Category Archives: Turks and Caicos Islands

Bahamas Sink to the foot of the World Rankings

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Following on from Anguilla’s descent a couple of months ago, we once again welcome the arrival of a Caribbean nation to the Worst in the World, with Bahamas joining their near neighbours in this ignominious club. They have sunk to the foot of the FIFA rankings in the latest release.

Bahamas last remaining ranking points, dated back to the World Cup qualifiers for the 2014 tournament when the Bahamas beat the Turks and Caicos Islands 4-0 and 6-0 in their two preliminary round matches. The last of those was played in July 2011, and so the ranking points gained then have now lapsed.

Having won through to the first round proper on that occasion, Bahamas subsequently withdrew due to problems with the construction of their new national stadium. The 23,000 capacity Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, which was a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the Bahamas, had been completed in time, but work in the surrounding areas hadn’t. Approach roads, car parks and apparently sewerage, were still in need of completion, and were the official reason why the Bahams withdrew from a qualifying group containing Panama, Nicaragua and Dominica. The withdrawal came just a couple of weeks ahead of their first scheduled fixture in Panama. Continue reading

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FIFA Rankings July 2014: Turks & Caicos Climb

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Following on from their victory over the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Cup last month the Turks & Caicos Islands have climbed well clear off the bottom of the FIFA world rankings with a frankly astonishing 66 point haul courtesy of that lone victory.

That sees them climb 26 places in the ranking tale to 181st and ends a stay at the bottom of the rankings that had lasted since October 2012.  Additionally, they are now ranked 29 out of the 35 CONCACAF nations thanks to their recent relative success. Continue reading

Caribbean Cup: British Virgin Islands 0-2 Turks & Caicos Islands

Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Caribbean Cup Qualifier Preliminary Round Group Two
Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Stadium, Oranjestad, Aruba

British Virgin Islands 0-2 Turks & Caicos Islands

BVI0-2TurksComing in to this final group match on that back of two bruisingly bad beatings, it wouldn’t be surprising if optimism wa in short supply in the Turks & Caicos camps. But where there is life there is hope, as they say, and that hope manifested itself in the performances up until that point of their final opponent; the British Virgin Islands.

Both teams had suffered six goal hammerings against French Guiana, but while the Turks and Caicos were only narrowly beaten by Aruba, the British Virgin Islands had managed to ship let in no fewer than seven goals to the group hosts. Both teams were pointless so far, so to speak, and a couple of hours before Aruba and French Guiana would battle it out for group supremacy and qualification for the next round of qualifying, the two smallest nations faced off hoping to avoid a whitewash. For the Turks and Caicos Islands, it was a real opportunity to get a positive result and to escape their ranking fate; to finally get that monkey off their back. Continue reading

Caribbean Cup: Turks & Caicos Islands 0-6 French Guiana

Sunday 1st June 2014
Caribbean Cup Qualifier Preliminary Round Group Two
Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Stadium, Oranjestad, Aruba

Turks & Caicos Islands 0-6 French Guiana

Turks0-6FrenchGuianaMaking just one change to the starting line up from an impressive opening showing against Aruba, Turks & Caicos were looking to continue their form against French Guiana.  Striker Stevens Derilien replaced the injured Gavin Glinton as he had done during the first half of the opening match.

The result of this match, while being important in the Caribbean Cup of course, would have no bearing on Turks and Caicos’ FIFA ranking. French Guiana are not FIFA affiliated, being a part of France rather than an independent nation. In that context, if they were going to get roundly thrashed 6-0 it may as well happen against a team that wouldn’t affect their ranking. Had they somehow avoided defeat against French Guiana, as terrific as that would have been, there would surely be a glimmer of lingering frustration that a first positive result in years would still have seen them stuck firmly at the foot of the world rankings. The thorough defeat, however, made that prospect little more than a redundant afterthought. Continue reading

Caribbean Cup: Aruba 1-0 Turks & Caicos Islands

Friday 30th May 2014
Caribbean Cup Qualifier Preliminary Round Group Two
Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Stadium, Oranjestad, Aruba

Aruba 1-0 Turks & Caicos Islands

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Despite the huge gulf in world rankings between the two sides – Aruba are more than seventy places higher than their opponents, well clear of the days when they too were Worst in the World – the Turks & Caicos Islands put up an impressive showing in their opening group match in Oranjestad.  Playing against the host nation Aruba, our intrepid islanders gave as good as they got in a closely fought contest.

The only goal came after 28 minutes when Emile Linkers broke free through the middle and scored with a tidy finish lobbed over the onrushing Turks & Caicos keeper Raymondson Azimard. Continue reading

Matthew Green: The Englishman in charge of the worst team in the world

GreenTurks2The Turks and Caicos Islands head into their Caribbean Cup qualifiers shortly under the leadership of their English coach, and Technical Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association, Matthew Green. Leading the worst team in the world is quite a daunting task, naturally. But Green has some Caribbean success in his past as well as a rather interesting back story.

‘I did once take a pub side in Hull to a Sunday League title,’ said Green. ‘But that was a bit different to running an international team.’ Green is responsible for overseeing football development on the islands, as well as having had a stint as coach of the national team. Quite the rise for the former youth trainee at Hull City who went on to become a teacher after being released by his home town club as a fifteen year-old. Continue reading

2014 Caribbean Cup Qualifiers

CaribbeanCupMore usually it has been the little volcanic rock of Montserrat that has been the focus of Worst in the World attention in the Caribbean, but of course they have risen from the depths and left us for a few years at least.  But our focus on the annual Caribbean Cup competition remains thanks to the Turks & Caicos Islands.

The Caribbean Cup itself will take place later in the year in Montego Bay, Jamaica; in November to be precise.  Eight teams will make it that far out of the 26 who entered this year.  Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Saint Martin and Sint Maarten did not enter, but thankfully Turks & Caicos did so we have some preliminary round action to look forward to. Continue reading