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Guadeloupe national football team

Guadeloupe
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Gwada Boys
Association Ligue Guadeloupéenne de Football
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Steve Bizacen
Captain Stéphane Auvray
Most caps Jean-Luc Lambourde (60)
Top scorer Dominique Mocka (17)
Home stadium Stade René Serge Nabajoth
FIFA code GPE
Elo ranking
Current 112
Highest 81 (Early 2011)
Lowest 134 (14 April 2001)
First international
 Martinique 6–0 Guadeloupe
(Martinique; Date Unknown, 1934)
Biggest win
 Guadeloupe 13–0 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 
(Versailles, France; September 22, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Martinique 6–0 Guadeloupe
(Martinique; Date Unknown, 1934)
 Martinique 8–2 Guadeloupe
(Martinique; Date Unknown, 1975)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2007)
Best result Semi-finals, 2007

The Guadeloupe regional football team (French: Sélection de la Guadeloupe de football) represents the French overseas department and region of Guadeloupe in international football. The team is controlled by the Ligue Guadeloupéenne de Football (English: Guadeloupean Football League), a local branch of French Football Federation (French: Fédération Française de Football).

As an

Guadeloupe's highest honor to date was reaching the final at the 2010 Caribbean Championship where they were defeated by Jamaica on penalties. In the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Guadeloupe reached the semi-finals in 2007. The team performed well in the group stage defeating Canada and drawing with Haiti. In the knockout stage of the competition, Guadeloupe eliminated Honduras in the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, Guadeloupe lost to Mexico 1–0. The regional team also participates in the Caribbean Cup and the Coupe de l'Outre-Mer. Guadeloupe has yet to win either competition.

Contents

  • History 1
    • International success 1.1
  • Players 2
    • Previous squads 2.1
  • Results 3
  • Competitive record 4
    • Gold Cup record 4.1
    • Caribbean Cup record 4.2
    • Coupe de l'Outre-Mer record 4.3
    • CFU Championship record 4.4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

International success

Guadeloupe was a surprise qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2007. The regional team earned qualification to the tournament after finishing in 4th place at the 2006–07 Caribbean Nations Cup. The appearance in the Gold Cup marked Guadeloupe's first in the competition and they opened the campaign on 6 June 2007 with a 1–1 draw against Haiti. In the team's following match against Canada, Guadeloupe recorded a 2–1 victory in front of 20,000 spectators at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The team finally succumbed to defeat losing 1–0 to the reigning champions of UNCAF, Costa Rica, to close out group play.

Guadeloupe advanced to the knockout stage of the competition as a result of being the best performing third-place team in group play. In the quarterfinals, Guadeloupe were pitted against Honduras and earned an upset victory defeating the Hondurans 2–1 at the Reliant Stadium in Houston.[1] Prior to its elimination, Honduras had been equal to the task of Guadeloupe having beaten Mexico 2–1 and dominating Cuba 5–0. In the ensuing round, Guadeloupe were defeated by Mexico 1–0.[2] However, despite the loss, Guadeloupe were praised for its strong defensive performance.[3] Guadeloupe's finish in the tournament was the best finish by a Caribbean island team since Trinidad and Tobago reached the semifinals of the 2000 tournament.

Guadeloupe's respectable third-place finish in the 2008 Caribbean Championship meant a consecutive appearance in the Gold Cup. Ahead of the competition, regional team coach Roger Salnot sought to increase Guadeloupe's chances of winning by calling up players of Guadeloupean descent who were born in metropolitan France. Salnot named notable players to his preliminary squad such as goalkeeper Yohann Thuram, defenders Daniel Congré, Michaël Ciani, Ronald Zubar, midfielders Étienne and Aurélien Capoue, and Ludovic Sylvestre, and attackers Alexandre Alphonse, Claudio Beauvue, and Richard Socrier. All players had been effective players in Ligue 1 and abroad. However, despite calling up an abundance of talent, only Alexandre Alphonse was allowed participation by his club. Every other player either personally turned down the invite or was denied by his parent club with Salnot expressing his disappointment at the latter issue.

