 4pm after the funds for the team airfare, paid for by the CFU, did not reach the airline in time and no seats were available. SMSA President Johnny Singh thought that the team would not be able to compete but another flight was arranged in time. The same scenario occurred for the return flight but the team was expected to be home on the Thursday prior to the team's match against USVI on Saturday. Sint Maarten went on to lose the match to USVI 1–2, ending the team's qualifying campaign. Sint Maarten's only goal was scored by Ramsleii Boelijn.
Sint Maarten plays its home matches at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex in Philipsburg. The stadium has a capacity of 3,000 spectators. It is named after Raoul Illidge, a local philanthropist who laid the groundwork and covered many expenses in the planning of the stadium as part of his support for sport and culture on the island. Unsolicited, he contributed nearly ƒ800,000 for the project. After falling into disrepair, the complex was temporarily closed for renovation in July 2013. The two-part renovation included installation of a new running track, drainage system, and artificial turf, repainting of lighting poles and installation of new, brighter lights, in addition to a renovation of the complex's buildings. The renovation costs were financed by the Dutch funding agency Usona and the Sint Maarten government. The international sports park was official reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs Patricia Lourens-Phillip on 7 March 2014.
CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
Sint Maarten never reached the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but played in the qualifications in for the 1993, 1996 and 1998 Gold Cups.
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|1991||Did not enter|
|1993||Did not qualify|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|1998||Did not qualify|
|2002||Did not enter|
|2003||Did not enter|
|2007||Did not enter|
|2009||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not enter|
|2013||Did not enter|
|2015||Did not enter|
|2017||Did not qualify|
|2019||Did not qualify|
|1990||Did not enter|
|1991||Did not enter|
|1993[nb 2]||Group stage||5||2||0||3||2||25|
|1998||Did not enter|
|2001||Did not enter|
|2007||Did not enter|
|2008||Did not enter|
|2010||Did not enter|
|2012||Did not enter|
|2014||Did not enter|
Fixtures and resultsEdit
|22 March 2016 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification||Grenada||5–0||Sint Maarten||St. George's, Grenada|
|7:30 UTC-4||J. Rennie 52' (pen.)
De Punder 56' (o.g.)
S. Rennie 87'
|Report||Stadium: Grenada National Stadium|
|26 March 2016 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification||Sint Maarten||1–2||U.S. Virgin Islands||Philipsburg, Sint Maarten|
|Boelijn 89'||Report||Herring 24'
|Stadium: Raoul Illidge Sports Complex|
|25 July 2018 Friendly||Sint Maarten||2–3||British Virgin Islands||Philipsburg, Sint Maarten|
| 25' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Raoul Illidge Sports Complex|
|22 August 2018 Friendly||Sint Maarten||1–1||Anguilla||Philipsburg, Sint Maarten|
|Jean Jacques Craane 20'||Glenville Rogers 30'||Stadium: Raoul Illidge Sports Complex|
|10 September 2018 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying||Haiti||13–0||Sint Maarten||Port-au-Prince, Haiti|
|18:30||Arcus 11', 59'
Nazon 19', 35', 42', 61', 64'
Forsythe 26' (o.g.)
Hérold Jr. 47'
Etienne 71', 86'
|Report||Stadium: Stade Sylvio Cator|
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval (Nicaragua)
|12 October 2018 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying||Bermuda||12–0||Sint Maarten||Hamilton, Bermuda|
|19:30 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Bermuda National Stadium|
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)
|20 November 2018 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying||Sint Maarten||0–2||Dominica||The Valley, Anguilla|
|14:45 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre|
Referee: Luis Santander (Mexico)
|23 February 2019 Friendly||Sint Maarten||1–1||Saint Barthélemy||Philipsburg, Sint Maarten|
|Djai Essed 28'||Report||Anthony Maxor 29'||Stadium: Raoul Illidge Sports Complex|
|23 March 2019 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying||Sint Maarten||4–3||Saint Martin||The Valley, Anguilla|
|20:00||Cocks 10' (o.g.)
