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Sint Maarten national football team

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.[4]

Sint Maarten
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationSint Maarten
Soccer Association
ConfederationCONCACAF
(North America, Central America, Caribbean)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachElvis Albertus[1]
CaptainJovani Anthony
Most capsPeter Large (9)
Top scorerGerwin Lake (3)
[2][nb 1]
Home stadiumRaoul Illidge Sports Complex
FIFA codeSMA
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Current 206 Steady (13 September 2019)[3]
Highest178 (1989)
Lowest207 (2–4 September 2018)
First international
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6–1 Sint Maarten 
(Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; 23 April 1989)
Biggest win
 Sint Maarten 4–0 Anguilla 
(Saint Kitts and Nevis; 29 March 1996)
Biggest defeat
 Haiti 13–0 Sint Maarten 
(Port-au-Prince; 10 September 2018)
Caribbean Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1993)
Best resultGroup 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[5][6] after becoming an independent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands after the Netherland Antillies was dissolved in 2010.[7] They are also members of the Caribbean Football Union[8] and first took part in the Caribbean Cup in its inaugural edition in 1989.[9]

HistoryEdit

From 1992 to 2016, the team had played approximately only 25 official matches.[10] Between 2000 and 2016, only one match had been played, an unofficial 2–2 draw at home to Sint Eustatius on 20 August 2004.[11] 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".[12] 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.[13] 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."[14] 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.[15] Although Sint Maarten's senior team was dormant, a youth selection participated in the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Championship in August 2013[16] and Sint Maarten co-hosted the 2015 CFU Boy's Under-15 Championship[17] after the 2015 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship was canceled by CONCACAF for unspecified reasons.[18]

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.[19] Sint Maarten had been absent from senior CFU competition for nineteen years as they entered the tournament.[20][21] 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,[22] 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.[23] 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.[22] 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.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[25] 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.[27]

StadiumEdit

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.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30][31]

Competition historyEdit

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
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  1991 Did not enter
   1993 Did not qualify
  1996 Did not qualify
  1998 Did not qualify
  2000 Withdrew
  2002 Did not enter
   2003 Did not enter
  2005 Withdrew
  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
Total 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0

Caribbean CupEdit

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  1989 Group Stage 4 0 0 4 1 33
  1990 Did not enter
  1991 Did not enter
  1992 Qualifying 2 1 1 0 5 3
  1993[nb 2] Group stage 5 2 0 3 2 25
  1994 Qualifying 3 1 0 2 5 9
    1995 Qualifying 2 1 0 1 1 2
  1996 Qualifying 2 1 0 1 4 3
    1997 Qualifying 3 2 0 1 6 3
    1998 Did not enter
  1999 Withdrew
  2001 Did not enter
  2005 Withdrew
  2007 Did not enter
  2008 Did not enter
  2010 Did not enter
  2012 Did not enter
  2014 Did not enter
  2017 Qualifying 2 0 0 2 0 11
Total 0/17 21 8 1 12 25 92

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the Concacaf Nations League qualifying match against Dominica on 20 November 2018.
Caps and goals as of 23 March 2019 after the game against Saint Martin.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
22 1GK Sjoerd Van Griensven (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 (age 28) 3 0   OKSV
20 1GK Cartalino Joseph (2002-04-22) 22 April 2002 (age 17) 0 0   FC Soualiga
1 1GK Jariel Gabriel (2001-04-10) 10 April 2001 (age 18) 3 0   FC Soualiga

3 2DF Jovani Anthony (c) (1989-06-11) 11 June 1989 (age 30) 8 0   Concordia
4 2DF Djai Essed (1998-04-25) 25 April 1998 (age 21) 6 0   Feather River Golden Eagles
5 2DF Diario Forsythe (2001-01-11) 11 January 2001 (age 18) 4 0   Soualiga
14 2DF Andre Knol (2000-09-20) 20 September 2000 (age 18) 5 0   Funmakers
15 2DF Daniel Lange (2000-05-12) 12 May 2000 (age 19) 4 0
2 2DF Jolian Jason (2003-05-03) 3 May 2003 (age 16) 0 0
19 2DF Javier Wadilie (2002-03-05) 5 March 2002 (age 17) 0 0

