Category Archives: Caribbean Cup

Caribbean Cup: Anguilla 0-4 Puerto Rico

26th March 2016
Caribbean Cup Qualifier, First Round
Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre, The Valley, Anguilla

Anguilla 0-4 Puerto Rico

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Anguilla’s second and final Caribbean Cup qualifier saw the team taking on Puerto Rico in the home environs of The Valley in Anguilla. Technically, a win by seven or more would have kept Anguilla in with a chance of progressing to the next round. In reality, it was a final attempt for the time being to record a positive result for the first time in nearly five years.

But from the moment Juan Coca gave Puerto Rico the lead in the 16th minute, the writing was on the wall. And yet Anguilla fought bravely and contested rather better than they had in Guyana a few days earlier. However, any slant hopes of a revival were effectively snuffed out when Jorge Rivera made it 2-0 shortly before half-time. Continue reading

Caribbean Cup Qualifier: Guyana 7-0 Anguilla

22nd March 2016
Caribbean Cup Qualifier, First Round
Providence Stadium, Providence, Guyana

Guyana 7-0 Anguilla

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Anguilla were soundly beaten and outclassed in their opening Caribbean Cup qualifier in Guyana yesterday, struggling from the off against a Guyana side that kept them at arm’s length throughout.

Guyana are the team who inflicted Anguilla’s record defeat – a 14-0 thumping in 1998 – and at times during the first half in particular, it appeared as though the record books may be troubled again. Continue reading

Caribbean Cup Qualifying: Anguilla

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The qualification process for the Caribbean Cup is quite a laborious one. It involves several rounds of group stages as the field of tropical paradise specks in the ocean, plus one or two bigger hitters, is gradually whittled down to the lucky final four to play in the finals next year in the distinctly non-Caribbean nation of the United States. Continue reading

Anguilla Set For Action – Bahamas Absent: Caribbean Cup Qualifiers

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This week saw the announcement of the qualifying draw for the 2017 Caribbean Cup; a tournament that we have long had an interest in here at Worst in the World. The qualifying groups will be played in March 2016 ahead of the Finals tournament the following year.

Our interest this year focuses on Anguilla – one of world football’s smallest nations and current resident of the Worst in the World position in the world rankings. We should have had interest in two nations in this qualifying process as the Bahamas are also a current member of our club but they have declined entry to the Caribbean Cup on this occasion for reasons as yet unknown. Continue reading

Worst in the World Archives: Montserrat’s Incredible Escape

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In the time since the FIFA world rankings began, no national football team has spent more time ranked as the worst national team in the world than Montserrat. For years on end, they have been cut drift from most of the rest of the world, suffering alone or occasionally alongside other equally unfortunate teams, at the bottom of the rankings.

At times for the Montserratians, it may have felt like a spell of misfortune that would never be broken. But nothing lasts forever. When the cycle of defeat was finally broken, it was done so in a remarkable way. Continue reading

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

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