Lake 23', 59'
Boelijn 30' (pen.)
Dupalus 80' (pen.)
|Stadium: Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre|
|7 September 2019 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League C||Guadeloupe||5–1||Sint Maarten||Les Abymes, Guadeloupe|
||Stadium: Stade René Serge Nabajoth|
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière (Canada)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|22||GK||Sjoerd Van Griensven||20 June 1991||3||0||OKSV|
|20||GK||Cartalino Joseph||22 April 2002||0||0||FC Soualiga|
|1||GK||Jariel Gabriel||10 April 2001||3||0||FC Soualiga|
|3||DF||Jovani Anthony (c)||11 June 1989||8||0||Concordia|
|4||DF||Djai Essed||25 April 1998||6||0||Feather River Golden Eagles|
|5||DF||Diario Forsythe||11 January 2001||4||0||Soualiga|
|14||DF||Andre Knol||20 September 2000||5||0||Funmakers|
|15||DF||Daniel Lange||12 May 2000||4||0|
|2||DF||Jolian Jason||3 May 2003||0||0|
|19||DF||Javier Wadilie||5 March 2002||0||0|
|7||MF||Yannick Dinane||13 August 1998||4||0||Flames United|
|8||MF||Brandon Potmis||6 November 1998||6||0||Inter Willemstad|
|12||MF||Jaine Lindo||22 September 1990||2||0||Virginia Beach City|
|13||MF||Jason Lindo||22 March 1996||5||0||Soualiga|
|16||MF||Terrence Pinas||22 March 1999||1||0||Soualiga|
|9||FW||Edermar La Cruz||10 June 1987||5||0||Soualiga|
|10||FW||Jaeremi Drijvers||12 November 1999||4||2||Soualiga|
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Jean Philip Sylveste||27 June 1992||5||0||C&D Connection||v. Bermuda; 12 October 2018|
|DF||Khajeel Bailey||22 September 2000||0||0||v. Bermuda; 12 October 2018|
|DF||Ryan Hok-A-Hin||11 July 1997||2||0||FC Horst||v. Bermuda; 12 October 2018|
|DF||Adrian Providence||29 May 1991||3||0||Young Strikers||v. Anguilla; 22 August 2018|
|MF||Samir Acharrat||27 September 1981||1||0|
|MF||Darryl Caines||28 April 1990||2||0|
|MF||Donald Carty||12 February 1989||2||0|
|MF||Jean Craane||17 July 2003||2||0||Soualiga||v. Bermuda; 12 October 2018|
|MF||Don Ferdinand||2||0||Veendam||v. Anguilla; 22 August 2018|
|MF||Yvenson Guy||1||0||v. Anguilla; 22 August 2018|
|MF||Waldy Lindeborg||9 December 1982||2||0||v. British Virgin Islands; 25 July 2018|
|MF||Rajaan Prince||25 August 2001||0||0||Flames United||v. Bermuda; 12 October 2018|
|MF||Rick de Punder||4 September 1986||4||0||Goes||v. Bermuda; 12 October 2018|
|MF||Raymond Wolff||30 January 1987||5||0||Vlissingen||v. Bermuda; 12 October 2018|
|FW||Stanlei Ferdinand||18 February 1997||4||0||Marigot||v. Bermuda; 12 October 2018|
|FW||Joost Röben||23 February 1995||3||2||Flames United||v. Anguilla; 22 August 2018|
- As of 24 March 2019
|Antigua and Barbuda||3||1||0||2||2||7||−5|
|British Virgin Islands||6||2||1||3||10||9||+1|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||4||1||1||2||3||7||−4|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1||0||0||1||1||6||−5|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||1||0||0||1||1||2||−1|
- leading scorers since the team was revived in March 2016 following a 12-year absence from men's senior internationals
- Includes both qualifying and final round matches
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