7 3MF Yannick Dinane (1998-08-13) 13 August 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Flames United
8 3MF Brandon Potmis (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 20) 6 0   Inter Willemstad
12 3MF Jaine Lindo (1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 28) 2 0   Virginia Beach City
13 3MF Jason Lindo (1996-03-22) 22 March 1996 (age 23) 5 0   Soualiga
16 3MF Terrence Pinas (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Soualiga
17 3MF Yan Kok 0 0

9 4FW Edermar La Cruz (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 32) 5 0   Soualiga
10 4FW Jaeremi Drijvers (1999-11-12) 12 November 1999 (age 19) 4 2   Soualiga

Recent callupsEdit

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jean Philip Sylveste (1992-06-27) 27 June 1992 (age 27) 5 0 C&D Connection v.   Bermuda; 12 October 2018

DF Khajeel Bailey (2000-09-22) 22 September 2000 (age 18) 0 0 v.   Bermuda; 12 October 2018
DF Ryan Hok-A-Hin (1997-07-11) 11 July 1997 (age 22) 2 0   FC Horst v.   Bermuda; 12 October 2018
DF Adrian Providence (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 28) 3 0   Young Strikers v.   Anguilla; 22 August 2018

MF Samir Acharrat (1981-09-27) 27 September 1981 (age 37) 1 0
MF Darryl Caines (1990-04-28) 28 April 1990 (age 29) 2 0
MF Donald Carty (1989-02-12) 12 February 1989 (age 30) 2 0
MF Leonardo Chayadi 1 0
MF Jean Craane (2003-07-17) 17 July 2003 (age 16) 2 0   Soualiga v.   Bermuda; 12 October 2018
MF Kevin Dekkers 2 0
MF Don Ferdinand 2 0   Veendam v.   Anguilla; 22 August 2018
MF Yvenson Guy 1 0 v.   Anguilla; 22 August 2018
MF Waldy Lindeborg (1982-12-09) 9 December 1982 (age 36) 2 0 v.   British Virgin Islands; 25 July 2018
MF Rajaan Prince (2001-08-25) 25 August 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Flames United v.   Bermuda; 12 October 2018
MF Rick de Punder (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 (age 33) 4 0   Goes v.   Bermuda; 12 October 2018
MF Raymond Wolff (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 32) 5 0   Vlissingen v.   Bermuda; 12 October 2018

FW Stanlei Ferdinand (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 22) 4 0   Marigot v.   Bermuda; 12 October 2018
FW Joost Röben (1995-02-23) 23 February 1995 (age 24) 3 2   Flames United v.   Anguilla; 22 August 2018

All-time recordEdit

As of 24 March 2019[32]
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Anguilla 5 4 1 0 11 1 +9
  Antigua and Barbuda 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5
  Bermuda 1 0 0 1 0 12 −12
  British Virgin Islands 6 2 1 3 10 9 +1
  Cayman Islands 3 1 1 1 5 8 −3
  Dominica 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5
  Grenada 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5
  Haiti 1 0 0 1 0 13 −13
  Jamaica 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3
  Martinique 2 0 1 1 1 11 −10
  Netherlands Antilles 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
  Puerto Rico 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3
  Saint Barthélemy 2 0 1 1 4 6 −2
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 4 1 1 2 3 7 −4
  Saint Martin 2 1 0 1 5 6 −1
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 1 1 6 −5
  U.S. Virgin Islands 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
Total 38 10 6 22 46 107 −60

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ leading scorers since the team was revived in March 2016 following a 12-year absence from men's senior internationals
  2. ^ Includes both qualifying and final round matches

ReferencesEdit

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