In the tournament, Guadeloupe were inserted to Group C alongside Mexico, Panama, and Nicaragua. The team started off the group with two straight victories defeating Panama 2–1 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and systematically disabling the Nicaraguans 2–0 at the Reliant Stadium in Houston. In the team's final group stage match against Mexico, Guadeloupe was beaten 2–0 in Phoenix. Guadeloupe's second-place finish in the group meant another appearance in the knockout stage, where the team was pitted against Costa Rica in the quarter-finals at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In the match, it was Costa Rica who dominated scoring twice within the first 20 minutes of the match. Costa Rica finished the match with five goals with Guadeloupe getting a consolation goal from Alphonse in the second half.

Players

Previous squads

Results

2010 Coupe de l'Outre-Mer

2010 Caribbean Cup qualifying

2010 Caribbean Championship

2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Last updated: 14 June 2011

Competitive record

Gold Cup record

Guadeloupe has participated in three of the eleven CONCACAF Gold Cups contested. The team's first appearance in the competition was in 2007. The team, surprisingly, reached the semi-finals where they were defeated by Mexico. Two years later, in 2009, Guadeloupe made their second consecutive appearance in the competition and, for the second straight time, reached the knockout stage of the Gold Cup. In the quarterfinals, Guadeloupe were defeated by Costa Rica.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1991 Did Not Qualify
1993
1996
1998 Did Not Enter
2000 Did Not Qualify
2002
2003
2005
2007 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 1 2 5 5
2009 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 2 0 2 5 8
2011 Group Stage 10th 3 0 0 3 2 5
2013 Did Not Qualify
2015 Did Not Qualify
Total 3/12 0 Titles 12 4 1 7 12 18

Caribbean Cup record

Guadeloupe have appeared in seven Caribbean Cups. The regional team has yet to win the competition, but has finished in third place on three occasions in 1989, 1994, and 2008. Since the 2007 competition, Guadeloupe has finished inside the top four teams in the proceeding Caribbean Cups. In 2010, the team finished runner-up to Jamaica losing 5–4 on penalties.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1989 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 2 1
1990 Did not qualify
1991 Did not qualify
1992 Round 1 5th 3 1 0 2 1 3
1993 Did not qualify
1994 Third Place 3rd 5 2 2 1 11 6
1995 Did not qualify
1996 Did not enter
1997
1998 Did not qualify
1999 Round 1 7th 3 0 0 3 4 10
2001 Did not qualify
2005
2007 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 8 10
2008 Third Place 3rd 5 1 2 2 6 8
2010 Runners-Up* 2nd 5 2 2 1 5 5
2012 Did not qualify
2014 Did not qualify
Total 7/17 0 Titles 28 9 6 13 37 35

Coupe de l'Outre-Mer record

Guadeloupe has participated in both editions of the Coupe de l'Outre-Mer, which was established in 2008. In both editions, the team finished in third place behind Martinique and Réunion with the latter team winning the first edition and Martinique winning the second.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
2008 Third Place 3rd 4 3 0 1 9 1
2010 Third Place 3rd 4 2 2 0 8 2
2012 Third Place 3rd 4 3 0 1 19 4
Total 3/3 0 Titles 12 8 2 2 36 7

CFU Championship record

From 1978–1985, Guadeloupe participated in the CFU Championship, a precursor to the Caribbean Cup. Of the six championships played, Guadeloupe featured in two final rounds and departed each tournament without a single win.

Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1978 Did not qualify
1979
1981 Third Place 3rd 3 0 1 2 2 6
1983 Did not qualify
1985 Third Place 3rd 3 0 1 2 3 5
1988[4] Did not qualify
Total 2/6 0 Titles 6 0 2 4 5 11
*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.

References

  1. ^ "Sports Briefing".  
  2. ^ Armour, Nancy (22 June 2007). "Mexico Squeezes Into Gold Cup Finals".  
  3. ^ Irving, Duncan (17 July 2007). "The 91st Minute".  
  4. ^ It is unsure if the tournament was completed, but some sources state that Trinidad and Tobago defeated Martinique 3–0 in the final.

External links

  • Official website
  • Guadeloupe at CONCACAF site
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