26th March 2016
Caribbean Cup Qualifier, First Round
Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre, The Valley, Anguilla
Anguilla 0-4 Puerto Rico
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 →
22nd March 2016
Caribbean Cup Qualifier, First Round
Providence Stadium, Providence, Guyana
Guyana 7-0 Anguilla
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →